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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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As it has for disasters including Typhoon Haiyan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Haiti and, Hurricane Sandy,Apple has launched a fundraising campaign in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal. Apple will cover the transaction fees, meaning that 100% of the donation goes to the Red Cross. Since... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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Facebook is the most popular social network in the world, but as usual, teens have their own ideas. A new Piper Jaffray survey shows that Facebook-owned Instagram is considered the "most important" social media outlet among teens. In a new Piper Jaffray survey 32% of teens responded that Instagram was... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at hypebot
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Using the hashtag #TIDALFACTS, Jay Z and friends of TIDAL took to Twitter on Sunday defending the recently relaunched streaming music service from critics who where already calling it a failure. Adding a big dose of comedy to the debate was a new parody Twitter account @TIDALFACTS. ___________________________ Here are... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
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Jay Z unleashed a tweet storm over the weekend rebutting press and fan criticism of streaming music service TIDAL, saying he was just getting started and promising great things for artists and fans. ___________________________________ Jay Z took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon defending his music service TIDAL using the hashtag... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at hypebot
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The UMG vs. Grooveshark trial resumes in New York today. With the judge ruling last week that the company is liable for up to $736 million in damages, the jury is likely deciding whether or not Grooveshark will survive. _____________________________________ Last week, the judge set a range of damages in... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at hypebot
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Monday 4.27.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at hypebot
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Jay Z's music service TIDAL, Twitter's video service Periscope and The Beatles' recording studio Abbey Road were each the subject of one of Hypebot's Most Read stories last week. And there's more: ________________________________ The Week's Most Read Posts On Hypebot TIDAL Fires 25, CEO Periscope Vs. Meerkat Tour Abbey Road... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Moving music beyond streaming, the major labels vs. SOPA, YouTube and turning artists into brands all go under the microscope in This Week In Music Commentary. ____________________________________ Way Beyond Streaming: Music's Marginal Reinvention Major Labels Use MP3Skull Lawsuit To Try To Backdoor SOPA YouTube’s Music Growing Pains - A Look... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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News from the Indie Artist Summit, Periscope vs. Meerkat, how to run a successful PledgeMusic campaign, innovative revenue streams for musicians along with Facebook and touring tips all make the "must know" list on This Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music. _________________________________________ Live Streaming For Musicians: Periscope Vs. Meerkat 3... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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It was another big week for the new music industry: Tidal fired its CEO as user signups sunk faster than the Titanic, Grooveshark got some very bad news in court, Pandora's stock fell after they reported new earnings and listener stats, Record Store Day delivered good news to indie retailers... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Apple Watch mania is in full swing and like most app based companies, the smarter ones in music tech are jumping on the bandwagon with apps for the Apple wearable. Today Bandsintown joined Pandora, iHeartRadio, Shazam, TuneIn and a handful of other music related Apple Watch apps. _____________________________________ Bandsintown ha... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Marketing is not the same as it once was. Times are changing in the digital world. Check out this article to figure out how to navigate those uncertain waters. There was once a time where digital marketing was simple. You posted a few pictures on Facebook. You replied to followers... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Grooveshark has always seemed to have nine lives. Despite multiple lawsuits, app takedowns and a whole lot of bad press, Grooveshark has continued to deliver free streaming music to a significant user base. Their luck may have finally run out. In the lawsuit of UMG v. Escape Media, Grooveshark's parent... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Paul McCartney has topped the Sunday Times richest musicians in the UK and Ireland list after adding an estimated $30 million to his net worth from last year. Adele topped the list of UK musicians under 30. Sunday Times List of Richest Musicians from Britain and Ireland = means tied... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Concert promotion giants Live Nation, SFX and AEG just got some new competition. Global Live helmed by former AEG CEO Randy Phillips (pictured left) has big ambitions and deep pockets. Global Live, the new division of Ashley Tabor’s UK-based Global Entertainment, has formally launched. Helmed by former AEG CEO Randy... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Friday 4.24.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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UPDATED: Pandora is heading into a stormy season, with court decisions, rate hearings and Congressional action all just ahead. Today's report to Wall Street, however, did nothing to calm investor concerns. In fact, it probably made things worse. _______________________________________ Analysts were optimistic going into today's Pandora earnings call. But widening... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Smule has moved beyond being just the creator of popular music apps. Smartly, they combined the apps into a popular music based social network, and today they were rewarded with $38 million in new funding. _________________________________ UPDATED: Smule has added $38 million in new equity and debt funding. Adam Street... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Co-hosts Kyle Bylin and Cortney Harding are rebanding their Hypebot sponsored Upward Spiral podcast to the much more descriptive and SEO friendly Music Business Podcast. If you're not a regular listener, you're missing out. Sign up and check out the latest episode: _____________________________________ In this latest episode, they talk to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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After 8 years, Steve Titmus, Senior Music Manager and Head of the EU Music Department is exiting Shazam. He will be joining EDM hub Resident Advisor as Head Of Product. In a letter to colleagues, he wrote: "It's no exaggeration to say Shazam has taught me everything I know about... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Yesterday Facebook reported quarterly financials that fell a little short of expectations. Along with it came new stats that showed continued growth across all its properties - Facebook, Groups, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. _______________________________________ click on images to enlarge Related articles 30 Hot Music Tech Startups Chosen To Showcase At... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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30 promising music, music tech and entertainment startups have been chosen to compete for the Midemlab grand prize this June at Midem in Cannes, France. We've got descriptions, links and demo videos in three category playlists. Music Discovery, Recommendation & Creation Conceived as a music sharing and messaging app, Audioshot... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Ten years ago today, YouTube uploaded its first video. Co-founder Jawed Karim posted a boring 18 second clip of himself at the San Diego Zoo. And while Facebook and upstarts like Vessel are coming on strong, YouTube remains the dominant force in online video. The official stats: YouTube has more... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Another week, another attempt by the legacy copyright players to find a way to enact SOPA via the backdoor. It appears that the strategy of using lawsuits is now well underway with the major labels all teaming up to sue the site MP3Skull. Guest post by Mike Masnick republished from... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Thursday 4.23.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot