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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Instagram now has 1billion users globally, up an impressive 200 million from September of last year. Anchoring its next chapter is an aggressive move into longer form video, including expanding the allowed video length for all users. Instagram has launched IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical videos. Videos... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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With Spotify now one of the most popular platforms for music consumption, figuring out how to get your music placed on one of the streaming services coveted playlists has become the Holy Grail for up-and-coming musicians. Here we look at some advice on cracking the playlist code. ___________________________ Guest post... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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Tidal experienced a strong bump following the release of Jay Z and Beyonce’s “Everything is Love” album on Saturday. A 36 hour Tidal album exclusive drove the streamer's app up 37 spots to #3 in the iTunes app store music category. As of Thursday, Tidal was #3 on the iTunes... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed Monday in an apparent armed robbery, just broke Taylor Swift’s one-day global streaming record on Spotify. Streams for XXXTentacion’s “Sad!” a meditation on his struggle with abandonment and depression, topped more than 10.4 million streams in 24 hours, according to data... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at hypebot
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Just days after the AT&T Time Warner merger, the combined company is rolling out new video and music offerings to its mobile subscribers. Starting Tuesday, June 26, 142 million AT&T subscribers will have access to Pandora's on-demand music service and Amazon Music Unlimited. AT&T "&More Premium" subscribers will have the... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 6.21.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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Playlist distribution and sharing app Soundgood has announced a new integration with Napster and an improved integration with Apple Music. The app, which enables playlist distribution and updates to multiple streamers simultaneously, is used by 19,000 influencers and music companies. Along with thousands of musicians and playlisters, all three major... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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SOCAN collected a record $352-million in total royalties in fiscal year 2017, continuing a seven-year trend. The Canadian PRO said the jump was driven by a 44% increase in revenue from Internet sources and a 13%t surge in royalties from countries outside of the county. SOCAN 2017 Financial Highlights: Record... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Instagram will launch a new video hub today and expand the 1 minute video length cap to a full 60 minutes, according to multiple sources. The announcement will be made at a press event at 9AM PT/ Noon ET today. A new longform Instagram video hub dubbed IGTV will be... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 6.2O.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Court filings in the legal battle between Coachella and the promoters of Oregon's Soul’D Out Festival share new details of the controversial radius clause which dictates where artists can perform both before and after the massive Southern California fest; and they are significantly more restrictive than previously reported. The full... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Is Troy Carter leaving Spotify? Rumor spread that Spotfiy's global head of creator services was leaving after the streamer's new 'hate and hurtful' policy banned XXXTentacion, R Kelly and others from official playlists. While concerned that the policy smacked of censorship, Carter denied the rumors. Now, they've resurfaced with a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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XXXTentacion was pronounced dead following a robbery and shooting in south Florida. As news of his death spread, Spotify, which just weeks before had banned the controversial 20 year old rapper from its official playlists after accusations of domestic violence, added two of his tracks to the top of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 6.19.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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43% of all women under 40 have experienced unwanted sexual behavior at a UK music festival, according to a new survey by the Press Association. Anecdotal evidence puts the figure as high or higher in the U.S. “We have struggled to find anyone with any definite statistics on this before... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube's newest subscription service, YouTube Music, is now available to all users in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, in addition to 12 new countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Built on top of YouTube and its massive... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Garrison Snell CEO of Crosshair Music and Gyrosity Projects joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss the self-service platform, Crosshair Music, for submitting music to playlists. Their mission is to affordably connect musicians directly to the playlist curators and social influencers who can... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Elektra Music Group is launching as a stand-alone, fully staffed label group under Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records Group umbrella. It will bring together Elektra, Fueled By Ramen (FBR), Roadrunner, Low Country Sound, and Black Cement Records, which will each be nurtured as a unique label brand. At launch, the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Musicians network Jammcard is expanding from Los Angeles to Atlanta, Georgia. Tyhe rapidly growing musicians organization is launching there on June 25. Founded by drummer and musical director Elmo Lovano, Jammcard connects the community by way of localized events and a private online social network, but mass collaborations are really... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Earning a living from music alone is no easy task, but can be done, particularly if you're willing to get your musical fingers in a few different pies. Here we look at the top five side jobs musicians can while still focusing on music. ___________________________ Guest post by Patrick McGuire... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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MONDAY 6.18.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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"Everything Is Love" by The Carters, the first joint release by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, is now available to stream on Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music. The roll out to other music services comes less that 36 hours after the album was released as a Tidal streaming exclusive. LISTEN: One track... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprised fans and the industry with the release of their first joint album on Saturday afternoon. The announcement came at the end of the duo’s London show on their joint "On the Run Tour II" with the casual announcement: “Album Out Now.” Surprise! pic.twitter.com/SYnAm6zCy7 — BEYONCÉ LEGION... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In this rummage through a full week of music business happenings, we revisit Snapchat's new musical partnerships, Facebook's dive into the music industry, Haim's firing of their booking agent, and much more! Sony, Orchard Share $750M Spotify Windfall With Indie Artists, Labels Regardless Of Recoupment Snapchat Gets Musical with BandsInTown,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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This week on Hypebot, the most popular and often read articles covered Spotify's potential new industry antagonizing approach to licensing, an eight-year-old's mind-blowing cover of Zeppelin, the correct path to getting your music on a playlist, and much more. Spotify Eyes Strategy Shift Music Industry Won't Like 8 Year Old... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot