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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Music streaming in the US is growing at a phenomenal rate. American music fans logged 284.7 billion on-demand streams in the first six months of 2017, according to Nielsen. In fact, by that metric, streaming now makes up more than 60% of all music consumption, while last year, it accounted... Continue reading
Posted 6 minutes ago at hypebot
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Cinq Music has completed a $20 million Series B rounded funded by GoDigital Media. Cinq will use the funding to purchase music rights, both masters and publishing, and to further expand internationally. Additional details of the funding were not disclosed. ____________________________________ Artists services firm Cinq Music has built its business... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 7.21.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Remember TIDAL? It just redesigned its apps. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at hypebot
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Facebook has launched a long overdue Groups feature for Pages. Previously, only individual users could create Groups. The new features can easily be used by artists to create a fan club or fan community to encourage more artist to fan and fan to fan interactions. "We’re making Groups for Pages... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Most songwriters and artists negotiated their original deals for songs before they truly knew what their work was worth – and many now have a chance to recapture the rights to their own music, but don't realize it. In this piece, Sound Royalties CEO and Founder Alex Heiche describes... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify Play buttons are increasingly common across the web as online media, artists and fans embed and share their Spotify playlists. The music streamer just made sharing even easier, adding social media buttons to each embedded playlist. Take a look: more info here Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Alternative Press magazine staged their annual AP Music Awards show on July 17th, with Panic! at the Disco taking top honors after winning artist of the year. Held at KeyBank State Theater after a last-minute venue change, the awards show was hosted by Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack. _____________________________________________________... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Pandora, SoundExchange and the RIAA are joining together to support the CLASSICS Act, a bill in the U.S. Congress that would benefit artists and music creators who recorded music before 1972 by establishing royalty payments whenever their music is played on digital radio services. ______________________________________ U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Cali.)... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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THURSDAY 7.20.17 Music Business News From Around The Web This has not been a good month for Spotify, and unless if comes clean on fake artists and invests more in songwriter's, it may get worse... Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Here are Spotify's most played and most viral tracks for the week ending 7.14.17. The Spotify Weekly Charts highlight top artists by listener along with the past week's most streamed and viral songs in the US, UK and globally. Spotify Global Top Artists (by Listener) Rank Artist Monthly Listeners 1... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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"A key to enabling the artist revolution is to give all creators the means to introduce their new music most efficiently, almost perfectly, to new audiences... (this is) the Holy Grail," says Shamal Ranasinghe, Pandora's VP Product for Creators, Artists and Content Operations. The streamer's Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), which... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify's team of music data scientists are using an old school method - user surveys - to fine tune their advanced music recommendation algorithm that already seems to know a lot more about what I really want to listen to than I do. ___________________________________________ Spotify is testing a short music... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify's troubled relationship with songwriters and music publishers took a another hit this week, as two new lawsuits by music publishers were filed over alleged unlicensed use of more that 2500 songs, including several hit titles. ____________________________________________ Nashville music publishers Rob Gaudino and Bluewater Music have each filed lawsuits alleging... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The Grammy Museum is now accepting letters of inquiry for those wishing to participate in their 2018 grant cycle. Funded by the Recording Academy, the grant program is aimed at supporting individuals and organizations focused on audio preservation projects, as well as other, related scientific research. Previous Grammy Museum grants... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 7.19.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Another round of lawsuits indicate that Spotify still has not come close to solving its song licensing problem. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Downtown Music Publishing has promoted Andrew Sparkler to SVP, Business Development. He joined Downtown in 2014 as VP Business Affairs, and was the catalyst behind the indie publisher's innovative direct YouTube deal. Prior to joining Downtown, Sparkler was Vice President and Head of Business Affairs at ASCAP. In his... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Pandora (NYSE: P) has added key new features to its free AMP (Artist Marketing Platform). Direct to fan audio messages from 11,000 artists using the platform have now generated more than a billion listener impressions. ___________________________________________________ Pandora founder Tim Westergren has stepped down, but so far, his legacy of empowering... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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In the wake the recent flare-up of the net neutrality debate, we're take a close look at what net neutrality means for the streaming economy, and what effect Ajit Pai’s alterations would have on music streaming as we currently know it, both in the US and abroad. _____________________________ Guest post... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Panos A. Panay has been named vice president for innovation and strategy at the Berklee College of Music. Longtime Hypebot readers will remember Panay as the pioneering music tech entrepreneur that founded Sonicbids. _____________________________________________ Panos A. Panay In his new role as vice president for innovation and strategy at the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Believe Digital and its TuneCore division have not been sold to Sony, as widely reported based on a story in the Nikeii Asian Review, according to the company's CEO. An approximately $400 million price tag had been put on the supposed sale. ____________________________________________ Reports that “we have concluded a deal... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 7.18.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Think that Spotify payments suck for artists and labels? Look at what songwriters and publishers get. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Athena Koumis is an editor at Spotify, and her job is to curate "Fresh Finds" and other official Spotify playlists. "My day revolves around listening to music.," says Kormis. "My particular focus is emerging music, new artists, trying to help them grow and find spots for them to expand their... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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A hip-hop podcaster is facing a homicide charge in connection with a fatal shooting during a performance by rapper T.I. at the Beacon Theater in New York last year. According to NBC News, Daryl Campbell, who also goes by the name Taxstone, pleaded not guilty Thursday in New York State... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released an official Spotify playlist featuring his current favourite tracks. His PM Mix includes contemporary and classic songs from Canadian artists including Drake, Of Monsters of Men, Blue Rodeo, k.d. lang, The Tragically Hip, R.E.M., Robbie Robertson, Cœur De Pirate, and more. Listen: Related... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Decrying the "insane amount of noise about SoundCloud" over multiple reports that the music service is running out of money. CEO and co-founder joined SoundCloud fan and artist Chance The Rapper in pushing back against the doom and gloom. His statement in full: SoundCloud is here to stay. Hey everyone,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot