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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Australian busker-turned-breakout-artist Tones and I, whose single “Dance Monkey” is #1 on Spotify’s Global Chart, is the first Australian to achieve this position. The rapid chart accession of her catchy pop song comes in large part because of the support of Spotify's global editorial team. As of this weekend, the... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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As the value of music publishing catalogs have multiplied, so have the ways in which forward-thinking companies like Downtown, Round Hill, Kobalt, ole/Anthem, Primary Wave and Create Group monetized those catalogs, says MiDiA entertainment industry analyst Mark Mulligan. _____________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA from the Music Industry Blog Music... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for its Rock Hall Class of 2020. 16 artists are shortlisted and of those nine are first-time nominees. Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy and Whitney Houston are... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at hypebot
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UMG senior executive Jay Frank, who passed away this week, was a digital music visionary. Frank often understood streaming's long term effects on artists and the music industry years before the rest of us. To celebrate Jay and share a fraction of his insights, we've compiled a sampling of his... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at hypebot
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Included in Bandsintown's new live music charts are 20 that offer a first-ever glimpse into early artist growth in 10 major US cities. Most artists first built a fan base by performing locally long before they were ever added to a Spotify playlist. "Granular data at a city level really... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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Now accounting for 75% of total music industry revenue, there's no denying that streaming is now the dominant form of music consumption. That said, one question continues to plague the industry: where is all that revenue going, and how can artists get their hands on it? Here, we breakdown step... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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The UK Music Managers Forum (MMF) and YouTube Music have opened applications for their unique grants and accelerator program for music managers. Aiming to increase the number of sustainable full-time management businesses, the initiative offers grants of up to £15,000 and over 100 hours of professional mentoring, training and masterclasses... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Deezer, has signed a two year deal with Targetspot, the digital audio ad platform, to be the exclusive seller of the music streaming service's audio advertising inventory in five countries. Targetspot will sell Deezer’s audio ad inventory in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Deezer has... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 10.15.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at hypebot
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Legendary progressive musician Neal Morse joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to talk about Waterfall Streaming. Waterfall is a new platform that allows musicians to create their own subscription streaming service. On Waterfall, the artist makes 85% of the monthly subscription fee, which is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Sony has launched a line of customized merch created by Spotify data for the fans of UK rock band . The ‘Amo in color’ initiative connects streaming with physical merch utilizing Spotify data to generate unique T-shirts based on fans' listening habits. The dedicated website directs fans to log in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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You can't find Micahel Stipe of REM's new solo single "Your Capricious Soul: on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or almost anywhere else. Stipe's solo debut is currently available exclusively on MichaelStipe.com. The new release was timed to coincide with October 7th’s “International Rebellion” climate justice protests and for the next... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Digital music marketing pioneer and Universal Music Group SVP of Global Streaming Marketing Jay Frank, age 47, has died after a battle with cancer. “Jay leaves an immense legacy." Sir Lucian Grainge, the chairman and CEO of UMG, said in a statement. "He was a creative and tireless leader who... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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MONDAY 10.14.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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On MusicThinkTank this week, our contributors shared articles on new broadcast tech that's reshaping the live music experience, how to get a better night's sleep through the power of playlists, what it takes to make your music stand out from the crowd, and more! Jordan Calvano | APPIX Broadcast Tech... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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In this flip back through the past week's music industry news, we look at Bandsintown's launch of its first-ever predictive touring charts, Tencent's new paywall (with more to come), which musicians have the most fans on Facebook, and more. Bandsintown Launches First-Ever Predictive Touring Charts For Established and Emerging Artists... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Tour Support, a new nonprofit program to provide mental health support to artists, crews and vendors in the music touring industry. Live Nation, Friends at Work and WME are launch partners as are artists including John Legend, Steve Aoki, MARINA, Grace VanderWaal and Rick Springfield. Tour Support is a new... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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A2IM 2020 Libera Awards for the best in independent music submissions are now open. The deadline to submit is January 31, 2020. Click here for an updated list of categories and submission guidelines. A2IM Members receive a discounted price for submissions. Offer code is available on the Special Offers page.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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We all want to move on to big regional, national, or even international tours. But, it’s a mistake to rush into touring too quickly and skip out on booking local gigs. I have always been a believer in starting your career in a central place, like your hometown or a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Apple is known for its attention to detail, but this revelation takes that to a whole new level. Instead of using less-than-perfect lyric services to provide lyrics alongside its music streams, Apple Music has "a team of people listening to music and transcribing the lyrics." The full quote from a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Five Vectors, a start-up that works with emerging artists to produce music for gaming audiences has raised $1 million in seed funding, led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. BITKRAFT has been on a spree of investments in esports-related projects this year including Strafe’s esports hub, Ready’s esports platform, Tonk Tonk Games’... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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San Francisco based ticket exchange platform Lyte has secured $15 million in Series A financing to drive the development of the platform and scale operations. Jackson Square Ventures was joined by Industry Ventures, Accomplice Ventures, and Correlation Ventures to close Lyte’s latest funding round, alongside entertainment and technology industry insiders... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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500 million people use short music video app TikTok every month and 66% of them are under 30. If that's the audience for your music, you need to be active on the platform. But where do you start? ______________________________ By James Shotwell of Haulix TikTok is creating new music stars... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 10.11.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Tunecore and CD Baby have each just added China's largest streaming music service - Tencent Music, its subsidiaries and partners - to their indie and d.i.y. music distribution networks. When users deliver their music to Tencent, they will be available on: QQ Music – A leading online music service with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot