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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Amazon Music will broadcast an exclusive Prime Day Concert on July 10th featuring Taylor Swift with additional performances by Dua Lipa, SZA, and Becky G. Actress Jane Lynch of Amazon's hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Netflix's Glee will host. The concert will air live on Prime Video... Continue reading
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THURSDAY 6.27.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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The LA City Council has approved zoning changes that clear the way for the demolition of Amoeba Music's distinctive Los Angeles outlet. According to the LA Times, the vote facilitates the development of a new, 26-story building at the site of the current Amoeba Music store, located at the corner... Continue reading
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It's the last week to register for the summer semester of Grassroots Touring, a new course authored by music industry veteran Bruce Houghton, "With income related to live performances accounting for 60-80% of most musicians incomes, it has never been more important to build and sustain a touring career," says... Continue reading
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Royalty collection platform Songtrust has announced impressive year-over-year growth. As of May 31st, Songtrust has more than 2 million songs under management from 26,000 publishers and 205,000 songwriters from 64 countries. Since Q2 2018, the company has added more than 55,000 songwriters, and now registers more than 5,000 new songs... Continue reading
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Spotify owned Soundtrap has released a new version of its free tier which allows users to create and save an unlimited number of multi-track music and podcast projects. Unlimited capacity has until now only been available to paying subscribers. The free multi-platform software now also adds 210 free software instruments... Continue reading
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While teaming up with an artist can be beneficial for both the brand and artist, there is a certain risk, at least to the artist, that such partnerships will be harmful to fans' perception of their authenticity. Here we look at how partnering with emerging artists can help make the... Continue reading
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The Recording Academy has announced new deadlines and dates for the 2020 62nd Annual Grammy Awards and Grammy Week events. Nominations will now be announced in all 84 categories on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The awards will be broadcast live from LA's Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26th on CBS... Continue reading
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The New York Times has published a list of over 700 more artists believed to have lost their masters in the 2008 fire that swept the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood. This follows an existing tally of more than 100 artists named in an investigation earlier this month. The... Continue reading
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A heads up to all you Pro Tools users out there, Avid recently announced via its Facebook page that the company plans to change its prices as soon as July 1st and - major shocker here - most of them won't be going down. _________________________ Guest post from the Bobby... Continue reading
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WEDNESDAY 6.26.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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This edition of Business Of Indie includes news from last week's fabulous A2IM Indie Week, Smithsonian Folkways' acquisition of Stinson Records, how Reddit's indieheads forum is reshaping indie music and much more. Like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its own Indie tab at the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Cameo has raised a $50 million Series B round to expand its marketplace of famous and not so famous musicians, celebrities and influencers who get paid to create short video message for fans. More than 1000 musicians are already available on the platform. Ilya Fushman of Kleiner Perkins lead the... Continue reading
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Deepfake technology is getting so good that it could create a video that turns Donald Trump into a smart and compassionate person. So what if it was used to make music videos, albeit of the deepfake kind? Research by Imperial College in London and Samsung’s AI research center showed how... Continue reading
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Adobe, the software company behind apps like Photoshop, and Spark, has announced the Adobe Creative Tour, a partnership with Live Nation aimed at music fans and creators. The Creative Tour is designed to inspire creators and music fans to participate in digital creative challenges using Adobe Products such as Lightroom,... Continue reading
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Music industry consultancy and news site Music Ally has teamed with Kanjian Music, the Chinese music services company, to launch Music Ally China. This new venture will bridge the gap between the rapidly-expanding and commercially-unique Chinese music business and the western and Japanese music industries. Music Ally China will publish... Continue reading
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A group of high-profile musicians and estates have filed a $100 million lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMPG) over the 2008 fire that destroyed thousands of archived master recordings. The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Federal District Court Friday (June 21) by the rock bands Soundgarden and Hole,... Continue reading
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TUESDAY 6.25.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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Despite numerous advancements in payment tech, it can still take ages for songwriters to see a penny of their earned revenue, and so AWAL, AMRA and Kobalt are teaming up to do something about it. _________________________ Guest post from AWAL You can Venmo your friend money before you finish this... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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"Fans Also Like" appears on Spotify artist page filled with a list of related artists. Those same artists also surface on their peers' FAL lists. Spotify has now shared how this 'second-most important piece of data' works and its importance in the streamer's data driven ecosystem. "Artist similarity is probably... Continue reading
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Dave Cool from Bandzoogle sits down with Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast this week to discuss Bandzoogle's new no fee crowdfunding feature. Dave also offers updates on many of the recent enhancements to the Bandzoogle platform. Built by musicians for musicians, Bandzoogle is an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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In it's latest spat with music publishers, Spotify says they owe the streamer for overpayments. Last year's US Copyright Royalty Board rate change included a retroactive cut in the minimum payment that the streamer makes on student and family plans along with a graduated 44% increase in payments to songwriters... Continue reading
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Country-folk legend John Prine took top honors at the A2IM 2019 Libera Awards, winning the awards for Best American Roots/Folk Album and Best Country/Americana Album for The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy Records). The awards, which took place at Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC, as part of A2IM’s Indie Week, were... Continue reading
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Katy Perry has curated the inaugural playlist for Amazon's new 'Handpicked series. Perry's twenty-one song playlist "Songs About Moving On" mixes a bit of her own music with Taylor Swift, Beyonce with Jack White, Ariana Grande and others. "My moving on songs," reads the tagline, "some are uplifting, while others... Continue reading
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Cardi B was the big winner at Sunday night's 2019 BET Awards. Hosted by Regina Hall, the ceremony aired live from the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Cardi B led this year’s nominations with seven and took home awards for Album of The Year for Invasion of Privacy, as... Continue reading
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