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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Before moving on to what will surely be another full week of music industry events, we look back on why Spotify and others should be worried about a recession, new record news from T Swift, the Dept. of Justice's backing of Led Zeppelin in their ongoing copyright dispute, and more.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify, Netflix and a select group of streaming services have experienced meteoric growth. But that growth - already slowing in some sectors - could be reversed if there is the global recession that many economists predict, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, and it's not for the reasons you might think.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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PledgeMusic's official Winding Up petition is now public and it shares little new information, including which assets are still available to be sold to pay off the failed crowd funders substantial debt to artists, labels and other creditors. Winding Up is the UK equivalent of a court controlled asset liquidation.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Friday is the last day to cast your vote using the SXSW PanelPicker to help choose which panels should be presented at SXSW 2020. Check out all the great panels and consider giving our own SMART TOURING: GUIDE BOOKING + MARKETING WITH DATA a thumbs up. Sign up and vote... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Warner Music Group has entered into a licensing deal with fast-growing music discover app Audiomack. The partnership marks Audiomack’s first with a major label. The streaming service, which allows independent artists to upload an unlimited amount of music for free, says it has achieved 210% year-over-year growth in daily active... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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of "the latest must-hear songs." According to Apple, "When the most important artists—from across the world and across genres—have something new to drop, this will be the place to find it first." New Music Daily replaces Apple Music's Best of the Week playlist and is updated daily. The first track... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Established as one of the biggest online distributors in the game, CD Baby has consistently provided a number of online features, including the option for artists to host their website through a company called HostBaby. No more, however, with the parent company recently announcing their plan to transfer all artist... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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UPDATED: Hasbro has acquired Entertainment One in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. The multi-platform entertainment company is home to the popular children's franchises Peppa Pig and PJ Masks, as well as one of the largest independent music companies in North America. eOne's music division includes 150 artists... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 8.23.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music streaming manipulation - artificially boosting stream counts to improve chart positioning, increase market share and royalty payments, or for other non-legitimate purposes - is a real problem for the entire music industry. Not only does streaming manipulation devalue or shut out legitimate artists, but since streaming payments are calculated... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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During an interview and performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, Taylor Swift offered new details about her plan to re-record songs from her past six albums. 🎵I promise that you'll never find another like me 🎵@taylorswift13#TaylorSwiftOnGMA#Loverhttps://t.co/W1vUNMab63 pic.twitter.com/cGVL3TjiM7 — Good Morning America (@GMA) August 22, 2019 “Something that’s very special... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Move over Spotify and Apple Music, Hypebot's most-read post of 2019 is about Instagram. Written by our friend Kevin Cornell, TuneCore Editor Content & Blog, Adding Lyrics To Your Instagram Stories offers practical how-to advice for a fairly new feature on one of social media's fasting growing platforms, Instagram. Read... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Sony's independent music distribution and artist and label services company The Orchard is expanding into Japan, the second-largest music market in the world. The fully-staffed base of operations in Japan will be led by Yuuki Kaneko, The Orchard’s vice president, Japan, who previously worked on the music team at Amazon... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 8.22.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify has expanded the free trial period for its Premium service from 30 to 90 days. The move aligns Spotify with Apple Music's 90 day trial and launches today for individual and student plans. The offer will roll out across Duo and Family in the coming months, says the streamer.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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UPDATED: Taylor Swift has confirmed that she "absolutely" will rerecord her first 6 albums. Her declaration came in an interview for CBS Sunday morning set to air this weekend and comes as part of a very public feud with former label Big Machine, which controls her original masters. PERIODT. WE... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Pandora is expanding its Independent Artist Submissions tool to make it easier to submit music for consideration. Unlike Spotify, Apple Music and even Pandora's own Premium streaming service, not all artists are chosen by its internal Music Genome Project for inclusion on the basic free Pandora ad-supported service. The redesigned... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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As someone in the music game who usually goes on a mission to be on the list, I started something a few years back that has me fiscally supporting the (big or small) festival in hopes of playing it one day. I truly believe I am a good festival act,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, a look back on how 6 releases delivered a $65 million year for indie XL, and update on the upcoming Americanafest, Johnny Z writes a Megaforce tell-all, a billionaire best $500 million on a new indie label and much more. Like... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is the principle that, for many things, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. By applying this rule to social media and content marketing you can avoid fan burnout. Simply put, for every 2 posts designed to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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AWAL has signed new deals with artists Franc Moody and Joe Hertz and their label Juicebox Recordings. The deal will leverage AWAL's distribution and marketing for the Juicebox’s artist roster including Moody and Hertz. Juicebox is the creation of Adam Callan and Becky Tong (pictured above) who curated London events... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify Co.Lab events are a coveted ticket for any artist actively involved in their own career growth; not just for the networking opportunities, but also for the real world, expert delivered knowledge. Now, Spotify is sharing portions of the later with all artists in a Co.Lab video series. "You experience... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Hard though it may be to believe, technology has now developed to a point where you can create a professional song for literally no money. Here, we break down the process of creating a piece of music, from idea to distribution, without spending a dime. __________________________________ Guest post by Caleb... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Someone forgot to tell Taylor Swift that music in general and albums, in particular, don't sell anymore. By Friday's release date, her first post-Big Machine release "Lover" will have sold over 1 million copies, according to new label Republic. “The anticipation of this album is extraordinary, with pre-sales quickly approaching... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Apple Music has added the "Shazam Discovery Top 50" chart and playlist designed to "unearth up-and-coming songs from breaking artists." The music industry has become increasingly focused on early identification of emerging artists and their growing importance in driving revenue growth. Apple acquired Shazam in the Fall of last year.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot