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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Kesha, Solange and Spotify were among the 2019 Webby Award Winners alongside Steph Curry, Ellen DeGeneres, The Walking Dead, Trevor Noah and more. Three million votes were cast in more than 240 countries to choose the Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards. This year’s... Continue reading
Posted 19 minutes ago at hypebot
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Berklee Online has announced a new Master Degree in Music in Film Scoring. The program will officially start in January 2020, with applications launching on May 13. The Berklee Online Master of Music in Film Scoring program will teach students how to analyze a given film score on multiple musical... Continue reading
Posted 48 minutes ago at hypebot
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Nashville based Remix Hits has launched a hit song stem marketplace offering producers iconic songs in the form of an affordable remix-focused ‘Kontakt’ stem instrument dubbed ReleaseTM. The first wave of available song packs includes classic hits from Sony Music, including: TLC’s No Scrubs, The Outfield’s Your Love, The Guess... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at hypebot
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A look at the last monthly user stats that Twitter will ever share shows a social media channel struggling to grow. Twitter did add monthly users for the first time in a year - 330 million monthly users vs. 321 million in the previous quarter. But that's still lower than... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at hypebot
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In a new ten-day event created by Bree Noble, thirty-three experts will offer tactical strategies and actionable advice to independent artists looking to both earn and retain more money in their music industry careers. __________________________ Guest post by Randi Zimmerman of Symphonic Blog The Profitable Musician Summit 2019 is a... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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Digital piracy specialist MUSO has raised $4.5 million in an extension of its $3.2 million 2017 Series A with Harwell Capital. The new investment will be used to expand the company’s efforts in the digital media, gaming and live broadcast sectors. MUSO’s technology removes unlicensed digital content and provides data... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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Three years to the day after it was released, Beyonce' has made her 2016 Grammy-winning album Lemonade available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services. The album was previously only available for purchase and as an exclusive stream on Tidal. The release comes days after her release of a... Continue reading
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TUESDAY 4.23.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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The sale of PledgeMusic is still an active possibility, multiple sources tell Hypebot. Several people with direct knowledge of the situation reached out after we published the concerns of hopeful musicians that emails they received from the crowdfunder touting "negotiations the board is having with a potential buyer" were empty... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
So you don;t think that PledgeMusic provided a toolkit and service that was useful to artists? I know many who think it did.
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SiriusXM has added an "Essential" subscription streaming only plan, making its multi-channel service available on mobile, tablet, desktop and other connected devices. Essential subscribers get 300 channels from SiriusXM's lineup of music, comedy, news, sports and entertainment. The Essential plan is priced at $1 for the first three months, then... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Indie ticketer Eventbrite has relaunched its Spectrum app store as the Eventbrite App Marketplace with 100+ vetted apps to help save time, run events more efficiently and, of course, to sell more tickets. All the apps in the Eventbrite App Marketplace work seamlessly with the Eventbrite platform, giving event creators... Continue reading
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The most common mistake in modern music marketing is both frustrating to fans and deprives artists of precious plays. It is also very easy to avoid. "I’d say one of the most misunderstood marketing essentials, even in 2019, is that marketers tend to simply direct listeners to a single track... Continue reading
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A viral video of a waitress singing at an Ohio restaurant has captured the attention of Missy Elliott, Ginuwine and Snoop Dogg, with the latter tweeting that the singer “needs a record deal.” Erika Kayne was videotaped singing at her father's restaurant, KeVante’s Restuarant & Lounge in the Richmond Mall... Continue reading
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A Manhattan federal appeals court has found that Warner Music Group is guilty of wrongfully withholding royalties from the co-writer behind Madonna’s hit song “Vogue.” Two years ago, Robert ‘Shep’ Pettibone filed a lawsuit against the label claiming that both WMG and publishing division Warner/Chappell “withheld and failed to pay”... Continue reading
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The ticket on sale date for the Woodstock 50 concert in Walkens Glen, N.Y., has been postponed from it the original date of April 22nd. The festival promises acts like The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, Jay-Z and Imagine Dragons. But the on-sale was set... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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MONDAY 4.22.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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This week readers went wild over Festify, Amazon launched a free ad supported music service, Live Nation Urban announced a series of events designed to empower female creatives, we got to peak inside Billy Eilish's bedroom and so much more. Festify Uses Spotify To Create Your Dream Music Festival Amazon... 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 revisit the play gap in men's vs. women's performance on the charts, Spotify's impressive showing over other streamers when it comes to installs, how Billie Eilish and her brother are redefining pop music from a tiny bedroom studio,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Amazon and YouTube each just launched free music streamers. Like Spotify's free tier, both offer free ad-supported music. But despite the media hype, their goals are very different than Spotify. Spotify's free tier offers on demand access to 40 million tracks across almost every platform imaginable. Whereas YouTube and Amazon... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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The Spotify app has passed 500 million installs on Android. In its last quarterly report, Spotify reported 207 million monthly active users, so the 500 million stat includes people who are no longer using the app and reflect how Google calculates downloads and installs. Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer, YouTube Music,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Universal Music Group announced it is expanding its presence in the world of podcasting via a new partnership with indie podcast publisher Wondery. Under the terms of the deal, podcasts produced by Wondery will have access to UMG’s catalogue and its roster of artists. The podcasts will be available globally... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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BBC Music has launched in the US, bringing its in-depth music journalism to a stateside audience. US produced content will be featured alongside the BBC's deep catalog and extensive coverage of global festivals, music news and more. It will also feature access to interviews and live performances, including BBC Radio... Continue reading
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FRIDAY 4.19.19 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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Amazon Music customers in the U.S. who do not have a Prime membership or subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited can now listen to a free ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations for free with Amazon Music on compatible Alexa-enabled devices. It is expected that Amazon's free music service will... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot