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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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As we check back in on all the happenings from inside the music business over the past seven days, we revisit the top lyric searches of 2018, why it is that we skip so many songs, indie music's impressive market share, and much more. Top 20 Lyric Searches Of 2018... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Despite all the talk of equality for women in music, the top 5 most streamed most artists of 2018 on Spotify are all men. Spotify's 5 Most Streamed Tracks were also all male. The streamer registered the same all male top artist inequality in 2015 and 2016. Spotify's Top 5... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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T he members of performers union SAG-AFTRA have voted to approve the tentative deal struck with the major labels for sound recordings back in October. The new SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code includes sound recordings on digital, CDs and vinyl. It also includes all music formats, including audiobooks, cast albums, and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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While not having the backing of a major label has its downsides, many artists wear their indie status as a badge of honor, and music distributor Record Union wants to take things a step further by getting streaming services to tag songs and playlists as 'independent' in much the same... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards are in and Kendrick Lamar leads the 2019 pack with 8 nominations for his Black Panther soundtrack. Here are all of the nominees in each of the 84 categories. 1. Record Of The Year Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Apple has acquired U.K. based music creative services and artist development startup Platoon, according to multiple reports. The startup's co founder, Denzyl Feigelson, is a long time consultant for Apple and produces its annual UK iTunes Festival. Platoon launched in 2016 under the moniker "as launchpad for fearless creatives." The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 12.7.18 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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LyricFind has pulled together the data to determine the Top 20 Lyric Searches of 2018, and Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" tops the list. Swift also grabbed the #18 spot with "Ready For It." Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Digital press kit service presskit.to has gone offline without warning, leaving hundreds, if not thousands of artists and marketers without access to their promotional material. Presskit.to, which launched in 2012, has been offline for almost three weeks. The demise of the digital press kit service came without warning or any... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Eight of the top 10 most played music videos on YouTube worldwide last year were in Spanish, with Puerto Rican singer Ozuna (pictured left) making an appearance in 2018's #1, #9 and #10 music videos. The top 10 YouTube music videos by views for 2018 (as of Dec. 5): “Te... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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EDM festival promoter Insomniac has launched Insomniac Music Group, an in-house record label services group overseeing distribution and management of music for both established and up-and-coming artists. Insomniac will also use the label as an umbrella for their existing in-house imprints such as Insomniac Records and will offer a range... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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SoundCloud has hired former Sony Music exec Lisa Ellis to head Global Head of Music & Artist Relations. She will work alongside SoundCloud’s artist and label services team based in New York. Ellis joins SoundCloud from Provenance Ventures, a holding company for Provenance Media, where she will continue to serve... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify for Artists has launched the 2018 edition of its annual Wrapped campaign. Artist get a free custom micro-site chronicling their stats and successes on the streamer over the last year. Wrapped for fans give users a look back at the music they discovered and played on Spotify over the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 12.6.18 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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Independent music trade group A2IM announced that their 2019 Indie Week will take place on June 17-20 at The New York Law School. Nominations for the indie music Libera Awards are also open. A2IM has pledged to make this year's four day gathering of the indie music tribe a more... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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A reminder that the price of a badge to one or all of the SXSW 2019 conferences goes up at 11:59 PT on December 7. Register now to save. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Playlists are the new radio for many music fans, making the right playlist placement a coveted "get" for any artist or label. Alongside their 2018 top artists, songs and albums, Spotify has shared its most followed playlists of 2018. Today’s Top Hits RapCaviar ¡Viva Latino! Baila Reggaeton Songs to Sing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In this edition of The Business Of Indie, a new MIDiA and WIN report shows strong growth in the indie sector, A2iM sets dates for Indie Week, and Insomniac expands its label services division and much more. Like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Move over Muzak, Apple has filed a trademark application for "Apple Music For Business." The filing covers "broadcast and transmission of streamed music, audio, video, and multimedia content by means of radio, television, internet, and satellite for business use," and would appear to signal Apple's intention to enter the lucrative... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Music industry vet Tony Guanci, along with a team of experienced A&R, touring, live events professionals have launched artist development focused Edgeout Records distributed by Universal Music Group. Edgeout is focused on discovering, vetting and signing young radio-friendly artists, and assist them in developing a fanbase through recorded music as... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Galactic has announced that they’ve purchased the iconic New Orleans nightclub Tipitina’s. The recently finalized deal, which has been in negotiation for most of the year, will transfer ownership of the music venue and it’s associated business to the popular indie funk band. . Photo Credit: Melissa Stewart Galactic is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 12.5.18 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 has released its own Best of 2018 lists based on collective Prime activity October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Spotify and Apple Music released there lists earlier this week. Best of Prime 2018: Prime Music The most streamed artist was Justin Timberlake. Members’ favorite albums included Man of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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While the world's leading streaming service has taken great strides in empowering artists on its platform, it has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to users. One feature which would be tremendously valuable to listeners would be a 'Followed Artists' feed. _____________________ Spotify is, by far,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot