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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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TIDAL and benefactors Mark Lampert and Robert Nelsen today announced the launch of TIDAL Unplugged, a million dollar grant program for emerging artists. Funded by a donation from Lampert and Nelsen, TIDAL Unplugged will launch in Detroit in March. Local artists will can submit their music through TIDAL to receive... Continue reading
Posted 16 minutes ago at hypebot
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Top Of The Spots has a simple premise: choose which of two randomly chosen tracks on Spotify got the most cumulative plays. Playing this free game is truly addictive, particularly for us music junkies, and far harder than you'd think. Play Top Of The Spots here. Continue reading
Posted 44 minutes ago at hypebot
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In this guide for the scrappy self starters out there, award winning songwriter MANAFEST breaks down into four strategic phases how artists can roll out their music in such a way as to increase their chances of building momentum and hitting the Billboard charts. _______________________________ Guest post by Chris Greenwood... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 2.21.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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The UK music industry gathered at the O2 Arena on Wednesday for the annual Brit Awards, with The 1975 taking top honors, winning album of the year for their hit A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The 1975 also took home the 2019 Brit Award for British group. Other winners... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at hypebot
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Spotify reached a record 2.5 million average simultaneous streams in October of last year, according to Triton Digital’s Top-20 ranking. Pandora stayed steady around 2 million average streams while over all webcast listening grew 12% year of year. chart via RAIN Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Music analytics platform Soundcharts has launched a new version with new pricing. Under the plan, users can share data access with their entire team at no additional cost. Every plan comes with unlimited users and is based on the number of monitored artists, starting at €19 / $21.50 USD per... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The UK based Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced Ninja Tune MD Peter Quicke as its new chair. Quicke, who has been with London's Ninja Tune since shortly after its inception in the early ’90s, will step into the board appointed role effective immediately. He replaces Tim Dellow of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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This year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will bring together some of the past year’s most successful songwriters on May 2 – 4, 2019 in Los Angeles. Panels and panelists announced for the expo include Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next and Sweetener collaborators Victoria Monet, Tommy Brown and Charles “Scootie”... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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When opening for a more established artist, it's important to stick to a certain etiquette. The journey from opening artist to main act is full of pitfalls, but by sticking to these five rules, we can help you maximize your success and limit your failures in the opening slot. __________________________________... Continue reading
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WEDNESDAY 2.20.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Joshua Sason, whose Magna Group is one of PdgeMusic's largest investors, has been sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud. A Friday SEC filing accuses Sason of an elaborate scheme to illegally obtain $25 million in shares of penny stock to unload on investors. "Magna Group and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Recently a twenty-five year old Dinorsaur Jr. song called "Over Your Shoulder" agitated musical waters when it mysteriously popped out of the blue ta #18 on the Japanese Billboard charts. Here we look at what exactly went on that earned this quarter-century old tune its renaissance. ____________________________ Guest post by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The law firm representing musician and artist advocate David Lowery and other songwriters has filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement that will see self-published songwriters paid as much as $10 million by Rhapsody and it's Napster music streaming service. The settlement, filed in the US District Court... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Posting everyday to promote a new release is fine. But if you aren’t posting a pre-order link, then you are making your fans jump through unnecessary hoops. Listen and learn from music marketing experts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast. . Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, Linn Records finally finds its way to Apple Music with 400 titles, distributor RPM owes labels $6.8 million, Christian rock stars Fireflight sign with Nashville's RockFest Records and much more. Like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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If a creator breaks the rules, YouTube will stop monetizing their content or in extreme cases band them from the platform altogether. To make the process of punishment, YouTube has simplified its "strike" system and created a rather perky video to explain it. New YouTube Strike System Policies The first... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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SoundCloud has added free digital distribution to its SoundCloud Premier monetization toolset. With the new feature, creators monetizing music on SoundCloud can distribute to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and other music services directly from their SoundCloud account. Creators using the SoundCloud Premier distribution feature keep... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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As the reality of data harvesting settles in among consumers, music tech companies are forced to choose where they in the coming privacy war, a where in which honesty and transparency could provide the greatest competitive advantage. ___________________________ In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, Annabel Youens explores how honesty could... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music licensing platform Songtradr has acquired global music licensing agency Big Sync Music. The combined companies will offer Songtradr clients more access to top tier brands and give Big Sync direct access to Songtradr's massive catalog and propriety technology platform. The acquisition is a multi-million dollar cash and equity transaction... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Independent music distribution and label services company Symphonic Distribution is extending its services to include a new sync licensing division called Bodega Sync. Based out of Symphonic’s Brooklyn offices, Bodega will be headed up by creative licensing veteran Jon Mizrachi. Mizrachi, who previously worked for Carlin America music publishing, will... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Bloodshot records co-owner Nan Warshaw is “stepping away” from her duties at the indie label, following sexual misconduct allegations against her life partner, musician Mark Panick. The allegations came to light in a series of social media posts by singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless, in which she accused Panick of “casual predation”... Continue reading
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TUESDAY 2.18.19 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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MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan takes a deep dive into Spotify's latest public numbers and finds some areas for real concern. "Spotify is growing its subscriber base markedly more quickly than it is growing its premium revenue," says Mulligan, and that is resulting in declining average revenue per user (APRU). ____________________________... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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From agents to artists and tour buses to trucks, Pollstar Live! is the gathering of the tribe for the touring industry. This was the first year that new grand poobah Ray Wadell and the Oak View Group were in charge, and they left their stamp in nothing but positive ways.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot