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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Americanafest 2019 is a wrap. Thousands of musicians, music industry professionals and fans descended on Nashville for a four-day conference, an awards show filled with great music and short speeches alongside more than 500 official and countless unofficial showcases. The Americana Music Association (AMA) defines Americana music as "contemporary music... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at hypebot
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Spotify playlist promotion offers.. we get them all the time. You probably do too. In this episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast, co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert read an actual Spotify playlist promotion proposal, dissect it and point out some very real red flags. ________________________ Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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Warner Records has formed a joint venture with Masked Records, the new label formed by hip-hop entrepreneur Roger Gengo, founder of the influential Masked Gorilla website and UNMASKED concert series. Gengo, who is credited with founding and incubating “Soundcloud Rap,” established Masked Gorilla when he was just 17 years old.... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
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Singer and songwriter Sam Smith, who came out as nonbinary earlier this year, announced that they are officially changing their preferred gender pronouns to they/them. "Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM,” Smith said in a post on social media.... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at hypebot
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A 19-year-old UK hacker has been arrested in on charges of stealing unreleased songs from major international music artists and selling them for cryptocurrency, according to AP. The teen, who reportedly accessed musicians websites and cloud-based accounts illegally, was arrested Thursday in Ipswich, England. His name is being withheld due... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at hypebot
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In this piece, Seth Reslar explores how the Spotify's new podcast creation feature can be taken a step further to create a Spotify-based radio show by combining the podcast and song saving feature into one. ______________________________ Guest post by Seth Resler of Jacobs Media Strategy From time to time, I... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at hypebot
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MONDAY 9.16.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at hypebot
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This week, some of the most popular articles from the pages of Hypebot looked at Spotify's launch of its new upgraded family plan, the streaming platform's head of music's choice to step down, Jammber's acquisition of TuneRegistry and what that means for music rights, plus much more. Spotify Launches Upgraded... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube is revising its chart criteria and will no longer count paid advertising views on YouTube in the YouTube Music Charts calculation. The shift aligns YouTube with the policies of Billboard and Nielsen. Indian rapper Badshah, K-pop group BlackPink and Taylor Swift have all spent money on YouTube ad advertising... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Music video platform VEVO is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2019 and the service is now home to more than 400,000 official music videos, exclusive original series, and unique concert videos. The video platform, which serves artist videos through distribution partners that include YouTube, Amazon, Apple Roku, Sky,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Clio Music has announced that Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett will both be honored at the 60th annual Clio Awards. Crow will receive the Clio Music Impact Award, recognizing artists who have made a significant impact on popular culture through their originality, which as a result, move their industry forward... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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“Please Me” rapper Cardi B led the charge for the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards nominations, with a total of nine nods. Cardi’s extensive list of nominations includes picks for MVP of the Year, Hot Ticket Performer, Hustler of the Year, Best Collabo, Single of the Year, Made-You-Look Award, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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In order to get paid from the mechanical royalties generated by your song's plays, you need to some kind of publishing administrator to collect it for you. In this article, Brian Hazard gives us feedback on his recent experience using Songtrust, one such publishing admin. ______________________________ Guest post by Brian... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 9.13.19 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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The Americana Music Association kicked off its annual conference Wednesday night with the 18th annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The Milk Carton Kids-hosted evening that showcased the best of what this inclusive genre has to offer. Without taking anything away from the veterans, this year's stellar... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Music promotion and fan building platform Beatchain has added digital distribution powered by FUGA. The full direct to artist platform will launch in early 2020. FUGA’s platform will allow Beatchain to distribute their users’ content to hundreds of digital services for 100% market reach. Artists can upload unlimited tracks for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Leaving downloads and CDs in the dust, streaming (and consequently playlists) is now the new normal for music consumption. But just how much is this style of listening harming artists, and how much value is there getting your song a coveted placement on a popular playlist. ___________________________ In this latest... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 9.12.19 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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Spotify has acquired SoundBetter, a global marketplace that helps creators connect and hire producers and other audio professionals. Soundbetter will become part of Spotify For Artists, making it the first artist service that the streamer will charge for. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. SoundBetter enables musicians, DJ's and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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It's widely agreed that songwriters are not getting their fair share of the growing bounty created by the streaming music boom. But the solution is much more complex than just paying them more, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. ________________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry blog Music... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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While creating a country music playlist on Spotify, country star Martina McBride found that the overwhelming majority of the songs recommended were sung by men and decided to speak out. McBride says she hard to refresh her list of Spotify song recommendations 14 times before it included one women -... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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In a recent test move, Spotify appears to be experimenting with allowing its users to create podcasts from within the streaming platform, inserting a button which, if clicked, will redirect the user to the Anchor app, a user-friendly podcast creation tool acquired by Spotify in early 2019. _________________________ Guest post... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Every artist and every venue is different, but when it comes to the two parties working together, there are some practices that are pretty much universally a good idea for making sure things going smoothly between the host and artist performing. ____________________________ In this most recent post to MusicThinkTank, Owen... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Music streamer Deezer is soliciting rights holders to test a major change in how streaming royalties are calculated. So-called "user-centric payments" would more fairly compensate low and mid-tier artists, according to its supporters. While not a top tier player, Deezer's 14 million users would provide an adequate test of the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 9.11.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot