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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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The Recording Academy, whose members determine the Grammy Awards, has announced a new "community driven" membership model, as part of an an effort to increase diversity and build a more relevant organization. But could new professional recommendation and peer review requirements have the opposite effect, turning Academy membership and The... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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As with so many aspects of marketing, event invite subject lines need to be carefully tailored in order to make a potential attendee feel excited and as though they're being personally catered to. ____________________________ Guest post by Ronnie Higgins of Eventbrite When it comes to your first invite to an... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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Enacted on October 11, the Music Modernization Act will have vast impact on the music business and how it is conducted in the US. Here we look at exactly what sort of changes this new legislation will bring about. ____________________________ Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of NOVA Southeastern University The... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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Just under 50,000 have already signed a Change.org petition calling for Maroon 5 to drop out of performing as part of the Superbowl halftime show in February. The band are rumored to have accepted the gig even after Rihanna turned it down in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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While in days of old stadium shows were dominated by rock stars like The Rolling Stones and The Who, these rock performers are beginning to percolate out, making way for the new titans of pop. __________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Those of us who grew up... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 11.20.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
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Taylor Swift has once again used her power to help hundreds of other musicians. Universal Music Group will share profits from the sale of Spotify stock with artists that have not recouped their advances. While this almost unprecedented payment promise will match Sony's Spotify payments, the real person to thank... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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In this 2nd edition of our continously updated Business Of Indie compendium of independent music news, we share stories on Taylor Swift's exit from indie Big Machine to UMG, Glassnote's switch from UMG to AWAL (Do they cancel each other out?), changes in Recording Academy membership to increase diversity and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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iHeartMedia announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jelli, the company behind the SoundPoint platform which enables programmatic buying and selling broadcast radio ad time. The acquisition, which is designed to help radio compete with the kind of targeted advertising that digital services offer, comes just... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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This week the Music Biz Weekly podcast tackles the topic of SEO - Search Engine Optimization. Don’t be afraid of this episode, they bring the topic of SEO down to a level that we call all understand. What is SEO and how is it different than SEM, Search Engine Marketing?... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Just a month after becoming a free agent, Taylor Swift has announced a global deal with Universal Music Group and its Republic Records imprint. The superstar has been with indie label Big Machine since 2006, selling more than 32 million albums in the US alone. As part of the new... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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In another indication of what seems to be America’s growing disaffection with award shows, ratings for ABC’s CMA Awards broadcast on Wednesday plummeted 34 percent from 2017, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The CMAs aren’t the only awards show to experience slumping ratings this year. The 2018 Academy Awards saw... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Live music event streamer LiveXLive Media reported record revenue for their second fiscal quarter of 2019, but still missed Wall Street’s estimates. Revenue for the quarter came in at $7.97 million, up by 5% from the first quarter, when they cleared 7.62 million. However, the company missed the mark set... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify honored behind the scenes music makers at the Secret Genius Awards Friday evening in Los Angeles. Held at the Ace Theater, the award show was hosted by Ne-Yo. This year’s top honors went to Murda Beatz for Producer of the Year (Drake’s “Nice For What” and “Motorsport” by Migos... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Indie label Glassnote Music has shifted its digital and physical distribution to Kobalt's AWAL, after years at Universal Music Group. Glassnote artists include Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Childish Gambino, The Strumbellas, and Jade Bird. Glassnote will also leverage Kobalt and AWAL’s global marketing, radio promotion and data analytics platform.... Continue reading
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MONDAY 11.19.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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As we flip back through essential music industry news and events from the past seven days, we're revisiting the full list of Latin Grammy Award winners, determining whether the CD is really dead, looking at some of this years big winners in Country Music, and more! Latin Grammy Awards 2018... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Cartoonist Tommy Siegel shares a cynical and amusing, but all too true, look at four types of musicians roaming the music industry jungle in 2018. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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58.4 million people in the US use Spotify in 2018. That's 20.8% of internet users, according to eMarketer estimates. But who are they? First, the number: And who are they? Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Conventional wisdom is that an artist has to be on a major label to have major success in the music industry. But these 11 top artists are proving that the major label paradigm has shifted, Indie is in. Some have left major labels; but most have always been strictly independent,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In an effort to improve the methods by which royalties are calculated, Chris Castle theorized something known as the "ethical pool". Here he takes a deeper dive, taking a look at a new study on the topic and how it compares more conventional royalty calculations. _____________________________ Guest post by Chris... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Two Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else. The Brooklyn based startup Canopy's... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Revenue at Universal Music Group grew 13.5% year of year last quarter, according to financials reported by corporate parent Vivendi. But on everyone's mind were Vivendi's plan to sell a 50% stake in the world's largest music group. Vivendi said that it has chosen 15 banks to help it find... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 11.16.18 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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The winners of last night's 2018 Latin Grammy Awards came from a broad spectrum of styles and genres. The awards were televised on Univision from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Top Awards Record of the year - “Telefonía”, Jorge Drexler. Album of the year - “¡México por siempre!”,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot