Posts filtered by tags: Bruce Houghton[x]


 

AM BRIEF: Tencent Stock Upgrade • Spotify Adds Artist Blocking • Apple Music, Spotify Data Protection Complaints • More

TUESDAY 1.22. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Spotify, Music, Musicians, Apple Music, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Tencent Music, Tencent Stock Upgrade


German Music Streaming Up 40% In 2018

Germany streaming music grew by over 40% in 2018 to an all-time record high of 79.5 billion, according to German music industry association Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI).While CD sales saw a 23% decline in the last year – a first for the format in the German music market – there was still an impressive 48.2m units sold in 2017. Commenting on the report, Dr. Florian Drucke, CEO of the BVMI, said: “Looking at the sales in the past year, we see a continued strong growth in the area of ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Japan, Youtube, Germany, Music Industry, Pandora, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech


MON. BRIEF: Article 13 In Doubt • Spotify To Launch In-Car Player • R. Kelly Returns To Charts • More

MONDAY 1.21. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


R. Kelly Is Back On The Billboard Charts

R. Kelly is back in the Top 20 on Billboard. Given the horrific stories surrounding Kelly in recent weeks, perhaps it's curiosity rather than being reminded of a favorite song. But either way, both Kelly and Sony, who just severed ties with the R&B singer for future projects, will profit. The album "The Essential R. Kelly" re-entered the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart at #19., for the first time since 2015.  "Essential" also debuts at #144 on the Billboard 200 and #46 on the Top Catalog A...
Tags: Music, Sony, R Kelly, Bruce Houghton, Kelly, Sony Music


Spotify Rolls Out #MuteRKelly Inspired Artist Blocking

Spotify is rolling out a feature that allows users to block an artist, including their automatically curated playlists like Discover Weekly and Daily Mix. The move comes as calls increase to #MuteRKelly and ban artists accused of sexual misconduct and hate speech. The new option removes blocked music from the users personal Spotify library, playlists, automatically curated playlists, charts and radio. The user can't play any music by the artist, unless they unblock them. It can be...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Bruce Houghton, MuteRKelly


Spotify To Sell $100 In-Auto Voice Controlled Player, May Launch In India 1/31

Spotify is planning its first push into hardware with a long rumored voice controlled in-auto music player. It's not clear who will buy the $100 device, since the streamer is already accessible via voice control using Alexa, Google Play and its own in-house Spotify Voice. Apple's Siri voice control does not play well with Spotify, and the streamer's move into hardware seems designed to provide an alternative eco-system that it fully  controls. Spotify's new hardware will be built by F...
Tags: Spotify, Music, India, Siri, Streaming, Financial Times, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Variety, Alexa Google, Spotify Voice Apple, Spotify Voice Launch In India, Terms Service


Article 13 Falters, 'Final' Negotiations Postponed

The Article 13 Copyright Directive, once promoted by record labels and derided by YouTube is on the brink. Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland have said they can not support the latest draft and are blocking it from moving forward. A Monday meeting to finalize the proposal has been cancelled. BREAKING: Council has failed to find an agreement on its #copyright position today. This doesn’t mean that #Article11 and #Article13 are dead, but their adoption has just become a lot less ...
Tags: Music, Eu, Poland, Bruce Houghton, Julia Reda, Germany Italy the Netherlands


AM BRIEF: Article 13 In Doubt • Spotify To Launch In-Car Player • R. Kelly Returns To Charts • More

MONDAY 1.21. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Ariana Grande's 7 Rings Shatters Spotify 24 Hour Record With 15 Million Streams of '7 Rings'

Ariana Grande has shattered Spotify's record for the most plays within 24 hours. Grande's single "7 Rings" clocked 14,966,544 streams in its first 24 hours after being released on Friday 18th. That's 4 million more than the former record holder. The previous 24 hour record holder, holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey, has 10,819,009 Spotify streams on December 24, 2018. Manager Scooter Braun tweeted the announcement: Official numbers are now in- @ArianaGr...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Bruce Houghton, Scooter Braun


FRI. BRIEF: Deezer Radio App • Cassette Sales Grow • Spotify Stock Rally • Dolby 234 • More

FRIDAY 1.18. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Cardi B's Epic Trump Shutdown Rant Is Now A Song [LISTEN]

Cardi B took to Instagram on Wednesday to express her righteous outrage over the longest government shutdown in history. "Now, I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably have a job,' she said addressing Trump and Congress. "This s--- is really f---ing serious, bro, this s--- is crazy." 12.5 million views later, meme masters The Gregory Brothers remixed her minute long rant into a political jam, "Yeah Bitch/ Nah Bitch."  Enjoy! so e...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Congress, Trump, Bruce Houghton, Cardi, Gregory Brothers


Sony Music Severs Ties With R. Kelly, But Continues To Profit From His Recordings

R. Kelly and Sony have parted ways, according to multiple sources who characterized the split as everything from mutually agreeable to the controversial rapper being shown the door. The split finally comes after months of pressure over the rapper's alleged predatory behavior. and sexual abuse of women, including several minors.  But, before you give Sony a #TimesUp Award... R. Kelly's profitable recording catalog will continue to be distributed by RCA/Sony, and his music is still availa...
Tags: Music, Sony, Bruce Houghton, Kelly, Sony Music, RCA Sony


Songs Are Getting Shorter and Streaming Is To Blame

Songs are getting shorter. The average length of a song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds between 2013 and 2018. 6% percent of Hot 100 songs were 2 minutes 30 seconds or shorter in 2018, up from 1% in 2013, according to an analysis published by Quartz.  From Drake and Kanye West to country superstars Eric Church and jason Aldean, songs are getting shorter. As an example, the study sites Kendrick Lamar. "The average track...
Tags: Music, Kanye West, Drake, Eric Church, Bruce Houghton, Lamar, Mark Richardson, Aldean, Nielsen SoundScan


Show4Me Closes $12.8M Round For Music Crowdfunding, 'Fan Interaction Network'

Wefuture announced that it has closed a$12.8 million series A round from a UK-based corporate investor. The UK startup will use the funds to transition its Show4Me site from concert crowdfunding platform to a broader "music interaction network." The redesigned Show4Me will help musicians and music industry professionals manage their music business activities on a single network, grow a fan base and engage them through a "direct-interaction model".  For fans, the incentive is lower price...
Tags: Music, UK, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Startups & Funding, Diy Musicians, Show4ME. music, Karėn Chiftalaryan


House Of Blues New Artists Program Applications Open

Applications are open for the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s 2019 Bringing Down the House. The four city program helps emerging musicians navigate the music industry, learn music business strategies and develop the knowledge and confidence need to build a career in the industry, both on and off the stage. The free program is open to emerging artists, ages 14-20, across four cities (Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New Orleans). Young artists from all backgrounds and all genr...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, House, Bruce Houghton, House of Blues, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, Chicago Las Vegas Los Angeles, New Orleans Young


Spotify Stock Surging After Positive Valuations

Spotify stock closed Thursday at $133.25 and was up another 2.46% to $136.40 in pre-market trading Friday. That's a jump of more than 20% since Christmas eve. The price rise comes as multiple analysts see Spotify stock, which soared at high as $198.99 in 2018, is undervalued at current levels. "This rally of SPOT stock has legs," writes analyst Luke Lango. "Although I labeled Spotify stock a bubble back in mid-2018, that bubble has since popped. What remains is an undervalued and oversold...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Bruce Houghton, Luke Lango


If You Don’t Understand Video Monetization You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

You need help with your digital strategy if you don’t understand video monetization. That's what Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert explore on the Music Biz Weekly podcast this week. Learn how to monetize your videos on Youtube and who is eligible. More on past Music Biz Weekly podcasts here. [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Video, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Michael Brandvold, Jay Gilbert, Music Biz Weekly, Podcast: Music Biz, YouTube & Video


Bandcamp Opens Brick and Mortar Record Store and Performance Space - A Look Inside

Bandcamp is opening a record shop and performance space in Oakland, California on February 1st.  The store will feature a rotating selection of 99 records that showcase "the diversity and design" of the five million available on Bandcamp. The store will also host free, all-ages shows as part of an upcoming video series. Bandcamp is also partnering with local organizations like the Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and Transgender Law Center to host music-focu...
Tags: Music, Bruce Houghton, Oakland California, Bandcamp, Oakland School, Broadway OAKLAND, Mortar Record Store, Arts Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Bells Atlas Sol Development Queens D Light Jazz, MJ 's Brass Boppers, Richard Morgenstein


AM BRIEF: Deezer Radio App • Cassette Sales Grow • Spotify Stock Rally • Dolby 234 • More

1.18. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Music Industry, Stars Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell

The music industry and rock royalty were out in force in Los Angeles on Wednesday night as Chris Cornell’s friends and family filled  the Forum to celebrate the life of the late Soundgarden frontman. Performers for the five-hour tribute concert included his former Audioslave bandmates, as well as Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams and others. Guest singers for the show also included Fiona Apple, Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Miguel, who performed a selection cuts culled fro...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, Miguel, Cornell, Alice, Bruce Houghton, Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Wikimedia Commons, Audioslave, Matt Cameron, William duvall, Foo Fighters Metallica


Spotify Updates Preferred Distributor List

UPDATE: Spotify has refreshed it's official list of preferred distributors and renamed its "Other Preferred" designation. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks. In the new listing (pictured above), Spotify has renamed the"Other Preferred" category as "Recommended" and upgraded CD Baby to a "Preferred Artist Distributor."  DistroKid, which Spotify invested in ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Digital Music, Bruce Houghton, TuneCore, D.I.Y, Fuga, Advanced Features Analytics, Spotify Preferred Label Distributor


Spotify Cuts 2 Of 5 From Preferred Distributor List

Spotify has narrowed its official list of "Preferred" distributors from 5 to 3 and added a slightly lower "Recommended" tier. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks. Now, Spotify has cut two distributors from it's "Preferred" list. Under Artist Distributors, EmuBands has been dropped from the "Preferred" list to a new lower "Recommended" tier. Only DistroKid, whic...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Digital Music, Bruce Houghton, TuneCore, D.I.Y, Fuga, Advanced Features Analytics, Distibutor Fuga


SXSW Adds Keynote, Featured Speakers For 2019

SXSW is just weeks away and the organizers have announced a slate of additions to the Keynote and Featured Speaker lineup for the 2019 event. The updated list of Keynote speakers announced for the event includes Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, director, actress, producer and activist Olivia Wilde, and the addition of Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger to a conversation with Kevin Systrom and Josh Constine. Contributors who have joined the Featured Speakers list for 2019...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Music, Instagram, Neil Gaiman, United States, Jeffrey Katzenberg, John, Olivia Wilde, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Cameron Crowe, Vox Media, Sxsw, Priscilla Chan, Tim Ferriss, Bruce Houghton


SoundExchange Goes Full Klasky

SoundExchange has named Helaine S. Klasky as chief communications officer. As COO  she will oversee the global communications, industry relations, and public policy teams on behalf of its 178,000 artists, rights holders and publishers.   She was previously the chair of Burson-Marsteller's  U.S. public affairs and crisis practice, the chief communications officer at GE Energy Management, and the chief communications officer at  Yale University.     Klasky also  served as ...
Tags: Music, Capitol Hill, Yale University, Bruce Houghton, SoundExchange, Edward Kennedy, Burson Marsteller, U S Department of the Treasury, Huppe, Helaine, GE Energy Management, Dennis DeConcini, Klasky, Helaine S Klasky


Colin Kaepernick NOT OK With Travis Scott Super Bowl Gig

After rapper Travis Scott was announced as a guest performer with Maroon 5 during the halftime show for the Super Bowl month, he revealed that as a condition of his performance, the NFL had agreed to join him in making a $500,000 donation to a social justice organization. At the time, Scott also suggested that he had “consulted” with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick before accepting the high profile NFL gig, seeming to imply that Kaepernick was on board with the performance. As ...
Tags: Music, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Jay, Music Business, Live & Touring, Big Boi, Major Labels, Travis Scott, Bruce Houghton, Scott, Variety, Kaepernick, Nessa, Kap


Tinder Adds Spotify Song Sharing So You Can Soundtrack Your Hookup Pitch

Tinder is testing the ability to share Spotify songs in chat with potential hookups. Tinder and Spotify first hooked up in 2016 with the ability to share favorite songs in user profile pages. This data also became part of the algorithm used to surface potential partners. If chosen via a new Spotify button, the in chat as a clickable preview, with the receiver able to sample up to 30 seconds of the track. Tinder Tests Sharing Spotify Clips With Matches https://t.co/eCHBbPYUpl pic.twi...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Tinder, App, Streaming, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Bruce Houghton


THU. BRIEF: Spotify Adds 'Car View', Partners with Tinder • SoundExchange Names CC0 • Fantasy Woodstock • More

THURSDAY 1.17. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


AM BRIEF: Spotify Adds 'Car View', Partners with Tinder • SoundExchange Names CC0 • Fantasy Woodstock • More

THURSDAY 1.17. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Spotify Adds Car View: Helpful But Not Voice Control

Spotify is rolling out 'Car View,' a simplified larger print view designed to make it easier for users to control basic functions while driving. The feature is rolling out slowly Android devices. No word yet on when it will be added to the iOS app. Had no idea Spotify had car view...thought maybe they just decided i needed old-man mode or something. pic.twitter.com/b8JXsj0tho — Kyle Renken (@kylerenken) January 15, 2019 "The text of the track title and artists are larger, ther...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Pandora, Voice Control, Waze, Amazon Music, Bruce Houghton, Kyle Renken


ASCAP Named Pandora Nicole Carbone-Rogers SVP Events

ASCAP has named Nicole Carbone-Rogers as Senior Vice President of Events. She will be responsible for ASCAP’s awards shows and other events. Previously, Carbon-Rogers was Head of Experiential Marketing & Live Production at Pandora, where she managed 75 events. Carbone-Rogers has also held senior events and marketing positions at Billboard where she was Director of Events & Marketing, and at Prometheus Global Media as Marketing Director of Conferences and Events. ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matth...
Tags: Music, Pandora, Rogers, Ascap, Bruce Houghton, Nicole, Elizabeth Matthews, Prometheus Global Media, ASCAP Named Pandora Nicole Carbone Rogers SVP, Nicole Carbone Rogers, Carbone Rogers