Bruce Houghton

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TuneCore Names Viacom’s Neil Bhay As Tech VP 

[UPDATED] TuneCore has named Neil Bhay Vice President of Technology.  He joins from Viacom, where he served as Vice President of Technology.  Bhay will focus on expanding technology solutions for TuneCore artists. As a musician himself, Bhay’s first-hand industry experiences will help drive artist-centric, effective tech solutions. “We are excited to welcome Neil to TuneCore. […]
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EU Article 13: The Law Of Unintended Consequences

The European Parliament has passed Article 13,. The controversial copyright directive will force Google, YouTube, Facebook and others to do much more to stop the spread of copyrighted material on their platforms. But according to MIDiA’s Mark Mulligan, the legislation has some important unintended consequences. ____________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry […]
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Opposition To Sony Acquisition Of EMI Publishing Grows

Last week, Sony told EU anti-trust regulators that it was ready to close its deal to acquire EMI music publishing. If the sale is approved, Sony, already a behemoth in the world of music publishing will nearly double their publishing catalogue, growing it from 2.16m to 4.21m compositions. The deal, first announced in May, will […]
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Google Maps Adds Spotify, Apple, Google Music Integration

Google Maps has added Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play Music integration as part of  major update that also includes more live traffic updates. Google Maps is also adding direct integration with popular music services. The three music services are now all be available directly within Google Maps’ navigation screen. With Spotify on Android, users can also […]
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Sony, WMG Buy $200M Stock As Tencent Music Files US IPO

Tencent Music (TME) has filed for a U.S. IPO to list on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Global Market with the goal of raising $2 billion. The Tencent F-1 filing offered an unusual and revealing peak inside China’s largest music streaming service. The Tencent F-1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange system offered […]
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Amazon Readies Campaign To Take On Spotify, Apple Music

Amazon Music has grown impressively, accelerated by an  explosion in Alexa smart speakers use.  But, in part because the online giant seldom releases user stats,  it is still portrayed in the media as somehow ‘less than’ Spotify or Apple Music. Amazon Music is preparing to change that perception with a star studded major ad and […]