July 4th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Having been criticised as the most high-profile unlicensed lyrics website last year, Rap Genius has been striking a series of deals with publishers – the latest of which is Warner/Chappell Music. Announced...

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June 18th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich...

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June 12th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge


Rumours that Amazon is preparing to launch a streaming music service have been circulating for some time now, and in recent months they have narrowed down to suggestions that it'll be part of Amazon's...

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February 19th, 2014 by Music Ally

Indie licensing body Merlin has had cross words for several streaming music services down the years

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January 28th, 2014 by Music Ally


It seems like a logical move to add the ability to stream music to live-discovery apps like Songkick and Bandsintown.

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July 30th, 2013 by Music Ally


Earlier this year, Pandora bought South Dakota FM-radio station KXMZ-FM in an effort to keep its royalty commitments down by qualifying for an 'RMLC' licence, which covers companies with traditional and...

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July 7th, 2013 by Music Ally

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We were very impressed with independent artist Dan Deacon's smartphone app last year, with its ability to synchronise fans' phones during his gigs to become a light-show and networked sound system.

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June 21st, 2013 by Music Ally


Pandora and ASCAP are hardly the best of friends in 2013, thanks to the former's desire to lower its royalty rates.

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June 6th, 2013 by Music Ally

Merlin is celebrating its fifth birthday with some new stats. The indie licensing body now has more than 580 label and distributor members, representing more than 20k labels with 3m tracks for licensing...

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