June 24th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Apple’s promise to pay royalties during the three-month free trial of its Apple Music streaming service has won over indie licensing agency Merlin. In a letter to members that leaked last night, CEO...

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June 9th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Amid mounting criticism of SoundCloud and its attempts to swing into monetisation and licensing, the deal struck last week with Merlin, representing a multitude of independent labels, was hugely significant....

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June 4th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

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Slowly but surely, SoundCloud’s status as an unlicensed streaming music service – albeit one where it’s mostly artists and labels willingly uploading their own songs – is being chipped away. Following...

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February 20th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Australia is one of the most crowded markets for streaming music in the world right now, with numerous services jostling for attention. That isn’t putting Samsung off: it has launched its Milk Music...

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November 13th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The drums are banging for the launch of YouTube’s long-anticipated subscription music service, and it seems that some of those will be indie drums after all. The Financial Times reported yesterday that...

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October 29th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

When indie licensing agency Merlin struck a direct deal with Pandora in August, the company said it was “a hugely important opportunity to increase our members’ revenues”. Yesterday, though, the...

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October 18th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

News that former A2IM VP Jim Mahoney was leaving for a new job at Merlin leaked earlier this year, but it’s now been confirmed. He’ll head up the indie licensing agency’s new US office, working out...

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August 28th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Australia is currently one of the most crowded markets in the world for streaming music services, with 27 in operation. Well, make that 26: Songl is shutting down just 18 months after launching as a joint...

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August 6th, 2014 by Eamonn Forde

Pandora may not be flavour of the month (decade?) with all publishers and artists over its royalty rates, but it has just struck a direct licensing deal with Merlin, representing the independent label...

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