Spotify, the European ad-supported streaming music service preparing for a U.S. launch, has sold a 17.3% stake in the company for about $12.4 million to the four major record labels and independent label aggregator Merlin. The obtained document shows that Sony BMG owns 5.8% of Spotify, compared with 4.8% for Universal Music; 3.8% for Warner Music; 1.9% for EMI; and 1% for Merlin. Spotify has to date raised about $31 million in venture capital financing, and is reportedly raising another $50 million round at a $250 million valuation.

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