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Merlin talks SoundCloud deal, monetisation and the crushing imbalance of the Universal/Sony duopoly

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. Here was a significant...
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SoundCloud and Merlin explain their indie licensing deal (Interview)

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 licensing...
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Samsung Milk Music launches in Australia, but Merlin protests

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 personal radio service...
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YouTube signs indie labels after summer of anger

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 YouTube has finally...
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Merlin’s Pandora deal sparks Stateside controversy

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 deal was stirring up...
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Merlin opens US office with Jim Mahoney as GM

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 of New York. The...
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Major-backed Songl shuts down in Australia

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 venture between...
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Merlin signs direct deal with Pandora

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 sector. This is the...
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Merlin boss: ‘YouTube pays less than any of the subscription services’

Indie licensing agency Merlin has been conspicuously silent amid the recent storm about YouTube’s licensing negotiation tactics with independents – unsurprising, given that it remains at the negotiating table, with...
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Merlin boss takes aim at YouTube payouts: ‘Their figures are by far the worst’

YouTube has become a popular whipping boy for music rightsholders in recent times, and Merlin CEO Charles Caldas didn’t spare Google’s video service in his keynote presentation at yesterday’s AIM Music Connected...
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Merlin maintains support for streaming music as revenues double

With equity in Spotify and a willingness to speak out whenever it feels its membership is being disrespected by digital services, licensing agency Merlin is a long-time backer of streaming as a model that can benefit the...
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Merlin boss: ‘YouTube pays less than any of the subscription services’

Indie licensing agency Merlin has been conspicuously silent amid the recent storm about YouTube’s licensing negotiation tactics with independents – unsurprising, given that it remains at the negotiating table, with...