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Kill Rock Stars attacks Spotify’s “crappy” per-stream rate for indies

Just when we thought label attacks on Spotify were calming down and everyone was playing nice again, the president of Kill Rock Stars (home to Elliott Smith, Bratmobile, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney, Gossip and more) has charged...
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Merlin hails 73% rise in streaming revenues for indie labels

Independent licensing agency Merlin has published the results of its annual membership survey, with the headline figure being 73% year-on-year growth in streaming revenues for its member labels to $232m. Streaming is now...
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Merlin gets new board members as chairman Mills is reappointed

Indie licensing agency Merlin announced its latest board election results yesterday, revealing new board members and the re-election of its chairman Martin Mills. Those new board members are Darius van Arman (Secretly...
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Pandora / Merlin deal may be benchmark for new royalty rates

Pandora’s share price jumped yesterday after a ruling by the US Register of Copyrights regarding the upcoming process to set new webcasting royalty rates. Pandora has been told it CAN submit its direct deal with indie licensing...
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Merlin and WIN support indie licensing deals with Apple Music

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 Charles Caldas explained:...
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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...