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...
August 18, 2016
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...
June 17, 2016
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...
November 18, 2015
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...
September 22, 2015
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:...
June 24, 2015
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...
June 9, 2015
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...
June 4, 2015
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...
February 20, 2015
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...
November 13, 2014
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...
October 29, 2014
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...
October 18, 2014