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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...
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Merlin on YouTube music payouts: ‘Their figures are by far the worst’

Indie music licensing body Merlin has made a big impact since its launch six years ago, striking deals on behalf of its members with a host of digital services, and calling others out for refusing to engage before launch. CEO...
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Merlin reveals ‘refreshing and enlightened’ deal with Beats Music

Indie licensing body Merlin has had cross words for several streaming music services down the years
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Merlin boss thinks indies are losing out in streaming market-share calculations

Indie licensing body Merlin collected $70m from streaming music services on behalf of its members last year, and expects to “easily” surpass $100m in 2014 according to CEO Charles Caldas
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Merlin reveals ‘refreshing and enlightened’ deal with Beats Music

Indie licensing body Merlin has had cross words for several streaming music services down the years,
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Music Ally Report 332 – Indie Loop

Lead: Merlin is accusing the majors of trying to game the digital music market by either buying into or buying up distributors and aggregators, thereby awarding themselves a huge negotiating advantage. Yet the deals indies...
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Merlin bags former WMG exec for US advisory role

Merlin is ramping up its US efforts with the announcement that former WMG exec Roger Gold will be its commercial and strategic advisor in the market.