Merlin members expecting $65m of streaming revenues in 2013
Merlin is celebrating its fifth birthday with some new stats. The indie licensing body now has more than 580 label and distributor members, representing more than 20k labels with 3m tracks for licensing – and a share of...
June 6, 2013
Merlin hails growth of streaming services for indie labels
Indie rights body Merlin published some research into digital growth for its member labels yesterday, claiming that a third of them have seen streaming and subscription revenues more-than double year-on-year.
May 17, 2013
European Commission clears WMG’s Parlophone acquisition
Warner Music Group remains on course to acquire the Parlophone label by the summer, after receiving clearance for the deal from the European Commission.
May 16, 2013
Merlin expects up to $65m of streaming revenues in 2013
Fresh from winning an IMPALA Outstanding Contribution award, Merlin boss Charles Caldas has been giving his views on digital music, including this stat: "We expect the streaming revenues alone for Merlin in 2013 to be somewhere...
April 2, 2013
Merlin slaps Australian streaming service Songl as ‘waste of money’
Another day, another new streaming music service – and yet another that's drawing fire from licensing body Merlin for disrespecting independent labels.
March 22, 2013
Merlin and IMPALA strike Parlophone deal with WMG
Merlin and IMPALA have announced an agreement with WMG that they say will "bring more scale into the independent sector through an opportunity to buy, license or distribute a significant portion of PLG assets or their equivalent...
February 20, 2013
MUSIC ALLY PODCAST 14 – Myspace v Merlin
In the latest Music Ally podcast, Eamonn Forde and Stuart Dredge try to get to the bottom of Myspace and Merlin falling out (again) and much much more...
January 23, 2013
New Myspace falls out with Merlin over licensing
Merlin doesn't have a deal with New Myspace to stream its catalogue, yet songs from more than 100 of its member labels are still available on the social service.
January 22, 2013
Google Play still fielding BPI brickbats
Google added music to its Google Play store in several European countries yesterday, but the company is still fielding criticism from the BPI.
November 14, 2012
Interview: Nick Massey, chief executive, Rara
Nick Massey explains why Rara is avoiding the freemium route, how devices will unlock the market’s potential and why more tech titans will pile in.
November 7, 2012
Grooveshark and Deadmau5: deal or no deal?
Grooveshark software engineer James Hartig points out that "Grooveshark has a deal with Ultra for the deadmau5 content".
September 27, 2012
Merlin ‘disappointed’ at EC clearance for Universal/EMI deal
Reactions are coming in for the European Commission’s approval of Universal Music’s acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division, with indie body Merlin quick to voice its mixed feelings about the deal going...
September 21, 2012