Independent Artists’ Chart Success Underlines Changed Digital Music Landscape

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Merlin Survey Independent Artists’ Chart Success Underlines Changed Digital Music Landscape (Adele, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, et al lead the charge) 22 artists represented by Merlin members score number 1s in at least one major territory, – more than 50 Merlin member artists bag top 5 albums in 2010/2011 US Albums market share for independents is 57% greater for digital …

Merlin Agrees Multi-Million Copyright Infringement Settlement

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Merlin agrees to settlement of copyright infringement claims with XM Satellite Radio over the Pioneer Inno and similar devices Successful class settlement means Merlin members and entire independent label community will benefit 11th April 2011 – The global independent music agency Merlin has agreed to a settlement of a long-running dispute with XM Satellite Radio over the Pioneer Inno recordable …

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Merlin Enchants Simfy

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Through a landmark deal with Merlin, simfy has become the first German music platform to offer its users access to the catalogues of the world’s most prestigious independent record labels. Cologne, 24th May 2010 – simfy, Germany’s largest streaming subscription service, has signed a comprehensive licensing agreement with global independent rights agency Merlin, who represent the most valuable basket of …

Rdio to Feature Top Indie Artists From Merlin

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Licensing Deal Brings World’s Leading Independent Artists To Rdio Arcade Fire, Spoon, The xx and The National Among Top Indie Acts Available to Subscribers Rdio subscribers can now listen to top indie artists including Vampire Weekend, The Pixies, Belle and Sebastian, Tim McGraw, and Boards of Canada as a result of a licensing agreement with global independent rights agency, Merlin. Rdio …

Sky and Merlin Reach Agreement to Further Bolster Sky Songs’ Artist Portfolio

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Deal adds global Independent market leaders to Sky Songs catalogue – Artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective, Bjork and Maximo Park now available to stream and download to own December 21st 2009 – Sky has reached an agreement with global independent rights agency Merlin to add a wide variety of leading artists to Sky Songs, the recently launched digital …

Additional Quotes from Merlin Members on MySpace Music Agreement

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“Thanks go out to the good folks at Merlin for achieving this important milestone, which benefits the whole independent music community. It’s only fitting that independents, so instrumental to the success of MySpace, be recognized for their contributions.” Brett Gurwitz – Owner, Epitaph Records “Domino is very pleased that Merlin was able to secure a balanced partnership with MySpace Music. …

MySpace Music and Merlin Strike Comprehensive Global Agreement

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Independent Labels Representing 10% Of Global Music Market To Join MySpace Music Deal Sees MySpace Music Further Commit To Independents With Launch Of Growth Participation Plan Merlin Nominee Invited To Participate In MySpace Music Board Meetings LOS ANGELES – November 23, 2009 – MySpace Music, the premier online music community and leading independent music agency Merlin today announced a comprehensive …

MySpace Merlin Announcement – Q&A

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Can you describe this comprehensive deal between MSM and Merlin?The commercial terms are confidential, of course, but we can tell you that it includes: .Merlin’s member labels will now be eligible to market, promote, and monetize their content on MySpace Music, get enhanced data surrounding the activity on the Site, and be able to improve the connections between Merlin Label …

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Merlin Signs First Global Video Deal With Muzu.TV

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Artists including Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys and The White Stripes to join award-winning service Dublin, Ireland – July 14th, 2009 – MUZU.TV, the award-winning music video website and distribution platform, has signed a global video licensing deal with Merlin, the global licensing agency with the largest basket of rights outside the four major labels. The first video licensing deal that …

Merlin Strikes Deal With Catch Media

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16th March, 2009 – MERLIN, the global rights agency and virtual fifth major, representing major independents including Domino, Beggars Group, KOCH (nowE1 Music), Epitaph and [PIAS], whose artist rosters include Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Anthony & The Johnsons, Basement Jaxx, Bjork, DJ Khaled, Franz Ferdinand, Maxïmo Park, Röyksopp, and Vampire Weekend, has announced a deal with Catch Media, for their Play …

Merlin Signs Deal With iMesh

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Independents’ Digital Rights Agency Strike Deal With US’ 3rd Largest Subscription Service Includes Settlement For Use Of Repertoire On Lphant P2P Network Bjork, Franz Ferdinand, Anthony & The Johnsons Among Artists To Benefit March 9th 2009 – MERLIN, the global rights agency and virtual fifth major, representing major independents including Domino, Beggars Group, KOCH (now E1 Music), Epitaph and [PIAS], …

Merlin, th Virtual Fifth Major, To Join Spotify At Launch

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October 7, 2008: MERLIN, the recently-formed independent global rights agency, whose membership comprises the largest basket of rights outside the four major labels, today announced a landmark agreement with the newly launched Spotify digital music service, which has recognised the importance of independent music to its service. Spotify offers instant access to a world of music that its users will …

MySpace Music Launches Without World’s Leading Independent Labels and Artists

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25th September, 2008 – Said Charles Caldas – CEO, Merlin, Global Rights Body For Independent Sector: “It is incredibly disappointing that MySpace will launch their new service without having finalised a deal with the world’s most important independent labels and artists. It certainly makes Chris DeWolfe’s public statements*, that the “indie bands are really the heart of MySpace”, ring extremely …

Global Rights Body for Independent Music Grows to 8% Share of US Market

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Position Now Equal to that of EMI Music Represents Biggest Bundle of Rights Outside the Four Major Labels Memberships Tops 12,000 Labels in 1st Month UK Members Command 75% market Share of the Top 75 Independent Albums of 2007 New York, NY – June 11, 2008: Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independent music, has seen its membership …

Global Rights Body Merlin Opens Doors To World’s Independents

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All Independent Labels, Distributors And Aggregators Invited To Join Former EMI Europe Business Affairs Head Charlie Lexton Engaged Midem, Cannes 27th January 2008– Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents, today opened its doors to label, distributor and aggregator members across the world. Within the coming days membership documents will be circulated via the global network of national …

World’s First Global Indies Rights Body Merlin Launches Website

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www.merlinnetwork.org Full details of aims, scope, structure, membership eligibility English, French and Spanish at launch, additional translations to follow Mandates being prepared 19th November, 2007: Independent music companies the world over have a new online focus thanks to the launch today of www.merlinnetwork.org, the official website of Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents. The site provides a …

Frank Takes Helm as Merlin Appoints First Chairman

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Mon 8th October, 2007: Merlin, the world’s first rights body for the global independent record sector, have appointed their first Chairman in Bob Frank of US independent Koch Records. As the final step in agreeing a fully-functioning board, Frank was unanimously elected by fellow board members and will sit for a term of one year, after which a new Chairman …

Merlin Calls Elections for Full Board

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Fifteen Positions Available Nominations Invited From All Independents – Labels, Distributors, Aggregators Global Selection Process To Deliver Global Representation Major Step Towards Incorporation – Most Important Initiative Global Independent Sector Will Likely Ever Undertake 13th July, 2007: Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents, today opened elections for fifteen available positions on its inaugural full Board. Nominations were …

Merlin Appoints Interim Board

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To Set Up World’s First Global Licensing Agency – Representing World Independent Community Monday 16th April, 2007 Charles Caldas CEO Merlin, the world’s first global music new media licensing agency, representing the world’s independent record sector (artists including The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Waits, De La Soul and Cat Power), has appointed Merlin’s Interim board. Its remit is to …