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Merlin artists can now window releases to subscribers on Spotify

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Independent label group and digital rights agency Merlin has signed a multi-year agreement with Spotify that will allow its artists to gate their albums to only paid subscribers. The new deal continues the existing relationship between Merlin and Spotify and marks another big development in the streaming platform’s label relationships. Continue Reading

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Deezer reportedly looks to shift licensing model

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Deezer is reportedly looking to change its licensing structure. Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Research exclusively reported that Deezer is looking to pay out fees based on the percentages of a listener’s subscription fee. This is a model dubbed user-centric licensing. Streaming platforms operate on a service-centric licensing model, where royalty payments are made to artists based on share of airplay across the entire listener base. Continue Reading

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Announcing the RAIN Podcast Business Summit, June 21 in New York

RAIN is pleased to announce the first details of the RAIN Podcast Business Summit, June 21 at the AXA Event & Production Center in New York. As podcasting continues to grow in consumer recognition, listening audience, and content creation, the business opportunity also grows for networks and advertisers. The RAIN Podcast Business Summit is the only conference to define the podcast marketplace — its growth, trends, and opportunities for marketers. Continue Reading