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Spotify Will Now Allow Indie Labels To Put Albums Behind a Paywall

Spotify Will Now Allow Indie Labels To Put Albums Behind a Paywall

This afternoon, it has announced that it has signed a new multi-year deal with the streaming service.

While it's certainly good that Spotify isn't struggling to keep its list of 30 million tracks available to listeners, the announcement notes labels under Merlin "can also participate in Spotify's recently announced flexible release policy".

Its stable includes classic British indie labels such as Beggars Group and Sub Pop through to German electronic music label!K7, Kobalt Music, which licenses the music of Prince, and Mad Decent, a US label which has distributed everything from African and Brazilian funk to artists like Outkast. As part of the deal, Spotify says it is also providing "improved marketing and advertising opportunities", as well as access to "enhanced data".

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Users of Spotify's free service may soon find that they can't listen to some new albums released by independent labels until two weeks after the release date.

Merlin CEO Charles Caldas hailed the deal, and praised Spotify.

Parity of access is a key point here: Spotify's in-house playlists continue to grow in clout, with their ability to break new songs and artists.

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Merlin is Spotify's 4th largest partner, offering a single global license to thousands of independent record labels and distributors from more than 50 countries, including Beggars Group, Domino, Entertainment One, Epitaph/Anti, Hopeless Records, Kobalt, Mad Decent, Naxos, [PIAS], Secretly Group, Sub Pop and Warp.

Martin Mills, Merlin chairman, added: 'I'm delighted that Merlin has reached this new agreement with Spotify.

That issue isn't likely to be dealt with in the details of Merlin's licensing deal, but it will be to the fore in the way Merlin's members work with Spotify in the months and years to come.

BBC rule out having a female Doctor Who after Peter Capaldi's exit
He said while playing the timelord was "a great job", the tight schedule and the intense workload were the root for his decision. Rumor had it the Tardis would finally see a woman step up to the iconic console.

Warner Music Group and Sony Music have yet to comment on whether or not they will be entering into similar windowing agreements with Spotify.


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