Rdio to Feature Top Indie Artists from MerlinBy Rdio, PRNE
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Licensing Deal Brings World's Leading Independent Artists To Rdio
SAN FRANCISCO, January 10, 2011 - 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,
Rdio (www.rdio.com) is the music service that lets subscribers listen to
unlimited music on the web and mobile devices, anytime and anywhere.
Merlin (www.merlinnetwork.org) represents the largest collection
of rights outside of those held by the larger major labels. This includes
repertoire from labels such as Rough Trade, Warp Records, Yep Roc/Red Eye,
Epitaph, Naxos, Naive, Tommy Boy, One Little Indian, Kontor New Media,
Beggars Group, (PIAS) Entertainment Group, !K7, Merge, Domino and Koch/E1,
and top indie acts including The xx, Grizzly Bear, The National, DJ Khaled,
Dorrough, Tiesto and hundreds more.
"Our relationship with Merlin and the top indie labels and acts it
represents is part of our commitment to bringing the best music experience to
our listeners," said Rdio CEO Drew Larner.
Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO, said, "We are very pleased to see the launch
of innovative services like Rdio in the digital market, and are confident
that Rdio's users will enjoy the access they now have to the many amazing
artists and labels that our members represent."
The Rdio - Merlin relationship is for global distribution of Merlin
artists on the Rdio platform. The companies said Merlin members' music will
initially be available in North America, with additional territories to be
disclosed in the coming months.
With its members' digital market share reported at around 10 percent of
the global market, Merlin provides an invaluable solution to digital music
services looking to offer their users the world's most important independent
labels. As a result of the relationship, Rdio's subscribers have access to
some of the world's most important independent artists, and have an exciting
new platform to reach music fans and realize greater value from their art.
Rdio's social music streaming service lets fans discover and share music,
and recommends songs based on listening habits and the playlists shared by
friends. Rdio subscribers can play as many songs they want, on their personal
computers or mobile devices, anytime and anywhere.
Merlin, the virtual fifth major, represents the world's most important
set of independent music rights. Merlin commenced operations in May 2008 and
since then has struck deals with a number of digital services including Rdio,
Spotify, MySpace Music, Sky Songs, Catch Media and Simfy. Merlin seeks to
ensure its members have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams
and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected.
Merlin represents by far the largest and most compelling basket of global
independent rights in the world and so offers the most efficient means of
licensing this repertoire. Members include Rough Trade, Warp Records,
Epitaph, Naive, Tommy Boy, One Little Indian, Yep Roc/Red Eye, Kontor New
Media, Beggars Group, Merge, !K7, PIAS, Domino and Koch/E1. Their artists
include Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, The xx, Neko Case, The National, Tom
Waits, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, DJ Khaled, Dorrough, Tiesto, Scooter and many,
A global organization, its members' market share in the US alone is
reported at around 10%, equivalent to that of the smaller major labels,
whilst in Europe member labels released 72% of the top 60 independent albums
issued in the past three years and commanded a 11% digital UK market share in
2009. For more information please visit www.merlinnetwork.org.
Rdio is an unlimited, on-demand social music service from the founders of
Skype. Rdio brings music alive by letting subscribers listen to as many songs
as they want, anytime, anywhere, and discover and share new music with
friends. Rdio was founded by Janus Friis with Niklas Zennstrom. Funding was
received from Atomico, a leading technology investment group. For more
information please visit www.rdio.com.
Sue Ellen Schaming, +1-415-321-1866, press at rdio.com, for Rdio
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