Alex Pham

contributing editor

contributing editor

Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

Merlin, a music rights organization that represents more than 20,000 independent labels and artists worldwide, announced it has signed a licensing agreement with Beats Music. The multi-year contract gives Merlin the same terms as those negotiated with major music labels.
YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Music Industry In Last Few Years

YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Music Industry In Last Few Years

YouTube has paid out more than $1 billion to music rights holders over the last several years. The disclosure came during a Midem panel addressing online video during which YouTube VP of content Tom Pickett was grilled about whether ads provide sufficient revenue for artists and what the California technology company is doing about illegal "stream rippers."
Topspin Layoffs Signal Strategy Shift

Topspin Layoffs Signal Strategy Shift

Topspin Media confirmed it has laid off 14 employees, or about 44% of its staff. The layoff signals a strategic shift at the 7-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., company towards being a technology platform and away from hands-on artist services.

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