Backbeat: Merlin, Spotify, Other Music Biz Execs Converge on Carlton Hotel Bar @ MIDEM
Backbeat: Merlin, Spotify, Other Music Biz Execs Converge on Carlton Hotel Bar @ MIDEM

The bar at the Carlton Hotel was bustling again Sunday night as MIDEM attendees returned from late meetings, dinners and MIDEM Festival performances, including the Ting Tings at Chapiteau Croisette.

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Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin, the global rights body for independent labels, chatted with employees from Spotify. Caldas praised Spotifyfor injecting new life in the online subscription music market and said Merlin members appear to be optimistic about their prospects for the new year. The Spotify guys? Please refer all questions to our corporate communications, they said. From left, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas, Spotify licensing director Elias Raam, Spotify European head of licensing Guillaume Arth and Spotify labor relations director Sung-kyu Choi. (Photo: Louis Hau)

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From left: Ariel Publicity president Ariel Hyatt, Copyright Exchange GM Chip Petree, Major Bob Music director of A&R Jesse Frasure, Downtown Music Publishing VP of music licensing Sean McGraw, McCann Erickson senior VP/group strategy partner Julianna Katrancha, Downtown Music Services senior VP of creative Jedd Katrancha and Billboard branding reporter Andrew Hampp. (Photo: Louis Hau)

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