Tuesday 3rd August 2010
Rdio: A Statement by Merlin CEO Charles Caldas
Said Merlin CEO Charles Caldas, in response to this morning’s launch of Rdio across North America:
“It is incredibly disappointing that Rdio have launched their new service across North America without having finalized a deal for the world’s most important independent labels and artists.
“We are surprised that a service, whose success would seem dependent on offering its consumers a comprehensive choice of repertoire, would launch without giving those consumers access to the leading global independent labels we represent, and their artists.”
Merlin, the virtual fifth major, represents the world's most important set of
independent music rights. Merlin commenced operations in May 2008. Since then it has struck deals with a number of digital services including 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, Naïve, Tommy Boy, One Little Indian, Yep Roc/Red Eye, Beggars Group, Merge, !K7, PIAS, Domino and Koch/E1, whose artists include Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, The XX, Neko Case, The National, Tom Waits, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, DJ Khaled, Dorrough, Tiësto and many many more.