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HITS LIST, YUP
IMAX version available (8/12a)
SURPRISE MEGAN DROP—"LET'S RUN THIS LAST ONE UP"
That's that, all of a sudden. (8/12a)
NEW & DEVELOPING
ARTISTS: Q3 EDITION
The stars of tomorrow—and one star of the moment (8/12a)
TOP 20: THE RACE
FOR #1 IS ON
It's neck and neck at the turn. (8/10a)
WE'RE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, BUT WE JUST HAD TO TELL YOU
Oh, no, not again. (8/12a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
Blighty Beat
INDIE LABELS JOIN CHINA GOLD RUSH
3/16/18

Independent labels have joined the race to legitimize China's music industry with global rights agency Merlin signing non-exclusive licensing deals for its members with the state’s biggest streaming services.

Aside from advance payments given to major labels in exchange for licenses, the market, which was previously plagued by piracy, has yet to generate serious revenue for the majority of rights holders. Is that set to change?

The Merlin deal—which will be serviced by market-leading music industry services company Outdustry—means NetEase Cloud Music (NetEase), Xiami (Alibaba), and Tencent’s QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo will now be able to legitimately host music from a wealth of independent labels worldwide. The deal is unique in the fact it’s not exclusive to one service; Universal, Sony and Warner have all signed exclusively with Tencent.

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