Apple Music Adds Beggars Group, Merlin, Pharrell Exclusive
June 24, 2015 at 5:11 AM (PT)
APPLE MUSIC, fresh from its announcement that it will be offering royalties to artists during its three-month trial period, starting JUNE 30th (NET NEWS 6/22) has reportedly added MARTIN MILLS' BEGGARS GROUP and indie coalition MERLIN to its offerings, according to BILLBOARD.
APPLE also announced its first exclusive this morning, PHARRELL WILLIAMS' "Freedom," first heard at the company's WORLDWIDE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE earlier this month as the soundtrack to an ad for its radio service BEATS 1, as reported on MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE.
MARTIN MILLS has been one of the most outspoken critics of APPLE's policies. His company includes the 4AD, XL, MATADOR and ROUGH TRADE imprints, which have been influential in the careers of ADELE, RADIOHEAD and ARCADE FIRE, among others. MERLIN represents 20,000 indie labels and distributors worldwide.
In other APPLE news, DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS reports APPLE will be paying a "severely-discounted" rate of .002 cents or a fifth of a penny per stream during its free trial phase, quoting the WALL STREET JOURNAL saying, "The rate will increase once customers start paying for subscriptions." That figure, though, has yet to be reported elsewhere.