Following Apple's decision to actually pay artist royalties during its three-month trial period beginning at the end of this month, two digital rights giants, Merlin and Beggars Group (comprising 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, and XL), have reportedly signed deals licensing music under their umbrellas to Apple Music.

Previously both Merlin, speaking to Music Business Worldwide and Beggars Group, via an open letter, stated that they wouldn't be signing deals with Apple Music due to its no-royalty policy over the 90-day free trial period. That all changed when Apple announced a U-turn following a lot of backlash, notably an open letter from Taylor Swift.

In a letter to its members, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas wrote:

"I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."

You can read the whole thing over at Billboard.