Russian digital music service Zvooq has inked a licensing deal with Sony Music, giving it a full set of global majors to add to its local agreements. “For a long time, Sony Music’s extensive catalog was what we missed, and now we’re glad to have begun working with that company,” Zvooq’s head of content Tanya Mulkidzhanova told Billboard.

“Sony Music is the owner of one of the largest international catalogs, and our cooperation with that company will allow Zvooq to present the entire volume of international music to our users.” Zvooq continues to compete with Yandex Music in the nascent Russian streaming market, with rightsholders hoping that a crackdown on piracy in the country will fuel legal businesses – even if new rules on data storage are putting global services like Spotify off entering the market.

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