Russia’s latest music streaming entrant is state-owned Sberbank
Spotify’s launch in Russia this July put the spotlight back on one of the more intriguing music markets in the world – historically dogged by piracy, but now with a collection of global and local services trying to...
September 30, 2020
TuneCore expands into Brazil and Russia with new offices
One of the music distribution trends of recent years has been aggressive geographic expansion, as distributors look to gain footholds in burgeoning new markets for music streaming – or those anticipated to grow rapidly...
September 16, 2020
Spotify Russia launch is part of eastern Europe expansion
Last week's reports of an imminent Spotify launch in Russia were correct, but it's part of a wider expansion in eastern Europe for the streaming service. Yesterday, it launched in 13 new countries in the region: Russia...
July 15, 2020
Spotify expected to finally launch in Russia on 15 July
Spotify wanted to launch in Russia a long, long time ago. As far back as 2013 it added Russian-language support to its app, before poaching Google exec Alexander Kubaneishvili the following year to head up its launch plans. But...
July 9, 2020
Yandex Music has 3.3m subscribers – and a playlist-commenting voice assistant
In the past, Russia has been one of the countries where music piracy seemed hardest to tackle, but a combination of things – including social network vKontakte coming in from the licensing cold and a governmental crackdown...
March 31, 2020
Russian anti-piracy boss hails efforts to tackle infringement
The head of Russian anti-piracy body the Internet Video Association has claimed that voluntary piracy measures in the country imposed two years ago have been having the desired impact. Back in 2018, a number of Russian content...
March 27, 2020
Russian search engine anti-piracy deal gets extended again
Even for those long of tooth and grey of hair, the Russian digital piracy problem seems to have been around for ever. For every breakthrough (or seeming breakthrough) there’s a setback. Here’s the latest progress. Internet...
January 27, 2020
Music’s global evolution: K-Pop, China, and Eastern Europe
The second morning at this year’s NY:LON Connect conference focused on ‘emerging international and influential markets’. Three territories in particular: South Korea, China, and Russia / Eastern Europe. The track...
January 20, 2020
Spotify’s long-awaited Russia launch may be imminent
Spotify’s long awaited Russian launch could take place as early as November, as the Swedish giant looks to make its mark in a booming streaming market. A Music Ally source says that the streaming giant is set to launch...
October 28, 2019
Country Profile – Russia 2019
A significant 8m jump in users of streaming services in Russia in a single year illustrates how those platforms are engaging music consumers, while on social media, vKontakte’s vast popularity is helping to fuel the growth
October 23, 2019
Yandex Music nears milestone of 2m paying subscribers
Russian music-streaming service Yandex Music will soon have two million subscribers, having doubled its number of paying customers over the last 12 months. Billboard reported on the milestone, with Yandex having announced...
June 3, 2019
Sandbox Issue 222: SYNC IN. Music Synchronisation Gets Smarter
Lead: as synchronisation grows in importance, a new wave of tools is emerging to make that whole process work seamlessly and smarter, covering both micro-licensing and pitch management. We look at the key players here, what...
February 20, 2019