Warner Music ramps up in Russia with Zhara Music acquisition
Streaming is driving growth in Russia, and that in turn is driving consolidation from the global major labels, as they seek to firm up their footholds in the market. Warner Music Group announced yesterday that it is acquiring...
March 25, 2021
Country Profile – Russia 2020
After a standout performance in 2019, the Russian recorded music industry looks set to continue its path towards being a global top 10 market.
January 11, 2021
Major labels target Apple in Russia over iOS piracy apps
It's been a while since we've seen public tensions in the west between music rightsholders and Apple over piracy apps – Apple's involvement being as the owner of the store through which those apps are distributed. According...
October 8, 2020
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