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
Global music-streaming: ‘For growth you have to look outside of the Western markets’
Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon may dominate many of the discussions about music-streaming, but there is more to the global streaming market than the biggest players. A strand at Music Ally and Music Biz's NY:LON Connect...
January 22, 2019
Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018
“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our...
December 20, 2018
Country Profile – Russia 2018
With Russians spending the least per capita on recorded music in Europe, the outlook in the country seems bleak. But domestic music is driving an ambition to see Russia become a Top 10 player in the world market
November 12, 2018
Label lawsuits target US ISP and Russian stream-ripping sites
Major labels’s latest copyright lawsuits are fighting on two fronts: the US and Russia. The first concerns a new copyright-infringement liability lawsuit filed against American ISP Cox Communications by Sony Music, Universal...
August 6, 2018