Downtown Music and Kobalt suspend operations in Russia
Yesterday's announcements from Sony Music, WMG and FUGA were swiftly followed by the two companies revealing their plans.
March 11, 2022
Webinar: Key Alternative Platforms for Global Music Marketing
Date: 21 July 2021 Time: 5 pm BST Platforms like Instagram, Facebook and TikTok are used in virtually every artist marketing campaign – but to unlock international or niche audiences, you’ll need to engage with...
June 7, 2021
Music marketing focus: Russia and Eastern Europe
The final day of Music Ally's Sandbox Summit Global online conference last week started with a session exploring trends in Russia and Eastern Europe. Vladimir Yurchenko, international marketing manager at Warner Music...
June 2, 2021
vKontakte says it has 1.2m paying subscribers in Russia
It’s not so long since Russian social network vKontakte was one of the primary villains for music rightsholders, on account of its platform being a thriving repository of user-uploaded, unlicensed music. But after signing...
June 20, 2018
Russian streaming services add restrictions for free users
The first industry push in Russia was to clamp down on pirate and unlicensed music services, persuading some of the highest-profile examples to sign licensing deals. Now we appear to be entering a second phase: to shift...
November 6, 2017
vKontakte gets indies licensed through Merlin deal
Russian social network vKontakte has continued its move towards licensed-music legitimacy, thanks to a new deal covering Merlin’s roster of independent labels. The agreement, brokered through United Media Agency, covers...
October 21, 2016
Russia may crack down on social-network piracy
It’s probably a good time for Russian social network vKontakte to have sorted its licensing deals with music labels. Why? The Russian government is reportedly planning a new crackdown on piracy through social networks.
August 11, 2016
VKontakte’s music service and the $0.40-a-year Russian consumer
VKontakte, the biggest social network in Russia, has had a mixed relationship with the music industry, with it being attacked in the past as a major piracy portal and subjected to lawsuits. How times change and it is now...
July 29, 2016
vKontakte doesn’t want to be called a ‘piracy’ site
Fresh from signing a licensing deal with Universal Music to complete its set of the major labels, Russian social network vKontakte is hitting back at any suggestions the catalogue of user-uploaded music on its service make...
July 25, 2016
vKontakte music sub to cost ‘the same as a cup of coffee’
If you needed any more proof that Russian social network vKontakte is on a path from friend to foe for the music industry, witness the appearance of all three labels on a panel event at its VK Fest conference.
July 22, 2016
Report claims UMG closing in on vKontakte licensing deal
Russian social network vKontakte has been a controversial entity for the music industry thanks to songs being shared on its platform. Its launch of a licensed (by Sony Music and Warner Music) streaming app in May was a big...
July 19, 2016