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Warner to handle CD distribution for Sony in Russia

By | Published on Tuesday 10 December 2013

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Sony Music has announced a distribution deal with Warner Music Russia which will see the latter handle for the former the distribution of physical products in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Sony Music Entertainment Russia itself will continue to coordinate digital distribution, sync deals and public performance royalties for its catalogue in the region.

Confirming the deal, Warner Music Russia top man Alexander Blinov told reporters: “We are delighted to have Sony Music Entertainment as a partner. Our companies share the same passion for music and for providing local consumers with compelling legal products of the highest quality. We’re sure that this deal will create many new opportunities that will benefit both companies, our artists and Russian music fans”.

Meanwhile Sony Music International’s Adam Granite added: “By combining Warner Music’s strength in this area with our own local expertise in core strategic functions we are offering the best of both worlds for our current roster and catalogue artists”.

The distribution of Sony’s CD releases in Russia was previously handled by local independent CP Digital. It is thought the move to Warner will step up the scale of Sony’s distribution in the region.