plans to buy music licensing partner for $ 100 million Group recently concluded an option agreement to purchase 80% of its music licensing partner United Media Agency (UMA). 20% already belong to, the company bought them in May of this year, as reported by TASS.

    For, UMA is a media content monetization tool. "The option is concluded in the framework of the company's strategy to expand opportunities for social network users and with the rapid growth of the permanent subscriber base of music services over the past two years," the report says.

    The option expires on May 21, 2020. At the same time, to purchase the remaining share of, the consent of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia is necessary.

    According to representatives of, cooperation with UMA made it possible to normalize relations with rightholders, creating one of the largest music ecosystems on the Russian market. At the same time, the company continues to look for new opportunities to strengthen relations with copyright owners.

    “Our services that provide access to content, including music content, have become a major factor in the steady growth of user engagement,” said Boris Dobrodeev, general director of Group (Russia). He also added that the company expects growth in the subscriber base, for its part, it will expand its portfolio of services.

    After all 100% of UMAs are transferred to, the latter will become the sole owner of the BOOM application, offering the possibility of streaming and caching music. The number of BOOM subscribers exceeds 1 million; it is one of the most profitable applications in both the Apple App Store and Google Play (Russian markets).

    UMA is an aggregator and distributor of content on the Internet and mobile environment, created in 2014. The company is engaged in the licensing of media content, its distribution on partner Internet sites and in its own products. In July 2016, the company signed partnership agreements with Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Merlin Network and other copyright holders.

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