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Sony’s London CD Warehouse Destroyed in Riots

9 Aug, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Rioters in London burned down a warehouse owned by Sony Corp. Aug. 8, destroying the CD and vinyl stock of more than 150 independent record labels, according to numerous media reports.

Sony confirmed in a statement that the facility had been destroyed, though it was
“unable to confirm the extent of the damage.”

The facility served as the headquarters for U.K. music distributor Pias, which said in a statement that it was working with Sony to minimize “the impact on the business, a No. 1 priority for all our labels and clients.”

“Sony DADC have identified a temporary distribution partner, and it is envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders in the course of next week,” the statement read.

In an email to its customers, Pias confirmed that “the likelihood is that all stock is lost.”

Memphis Industries, one of the labels distributed by Pias, wrote on its Twitter feed that it was “devastated” by the loss.

“So all the stock we got left is sitting in our office. Devastated is the word. Thoughts go out to all other Pias labels too,” the company tweeted.

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