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Five music news stories from around the web (8/2/19)

1. HMV saved from collapse by Doug Putman

HMV has been sold to Doug Putman, owner of Canadian retailer Sunrise Records, which will see the closure of 27 stores, including the flagship store on Oxford Street in London, and the loss of over 450 jobs.

Read the full report on The Guardian.

2. Pink to receive Outstanding Contribution to Music BRIT Award

The BRIT Awards have announced that Pink will receive an Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s ceremony.

3. New 3000-capacity music venue to open in West London

Broadwick Live, the owners of Printworks London, are to open a new 3000-capacity venue and events space at Westfield, East London reported Music Week.

4. Independent Venue Week 2019 round-up

The sixth Independent Venue Week came to a close last week, and the team have published a round-up of the week.

IVW 19 – A Celebration Of Creativity and Generosity

Read our interview with Chloe Ward, Director of the UK.

5. Labels call for EU Copyright Directive (including article 13) to be cancelled

Music Business Worldwide reported that record labels have called for the EU Copyright Directive to be cancelled, as it reaches its final stage of discussion. They state that the letter from organisations including ICMP (The Global Voice of Music Publishing), the IFPI, and independent music trade body IMPALA said: ‘the proposed approach would cause serious harm by not only failing to meet its objectives, but actually risking leaving European producers, distributors and creators worse off.’

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