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With HMV Re-Opened, Can You Teach An Old Music-Loving Dog New Tricks?

The first record I ever bought was from HMV. It was Weezer’s Green Album, and while I can’t pretend it was the moment that my obsession with music kicked off (I’ll put that down to the literal wall of CDs that acted as structural support for my older brothers’ bedroom), it is a moment that I remember incredibly vividly. And, for the record, its was a great album too. Read More >>

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HMV's New MP3 Download App Breaks Through Apple's Walled Garden (Updated)

Returning to the high-street after wrestling with administrators at the start of the year, HMV's next big step is to crack the world of online sales and digital downloads -- arguably the area which caused the company's financial ruin in the first place. In a realm dominated by iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, that's no mean feat, but HMV has a trump card: its new MP3-selling app has managed to break through Apple's walled garden. Read More >>

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Have You Ever Woken Up at the Crack of Dawn to Queue For Something?

As I was taking my place in a well-formed queue outside Oxford Street's new HMV at 7:30am, I realised it was the first time I'd ever risen early to queue for something. Sure, I've covered the queues of many an iPhone or game launch over the years (and even a designer H&M collaboration when I was roped in by a fashion blogger friend), but this New Order LP, one of 100 produced to mark HMV's return to the street, was the first thing to get me out of bed early. What was yours? Read More >>

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Salvaged HMV Returns to Old Oxford Street Stomping Ground

The long-running saga of the death and return of HMV entered a new chapter this weekend, with a new physical branch of the troubled music chain opening up for business on London's Oxford Street. Read More >>

business
HMV Saviour Confirmed as HMV Canada's Owner Swoops In

Looks like all 140 remaining HMV stores will stay open thanks to Hilco UK (beating out ASDA), which bought out HMV's debt, and previously managed to turn around HMV in Canada. 2,500 staff will keep their jobs, and even some stores originally set to close have been taken off the chopping block. That brings the total closed to 90 stores, far less than originally feared. [Sky via MCV] Read More >>

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ASDA Lining up Last Minute HMV Rescue Bid?

Green-topped supermarket chain ASDA may be about to salvage pink-topped physical media dinosaur HMV, with the retail giant said to be offering to buy the remaining HMV stores from the administrator -- and keep some of them going. Read More >>

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37 More HMV Stores to Shut-Up-Shop After Fire Sale

HMV seems to be going from bad to worse, shutting more and more shops. Deloitte has announced another 37 are getting axed in the next four to six weeks, including HMV's Heathrow outlets. Still, you might be able to grab a bargain here and there. Read More >>

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Some Cheap iPods, iPads, and WD Live TVs From HMV Are Your "It's Not Quite a Fire Sale, But It's Better Than Nothing" Deal of the Day

HMV's future is still in some jeopardy, although Sir Elton John is riding in to the rescue, with big talk about instore performances that are more likely to cause riots than retail recoveries. Read More >>

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Top Boss Out as HMV's Fire Sale Starts With Stores Closing Down

HMV's top dog, Trevor Moore, has been made redundant along with 60 more job losses across the troubled firm's head office network. Meanwhile, the 66 stores marked for destruction are preparing for closure, as HMV's everything-must-go fire sale kicks into life. Read More >>

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66 HMV Stores to Close With 930 Staff Out of a Job

Hilco might have bought out HMV's debt, giving it effective control over Deloitte's administration of the troubled chain, but that doesn't mean everything is hunky dory right now. HMV's just announced 66 stores will close with the loss of 930 jobs. Ouch. Read More >>

business
Peter Jones From Dragons' Den Buys Jessops

I'm not sure if this is good news or bad news for the poor staff of the now defunct Jessops, but Peter Jones, he of Dragons' Den fame, has bought the brand in conjunction with a couple of other investors. According to the Telegraph, it's likely Jessops will become an internet-only retailer, ditching stores and therefore staff. Read More >>

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HMV's Twitter Account Goes Rogue

Sounds like quite a lot of people are having a really crappy time over at HMV. However, management obviously didn't think about the corporate Twitter stream. Mass execution? Live twitter coverage of firings? Nasty stuff. Read More >>

business
Half of HMV's Stores Will Be Saved

So there's good news and bad news. The good news: as suspected, Hilco, the proud new owners of HMV, won't be shutting the company down. The bad? Well, only half the stores are being saved, which, according to my highly complicated business analysis, means the other half of the stores are going to get shut down. Read More >>

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You May've Lost Your Gift Voucher, But I Lost My Job

On Christmas Eve 2008, I found out I would be losing my job. There is no day of the year to find out something like that, but it seems that Christmas Eve is a particularly bad one. I remember it very clearly, even down to what I was wearing. I was packing to go home over Christmas and I got a text off my friend Susie, telling me that the shop we both worked in had been taken over by administrators. And just like that, I knew my job would be gone. Read More >>

business
Jessops and HMV May Combine for Ultimate Retail Fail Combo

Staggering news has emerged from the debris of the HMV collapse, with sources claiming that the music chain's financial saviour could also be considering a bid for part of dead camera chain Jessops -- and might install Jessops booths inside HMV branches for the ultimate in retro retail experiences. Read More >>

business
HMV's Getting Rescued

Looks like the High Street can breathe a tiny sigh of relief -- HMV, everyone's favourite beleagured CD seller, is getting rescued by the owners of HMV Canada, Hilco. Read More >>

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