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Oxford Street HMV Is Closing After 96 Years

After the sad closure of the enormous HMV at 150 Oxford Street in 2013, the iconic brand moved back to its original digs further up the road with a retro-styled His Master's Voice branch. Now, that branch is also to close, Retail Gazette reports. Read More >>

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Vinyl Comeback Helps HMV Overtake Amazon in Physical Media Sales Chart

A big rise in vinyl sales to their highest level in 20 years has helped HMV beat Amazon when it comes to the money earned from the sale of traditional physical things with music printed on them. Read More >>

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HMV is Set to Overtake Amazon for UK DVD and Music Sales

It's been just 18 months since HMV almost fell foul of the administrators and closed for good, but it's enjoying a Lazarus-like resurrection of fortunes at the moment. It's currently pulling in increased record and DVD sales thanks to a greater number of in-store live performances and celebrity appearances, and is now on track to topple even the mighty Amazon when it comes to physical music and DVD sales. Read More >>

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HMV is Now “Very Profitable” After Bleak Administration Period

After a brush with the administrators back in 2013, veteran high street record shop HMV is enjoying a miraculous turnaround. Not one of the 144 stores bought by restructuring firm Hilco is making a loss, with boss Paul McGowan describing the business as "very profitable". [Telegraph] Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>