The Stuff Of Legends…

Tuesday, July 19 2016
The Stuff Of Legends…

George Best falling down the steps being a bit, ahem, worse for wear; Brian Clough turning up to collect his award, promising to turn in early having nothing to say – then talking for a good 45 minutes or more; Sir Alex Ferguson signing copies of his specially compiled promo CD of his favourite inspirational songs… […]

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The Consumer Experience Is King

Tuesday, March 22 2016
The Consumer Experience Is King

HMV’s Rudy Osorio is a long-time champion of the industry, both in his role as head of film and TV at the retailer, and in his involvement in industry organisations, not least as one of the senior retailers at ERA. His presentation at the BASE Industry Forum was one of the highlights of the event […]

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Doctor In The House

Tuesday, March 22 2016
Doctor In The House

It’s not every day that an actual time traveller turns up in store, but the original Timelord, aka the Doctor, probably knows a thing or two about the history of the HMV flagship store at 363 Oxford Street, in the heart of London’s busiest shopping street.. In fact, it’s a good bet that the Doctor […]

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Legends In The Making

Thursday, August 20 2015
Legends In The Making

The hmv Football Extravaganza, the retailer-sponsored fundraiser, has been an event on the entire entertainment business’ calendar in the UK for 20 years now. Ahead of this year’s event, which honours David Beckham with the coveted Legend award on September 1, we thought we’d ask a few key figures and regular attendees for their favourite […]

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Babadook Hits The Streets

Sunday, March 1 2015
Babadook Hits The Streets

Who’s this, strolling down Oxford Street? Performing some weird kind of meet and greet… Out and about, going for a shop… First in hmv then on to FOPP On a Monday, then he was gone Performing launch duties for Icon Out for PR, playing his part Helping his film get off to a great start […]

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The Gong Show

Monday, February 3 2014
The Gong Show

Cinema-goers settling down in to their seats with their popcorn ahead of big feature film releases from Friday January 31 will have been treated to a rare sight, as hmv took to the big screen as part of a new marketing push. It’s the first time the retailer has used cinema spots in its marketing […]

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Rush Hour Traffic

Monday, February 3 2014
Rush Hour Traffic

“We found one of these double-parked outside of our store yesterday,” said an email that turned up iin our inbox last week just after an issue of The Raygun newsletter had been sent out. The newsletter featured a story looking at Studiocanal’s campaign for Rush, the Ron Howard directed racing feature, further outlining its mareting […]

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Stoned Love

Sunday, October 20 2013
Stoned Love

It was only at the premiere for The Stone Roses – Made Of Stone, you realize just how seminal, how influential this band really were. Every conversation we had with Mancunians and other assorted scallies, mainly in the smoking area outside the venue, revolved around the effect the Manchester quartet had had on their lives: […]

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Goodbye To All That…

Wednesday, June 5 2013
Goodbye To All That…

To say that Gennaro Castaldo leaving HMV marks the end of an era at the retailer – or the whole industry for that matter – is something of an understatement. For almost 28 years, more than a quarter of a century, Castaldo was a constant within our industry and at the retailer. He’d been there […]

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Where Next For HMV?

Thursday, May 2 2013
Where Next For HMV?

One of the key elements of the HMV saga was the amount of column inches, in print and online, devoted to self-professed retail experts offering the retailer advice on what it should do next. And yet among the cacophony of voices shouting at the retailer and administrator Deloitte, few had any working knowledge of the […]

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The Hobbit: Filling More Gollum Inches

Monday, April 15 2013
The Hobbit: Filling More Gollum Inches

With sales expected to top the 1 million mark in its first week, the arrival of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner’s big release for the first part of 2013, was another big seller for the first half of the year. It didn’t quite make the Skyfall numbers, but it still made for a hugely […]

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Empire Rules The Streets

Thursday, March 28 2013
Empire Rules The Streets

We don’t have a picture of the week, but if we did, it would be this wonderful shot. It’s Darth Vader Lego minifigures queuing up outside HMV’s flagship store in London’s Oxford Street. The minifigures were gearing up for the release of Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, the hilarious take on the Star […]

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Keeping The Wolves From The Door

Thursday, March 14 2013
Keeping The Wolves From The Door

Another week, another event release and many in the video industry should have their hearts warmed by seeing at least one of these pictures – eager punters snapping up a new release on a Monday in an HMV outlet. March 11 saw the release of the final part of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part […]

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HMV Update: Conference Call And More…

Wednesday, January 16 2013
HMV Update: Conference Call And More…

Senior management at HMV are convinced that a buyer will be found for the business, which entered into administration late on Monday evening. And chief executive Trevor Moore and his finance director Ian Kenyon believe that they’ve got the ideas to help a new HMV emerge from the ashes of the retailer. That was one […]

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HMV: Stores Remain Open, Buyer Sought

Tuesday, January 15 2013
HMV: Stores Remain Open, Buyer Sought

HMV has confirmed that its stores will be open today (Tuesday January 15), that it will continue trading and that it is seeking a buyer after slipping into administration on Monday evening. After a fraught few days which saw the retailer locked in discussions with its banks, key stakeholders and suppliers, a further fall in […]

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