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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Cav Some Of That

Sunday, November 11 2012
Cav Some Of That

Cyclist Mark Cavendish, one of the sport’s highest profile stars, champion sprinter and, by all accounts, thoroughly nice bloke, popped along to HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store in the heart of London’s West End for a special signing of the newly-released DVD charting his illustrious career. Cav, as he’s affectionately known by his adoring fans, […]

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Ill Behaviour Helps Sales

Thursday, October 18 2012
Ill Behaviour Helps Sales

Revolver headed to the other side of town from its normal west London base to mark the release of ill MANORS, the directorial debut from recording artiste turned film-maker Bren Drew, aka Plan B. And the rapper himself went up west, moving from his spitirual home of Canning Town for a special in-store signing at […]

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“Snakes? I Hate Snakes…”

Wednesday, October 17 2012
“Snakes? I Hate Snakes…”

Anyone suffering from ophidiophobia – an irrational fear of snakes – or arachnophobia (spiders, sin case you haven’t seen the family creature feature of the same name), was best advised to avoid HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store in the  run up to the launch of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures. For to mark the first […]

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Bond’s Nationwide Tour

Tuesday, October 2 2012
Bond’s Nationwide Tour

In one of the more ambitious launch pushes seen in recent years, MGM, through it’s ongoing deal with Fox, took to the streets of the UK, for a week’s worth of pun-infused Bond activity that culminated at 10.07am on the morning of the release of the Bond 50 Blu-ray Collection. The launch initiative, months in […]

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HMV’s Teenage Kicks

Tuesday, October 2 2012
HMV’s Teenage Kicks

£200,000… That’s the total raised by HMV for its chosen charity Teenage Cancer Trust in a mere 18 months. And to mark the remarkable achievement, HMV met up with staff and patients at a special unit its cash has helped to build. HMV staffers went to the Teenage Cancer Trust’s state of the art unit […]

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A Midnight Launch

Friday, August 17 2012
A Midnight Launch

Fans queued overnight outside HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store in the heart of London for a Midnight launch, although the event itself didn’t take place until the next evening… Confused? Let us explain further: the Midnight we’re referring to are Internet sensations A Midnight Beast, who’ve gone from youtube to their own show in a […]

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Heading For Calmer Waters…

Wednesday, August 8 2012
Heading For Calmer Waters…

HMV chief executive Simon Fox has not had an easy ride in his six years at the retailer. He’s seen others come and go – Virgin and Woolworths among them – meaning the 200 plus chain he’s been heading up has effectively become the last man standing on the high street in entertainment terms. But […]

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Diamond Geezers

Monday, May 28 2012
Diamond Geezers

The votes are cast, the counting has finished and, a matter of days ahead of the diamond  jubilee, HMV has unveiled the best British film released during Queen Elizabeth  II’s reign. The 60-year poll organised online by the retailer makes for interesting reading, even if it doesn’t throw up too many major surprises. The music […]

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HMV Heads For Calmer Waters

Thursday, May 17 2012
HMV Heads For Calmer Waters

HMV ceo Simon Fox is in a remarkably amiable mood when The Raygun speaks to him on the phone. He’s preparing for a board meeting but you wouldn’t know, he sounds relaxed and is chatty and friendly. After the kicking that HMV has received from the press in the past year or two – much […]

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Nipper Flies The Flag As HMV Votes

Friday, May 11 2012
Nipper Flies The Flag As HMV Votes

We’ve spent the past week or so perusing this lengthy list of British films, put together by retailer HMV as part of the jubilee celebrations taking place this summer. With its own heritage as a particularly British retailer – the company itself dates back more than a hundred years – HMV is aiming to find […]

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A Cut Above

Friday, March 30 2012
A Cut Above

There’s nothing that HMV’s head of press and PR Gennaro Castaldo won’t do in the call of duty. He works ridiculously long hours, deals with an at times rabid press and vicious business reporters, puts up with numerous queries and pointless complaints from members of the public, has to deal with uppity talent and that’s […]

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Viral Marketing

Wednesday, March 21 2012
Viral Marketing

The kind of launch-day vernacular that states “we’re going to take over stores” is one that has oft been used by distributors and suppliers when they’re making plans around big home entertainment releases. But for Contagion, released recently by Warner, the major literally did that. And its activity went beyond the mere store too: as […]

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