Entertainment Retailers Association

  1. HMV's Software Pulled from App Store, Apple’s Spirit of Competition Questioned

    October 23, 2013 5:38 AM EDT Britain’s Entertainment Retailers Assn. has called on Apple's iTunes to “act responsibly” after the digital music giant yanked HMV’s iOS app from its app ecosystem. In what appears to be a purely protectionist move, British-based retail cha ...

  2. Weak Release Schedule Blamed For 12% Drop In U.K. Entertainment Market; Music Sales Fell $90 Million In 2012

    March 12, 2013 10:53 AM EDT Combined sales of music, video and games products in the United Kingdom fell 12% in 2012 to £4.21 billion ($6.26 billion), with music sales declining by £59 million ($87.8 million) from the previous year, according to the annual Entertainment Re ...

  3. The Fall of HMV: U.K. Music Execs Debate What Went Wrong, What's Next

    January 27, 2013 3:30 PM EST The January 14 announcement that HMV, the U.K.’s leading entertainment retailer, had entered administration was not unexpected -- having long struggled with year-on-year declines in sales and mounting debts -- but its fallout still has serious r ...

  4. U.K. Retailers Hit Out At Digital Economy Act's Lack of Progress

    September 15, 2011 8:33 AM EDT A lack of progress in implementing the U.K. Digital Economy Act is costing British retailers millions, according to U.K. trade body the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). Speaking at the organization's annual general meeting, held in ...

  5. Radiohead Drive 55% Rise in U.K. Vinyl Sales

    July 27, 2011 7:03 PM EDT Vinyl album sales in the United Kingdom climbed by 55% in the first six months of 2011, according to new figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). From January to June this year, 168,296 albums were sold in the vinyl forma ...

  6. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Fourth Place Slide In International Rankings

    April 05, 2011 8:05 AM EDT The United Kingdom's music industry may have slipped to fourth place on the IFPI's world rankings, but it is still performing robustly in a number of key areas, say U.K. execs. According to international trade body IFPI, Germany has now ...

  7. U.K. Record Store Day Sales Up On 2009

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Record Store Day in the U.K. said that singles sales by volume were almost double that of last year's event. The April 17 international promotional event included numerous in-store gigs and more than 100 exclusive releases in th ...

  8. German Biz Eyes Growth In 2011, Hopes To Top U.K.

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry estimates that in 2011 it will come out of its sales decline, after more than 10 years, and be able to report sales increases again for the market. There is even hope in Germany that with the figures for 2009 the British ...

  9. British Music Sales Hold Steady In 2009

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s recorded music sales held up in 2009 and performed better in a year-on-year comparison than video and computer games, according to new retail sales data published by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). The trade body ...

  10. 2009 U.K. Album Sales Decline 3.5%

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. album sales declined by 3.5% in volume to 128.9 million in 2009, according to new data from the Official Charts Company. Trade body the BPI said the 3.5% year-on-year decline was not as sharp as it could have been thanks to a strong release s ...

  11. U.K. Retailers Warn Of Labels' Conservatism

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailers fear that conservatism among music, film and games companies means their products face losing the interest of the British public. That's the core point of a New Year message issued to the entertainment industry to ...

  12. Business Matters: U2, Blackberry, MySpace Music, WMG

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Blackberry owners, often a forgotten group in era of the iPhone app, now have one up on their Apple-owning friends: the U2 Blackberry app is fi ...

  13. U.K. Digital Service Datz Shuttered

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While U.K. artists and trade bodies argue over how to tackle illegal downloading, one potential commercial solution has closed after failing to meet demands for staged advances to major labels. The Datz Music Lounge, an all-you-can-eat unlimited M ...

  14. Strong Q4 Sales For U.K. Biz

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The recorded music market in the U.K. benefited from a strong showing in the fourth quarter of 2008, contributing to an overall volume decline of 3.2% in album sales year-on-year. Album sales fell from 138.1 million in 2007 to 133.6 million last y ...

  15. Zavvi Misses Out On Take That, Britney

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Continuing problems with distributor EUK meant that U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi did not have stock of major new albums by Britney Spears and Take That on the day both sets were released. As previously reported , EUK is in administration but ...

  16. Phones Lead U.K. Music Device Market

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile phones with MP3 capability are outselling traditional CD players five-to-one and are now the most popular music devices in the U.K., according to figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and compiled by market resea ...

  17. MP3 Logo To Raise U.K. Awareness

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Key digital music retailers in the U.K. have joined together in support of a new campaign to increase consumer awareness about the MP3 format. The home pages of seven companies -- 7digital.com, Digitalstores.co.uk, HMV.com, Play.com, Tescodigital. ...

  18. Brits Buy More Music, ERA Declares

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British music retail trade association has welcomed new findings which indicate Britons buy more CDs than any other country, and are bigger consumers of legal downloads than any of their European neighbors. For the fifth successive year, Brito ...

  19. AEG's Campbell To Keynote ERA Conference

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT David Campbell, president and CEO of AEG Europe, will become the first speaker from outside the record and retail industries to address an Entertainment Retailers Association convention when he delivers a keynote speech June 19 at ERA's annua ...

  20. Mail On Sunday Hopes Sir Paul Will Emulate Prince

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Mail on Sunday (MoS), one of the U.K.'s best-selling national Sunday newspapers, claims it has established itself as a music distribution brand-leader with its controversial CD "cover-mounts" campaign which this month sees it gi ...

  21. Digital Music Body Calls For Reforms

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The digital arm of British retail trade body ERA is pushing for a series of reforms which it says are essential for continued growth in the market. ERA Digital, which represents digital music businesses under the auspices of the Entertainment Reta ...

  22. Games Sales Outpace Music in UK

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The UK's Entertainment Retailers Association released data this week showing videogame sales in the country have exceeded music sales for the first time, based on last year's totals. In 2007, videogame sales raked in 1.7 billion pounds ( ...

  23. U.K. Downloads To Soar In 2008, Says ERA

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST British consumers will likely spend more than £160 million ($312 million) on digital downloads this year, up by roughly 50% from the previous year, according to new figures published by ERA Digital, a division of the Entertainment Retailers Associ ...

  24. Quirk Elected To Chairm U.K.'s ERA

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association today unanimously elected independent record store-owner Paul Quirk as its chairman. Also at its annual general meeting, the trade body's ruling council voted-in Ben Drury, managing director ...

  25. Virgin Megastores U.K. Changes Hands In MBO

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold-off its Virgin Megastores U.K. and Ireland chain for an undisclosed sum. A team led by Virgin Megastores managing director Simon Douglas and finance director Steve Peckham has bought the 125-store chain ...

  26. Talbot Joins OCC As MD

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Company (OCC) has appointed Martin Talbot to the newly-created role of managing director. Talbot, who has edited Music Week for five years, will join the company on Oct. 1. The OCC says his appointment is part of a drive t ...

  27. ERA Calls For Investigation Into Prince 'Covermount'

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association is turning the screw in its crusade against "covermounting." The trade body has sent a letter to British magazines and newspapers authority ABC, bringing into question the Mail on Sunday ...

  28. U.K. Fans World’s No. 1 CD Buyers

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music fans in the U.K. are top of the world CD buying charts for the fourth year in a row, despite the inroads being made by downloading songs from the Internet. Figures produced by the IFPI for international CD sales point to the U.K. population ...

  29. Quirk, Batchelor To Co-Chair ERA

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association has temporarily split its chairmanship role. Paul Quirk, founder of Quirk's Records, and Woolworths' head of trading, entertainment and mobile communications Jim Batchelor, were appointe ...

  30. British Assn. of Record Dealers Re-Brands As ERA

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adopts new name to reflect new media age. The British Association of Record Dealers (BARD) is re-baptizing its organization with a new name Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). The 18-year-old association says the new brand name reflects the ...