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  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. HMV To Shed 400 Staff: Reports

    April 15, 2013 8:40 AM EDT Retail restructuring specialist Hilco is reportedly close to cutting 400 jobs from HMV. Hilco bought HMV out of administration earlier this month . The rescue package, reportedly worth £50 million, initially saved 141 stores and more than 2,500 ...

  3. HMV Announces First Wave of Layoffs

    January 31, 2013 1:11 PM EST staff redundancies have been made across HMV's head office and distribution network, administrators have announced. Deloitte LLP - who were appointed administrators on Jan. 15, following HMV's poorer-than-expected trading over the h ...

  4. Biz Q&A: BPI Chief Geoff Taylor On Google's Search Problem, HMV's Future, Moribund Digital Economy Act

    January 30, 2013 7:55 AM EST The United Kingdom may only have a population of 60 million, but when it comes to generating music artists that resonate around the globe the U.K. consistently punches well above its weight. According to labels trade body the BPI, U.K. artists acc ...

  5. Morning Fix: Obama Inauguration Music Guide; Major Labels' HMV Rescue Plan; Myspace Rights Issue

    January 21, 2013 12:20 PM EST Subscribe to Billboard.biz's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE OBAMA INAUGURATION MUSIC GUIDE: KATY PERRY, ALICIA KEYS, Q-TIP & MORE Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, ...

  6. HMV Shutters Irish Operations, Appoints Receivers as Staff Stages Sit-In

    January 17, 2013 5:58 PM EST Staff at two HMV stores in the Republic of Ireland have staged sit-in protests following the closure of the company's 16 Irish stores, according to reports. HMV's Irish operations were placed into receivership yesterday (Jan. 16), 24 h ...

  7. Universal-Led Suppliers Liable for Up to $242 Million If HMV Folds: Report

    December 27, 2012 10:51 AM EST British music and DVD retailer HMV, which has said it faces a liquidity crunch early in the new year, has seen $65 million in benefits from financial support from product suppliers, led by Universal Music, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Mu ...

  8. Morning Fix: Arthur Fogel Re-Ups With Live Nation; Rolling Stones' 'Final' Show; Apollo Global and HMV

    December 17, 2012 9:03 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters ARTHUR FOGEL RE-UPS WITH LIVE NATION: Arthur Fogel has re-upped with Live Nation for a new five-year deal to continue his role as the C ...

  9. 40 Under 40: Ben Drury

    August 02, 2012 3:04 PM EDT Ben Drury Co-Founder/CEO, 7Digital Website: 7Digital.com Twitter: @BenDrury Driving Web Distribution You've got to give Ben Drury 10 out of 10 for tenacity. The co-founder/CEO of U.K. digital-music platform 7digital has turned a clunky startu ...

  10. HMV Looks to Grow Ticketing Division by Partnering With Ticketmaster U.K.

    May 15, 2012 2:02 PM EDT Troubled U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has teamed with the British arm of Ticketmaster as it looks to expand its ticketing operations. Announced today (May 15), the strategic partnership comes into effect over the next six to eight weeks and wil ...

  11. Deborah Hyacinth Named Universal Music VP International Digital Marketing

    January 10, 2012 12:05 PM EST Deborah Hyacinth has been appointed Vice President, International Digital Marketing, at Universal Music Group, it was announced this morning by UMG Global Marketing President Andrew Kronfeld. Effective immediately, Hyacinth will be based in London ...

  12. Morning Heds: Bon Iver's Label, David Foster Starts At Verve, Mog To Stream In Subarus

    January 10, 2012 7:05 AM EST Bon Iver Establishes New Record Label Music Feeds Justin Vernon, the man behind one of the most successful Indie projects, Bon Iver, has launched his own record label. The label, called Chigliak Records, is an offshoot of his current label Jagjaag ...

  13. Morning Heds: CES & SOPA Cud Chewing, L.A.'s Music Box Closes, Homer Backs the Nuge

    January 09, 2012 8:14 AM EST CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For Billboard.biz The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which launches today, has long been the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries and is increasingly becomi ...

  14. UK Abolishes Reviled Tax Loophole Undercutting CD, DVD Sales

    November 10, 2011 4:24 PM EST A controversial sales tax loophole that enabled mail-order retailers based in the Channel Islands to sell reduced cost music product to U.K. consumers is to be abolished by the British Treasury. The islands, located near the northern coast of Fran ...

  15. Debut Single From Brit 'X Factor' Finalist One Direction Lands Biggest First-Week Sales of the Year

    September 23, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Antonio "L.A." Reid, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul: Take note. On the same week that she made her judging debut (Sept. 21) on Fox's "The X Factor," Nicole Scher­zinger has proved to be an equally shrewd hitmaker on the ot ...

  16. HMV Rolls Out Expanded Tech Offerings To 150 U.K. Stores

    August 23, 2011 7:49 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is to significantly expand its technology offering -further reducing the amount of shelf space available for music product. As previously reported, the troubled retailer - which reported a net loss of £121.7 million ...

  17. Sony Distribution Center Destroyed by London Rioters, Indie Labels 'Devastated'

    August 09, 2011 7:14 AM EDT A London warehouse containing stock for a number of U.K. independent labels -- including XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Domino and Rough Trade - was destroyed by rioters during a third night of unrest in the British capital. The three-story building ...

  18. Hot U.K. Boy Band JLS Scores Its Fifth No. 1 Single, but Has Yet to Achieve Stateside Success

    August 05, 2011 12:37 PM EDT U.K. boy band JLS is enjoying a perfect start to its third album campaign. The four-piece pop group, which finished second during the 2008 season of Simon Cowell's music talent TV show "The X Factor," scored its fifth U.K. No. 1 t ...

  19. Business Matters: HMV Woes Signal Even Bigger Retail Changes Ahead

    July 05, 2011 5:42 PM EDT Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…: HMV -- If you took a long holiday weekend you may have missed the news that retail chain HMV posted a large annual loss and is in the midst of restructuring the company into a "broad-based entertainment busin ...

  20. HMV's Profits Plunge, More Challenges Ahead

    June 30, 2011 8:19 AM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling music and DVD retailer HMV , which has been selling off assets in a bid to secure its future, said trading conditions were set to remain tough as it posted a 61 percent drop in annual profit. The 90-year-old group, wh ...

  21. HMV to Sell 125 Canadian Stores: Report

    June 27, 2011 7:18 AM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling British retailer HMV is set to announce the sale of its 125-store Canadian business to restructuring specialist Hilco's Valco Capital Partners arm, the Sunday Telegraph reported. An HMV spokeswoman declined to co ...

  22. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  23. HMV Warns of Lower Profits

    April 06, 2011 1:50 PM EDT U.K.-based retailer HMV has issued another profit warning sending the company's shares down over 9% on Wednesday before closing down 6.1%. The company lowered its estimate for full-year profit to 30 million pounds (about $49 million) from $40 ...

  24. U.K.'s Major Label Heads Rally Around Beleaguered Music Retailer HMV

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Music and books retailer HMV has appointed accountancy firm KPMG to advise on its debt and help it meet an April test of its borrowing rules, a source familiar with the situation said. The source said Thursday that KPMG, already an adviser to HMV, ...

  25. 2010 British Album Sales Down 7%, Digital Up 30%

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Album sales fell by seven percent in Britain last year, despite a 30 percent jump in the number of digital albums purchased, industry lobby group the BPI said on Wednesday. The figures compiled by the Official Charts Company extend the trend of re ...

  26. HMV Backs New Artists With U.K. Fest

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is bringing back its Next Big Thing festival in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh in February. The second edition of the event for more than 100 emerging artists is taking place from Feb. 4-13. HMV is staging the eve ...

  27. India Prepares For First Alt-Rock Festival

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST India's first alternative rock festival, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, has announced its inaugural line-up, but few people outside of the subcontinent will recognize the majority of artists on the bill. Set to take place Dec. 11-12 in the Wester ...

  28. Take That Scores Huge U.K. Sales

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That's new album "Progress" (Polydor) moved more than 235,000 copies on its first day on sale (Nov. 15) in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The OCC said it was the biggest day one sale since Oasis's &quo ...

  29. Faithless Returns To Music Retailers

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance music veterans Faithless has issued a new version of its recent album "The Dance" (Nates Tunes) for a much wider retail release. The original CD version in May 2010 was an exclusive with mass merchant Tesco, while iTunes got t ...

  30. 7digital Bundled With iPad Rivals

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital entertainment company 7digital is going to be busy with various new partners in the months ahead, and it's covering all the bases for digital music from mobile apps and tablets to browser access and even image recognition. The co ...

  31. EMI, Tinie Tempah Discover Hybrid Format

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tinie Tempah's debut album "Disc-Overy" (Parlophone/EMI) will be released in a new, hybrid digital-physical format in the U.K. on Oct. 4. Alongside traditional physical and digital releases, the album will be on sale in the form of ...

  32. Financial Round-Up: EMI, WMG, Live Nation, HMV and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest round-up of earnings re-caps: EMI Here is the lone example of an annual earnings report. In August, EMI’s private equity owner, Maltby Capital (which was set up by Terra Firma), released an annual report that offered two important numbe ...

  33. Mercury Nominees' Sales Up 105%

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has issued figures showing the sales increase for the nominees of this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The XX have received the biggest sales boost in percentage terms following their victory, with the except ...

  34. Business Matters: Ourstage, HMV, iTunes and more

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. ROCK IS DEAD? AGAIN? -- BBC News has an interesting story about the lack of rock titles on the UK singles chart. Sales of rock singles are down nearly 18% in the first eight months of 2010. In con ...

  35. The XX Benefits From Mercury Sales Surge

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The London electronic/alt-rock trio the XX has already benefited from winning the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The televised coverage of the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Sept. 7) on BBC Two had an immediate impact ...

  36. HMV Rolls Out Fashion Range

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV will begin selling clothing and accessories next week. As previously reported, HMV is partnering with certain fashion brands - Boxfresh, Lee Jeans, FLY53 and Eastpak - that executives believe fit well alongside musi ...

  37. HMV Heads To High Voltage Fest

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV will operating a festival shop - branded as the 'hmvfestival shop' - at the High Voltage festival in London at the weekend (July 24-25). It follows the shop's first outing at the Lovebox festival last ...

  38. Grace Jones Wraps London's Lovebox Fest

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Grace Jones closed the U.K.'s Lovebox festival in London with a typically flamboyant performance. The veteran Jamaican-born dance artist topped the bill on the final day (July 18) of the festival in Victoria Park, London. Lovebox, which launc ...

  39. HMV To Launch Digital Service This Month

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV will roll out its digital service at the end of July as the U.K. entertainment retailer makes a concerted attempt to grab market share in music downloads. The hmvdigital.com site is currently in beta. It is selling the new MIA album for £7.99 ...

  40. Sales Tax Hike In U.K. Emergency Budget

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is to be hit with an increase in V.A.T. (value added tax) from 17.5% to 20%, as the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government begins to tackle the country's budget deficit. The general increase in the ...

  41. U.K. Labels Target 'Physical Fanatics,' Aim To Boost Digital

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The demise of the physical CD and vinyl formats in the digital age has been well and truly exaggerated, at least in the United Kingdom, said speakers at the Music Tank debate in London. Called 'Never Mind the Box Set: The Album Post-iTunes,&# ...

  42. Edge Invests In Former Mama Chief

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry investment fund Edge Performance VCT is to back former Mama Group co-chief executive Adam Driscoll in a new venture, Granon Entertainment. Granon Entertainment will operate in music and related businesses, although there are ...

  43. Great Escape Day One: U.K. Live Sector Thriving

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Great Escape music conference and festival in Brighton focused on the U.K.'s burgeoning live industry on its first day. U.K. live revenue - £1.39 billion ($2.04 billion) - moved ahead of the British retail value of recorded music - £1.31 ...

  44. New U.K. Venues To Open In Midlands

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. will soon have two new venues in Birmingham and Leicester in the Midlands. Birmingham's Digbeth Institute is to re-launch as the HMV Institute in September, following a major refurbishment. The main room is 1,500-capacity with a seco ...

  45. Volcanic Ash Grounds Artists, Disrupts Biz

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flight restrictions have been extended in the U.K. and Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud, leaving tour plans and promotional campaigns in tatters. Several U.K. acts missed the Coachella festival at the weekend, including Gary Numan, the Cri ...

  46. HMV Targets New Products, Live Music Market

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British entertainment retailer HMV is targeting earnings growth over the medium term by increasing sales of new products in music, visual and games and raising its presence in live music and ticketing. In a strategy update, the firm pledged a turn ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. HMV, Orange Partner On Mobile Gaming

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is adding mobile gaming to its increasingly diverse business set-up. In the past 14 months HMV - which has become dominant in that market following the demise of music retail rivals Zavvi and Woolworths - has taken ...

  49. Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga Help Boost BRITs Ratings

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV ratings for the BRIT Awards, which included performances from Robbie Williams, Kasabian and Lady Gaga as well as a duet from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, peaked at 6.3 million viewers. The live broadcast on ITV1 last night (Feb. 16) averaged 5.8 mill ...

  50. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organized by trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 fro ...

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