HMV Group

HMV is a 92-year-old music retailer which in January 2013 sought protection from creditors, after seeing its core businesses selling compact discs and digital video disks eroded by online competitors like Apple’s iTunes and Known worldwide for its ‘Nipper the dog’ trademark, its first store on London's Oxford Street was opened by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921.


Staff ‘live-tweet’ sackings at British retailer HMV

HMV, Britain’s last remaining high-street music and video retailer, called in the administrators this month after succumbing to heavy debts and cut-throat online pressure from Amazon and iTunes. Photo: AFP

Staff at collapsed British music retailer HMV hijacked the company’s official Twitter account to warn they were being sacked en masse.

Friday, 1 February, 2013, 2:46pm

Retailers unfazed by threat from iTunes

Traditional music and video retailers are unfazed by the competition from Apple's newly launched online iTunes Store in Hong Kong.

HMV, the British entertainment retail chain, said its stores had continued to thrive despite the existence of various paid and free online music stores worldwide for many years.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rise of the drones

There are few things capable of getting an office full of hard-working hacks (oh yes we are!) to down tools en masse. The boss distributing Lai See packets or a disaster unfolding live on television might do the trick; the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 definitely did. People who had gone unintroduced for years were rubbing shoulders, giggling like schoolboys as the toy took to the air.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

HMV fined for possessing illegal DVDs

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Blue Notes

Music retailing in Britain is one of the first casualties of the economic downturn.

London used to have an abundance of specialist record shops. Classical music, jazz, blues, folk, country and arcane rock albums all had their own dedicated outlets, staffed by knowledgeable enthusiasts who were keen to help.

1 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Customs raids HMV

HMV was assisting a customs investigation into its alleged illegal sale of parallel-imported movie DVDs, a spokeswoman for the retail chain confirmed yesterday.

Local film industry figures yesterday hailed customs' recent crackdown on parallel imports and urged the government to keep up its action.

21 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Patten returns to sign acclaimed book

His rock-star treatment continues, but it may be getting a little less classy. Fans of Chris Patten who couldn't get enough of our last governor have another chance to meet him. Lord Patten has just written a book, What Next? Surviving the 21st Century, his take on the issues that confront us in this brave and scary new world. He will be in town for a book tour.

11 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Facing the music

If you can't beat them, join them. A number of large music retailers have taken that old adage to heart in a bid to win back customers. Droves of music buyers have turned away from conventional compact discs in favour of downloading - legally or otherwise - music from the internet.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Something nostalgic ...

Gifts that evoke memories of a favourite film, place or design are wonderful keepsakes

Lord of the Rings shot glass ($360), Royal Selangor Mini Cooper car models ($100), Marks & Spencer

Tintin Le Lotus Bleu reproduction lacquer print ($150), Good Laque

Bugatti reproduction lacquer print ($280), Good Laque

3 Dec 2004 - 12:00am


Congratulations to chic'n'snug local club Drop. Its just-released album, Drop In, has landed the top spot in HMV's charts for compilation records and is ranked the second best-selling dance album in Hong Kong, just behind Macy Gray's The Trouble With Being Myself. The CD was compiled by Joel Lai and Derald Reynolds, and is a first for any album that was mixed by a Hong Kong DJ.

26 May 2003 - 12:00am

Big Deal

Sometimes those 'Big Sales' are not all you'd hoped. We were delighted to find the Ealing Comedies DVD Collection is included in HMV's current 'Clearout Sale', but less impressed to find the price had been slashed from $429 to $428. Get there quick while stocks last.

23 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Marketing ploy

UA Pacific Place does not turn on the lights once the Men in Black II movie has finished?

31 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

The Chemical Brothers

The celebrated British duo will be playing at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 25. The 6,000 capacity venue will revolutionise the nature of Hong Kong concerts with the entire space devoted to standing room; tickets $480-$680 from HMV, Ticketek. Info: 6199 9532


3 Jul 2002 - 12:00am


International Top 10 Albums at HMV

1 (2) Bee Gees: Their Greatest Hits (Universal)

2 (1) Robbie Williams: Swing When You're Winning (EMI)

3 (9) Madonna: GHV2 (Warner)

4 (4) The Corrs: Best Of (Warner)

5 (10) Jamiroquai: Funk Odyssey (Sony)

6 (14) Enigma: Love, Sensuality & Devotion (EMI)

20 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Critics' picks


Arts: Is your holiday missing a little magic? Local magician Gary Yau presents illusions based on the trials of everyday life in The Escape. Today and tomorrow, 8pm. Star Alliance Theatre, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. Tickets: $50 from Ticketek, 3128 8288


28 Dec 2001 - 12:00am