hmv Gets Democratic With Guns N' Roses

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - hmv Canada continues to champion Canadian
consumers' right to choose where to purchase their music, and is thrilled to
be carrying the highly anticipated new Guns N' Roses release. On Sunday
November 23, 2008 hmv will be one of a variety of Canadian retailers carrying
the new CD Chinese Democracy (which will be exclusively sold via only one
retailer across the United States).
    "At hmv we are in the consumer business, and ultimately it is our mandate
to support the consumer's right to choose where they shop for their music. We
are committed to providing the broadest selection of music to meet the needs
of consumers in Canada. In that regard, we have actively and passionately
worked to educate music artists and the music industry that most Canadian
consumers believe it should be the consumer's choice as to where they shop for
music. As such we're thrilled that Guns N' Roses have decided that their hot
new record (Chinese Democracy), 14 years in the making, will be made available
in Canada via a variety of retailers including of course hmv. We thank Guns N'
Roses for recognizing that the Canadian retail market is quite distinct from
the United States" states Humphrey Kadaner, President of hmv Canada.
    This past week hmv ran a full page advertisement in Billboard magazine
thanking musicians and industry representatives alike for their continued
support and recognition that Canada is a separate country, by not allowing
U.S. originated exclusive retail deals for music to be extended into Canada.
With more than 35% share of all retail music sales in Canada, hmv is Canada's
No. 1 music retailer.

    About hmv:

    With over 80 years of music retailing history, 379 stores worldwide (128
in Canada), hmv is the world's premier entertainment retailer. The first hmv
store was opened in 1921 at 363 Oxford Street, one of London's most prominent
shopping streets, and hmv has since developed into one of the world's leading
retailers of music, movies and games. hmv focuses on providing an
authoritative range and depth of product selection that is superior to that of
its competitors, including hard-to-find items and a large number of back
catalogue titles.


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