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People love HMV... here's why

Working, listening, hanging out, buying… HMV memories are everywhere today.

HMV stands for His Master’s Voice, a painting by artist Francis Barraud.

The iconic image of Nipper the dog has been the record store’s logo for over a hundred years. (Michael Stephens/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

THE FUTURE OF HMV stores in the UK and Ireland looks uncertain with an administrator expected to be appointed to the the retailer today.

The hashtag #HMVMemories has been trending on Twitter since the news broke yesterday, as people share their experiences of the high street chain, and explain why they still love it today…

Browsing the shelves…



(Yuri Arcurs/Shutterstock)


It was a teenage refuge, and still is…




The poster section…



Queuing for albums, tickets, stars…

U2 fans queue outside HMV on Grafton Street, Dublin to buy tickets for an newly announced second concert at Slane Castle in 2001 (Photocall Ireland)

(Photocall Ireland)


Oasis fans queuing at HMV in Oxford street ahead of the release of Be Here Now (Matthew Fearn/PA)

Jedmania at HMV in Dundrum in 2010 (Photocall Ireland)

Glen Hansard and The Frames perform in HMV in 2004 (Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

The listening post…

(Flickr/Creative Commons/ Ian Muttoo)


A lot of people have worked there, and still do…



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