Music stars lament potential loss of high street and share memories of retailer
A number of musicians have reacted with sadness to the news that HMV has gone into administration.
As reported by NME, the high street retailer was placed into administration yesterday (January 15). The potential closure casts huge potential problems for the music industry in an age where the public’s ability to buy physical copies of albums on the high street is becoming more and more rare. This feeling was reflected by those making the music, with the likes of Graham Coxon, Professor Green, Ellie Goulding and The Cribs among those posting messages online about the retailer’s situation.
In a number of Tweets on the subject of digital downloads, Blur’s Graham Coxon wrote: “One day they might come up with an alternative to shoving everything into a computer.. Eggs.. Baskets.. Digital is a con”. Meanwhile, The Cribs added: “Regarding all those theorising ‘Payola’ may be our final album, in light of the HMV news it certainly seems that way…#downloadsarentalbums.”
“Absolutely awful news about HMV. Terrible for the staff and the UK record industry as a whole. Worrying times,” Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai wrote. Meanwhile, radio DJs Zane Lowe and Jo Whiley spoke out too. Lowe wrote: “People bemoaning the sadness about HMV need to park their ‘realness’. We should feel sad. Big loss of jobs and hole on high street” while Whiley Tweeted: “Serious pangs of sorrow at the closure of HMV. Saturday morning record buying used to be my favourite thing. Fingers crossed for the indies.”
An assortment of tweets from other musicians can be seen below:
“I’m really sad about HMV. Say what you want about it, but I’m genuinely sad.” Ellie Goulding
“HMV bankrupt. we may as well just give up on any medium that involves hard copy and get on with it.” #sadtimes Professor Green
“Genuinely sad news about HMV. Daniel and I both used to work there, once upon a time. Good memories. R.”Esben & The Witch
“Large supermarkets are the only places I can think of that physically sell CDs in the city I live in outside of HMV/Fopp. Sad.” Rolo Tomassi