First established in July 1921 through its ground-breaking record store in London’s Oxford Street, and famous world-wide for its iconic ‘dog-and-gramophone’ trademark, featuring ‘Nipper’, ninety years on entertainment brand HMV enables its customers to get even closer to the artists and to the music, film and games they love whether in their homes or at work, on the move or via the ‘live’ experience.
HMV is a British global entertainment retail chain and is the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland. The company also operates in Hong Kong and Singapore. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE Fledgling Index. Acquisitions by the HMV Group include Waterstone's in 1998 from W H Smith,  the music retailer Fopp in August 2007, and selected Zavvi retail outlets in February 2009.
HMV offers a specialist and eclectic range of products, services and experiences that give unrivalled access to today’s popular culture through a number of complementary channels:
280 stores around the UK and Ireland offering a comprehensive selection of music, film, games and also books across all genres and platforms; a broad and growing range of technology devices and accessories; as well as artist merchandising and t-shirts, licensed products and fashion clothing ranges inspired by music and film housed within HMV’s newly-launched ‘Studio’ sub-brand.
An online store at www.hmv.com with free home delivery.
A content download service at www.hmvdigital.com powered by 7digital (50% HMV owned).
Strategic brand partnerships, including Orange Mobile in-store concessions in over 25 stores.
Gamerbase pay-to-play online gaming in over 50 HMV stores instore (HMV owned).
Live music and entertainment through the sale of event tickets via hmvtickets online and instore.
HMV ownership of 13 MAMA Group venues such as the hmv Hammersmith Apollo, the Jazz Café and Heaven in London, the hmv Picture House in Edinburgh and the hmvInstitute in Birmingham; and MAMA festivals including Lovebox, High Voltage, The Great Escape and Global Gathering.
The acclaimed hmvcurzon cinema collaboration with Curzon Artificial Eye in Wimbledon, London – to be rolled out to up to a further 20 HMV Group sites over the next two – five years..
Access to artists and content through record label/film studio relationships and artist management, including MAMA-Owned SuperVision management – home to Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs.
HMV is part of HMV Group plc, which also operates the Fopp music and entertainment chain in the UK, Waterstone’s bookstores in the UK and Ireland and HMV stores in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.