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Day The Music Died In Canada: HMV Bankrupt, Closing All 102 Stores

image from d3el53au0d7w62.cloudfront.netJanuary 27th is being called "the day the music died" by many Canadians. That's the day that an Ontario judge approved bankruptcy for Canada's largest music retailer HMV.


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On Friday January 27th, an Ontario Canada Superior Court of Judge approved placing HMV Canada into receivership. The application was filed by HUK 10 Ltd, a subsidiary of the U.K. restructuring company Hilco UK which bought HMV in 2011.

Court filings show that retailer owes $39 million to the restructuring firm and has not made a payments in more than two years. Major and independent music and film distributors are owed millions more.

All 103 HMV Canada stores are liquidating inventory and closing before April 30th. HMV operates as a separate company in the UK and Hong Kong.

HMV stands for His Master's Voice, the title of a painting by Francis Barraud of the dog Nipper listening to a cylinder phonograph, which was bought by the Gramophone Company in 1899.[5] For advertising purposes this was changed to a wind-up gramophone, and eventually used simply as a silhouette, according to Wikipedia.

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  1. That whole thing with HMV was a product of nothing but red tape and politics that should have never occurred…. I mean, they weren’t perfect and made many mistakes but jeez…

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