HMV Falls Into Administration: Entertainers React On Twitter, Plus... How The Chain Should Reinvent Itself

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The last time high street music retail chain HMV was in the news, we were reporting bosses had assured fans they had nothing to do with an anti-domestic violence stickers on Chris Brown's CDs, which urged customers not to buy his music.

This time, the bosses have announced 4,000 people's jobs are at risk after the company has been forced to call in administrators Deloitte.

Huffington Post UK Business has analysed the key failings which saw the collapse of this high street staple, while over on Twitter music stars and entertainers have bemoaned the likely closure of stores.

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Personally, I haven't bought a CD in HMV for years. My last purchase from the store (just before Christmas) was a pair of headphones - I was about to go on a long train journey and had lost mine - and a Marilyn Monroe film collectors' edition, which I only bought because it was on sale for a mere £5.

It would be great if HMV reinvented itself as a music hub, a place where people go to meet and drink coffee while discussing their favourite records, in the same way as Waterstones provides a sanctuary where you can go and lose yourself for hours.

MORE: The Rise And Fall Of The Much-Loved High Street Music Retailer

After all, the main thing lacking from online shopping and what still forces people out of their armchairs and onto the high street now and again is real interaction with other human beings.

However, these days HMV is more like a stale music library where you might occasionally come over all nostalgic and pick up an old Whitney Houston CD.

What are your memories of HMV? Will you miss the store and its gramophone-loving dog? Let us know below.

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