Here’s what NOT to do if you want to keep your job: Disgruntled (former) HMV employee Poppy Rose took her frustration to the company’s Twitter page after 190 loyal employees were laid off for budget cuts. The community manager shared the news with the hashtag #hmvXFactorFiring which was shared with more than 61,000 followers. It stayed online for at least 20 minutes before they were taken down.
Rose later explained her decision saying she assumed control of the social media feeds as an unpaid intern and the senior managers never really saw its importance. By creating a stir, she thought it would teach them a lesson, even if it cost her a job. You have to admire her guts! She’s like a soldier in the battle for the often under-appreciated world of social media marketing.
While it seems that Chris Brown has gotten away from his past with awards, Grammy performances and praise for his comeback, there are clearly people who still think about his history of domestic violence.
This past week, a photograph went viral when a shopper shot an image of Brown’s ‘Fortune’ CDs at a London HMV store with a sticker that read, “Warning: Do not buy this album! This man beats women.”
Noticing that that the stickers were probably put up by someone who walked into the store, a rep for HMV has told E! News that the company was made aware of the incident and took immediate action.
“It was very much an isolated incident and nothing to do with HMV or representing our views,” the rep said “It would appear a member of the public popped into one of our stores yesterday and stickered a handful of CDs. These were spotted and quickly removed, but, before we could act, the individual concerned must have taken a photo and sent it to the media. To our knowledge there are no further stickers in our stores now.”
Brown, who assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, has since been taking steps to control his behaviour. And it appears that Rihanna has moved on as well. With the two of them caught smooching at the VMAs, this relationship continues to be a large part of media speculation.
But as ballsy it might have been to put up the stickers, I’m glad there are still people trying to make others aware of what Brown did in the past.
While he may be forgiven by many, I’m still no fan of the double standard Hollywood puts upon its stars. While Brown continues to be lauded with awards and positive attention, Kristen Stewart on the other hand, just can’t catch a break because she cheated on her boyfriend.
Come on. This is A+ sexism right there, Hollywood.
Hundreds of fans stopped by HMV in downtown Toronto to score their seven seconds in heaven with Drake on Monday – some having been there since as early as 8 p.m. the night before! Talk about dedicated fans.
In an interview with MuchMusic’s T-Rexxx, who hosts Rap City, Drake admitted that once he heard the stories of people coming from all over the country just to meet him, there was no way he could leave without making sure he met every single fan. Drake even stopped to take pictures with some of the lucky fans, after it had been made clear in the ads that it would strictly be an autograph session only.
Drake ended up staying for around three hours more than scheduled in his effort to make sure all his fans got the attention they deserved.
I never thought it would be possible to respect Drake any more than I already do, but after hearing this, he has shot up to the top of my list. It’s nice to find out that fame and fortune hasn’t gotten to everyone, and that Drake will always remember being Aubrey Graham from Toronto. I’m so proud of you, Drake! Make sure to pick up your copy of Drake’s latest album, “Take Care”, which is in stores now.
Check out more pictures from the signing here.
It’s been a long time since I’ve purchased a brand new album on a whim. As a student, I have little disposable income so you had better believe I expect purchases such as this to pay off.
Well, my friends, I may have hit the proverbial jackpot. In the last two weeks or so, I’ve been carelessly shelling out my rent money for records, yet the return turned out to mean more to me than a roof over my head.
Regina Spektor’s Far. Manchester Orchestra’s Everything to Nothing. Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest.
It wasn’t planned in advance, I didn’t wait in line outside the doors of HMV the day Grizzly Bear’s third album was released, and I actually didn’t even know Regina had been in the studio. As for Manchester Orchestra, it was more peer pressure that led me to buy it. Peer pressure and a steal of a deal at Sonic Boom.
The moral of the story, though, is the pleasant surprise that quickly followed the first few listens of each.
Sam Roberts Band, IllScarlett, and The Stills will help HMV open the “Store Of The Future” in Toronto on June 17.
The three bands, along with Matthew Barber, Billy Bragg, Zaki Ibrahim, and The Coast, will all play free sets at the unveiling of the revamped HMV store on 50 Bloor St. W.
The newly designed HMV store will open in time for HMV Canada’s 20th anniversary, at 8 a.m. Scheduled for the grand re-opening are: a breakfast, various musical performances, and a draw to win $5,000. Other contests and giveaways are also expected.
Here’s the schedule of performances for the event:
10 a.m. – Matthew Barber
11 a.m. – IllScarlett
12 p.m. – Billy Bragg
1 p.m. – Sam Roberts Band
2 p.m. – Zaki Ibrahim
3 p.m. – The Coast
8:30 p.m. – The Stills