Music Industry

Published on February 5th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Canada’s Sunrise Records buys all of HMV UK

Some twenty-four hours after we heard that Sunrise Records’ CEO Doug Putnam put in an offer to buy the remains of the financially-stressed HMV UK, the deal has gone through.

Sunrise, based in Ancaster, Ontario, assumed control of over 70 HMV Canada stores when the chain went bust a few years ago and has since established itself as a very successful player in Canadian music retailing. Sunrise now has 82 locations from coast-to-coast and is the leading seller of vinyl in this country. More than 500,000 units were sold in 2018.

Next stop: Her Majesty’s Kingdom.

The deal has Sunrise taking over 100 UK stores thereby saving 1,500 jobs. Some under-performing stores will close (27) immediately, causing the loss of 455 positions. Another 122 warehouse jobs will be eliminated.

Here’s Doug’s statement:

“We are delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK and add nearly 1,500 employees to our growing team. By catering to music and entertainment lovers, we are incredibly excited about the opportunity to engage customers with a diverse range of physical format content, and replicate our success in Canada.

“We know the physical media business is here to stay and we greatly appreciate all the support from the suppliers, landlords, employees and most importantly our customers.”

Sunrise is now one of the most important music retailers on the planet. And to think the chain had just five stores in 2014.

The Guardian has a profile on Putnam here. Then there’s the CBC story here.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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One Response to Canada’s Sunrise Records buys all of HMV UK

  1. Glen Buchanan says:

    $unrise Record$- the most expensive vinyl in Canada. Support your independent record store.

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