HMV

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HMV (His Master's Voice) (LSE: 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 SmallCap Index. Acquisitions by the HMV Group include Waterstone's in 1998 from W H Smith,[1] the music retailer Fopp in August 2007, and selected Zavvi retail outlets in February 2009.[3]

Simon Fox has been Chief Executive Officer since 28 September 2006. For this role he is paid an annual salary of £493,000.[4]

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

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