HMV Group Plc traces its roots back to 1921 when the Gramophone Company launched an HMV store in Oxford Street, London. His Master’s Voice (HMV) later fell into the hands of Electric and Musical Industries Ltd. (EMI) after the Gramophone Company combined its business operations and assets with Columbia Graphophone Company in 1931. However, HMV Group came into full existence in 1998 as a joint venture between Advent Investors and EMI.
While under EMI, HMV manufactured radios, television sets, and radiograms. All the products were sold under Marconiphone and HMV brands. The most crucial part of HMV Group Plc since 1998 was HMV Media. The subsidiary sold CDs and DVDs as well as running one of the internet’s first e-commerce platforms. In addition, the company sells books in the UK and Ireland.
HMV Group listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2002 and traded under HMV as the ticker symbol. However, HMV was delisted from LSE since being acquired by Hilco UK.