Wednesday, November 30, 2005


HMV spokesperson-in-charge Gennaro Castaldo has been busy, busy, busy. First of all, with the chilling news that G4 are heading for the number one album slot based on the midweek sales, he's doing his best to keep our chins up: Eminem, with his unusual Friday release, might save us:

“Eminem is by far the biggest recording artist in the world, so it’s a massive deal whenever he releases a new album.

“I fully expect ‘Curtain Call’ to sell more copies in just two days than any other album will manage in a week of trading, to give Eminem yet another number one.”

We're not sure how Gennaro is able to see a record released on Friday as having just two day's worth of sales (Friday... Saturday... Sunday, surely?)
but, hey, he's the expert.

Meanwhile, he's also having to give the benefit of his wisdom in the computer game section, too. On Friday, he's got the launch of the XBox360 to fret about - why, the place will be full of disappointed faces:

HMV head of press Gennaro Castaldo said: "The reality is that it will be a week or two before we can even think about having player products in our stores. We have got twice as many pre-orders as we have got stock itself."

No word yet on the likely effects of the Turner Report on Pensions would mean for, say, Madonna (already working a good few years past retirement), but we're sure it's just a matter of time.

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