ELTON: To the Rescue
Elton John wants to help save the HMV chain.
In case you didn't know, Elton John is huge music collector -- which is why it's not surprising that he wants to help the struggling U.K. record store chain HMV. He has offered to perform in one of the stores and is encouraging other major artists to do the same in an effort to get people back into the stores. His spokesman says, "Elton has always been a big supporter of record shops. He will be doing something with HMV although as yet we cannot confirm what or when that would be." HMV is the U.K.'s last major record retailer, and over the next few weeks the number of stores will be cut from 220 to 150.