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GAME to sell music CDs in the UK

GAME to sell music CDs in the UK

The GAME retail chain is to start selling music CDs from the Top 20 in stores across the UK.

GAME, the UK's leading games retail chain, is to start moving into the music business this Christmas and has announced plans to start selling CDs from the Top 20.

According to MCV the chain has begun stocking just the Top 20 as extra stocking filler items for those already picking up games. The CDs are available to buy in more than 200 stores across the country, as well as online at the GAME website.

The move apparently comes as part of a deliberate move to fill a gap in the market left by the closure of Zavvi and Woolworths, both big music retailers that went into administration last year.

We know from our research that there is real overlap across entertainment products,” said a GAME spokesperson in an official announcement.

We’re committed to giving our customers everything they want for Christmas and to support this, we are launching a small album range within our stocking fillers area with the added bonus of earning Reward points.

Earlier this month GAME announced that it was suffering from a sales slump affecting the whole of the retail games market.

The UK Top 20 currently includes artists such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jason Derulo and Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band. We guess nobody listens to Meatloaf anymore, eh?

Let us know what you think of the move, as well as your guesses for Christmas number one, in the forums. Don't forget to check out the UK's Top 10 games chart either.

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The Jambo 18th December 2009, 12:27 Quote
I don't know what you're talking about. Meatloaf has stayed in the top 20 since 1981.
Hardware150 18th December 2009, 12:38 Quote
No one listens to him anymore? When did anyone listen to him ever?????

Also games retail business has been eaten into by the super markets, that also sell cd's, plus the majority of people buy there music online now, smart move much?
javaman 18th December 2009, 12:39 Quote
Noticed that, they use to sell dvd's and music before. Picked up foo fighters greatest hits for £10. Random impulse buy, prob could of got it cheaper online but it was cheaper than HMV who had it for £15
Bursar 18th December 2009, 12:50 Quote
How long before there's a preowned section for music CDs in their shops as well?
Brooxy 18th December 2009, 14:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bursar
How long before there's a preowned section for music CDs in their shops as well?

And how long between the preowned section appearing, and GAME being sued / shut down under the RIAA...
sear 18th December 2009, 15:30 Quote
I don't understand what the image has to do with the article.
Bursar 18th December 2009, 15:41 Quote
I couldn't tell you who she is, but I'm guessing she's a singer, hence the link to the selling of music CDs.
Digi 18th December 2009, 15:46 Quote
It's Rihanna, come on now. And there is far better pictures. Google images is your friend.

ON-TOPIC: I think that this is a short step to them slowly becoming an all-round entertainment store such as HMV etc.
Paradigm Shifter 18th December 2009, 17:30 Quote
Diversification does one of two things in the high-street, depending on the purchasing power of the shop in question...

If purchasing power is significant (Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Walmart etc...) then it increases profits.

If purchasing power is not significant (smaller chains) it begins the slow death of the stores.
Ross1 18th December 2009, 17:38 Quote
whats the point?

I guess all the entertainment industries are pretty much the same. Although perhaps the record labels have been the most adept in getting people to swallow whatever crap they want to force down peoples throats. You could argue that the gaming market used to be slightly more discerning, but thats long gone.
Farfalho 18th December 2009, 17:39 Quote
The great thing about the news is, of course, miss Rihanna.

That move from Game is rather bonkus since online music business is growing and already are companies that have been selling pretty much everything for long long time.

I agree with Digi, there are better pictures but still a pretty good one, lovely lady... to the eyes at least
thehippoz 18th December 2009, 18:03 Quote
I bet chris brown still beats her undercover.. meatloaf- that guy always looks like he just ate magic brownies
SNIPERMikeUK 18th December 2009, 19:18 Quote
Will be nice to see them at RRP?, when supermarkets and online sales are much cheaper...?
Red 5 18th December 2009, 22:14 Quote
Gah! You could have had an exclusive. One week ago;
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Originally Posted by Red 5
...Of more concern is that I spotted music CDs in Game the other day.

Also: Meat Loaf.

This is all. :)
erratum1 19th December 2009, 09:31 Quote
Like the Rihanna pic (wolf whistles)
Fod 19th December 2009, 15:24 Quote
"We know from our research that there is real overlap across entertainment products"

Really? Wow. And there I was wondering what on earth HMV, Amazon and Play were doing. I'm so glad they spent all that time and money to find out this worthwhile information!
fev 19th December 2009, 20:51 Quote
Game will be closed in 18-24 months.

I'll put money on it, entering the already dying CD market is an excellent indicator that things are going down the loo
2bdetermine 20th December 2009, 08:07 Quote
Ah! the modern rubbish. One must be wondered what the heck are they selling, sex or music by the look of their album arts.

Music from games are alot more interesting.
Landy_Ed 21st December 2009, 16:16 Quote
Shame they can't manage to get a decent stock of the most in-demand games, perhaps sales would be better if they actually looked at the demographic they are selling to.

Anyone know where I can get "Just Dance" from in the UK before christmas? It has to be a big seller seeing as it's target market is to girls aged 11 to 40 (and beyond) but Game, along with every other high-street outlet, seems to be only getting them in small numbers.
Unknownsock 22nd December 2009, 11:57 Quote
GAME closing within 2 years? Doubt that have you seen how many stores they own across europe? and other countries.
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