UK residents will be pleased to see that K-pop has returned to the shelves of HMV. HMV’s flagship store in London was on the brink of closure and its K-pop section lay bare for under a year. Now this music section has been revived with a good, though small, collection of K-pop artists. These range from BAP to TVXQ, though it seems their artist choice could do with a bit of expansion as there is a large amount of Big Bang albums.
The price is a little more than you would expect to pay online, however this is minus the international shipping charges and the over two week wait for UK fans. I purchased Super Junior’s “Sexy, free & single” version A and Super Junior M’s “Breakdown” albums at £24.99 each. And although this is more than I would have liked to have spent it was such a instant service that I felt it was worth the price. They come without damage that long distance deliveries can be prone to. So both the CDs I brought were in perfect condition.
However exciting this is, there is still a limited selection for the moment and fans may have to order online for specific albums (I will still be using Yesasia for the newest albums). Yet the restoration of this section is a sign of the increasing popularity of Kpop in the UK. With Jay Park, Infinite and Super Junior on their way, British fans have never had it better.
So if you’re in London any time soon head over to HMV – 150 Oxford St, London, Greater London W1D 1DJ. Check out the newest (and possibly the best) addition to the store.
Image source: HMV twitter update.