Team Edward or Team Jacob?

November 13, 2008 at 7:44 am (Maureen Lewis, Times Square Store) (, , , )

The success of the Twilight series of books by Stephanie Meyer took many by surprise. After Harry Potter, no one thought that there could be another fiction series that would excite a teen reader and create such a fan frenzy. Catherine Hardwicke was handpicked to direct the first movie “Twilight” and the secret was out- everyone is picking up the books and enjoying them. The movie opens November 21 and the early buzz is very positive. Virgin Megastore Time Square has some of the actual fashions worn in the movie on display right now. Twilight tees and accessories are available for a limited time in all stores, and don’t forget to pick up the awesome movie soundtrack with artists like Muse, Paramore and Linkin Park contributing. If you haven’t read the book, we offer all 4 at the store. My buying team is all hooked and they highly recommend the adventures & love story of Bella & Edward!

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Beatlemania comes to Virgin

November 11, 2008 at 7:09 am (In Store Events) (, , )

Everyone has their favorite Beatle. Mine has always been John (I have a thing for the bad boys). It’s funny that Beatles are as popular today as they were in the 60’s. It really says something about their music and their personalities. When you hear a Beatle’s song, it’s simply magic. As the Divisional Merchandise Manager for Fashion, I am pleased to bring a little magic into the store with our Beatles boutiques. We offer a wide variety of exclusive tee shirts, bags, hats, accessories and games that will satisfy every Beatles fan. CD’s, Books and DVD’s complement the assortment. You can’t miss the shop- the fixtures are decorated with Yellow Submarine decals and the Fab Four are positioned over the space in their best costumes. Hope to see you there!

Maureen

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Dirtbombs/TV on the Radio – Wiltern Los Angeles

November 11, 2008 at 7:01 am (Virgin Music) (, , , , , )

So I’ve never really understood the fanaticism that people have for TV on the Radio, but my friend wanted to go to this show so I decided to give them a try as ‘they are great live’ is something these fans keep on telling me.

I got there for the opening band, who I have been a fan of for 5 years or so but have never seen, The Dirtbombs…and they slayed me, one of the best sets I’ve seen this year. Mick Collins is the heart of the band, a 40 something black man who fronts the band, who are essentially a garage rock act with soulful vocals, with endless leg kicks, jumps and guitar antics. The band has two drummers who pound away in unison and a firecracker of a female second guitarist who rocks almost as hard as Mick. They just rock, killer riffs had me banging my head with joy, just simple really well played rock n’roll. They finished their set by leaving the drummers playing and the band packing up around them, by the end it was left with both drummers pounding on a snare and a bass drum after everything else had been taken off stage, then the guitarist took away their sticks. A great end to a great set.

So after that I was hyped up and suspected that TVOTR would not be able to match up…and I was right. I gave them a honest try though, we stayed for all of the main set. Their sound was muddy and it wasn’t the venue because the Dirtbomb’s sound was just fine. And the songs…well I just don’t hear anything that grabs me. But I had a great night anyway thanks to the Dirtbombs and good company.

Andrew Gyger
Sr. Music Product Manager

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Deadmau5 Live DJ set and CD signing

November 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm (Hollywood Store) (, , , )

While many celebrated our historic presidential election results last night, innovative DJ and producer Deadmau5 celebrated his own historic moment, the release of his debut album,Random Album Title at the Virgin Megastore Hollywood & Highland, where he spun for over an hour and was asked for an encore! Almost 300 fans came out to see him, turning our store in to a good old fashioned rave. Apparently pacifiers for those over 3 yrs old didn’t go out of style in 1998. J None the less, everyone had a great time, and most stayed afterwards to meet with him and have their CD signed, for a total of 230 CD’s sold. Thank you to Ultra and ADA for bringing us this opportunity, and to Crystal’s team, especially Matt, Chris and Alex for running the event right a long side me.

Success!
April

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