Kokepiyo, a girl group, at an in-store event at a Tower Records in Tokyo, one of the chain’s 85 locations in Japan. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times

Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.On a drizzly Sunday afte(...)

26-27 Grafton Street: occupied by HMV on a short term lease, its likely future long-term tenant & Other Stories is expected to carry a full range of women’s clothes. photograph: cyril byrne

Only four months after opening the Cos fashion store on Dublin’s Wicklow Street, the giant H&M fashion group has emerged as the favourite to put (...)

Later this month, The National embark on a short tour of Ireland with shows in Cork, Dublin and Galway. Over the course of their career, the band h(...)

Footballers’ wives school of chic: Fiorentina Restaurant on Parliament Street

Do Italians eat like Italians any more? The food writer Katie Parla told me once that processed food was marching across the Italian food world as (...)

The first comment under the video of the debut single from the new Irish group Little Matador on YouTube says “Much prefer this to Snow Patrol” – a(...)

Seven Irish HMVs have re-opened across the country since Candian firm Hilco took over the company. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Entertainment retailer HMV will reopen on Grafton Street on Saturday April 19th, Irish Record Store Day. Although HMV are excluded from R(...)

The world’s biggest clothing group, Spain’s Inditex, is to open a Massimo Dutti store in the former HMV outlet on Dublin’s Grafton Street. photograph: alan betson

With the retail market finally showing signs of stability in sales and rents after years of steep declines due to the crash, the big story in the sect(...)

45/47 Henry Street: Dealz likely to move out in February to allow Barcelona-based fashion retailer Mango to refit the store. photograph: eric luke

The onslaught of overseas fashion labels is to take a new twist early in the new year when the Spanish high street brand Mango is to open its first ci(...)

Christmas for me starts . . . when I hear the opening bars of Do they know its Christmas? start to play whilst simultaneously holding a glass of mu(...)

Tower Records is to relocate early in the new year from its current base on Dublin’s Wicklow Street to the former Waterstones’ book shop at the bottom(...)