Based on pre-orders and trends from previous years HMV predict the following sales trends for Christmas 2010.
New music releases
The biggest music CD release this Christmas is expected to be the Take That new album (untitled as yet) with the much anticipated return of Robbie Williams to the group. Speaking about the new project, Robbie said he was “embarrassingly excited” and reuniting with his former group felt like “coming home” while bandmate Mark Owen added that it “feels like a dream”.
On 18 th October 2010 a remastered version of The Beatles Red Album will be released and is expected to perform well with the Christmas gift market. On the same date the 5 th Kings of Leon album – Come around Sundown is expected to shoot straight to number one in the album charts leading to strong pre-christmas sales.
The major games distributers time their biggest releases for the Christmas run up and this year will likely see the latest release from the Call of Duty series Call of Duty Black Ops head up the Christmas sales figures and video games charts in December.
The Guitar Hero games have proved popularity with Christmas shoppers in the previous 2 years due to the multiplayer aspect and this year sees the 6 th instalment titled Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock.