Earlier this week I was working in North Carolina and visited Manifest Discs in Charlotte. A store I highly recommend BTW. In talkingwith the guys at the desk, I was told that the store was being taken over by HMV. As an expat Brit I'm obviously very familiar with HMV and their recent tribulations. I did a little Googling and found this HMV owner Sunrise buys US retail chain FYE The story backs up what I was told: it looks like Sunrise are making a play for worldwide domination. While I'm obviously glad to see stores and jobs saved, it does seem like a monopoly is being set up here.