HMV has launched a national poll on Facebook that asks fans to choose the best British movie and record album from the past 60 years to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Elton’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is a contender in the album category, while the movie, Billy Elliot (which Elton and Lee Hall’s musical is based upon), is among the film offerings.
The ‘Best of British’ campaign lists 60 titles in both categories with votes open to Facebook users until May 20.
Fans may select five flicks and five recordings released since 1952 from HMVs suggested long-lists and nominate their own titles. Results of the survey will be published just ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the first week of June. Entrants have the chance to win a complete set of all 60 albums on CD and the 60 films on DVD.
spokesman Gennaro Castaldo
said, The beginning of Elizabeth II
s reign and the bright new future it represented didnt just coincide with a flowering of British popular culture, it helped to provide the very spark that lit the touch-paper for an explosion in music and film talent.
The retailer said it will feature many of the titles named in its poll in a ‘Best of Britain’ online and in-store promotion including releases priced at two for £10. Window and in-store displays in all 240 outlets will support the campaign in the last week of May and first week of June. Advertising will highlight a special version of HMVs traditional dog and trumpet with a nod to the Queens favourite corgi instead of the traditional mascot Nipper.