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The administrators for HMV have confirmed that the famous name will disappear from at least four of the region's high streets.
The branches in South Shields, Durham, Stockton and the Teesside Shopping Park will close, with the loss of thirty nine jobs.
Our Business Correspondent Ben Chapman visited the South Shields branch, where the shop has played its own part in recent pop music history.
His report, which you can watch in full below, contains some flash photography.
The X Factor winner Joe McElderry says that it is "a shame" the HMV store in his home town of South Shields is to close.
The store was the scene of his first big public appearance after winning the competition in 2009.
He told me that walking into a store, browsing and picking up a copy of your favourite artist's song is "what music is all about".
However, he admits most of the music he buys now is online.
The HMV branch in South Shields is one of four branches across the North East set to close after the company went into administration last month.
The 66 stores identified for closure are:
Ashton-under-Lyne, Ballymena, Barnsley, Bayswater, Belfast Boucher Road, Belfast Forestside, Bexleyheath, Birkenhead, Birmingham Fort, Blackburn, Boston, Bournemouth Castlepoint, Bracknell, Burton-upon-Trent, Camberley, Chesterfield, Coleraine, Craigavon.
Croydon Centrale, Derry, Dumfries, Durham, Edinburgh Fort, Edinburgh Gyle Centre, Edinburgh Ocean, Edinburgh Princes Street, Edinburgh St James, Falkirk, Fulham, Glasgow - Fort, Glasgow - Silverburn, Glasgow Braehead, Huddersfield, Kirkcaldy, Leamington Spa, Leeds White Rose, Lisburn, Loughborough.
Luton, Manchester 90, Moorgate, Newry, Newtonabbey, Orpington, Rochdale, Scunthorpe, South Shields, Speke Park, St Albans, St Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Tamworth, Teesside, Telford, Trocadero, Wakefield, Walsall.
Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Warrington, Watford, Wellingborough, Wigan, Wood Green, Workington, Wrexham.
In a statement, the Joint Administrators said "There is no fixed date for the closure of these stores which will continue to trade in the meantime. However, it is expected that closures will take place over the next one to two months."
Administrators for HMV have named the stores they plan to close as part of plans to secure the music retailer's future.
Job losses by branch:
South Shields: 9
Teesside Shopping Centre: 13