Adam Ant is concerned for the future of physical music and fears the closure of HMV could continue a decline in the album as a format.
Adam Ant is worried physical music is in a decline.
The 'Prince Charming' hitmaker feels a generation is missing out on the complete album experience by not buying CDs or vinyls - both mediums he embraced with his new record, his first in 17 years.
He said: ''It's a real shame that fewer people are buying music in physical formats nowadays.
''It's always been something I love - the artwork, the lyrics, the feel of a vinyl or CD booklet.
''For me, an album is about more than just the music. It's a package that reflects the artist's creativity.''
The 58-year-old star was due to appear at HMV Oxford Street, London today (21.01.13) to host a signing session for 'Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter', but it has been cancelled because of HMV's shocking demise.
The decision - because of the company's policy to not take any new stock - disappointed Adam, who was looking forward to meeting ''important'' fans.
He said: ''I was really excited about meeting the fans today and spending time in a record store with people who will be taking home a vinyl or CD version of the album.
''They're so important to me - they're the ones who really experience everything I've worked so hard to create.''
The star also voiced his disappointed in how consumers gather music.
He added: ''Lots of people hear one song, download it and then miss out on the full story that an album tells - the way the songs are supposed to gel together.
''And music fans don't spend time flicking through the racks and looking at records in places like HMV any more, either.
''We should encourage people to get out to their local record shop and see what's on offer there.''