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Encyclopedia > Hot Topic
For the Le Tigre song, see Hot Topic (Song).
Hot Topic, Inc.
Type Public (NASDAQ: HOTT)
Founded 1988 by Orv Madden
Headquarters City of Industry, California
Key people Betsy McLaughlin, CEO; Bruce Quinell, Chairman of the Board
Industry retail
Products apparel, music
Revenue US$751.6 million (2006)
Website www.hottopic.com

Hot Topic (NASDAQ: HOTT) is an American chain store aimed at teenagers and young adults. It has over 600 chain stores across the United States, Japan and Puerto Rico, the majority of which are located in shopping malls. The first Hot Topic store was opened in 1988 by Orv Madden. The chain specializes in pop-culture-related fashion and merchandise, including clothing, books, comics, jewelry, CDs, records, posters and other paraphernalia. It caters to a number of youth-oriented "scenes," such as metal, Indie, punk, emo, goth, club, otaku and lounge, as well as a number of general and 1980s retro pop culture products including TNA Wrestling products. It has also backed major concert festivals like Ozzfest and recently Sounds Of The Underground. Products from Tripp NYC, Lip Service and Funhouse are also stocked. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Le Tigre (album) Le Tigre (shirt) Le Tigre is a feminist electro post-punk band formed in 1998 by Kathleen Hanna. ... Le Tigre is the debut album of feminist electro-punk trio Le Tigre. ... Image File history File links Logo for Hot Topic chain of clothing stores. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Hot Topic (NASDAQ: HOTT) is an American chain store aimed at teenagers and young adults. ... Industry (or City of Industry) is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... Betsy McLaughlin (Born 1962 in Orange County, California) is the current CEO of Hot Topic, Inc. ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Chain stores are a range of retail outlets which share a brand and central management, usually with standardised business methods and practices. ... “Young Men” redirects here. ... See Adult. ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Popular culture, or pop culture, (literally: the culture of the people) consists of the cultural elements that prevail (at least numerically) in any given society, mainly using the more popular media, in that societys vernacular language and/or an established lingua franca. ... For other uses, see Fashion (disambiguation). ... In marketing, a product is anything that can be offered to a market that might satisfy a want or need. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Indie, an abbreviation of independent, is a term regarding a trend seen in music, film, business and subculture originating in the late 20th century. ... Punks at a music festival The punk subculture is a subculture that is based around punk rock music. ... Look up emo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gothic rock (sometimes called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of rock music that originated during the late 1970s. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Otaku ) is a derisive Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests in manga, anime or hentai. ... Lounge music refers to music played in the lounges and bars of hotels and casinos, or at standalone piano bars. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Retro is a term used to describe the culture of the past. ... // Total Nonstop Action Wrestling is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... Ozzfest is an annual tour of the United States (and in some years, Europe) featuring performances by many Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Death Metal, Hardcore and Nu Metal groups. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lost City - a large travelling funhouse that unpacks from two articulated trailers. ...


In the past, major bands such as Korn and Good Charlotte have allowed Hot Topic to release their concert wear to the general public before they themselves appear on television or at concerts wearing them. Recently Hot Topic has held in-store "listening parties" for bands such as Marilyn Manson, Underoath, My Chemical Romance, Paramore and HIM, so fans could hear their new albums before they were released. Hot Topic has also been a promoter of Jhonen Vasquez and his various projects, including Invader Zim, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and "Squee". In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... This article is about the band. ... Good Charlotte (IPA: ) is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland and formed in 1996. ... For the album by The Cure, see Concert (album). ... This article is about the person. ... Underoath (sometimes stylized as Underøath or UnderOATH) is a Christian Metalcore band from Tampa, Florida. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... Paramore (pronounced Par-a-mour (IPA: )) is an American pop rock[3] band that formed in Franklin, Tennessee in 2002. ... This article refers to the Finnish band. ... Jhonen Vasquez (born September 1, 1974), also known by his pseudonyms Mr. ... Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by comic book writer/artist Jhonen Vasquez and aired on Nickelodeon. ... Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. ... This article is about the fictional character in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. ...


Hot Topic is also known for having an extensive range of products (which are hard to find anywhere else) from the films of Tim Burton. This is particularly exaggerated in The Nightmare Before Christmas memorabilia. Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... Halloween Town redirects here. ...


Hot Topic owns and operates a chain of similarly-themed plus-size women's clothing stores, Torrid, which began operations in 2001. The company produces its own line of clothing, Morbid Threads, whose products may be found in both chains' stores. Hot Topic was named number 53 on Fortune 100's Top Companies to Work For list in 2006. Image of a woman on the Pioneer plaque sent to outer space. ... Torrid is a chain store owned by Hot Topic. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ...


Hot Topic's major rivals in its niche include Spencer's Gifts and Manic Panic. A niche market also known as a target market is a focused, targetable portion (subset) of a market sector. ... Spencer Gifts is a North American specialty store. ... Manic Panic is a store chain based in New York City. ...


New Look

Starting in 2007, Hot Topic started to change the look of their stores. They are dropping a darker look for more neutral colors. The Chain plans to have 12-15 percent of their stores remodeled by the end of 2007.


Criticism

In their marketing, Hot Topic uses rebellious imagery in an effort to appeal to teenagers' "rebellious" tendencies, a practice which its critics[Who?] deride. Since the early 2000s, Hot Topic has been increasingly perceived as a "poser" store[neutrality disputed], and some counterculture (goth, punk, emo etc.) consumers refrain from shopping there.[neutrality disputed] Members of a counterculture[Who?] tend to resent the appropriation of the trappings of their subculture as commodities for mainstream consumption. In this vein, recording artist MC Lars has released a song titled "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock." Funny enough MC Lars actually gave Hot Topic the rights to carry a band t-shirt of his. The Matches, who provide the music background to "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock", have toured with a Hot Topic sponsored tour in the past. Hot Topic acknowledged the song by instructing stores to devote a small area of the stores to display products mentioned in the song. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOVD Articles that have been linked to this page are the subject of an NPOV dispute (NPOV stands for Neutral Point Of View; see below). ... This article is about the first decade of the 21st century. ... Look up Poser in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gothic rock (sometimes called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of rock music that originated during the late 1970s. ... Punks at a music festival The punk subculture is a subculture that is based around punk rock music. ... Look up emo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. ... In sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, a subculture is a set of people with a set of behaviors and beliefs, culture, which could be distinct or hidden, that differentiate them from the larger culture to which they belong. ... Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. ... The Matches are a rock band of four formed in 1997 in Oakland, California, who are currently signed with Epitaph Records. ...


Although the store's slogan is "Everything about the music", many products in the store are not directly connected to music & the validity of the slogan has been challenged; but the fact remains that the store's backbone is still their music apparel. The company's best performing department is their music tee shirts,[citation needed] which include classic rock, alternative rock, nu-metal, metal, indie rock and more. Additionally many Hot Topic stores have full CD departments and carry select vinyl albums. Depending on store location, contract restrictions with malls and store size, some stores are only able to sell select vinyl album and compilation albums. For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Nu metal is a musical genre that emerged in the late 1990s which fuses influences from grunge[1] and alternative metal with funk music, hip-hop, and various heavy metal genres, such as thrash metal and groove metal. ... Heavy metal is a form of rock music characterized by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ...


Some Hot Topic stores do sell local band merchandise and the company spotlights up-and-coming bands in their "Neighborhood Noise" program on their website. -->


External links

  • Official website
  • Hot Topic at MySpace

  Results from FactBites:
 
Hot Topic - Encyclopedia Dramatica (383 words)
Started in 1988 by Orv Madden, Hot Topic has spread like wildfire in the late 90's thanks to the rise of the emo, punk, and goth subcultures among America's teens, and now has sprouted to over 600 locations.
Hot Topic can be identified up close by its large fl circular entrance and small display of novelty t-shirts in two windows located adjacent on either side.
On the internet, Hot Topic has become the equivalent of a racial slur to be hurled by emo white chicks at each other to diss their punk credibility.
Hot Topic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (566 words)
Hot Topic owns and operates a chain of similarly-themed plus-size women's clothing stores, Torrid, which began operations in 2001.
Hot Topic was named number 53 on Fortune 100's Top Companies to Work For list in 2006.
In this vein, recording artist MC Lars has released a song titled "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock." Ironically, The Matches, who provide the music background to "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock", have toured with a Hot Topic sponsored tour in the past.
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