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Britain's Got Talent star Faryl lands HMV in trouble

Faryl Smith
Faryl Smith has released the fastest-selling solo classical debut album

Music chain HMV is to be prosecuted for letting Britain's Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith sing during a signing at one of their stores.

The 14-year-old from Northamptonshire was signing copies of her debut album, Faryl, when she started to belt out a song from the record.

But the HMV store at the Newlands shopping centre in Kettering had not applied for an entertainment licence.

Kettering Borough Council said it planned to prosecute the store.

The council said the firm has refused to retrospectively apply for a £21 licence for the event, which took place in March.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: "It's a routine prosecution. It doesn't matter who the artist is.

"We offered HMV the opportunity to apply for a retrospective licence but they refused."

No action is being taken against Faryl, the council added.

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