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On 21 November 1985, Kate Bush did a signing session at Tower Records in Greenwich Village, New York (USA). The session was organised to promote the album Hounds Of Love.

Tower Records started out as a record store based in Sacramento, California (USA) in 1960. Seven years after its founding, Tower Records expanded to San Francisco. In 1979, Tower Records in Japan started its business as the Japan Branch of MTS Incorporated. The following year, Sapporo Store, the first in Japan and internationally opened. The chain eventually expanded internationally to include stores in Japan, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Ireland, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Argentina.

In New York City, Tower Records operated a suite of stores on and near lower Broadway in Greenwich Village. The main store was located at the southeast corner of East 4th Street and Broadway. The Tower Records Annex was in the same building, located at the southwest corner of East 4th and Lafayette Street. The third store, Tower Video, was located on the southeast corner of East 4th and Lafayette Street, and specialized in video and the second floor of this location also sold books. There was also a location in the basement of Trump Tower, and a small clearance annex on 86th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

In 2006, Tower Records filed for bankruptcy and liquidation. The Tower Records website was purchased by a separate entity and was not affected by the retail store closings. On 13 November 2020, Tower Records announced that it had returned as an online retailer with plans to open future physical locations.