The list of names desperate to help struggling high street retailer HMV is getting more and more illustrious with Elton John reportedly now planning an in-store performance in a hope to rescue the chain which has been in administration since January.

With store closures sweeping the UK and Ireland the legendary singer is now planning to appear in one of the stores later this year, with Sir John’s spokesperson, Gary Farrow, saying "Elton has always been a big supporter of record shops. He will be doing something with HMV although we cannot confirm what or when that would be."

Universal UK CEO recently revealed a number of high profile acts were keen to lend their support, "we've got a lot of artist support for HMV. Last week one of our biggest global superstars said why don't we get a lot of the biggest artists to start doing gigs in HMV, just to turn up and say these are music stores, come and get your music here."

Joseph later revealed that the artist in question was Elton John and that major record labels are devoting substantial time and energy to save the last of the record store chains which in many towns is the only option for buying physical music on the high street. [h/t Fact]