The New Musical Express was first issued in 1952, and fulfilled a 66-year legacy, providing weekly gossip and news about latest music. It started as a broadsheet newspaper and was the first to include the bestselling charts in a column. It is the non-biased writing style which leads to NME becoming the bestselling music publication of all time.

It was in 1964 where the magazine peaked its greatest circulation of 307,000. The magazine focused purely on the shenanigans and feuds between the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

Farewell to NME Magazine

In 1998, NME changed their formatting to a magazine style, and only cost 95p! They became the forefront of Britpop and Punk, making iconic front covers including Blur, Oasis, Kurt Kobain, Placebo and Stereophonics. It became a weekly staple for most teenagers, who grew up idolising their favourite artists. They also provided crucial information about latest festivals and gigs and did large competitions to win tickets.

It was early 1998, where NME made a slightly different cover which is iconic to many fans. With a portrait of Tony Blair, as opposed to the top band of the week, it stirred up some confusion. “Ever had the feeling you’ve been cheated? Welfare to work… Student tuition fees… No debate on drugs… Curfews… Rock and Roll takes on the Government”. It involves 7 large pages of musician opinions on the new Labour government, an upon review, no statements were happy.

Farewell to NME Magazine

However, this isn’t the first time that NME has been cancelled. In 2015, NME withheld publication as the circulation dropped to below 15,000. Due to high demand, NME rereleased the magazine as a free, ad-funded magazine, which continued with circulations up to 300,000. The website NME.com was released in 1997 and has only been getting more and more popular with time. It only seemed logical to the company to withdraw the magazine and spend more investment on the popular website.

The hashtag

#RIPNME

has been going viral on Twitter, receiving attention from iconic artists including Kasabian, Paul Weller, The Who and the Wombats.

NME will still continue the annual award ceremony, which has been occurring since 1953 and will still publish special editions of the magazine.

Blog written by Kate Woodbridge