The End for Music Magazines ?

IPC Media's NME Magazine

IPC Media's NME Magazine

The future for the NME is looking bleak and not too rosy for competitors  Kerrang! either. The latest numbers released today by ABC magazine showed poor circulation figures for the two UK music magazines.

Sales of IPC Media’s NME have taken a nose dive and are down 27% on year.  There were just around 40’000 weekly copies sold in June.  Newly  appointed editor Krissi Murison is due to take control of the sinking ship  on September 1 following the departure of Conor McNicholas,

Bauer Media’s metal publication Kerrang! had some alarming numbers of their own as sales dropped 28% year on year to 43,253.

As  a whole the magazine industry’s music sector  recorded an overall slump in sales of 9.4%.

IPC’s flagship monthly Uncut dropped 12% to 76,526 while Bauer‘s Q managed to stay just  above the 100,000 monthly sales mark after experiencing an 11.5% fall while sister magazine Mojo slipped 8.1% to 97,722 copies purchased every month.

With the only rise in sales recorded by Classic Rock, which saw an upward sales trend of 5.5 % or 70,301 copies,  Future Publishing can be cautiously satisfied as their other title Metal Hammer recorded a drop of 5.2% with 46,004 copies shifted.

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