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Midland icons pay tribute to NME as iconic magazine reveals date of final issue

By Rebecca Stanley | Music | Published:

Stourbridge rock band frontman Clint Mansell has tweeted about what NME means to him following the news of the national magazine's demise.

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The Pop Will Eat Itself musician said that he bought his first copy of the magazine in 1977 and that NME 'got (him) through school'.

The Midland vocalist added that he was 'honoured to have made the front cover a few times'.

Wolverhampton writer Caitlin Moran has also taken to social media to express her sadness over the magazine's fate.

NME is to print its final edition this Friday, publishers Time Inc have announced.

The long-running music magazine's print edition is "no longer financially viable", Time Inc's UK group managing director Paul Cheal said.

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He added: "NME is one of the most iconic brands in British media and our move to free print has helped to propel the brand to its biggest ever audience on NME.com. The print re-invention has helped us to attract a range of cover stars that the previous paid-for magazine could only have dreamed of.

"At the same time, we have also faced increasing production costs and a very tough print advertising market. Unfortunately we have now reached a point where the free weekly magazine is no longer financially viable.

"It is in the digital space where effort and investment will focus to secure a strong future for this famous brand."

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NME will continue to publish special issues in print, such as its new paid-for series NME Gold.

Other artists have tweeted their thoughts about the magazine's closure:

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
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Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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