The decline in sales has been happening for years as it has across all print media and it makes us feel sad being fans of the form and with many colleagues doing a great job on them.
For generations of music fans the inkies were the lifeline of information about music but they are now really struggling with a few exceptions like specialist magazines like Vive Le Rock which has been increasing in sales.
The relaunched and revamped and improved NME fell below 20 000 in sales for the first time ever compared to the 120 000 that bought it in 1990.
Q was down 14.2% year on year and 10.5% on the previous six months to 52,781.
Market leader Mojo, another Bauer title, was down 11.3% year on year, but held onto top spot with average sales of 74,203. No Bauer titles reported digital figures.
IPC Media’s Uncut took second spot on 56,223, down 9.8% year on year.
Classic Rock sold 54,109 print editions, down 4.6% on 2012. It was some way ahead of its rock rival, Kerrang! on 35,127 (down 8.9% year on year) and another Team Rock title, Metal Hammer, on 26,273, which was down 12.5%.
Some of the latest figures below…
- Mojo 74,203
- Q 52,781
- Uncut 56,223
- NME 19,491
- Kerrang! 35,127