NME set to become free magazine

After years of speculation and dwindling readership, NME has now announced its plans to become a free magazine later this year.

In a post written by editor Mike Williams on NME.com, he says, "The cat is out of the bag, and I couldn’t be more excited. For the past few months we’ve been working in secret here at NME on the next phase of our evolution. The goal, throughout all of our research and development, has been to find new and inventive ways to connect with you, our audience, better than ever. In the 63 years since NME launched we have evolved and transformed plenty of times. The evolution of 2015 is our boldest ever move, and I’m delighted to be able to share the news with you at last."

Although sticking to music, the article does go on to state their plans to branch out into other areas like "film, fashion, television, politics, gaming and technology", as well as non-editorial ventures such as "live events, more video franchises and greater engagement with users on new social platforms".

NME has been in trouble over the last decade with constantly falling reader numbers as well as hits on their website. Hopefully this new direction will invigorate the magazine's standing and influence within the music industry.

You can see the full announcement on NME.com here.

More News

Slam Dunk Festival announce Sum 41 as co-headliner

After announcing that Don Broco would be headlining next year's Slam Dunk Festival earlier this year, the event has now confirmed that Sum 41 will... 3 weeks 5 days ago

Wire announce new album 'Hive Mind'

After returning back in 2017 to release their well-received album 'Silver/Lead', Wire are back once again to announce the details behind their next... 3 weeks 5 days ago

Lapalux unveils new single 'Limb To Limb'

With his highly-anticipated new album set to arrive in a matter of weeks, producer Stuart Howard aka Lapalux has now unveiled the next cut to be... 3 weeks 6 days ago

Blaenavon announce new album 'Everything That Makes You Happy'

After originally returning back in January with news of this new album alongside the single 'Catatonic Skinbag', Blaenavon have now announced that... 3 weeks 6 days ago

The Orielles announce new album 'Disco Volador'

With their impressive debut album 'Silver Dollar Moment' topping many albums of the year lists last year, The Orielles have now returned to announce... 3 weeks 6 days ago

Seafret announce new album 'Most Of Us Are Strangers'

Following on from their terrific new single 'Fall', which dropped earlier this month, Seafret have now returned once again to announce the details... 4 weeks 17 hours ago

Frank Ocean returns with new single 'DHL'

Having kept new material firmly off his agenda so far this year, Frank Ocean has now returned to deliver his first single of 2019. The new track '... 4 weeks 20 hours ago

The Snuts unveil new single 'Juan Belmonte'

With the band currently in the midst of their sold out UK tour, Scottish indie-rockers The Snuts have now returned with a brand new single. The... 4 weeks 22 hours ago

Spector share new track 'Simplicity'

With their highly-anticipated new EP on the horizon, Spector have now unveiled the next cut to be lifted from their upcoming release. The new... 1 month 1 day ago