This from Popbitch:
Rumours abound that the print version of the NME is to be closed, leaving the 55-year-old music paper as a web-only operation. Time for NME.com to launch some more eye-catching stunts like their campaign to “right a historic wrong” by getting the Sex Pistols’ re-released God Save the Queen to number one. It entered the charts at… number 42.
Interesting to see if this is true. (EDIT: It seems this is NOT true. As you will see from the comment from Anna Gawan below, the Popbitch homepage is carrying a comprehensive apology for the above.) It would be a desperate measure. While the New Musical Express would lose printing and distribution costs it would also lose print ad rates, which are only – ooh- a gazillion times higher than online ones.
Having said that, what’s the future for a print publication covering the music business? Must be a bummer being a product in a struggling industry which focuses on a dying industry.