Uncut gets ahead with help from the Beatles


Uncut’s celebratory Beatles edition helped it post the fastest growing ABC figure in the music market of 24.5 per cent year-on-year.

Since the magazine launched in 1997 it has grown by 90 per cent and now sells 63,361 copies per issue.

Kerrang! also attracted more readers, posting an increase of 15.6 per cent year-on-year, and increased its lead over rival Metal Hammer.

The biggest fall was recorded by Ministry, which lost 20.8 per cent of sales. Associate publisher Chris Green blamed the shake-up of senior editorial staff and management that began last year and ended in a number of redundancies.

"It’s no secret that Ministry went through a big change in the first three months and we expected sales to be poor. The first issues to be produced by the new editorial team are the last two of this ABC period," said Green.

Ministry will hope for an improvement under new editor Ollie Quain.

Rival clubbing magazine Mixmag slipped 5.4 per cent this period but is up 4.1 per cent year-on-year. It still has the lead over Ministry by 25,000 copies per issue.

Q remained market leader and increased sales by 11.6 per cent year-on-year. Editor John McKie stepped down after just four issues earlier this month and was replaced by former features editor Danny Ecclestone.

Rock Sound increased sales by 22.3 per cent year-on-year while rival Classic Rock increased its ABC by 15.8 per cent.

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