"NME" - New Musical Express

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   UK Music magazine beginning 1952

New Musical Express was established in 1952 by London music promoter Maurice Kinn, and was initially published in a non-glossy tabloid format on standard newsprint. On 14 November 1952 it created the first UK Singles Chart, a list of the Top Twelve best-selling singles. The first of these was, in contrast to more recent charts, a top twelve sourced by the magazine itself from sales in regional stores around the UK. During the 1960s the paper championed the new British groups emerging at the time.


"The paper was established in 1952. The "Accordion Times and Musical Express" was bought by London music promoter Maurice Kinn, for the sum of £1,000, just 15 minutes before it was due to be officially closed It was re-launched as the New Musical Express, and was initially published in a non-glossy tabloid format on standard newsprint. On 14 November 1952, taking its cue from the US magazine Billboard, it created the first UK Singles Chart, a list of the Top Twelve best-selling singles. The first of these was, in contrast to more recent charts, a top twelve sourced by the magazine itself from sales in regional stores around the UK. "
Initial collection courtesy of Arie den Dulk, David Stacey and Kees Brinkerink
Further and ongoing additions provide by and scanned by David Andrews.
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50s
New Musical Express Began in 1952 as fusion of Accordion Times and Musical Express.
Some issues of Musical Express are included here as well.
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Oct 25
Nov 1
Nov 8
Nov 15
Nov 22
Nov 29
Dec 6
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Dec 20
Dec 27
Jan 3
Jan 10
Jan 17
Jan 24
Jan 31
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Feb 14
Feb 21
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Mar 14
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Mar 28
Apr 3
Apr 11
Apr 18
Apr 25

May 2
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May 23
May 30
Jun 6
Jun 13
Jun 20
Jun 27
Jul 4
Jul 11
Jul 18
Jul 25
Aug 1
Aug 8
Aug 15
Aug 22
Aug 29
Sep 5
Sep 12
Sep 19
Sep 26
Oct 3
Oct 10
Oct 17
Oct 24
Oct 31
Dec 26
Jan 2
Jan 9
 
  1950 1951 1952 1953 1954
50s
  Jan 5
Jan 12
Jan 19

Jan 26
Feb 2
Feb 9
Feb 16
Mar 16
Jun 15
Jun 27
Jul 18
Jul 25
Aug 1
Aug 8
Aug 22
Sep 26
Nov 14
First UK Singles Chart
Dec 12
Dec 26
Apr 24
Dec 4

Dec 18
Apr 23
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50s
Jan 7
Jan 14
Jan 21
Jan 28
Feb 4
Feb 11
Feb 18
Feb 25
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Sep 2
Sep 30<
Dec 9
Dec 30<

Jan 6<
Apr 13<
First issue with chart
July 20
Jul 27<
Sep 7
Oct 12<
Feb 1<
Dec 13
Dec 20
Dec 27
Jan 17
Jan 31
Feb 14
Feb 21
Feb 28
Mar 14
Mar 21
Mar 28

Apr 18
May 9
Jun 6
May 8
May 22
Aug 21
Sep 18
Dec 11
  1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
60s
Jan 6
Jun 9
Jul 14
Feb 9
May 4<
Nov 30
Jan 4< Jan 17
  1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
60s
  Nov 11 Jun 3
Sep 9
Sep 30
Oct 7
Nov 25
Dec 30
Jan 13
Mar 30
Apr 6
Apr 13
May 18
Jun 1
Jun 8
Jun 16
Jun 22
Jun 29
Jul 6
Jul 13
Jul 20
Jul 27
Aug 3
Aug 10
Aug 17
Aug 24
Aug 31
Sep 7
Sep 14
Sep 21
Sep 28
Oct 5
Oct 12
Oct 19
Oct 26
Nov 2
Nov 9
Nov 16
Nov 23
Nov 30
Dec 7
Dec 14
Dec 21
Dec 28
Jul 12
Sep 6
Sep 13
Sep 20
Sep 27
Oct 4
Oct 11
Oct 18
Oct 25
Nov 1
Nov 8
Nov 15
Nov 22
Nov 29
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70s
     
  1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
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