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Record Mirror


Record Mirror was a British weekly music newspaper which competed with New Musical Express, Disc & Music Echo, Sounds, and Melody Maker, but had the smallest circulation of the UK consumer music weeklies and was considered to be the least important of the genre[citation needed]. The first ever UK album chart was published in Record Mirror in 1956, and in the 1980s it was the only music paper to carry the official UK singles and album charts.

In an effort to boost sales it changed to a Smash Hits-style glossy magazine format in 1982, but ceased publication in April 1991, with sister publication Sounds closing in the same week (of the above mentioned publications only NME survives today.) Its final cover stars were Transvision Vamp. In its final years it veered wildly from being a largely humourless imitation of Smash Hits to attempting to gain credibility as the magazine of record for the emerging rave and acid scene.

Record Mirror was continued as a four-page supplement in Music Week, driven by the chart section, although in later years the supplement concentrated solely on dance music. The RM dance charts were later incorporated into Music Week itself.

The Record Mirror is mentioned in the song "Last of the Skinheads" and "Bring Back the Skins" (Both versions of the same song) by Judge Dread as being as he regarded "the best thing about". The reggae page was also mentioned.

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