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Final Smash Hits issue published
A recent edition of the magazine featured Preston as its cover star
The final edition of music magazine Smash Hits has gone on sale, 28 years after the first issue was published.

The publication, which became essential reading for teenagers in the 1980s, was axed due to falling sales figures.

The last issue features bands including McFly, Sugababes and X Factor winner Shayne Ward.

Smash Hits reached its zenith in 1989 when an edition featuring Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue was bought by more than one million readers.

'Pioneering force'

It regularly sold 500,000 in the 1980s, but circulation has since declined to 120,000 copies per issue.

Marcus Rich, director of its publishers Emap, said Smash Hits was an "old favourite" whose "time has passed".

"The audience for the magazine was getting younger... as teenagers migrated to new platforms to satisfy their interest in music," he added.

Smash Hits was first published in September 1978 with Belgian one-hit-wonder Plastic Bertrand - real name Roger Jouret - on the cover.

TV presenter Kate Thornton used to edit Smash Hits

The Smash Hits brand will continue via Smash Hits music TV, a website and a digital radio station.

Mr Rich added: "Smash Hits revolutionised the world of teen publishing when it was launched in 1978, but 28 years later, the world is a very different place and the magazine's role and relevance on the news stand changed.

"The closure of the magazine allows us to concentrate our resources on developing the Smash Hits brand on these emerging platforms."

Mark Frith, former Smash Hits editor and now editor in chief of Heat magazine, said: "People have an incredible sentimental feeling towards Smash Hits.

"Anyone that grew up with Smash Hits or was lucky enough to work on it will always have a special place in their hearts for it.

"It has been a pioneering force in pop and we can look back fondly on the last 28 years."

Other previous editors have included X-Factor presenter Kate Thornton, while Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant also worked there in the early 1980s.

An Emap spokeswoman said the magazine's editor, Lara Palamoudian, was moving to another project within the company, and Emap would be trying to find positions for the magazine's remaining nine staff.


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