Record Mirror was a British weekly music newspaper between 1954 and 1991 for pop fans and record collectors. Launched two years after the NME, it never attained the circulation of its rival.

The first UK album chart was published in Record Mirror in 1956, and during the 1980s it was the only consumer music paper to carry the official UK singles and UK albums charts used by the BBC for Radio 1 and Top Of The Pops, as well as the US Billboard charts.

The title ceased to be a stand-alone publication in April 1991 when United Newspapers closed or sold most of their consumer magazines, including Record Mirror and its sister music magazine Sounds, to concentrate on trade papers like Music Week. In 2010 Giovanni di Stefano bought the name Record Mirror and relaunched it as an online music gossip website in 2011. The website became inactive in 2013 following di Stefano’s jailing for fraud.

Magazine covers and features

Kate Bush has been featured on the cover of Record Mirror on five different occasions.

  • On 25 February 1978 she was interviewed by Mary Ann Ellis for a one page feature.
  • The 8 July 1978 issue had a one page feature of Kate Bush in Japan with six photographs.
  • On 24 March 1979 she was interviewed by John Shearlaw for a one page feature.
  • On 12 January 1980 Kate was featured on the cover of the magazine because she won the poll for the ‘best female artist’
  • On 11 July 1981 John Shearlaw had an exclusive interview for an article o one and a half pages.