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Here's why Rihanna's NME cover is causing a stir online

Oh dear.

A FEW MONTHS ago, NME announced that it was becoming a freesheet.

And yesterday it announced that the first cover star of the newly relaunched magazine would be… Rihanna.

Landing an interview with one of the world’s most famous pop stars is quite a coup for the magazine, but certain readers weren’t one bit happy with it.

Why? Because she’s too pop and not The Libertines or Johnny Borrell, apparently.


On the flipside, many have defended and even praised NME for putting Rihanna on the cover.

While others pointed out that this isn’t exactly the first time NME has featured a pop star on its cover.

In short, Rihanna has sold millions of albums worldwide and has countless bangers to her name. (Seriously, who among us hasn’t fistpumped in time to We Found Love or screamed along to Umbrella until our voice was hoarse?)

Like her or not, why wouldn’t a music magazine feature her on the cover?

Get out of your arses.

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Amy O'Connor

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