The new magazine launches on Friday September 18 – pick it up at UK stations, universities and music venues, as well as retail stores

Rihanna is to appear on the cover of the first issue of the new, free weekly NME magazine.

For the exclusive interview NME travelled to Los Angeles to speak to one of the world’s biggest stars about her long-awaited eighth studio album, as well as her thoughts on Taylor Swift, life in the public eye, working with Kanye West, feminism and the fallout from her ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ video.

The new, free NME magazine launches on Friday, September 18 and will be distributed across the UK at more than 500 locations.

In the issue, NME’s greatest-ever franchise is back in the shape of Peter Robinson Versus. Peter’s first interviewee is Sex Pistol and I’m A Celebrity… star, John Lydon.

Comedian Katherine Ryan also makes her debut as NME’s brand new columnist.

The free magazine will be available in cities and towns across the UK with a full list of pick-up points now online.

Every Friday copies will be handed out at 26 rail stations, 64 tube stations and 49 universities. Readers will also be able to pick up issues from 140 Topman stores, 121 HMV stores, 13 Academy Music Group live venues and 75 independent record stores.

You can also subscribe to the new NME magazine for the cost of postage.

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