November 21, 2005

NME - the biggest-selling music weekly in the world - unveils its 2005 Cool List in this week's issue, on sale Wednesday November 23.

Now in its fourth year, The NME Cool List acknowledges the artists who have rocked the music world, listing the Top 50 coolest people around.

Pete Doherty claimed the number one spot last year, when the issue was promoted by a world first for weeklies - a striking lenticlar cover. To promote the issue this year, NME is offering its readers an exclusive Cool List CD with the magazine.

Top of The Cool List 2005 is Arctic Monkeys' front man, Alex Turner, with Ian Brown, Damon Albarn, Kanye West and Liam Gallagher all making it in to the Top 10.

The free covermounted CD features 16 great tracks by some of the most cutting-edge artists around, including The Cribs, The Test Icicles and Mercury Music Prize winners, Antony and the Johnsons.

The issue also features:

* If Only They Rocked - a list of the 10 coolest non-musicians

* Had It, Lost It - naming the people who used to be cool, but now aren't

* The Fool List - a list of music's 10 most uncool people

* Cool Places - The places to be this year

Alex Needham, deputy editor of NME, says: "Featuring both elder statesmen and thrusting young turks, the NME Cool List is the one every musician wants to be on. Last year Pete Doherty and Carl Barat were joint number one. 2005's list may well stir up even more controversy."

IPC ignite! senior marketing manager Nick New says: "The NME Cool List CD is a great way of NME showcasing what we do best - NME bringing exciting new bands to our readers! Every week we do it in the pages of our magazine, and once in a while we give our readers exactly what they want - a CD full of fantastic new bands!"


Notes to editors:

NME is the biggest-selling and most respected music weekly in the world. Every week it gives its readers the most exciting, wittiest, most authoritative coverage of the very best in music.

For further information contact Anna Gawan, press officer

Tel: 020 7261 6575 or email anna_gawan@ipcmedia.com

For high-res cover images go to www.ipcmedia.com/press/imagebank.php

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