This is sad, but not necessarily shocking. I don’t read URB but I would always see it in the import section of music magazines in Borders in Angel & Soho. It was a US magazine that was way too expensive as an import to say the least.
Founder Raymond Roker says the magazine is going on hiatus, but we all know what that means. Remember when that beautiful print beauty called Suede went on hiatus? She never came back.
I wonder what URB’s hiatus/folding means for magazines now. Condé Nast has closed 4 US magazines including 70 year old Gourmet. I think URB’s folding means that music magazines as print entitities are no longer viable as financial products.
I absolutely love media with a passion, whether that is print or online and I am not sure how magazines are going to be looking in the future. However, I don’t think the net has killed magazines either.
Regardless, URB’s closing does spell trouble for niche print pubs that cover niche social groups such as hip hop lovers. What do you think?