The new issue of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now!

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It’s available from Wednesday 15 March at WH Smiths, selected independent newsagents and Easons. Pick up a copy at Tesco from Friday 17 March.

For our in-depth cover feature, Paul Lester turns back the clock to when MTV was a global pop phenomenon. We trace the history of this innovative TV channel, relive some of its most controversial moments and pick our favourite videos of all time.

We also have £4,000 worth of tickets to give away for the Isle of Wight Festival and Happy Days Festival to lucky readers.

Elsewhere, Classic Pop is positively bursting at the seams with great interviews and features. We catch up with the mighty Sheena Easton who talks us through everything from her Bond theme to working with Prince and beyond; we meet Wendy James who chats about her superb new album with a stellar backing band and singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega looks back on her storied career. Mike + The Mechanics are hitting the comeback trail, and we speak to Genesis founder and Chief Mechanic Mike Rutherford about their fine new album and current tour.

We like to keep things diverse at Classic Pop Towers, so as well as putting Erasure’s synthpop masterpiece The Circus under our Classic Album microscope, we also delve into a career-spanning overview of Echo & the Bunnymen in our Lowdown feature plus we dip our toes into some late-80s chart house music.

Special mention this issue must go to the storming return of Depeche Mode. Could their new album Spirit be the finest thing they’ve put their name to in more than 20 years? Check out our extended review of what may well be the most politically charged long-player from a major band in 2017.

We’ve also got some very special news of our own here at Classic Pop magazine to shout about – from our next issue onwards we’ll be available monthly. We’re also broadening our remit to include 70s and 90s chart music. We hope you like our new direction…

Steve Harnell
Classic Pop magazine