Vibe magazine, which had been located a few floors below National Review, is no more:
Vibe, a popular-music magazine, is closing immediately, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The decision leaves two major magazines, The Source and XXL, focusing on hip-hop or R&B. The Source has had its own troubles, going through a bankruptcy and emerging under new ownership last year. A rock-focused magazine, Blender, folded last year. The musician Quincy Jones and Time Warner created Vibe in 1992. The Wicks Group, a private equity firm, bought it in 2006. Vibe reported circulation of 818,000 in the second half of last year, a healthy figure, but like most magazines, it suffered from falling advertising.
Fortunately, NR readers can still get their hip-hop news from Robert VerBruggen.