Do you not think that because RS is pretty much the ONLY US music magazine of any note?
They've pretty much had the market covered since launch.......
In the UK, there is a plethora of magazines available - Q, Mojo, Record Collector, NME (and associated spin-off magazines), Classic Rock, The Word etc. All cover pretty much the same material.
What else is there in The States, *OTHER THAN* RS?
Actually tons of decent music publications...Spin..which for a few years there, Spin almost put RS out of business when Spin started out as a pretty good magazine with decent journalism and covered damn near every music artist and genre..now it also has become a blatant commercial piece of crap.
As well as,...Performing Songwriter Magazine (quite good, very much like The Word) American Songwriter Magazine (which I write for, also quite good, very much like The Word), Blender Magazine, Revolver Magazine, Vibe Magazine (urban music), all the guitar publications here of which in my opinion ONLY Guitar World is very good. Not too techy and they ask artistic insightful questions and YES they regularly cover Queen and Brian.
Blues Revue, Harp, Jazz Times, Filter (Very much like NME...pretty decent but only covers modern rock/Indie music). These are the BETTER A and B list of the publications in the USA.
Also, the states has seen tons of EXCELLENT music publications GO OUT OF BUSINESS the last half decade because people here in the USA, (and I'm not dissing my fellow USA citizens...just making an observation that the music journalism and entire journalism industry in the USA has seen), because alot of people in the USA just aren't BUYING and therefore NOT READING periodicals and newspapers anymore.
THE BEST music publications that competed with RS, being Musician Magazine which was outstanding,it went bankrupt 1999, Billboard Magazine which is the 2nd best magazine to RS is laying off staff left and right and is close to going under. Acoustic Musician Magazine went bankrupt 1999. Guitar Magazine (which was great) went bankrupt 1999. Blues Access Magazine (which I wrote for) went bankrupt 2001. Our (at one time)excellent versions of Record Collector Magazine...being Goldmine Magazine (which I have written for) & Discoveries Magazine have shrunk to barely nothing in size and are now crap. Tons of state newspapers throughout the USA have gone under or nearly so, including The News American here in Maryland which went bankrupt after over 100 years, around the early 90's I recall. Now our 1 news source, The Baltimore Sun, has laid off it's music journalist of 25 years that was about 2001...and most of its top writers as they keep announcing that readership and buyers keep dwindling. USA people like to get their news, even about MUSIC, from TV, the Internet.
People are different in the UK. They still read and love and BUY, both periodicals and newspapers so the publications flourish and still maintian high standards of quality. In fact every time I go to Tower Records or Barnes & Noble, I see a NEW UK MUSIC magazine that sprouts up. Clash Magazine, Rip & Burn Magazine, The Scene Magazine, etc. so people in the UK LOVE to READ about music, but in a hard copy magazine..and they are happy to BUY those magazines.
Also, with due respect to my fellow USA music artists, music journalists and music industry...You Brits ALWAYS were better and outdid us. We may have "invented Rock & Roll...but The British Invasion, The Beatles, The Stones, Queen, The Who...then later in the 80's with Live Aid, and all the great new artists then..hey you Brits make better music, have more artistic, talented artists, even better events...I'll take Live Aid over Woodstock any day.
And for artists of social conscience and talent...I'll take Brian & Roger, Bono, Sting, Bob Geldof, John Lennon, any day over Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. I take my hat off to and bow to you...