Weekly music title NME has launched Band Alerts ­ an SMS messaging service that allows it to offer readers updates on their favourite bands and singers via their mobile phone. The new service begins in June with each band allotted an individual code, which will be published in NME. To subscribe readers must text the appropriate code from the magazine and they will then be charged 25p for each message they receive. IPC says that the service will begin with up to 100 favourite artists and as bands become more newsworthy and public interest increases NME will add more bands to the service. Anthony Thornton, editor of NME.COM, said: "This is another great way for our readers to stay one step ahead of the latest news and gossip on their favourite bands from one of the world's most influential and knowledgeable music news teams." Broadsystem has provided the technology. {{CTN }}