Independent distributor RED has linked with Virgin stores and UK music magazine NME for a free offer.

From Sept. 16 to Nov. 10, shoppers at Virgin stores will be able to pick up a free issue of NME with articles featuring bands from RED's current roster, such as Ting Tings, Verve, Radiohead, Futureheads, Does it offend you Yeah?, MGMT and others.

Via the promotion, NME will also give away prizes like a trip to the NME awards Feb 2009 in London, lifetime subscriptions to NME, and $1000 gift certificate to Virgin stores.