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Analysis of front covers, contents pages and article spreads to show the typical conventions and differences in music genres and target audiences.

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  1. 1. Music MagazineAnalysis { By Kate Meads
  2. 2. FrontCovers
  3. 3. The Masthead ‘XXL’ is so wellknown that the main image cancover part of it and the audience willstill know what magazine it is. Themasthead is placed on top of a redbanner to make it stand out.The colour scheme consists ofBlack, White, Red and Grey. Thesecolours indicate an older targetaudience as they portray a moreprofessional magazine, whereas amagazine with lots of differentcolours creating a rainbow effect The image shows that the artist is big thanwould appeal to a much younger the tallest buildings in America, therefore itaudience. suggests that his suggest is taking overThe selling line is ‘JAY - Z’ in a large the world and dominating it.font across the left side of the page,which shows that the main story will In a smaller text down the right side of thebe about that specific artist. Also, page tells the reader what else will featureby having it in such a large font instead the magazine, the size of the fontmeans that the reader does not shows that reader that the articles othereven need to read the smaller print than the main one will be a lot small andto find out what it is about. less detailed.
  4. 4. The masthead ‘WE <3 POP.’ Isin a speech bubble shape with ablack border and a hot pinkbackground around it, which isthe same colour as the heart inthe name of the magazine. Thecontinuance of the colour schemeallows the reader to see thatthe magazine is professional.The selling line for the magazine‘1D GET TOALLY TWISTED!’ isplaced over the top of the imagein a contrasting colour of yellow.Which makes it stand out andeye catching for the targetaudience. Other images are placed to the left The main image is placed hand side of the page, which are slightly to the right of the advertisements and information as page but covers it to the top to what is contained within the and bottom. It shows the magazine such as fashion tips, free audience what the main article music posters and gossip about in the magazine will be about. other artists in the charts.
  5. 5. The selling line is a light blue colour with athen white outline to make it stand out as itcontrasts with the darker colours on the pagesuch the masthead ‘KERRANG! Which isplaced on a white background to make itbolder. The contrast between the mastheadand the selling line is really noticeable as thebrightness of the selling point attracts theaudience’s attention immediately.The Masthead is placed behind the image asmost buyers of that magazine already knowthat it is KERRANG! Just from the font.The selling line is placed in front of the imagewhich shows that it is used to catch thereaders attention to buy it.The main image is of the full band but withthe main singer in the centre, as he would bethe most well known and is more than likelyto lead people to buy the magazine if theyknow him.
  6. 6. ContentsPages
  7. 7. The main title is The content on a black page lists the banner with page numbers white font, down the left however thehand side of the other subtitles of page and the news and matches them stories within theup with relevant magazines are in images. This a white font on a informs the red banner,reader what the which is the magazine main colour contains and scheme of the where they can magazine and byfind that specific sticking to it news. makes it seem professional. The images on the page have the page number next to them with a brief description of the story, which helps attract the audience to buy it as the reader is mostly likely going to know the main artist/band that the main story is on.
  8. 8. The content page is separated into different boxes asdifferent pages are all The content to do with certain page has artists or subject, arrows pointed therefore to make it at the relevant easier for the reader, images that they can pick what link to the topic they want to articles, whichread about and all the may influence articles are placed the reader to after each other so view that page they do not have to as they image flip from the front to attracts them. the back to find certain stories etc.
  9. 9. The content page has a quotation from the main band thatThe images used features as the are useful to the most important reader as they article of the show the what magazine as it is stories with be placed in the revealed inside centre. This couldthe magazine and attract the reader who they are as they will about, as the mostly likely images are know who the photographs of band/artist is andbands and artists. would want to then go on and read the rest of the article.
  10. 10. ArticleSpreads
  11. 11. The double page spread is half filled with the main image that tells the reader what the article is about without even reading it. The colour scheme is kept the same through out the• The text is in 3 columns pages, with the artist in thewhich read down the page, bold black, dominant colourthis is a typical convention of a it attracts the reader straightmagazine article, as it makes away to find out what theit easier for the reader to read. article will be about.
  12. 12. The main image is placed in the centre as the main feature, which will attract the audience immediately if they like the band.The colour scheme ismatched by the bandsoutfits, which shows thatthe image was taken justfor this specific magazine,making the audiencethink it is an exclusiveinterview or article for thismagazine only.
  13. 13.  A quotation is in the centre of the first page which shows the audiencethat the artist has had a direct influence on the article which would drawmany readers to buy the magazine.The page has other stories briefly listed down the left hand side in acolumn which allows the reader to choose to read another article ofinterview that appeals to them.Secondary, smaller images appear on the picture to describe the otherstories, but also to show another image of the main artist to attract theaudience
  14. 14. TypicalConventions
  15. 15. Front Cover Conventions Main image- covering most of the page (everything else centred around the image) Title in the top right corner (fairly large) Skyline- under title Main article heading underneath the main image Promotion at the bottom right (free poster or download links) Date and issue number at the bottom right (small font-above the barcode) 3/4 colours for the colour scheme Try to match some parts of the models costume or makeup to the colour scheme of the magazine Barcode (under the title) Article headings down the left hand side of the page in the 3 different colours of the scheme Banners behind the texts of the headings to make them stand out
  16. 16. Contents Page Conventions Title in the top right hand corner of the page (smaller than it is on the front cover) Different boxes with different articles inside that all link together Page numbers on a banner and in bold to make them clear to the reader 1 Main images in the middle of the page with a quote or brief introduction to the story 2 or 3 other secondary images, one left, right and at the bottom of the page, which just headings and page numbers on or under the picture. Stick to the 3 or 4 main colours used on the front cover throughout
  17. 17. Article Spread Conventions Title in a corner of the page (smaller than it is on the front cover) Page number at the bottom in a corner 1 Main images on one side of the article to show who the article is about Name of artist/band at the top of the page with a tag line next to it or underneath Quotations from the artist/band in bold and a different colour to the rest of the text Stick to the 3 or 4 main colours used on the front cover and content page Text of the article should be in columns and mostly in one font and colour Stick to the same house style throughout the magazine – 3 fronts used and vary the sizes