Music MagazineAnalysis { By Kate Meads
FrontCovers
The Masthead ‘XXL’ is so wellknown that the main image cancover part of it and the audiencewill still know what magazine i...
The masthead ‘WE <3 POP.’ Is in aspeech bubble shape with a blackborder and a hot pink backgroundaround it, which is the s...
The selling line is a light blue colour with athen white outline to make it stand out as itcontrasts with the darker colou...
ContentsPages
The main title is    The content                                                       on a black  page lists the         ...
The content page is      separated into   different boxes as                            The contentdifferent pages are all...
The content page                      has a quotation                       from the main                          band th...
ArticleSpreads
The double page spread is                                    half filled with the main                                   ...
The main image is placed in the                                centre as the main feature,                                ...
 A quotation is in the centre of the first page which shows the audiencethat the artist has had a direct influence on the...
TypicalConventions
Front Cover Conventions   Main image- covering most of the page (everything else centred    around the image)    Title i...
Contents Page Conventions   Title in the top right hand corner of the page (smaller than it is    on the front cover)   ...
Article Spread Conventions   Title in a corner of the page (smaller than it is on the front cover)   Page number at the ...
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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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Analysis of music magazines

  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 audiencewill still know what magazine it is.The masthead is placed on top of ared banner to make it stand out.The colour scheme consists of Black,White, Red and Grey. These coloursindicate an older target audience asthey portray a more professionalmagazine, whereas a magazine withlots of different colours creating a The image shows that the artist is big thanrainbow effect would appeal to a the tallest buildings in America, thereforemuch younger audience. it 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 In a smaller text down the right side of thewill be about that specific artist.Also, by having it in such a large page tells the reader what else will featurefont means that the reader does not instead the magazine, the size of the fonteven need to read the smaller print shows that reader that the articles otherto find out what it is about. than the main one will be a lot small and less detailed.
  4. 4. The masthead ‘WE <3 POP.’ Is in aspeech bubble shape with a blackborder and a hot pink backgroundaround it, which is the same colouras the heart in the name of themagazine. The continuance of thecolour scheme allows the reader tosee that the magazine isprofessional.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 and eyecatching for the target audience. Other images are placed to the leftThe main image is placed slightly hand side of the page, which areto the right of the page but advertisements and information as tocovers it to the top and bottom. what is contained within the magazineIt shows the audience what the such as fashion tips, free musicmain article in the magazine will posters and gossip about otherbe about. 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 withinup with relevant the magazines images. This are in a white informs the font on a red reader what the banner, which is magazine the 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 as The contentdifferent pages are all page has to do with certain arrows artists or subject, pointed at the therefore to make it 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 that The 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

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