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Music Magazine Analysis

  1. 1. Front Cover Analysis
  2. 2. <ul><li>At the top of this magazine we have a bold skyline with a band name printed in black and next to it the word ‘exclusive’ printed in red. Red is a very powerful colour to use for this magazine against the white background, the reason for this is simply because red is the first colour the eye sees, so the potential buyer is drawn to this red. </li></ul><ul><li>Underneath the skyline we have the masthead, which is also in red. Big, bold writing used at the top of the magazine is very easy to read, so we know and recognise NME. </li></ul><ul><li>Below NME is the selling line. Where the font used is smaller than anywhere else on the magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>I like how they’ve presented the main image of Richey Manic squatting next to this lamppost, crossing his arms in front of him with his head tilted up slightly, usually if someone's head is tiled up we think the person is stuck up, however, the expression and his body language gives us this relaxed atmosphere. </li></ul><ul><li>The lamppost is cleverly used as it halves the magazines but also borders the left third. </li></ul><ul><li>On the left third are a few cover lines, for the main artist featured on the magazine NME have used two different fonts and a kind of neutral colour for the artist’s name and black writing for the cover lines. The other cover lines are in red and white writing. </li></ul><ul><li>On the bottom right is the barcode for the magazine. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>For this special addition of NME they haven’t used a skyline, instead they have used a flash with band names and cover lines relating to them. </li></ul><ul><li>On the masthead is the name of the magazine, in the usual bold red writing. Right next to the masthead is a big picture of Liam Gallagher with a smaller picture of Noel Gallagher to the left of it, this shows that of the two, Liam Gallagher is the most important, the one that will grab the attention of the audience, yet they also include Noel as it wouldn’t be Oasis without the two. It is a common code and convention of music magazines to position the lead singer centrally. This gives a representation of the lead singer being the most important member of the band. </li></ul><ul><li>They are surrounded by illustrations of planes which links in with the main feature of the magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>In the centre of the magazine is the main cover line that will really sell the magazine. I like the fact that the main band featured on the magazine has the biggest font. This helps create this kind of idea as to what the most important feature on the magazine is. </li></ul><ul><li>Below the main cover line are some more cover lines advertising what else is in the magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 4 main colours that have been used on the front cover which are blue, white, black and red. Colours which stand out against each other. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>On the masthead is the title of the magazine in red, bold writing with the words ‘anniversary special’ printed in black to the right of it. Below ‘anniversary special’ is a picture of Joy Division’s album, Unknown Pleasures, with a pull quote “This album is still a masterpiece” from an interview with the band. </li></ul><ul><li>On the left-third below NME is the main cover story, 30 years we have been listening to Unknown Pleasures. </li></ul><ul><li>The main image used is printed in black and white, which is traditionally used for more serious images. He has a cigarette to his lips and is looking directly into the camera in an intimidating yet cool way. </li></ul><ul><li>The added extras on the bottom right hand corner of the magazine are written as if scribbled quickly onto the page, I like the effect it creates. </li></ul>