*There are so many magazines on our selves today making it
difficult to pick which one is best. According to research, I
have found out that the top ten music magazines are…
Each magazine to the left are individual and have
their own differences however are all similar by the
way they are all revolve around music and pop
culture trends. Containing honest reviews and
interviews, latest news, photo shoots, styles and
features on new music. They each design themselves
around who they want their audience to be and what
would interest them. These ten magazines to the left
are the top ten for a reason. They have managed to
publish them correctly and have advertised them
well enough to have gained so many consumers.
Here are four different types and designs of front covers for different music magazines that I have
chosen. Looking at these, you can simply pick out and see who the audiences are for each and what
kind of stories they would include within. Billboard you can see would be aimed at the everyday chart
viewers/readers whereas looks more for people who enjoy rough rap music ect.
*The number of magazines sold annually is based on the location. UK
magazines are mainly based in London. The PPA:
Periodical Publishers Association, represents about 400 companies, it
accounts for some 2,300 consumers, business and professional magazines,
80 per cent of the UK magazine market by turnover.
*In 2009, it is reported that 346,571,912 magazines were sold for a yearly
revenue of $9,084,807,632.
*According to industry data an average of 2,600 magazines are sold every
minute in the UK. That equates to 3.7 million per day. There's no specific
data relating to gossip or celebrity magazines.
*However, there are over five billion magazines sold annually, the U.K.
alone claims to sell 2600 magazines every minute of every day which, if
you do the math, comes close to 1.5 billion annually.
* Usually the people who read music magazines are the people who are
interested in a particularly type of music.
* Some types may include ROCK, dance, classical, rap, R&B, etc. Genres
are represented in different ways for instance the way it looks,
positioning, the language used, colours that are involved and clothing
worn. Each little thing can hint who that particular magazine is aimed
at. Magazine designers would have to take into consideration; the
gender they are mostly wanting, and know, to read their magazine, also
the race and age.
* For example magazine is represented in this issue by a famous
rough boy band. The band have a genre of indie rock music. Indie rock
music is usually quite relaxing calming music which enables bands to
explore sounds and emotions which in this issue contrasts with the font
and font colour. The colour of the font matches with the name of the
magazines both being bright red, standing out to for us to read first.
The good points of this magazine cover are that they contain cover lines
which give the audience more information on what the magazine
*There are a huge variety of places that magazines can be sold nowadays.
The most popular place that you will find magazines are in supermarkets
or newsagents. It all really depends on the type of magazine it is that
you're looking for. For instance, more niche types are harder to obtain
rather than just walking to the closest corner shop and picking the one you
want up. Some may need to be ordered from specific websites or
somewhere on the internet. Less common places are newsstands,
bookstores, through free distribution, ect.
* Smaller magazines are sometimes sent through email as well. Technology is
changing all the time and the accessibility for certain items are always
getting easier to create a bigger and a wider range of readers to make
more money resulting in becoming more of a well known magazine brand.
That’s always a bonus and what they want eventually.
* Billboard is an international news magazine devoted to music and the music industry, and is one of the
oldest trade magazines in the world. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that
track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis. The two most notable
charts are the Billboard Hot 100, which ranks the top 100 songs regardless of genre and is based on
digital sales, radio airplay, and internet streaming data; and the Billboard 200, the corresponding chart
for album sales.
* Billboard was founded in Cincinnati on November 1st, 1894, by William H. Donaldson and James
Hennegan. Originally titled Billboard Advertising it was a trade paper for the bill posting industry,
hence the magazine's name. Within a few years of it’s founding, it began to carry news
of outdoor amusements, a major consumer of Billboard space. Eventually Billboard became the paper
of record for circuses, carnivals, amusement parks, fairs, vaudeville, minstrels, whale shows and other
live entertainment. The magazine began coverage of motion pictures in 1909 and of radio in the 1920s.
Though the first music connection was the Billboard sheet music best sellers charts & top songs in
vaudeville theatres published in 1913 but it was not a regular chart yet.
* Billboard's former logo, in use from October 1984 until January 2013 looked like
* With the development of the jukebox industry during the 1930s, The Billboard began publishing
music charts. Originally, there were only three genre-specific charts: Pop, , and
. In the 1950s it introduced a section covering the television industry, including ratings charts
for programs. It continued to carry news of fairs, carnivals, theme parks and other outdoor
entertainments until 1961 when these departments were spun off into a new weekly magazine
called Amusement Business. By this time the television coverage had also been moved to another
* At the start of 1961, The Billboard was renamed Billboard Music Week. The publication was now
devoted almost entirely to the music industry, with some coverage of coin-operated vending and
entertainment machines on its jukebox pages. The title was changed to simply Billboard at the start of
1963. In 2005, the magazine and its web sites were repositioned to provide coverage of all forms of
digital and mobile entertainment.
* Amusement Business prospered for a few decades, but was struggling by the beginning of the 21st
century. Shortly after then its frequency of publication was reduced to monthly, and it finally ceased
* Billboard currently puts out over 100 charts each week, the most popular ones being the Hot 100 and
the Billboard 200.
* VIBe is a music and entertainment magazine founded by producer Quincy Jones. The publication
predominantly features R&B and hip-hop music artists, actors and other entertainers. After shutting
down production in Summer 2009, VIBe was purchased by the private equity investment
fund InterMedia Partners and is now issued every-other month with double covers, with a larger online
presence. The magazine's target demographic is predominantly young, urban followers of hip-hop
culture. As of April 2013 VIBe is currently owned by Spin Media.
* The magazine owed its success to featuring a broader range of interests than its closest
competitors The Source and XXL which focus more narrowly on rap music, or the -
centric Rolling Stone and Spin.
* Quincy Jones launched VIBe in 1993, in partnership with Time Inc. Originally, the publication had
been called Volume before co-founding editor, Scott Poulson-Bryant gave it the name VIBe. Though
hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons was rumoured to be an initial partner, publisher Len Burnett revealed
in a March 2007 interview that Simmons clashed with editor-in-chief Jonathan Van Meter. Miller
Publishing bought VIBe in 1996, and shortly afterward bought Spin. Private equity firm, The Wicks
Group, bought the magazine in 2006.
* Jonathan Van Meter's successors were Alan Light, Danyel Smith, Emil Wilbikin, Mimi Valdes, and finally
Danyel Smith again. On June 30th, 2009, it was announced that VIBe was shutting its doors and
ceasing publication immediately, although according to Essence, Quincy Jones has stated he would
like to keep it alive online.
* After shutting down, private equity investment fund InterMedia Partners, LP bought VIBe Magazine.
They have said they "feel privileged to purchase and resurrect such a storied brand." They added
Uptown magazine to VIBe's parent company, VIBe Holdings. Ron Burkle and Magic Johnson later
invested in the company. VIBe Holdings merged with BlackBook Media to form VIBe Media in 2012.
* On April 25th, 2013 it was announced that VIBe Magazine along with VIBe.com and VIBeVixen.com
had been sold to Spin Media for an undisclosed sum. Spin Media was thought likely to shut down
VIBe's print magazine by the end of 2013, which a representative stating: "We’re still trying to find a
print model that makes economic sense in the digital age." Instead, they cut the magazine's frequency