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Music Poster Analysis Pop


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Music Poster Analysis Pop

  1. 1. Pop Music Posters COMMON THEMES - By Anna Broomhead
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Jonas Brothers are a musical group made up of three brothers, and they were first made famous through Disney. The Disney logo at the bottom of the poster creates an immediate link between the two, and provides publicity for the Disney company. It also serves to attract fans of Disney, as it is unlikely for people who hate Disney to like the Jonas brothers </li></ul><ul><li>The Jonas Brothers are widely known for attracting young girls in their early teens or younger. Puberty means that girls of this age are likely to be taking an interest in boys for the first time, and the poster plays on this to attract fans. The brothers are pictured clean-shaven and baby-faced so as to look younger and make young girls more likely to like them than if they had facial hair. The brothers’ hair is typical of today’s youthful fashion, and this means that any young girl who follows the trends of society will find this type of hairstyle attractive </li></ul><ul><li>The band are pictured with their instruments to show that they are more than just ‘pretty faces’, and the complimentary styles and colours of their clothes immediately identify them as a group. It also promotes their image, as the Jonas Brothers often wear complimenting outfits during concerts. Their clothes are in fashion and work to make them look smart and presentable. </li></ul><ul><li>The background consists of stripes. This allows for an interesting backdrop, without distracting the attention of a viewer away from the band </li></ul><ul><li>Black, white and grey are the predominant colours in this poster, with only one background stripe and the two pins on the lead singer’s waistcoat being a bright colour. This minimal use of colour attracts attention to the coloured elements and gives the audience something to look at, whilst still maintaining a neutral theme </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Pink’s music poster also uses stripes in the background, but this time they are brightly coloured and adorned with symbols and Pink’s name. The symbols link to pink’s tattoos, which she is famous for, and so create a link between pink’s character and the poster. The bright colours attract attention and add an element of fun. Pink is well-known for being loud, outgoing and fun-loving and so she is reflected in the poster’s background </li></ul><ul><li>Pink’s clothes look reminiscent of a ringmaster in a circus. The dress is shaped like a ringmaster’s coat tails, and the boots are a high—heeled version of a ringmaster’s boots. The background stripes are also similar to the stripes on a big-top. The circus-imagery creates an element of fun and magic, and so attracts more people to Pink and her music </li></ul><ul><li>This poster uses sexuality to appeal to fans, whether they be teenagers or older people. It is clear that pink isn’t wearing any underwear in this image, and so it represents her cheeky attitude. It also attracts fans on a sexual level, as pink is an attractive woman and plays upon her physical appearance to gain interest </li></ul><ul><li>When pink first started out, she was a lot more involved with pop music, and she was often compared to britney spears, who recently released an album called ‘Circus’. Britney also uses circus-imagery in her music posters, album covers, and music videos, and so the circus-imagery used by pink could be a mockery of britney and her image, showing the differences between pink (short-hair and pictured in her circus-themed poster with no underwear on and wearing dark colours and knee high boots) and britney (pictured on her album cover wearing a princess-style dress, with long blonde hair and looking innocent). This ensures that people know exactly what pink and her music are like, and identifies her as an individual </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Similarly to the Pink poster, this poster also plays on the physical appearance of Girls’ Aloud. The members are all dressed specifically to show off their figures, particularly their legs. This automatically attracts interest on a sexual level, and fits in with their image as a physically attractive band </li></ul><ul><li>Three of the members are pictured striking similar poses, and wearing the same dresses. This automatically creates a link between them and identifies them as a band. The remaining two members however, Nicola and Kimberley, are dressed differently from the others, and with the same pattern as each other. This could be because they are the lesser-known members of the band and need extra attention focused on them to achieve the same status as the other band members. On the other hand, it could be because they have completely different personalities from the other three, and the different outfits work to represent their unique personalities </li></ul><ul><li>The white canvas backdrop works to look like the equipment used in a photo shoot. This shows that they are professional, and adds a professional air to the band, showing them to be sophisticated </li></ul><ul><li>The title is written in plain white font at the top on a black background. The black background makes it stand out so that you are sure of who the band is, but the positioning of the title, the size of the font and colour of the font make sure that attention is not taken away from the band </li></ul><ul><li>The different colours of the band members’ shoes is to distinguish them from each other and show them as individuals. It also works to break up the plain colours of the black and white </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>This poster is older than the others, and is to promote The Beatles. The first thing that is noticed is the colours. The poster uses only seven colours other than black or white. This stops the poster from becoming too crowded or complicated, and could represent the Beatle’s ‘back to basics’ style. Bright colours are used to attract attention immediately, and to create interest. The images of each band member is broken down into basic blocks of colour and shading to look more cartoon-like than real. This style is reminiscent of Andy Worhol’s Pop-Art, which often featured famous celebrities repeated an even number of times on a canvas, with each image painted differently than the last. This puts them on the same level as icons such as Marilyn Monroe, and also shows that the Beatles have a high status-Andy Warhol painted icons. Painting the Beatles in this style shows them to be icons also </li></ul><ul><li>Featuring the Beatles looking like this also adds a slightly surreal element to them and adds to their music. ‘Strawberry Fields’ was alleged to be inspired by drugs, and this kind of imagery is reminiscent of the same experience. The Beatles were also well-known for their bright costumes and were always seen together. In this poster, they are brightly coloured and grouped together. This means that they are similar on this poster to how they are in real life </li></ul><ul><li>The fact that the band members are shown in blocks of four represents their stage presence, in which they literally stand side by side. This creates a united front and identifies them as friends and as a band. This attracts people on the basis that they are a family friendly and approachable band. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Use of trademarks-playing upon an artist’s trademark characteristics attracts existing fans and upholds their image </li></ul><ul><li>Bright colours-bright colours work together to create a theme and attract instant attention </li></ul><ul><li>Clear font showing the band/artist’s name-makes it clear who is being shown and attracts existing fans </li></ul><ul><li>Geometry-geometric shapes and patterns (such as squares or stripes) make a poster subconsciously easier for the brain to process, allowing the poster to look as attractive as possible without confusing a viewer </li></ul><ul><li>Black and white-used alongside bright colours, this keeps the poster grounded, and advertises artist names in neutral terms </li></ul>Common Themes