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The History of Music Magazines
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Was originally titled 'Billboard Advertising' and was a trade paper for the advertising industry.
Soon began advertising for outdoor events such as carnivals, amusement parks and live entertainment.
Began coverage of motion pictures in 1909 and radio in the early 1920's.
With development in the 1930's in the music industry with the invention of the Jukebox, 'The Billboard' began publishing a music chart.
In 1961 'The Billboard' was renamed 'Billboard Music Week' and became completely devoted to the music industry.
The title was changed to 'Billboard' in 1963.
Billboard magazine maintains several internationally recognized charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories weekly.
Most notably is the Billboard Hot 100, which ranks the top 100 songs regardless of genre basing its data on digital sales, radio airplay, and internet streaming data. ...History today... Still in continuous production today.
Much of the magazine is available online at Billboard.biz.
Billboard.com is the consumer-centered site, and includes artist interviews, daily news and charts. NME stands for 'New Musical Express'.
Based in the United Kingdom and founded in 1952.
Originally was in newspaper format before adopting the magazine format in the 1980's.
It was the first British newspaper to include a singles chart music chart.
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were frequently featured on the front cover during the 60's.
In the early 1970's NME was struggling with competition from music magazine 'Melody Maker' as it failed to keep up with the development of rock music.
NME saved itself from being shut down by focusing on a new era of music- punk rock, working with bands such as the Sex Pistols.
The 1990's was a new era of music known as Grunge and bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam were highly covered in NME.
Soon after Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain's death the grunge era ended and 'Britpop' bands such as Oasis and Blur became two of the most popular bands in the UK selling out concerts.
In 2001 the NME reasserted its position as an influence to new music and helped to introduce bands including The Strokes, The Vines, and The White Stripes.
They currently cover new breakthrough artists and are known for their 'indie' genre. Over the years... Rolling Stone' is a American magazine based in New York City which focuses on music culture, politics and popular news.
It was first created by Jann Wenner in San Francisco in 1967 and has since then appealed to a wide range of people.
The magazine is named after the Muddy Waters popular song - Rollin' Stone.
'Rolling Stone' features news about popular artists such as Rita Ora and Christina Aguilera but also includes information about music legends - such as The Beatles.
This means that the magazine appeals to a wider audience as information and articles are included about a variety of different artists.
In the 1990s, the magazine changed its format to appeal to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music.
Has been in continuous production since its first issue in 1967.
A new issue is released fortnightly.
Some artists have appeared on the cover many times, some of these pictures have become iconic in the music industry.
The Beatles, have appeared on the cover more than thirty times, either individually or as a band. Smash Hits was a pop music magazine that ran from 1978 until its closure in 2006.
In the 1990's the magazines circulation began to slow down and and was overtaken by BBC's Top of the Pops.
It was a British magazine that was issued once a fortnight.
Well known editors of this magazine included Kate Thornton who went on to present X Factor and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys. Record collector is the UK's longest running monthly music magazine.
It is a British magazine that distributes both within the UK and worldwide.
Record Collector is an important magazine because it provides a sense of history to the music scene.
It assesses the importance of artists’ contribution to music, regardless of whether they are popular currently. Kerrang! is a UK-based magazine devoted to rock and metal music.
Its first issue came out on the 6th June 1981.
It has a circulation of 42,077.
Launched as a monthly magazine, Kerrang! began to appear on a fortnightly basis later, and in 1987 it went weekly.
During the 1980s and early 1990s the magazine placed many thrash and glam metal acts on the cover such like Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Bon Jovi and Metallica.
Kerrang!'s website is dedicated to finding out more information to do with the magazine and also the latest information on the current bands and upcoming events. Alternative Press is an American music magazine based in Cleveland, Ohio.
It provides readers with band interviews, photos, information on upcoming releases, and music charts.
Its first issue came out in June 1985.
For fans of alternative, indie, electronic, dubstep, punk, techno and rock music. 1985 2011 2002 1995 1994 1994 1997 1993 1986 1980 1985 1985 1981 Started in... The End! 1894 1952 1967 1978 Spin is an American music magazine founded in 1985 which is based in New York City.
It devotes significant coverage to hardcore punk, alternative country, reggae, world music, rock and jazz.
A new copy is released every two months.
Since the magazine began publishing, new artists at the time of the issue make the front page.
Some examples are R.E.M., Prince, Run-D.M.C., Nirvana and Beastie Boys which all made its covers.
They also do features on established figures in music such as Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Miles Davis, Aerosmith and The Beatles. Q is a popular music magazine based in the UK.
A new issue is released Monthly.
The magazine is well known for lists. It has created many such as "The 100 Greatest albums".
Much of the magazine is devoted to interviews with popular musical artists.
Q launched a radio station in June 2008, however it is only available on digital TV.
Q also has it's own music channel called Q TV.
They hold Q awards every year. MOJO is a popular music magazine published monthly.
It focuses on classic rock music and often features The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
MOJO regularly includes a CD mounted to the cover which ties in with a magazine article or theme. Vibe is a music and entertainment magazine founded by producer Quincy Jones.
Mainly features articles on hip hop and R&B artists.
New issue released every two months.
The magazine's target demographic is predominantly young, followers of hip-hop culture. Based in New York City, America.
Famous covers include Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and Eminem Blender is an American music magazine released ten times per year.
It was also recognized for its revealing pictorial features of artists.
Owner Alpha Media Group closed Blender magazine March 26, 2009, going to an online-only format due to higher success via that format.
Top of the Pops is a monthly magazine featuring chart information, celebrity gossip, fashion tips and posters.
It is published by BBC magazines.
Its format has gradually changed, with less music content and a demographic shift to young girls aged 13-15. It is still in publication despite the cancellation of the TV show.
Famous for giving girl group The Spice Girls their nicknames. A monthly publication based in London.
It is available across the world to an english speaking audience.
Focuses on music, but also includes film and books sections.
Targets men aged 25- 45.
Special Issues have covered Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Queen, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin and more. Released monthly with a circulation of 72, 586. Paste was a weekly music and entertainment magazine published in the United States.
Focuses of music, film and culture.
In 2010 Paste suspended the print magazine, but pastemagazine.com continues to cover music, film, books, TV and video games online. WE LOVE POP is a monthly pop music magazine
The magazine is targeted at 13-16 year old girls.
Features articles on music, celebrities, fashion and gossip.
Contains exclusive backstage access, photos & interviews of chart successes such as Katy Perry, Jessie J and The Wanted.
Every issue contains free gifts, exclusive reader offers and discounts. There is also a website www.welovepopmag.co.uk, as well as social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) which also mean multi platform packages exist for advertisers.