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Initial Ideas for my Music Magazine

What type of magazine do I want to create? From my research, I am interested in creating a music magazine that focuses on pop music. However, I have found two magazines that I like; Billboard and Top of the Pops. Billboard is aimed at young adults, while TOTP is aimed at children and preteens. I am interested in creating a magazine that combines the two I want the upmarket, world famous artists and sleek look of Billboard but with the fun, gossipy content of TOTP. I feel that there is a niche market for this, as my magazine will appeal to teenagers who are too old for TOPTPs childish style but too young for Billboards sophistication.

Target Audiences
Billboard
The target audience is teenagers and young adults, from about 18 25. It features mainly pop and chart music, however it does feature interviews from other genres. It is targeted mainly at girls, but many men have also graced the cover. It is also used by industry professionals to collect sales information and figures. The target audience are interested in clothes, style, going to concerts and pop music. The magazine caters for this by including style pages, concert reviews and loads of features on pop artists.

Top of the Pops


Readers aged between 10 -14 87% girls, 13% boys The magazine targets these children by using lots of pink and purple colours on the cover, and having images of mainly girls on the cover mainly pop princesses which these young girls will look up too and aspire to be like. The sell lines all relate to gossip and looking glam or make over tips which will appeal to young girls as they want to look like these girls on the cover. Lots of acronyms like omg are used which are representative of how the target audience talk.

Billboard Magazine The History


Billboard was founded in November 1894, by William h. Donaldson and James Hennegan. It was called Billboard Advertising and it was a trade paper about bill posting, hence the name. Later, 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. When the jukebox was invented in the 1930s, The Billboard began publishing music charts. They only published three genre charts: Pop, Rhythm & Blues, and Country & Western. Amusement Business soon folded, but was struggling at the start of the 21st century. Shortly after got reduced to monthly publications, and stopped publishing. Billboard magazine continued to publish music charts, and is now a hugely influential and bestselling magazine in the USA.

Top of the Pops The History


Top of the Pops magazine is a weekly publication published by BBC Magazines. It features chart information, star gossip, fashion and beauty advice, quizzes, song lyrics and posters. The magazine was launched in February 1995, and is famous for giving girl group The Spice Girls their nicknames. It was originally marketed as the missing link between Smash Hits and NME, but changed to have less music content and target young girls. It is still published today, in 2012, despite the TV show being cancelled.

Tommy Page Publisher, Billboard Tommy Page is Billboard's Publisher. He began at Billboard in June 2011 after several years at Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he worked as a recording artist, an A&R executive, and most recently as the Vice President of Top 40 Radio Promotion. During his time at Warner Bros Tommy aided the careers of Michael Buble and Green Day. He had a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in April 1990 with "I'll Be Your Everything" before returning to a career as a music executive.

TOTP magazine is published by BBC magazines which are part of Immediate Media Co, combining companies like BBC Magazines, Origin Publishing and Magicalia. The company combines a strong publishing heritage with digital platforms and entrepreneurial flair. It is based in London and Bristol, Immediate Media Co publishes 34 websites and 50 magazines, with over 1 million subscribers, and has over 11 million UK consumers. They publish some of the UKs best-known magazines including Radio Times, Gardeners World, Good Food, Top Gear, CBeebies, Top of the Pops and Good Homes.

Whats in Billboard?
The Billboard Top 100 Photos/posters Album & single reviews Advertisements Interviews with both upcoming and chart topping artists. Upcoming concerts & reviews Articles on artists/bands Style Page Page with lists of songs relating to each different genre of music It features several internationally recognized music charts that Its two most famous charts are the Billboard Hot 100, which ranks the top 100 songs regardless of genre and is based on CD sales, downloads and radio play; and the Billboard 200, the corresponding chart for album sales.

Thats in Top of the Pops Magazine?

Oops, Shameful Celeb Slip UpsThe magazine picks the funniest celebrity pictures and associates them with a witty quote Your OopsReaders send in the most shameful stories Gossip 2 GoThe month's hottest celebrity gossip Don't MissThe magazine picks some of the hottest films, TV programmes and games, plus the latest single reviews by a random celebrity. Top Of The ShopsThe magazine picks out some of the hottest bargains, where you can buy them, and their price Real LifeThe magazine draws our attention to situations that happen in the real world The SurgeryOriginally called Star Therapy, this was hosted by a random celebrity who tries to sort out readers' problems. Your LettersHosted by Dick and Dom who take a look at some of our readers' gossip about stars, clothes or just real life situations. One Direction page with your questions and their answers, 1D fan of the month