History of music magazines

  • Billboard Avertising was founded

    Billboard was founded in Cincinnati on November 1, 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.
  • Billboard publish their first music chart

    The best sellers chart and the top songs chart were Billoards first connection to music although it wasn't regular
  • NME publish their fisrt edition

    The New Musical Express, popularly known by initialism NME, created by Theodore Smythson, is a music journalism publication in the United Kingdom, published weekly since March 1952.
  • Billboard Advertising renamed as Billboard Music Week

    At the start of the year Billboard decided to rebrand themselves as Billboard Music Week and they were now almost entirely devoted to music
  • The name was again changed to Billboard

    Just two years after renaming themselves the decided again to simply change their name to just Billboard
  • Rolling Stone launched their first magazine

    Founded in California by Jann Wenner, who is still editor today, and music critic Ralph J. Gleason
  • Fisrt issue of Q magazine is released

    Q was founded by Mark Ellen adn David Hepworth and was first published by the EMAP media group in October 1986
  • Top of the Pops is launched

    Top of the Pops magazine is a monthly publication published by Immediate Media Company that was intended as a supplementary magazine for the TV show Top of the Pops, but continues to be published even after the cancellation of the TV show
  • NME launch their website

    An online version of NME, NME.COM, was launched in 1996. It is now the world's biggest standalone music site, with over 7 million users per month.
  • Billboard publishes their last issue

    After the frequency of the magazine was reduced to monthly at the begining of the 21st century, the magazine ceased publication later as of May 2006