History of Music Magazines

  • Billboard Magazine

    Founded in Cincinnati by William H. Donaldson and James Hennegan, the magazine started out as a trade paper for the bill posting industry. Their first connection with music wasn't actually until 1913, with the Billboard sheet music best sellers chart, and top songs in theatres. However, this was not an established chart yet.
  • Melody Maker - ICP Media

    According to the institution ICP Media, Melody Maker was the world's first weekly music magazine. It was founded by Lawrence Wright (a Leicester-born composer and publisher) in 1926 (unsure of exact date), and mainly aimed at dance band musicians. Also, it's 1928 'honours list' is considered to be the first UK music chart. (Exact date unknown)
  • NME

    NME's first ever issue was published March 1952. It was also the first magazine to introduce a singles chart, in the November 14th, 1952 edition. It started out as a newspaper, but gradually took on magazine formatting throughout the 80s, before becoming a proper magazine in 1998. NME stands for New Music Weekly, yet has been popularised under their initials, NME. (Exact date unknown)
  • Billboard

    The magazine fully devoted itself to the music industry in 1961 as Billboard Music Week, but finally changed to Billboard in 1963. (Exact date unknown)
  • Rolling Stone

    Rolling Stone was founded in 1967 in San Fransico, California, by Jann Wenner - who is still the chief editor - and music critic Ralf J. Gleason. The magazine focuses on politics and popular culture. In the 90s, the magazine changed it format to appeal to a younger audience, with stories on film, actors, popular music, and TV. This led to accusations by critics that the magazine was now promoting style over substance.
    They recently reverted to their traditional mix of content.
  • Kerrang! Magazine

    The first issue of the maagzine came as a one-off supplement in the Sounds newspaper. Kerrang! initially covered the New Wave of British heavy metal and rising hard rock acts, but gradually widened it's gaze to what it covers today. The name came from an onomatopoeic word that derives from the sound of a power chord being strummed on a distorted electric guitar.
  • Q Magazine

    Q Magazine was founded by Mark Ellen and David Hepworth. The magazine has a huge review section, including music, film, live shows, radio and television and so on. (Exact date unknown)
  • Kerrang! Awards

    Every year, Kerrang! hold an awards ceremony marking the most successful bands in the interest of their readers. (Exact date unknown)
  • Total Guitar

    Total Guitar is a guitar magazine, that commonly features interviews with band members and artists, on the type of equipment they use. The magazine comes with a free CD in every issue, featuring backing tracks for their Learn-To-Play sections, has had DVD editions in 2 issues, and is available on mobile tablet devices as well. (Exact date unknown)
  • Q Magazine Website

    Q launch their website in 1996
  • Kerrang! Radio

    EMAP launched Kerrang! as a digital radio station across the UK. It was a 'jukebox' station, playing a back-to-back list of rock and alternative music. (Exact date unknown)
  • Kerrang! TV

    EMAP launched Kerrang! TV. Along with the radio station, it covered the more mainstream side of rock and metal, with bands like AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith and so on. (Exact date unknown)
  • Kerrang! Tour

    Every January, Kerrang! hosts a rock music tour with four big names in the industry, going around the UK until the end of February. The line-up is usually announced the October before the tour starts.
  • Q Radio

    Q lauch their radio station Q Radio in June 2008. (Exact date unknown)