Music magazines are one of the most vibrant sectors in the magazine industry, covering a wide range of styles and interests.

The category is worth £18.5m per year, according to Smiths News, and of this, £3m in sales are taken by independent retailers.

Bauer Media titles Kerrang! and Mojo are among the bestsellers in the category, with estimated annual retail sales values of £2.7m and £1.4m respectively.

There is opportunity for retailers to increase sales by promoting covermounted issues or issues with other special offers.

For example, Kerrang! has a special issue on sale this Wednesday which features five free gifts including a Green Day tribute magazine supplement.

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Bestsellers – music

Kerrang!

Classic Rock

Mojo

New Musical Express

Guitarist

Metal Hammer

Q Magazine

Uncut

Record Collector

BBC Music CD Magazine

Total Guitar

Prog

Sound on Sound

Rock Sound

Blues Mag

Mix Mag

Uncut Ultimate Guide Series

Guitar Techniques

Hot Press Euro

Guitar Mag