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.


Bestsellers – music


Classic Rock


New Musical Express


Metal Hammer

Q Magazine


Record Collector

BBC Music CD Magazine

Total Guitar


Sound on Sound

Rock Sound

Blues Mag

Mix Mag

Uncut Ultimate Guide Series

Guitar Techniques

Hot Press Euro

Guitar Mag