Magazine ABCs: Tough times for music and film titles

Q retained its top spot as the biggest-selling music monthly in the first half of 2008, but lost 17,000 sales, or 13.1 per cent of its circulation year on year, according to today’s magazine ABCs.

In a difficult period for music and film titles, the Bauer Consumer Media magazine had an average sale of 113,174 for the first half of 2008.

Mojo, in second place with sales of 106,367, saw a drop of 5.1 per cent year on year, but still managed an increase period on period of 0.1 per cent.

IPC’s monthly music and film magazine Uncut recorded a 1.2 per cent year-on-year sales lift which took it to an average circulation of 86,925 for the six months to the end of June.

Uncut’s sister title NME fared worse, with a 17.4 per cent drop year on year to 56,284 – a loss of nearly 12,000 sales since last year.

Heavy metal weekly Kerrang! suffered a 27.9 per cent drop from its June 2007 figure of 83,610. It had an average sales figure in the first half of 2008 of 60,290.

Film monthly Empire posted a 4.4 per cent increase on its June 2007 figure and it up to 187,174, while its rival Total Film saw a slight dip of 1.3 per cent and is down to 84,520.

Film and music magazine ABCs for first half of 2008 (year-on-year)

Dance Music

  • Mixmag 34,073, down 8.3 per cent year-on-year
  • RWD 31,333 down 5.1 per cent

Rock Music

  • Q 113,174 down 13.1 per cent
  • Mojo 106,367 down 5.1 per cent
  • The Fly 105,212 up 11.1 per cent
  • Uncut 86,925 up 1.2 per cent
  • Classic Rock 66,632 down 0.9 per cent
  • Kerrang! 60,290 down 27.9 per cent
  • NME 56,284 down 17.4 per cent
  • Metal Hammer 48,540 down 1.2 per cent
  • Rock Sound 22,527 down 3.2 per cent

Other Music

  • Word Magazine 33,775 down 3 per cent

Film & Video Reviews

  • Cineworld Unlimited 500,500 no change
  • Empire 187,202 up 4.4 per cent
  • Total Film 84,520 down 1.3 per cent.

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