The Info List - Kerrang!

Kerrang! is a UK-based magazine devoted to rock music, currently published by Wasted Talent[2] (the same company that owns electronic music publication Mixmag). It was first published on 6 June 1981 as a one-off supplement in the Sounds newspaper. Named after the onomatopoeic word that derives from the sound made when playing a power chord on a distorted electric guitar, Kerrang! was initially devoted to the new wave of British heavy metal and the rise of hard rock acts.[3] In the early 2000s it became the best-selling British music weekly.[4]


1 History 2 Website 3 Kerrang! Awards 4 Kerrang! Radio 5 Kerrang! TV 6 Kerrang! Tour 7 The Official Kerrang! Rock Chart 8 International editions 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Kerrang! was founded in 1981.[5] The magazine commenced publication on 6 June 1981 and was edited by Geoff Barton, initially as a one-time supplement in the Sounds newspaper, which focused on the new wave of British heavy metal phenomenon and on the rise of other hard rock acts.[6] Angus Young
Angus Young
of AC/DC
appeared on Kerrang!'s first cover. Launched as a monthly magazine, Kerrang! began to appear on a fortnightly basis later, and in 1987 it went weekly. The original owner was United Newspapers who then sold it to EMAP
in 1991. During the 1980s and early 1990s the magazine placed many thrash and glam metal acts on the cover (like Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Poison, and Venom) but later discarded them when grunge acts such as Nirvana rose to fame. Readers often criticise the magazine for repeating this process every time a new musical trend becomes popular. Kerrang!'s popularity rose again with the hiring of editor Paul Rees circa 2000 when the nu metal genre, featuring bands like Limp Bizkit and Slipknot were becoming more popular.[7] Rees went on to edit Q magazine and former Kerrang! reviews editor Ashley Bird[8] was appointed editor from 2003 to 2005. Following his departure, Paul Brannigan took over as editor in May 2005.[9] The term "thrash metal" was first referred to in the music press by Kerrang! journalist Malcolm Dome while making a reference to the Anthrax song "Metal Thrashing Mad" in issue number 62, page 8 published on 23 February 1984. Prior to this Metallica's James Hetfield referred to their sound as power metal.[10] With the emergence of emo and metalcore, Kerrang! began to heavily feature this musical trend. However, the revamp was not welcomed by all readers and many complaints were received about Kerrang!'s sudden emphasis on emo and metalcore music. Brannigan took the magazine into its most commercially successful period with a record ever ABC for the title of 80,186 copies.[11] In 2008, EMAP
sold its consumer magazine to current owner Bauer Media Group. Brannigan left Kerrang! in 2009 and Nichola Browne was appointed editor.[12] She later stepped down in April 2011. Former NME features editor and GamesMaster deputy editor James McMahon was appointed as editor on 6 June 2011.[13] In April 2017, Bauer sold Kerrang! magazine, its website, and the K! Awards to Mixmag
Media, publisher of dance monthly Mixmag, along with assets related to defunct style magazine The Face, which Mixmag
plans to relaunch as a digital-first title. It is suggested that the new owners will relaunch Kerrang! as a monthly title. Bauer will retain ownership of Kerrang! Radio
Kerrang! Radio
and the Box Plus Network will continue to operate Kerrang! TV as before.[14] Website[edit] Kerrang!'s website, www.kerrang.com, was launched in summer 2001 by Dan Silver. Kerrang!'s parent company Emap
acquired the domain name from a Norwegian cybersquatter by the name of Steingram Stegane for a token sum of £666.[15] Kerrang!'s website is dedicated to finding out more information to do with the magazine and also the latest information on the current bands and upcoming events. The website hosts Kerrang!'s online shop, podcasts, message board, TV and radio segments ensuring even more opportunities to sell associated merchandise and products.[16] In 2001, Kerrang! launched its own online forum with the "rants and raves" section taking up most of the traffic. Though initially extremely popular, the number of users began to peter out around 2005 with the number of people online dropping to as low as 10 when previously it had been closer to the 100 figure. According to Alexa www.kerrang.com generates 60,000 pageviews per month and is ranked 66,798th globally.[17] Kerrang! Awards[edit] Main article: Kerrang! Awards Since 1993, the magazine has held an annual awards ceremony to mark the most successful bands in the interests of their readers. The awards became one of Britain's most recognised events by the now defunct Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, often listing some of the winners in their annual round-up of the previous year. The event is presented by major music celebrities, with many others outside the industry who attend the event.[18] Kerrang! Radio[edit] Main article: Kerrang! 105.2 In 2000, EMAP
launched Kerrang! as a digital radio station, across the United Kingdom. This was principally a 'jukebox' station, playing a back-to-back sequence of rock and alternative music. On 10 June 2004, Kerrang! 105.2
Kerrang! 105.2
was launched as a regional radio station in Birmingham with an advertising campaign by London-based creative agency ODD.[19] The radio had a number of specialist programmes dedicated to the many subgenres of rock music. The radio output included interviews with those affecting popular culture and society as well as those involved with music. It stopped broadcasting on FM as of 14 June 2013 and once again became a digital station, with listeners able to tune in on DAB or the Kerrang! Radio
Kerrang! Radio
app. With this broadcasting change came a move in Kerrang! Radio's offices from Birmingham
to London. Absolute Radio is now broadcasting on its FM frequency. Kerrang! TV[edit] Main article: Kerrang! TV In 2001 EMAP
launched Kerrang! TV. As with the radio station, the television channel covers the more mainstream side of the rock music as well as classic rock bands like Aerosmith
and AC/DC, and classic heavy metal bands such as Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
and Metallica. Kerrang TV is now a joint venture between Bauer Media Group
Bauer Media Group
and Channel 4.[20] Kerrang! Tour[edit] Kerrang! Tour is usually announced in October of the previous year and is held throughout January and February of the year of touring.[21] Relentless Energy Drink has sponsored the Kerrang! Tour for several years.

2006, featured Bullet for My Valentine, Hawthorne Heights, Still Remains and Aiden. 2007, featured Biffy Clyro, The Bronx, The Audition and I Am Ghost. 2008, featured Coheed and Cambria, Madina Lake, Fightstar
and Circa Survive. 2009, sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink from this year; featured Mindless Self Indulgence, Dir En Grey, Bring Me the Horizon, Black Tide and In Case of Fire. 2010, featured All Time Low, The Blackout, Young Guns and My Passion. Jettblack were added for two dates at the London Roundhouse at the end of the tour. 2011, featured Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, Framing Hanley
Framing Hanley
and The Wonder Years. 2012. The tour lasted from 5 to 17 February.[22] It featured New Found Glory, Sum 41, letlive. and While She Sleeps.[22] On 20 January 2012 it was revealed that Sum 41
Sum 41
had been unfortunately forced to pull out due to frontman Deryck Whibley who had suffered a back injury and was not well enough to perform for the duration of the tour, they were replaced by The Blackout who had previously played on the 2010 tour.[23] 2013, featured Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Tonight Alive
Tonight Alive
and Fearless Vampire Killers. It was an 11-date tour which ran from 3–15 February, with the 6th and 11th being days off. William Control
William Control
was a guest DJ and also appeared alongside Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides
on 2 songs; Shadows Die and In the End. 2014, featured Limp Bizkit, Crossfaith, Nekrogoblikon
and Baby Godzilla. 2015, featured Don Broco, We Are the in Crowd, Bury Tomorrow, Beartooth and Young Guns.[24] 2016. Kerrang! Tour 2016 On 29 September the headliner for the eleventh Kerrang! tour was revealed to be Sum 41.[25] In an interview with Kerrang, frontman Deryck Whibley stated that "After a three-year break, we're honoured that our first tour back is the Kerrang!"[26] The tour featured Sum 41, Roam, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Biters. 2017, featured The Amity Affliction, Boston Manor, Vukovi, and Casey.

The Official Kerrang! Rock Chart[edit] In March 2012, Kerrang announced a new rock chart for the UK which is based upon airplay across Kerrang Radio, Kerrang TV and sales figures from the Official Charts Company. Charts are announced on Saturday mornings and feature twenty tracks. The latest chart can be viewed on Kerrang! every Saturday at midday. International editions[edit] Emap
launched Kerrang! Australia in the late 1990s. Unlike its weekly counterpart in the UK, the Australian edition was published monthly due to stiff competition from free local music publications. Kerrang! is also published in Spanish and German. References[edit]

^ "ABC" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 28 January 2016.  ^ Spanier, Gideon (15 April 2017). " Mixmag
buys Kerrang! and plans to revive The Face in double acquisition". Campaign. Retrieved 2 January 2018.  ^ Brannigan, Paul (6 June 2006). "25 Most Important Bands of Our Lifetime". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group
Bauer Media Group
(1110).  ^ Baran, Pete (15 February 2002). "Kerrang topples NME
as best selling music weekly". Freaky Trigger. Retrieved 23 November 2011.  ^ Andy R. Brown (2007). "Everything Louder than Everything Else". Journalism Studies. 8 (4). doi:10.1080/14616700701412209. Retrieved 10 November 2015.  ^ Ward, Steven. "Geoff Barton, behind the wheel". Rock Critics. Retrieved 22 November 2011.  ^ " Kerrang! overtakes NME". BBC News. 15 February 2002. Retrieved 7 May 2010.  ^ http://www.prweek.com/article/165509/media-youngest-editor-ever-kerrang-steer-revamp ^ "ABC report: film and music". Campaign. Haymarket Group. 20 February 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2011.  ^ Dome, Malcolm (23 February 1984). "Anthrax 'Fistful of Metal'". Kerrang!. 62. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 8.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Tryhorn, Chris (17 August 2006). " Kerrang! rocks NME's world". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 22 November 2011.  ^ Brook, Stephen (17 August 2009). "Nichola Browne to edit Kerrang!". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 28 October 2010.  ^ Cardew, Ben (6 June 2011). " Kerrang! names new editor". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 9 June 2011.  ^ " Mixmag
complete purchase of Kerrang! and The Face from Bauer Media". musicweek.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.  ^ Gibson, Owen (26 August 2001). "New Media Diary". Retrieved 15 June 2017 – via The Guardian.  ^ " Kerrang! Stuff". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011.  ^ "Site Overview". Alexa. Retrieved 17 April 2015.  ^ Ng, Justin (4 May 2011). " Kerrang! Awards Fuelled By Relentless Energy Drink Nominations Announced". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 22 November 2011.  ^ "About Kerrang! Radio". Kerrang! Radio. Bauer Media Group. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 22 November 2011.  ^ Plunkett, Joe (21 November 2008). " Bauer Radio mulls rebrand of Kerrang! station in West Midlands". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 7 September 2010.  ^ Gregory, Jason (28 September 2011). "New Found Glory, Sum 41, letlive For 2012 UK And Ireland Tour – Tickets". Gigwise.com. Giant Digital. Retrieved 23 November 2011.  ^ a b Jon Stickler (30 September 2011). " Kerrang! Tour 2012 with New Found Glory & Sum 41
Sum 41
- Tickets ONSALE 9 am". stereoboard. Retrieved 10 January 2012.  ^ "The Kerrang! Tour 2012 sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink featuring New Found Glory
New Found Glory
and The Blackout". Relentless Energy. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.  ^ " Kerrang! Tour 2015 Line-Up Completed - Kerrang!". Kerrang!. Retrieved 28 January 2016.  ^ " Kerrang! Tour 2016 Headliner and Dates Announced - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!". Kerrang! Radio. Retrieved 28 January 2016.  ^ " Kerrang! Tour 2016! - Kerrang!". Kerrang!. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

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Official website

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