Q is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom.
Q was founded in 1986 by
Mark Ellen and
David Hepworth , who were
dismayed by the music press of the time, which they felt was ignoring
a generation of older music buyers who were buying CDs — then still
a new technology. Q was first published by the
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The magazine has an extensive review section, featuring: new releases (music), reissues (music), music compilations, film and live concert reviews, as well as radio and television reviews. It uses a star-rating system from one to five stars; indeed, the rating an album receives in Q is often added to print and television advertising for the album in the UK and Ireland . While its content is non-free they host an archive of all of their magazine covers.
Much of the magazine is devoted to interviews with popular musical artists. It is well known for compiling lists. It has created many, ranging from "The 100 Greatest albums" to the "100 Greatest '100 Greatest' Lists". Every other month, Q – and its sister magazine, Mojo (also owned by Bauer) – have a special edition. These have been about musical eras, genres, or a very important/influential musician.
Often, promotional gifts are given away, such as cover-mounted CDs or books. The January 2006 issue included a free copy of "The Greatest Rock and Pop Miscellany … Ever!", modelled on Schott\'s Original Miscellany .
Every issue of Q has a different message on the spine. Readers then
try to work out what the message has to do with the contents of the
mag. This practice (known as the "spine line") has since become
commonplace among British lifestyle magazines, including Q's sister
publication Empire and the football monthly
Usual features include The Q50, wherein the magazine lists the top 50
essential tracks of the month; Cash for Questions, in which a famous
celeb/band answers question sent in by readers (who win £25 if their
question is printed); Ten Commandments, wherein a particular singer
creates their very own ten commandments by which to live; and Rewind,
in which they take us back in time through the history of music via
archive issues of Q. On 4 March 2007, Q named
The magazine had a close relationship with the
In late 2008 Q revamped its image, with a smaller amount of text and an increased focus on subjects other than music. This "Rolling Stone -isation" led to criticism from much of the traditional Q readership.
In 2006, Q published a readers' survey; the 100 Greatest Songs Ever,
won by Oasis ' "
Q has a history of associating with charitable organisations, and in 2006 the British anti-poverty charity War on Want was named its official charity.
In the April 2007 issue, Q published an article containing the 100
Greatest Singers, won by
Lady Gaga posed topless in a shoot for the April 2010 issue of the magazine, which was banned by stores in the United States due to the singer's revealing too much of her breasts.
After a few years as a radio jukebox , Q
The station was closed in mid-2013 after owners Bauer media decided to use the station's bandwidth on various platforms (DAB, Digital TV) to launch Kisstory , a spinoff of their Kiss brand.
OTHER Q BRANDS
There was formerly a Q TV television channel in the UK, which closed on 3 July 2012.
Q also holds a yearly awards ceremony called the Q Awards .
In a 2001 interview in Classic Rock ,
I don’t understand why Q Magazine won’t write about us. The most
memorable review they gave us was of
Afraid of Sunlight which said,
"If this were by anything other than
In 2005, after winning the Q Legend award at the Q Awards, New Order bassist Peter Hook called the magazine "two-faced c***s who give us bad reviews".
A series of 'Q' albums have been released
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