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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 EMAP
EMAP
media group in October 1986, setting itself apart from much of the other music press with monthly production and higher standards of photography and printing. In the early years, the magazine was sub-titled "The modern guide to music and more". Originally it was to be called Cue (as in the sense of cueing a record, ready to play), but the name was changed so that it wouldn't be mistaken for a snooker magazine. Another reason, cited in Q's 200th edition, is that a single-letter title would be more prominent on newsstands. In January 2008 EMAP
EMAP
sold its consumer magazine titles, including Q, to the Bauer Media Group.[2][3]

Contents

1 Content 2 Notable articles 3 Q Radio 4 Other Q brands 5 Criticism 6 Album
Album
series 7 References 8 External links

Content[edit]

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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.[4] 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[4] 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 FourFourTwo. 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. The magazine had a close relationship with the Glastonbury Festival, producing both a free daily newspaper on site during the festival and a review magazine available at the end of the event. 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, especially since the total number of pages per issue had by then effectively halved since the earlier years of its publication. Notable articles[edit] In 2006, Q published a readers' survey; the 100 Greatest Songs Ever, topped by Oasis' "Live Forever".[5] Q has a history of associating with charitable organisations, and in 2006 the British anti-poverty charity War on Want
War on Want
was named its official charity. In the April 2007 issue, Q published an article containing the 100 Greatest Singers, won by Elvis Presley.[6] Lady Gaga
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.[7] Q Radio[edit] After a few years as a radio jukebox, Q Radio
Radio
launched in June 2008 as a full service radio station with a complete roster. Shows and presenters include Drivetime with Danielle Perry and Q the 80s with Matthew Rudd. The station is transmitted on the digital television networks in the UK and online. Coldplay
Coldplay
were involved with the launch of the station by giving an exclusive interview on Q's flagship programme QPM on the launch day. It was based in Birmingham
Birmingham
alongside the now closed Kerrang! 105.2 after moving from London in 2009. 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[edit] There was formerly a Q TV
Q TV
television channel in the UK, which closed on 3 July 2012.[8] Q also holds a yearly awards ceremony called the Q Awards. Criticism[edit] In a 2001 interview in Classic Rock, Marillion
Marillion
singer Steve Hogarth criticised Q’s refusal to cover the band despite publishing some positive reviews:

I don’t understand why Q Magazine won’t write about us. The most memorable review they gave us was of Afraid of Sunlight
Afraid of Sunlight
which said, "If this were by anything other than Marillion
Marillion
it would be hailed as near genius". And they still wouldn’t give us a feature. How can they say, "this is an amazing record ... no, we don’t want to talk to you"? It’s hard to take when they say, "here’s a very average record ... we’ll put you on the front cover". Why don’t they just stop pretending that it’s all about music and admit it’s really about money? Then put the top-selling five bands on the cover and tell everyone else to fuck off.[9]

In 2005, after winning the Q Legend award at the Q Awards, New Order bassist Peter Hook
Peter Hook
called the magazine "two-faced c***s who give us bad reviews".[10] Album
Album
series[edit] A series of 'Q' albums have been released

Q The Album
Album
Volume 1 (1991) Q The Blues (1992) Q Rhythm and Blues (1968)' Q Country (1994) Q Awards The Album
Album
(2000) Q Anthems (2001) Q The Album
Album
(2003) Q Covered the Eighties (2005) Q The Essential Music Quiz (2006) (DVD) Q The Album
Album
2008 (2008) The Anthems - Q (2009)

References[edit]

^ Dominic Ponsford (February 11, 2016). "Full 2015 UK magazines ABC circulation breakdown: 60 out of 442 titles grow sales". Press Gazette.  ^ Plunkett, John (11 February 2008). "Blaxill joins Bauer Radio". The Guardian. London, England: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 12 March 2013.  ^ Barnett, Emma (27 March 2008). "Bauer lines up Q Radio
Radio
relaunch date". PRWeek. London, England: Haymarket Group. Retrieved 12 March 2013.  ^ a b "Q Cover Archive – Q MagazineQ Magazine". www.qthemusic.com.  ^ rocklistmusic.co.uk ^ rocklistmusic.co.uk ^ " Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
cover banned in the U.S."  ^ "Bauer axes Q TV
Q TV
after nearly 12 years to make way for Heat TV". Brand Republic. 23 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012.  ^ Dave Ling (May 2001) Interview with Steve Hogarth
Steve Hogarth
Classic Rock ^ " Q Awards Play Safe". BBC. 10 October 2005. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

External links[edit]

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Consumer titles (United States)

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Bauer Radio

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City 2 Rock FM
Rock FM
2 Tay 2 TFM 2 Viking 2 West Sound (Ayrshire) West Sound (Dumfries and Galloway)

Bauer City 3

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City 3 Rock FM
Rock FM
3 Tay 3 TFM 3 Viking 3

Bauer National

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4Music
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