- Q (magazine)
Q Editor Paul Rees Categories Music magazine Frequency Monthly Publisher Bauer Media Group Total circulation 80,418 First issue October 1986 Country United Kingdom Language English Website Q the Music
Q is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom.
Founders Mark Ellen and David Hepworth 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 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.
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. It also compiles a list of approximately eight albums, which it classes as the best new releases of the last three months.
Much of the magazine is devoted to interviews with popular musical artists.
The magazine 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 times, 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!", modeled 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. On March 4, 2007, Q named Elvis Presley the greatest singer of all time.
Q's current editor is Paul Rees, former editor of the UK edition of Kerrang!, another musical Bauer publication based on heavier rock/metal music.
Q has a history of associating with charitable organizations, and in 2006 the British anti-poverty charity War on Want was named its official charity.
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" has led to criticism from much of the traditional Q readership, though it is yet to be seen if this change in attitude will dramatically affect sales.
The magazine has 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 festival.
After a few years as a radio jukebox, Q Radio launched in June 2008 as a full service radio station with a complete roster. Shows and presenters include QPM with Samanthi, Russell Kane and Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller.
Coldplay were involved with the launch of the station by giving an exclusive interview on Q's flagship programme QPM on the launch day.
Other Q brands
Some critics and readers of the magazine have believed it to have lost its edge, and is now opting to play 'safe' with who and what it covers, focusing more on the popularity of the band rather than the actual music itself.   The award of five stars to the 1997 Oasis album Be Here Now (widely criticised elsewhere and subsequently dismissed as self-indulgent by the band's songwriter Noel Gallagher himself) has been seen as a turning point.
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 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.
A lot of people make jokes about having awards for no reason just for the sake of having awards, and pretending they were good when they weren't. I'm not old enough to know a lot of them, but even I know Take That were bollocks.
A series of 'Q' albums have been released
- Q The Album Volume 1 (1991)
- Q The Blues (1992)
- Q Rhythm and Blues (1968)'
- Q Country (1994)
- Q Awards The Album (2000)
- Q Anthems (2001)
- Q The Album (2003)
- Q The Essential Music Quiz (2006) (DVD)
- Q The Album 2008 (2008)
- The Anthems - Q (2009)
Countless CDs have been released free in Q magazines. One notable series of CDs are the 'occasional moods' series, consisting of 'Essential Chill Out' and 'Essential Dance' froom 2001. Another series is The Best Tracks from the Best Albums of [year], containing Q's opinion of their favourite tracks from the years' favourite albums according to Q.
- World of Noise (CD in issue 104, 1995)
- Q Sounds New Music Now (CD with free-mini mag, 2004)
- Q Essential Jukebox (CD, 2004)
- Q Here Comes the Sun (CD, 2005)
- Q Born in the USA (CD, 2009)
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- ^ "Lady Gaga cover banned in the U.S.". http://news.qthemusic.com/2010/02/lady_gaga_cover_banned_in_the.html.
- ^ "BBC - Q Awards Play Safe". http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/news/20051010_Q.shtml.
- ^ "Brand Republic - Q Magazine Revamp". http://www.brandrepublic.com/News/849294/Q-Magazine-looks-beyond-music-revamp/.
- ^ Dave Ling Classic Rock, May 2001.
- ^ Brown, Mark (2006-10-31). "Oldies are golden at the Q awards". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/oct/31/pressandpublishing.musicnews.
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