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Q Magazine

NME Magazine

Q Magazine


Contents pages

Q Magazine

Q Magazine

NME Magazine


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Q Magazine

Q Magazine

NME Magazine


Lady GaGa for Q Magazine


This is Q Magazine with Lady GaGa as the main image.

The masthead is the same on every Q magazine and the Q is always that size and in the same place with the same colours with part of the cover image overlapping it

The Left Third is very plain and very simple claiming that this is a ‘World Exclusive’ article.

The way her hair has been styled could suggest that she is slightly crazy seeing as she has a mad and un-tamed hairstyle

The image of Lady GaGa is very striking seeing as she is topless and has only a pair of trousers with spikes Lady GaGa is the only story that has been featured on the whole front cover, trying to pull other readers that would not usually read this magazine. She is one of the biggest pop stars around at this moment in time and this magazine are trying to portray that

Q magazine are known for doing one cover story with their exclusive interviews with the extremely popular stars

The connotation of this magazine is because there is no background image, just Lady GaGa to possibly portray that she is stripping back her exterior to reveal her inner feelings.


This Contents Page is slightly overcrowded compared to some other contents pages. It has the main image of GaGa on the left hand side which is the main article that is shown on the front page.

The contents page is set out with the page numbers on each side with the main articles images in the centre, leading all of the attention to these articles

There is a list of the other articles throughout the whole magazine and their page numbers

It also has other main articles and album reviews

The main image for the contents page is the exclusive article for Lady GaGa but if readers do n o want to read that/have read it then there are obviously other articles and pages to read


The image of GaGa is of a close up shot which is not used in magazine articles as much as a medium close up shot is used

One page taken up by a main image of the lead article

Like on the cover, her hair is styled in a way that could suggest she has a ‘cooky’ personality

The image is in black and white which could suggest that Lady GaGa trying to strip away the ‘colours’ of herself and her personality

Many images of Lady GaGa are very controversial and these images are no different. She is trying to entice the audience of this magazine with her sexuality by stripping topless and only having a set of chains as a necklace to cover herself

As she covers part of her front, she could be saying that she is trying to cover and hide parts of her past and her former life

The leading article is started on a page with a giant red L that obviously stands for ‘Lady’. Even though the red is linked to the main colours of Q magazine, it could also suggest danger or romance in Lady GaGa’s life. The L is red which ties into the theme of this magazine because the logo is also red and the borders throughout this magazine are also red


Cheryl Cole for Q Magazine


This is Q Magazine with Cheryl Cole as the main image She is dressed in ripped and ragged clothes and has tried to gain a more ‘rocky’ and ‘edgier’ look to herself which she could be doing to come across to people who do not listen to her music Cheryl Cole is the only story that has been featured on the whole front cover, trying to pull other readers that would not usually read this magazine. She is one of the most, is not THE most popular women in the UK and could be trying to get across to and appeal to a wider audience Flicking your hair back in a slow motion has always been considered as a ‘sexy’ move and this could be appealing to the male audience

The whole cover is very plain considering any text The masthead is the same on every Q magazine and the Q is always that size and in the same place with the same colours with part of the cover image overlapping it The cover only has images with a cityscape in the background and Cheryl Cole flinging her hair in the foreground with a medium close up shot The main image features Cheryl Cole flicking her hair in the rain and the heading ‘Cheryl Cole Rocks’ which could be an article to try and prove herself to the public


It has the main image of Cheryl Cole on the left hand side which is the main article that is shown on the front page.

The layout of then contents page is the same as all Q magazines, including the same colours used for the border through the whole magazine It also shows an alternate cover page to the same magazine which is more seductive and would attract much more people to read it

The contents page is set out with the page numbers on each side with the main articles images in the centre, leading all of the attention to these articles like in all Q magazines

The magazine also has album reviews which would entice the reader to buy the magazine if their favourite band has an album review within the magazine

Cheryl Cole is obviously one of the many pop artists that uses her sexuality to sell herself. You can tell just by looking at the article and front cover

The magazine offers separate articles for other readers that are not too interested in Cheryl Cole


In the double page view of the interview with Cheryl Cole, it has the a large ‘C’ in the background of the print and this is like the same with the Lady GaGa interview which obviously means that Q Magazine keep do this with all of their cover story interviews

Also, like the Lady GaGa interview, one page has been taken up with a main image of Cheryl Cole.

A main quote has been pulled out of the interview and has been made to stand out. The quote is “I don’t know what I look like any more, do you know what I mean?” as if she is trying to appeal and gain sympathy for the fact that she is constantly in the public eye and that she did not used to be the way she is now regarding her looks.

She also has very heavy eye make up on to make her self look more seductive

She is not wearing very much clothing and by doing this, she is attracting more of the audience that would be attracted to her and then read this interview

Cheryl is wearing very rock like clothing and torn leggings. She could be considered to be trying to appeal to a wider audience and trying to attract people to her who would not usually be interested in her.


M.I.A for NME Magazine


Unlike Q Magazine, NME has many cover stories, it has the main image as the cover story which is the main selling point. Then it has 4 or 5 five other different headlines to entice audiences to buy the magazine if there is an interview with their favourite artist or an album review The colours that are used are different in each issue of NME. In this issue, the main colours are purple and blue in the background and then yellow, orange and red for Miya’s clothes and the font on the magazine

The shot of M.I.A is of a medium close and this shot is very commonly used throughout magazine articles and front covers

Unlike Q magazine, NME has offers and prizes to be won which would draw the reader in more. This cover is very busy and has many different aspects to draw the reader in and buy the magazine

In the interview for the cover story, M.I.A has raised a few eyebrows and is trying to defend her music video and record label and so has been featured as the main story because the public would want to know her reasoning's behind making the music video

The main image of Miya, known as M.I.A, has her holding a flare which could represent her causing controversy over her latest video which has been banned from Youtube and in this article she is defending it


Unlike Q magazine, NME magazine does not have the main cover story on their contents page. The reason for this could possibly be that they want to include all of the other main storylines and interviews that this issue of the magazine has to offer

For anyone that would not be too interested in the main stories, there are album reviews, gig guides, fan mail, features, live bands or singers and ‘this week in’

All NME magazines have the same layout. The main cover story is not featured but all of the other interviews and album reviews etc. are featured and are made to look just as important as the main cover story. Included with the other different stories on the contents page, there are quotes from the separate interviews which would give the reader a preview of the subject of that interview

From looking at this contents page, this magazine is a very much male dominated magazine. All of the images on the contents page are of male singers and artists even though the main cover story is about a woman


Not all NME magazine use the same layout for their cover stories like Q Magazine do

M.I.A has been known for not wearing the most fashionable clothes and has always stood out in the world of music for the fact that not many women are in the R&B and Hip Hop genre of music Unlike many

The colours that are used are different in each issue of NME. In this issue, the main colours are purple and blue in the background and then yellow, orange and red for Maya’s clothes and the font on the magazine As the same as the cover, the singer Maya has been photographed holding a flare which could suggest that she is ready to ‘start a fire’ or an argument related to the bad press she has been getting from the reaction to her latest music video which has been banned from Youtube due to offensive imagery.

female singers or music artists, Maya is not using her sexuality or body to sell herself and try to attract an audience to read this magazine The pull quote with the image of Maya behind it is showing that she means what she says and that she is genuinely trying to defend her side of the story Justin Bieber is one of the most popular male singers of this decade and the main pull quote is of her saying that “The new Justin Bieber video is more offensive than anything I’ve ever made..” She is trying to attract attention by accusing an extremely popular music star and therefore getting more attention


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