Analysis of billboard magazine cover

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<p>Analysis of Billboard magazine cover.</p> <p>Analysis of Billboard magazine cover.</p> <p>The masthead is situated within the top row of thirds. This connotes importance as it is across the whole magazine ensuring it is the first thing the readers attention will be. The name billboard could link to The two most notable charts are the billboard top 100 which ranks the top 100 songs regardless of genre and is based on digital sales, radio airplay, and internet streaming data; and the billboard 200, the corresponding chart for album sales. Also billboards are used to promote things and are frequently changed which could link to the idea of new music. It is quite a simple font which could link to the idea that its easy to read. Its also white which could have connotations of fresh and now which could link to the genre of the magazine; new music. The main image is situated over the masthead which could symbolise importance of her and give the idea that she is important within this issue of the magazine.The main image is a medium close up of Lily Allen. The main image is in your face, with its size it could connote importance. It goes over the name of the magazine and with being the largest thing on the cover page it connotes both importance and dominance. Lily Allen is looking directly at the audience with quite a serious facial expression, by looking directly at the audience she is inviting them in. The seriousness of her expression could represent the fact she wants to be taken seriously as an artist; and not taken as a pop artist but seriously it could suggest she is serious about music. She is also wearing a white headband which again could represent new and fresh which is how the music could be described. The cover lines on the front cover I think portray the idea that this is a serious magazine. They are also simple and follow the simple housestyle of the colours pink and white. The main coverline is Lily Allen showing the importance of her story within the magazine; it obviously being the main attraction. Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Ludacris are also mentioned portraying the genre of music to be quite wide; yet mainstream maybe a more serious portrayal of the top 40. What apples new pricing means for music is also used which I think could connote the idea this could be for a slightly older audience, it also shows the magazine is mainly based on music however has other elements within it.</p> <p>Analysis of contents pageThe layout of the contents page is using the rule of thirds. This makes it look like a professional magazine and ensures everything is in proportion.The ratio of images to pictures are that there are more images that text. I think this is quite stereotypical of billboard magazine as it is mainly image based. It is apparent this is a Christmas issue with the use of the bauble and the use of the red which connotes the idea of Christmas giving it a Christmassy feel. The use of the date and the name of the magazine show the idea of the housestyle. The date line is consistent throughout each magazine. Also both backgrounds on both the contents and cover page show the housestyle as they are both quite dark and simple.The main photograph is a long shot. The woman looks quite happy and energetic which could link to the fact that this is a Christmas issue and that Christmas has connotations of happiness. She is also wearing red, which again is a symbol of Christmas. The overall style of the magazine is popular music and up and coming artists so the style is very plain with just one or two colours used. This is done so that the main cover images can be the main attraction. The 3 other images connote the idea that the genre of the magazine is very wide. This is because it shows a range of other styles of music. the images mise-en-scene have the same backgrounds a music theatre background or of a musical instrument included within the image, linking to the main theme of a music magazine. The page numbers are in white. Which again is keeping the housestyle as white is used throughout (on the coverlines on the front page) this could connote the idea of fresh and new music as that is what white has connotations of. The housestyle is also shown through the copy (text). This is because the font is again quite simple and easily legible. The use of black font is also used throughout/Analysis of double page spread. </p> <p>This page-spread is neatly broken up by image and text. Reinforcing the idea that billboard is a mainly image based magazine. This structure is which is shown throughout billboard with the simple fonts, layouts and pictures- simply including three columns of text with two images. To break up the overall layout, the use of pink text has been used to signpost a specific area and draw the readers attention in.The medium close shot of the artist- Alexandra Burke, could show connotations of both power and dominance. This is because it is a slightly low angle shot; making the readers look up on her. Which could also show she may be seen as a role model and people have respect for her. Her wind swept hair is quite messy. It could have connotations of release and freedom which maybe could link to the quote on the page in pink stating how shes gone from living with her mum to how her life is now.She is also making direct eye contact with the reader by looking directly into the camera. This immediately creates a direct relationship with the reader and draws them in. The text is quite simple again following the housestyle of the font. There are three columns of text which make it look professional.The use of the quote in pink follows the housestyle for this particular magazine, it is also used on the cover page. The quote is used to draw the readers in. It is in a quite bold colour in comparison to the other colours enabling it to be the first thing that the readers look at. The background of both pages again follows the housestyle for this particular magazine. It is again plain and simple which is used on both the contents and cover. It enables the main focus to be upon the images and text in comparison to the background.House style of billboard magazine The conventions of a billboard cover include: often the photo of the main featured artist goes over the mastheadThe main attraction of the issue e.g the artist is always in the largest font.Often sans-serif fonts are used which looks quite modern and could connote freshness and youth. </p> <p>The conventions of a typical billboard contents page include: Simple layout structure often the rule of thirds is used.The left column is often used to represent all the pages within the magazine.The contents title is often in bold.The image often works around the text. Emphasising the fact that the magazine is mainly image based.</p> <p>The conventions of a typical billboard double page spread include:The main image often links in the with the text.Quotes from the text are often used to draw the reader in.Other colours are often used from the main image are often used.A small serif type font is often used which looks quite sophisticated and could be seen as reliable. Background of Billboard.Billboard is an international news weekly magazine devoted to music and the music industry, and is one of the oldest trade magazines in the world. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis.Billboard was founded in Cincinnati on November 1, 1894, by William h. Donaldson and James Hennegan.Originally titled Billboard Advertising it was a trade paper for the bill posting industry, hence the magazine's name.Within a few years of its founding, it began to carry news of outdoor amusements, a major consumer of billboard space. Eventually Billboard became the paper of record for circuses, carnivals, amusement parks, fairs, vaudeville, mistrels, whale and other live entertainment. The magazine began coverage of motion pictures in 1909 and of radio in the 1920s.The editor of billboard is Danyel Smith. The frequency of the magazine is weakly. The circulation figures are: 16,327. The company is: prometheus global media.Lastly Billboard is intended for music professionals, such as record label executives, artists, music retailers, and radio DJs. </p>