music magazine deconstruction
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The music magazine 'Rolling Stone' has used its infamous colour scheme of red, white and black. The black taken from the masthead is to match the colour of Nicki Minaj's hair and dark eyes.
Nicki's head is covering the majority of the masthead, this is a common feature for 'Rolling Stone' front covers. It could be to show the importance of the artist and that their magazine is just doing the job of promoting them further.
While Nicki Minaj isn't posing as explicitly as the other female artists are shown to be, on other 'Rolling Stone' editions, her attire is incredibly scandalous; consisting of a slightly see-through white garment which prominently shows off her breasts. Also, the ways her arms have been set, it could be that she's pushing them close together to attract more attention to them.
Nicki's angle of gaze is not sultry or seductive like the usual female artists, however it is direct as if she is challenging the reader to look further down. This is suitable towards her actual personality as being very confident and brazen. The black used for the majority of the cover lines and other texts has been taken from Nicki's dark hair and eyes.
Although this part of the text is slightly smaller than the others, the use of the colour red makes the cover line stand out even more. Especially with what it entails. Also, it sets the age restrictions by signalling that this particular article could be suitable for young adults.
Unlike 'Rolling Stone', 'Top of the Pops' have positioned their masthead to the side of the main artist featuring on their front cover. There's also a little part of the masthead that is slightly covering Britney Spears. This could suggest that it's the magazine that is promoting the artist and that they may be more important.
Since this magazine is clearly aimed at young people, perhaps pre-adolescents, the colour scheme is quite youthful and bright. The scheme here is: pink, lighter pink, purple and the traditional white and black.
Britney's angle of gaze is directed straight at the reader which engages them. Also, the cover line "Oh behave, Britney', supports the idea that Britney could be confiding in the reader. However, her raised eyebrow suggests that she is challenging their opinion. This fact would be suitable to the target audience as they would be most likely going through the same rebellious stage as the pop star. However, regardless of its young target audience, the magazine has portrayed Britney as quite a sexual icon, simply because of her gender.
This part of the cover line acts as a 'Puff' as it's a phrase that captures the attention of the reader. The use of alliteration on the headline ("Partying..." "Pub..." "Pampering") emphasises the things that Britney has been getting up to and draws in the reader to read more.
The colour purple that's being used in the masthead and cover lines, has been taken from the colour of Britney's dress.The puff word 'Free' captures the attention of the reader as everyone enjoys free items.
The masthead is prominent, however it is placed slightly behind Plan B, which suggests that he is their main feature. Also, the use of the letter 'Q' suggests that this magazine is all about questioning music artists. The colour scheme is very similar to 'Rolling Stone'. It consists of: red, black and white, as well as the additional colours here and there. For example, the megaphone that Plan B is holding, as well as the small graphics that feature on the magazine. The headline for the magazine links with what Plan B is doing. He is talking into a megaphone as if what he has to say is indeed important and that we, the readers, must listen.
Plan B's angle of gaze is directed at the reader which once again highlights that he is capturing the attention of the readers to say something. Something that you may have noticed is the way he has been positioned for the front cover. In the other magazines, the female artists have been posed quite provocatively, whereas Plan B, as a male artist, has been positioned professionally. He seems more business-like. This highlights the double-standard between the genders of artists, as female artists are more viewed as sexual objects, whereas male artists are viewed as serious people that should be respected.The caption: "I went insane", acts as a piece of gossip that the readers would be intrigued to know.
The grey colour used for the background of a cover line has been taken from Plan B's grey jeans. The graphic which promotes the reviews of albums, consists of of a banner which suggest that it's something to be celebrated for the music enthusiasts