Circulations for hard-core rock and dance music titles are soaring, but specialist indie rock magazines have been in decline following the end of the Britpop boom.
Magazines showing the most impressive growth in the sector are the dance titles Mixmag and Ministry the and rock magazine Kerrang!
Indie rock titles had a bad quarter with IPC forced to close its Melody Maker title and merge it with New Musical Express, which saw its circulation fall. Select, the monthly title owned by Emap, was also forced to close.
Mixmag is up an impressive 47.1 per cent year on year to 106,111 as the market for dance music titles grows.
Ministry, the title named after the Ministry of Sound nightclub, grew 8.1 per cent year on year. IPC's dance title Muzik had a less impressive 0.3 per cent growth.
Judging by the success of heavy metal titles, rock is cool again. Kerrang! is up 11.6 per cent year on year and Metal Hammer 12.7 per cent period on period.
Emap is planning the launch of a new monthly called Kingsize that will combine heavy rock with coverage of indie guitar music, a further sign of the lucrative nature of the rock market.
The classic rock monthly Q was down 3.4 per cent year on year to 204,014.
However, IPC's Mojo title was up 5 per cent. NME was down 8 per cent, but may see an increase over the next six months following the Melody Maker closure.
Classical music titles also had a good quarter with strong growth for BBC Music, up 22.2 per cent year on year, and Gramophone, up 2 per cent.
Classic FM had a less impressive increase of 0.6 per cent.
Verdict The increased popularity of dance music, together with the demise of Britpop, has led to the success of specialist dance titles.
The other titles that look likely to succeed are those that combine coverage of traditional guitar music with heavy rock.
Title Publisher Total ABC Period on Yr on yr
Q Emap 204,014 13.7 -3.4
Mixmag Emap 106,111 10.0 47.1
BBC Music BBC Worldwide 100,082 n/a 22.2
Ministry Ministry of Sound 90,235 -5.1 8.1
Mojo Emap 84,010 2.7 5.0
NME IPC 70,003 -8.2 -8.0
Gramophone Haymarket 51,321 n/a 2.0
Kerrang! Emap 47,004 3.7 11.6
Muzik IPC 43,748 9.1 0.3
Classic FM Haymarket 38,356 n/a 0.6
Metal Hammer Future 37,069 12.7 -0.2
Classic Rock Future 32,861 18.1 n/a
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations (July-December 2000)