ABC: Film and Music

Music downloading, blogs and digital radio have stimulated more interest in music and both the weekly and monthly titles have been in a position to benefit.

The sector is up 5.8 per cent year on year and most titles enjoyed some of this success.

Stuart Williams, the publishing director of Emap's rock magazines, says: "Across the board, people are more interested in music than ever before."

Emap's Mojo has had a particularly good six months, overtaking its IPC Media rival, Uncut, and jumping into second place. Q still tops the table and, despite a small period drop, increased its sales by 6.3 per cent year on year.

The weeklies were also in a good position and both New Musical Express and Kerrang! recorded healthy increases.

Williams credits the number of music festivals and releases in this period with driving sales growth and says this is likely to continue.

In the film sector, Total Film enjoyed a massive surge in circulation, up 21.5 per cent period on period. This affected Empire's rise and its growth slowed both on the period and the year.

Verdict: Over the next couple of years, downloading will break further into the mainstream, exposing a wider audience to more types of music.

Magazines are set to capitalise on this and increasing circulations are likely.

FILM AND MUSIC TITLE PUBLISHER Total ABC Period-on- Year-on- period year % change % change Empire Emap 205,981 0.2 5.4 Q Emap 160,310 -1.4 6.3 Mojo Emap 114,626 2.5 14.2 Uncut IPC 110,015 -3.5 -2.5 Total Film Future 100,625 21.5 10.9 New Musical Express IPC 73,640 5.2 5.2 Kerrang! Emap 64,554 4.4 3.1 Classic Rock Future 44,349 5.5 15.2 Source Audit Bureau of Circulations, January-June 2005.