The Top 100 Magazines: Film and Music

While Emap's decision to close Smash Hits indicates that there are problems in the pop market, mainstream rock titles are flourishing on the back of the download generation.

Emap's Q and Mojo both recorded significant circulation increases. IPC Media's NME and Emap's Kerrang! also boasted strong growth.

Marcus Rich, Emap Performance's managing director, says: "We're very pleased with our performance on the music side. The market in general is up, buoyed by the digital changes to the music industry and the popularity of downloading through the likes of iTunes and Napster."

Future's music titles, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, recorded year-on-year increases of 19 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. James Ashton, the group publisher at Future, says that increased investment in the titles over two years has paid off.

In the film market, there was no clear pattern emerging, with Emap's Empire losing sales but Future's Total Film growing by close to 10 per cent year on year. Future says promotions and editorial around large-scale global film releases is reaping rewards.

Verdict The vogue for downloading music and the success of rock acts such as Green Day and Coldplay should ensure that rock titles continue to grow over the coming year.

FILM AND MUSIC TITLE PUBLISHER Total ABC Period-on Year-on -period -year % change % change Empire Emap 190,224 -7.6 -7.5 Q Emap 168,547 5.1 3.7 Mojo Emap 120,530 5.2 7.8 Uncut IPC 110,052 0.0 -3.5 Total Film Future 90,642 -9.9 9.5 NME IPC 76,792 4.3 9.7 Kerrang! Emap 76,165 18.0 23.2 Classic Rock Future 50,027 12.8 19.0 Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, July-December 2005.