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Music magazine analysis

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The main colour scheme of the front cover is blue, white and black which blends contrasts together making the blue stand out more. The use of the phrase “unzipped” fits with the main image as the model is “unzipping” herself. The use of highlights and shadows on her face makes her cheekbones stand out and look sharp while her eyes are darkened to make them stand out. The house style has changed as usually the colours are red, black and green making this magazine look more exciting because it is different. Her hand is more clear than the rest of her body wanting the reader to look in that area which is sexual. Romantic or Sexual: heavy-lidded, unsmiling big-heads, or the overtly sensual or sexual. Projected moods: possibly ‘available’ and definitely ‘available’.

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“Maximum Exposure” is an effective headline as it fits with the main image as the man is exposed Red, yellow and blue are always used for their magazine title “Billboard”. The contrasts of the body with effects such as highlights and shadows make the body look more masculine.

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Contents page The index is placed on the left hand side and is numbered making it more professional and co ordinated. The main image is also numbered so the reader knows what number the story is behind. they use the same layout on each page to keep the similarity. The letter Q is used on every page which could be classed as their "stamp". Their use of the colour red, white and black stands out against the white background that they use each time.

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“Billboard” keep with their house colours of blue, red and yellow that is also in their main header. Again they number the images so the reader knows what page they can find that story Both the “contents” and “No1” contrast together as the contents header is black on a white background whilst the No1 is white on a black background which makes the magazine look more diverse and interesting.

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Double page spread Two column spread breaks up the writing The red "L" in the background breaks up the black and white theme on the page to make it stand out. The “L” of course stands for “Lady Gaga. Also, the colour red can also symbolise seduction and sex which fits with the image as she is holding her breasts They use drop caps within the article which show the start of a new paragraph and a new topic.  Invitational: emphasis on the eyes, mouth shut or with only a hint of a smile, head to one side or looking back to camera. Projected mood: suggestive of mischief or mystery, the hint of contact potential rather than sexual promise, the cover equivalent of advertising’s soft sell.

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The main header is shown in black and is italic which shows femininity, it also stands out from the grey background. The faded “USA” also signifies what the article is about which is her success in that country. The drop caps also fits with the italic style of the header The text is in three columns and uses a black font which stands out against the grey background making it easy to read. They have used an introduction paragraph which sums up what the article is going to be about. The image itself is the background and it takes up an A4 side of the article. Her hair and also the blanket is red which stands out from the black and grey colours.

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Ferguson, Marjorie (1980): ‘The Woman’s Magazine Cover Photograph’. Chocolate Box: half or full-smile, lips together or slightly parted, teeth barely visible, full or three-quarter face to camera. Projected mood: blandly pleasing, warm bath warmth, where uniformity of features in their smooth perfection is devoid of uniqueness or of individuality.

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Ferguson, Marjorie (1980): ‘The Woman’s Magazine Cover Photograph’. Invitational: emphasis on the eyes, mouth shut or with only a hint of a smile, head to one side or looking back to camera. Projected mood: suggestive of mischief or mystery, the hint of contact potential rather than sexual promise, the cover equivalent of advertising’s soft sell.

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Ferguson, Marjorie (1980): ‘The Woman’s Magazine Cover Photograph’. Super-smiler: full face, wide open toothy smile, head thrust forward or chin thrown back, hair often wind-blown. Projected mood: aggressive, ‘look-at-me’ demanding, the hard sell, ‘big come-on’ approach.

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Ferguson, Marjorie (1980): ‘The Woman’s Magazine Cover Photograph’. Romantic or Sexual: a fourth and more general classification devised to include male and female ‘twosomes’; or the dreamy, heavy-lidded, unsmiling big-heads, or the overtly sensual or sexual. Projected moods: possibly ‘available’ and definitely ‘available’.

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