Music Week

Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. It is published by Future.


Founded in 1959 as Record Retailer, it relaunched on 18 March 1972 as Music Week. On 17 January 1981, the title again changed, owing to the increasing importance of sell-through videos, to Music & Video Week. The rival Record Business, founded in 1978 by Brian Mulligan and Norman Garrod, was absorbed into Music Week in February 1983. Later that year, the offshoot Video Week launched and the title of the parent publication reverted to Music Week.

Since April 1991, Music Week has incorporated Record Mirror, initially as a 4 or 8-page chart supplement, later as a dance supplement of articles, reviews and charts. In the 1990s, several magazines and newsletters become part of the Music Week family: Music Business International (MBI), Promo, MIRO Future Hits, Tours Report, Fono, Green Sheet, Charts+Plus (published from May 1991 to November 1994), and Hit Music (September 1992 to May 2001). By May 2001, all newsletters (except Promo) closed.

In 2003, Music Week relaunched its website of daily news, features, record release listings and UK sales, airplay and club charts. In early 2006, a separate free-to-access site for the Music Week Directory listed 10,000 contacts in the UK music industry. In mid-2007, the magazine was redesigned by London company This Is Real Art. In October 2008, another redesign led to major changes.

In June 2011, Music Week was sold to Intent Media. The package was sold for £2.4m and also contained titles Television Broadcast Europe, Pro Sound News, Installation Europe, and additional websites, newsletters, conferences, show dailies and awards events, which generated £5.4m of revenue in 2010. As of issue 30 July 2011, UBM is still named as publisher, as the new publisher Intent Media took over on 1 August 2011. In the first edition under new ownership it was announced that the title would switch its day of publication Monday to Thursday with immediate effect. NewBay Media acquired Intent Media in 2012. Future acquired NewBay Media in 2018.


Music Week features these British charts: Top 75 Singles, Top 75 Artist Albums, Top 20 Downloads, Top 20 Ringtones, Top 20 Compilation Albums, Top 50 Radio Airplay, Top 40 TV airplay, and a number of format and genre charts (Music DVD, Rock, Indie, etc.). It also includes background on sales and airplay analysis from Alan Jones. Following a redesign in October 2008, the magazine introduced live charts based on Tixdaq data, a Box Office chart and predictive charts based on information from Amazon,, Shazam, and Music Week compiles and publishes weekly club charts from chart returns supplied by DJs in nightclubs Upfront Club Top 40, Commercial Pop Top 30 and Urban Top 30. Music Week publishes a weekly Cool Cuts chart compiled from DJ feedback and sales reports from independent record shops.

Publishing details

Music Week is published weekly (50 editions p.a.). It is available as a B4-sized printed magazine and a PDF digital edition. .

Editorial staff

  • Editor: Mark Sutherland
  • Deputy Editor: George Garner
  • Senior staff writer: James Hanley
  • Senior Staff writer: Ben Homewood
  • Charts & data controller: Isabelle Nesmon
  • Chart consultant: Alan Jones
  • Design: Pio Blanco

    Previous editors of Music Week include Tom Pakinkis, Tim Ingham, David Dalton, Steve Redmond, Selina Webb, Ajax Scott, Martin Talbot and Paul Williams. Other former staff:
  • Deputy Editor: Murray Stassen
  • Contributing editor Paul Gorman
  • Publishing director: Joe Hosken
  • News editor: Rhian Jones
  • Content director: Michael Gubbins
  • Associate editor: Robert Ashton
  • Features editor: Christopher Barrett
  • Chief sub-editor & senior designer: Ed Miller
  • Sub-editor & design: Simon Ward
  • Contributing editors: Gordon Masson, Eamonn Forde
  • Digital content manager: Tim Frost
  • Deputy features editor: Tina Hart
  • Talent editor: Stuart Clarke
  • Staff writer: Ben Cardew
  • Staff writer: Charlotte Otter
  • Designer: Simon Christophers
  • Designer: Nikki Hargreaves
  • Music Week presents: Karma Bertelsen
  • Special Projects Editor: Steve Hemsley 1994-1996


    Circulation trend (ABC data):
  • 1997/98: 12,503
  • 1998/99: 11,851
  • 1999/00: 10,982
  • 2000/01: 10,933
  • 2001/02: 10,555
  • 2002/03: n/a
  • 2003/04: 9,622
  • 2004/05: n/a
  • 2006/07: 7,960
  • 2007/08: 6,771
  • 2008/09: 5,962
  • 2009/10: 5,218 By October 2011, Music Week had been deregistered with ABC after 54 years.

    The website had 63,904 monthly unique browsers for the audited period 1–31 October 2008. By 2009, the website had been deregistered with ABC.