Large image – most magazines have a large image which takes up the majority of the front cover. The image will most likely be of a popular artist as this lets the audience know what type of music genre the magazine is.
Masthead – the masthead is usually big and bold so it stands out to the audience and the colours used are very effective as well as being simple yet eye catching. Some magazines cover up parts of the masthead with the main image however the audience still recognises and identifies the magazine as it very popular.
Selling line – Looking at the selling line it is simple and gets to the point. You get to know what the magazine is about as if you only read the masthead you wouldn’t know it related to music. This also shows the audience the genre of the magazine if it was about something else like gossip.
Main cover line – is very eye catching as bold and outstanding text is used. It keeps a consistent house style with the different colours of the words. Black, white, and red are the main colours of this magazine front cover. The main cover line also usually relates to the main image as they both show the genre of the magazine. The size of the text will also be in larger than the others as this shows it is the main story of the magazine and more important than any of the other stories.Bar code – a bar code is very commonly been placed on this magazine. They are most likely placed so that they don’t cover any of the main image on the front cover of the magazine. In the space that the bar code covers, it also has the date and the issue number so the audience know where to look for this information.