Blender was an
magazine that billed itself as "the
ultimate guide to music and more".
It was also known for
sometimes steamy pictorials of celebrities.
It compiled lists of albums, artists, and songs, including both
"best of" lists and "worst of" lists. In each issue, there was a
review of an artist's entire discography, with each album being
analyzed in turn.
teamed up with VH1
the "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs", of which "We Built This City
" by Starship
was, at number one, the very
was published by Dennis Publishing
. The magazine began in
1994 as the first digital CD-ROM magazine by Jason Pearson, David
Cherry & Regina Joseph, acquired by Felix Dennis/Dennis
Publishing, UK it published 15 digital CD issues, and launched on
the web in 1997. It started publishing a print edition again in
1999 in its most recent form. Blender CD-ROM showcased the earliest
digital editorial formats, as well as the first forms of digital
advertising. The first digital advertisers included:
Calvin Klein, Apple Computer, Toyota and Nike.
Owner Alpha Media Group closed Blender magazine March 26, 2009,
going to an online-only format in a move that eliminated 30 jobs
and reduced the company's portfolio of titles to Maxim
alone. Blender's final print issue
was the April 2009 issue. Subscribers to the magazine are being
sent Maxim magazine to make up for the unsent Blender issues.
- Jason Fell, Blender Folds: Music magazine latest to succumb to
recession, Folio, March 26, 2009
- Stairway to Hell, New York Post, March