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West End musical supports a one-shot print return of Smash Hits magazine


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

November 4, 2019 | 3 min read

Bauer Media has resurrected the once-iconic mag Smash Hits in a compelling brand partnership with new West End musical & Juliet.

Smash Hits.

Smash Hits magazine returns with a one-shot funded by a West End musical

The retelling of the Shakespeare play has identified former readers of the once-newsrack staple as a prime audience, and is bringing it back to print for one-time-only.

The magazine's print run lasted from 1978 until 2006. The tie-in with & Juliet will riff on the ideas of 'most famous love story of all time'… remixed.

A total of 50,000 issues will be distributed to select London Underground stations, jumping back to the 90s when the title was at its full power. Included is a ‘five minutes with’ interview with N Sync, song lyrics, a wordsearch, a chat with Adam Lambert and Britney Spears trivia.

Jessie J was also slotted into the Biscuit Tin interview.

Finally, the back page houses a featurette about the West End show, which lands this November.

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The special mini mag is tying into the musical's 90s inspired soundtrack.

Abby Carvosso, group managing director of Bauer Media Advertising, said: “Magazines have the power to deliver high-quality attention at exceptional value for advertisers and what better way to capture attention than bringing the iconic Smash Hits back for a one-off special.

"This unique partnership has seen us connect with pop fanatics through the pioneering voice in pop culture to drive audiences to & Juliet.”

In 'Which 90s Band Should You Be In' quiz, if you're curious, I got N Sync.

The nostalgic one-shot mag is becoming a prevalent marketing tactic with Ti Media bringing back NME last year. Future PLC has now bid for Ti Media, showing its belief it can grow niche brands globally.

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