Issue 2.1 from 1995
|Editor in Chief||Joe Levy|
|Frequency||10 times per year|
|Final issue||April 2009|
|Company||Alpha Media Group|
|Based in||New York|
Blender was an American music 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.
Blender 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, Stephen Colbert, 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 were sent issues of Maxim magazine to make up for the unsent Blender issues.
Priyanka Chopra on the November 2008 cover of the Indian edition of Blender
|Editor in Chief||Sam Lal|
|First issue||May 2008|
|Company||Dennis Media Transasia India|
|Based in||New Delhi|
The Indian edition of Blender was the title’s first venture outside of the United States. The magazine showcased a combination of popular international and local indigenous music, as well as lifestyle trends. The inaugural issue of the Indian edition was the May 2008 issue and featured Mariah Carey on the cover. The magazine was targeted at men age 18-34, who are single, college educated, urban and upwardly mobile. The magazine was launched through Dennis Media Transasia India, a joint venture between Dennis Publishing and Media Transasia, the Asian publisher of Dennis' licensed titles Maxim and Blender. The joint venture was based in New Delhi with offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai. Media Transasia already published Maxim and Blender in Asia.
Blender released Summer Chillout, its first music compilation CD, free with the July 2008 edition of the magazine. The CD was made in association with Foster and DadA Music and contained nine songs and an extra hidden track. Editor in Chief, Sam Lal, claimed, "The CD is a fusion of the coolest dance and electronic music around at the moment. It also contains some more contemporary Indian sounds and guitar based tracks."
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