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|First issue||October 15, 1998|
|Company||Popstar! Publications, Inc.|
|Based in||Maywood, New Jersey|
Popstar! Magazine is a worldwide released teen magazine featuring news stories on celebrities.
Popstar! Magazine is a nationally recognized teen-entertainment magazine for kids ages 10 to 16. It was founded by editor in chief Matthew Rettenmund and was first published on October 15, 1998, with the then-new boy band 98 Degrees on its inaugural cover. Popstar! was the first U.S. teen-entertainment title to be published in full color and on glossy paper throughout. In a September 1, 2004, article in Folio magazine, media critic Simon Dumenco wrote, "Popstar!, in short, created a new blueprint for the teen celebrity magazine market," arguing that its design and approach influenced Bonnie Fuller and the tidal wave of celebrity tabloids of the early 2000s. The magazine has expanded to include fashion and beauty elements, albeit with a very celebrity-oriented twist. As of 2011, Popstar! was the oldest continuously published teen-entertainment title in America. Websites include PopstarOnline.com, Twitter.com/PopstarMagazine, Facebook.com/Popstar!Magazine, MySpace.com/PopstarMagazine and PopstarMediaKit.com.
As of May 25, 2012, Popstar! was sold to another publisher, Popstar Publications, Inc.. Since late 2001, Popstar! had been published by Popstar! Publishing, L.L.C., (formerly Leisure Publishing, L.L.C.) in Orlando, Florida, with editorial offices in New York's Times Square. On July 18, 2005, Popstar! published the first and only issue of Sprouse Bros. CODE, a general-interest magazine for boys ages 8 to 14 branded to Disney Channel stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse.
Popstar! is known for being the first magazine to write about future superstars, including Hilary Duff, the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Lautner. It is also known for its mega posters, with double-sided posters including popular teen stars like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
Popstar! Magazine has helped propel young stars careers in ways that other magazine couldn't, due to Popstar!'s huge following. In 2013, Mary Anne Cassata became Editorial Director and Colleen Broomall was named its new Editor-in-Chief. As of March 5, 2013, Popstar!'s Twitter had over 340,000 followers and its YouTube channel had surpassed 300 million views.
An annual survey in 2007 by Experian Simmons Research of Fort Lauderdale, Florida found that Popstar! Magazine tied Nickelodeon Magazine among American girls 8 to 14 for familiarity, with nearly one in three girls in that age group surveyed saying they had read or looked at the magazine. Circulation was 270,148 as of December 2008.
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