A List Of Major Music Publications (And Who Owns Them)

pitchfork-conde-nast-logoPhoto: Variety

Still freaking out about Condé Nast buying Pitchfork? Have no fear. There are plenty of great music publications that are also owned by major corporations.

This list is not all encompassing. This list is only focused on music-related publications and a few other entertainment and special interest publications. If your favorite website/blog is not listed here, then (for now) it isn’t owned by a major corporation. I also didn’t include which major companies have major equity investments in which publications, otherwise we’d be here all day…

This is as updated as I could make it. This list could change tomorrow.

Advance Publications Inc

  • Advance Digital (Regional Websites)
    • AL.com
    • cleveland.com
    • gulflive.com
    • MassLive.com
    • MLive.com
    • NJ.com
    • NOLA.com
    • OregonLive.com
    • PennLive
    • lehighvalleylive.com
    • SILive.com
    • syracuse.com
  • Condé Nast
    • Allure
    • Epicurious
    • Glamour
    • Golf Digest
    • GQ
    • Pitchfork
    • Self
    • Style
    • Teen Vogue
    • The New Yorker
    • Vanity Fair
    • Vogue
    • W
    • Wired
  • Reddit (it operates as an independent entity, but Advance is its largest shareholder)

Complex Media Inc.

  • Pigeons & Planes
  • First We Feast
  • Collider
  • Sole Collector
  • Four Pins
  • Green Label
  • Ride Channel
  • Triangle Offense

Gawker Media

  • Cink
  • Deadspin
  • Gawker
  • Gizmodo
  • io9
  • Jalopnik
  • Jezebel
  • Kotaku
  • Lifehacker

The Walt Disney Company

  • ABC
  • ABC Family
  • Disney Channels Worldwide
  • ESPN Inc. (Disney owns 80%, other 20% is owned by Hearst Corporation)
    • Grantland
  • Disney also owns pretty much everything.

Prometheus Global Media

  • Billboard
  • The Hollywood Reporter


  • SPIN
  • Death and Taxes
  • Idolator
  • PureVolume
  • Absolute Punk
  • Direct Lyrics
  • Brooklyn Vegan (According to BV’s website this website is independent, but there is some type of advertisement-based relationship between these two.)
  • Buzznet
  • Under The Gun Review
  • Free Williamsburg
  • Stereogum
  • Vibe

Time Inc.

  • Time
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Fortune
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • People
  • InStyle
  • LIFE
  • Time Inc. UK
    • NME
    • Uncut

Wenner Media LLC

  • Rolling Stone
  • US Weekly
  • Men’s Journal

Vox Media

  • SB Nation
  • The Verge
  • Polygon
  • Curbed
  • Eater
  • Racked
  • Vox
  • Re/code

The (Winners’) History of Rock and Roll: Led Zeppelin


Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) is one of my favorite music writers, and he just started a new series on Grantland about the history of rock and roll – from a different perspective.

In his new series, Hyden goes into great detail about a handful of some of the most successful rock bands of all time (Led Zeppelin being a good starting point), and how they each defined their era of music and their other contributions (both good and bad) to the music industry.

Hyden has a lot of great things to say, and he really does a great job explaining the realities of rock and roll’s not so indie-friendly beginnings (His talks about The Clash and The Replacements broke my heart, but it’s spot on). He also does well relating history to the present, using Arcade Fire winning their album of the year Grammy as his main example.

It’s a long read, but it’s well worth it.

Check out the article here.