BBC Top of the Pops magazine has celebrated its 250th issue.
The milestone issue includes birthday celebrations with a host of pop stars including The Vamps; TOTP’s latest intern Joey Essex joins the team for some work experience; Britain’s Got Talent’s Bailey McConnell on his new found fame; and One Direction on the cover.
The magazine also hosted a special 250th issue gig featuring M.A.D, Fright Club TV, 2012 Britain’s Got Talent finalists Loveable Rogues, The X Factor’s Sam Callahan and four-piece girl band Neon Jungle. It was held in front of a live audience of 160 Top of the Pops magazine readers who won a free ticket for the event. It was hosted by CBBC’s Aiden Davis.
"Since Top of the Pops magazine was launched in 1995, we’ve sold an incredible 47 million copies, and we’re so proud to be celebrating our 250th issue," said Peter Hart, Top of the Pops editor. "The celebrity world has changed a lot since we featured the likes of the Spice Girls and Peter Andre on our cover, but it’s fantastic that our readers still keep coming back for our unique mix of star gossip, advice, celeb style and exclusive interviews. Here’s to the next 250."
Top of the Pops magazine launched in March 1995, featuring Suede’s Brett Anderson and East 17’s Tony Mortimer on the cover, and has gone on to sell 47 million copies over the last 249 issues.
The highest selling issue, published in July 1997, featured Peter Andre on the cover and a free inflatable Spice Girls doll, sold 540,000 copies.