The last hurrah

Malaysia’s en­ter­tain­ment Magazine of The year, Galaxie, bows out af­ter 39 years.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By GERAL­DINE JEREMIAH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

AF­TER 39 years as the lead­ing and long­est run­ning English en­ter­tain­ment magazine in the coun­try, Galaxie’s era in print comes to a close with the Dec 1-16 is­sue. Galaxie has achieved cov­eted ac­co­lades of be­ing No.1 many times over in terms of sales, pop­u­lar­ity and as the go-to magazine of choice for the va­ri­ety of show­biz news it of­fers. For the fi­nal is­sue, the magazine chron­i­cles four decades of en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing which time Galaxie brought the stars closer to home.

For this col­lec­tor’s edi­tion, the fi­nal cover fea­tures El­ton John, Michael Jack­son, Mariah Carey and Eminem, who were se­lected as the icons of our time and the le­gends to rep­re­sent each decade of en­ter­tain­ment. Each mu­si­cian im­pacted the mu­sic scene through Galaxie’s ex­is­tence. Hav­ing recorded the big­gest hits these artistes will also be re­mem­bered for the legacy they leave be­hind.

In this is­sue, the Song­words pages and posters, which have been the magazine’s unique sell­ing point and a favourite among read­ers, have been in­creased as a fi­nal ges­ture of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the fans.

“I was dumb­struck for a mo­ment when I read on your Face­book page that the Dec 116 is­sue will be your fi­nal one. I’ve had to face the fact that you guys won’t be a part of my life any­more. To be per­fectly hon­est, I did shed tears. You guys have had a ma­jor im­pact on my life ever since I bought my very first copy of Galaxie,” reader Anisha Haveena wrote in an e-mail.

It has al­ways been im­por­tant for Galaxie to en­gage with its

The Fea­ture (Mon-Tues, 9am10am)

read­ers. In the past, meet-and­greets were or­gan­ised for vis­it­ing artistes like 911, Boy­zone, Back­street Boys and 98 De­grees, among oth­ers, so that Galaxie read­ers could get up close and per­sonal with their favourite artistes.

“For many peo­ple, Galaxie magazine might only be a source of en­ter­tain­ment but for me it is ev­ery­thing. The ar­ti­cles and your strong writ­ing style ac­tu­ally in­spired me to be­come a jour­nal­ist one day. It’s def­i­nitely heart­break­ing and sad know­ing the time has come,” said Duffyn, who is among the many read­ers that wrote heart­felt trib­utes to mark the end of the magazine.

To­day Galaxie has a cir­cu­la­tion base guar­an­tee of 50,000, a Face­book fol­low­ing of over 30,000. It has been tweeted about by fans and en­ter­tain­ers alike. It has been read by mil­lions, been granted at­ten­dance at the 67th Golden Globe awards and given recog­ni­tion more than once by the Hollywood For­eign Press.

Apart from at­tend­ing many pres­ti­gious red car­pet events and with A-list celebri­ties en­dors­ing it, Galaxie has been voted En­ter­tain­ment Magazine Of The Year in 2011 and 2012 by Ad­ver­tis­ing + Mar­ket­ing magazine. This year, Galaxie clinched the ti­tle again.

“Galaxie helped open up the world of en­ter­tain­ment and magazine lay­out to me,” re­called for­mer ed­i­tor Lou Joon Yee, who helmed the magazine in the early 1990s. “It was a lot of work but also quite a lot of fun de­cid­ing on the cover, con­tent, pic­tures and lay­out, and get­ting in touch with celebri­ties. It was ex­cit­ing and grat­i­fy­ing when we saw the sales go­ing up from 8,000 to 20,000 copies per is­sue within a year. The en­ter­tain­ment world has since evolved and the power of the In­ter­net makes us bid a heart-felt farewell to Galaxie.”

Galaxie has evolved in terms of lay­out and con­tent from its very first is­sue way back in 1974.

“One of my proud­est memo- ries about Galaxie magazine was when we went full colour. When I first joined Galaxie in the early 1990s, the magazine was only part colour,” re­calls for­mer ed­i­tor Pu­nitha Yog­a­rat­nam. “But a few years later we went full colour and we de­creased the size of the magazine too. We even­tu­ally ditched the old logo for the one you see to­day. We wanted some­thing cleaner and in keep­ing with the times.”

Re­vamps and re­designs have kept the magazine fresh and ex­cit­ing, and al­ways cur­rent, if not ahead of its time. A ded­i­cated team has con­tin­u­ally strived to bol­ster the magazine’s cred­i­bil­ity and en­ter­tain­ment value to se­cure a huge fol­low­ing that has grown with Galaxie. It is a legacy we find es­pe­cially re­ward­ing.


Galaxie’s fi­nal is­sue fea­tures four mu­sic icons – el­ton John, Michael Jack­son, Mariah carey and eminem – each rep­re­sent­ing a decade in en­ter­tain­ment through­out the magazine’s ex­is­tence.

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