This year, the magazine racks were once again dominated by all the typical tabloid mainstays. The Kardashians/Jenners, Kate Middleton and Prince William, Brangelina, and George Clooney all made headlines this year, which accounts for their ubiquity.
In the end however, it was an unlikely star who sold the most magazines. Unfortunately, it wasn't for a heartening story like a celebrity wedding or pregnancy. The death of Robin Williams was the biggest celebrity story of the year, and gave both People and In Touch their best-selling covers of the year, according to Adweek.
From there, things got more lighthearted, as the weddings of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin accounted for People's second and third top-selling covers of the year. Surprisingly — despite being deemed by many as the biggest wedding of the year — the nuptials of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tanked for both People and OK.
Adweek also confirmed that when it comes to covering current events, celebrity weeklies should probably leave that to hard news magazines like Time. Hillary Clinton covered People's lowest selling issue, while the Winter Olympics failed to galvanize Us Weekly's readers.
So in conclusion, Americans do buy tabloids to read about tragedy and celebrity gossip, and look elsewhere for coverage of politics and sports. Go figure. (Adweek)