Founded in 1959 as Record Retailer, it was relaunched on 18 March 1972 as Music Week . On 17 January 17 1981 the title was again changed, owing to the increasing importance of sell-through videos, to Music & Video Week. The rival title Record Business, founded in 1978 by Brian Mulligan and Norman Garrod, was absorbed into Music Week in February 1983. Later that year, the offshoot magazine Video Week was launched and the title of the parent publication reverted to Music Week .
Since April 1991, Music Week has incorporated Record Mirror, initially as a 4 or 8-page chart supplement, later as a specialist dance supplement featuring articles, reviews and charts.
In the 1990s, several magazines and newsletters become part of the Music Week family: Music Business International (MBI), Promo, MIRO Future Hits, Tours Report, Fono, Green Sheet, Charts+Plus (published from May 1991 to November 1994), and Hit Music (September 1992 to May 2001). By May 2001 all newsletters (except Promo) ceased publication.
In 2003, Music Week relaunched its website, offering daily news, features, record release listings and UK sales, airplay and club charts.
In early 2006, a separate free-to-access site was launched for the Music Week Directory giving users access to around 10,000 contacts from the across the UK music industry.
In mid-2007, the magazine was given a facelift and redesigned by London-based design company This Is Real Art. In October 2008 another redesign lead to major changes to the magazine.