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CCM Magazine
CategoriesMusic magazine
First issueJuly 1978 (1978-July)
CompanySalem Publishing
CountryUnited States
Based inNashville

CCM Magazine is a twice-monthly online magazine focusing on contemporary Christian music, published by Salem Publishing, a division of Salem Communications.


CCM was first published in July 1978, as a printed magazine. It has been owned by Salem since 1999. On January 16, 2008, Salem announced that the April 2008 issue would be the final printed issue of the magazine, which would continue in an online-only format.[1]

When the magazine was first published, it was called Contemporary Christian Music and covered that music genre.[2] The name was later shortened to CCM, which was still an acronym for "Contemporary Christian Music".[2] For a short time, the magazine changed its name to Contemporary Christian Magazine (keeping the "CCM" but broadening the scope) but then ultimately went back to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Then in May 2007, the name's meaning was changed to "Christ. Community. Music." The editor explained that the term "contemporary Christian music" was dated and marginalizing and that Christ, community, and music are three entirely different things — thus, the periods after each word of the acronym to show that they are not related. The editor's explanation of the name change can be found in the May 2007 issue of the magazine.

In October 2006, CCM launched its own social networking site, MyCCM.

Since its start, CCM has covered mainstream musical artists that mix spiritual themes with their music, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, T Bone Burnett, Victoria Williams, The Call, Sam Phillips, U2 and Bruce Cockburn, as well as more mainstream Christian radio artists such as Amy Grant, Larry Norman, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Benny Hester, Steve Taylor, Phil Keaggy and Randy Stonehill. In the 1980s, CCM also focused on some of the more obscure spiritual artists coming out of the Southern California punk rock and new wave music scene like the 77s, Daniel Amos, Undercover, Altar Boys, Crumbächer, the Choir, Adam Again, and others. However, as the 1990s rolled around, the magazine focused more and more on artists that were heavily played on Christian radio.

Online publication

On July 8, 2009, Salem announced that CCM Magazine will be re-launched as an online publication, released four times a year.[3]

The online concept has been further developed and the online magazine is issued twice each month usually on the 1st and 15th of each month.

The CCM Update

In 1983, CCM Magazine spun off its contemporary Christian music industry analysis and charts into a new publication, The CCM Update (originally known as MusicLine and later MusicLine Update). While the new magazine focused on the contemporary Christian music industry-related content that was previously included in CCM Magazine, CCM Magazine retained the consumer-related content. The CCM Update published charts until its closure.[4] At the time of its closure, the magazine published Christian album charts as well as four radio charts: adult contemporary, Christian hit radio/Pop, Inspirational/Praise, and Rock.[5] It had previously published a Christian country radio chart[6] as well as southern gospel, black gospel, and metal charts.[citation needed]

The CCM Update folded on April 15, 2002, with its feature content being incorporated into a full-page column in Radio & Records, also called The CCM Update. It also stopped publishing charts, leaving Radio & Records as the major chart publisher in the Christian music industry; according to James Cumbee, the president of Salem Communications, they felt that continuing to publish charts was a conflict of interest, as Salem owned many of the radio stations that reported to the charts.[7]


  1. ^ "News Releases". Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "CCM Magazine Redefines Christian Music". Top 40 Charts. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Salem Publishing To Re-launch 'CCM Magazine". All Access. July 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Mall, Andrew (March 22, 2018). "Archival Research Methods and Music Industry Pedagogy" (PDF). MEIEA: 81–85. doi:10.25101/18.24.
  5. ^ "Welcome to CCM Update!". 3 January 2001. Archived from the original on 3 January 2001. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  6. ^ Christian country music 'uniting.' says founder Baptist Press December 1994 p.4
  7. ^ "CCM Update -- Industry News". 7 June 2002. Archived from the original on 7 June 2002. Retrieved 24 June 2019.