New Event: 5 Mag welcomes Terry Hunter to Smartbar June 4

5 Mag welcomes Chicago house legend Terry Hunter with Czboogie & Duke Shin for a Saturday night special on June 4 2022 at Smartbar.
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Sonicly promises a fair deal for crowdfunding projects

After PledgeMusic's demise, a new platform emerges, designed specifically for musicians. Will it be any different than the last?
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Would you give 5% of your DJ fee to producers?

Aslice aims to "equalize" the monetary disparity between music producers and the DJs that play their music.
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Prince: The Immersive Experience to debut in Chicago

Tickets go on sale this Thursday March 31 for the interactive trip through the music and life of Prince opening in June 2022, which allows visitors to walk inside the album cover for Purple Rain, mixdown "Let's Go Crazy" and more.
5 Mag Issue 197

#ReDiscovery – Inside 5 Mag Issue 197

The lost album of Electribe 101 and forgotten Frankie Knuckles mixes, Lady Blackbird, the Detroit fable of Eternal Student and more inside the new 5 Mag.
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Vinyl sales jump 61% in a single year

Vinyl jumps, CDs explode and your digital downloads are getting kinda bummed out. More revelations from the RIAA 2021 annual sales report for the record industry.
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CD sales up for the first time since 2004 – and they’re booming

US sales of CDs - the hard little discs you never thought you'd use again - erupted in 2021, marking the first increase in nearly 20 years.
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Bandcamp acquired by Fortnite’s Epic Games

Shocking the industry, Epic Games - publisher of Fortnite and Unreal Engine - has purchased Bandcamp, the leading independent artist platform. What now?

Electric Zoo Festival VIP management group sued for minimum wage & labor violations

The proposed class action targets Notoriety Group and three of its owners that manage the "main stage VIP SkyDeck" at Electric Zoo.
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#JACKED – Inside the New 5 Mag

Demuir beats the beat thieves, a legendary Garage white label, the making of a Frankie Knuckles tribute and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag.
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Frisking HitPiece, the NFT platform that wasn’t

What is HitPiece, who is behind it, and just what the holy hell did they think they were doing?
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House Music Is Church: Rahsaan Patterson in the new 5 Mag

New issue of 5 Mag with Rahsaan Patterson, Ka§par, Harold Heath's 2021 rewind, Jeff Mills & Kraftwerk on soundtracking Metropolis and more.
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#Praise – Inside the new issue of 5 Mag

Live from Detroit with Norm Talley & Upstairs Asylum, Lea Lisa, Cratan and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag.

Remembering the victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship fire 5 years later

Remembering the 36 people who died during a show at the warehouse-turned-artists' space on December 2, 2016.
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Ten City’s JUDGEMENT nominated for a Grammy Award

The nominations are out, and Marshall Jefferson and Byron Stingily are nominated for a Grammy Award for Ten City's JUDGEMENT album.
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5 Mag welcomes Tony Humphries to Smartbar December 4

5 Mag's first Chicago event in more than 2 years with Michael Serafini and Czboogie with house music legend Tony Humphries.
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Watch the trailer for a new Italo Disco documentary

Italo Disco: The Sparkling Sound of the '80s evokes a time when "cybernetic tracks fueled by hopes and dreams of the young musicians, who were capable of releasing mind-blowing pop, and always moving between trash and brilliance."
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#FutureShock – Inside the new 5 Mag

Oona Dahl, Boiler Room, Art of Tones, More Ghost Than Man and more inside #5Mag193, out now.
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Dub visionary Lee “Scratch” Perry has died

The musical icon and production pioneer has died at age 85 in Jamaica.
5 Mag Issue 192 with Solomun, photo by Chino Moro

#MadeWithLove

Inside the new issue of 5 Mag with Solomun, Andrew Emil, Ultra Naté, Dam Swindle and more.

MUST READ!

Searching: Inside 5 Mag Issue 204

With Detroit's Reggie Dokes, Aterral Records, Carlo, Maggie Tra, Demuir, Cyphon Records and more inside 5 Mag Issue 204, out now.
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Glenn Davis – RISE vol 2

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Cee ElAssaad: Evolve