November 19, 2007 08:30 ET

The FADER Celebrates Its 50th Issue

Publication Committed to Documenting Emerging Music and Culture Releases Its Golden Issue... Available on Newsstands and iTunes

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Since 1998, The FADER has been the authority on what's next; providing readers with cutting-edge sounds from the underground and some of the most diverse and brilliant new talent on the planet, while also jumpstarting a series of publishing firsts. Once called "the new music-and-fashion bible" by The New York Times, The FADER, the definitive voice of emerging music, is announcing the release of its 50th issue.

This issue presents the work of the last 49 issues: an overview of The FADER's legacy to champion the unexpected and a compilation of its benchmark stories featuring artists and communities that have made a profound impact on music history. Since its launch in 1998, The FADER has been the first to give early coverage to artists such as The White Stripes and Outkast, and the first to place Kanye West, The Strokes, and MIA on its cover. Through in-depth reporting and a distinct street sensibility, with every issue The FADER is revered for featuring the best names in music before anyone else.

"It is the legacy of The FADER to cover emerging artists and communities that are changing and redirecting culture," said Alex Wagner, Editor in Chief of The FADER. "The FADER 50 really contextualizes our work by outlining the major themes of the last ten years of the magazine, showcasing the incredibly diverse and dynamic talent we've been fortunate to have in the pages of The FADER. It's a collector's edition!"

The commemorative issue begins with A-Z, an encyclopedia of the people, places and things that have mattered most in The FADER's first 49 issues, ranging from A for Afrobeat to Z for "Zzzzz artists we love that the world's been sleeping on." Also outlined are rare photos and essays about the people, places and movements that have defined The FADER for its first 49 issues; the stories behind "how life sounds now," including the rise of New York Rock in 2001, the empire of Atlanta Hip Hop, the great club takeover featuring Diplo, MIA and Hollertronix, and a look at the influence of Reggaeton and Soca music from the Caribbean islands. Also featured are rare photos of The FADER's favorite artists with unique signature style, followed by highlights of documentary photojournalism that has been seen in the pages of The FADER and beyond.

"This is the proudest I have ever been about an individual issue of The FADER, and each of the 212 pages of this book represent some of the greatest artists, writers, and photography in the industry," said Andy Cohn, Publisher of The FADER. "We've made so many strides in the publishing industry and have always kept close to our mission of presenting the most diverse and brilliant new talent on the planet to our readers. From FADER 50 on forward we will only continue to shake up the industry by successfully doing things that no one else can get away with doing."

Once a quarterly magazine, The FADER is now published eight times a year in the United States and six in Japan. The first music magazine distributed via iTunes, The FADER now offers an interactive PDF and corresponding podcast with each issue, in addition to its weekly newsletters. The FADER has also developed long-lasting collaborations with brand partners that bring more content and events to readers. These partnerships include the Southern Comfort & FADER 7-inch vinyl series, The FADER/at&t Sideshow, and for the past 7 years Levi's and The FADER have teamed up to present the Levis/FADER Fort in Austin. These partnerships and programs highlight The FADER not only as a print magazine, but also as a multi-media brand.

To add to the celebration, The FADER has also partnered with eMusic ( to offer 50 free anthems by artists who have helped define the magazine, and represent the evolution of The FADER from its first issue to its 50th.

About The FADER

Founded by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen in 1998, The FADER is the definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it. Through in-depth reporting and a distinct street sensibility, The FADER aggressively covers the most dynamic breadth of music and style emanating from the fringes of the mainstream to the heart of the underground, and was also the first publication in history to be released on iTunes. The FADER is the authority on what's next.

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