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DA’s Best of 2012 (so far), #2: Dance music heavyweights grace magazine covers

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Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of 2012, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the best and worst moments of the year so far. This week we’re bringing you five of the highlights, while next week we’ll be bringing you some of the lowlights. Let us know what you think in the comments — we’re nothing without you.

Ever since dance music exploded out of the “underground” and onto the global stage, it’s become increasingly difficult to ignore. Magazine covers are generally good indicators of who and what is popular at the time of their release and as such are typically reserved for the hottest models, actors, and musicians of the moment. In 1967 John Lennon was a cover boy for Rolling Stone, in 1981 – Bruce Springsteen, in 1999 – Britney Spears, in 2006 – Kanye West, and in 2012 — Deadmau5. Skrillex, A-Trak, and Diplo also landed the magazine cover of Billboard’s EDM issue. When these four dance music figureheads landed the covers of two of the most widely respected music magazines in the world, it was symbolic of our genre’s place in pop culture.

Like Skrillex’s Grammy awards, these covers are a double edged sword in that they put us on display while simultaneously opening the door for criticism and conjecture. However, no matter what the skeptics say, we are simply too big, too relevant, and too important to be ignored.

Best: 5, 4, 3.

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