This Week in Music: Armin wins DJ Mag poll, Ultra adds second weekend, Dada Life’s album drops
Out of the loop this week? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Take a minute to check out our top ten releases and news stories from this week in dance music.
- The annual DJ Mag poll was announced on Friday during an Amsterdam Dance Event awards ceremony. Armin van Buuren reclaimed the number one spot for the fifth time, pushing David Guetta down to number four.
- We called out an alarming trend in dance music: overzealous event promoters squeezing so much out of large-scale events that they hurt the very fans to whom they’re attempting to cater.
- Ultra Music Festival tickets went on sale this week, with the announcement that the festival would be expanded to two weekends sandwiching Miami Music Week.
- Dubstep and trance fans alike rejoiced at the release of Seven Lions’ highly anticipated debut EP, Days to Come.
- During a live A State of Trance broadcast at Amsterdam Dance Event, Armin van Buuren announced the first six cities on his ASOT 600 world tour. Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, New York, and Den Bosch are locked down for “The Expedition.”
- Dada Life released their hard-hitting party album, The Rules of Dada, and we took a stab at dissecting it.
- On Monday, Eric Prydz released his much anticipated new single, “Every Day” and previewed a few remixes that will come with the full EP released on November 15th.
- Swedish House Mafia released their “Don’t You Worry Child” remix package, including eclectic takes on the track from artists like Joris Voorn, Kryder & Tom Staar, and Promise Land.
- DJ Fresh crossed the pond to release a teaser Louder EP after becoming the first dubstep producer to reach #1 on the UK charts, with the title track “Louder.”
- Decisions for what to do in New York on New Year’s Eve this year got even more difficult, with announcements that Pretty Lights would head up two nights at the Roseland Ballroom and Sander van Doorn will throw down at Pacha.