Last month, DJ Mag unveiled their annual top 100 rankings, and the 2012 list of DJs was full of surprises. The most notable being an apparent changing of the guard, with Avicii cracking the top 3 — slots that have been designated to the same dominating powers for the past several years. While Avicii — who has been held responsible for the commercialized trajectory of EDM — may not have been the unanimous vote among dance music fans, his influence among the genre, and the world in general, has been unavoidable.
Many people throw around Avicii’s name when cracking mainstream jokes, but — like it or not — the man has become one of the most popular and influential icons of the scene. Whether or not you agree with his #3 ranking, the people have spoken and the numbers show that he has earned that spot. Here are the 7 reasons why Avicii was ranked as an elite figure in 2012.
The results from the DJ Mag Top 100 awards are finally in, and after being thrown from the top spot by David Guetta last year, Armin Van Buuren has once again reclaimed the title as the World’s #1 DJ, making it his fifth time winning the competition. Tiesto took the number two spot, followed by Avicii at number three, David Guetta at four, and Deadmau5 at five. Armin says “it was great that David got it last year, to show dance music is evolving and … still exciting,” but adds that “being number one again feels fantastic… I’m so thankful for it.” Hardwell, Dash Berlin, Above and Beyond, Afrojack, and Skrillex round out the top 10.
Nicky Romero is the highest new entrant on the chart this year, debuting at an impressive number 17 ahead of Sander Van Doorn at 18 and Alesso at 20. Porter Robinson had the highest climb, jumping to number 40, while Knife Party entered this year at 33. Netsky is the sole drum & bass DJ to make the chart at number 96, and longtime mainstays such as Sasha and Fatboy Slim did not even make the cut.
While the results of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll are often debated, they do serve as a good indicator of trends in the scene. There is a lot of young new talent to make the list this year, and a lot of the past heavyweights continue to slip in the rankings. The full top 100 list can be found below.
DJ Mag made a very bold move late last week when it began releasing the names of cheaters in its Top 100 DJs poll, but the first victim of the scandal is not taking the allegations lightly. Miss Diamond has taken to her Blogspot page to “take the initiative to correct what is currently being said about me.”
Earlier in the week, we told you that DJ Mag had identified an undisclosed number of participants who had “cheated” in their annual Top 100 DJs poll, and the first DJ has been “evicted.” Miss Diamond is a Swiss DJ whos website proudly proclaims that she “knows no boundaries, whether social, national, or cultural.” Apparently, she also didn’t know the boundaries of the DJ Mag competition, since the publication calls it “quite clear” that she, “or those working on her behalf, half cheated.”
The relevance and legitimacy of the DJ Mag Top 100 poll has been brought into question countless times, but we never thought that DJs would go as far as purchasing votes to gain a competitive edge. A post on DJ Mag’s website reveals that an Italian eBay listing offered to sell votes in the poll, and that while there were no actual bids, it does indicate that cheating is possible and that the service could be provided outside the confines of an eBay auction. Martin Carvell, DJ Mag’s Managing Director, said that “we do all we can to eliminate cheating… so as to make this the most authoritative snapshot of a DJ’s popularity and visibility at any one time.”
“DJ Mag will be naming and shaming [cheating DJs] by the end of this week”
The article goes on to say that “it’s easy to spot” cheaters, and that there are ongoing investigations into certain DJs. “There are a number of DJs that have been caught cheating, and DJ Mag will be naming and shaming them by the end of this week.” Uh oh, looks like someone’s in trouble… Is this #followergate all over again?
Via: DJ Mag
You may have heard that the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll is now open for voting, and while we can debate its relevance and validity, you can’t overlook its popularity. Many DJs have begun putting out their own promo videos to entice listeners to vote for them, and we’ve decided to make things as fair as possible by collecting them all together into one convenient post for your viewing. So far we’ve got videos from Nicky Romero, Armin Van Buuren, Dada Life, and Hardwell, Ferry Corsten, and more. We’ll be updating this as more get released, so don’t forget to keep checking back!
Don’t forget to read our post about the biggest snubs from last year’s list and our Editors’ roundtable in the meantime. Voting for the Top 100 of 2012 ends on August 29th.