And the Winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 is...

by Clubplanet
10.26.2006

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Remember the Magic Johnson / Larry Bird rivalry of the 80s?

(Okay, full disclosure. I don't really remember it personally. But I've seen lots of highlight videos, the inspiring ones with the slo-mo, the dramatic music, and the 80s-style nut-huggers.)

Anyway. Bird and Magic were CLEARLY the two best players in the game. It seemed like every year, one or the other would win MVP; one or the other would win the title. You had Bird fans and you had Magic fans. And they didn't really overlap.

Sure, you had other great players, too--Kareem, Parish, Isaiah Thomas, 'Nique, and so on, but those two were head and shoulders above the rest.

You can argue that the world of EDM now has a similar rivalry and pecking order: Paul van Dyk and Tiesto.

And it just heated up.

For the second year in a row, van Dyk was crowned "World's #1 DJ" in DJ Magazine's Top 100 poll. This back-to-back is right on the heels of Tiesto's three-peat.

Congrats, PVD.

The Top 10:
1. PVD
2. Armin van Buuren (finally cracks the top 2)
3. Tiesto
4. Christopher Lawrence
5. DJ Dan
6. Ferry Corsten
7. Sasha
8. Digweed
9. Above & Beyond
10 Deep Dish

Click here for the full results.

Wanna see the #1 DJ in person? You can see him at the Roseland Ballroom on Wednesday, November 22. Click here for cheapo tickets.

From the PVD press release:

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October 26, 2006 – Fans across the globe have once again named Paul van Dyk as the World’s No.1 DJ for the second consecutive year. The Grammy nominated artist, composer, producer and political activist was announced as the winner at a ceremony held at London’s Fabric Club on Wednesday, October 25th.

DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs Poll, the most prestigious reference point for DJs around the world drew almost 250,000 votes from 235 countries, indicating that dance music is rapidly growing beyond its core audience.

“To be voted No.1 last year was a great honor, and to win it for a second time is very special,” van Dyk said. “I’d like to dedicate the award to all those involved in electronic music who make and play the records we love. The amount of votes in this year’s Poll is testament to the continuing strength of our scene, and that in difficult global times, our culture stands as a positive force in uniting people from different cultural backgrounds through music.”

PvD, as he is affectionately known by his fans, is renowned as one of the hardest working artists with sold-out tours across the globe, headlining spots at every festival, and a flurry of awards to match.

Aside from his musical activity, Paul van Dyk has always dedicated a significant part of his life to politics and social justice: after growing up in communist East Germany, PvD became the only electronic artist involved with the Rock The Vote campaign in 2004 with a national tour, joining P Diddy, the Black Eyed Peas and Mary J. Blige among others in encouraging America’s youth to sign up to vote in the presidential election. His charitable activities have ranged from benefits for Ground Hero Kids after 9/11 and for the Red Cross after the Tsunami disaster and Hurricane Katrina to his support for the Akanksha children’s charity in India’s Mumbai province and his partnership scheme with the German Red Cross to help poor and disadvantaged children in Berlin. He was most recently awarded a medal of honor by the State of Berlin, to recognize his unique accomplishments and dedication.

Paul van Dyk continues to tour the world as part of his VONYC Sessions tour to promote VONYC.com a unique combined internet radio station and download site created by van Dyk in order to make the music he champions easily accessible to fans all over the world.

Paul van Dyk just completed his remix of the new Depeche Mode single “Martyr” and is spending any time which remains between tour dates in his Berlin studio or with other artists recording material for his next studio album which is due out next year.

For further information on Paul van Dyk or upcoming tour dates, go to www.paulvandyk.com or www.myspace.com/paulvandyk.
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