DJ Mag names and shames first Top 100 DJs cheat

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The long-running DJ Mag ‘Top 100 DJs’ poll has had no shortage of controversy over the years. From upsets like David Guetta toppling Armin van Buuren for the #1 spot last year through to those persistent cheating allegations, year-on-year DJ Mag has to step in to defend themselves. Most recently, a screenshot of an eBay listing advertising votes for sale in the public poll just last week forced DJ Mag to reassure voters that cheats weren’t getting away with it. As well as defending that “DJ Mag takes the issue of cheating in the Top 100 DJs poll very seriously”, the magazine’s Managing Director went one further: promising to name and shame DJs they’d identified cheating in the voting system.

Earlier this week, DJ Mag made good on its word. The magazine has posted a statement announcing that they have eliminated last year’s #165, DJ Miss Diamond from the competition. “DJ Mag are eliminating Miss Diamond from Switzerland from the Top 100 DJs Poll,” DJ Mag’s Martin Carvell announced. “Based upon our analysis, it is quite clear that Miss Diamond, or those working on her behalf, have cheated. We will be notifying her forthwith. Others will follow over the coming weeks.”

Miss Diamond (nope, we hadn’t heard of her either) hasn’t taken the accusation lightly. Taking to her blog, the Brazilian-born DJ defended her innocence. “At the moment there is a terrible smear campaign against me, started by people from DJ Mag,” the lengthy explanation begins. “[My manager, my team and my fans] have not manipulated anything. Like all participants we have asked our friends and Miss Diamond DJ fans to vote for me on the DJ ranking. This is, as far as I know neither illegal nor wrong.” Miss Diamond went on to deny accusations that some of her 150,000-odd Facebook fans are fake, posting a screenshot of her Facebook analysis detailing the demographics and location of fans. “They are real since I have been DJing in international clubs for years,” she explained.

But it doesn’t look like DJ Mag is going to back down. “Our methods of analysis are sophisticated but time consuming,” the magazine’s statement assured. “DJ Mag has to be absolutely sure that illegal methods have been used to acquire votes before evicting DJs from the poll.”


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ezy1000 said on the 10th Aug, 2012

who gives a flying fuck (not attacking you katie, i know you are writing EDM news)

the whole concept of a vote to determine who is the best dj in the world... u 4 reel?


ANTT said on the 10th Aug, 2012

DJ Miss Diamond: has 150,000 likes on Facebook; gets only 5 likes on a week old status.

Seems legit.


Makkaaa said on the 10th Aug, 2012

The DJ Mag poll is hardly respected anyway. Half can't even DJ.


DJ DUKE DOOM said on the 10th Aug, 2012

Who cares if its most popular or best? It's news-worthy and relevant.


mlirosi said on the 10th Aug, 2012

i knew i shouldnt have waisted my vote on miss diamond...should have voted guetta like the rest of them


chocstclair said on the 10th Aug, 2012

Yeah 150,000 Facebook fans and about 500 soundcloud followers. Oh well, shitty poll anyways


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Funkedub said on the 13th Aug, 2012

If you ever see my name in these poll results ... you can be assured i cheated!!


DHindahouse said on the 13th Aug, 2012

who the hell is she anyway........ eeeeeeeexactly.

Bob Seiji

Bob Seiji said on the 13th Aug, 2012

Yep, who gives a fuck?
Its like "Who is the best musician in the world?"

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 14th Aug, 2012

This is an outrage, and I wont have Miss Diamond's name being smeared anymore.

I'm going to get to the bottom of this, start up an investigation, ask the right questions to clear her name.


lopsop said on the 16th Aug, 2012

Your popularity contest is flawed from the start. Essentially, DJmag itself is cheating by disallowing votes. The whole Facebook voting platform is a joke and disallows hundreds of well known DJ's and billions of fans from voting simply because of location and politics/bans of FB.

Also, DJmag, if you're gonna go there, then go all the way... MANY others who we all know and continue to rank top 100 currently have done the same vote cheating in the past.. but I guarantee we wont see them being called out, only no-names, people who they don't have a vested financial interest in will be shut down. Lame!


Youss_doc said on the 20th Aug, 2012

Resident Advisor poll is the real deal! DJ Mag is just a silly competition where people with no idea just vote for the cheesiest stuff they hear... I don't think it makes a difference really. BUT RA poll is the real deal! we are talking some of the best DJs that are technically gifted and have been doing it for years, Hawtin, Villalobos, Leibing, Sasha, Digweed... True to their sounds over many years!