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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