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10 Most Powerful Artists in Dance Music
10 Most Powerful Artists in Dance Music

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Eric Ryan Anderson
14 Most Powerful Artists in Dance Music
These are the artists that run the EDM world.

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Eric Ryan Anderson
Diplo - Artist of the Year
In 2015, two of our Artist of the Year's songs dominated radio and streaming-service playlists. Jack U's "Where Are U Now," featuring Justin Bieber, helped Bieber shed his tween-idol baggage (It has been streamed more than 358 million times and has sold more than 1.7 million copies, according to Nielsen Music.) And his band Major Lazer and DJ Snake's "Lean On" (with vocals by ) was even more ­surprising -- an ­independent release that became an even bigger hit, ­racking up more than 400 ­million streams, with 1.7 ­million ­copies sold. Now Diplo is bringing Bieber and MØ together on "Cold Water," the lead single of the fourth LP by Major Lazer. (Read the full Diplo feature here).
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Above & Beyond
After becoming the first British DJs to sell out New York's Madison Square Garden in October 2014, the London-based trance trio embarked on an ambitious world tour to support its new Acoustic II album, playing with an 18-piece band and featured vocalists at historic venues like the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Hollywood Bowl (another sellout). Their tastemaking podcast Group Therapy reaches 30 million each week.
Lesson Learned: Siljamäki: "Bigger isn't always better; quieter is sometimes louder.

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Steve Aoki
Aoki may be throwing cake at his audiences in limited portions these days, but the Los Angeles-based Dim Mak label head remains in constant motion: He launched an apparel line, dropped a single featuring Walk the Moon and is the subject of a surprisingly revealing documentary, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, directed by Justin Krook, which made a splashy premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
Last Time I Danced My Butt Off: "At Harvard: I played the Yardfest. I applied there for grad school. I didn't think I was going to get in -- and I didn't. But I got into Harvard this way!"
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In terms of visibility and the ability to steer vital industry conversations, Deadmau5 (real name: Joel Zimmerman) is not only dance music's most opinionated and polarizing figure but also one of its most powerful. The Canadian producer and Mau5trap label head is impossible to ignore: He has publicly beefed with everyone from Kanye West to Disney during the past 12 months and, like it or not, has been one of the genre's loudest voices on issues like streaming, sampling and selling out. But this may be the year focus shifts back to his music. In March, he launched his own radio show on Apple Music's Beats 1, where he has been teasing a new album that's due later in 2016.
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DJ Snake
Ever since "Turn Down for What" broke through in 2014, Snake has been on a remarkably consistent run. Four subsequent singles, which have ranged from trap to tropical to electro-soul, have gone platinum. His 2015 smash "Lean On," with Major Lazer and MØ, was the first dance record to break 1 billion views on YouTube. He has spent 35 cumulative weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart since its launch in January 2013 -- the most by any artist. A debut LP, set for release on Interscope, is 2016's most anticipated dance album.

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Aaron Richter
Flume, aka Sydney native Harley Streten, has been in the spotlight since 2012, when tastemaking Australian label Future Classic released his eponymous debut and his remix ofDisclosure's "You & Me" caught fire. But 2016 is shaping up to be his biggest year yet: New single "Never Be Like You" (featuring Kai) is his debut on the Billboard Hot 100, now at No. 46. It's from his just-released sophomore LP, Skin, which features an impressive range of collaborators (BeckVince StaplesRaekwonTove LoAlunaGeorge and more). Flume will push the project on tour through the end of the year (including a 38-date North American leg, kicking off Aug. 4).
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Martin Garrix
Freed of the contractual confines of Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars Management after a December 2015 settlement, the 20-year-old Dutch wunderkind launched his own STMPD RCRDS in March and is poised to continue his pop crossover under Scooter Braun's stewardship. A confirmed Justin Bieber collaboration in the works should help his cause, as should a debut album reportedly featuring AviciiLinkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Ed Sheeran and Bebe Rexha.
Biggest Weakness: "When I was young and inexperienced, I was quick to trust others in an industry full of sharks."
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David Guetta
Guetta won top dance/electronic artist at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, backed by two collaborative Hot 100 hits, "Hey Mama" (withNicki MinajAfrojack and Bebe Rexha) and "Bang My Head" (with Sia and Fetty Wap). He has another one on the way: "This One's for You," with Swedish "It" girl Zara Larsson, is No. 13 in its third week on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.

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Gavin Bond
Calvin Harris
One of dance's most bankable stars, Harris maintains a lucrative Las Vegas residency at Hakkasan and a global endorsement deal with Giorgio Armani, and sources say he commands upwards of $500,000 for a two-hour festival set (he headlined Coachella in April). Like clockwork, he landed two more Hot 100 hits in the past year: "How Deep Is Your Love" (which peaked at No. 27) and "This Is What You Came For" with Rihanna (now No. 9), a strong contender fo

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