When did soccer become the new boxing? Everyone is talking about this unfortunate incident during the women’s U.S. v. Colombia soccer match. The Colombian soccer player who sucker punched Abby Wambach has been suspended by FIFA. Wambach handled the situation with honor and grace, going on to assist the US Women’s Olympic team in a 3-0 victory.
It's hard to deny how popular electronic dance music (EDM) has become over the last several years. What was once largely popular in Europe and Australia has made its way to the United States in a big way. Need any proof? In June, the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival brought more than 300,000 people to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There are many stars of EDM, but here’s a look at some of the biggest.
The stage name of Dutch producer and DJ Tijs Michiel Verwest, Tiesto is considered to be one of the preeminent EDM performers in the world. Though he rose to fame in the early part of the 2000s, it wasn't until his 2009 album Kaleidoscope where he found mainstream success. The record, which featured contributions from well-known stars such as Calvin Harris and Nelly Furtado, cracked the top 10 on iTunes.
Few contemporary artists have done as much for American EDM than Skrillex. While he initially broke into the scene as the lead singer of the band From First to Last, by the time they broke up it was evident he was destined for bigger things. After trying his hand at DJing, he earned a great deal of followers after the release of his second EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. In just four short years, the 24-year-old has risen from relative obscurity to be one of the biggest names in the music world and has three Grammy awards to his credit.
Instantly recognizable for his distinctive cartoon-mouse head and renowned for his one-of-a-kind live shows, Deadmau5 is arguably the biggest EDM superstar on the planet. Deadmau5, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, has achieved considerable crossover success and is popular among music fans of all kinds. It's hard to imagine EDM without Deadmau5, and he has been seen performing everywhere from the 2012 Grammy Awards to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
While arguably one of the most popular DJs, Deadmau5 has come to the forefront for more than just his talent. Recently the DJ spoke out on his blog stating, “I just roll up with a laptop and a midi controller and 'select' tracks [and] hit a spacebar.” The star further stated, “People assume there's a guy on a laptop up there producing new original tracks on the fly. None of the 'top DJ’s in the world' to my knowledge have. Myself included.” Ouch!
So is Deadmau5 committing the ultimate sin by airing the dirty laundry of his genre? Maybe … but that wasn’t the artist’s only intention. It appears that the DJ sees the scene as having been too commercialized, and made his attempt to reveal the man behind curtain, so to speak. Regardless, it appears that the EDM scene is continuing to flourish, despite Deadmau5’s effort.
Still in his early 20s, Avicii has proven to be one of the biggest up-and-coming stars in the dance music scene. Thanks in large part to the popularity of the single "Levels," Avicii's popularity has grown by leaps and bounds in a short period of time and he even was one of the headliners of Miami's renowned Ultra Music Festival earlier this year.
Not many performers can measure up to Cher. For nearly 50 years, the singer-turned-actress has been among the best in the business, and she is one of the few people who can lay claim to an Oscar, a Grammy and an Emmy. Still, despite her popularity she has toured less and less over the years. That all changed recently, when she announced via Twitter she will hit the road in 2013.
Although Cher has been performing in Las Vegas the last several years, the announcement signals the beginning of her first concert tour in around six years. The tour is expected to kick off around Valentine's Day and she has already teased her legions of fans with some details on her Twitter account.
"Oh my God!! Just saw the sets 4 the show!!! I cant show u cause you’d never 4give me!" she tweeted recently. "There's so much magic I am breathless!"
The tour comes at a good time for the "If I Could Turn Back Time" singer. She is getting ready to release her first new album in more than 10 years this Christmas, and she has already let leak that one of the tunes is a duet with none other than Lady Gaga.
Cher's most recent album was 2001's Living Proof, which performed relatively well and cracked the top 10 on the Billboard 200 charts. Despite her long time away, it would be unwise to doubt Cher's ability to rise to prominence once again; she's done it time and time again throughout her career.
Most everyone remembers her most recent comeback, which was sparked by the release of her 1998 megahit Believe. Paced by the popular title track, the album went on to sell 20 million albums across the globe (her best selling album) and earned a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
A comeback tour seems like the next logical step for Cher, who has become increasingly more visible in recent years. Most notably, she starred in the 2010 film “Burlesque” alongside Christina Aguilera, which was her first movie role since 2003.
At 66, Cher is one of the most well-known and experienced stars in the entertainment industry, and though she's quickly approaching 70, there's no telling how long she'll be performing.