From Spotify streams to festival attendances, a bunch of records were broken in 2014. Calvin Harris, Avicii and, of course, the vinyl resurgence all feature.
Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas
When it comes to festival spectacles, nothing quite does it like EDC. Its status as the biggest festival in the world was confirmed in July after 400,000 people descended upon the three-day event, 45,000 more than 2013. Ticket sales also sold out in record time, having been snapped up three months in advance of the festival and before any of the line-up had been announced. With Jamie Jones, Alesso, Diplo and The Martinez Brothers all playing, it was estimated that $337 million was generated for the local economy.
The Scottish producer was on a mission this year. Not only did he top Forbes’ DJ Rich List once again with an estimated worth of $66 million ($20m more than 2013), he was dominating Spotify, too. At the beginning of September he became the most streamed British solo act ever by hitting one billion plays on the service. Just to ram that home, that’s a mighty 5,000 years of continuous plays. Less than a week later he grabbed the record for the fastest climb to number one in Spotify’s Global chart with ‘Blame’. Not bad.
This one might not be strictly dance music-related but we couldn’t leave it out. Vinyl album sales in the UK reached one million at the end of November, its highest point since 1996. Sales were well on track to tonk the record in October when they hit 844,122, almost a 15,000 increase of the year before. It’s reckoned that the figure will shoot to 1.2 million post-Christmas and the Official Charts Company is launching a vinyl chart as a result of the wax resurgence. If you fancy seeing some vinyl in action, check out our latest 100% Vinyl episode with Apollonia.
Another EDM big boy, another broken record on Spotify. The Swedish producer’s track ‘Wake Me Up’ smashed a world record on the streaming service at the beginning of the year, reaching 200 million plays. At the time of the report in February, that translated to about 850,000 plays a day. It wasn’t the only record he achieved, though, as the track also became the most Shazam’d track of all time.
Having started in 2013 with 103,000 revelers heading to Split, the Croatian festival (sister to Ultra Music Festival Miami) returned with even more in July 2014. Expanding to three days from two, around 150,000 people from 125 countries hit the Dalmatian coast to beat the prior figure that made Ultra the biggest music event ever in Croatia.
[Photo: Krijn van Noordwijk]
Armin van Buuren
The Dutch trance figurehead couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year. After the release of ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2013’, AvB made it on to Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album chart for a 20th time, overtaking the 19 achieved by New York DJ and producer Louie DeVito. Totally deserved that he was inducted into Amsterdam’s Madame Tussauds, then.