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Renowned DJ Avicii Dead at 28

Swedish-born artist was found in Oman, and the circumstances are unclear

(Newser) - The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. TMZ calls the 28-year-old, real name Tim Bergling, "one of the most famous DJs in the world." Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that Avicii died in Muscat, Oman, though the circumstances were... More »

House Music's 'Godfather' Dies at 59

Frankie Knuckles was top DJ at pioneering club

(Newser) - He's been called the "Godfather of House Music," and Rolling Stone says he "laid the groundwork for electronic dance music culture—all of it." Frankie Knuckles, who died yesterday at 59, was the top DJ at the Warehouse in Chicago, where house music was effectively... More »

Killer of DJ Megatron Pleads Guilty

Rising hip-hop star was gunned down in New York City

(Newser) - William Williams, the man who fatally shot radio and TV host DJ Megatron in New York City in 2011 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will serve 21 years in prison, reports the Daily News . Megatron, real name Corey McGriff, was beginning to establish a presence in the hip-hop world... More »

Hip Hopper DJ Megatron Shot Dead in NY

BET regular was dissed online over unpaid debt

(Newser) - Rising hip hop star DJ Megatron was shot dead yesterday while walking to a Staten Island store to buy a cheap cigar. "It's earth-shattering," says his mom. "He was our golden child." Megatron, whose real name was Corey McGriff, got his start on local Hot 97... More »

The Most Influential DJs

(Newser) - With the release of "DJ Hero" upon us, it's a good time to honor the true masters of turntablism. IGN lists the most influential:
  • DJ Kool Herc. He invented the “breakbeat” by using the two-turntable style of disco DJs to play two copies of a funk record, switching
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DJ Schools Rockin' in Recession

(Newser) - The jobless and work-weary alike are flooding deejay schools across the US, embarking on dreams as the economy comes apart, Time reports. Some enroll at schools like New York's Dubspot—not exactly cheap at $1,695—to deejay professionally. Others are yearning for more creativity, less rat race. "They're... More »

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