Armin van Buuren (born in Leiden, Netherlands on December 25, 1976) is a Dutch trance producer and DJ. In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 he was voted #1 in “DJ Magazine's” annual Top 100 list of the most popular DJs. This makes him the first DJ ever to receive 4 consecutive #1 titles. Since 2001 van Buuren has hosted a weekly radio show called “A State of Trance” and claims to have over 30 million weekly listeners in more than 40 countries, which would make it the most listened radio show in the world. He is well known for his annual "Year Mix" which incorporates clips and custom mashups from the year's most popular trance tracks. Each year-mix consists of about 85 individual releases, edited into a 2 hour mix which is released on double CD as well as aired on his weekly radio show at the end of each year. According to van Buuren, each year-mix takes several months to make, including thousands of digital audio edits and hundreds of audio plugins.
Since 1995, van Buuren has released many tracks on different labels with increasing success. His first big success was "Blue Fear" which was on Cyber Records at the age of 19. This 'Euro Trance blueprint' made it into the UK Chart. "Communication" was released on the same label, and had a huge impact on Ibiza, Spain in the summer of 1999. After being signed to AM PM Records, this track entered the UK Chart at #18 in 2000.
In 2000, van Buuren started hisown Armin van Buuren compilation series. He managed to find a balance between progressive electro, minimal techno and commercial pop trance music styles. His first compilation album, “A State of Trance” sold more than 10,000 copies and contains van Buuren's well known remix of Moogwai, "Viola." His second album, “Basic Instinct” featured a new track: "Perpetuous Dreamer" – "The Sound of Goodbye". This track entered the Dutch charts in June 2001 at #26. Later in the year, the track hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The third album, “In Motion” was released in August 2001. This album contained the trance sound and was very popular in the United States. A fourth album, “Transparence,” followed in 2002.
In June 2003 van Buuren released his debut studio album, “76,” named after his year of birth, 1976. In August 2005 van Buuren released his second studio album, “Shivers.” For the album van Buuren worked with artists such as Pakistani American singer Nadia Ali, English singer Justine Suissa and American trance duo Gabriel & Dresden.
His 2008 studio album, “Imagine,” entered the Dutch album chart at #1, a first for a dance artist in Dutch music history. It features collaboration with singers such as Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation and Jacqueline Govaert of Krezip.
“Mirage” was released in 2010 and was preceded by the release of the lead single, "Full Focus." The album debuted at #3 in the Netherlands and at #113 in the United Kingdom. It debuted at #148 in the United States on the Billboard 200, while also charting at the Dance/Electronic Albums chart at #5.