EDM continues to be a mainstay on the music scene with DJ’s racking in millions of dollars every year. In the following list released by Forbes, the top paid DJ’s made over $268 million in 2014 alone.
No. 1: Calvin Harris
Once a grocery store stocker, Calvin Harris continues his dominance over all other DJ’s, booking more than 125 gigs and bringing in $66 million in earnings. He’s been a headliner at Coachella and he regularly plays at the U.S.’s largest nightclub, Hakkasan, located in Las Vegas, NV. With the likes of Rihanna and Kesha still working with him, not to mention his new girlfriend, Taylor Swift, in his corner, don’t expect Harris to give up the top spot for awhile to come.
No. 2: David Guetta
With songs written for Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, as well as tours with Rihanna, it’s no surprise that David Guetta is amongst the Top 12 paid DJ’s in the world. He’s consistently booking shows in Las Vegas and continues to play regularly across Europe.
Tied No. 3: Avicii & Tiesto
Avicii has hit the music scene hard with major financial success and notoriety coming after he released his debut album, True. The Swedish DJ booked more than 80 club shows last year and is at only 24-years-old, may be the one artist capable of reaching the success of Calvin Harris, especially with songs like, “Wake Me Up.”
Tiesto, the veteran Dutch DJ who is the closest thing to rivaling Calvin Harris’s success over the past two years, rounds out the Top 3. Booking more than 100 shows, Tiesto has now shifted to a regular residency at Las Vegas nightclub, Hakkasan, where he is benefitting from an insanely lucrative deal.
Here are the remaining Top 12 DJ’s on Forbes’s list:
Armin van Buuren
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