DJs in 2017 are once again getting paid. Some of these names may be quite familiar to you as some of them tend to keep those millions rolling into their bank accounts. Forbes has released a list containing the Top 10 most paid DJs this year:
- Calvin Harris ($48,500,000)
- Tiësto ($39,000,000)
- The Chainsmokers ($38,000,000)
- Skrillex ($30,000,000)
- Steve Aoki ($29,500,000)
- Diplo ($28,500,000)
- David Guetta ($25,000,000)
- Marshmello ($21,000,000)
- Martin Garrix ($19,500,000)
- Zedd ($19,000,000)
If you’ve been listening to electronic and dance music the last few years, you’ll recognize that the number one earner is once again Calvin Harris. The Scottish producer and singer songwriter has earned more than any other DJ the last five years. His new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 wasn’t even released until June 30 of this year. The album features the likes of Future, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Big Sean, John Legend and others. The release bound to bring in more profits for the 33-year-old.
The DJ makes his earnings through an array of mediums. Not only has he produced his own music, but he has produced numerous top singles such as Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” His live performances also nets him and incredible amounts of cash especially in cities such as Las Vegas and Miami. One thing to notice though is that although $48.5 million is nothing to scoff at, he earned less this year than 2016 ($63 millions), 2015 ($66 million) and 2014 ($66 million).
He’s followed by long time veteran Tiësto who earned $39 million and American duo The Chainsmokers with $38 million. But since they’re a duo does that mean they actually earned $19.5 million each?
Others on the list such as the odd Marshmello, Skrillex, Diplo, Steve Aoki and of course David Guetta also brought in respectable earnings.