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Calvin Harris Is World’s Highest Paid DJ With $48m Earning

Another year, another Forbes list! While this year’s list remains pretty similar in terms of who made it on to the list as compared to 2017, the order isn’t exactly the same. Other than the fact that the top spot still belongs to the undisputed top-earning DJ for six years in a row, surprise surprise, Calvin Harris!

Explaining on what is factored into the calculations here, Forbes explains, “Our list of the world’s highest-paid DJs ranks electronic acts around the globe using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for lawyers, agents and managers. Estimates are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Bandsintown and Songkick, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.”

While Scottish phenomenon, superstar DJ and Producer Calvin Harris sits pretty on top with earning of $48 million, The Chainsmokers knocked down Tiesto to grab the second position with a close $45.5 million getting in about a 100 shows in the duration! At the third and fourth position with $33 million and $28 million respectively are veterans from the industry Tiesto and Steve Aoki. Next up, Marshmello sprang from #8 in 2017 to the top 5, at #5 this year not just with all his touring but also accredited to his successful YouTube series’ he’s been developing.

Steve Aoki

Also on the list are regulars like David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and Zedd but also Kaskadecoming in at #9.

David Guetta


While the overall amount raked in by the  Top 10 falls short as compared to 2017 due to a number of factors, Forbes accredits it mainly to maturation and somewhat plateauing of the electronic live music market. Explaining this further they said, “All in all, the top 10’s $260 million haul fell a bit short of last year’s $298 million, partly due to the maturation — and, some would say, plateauing — of the live electronic music market. Other factors, such as Skrillex’s decision to have a quiet year by his standards after earning $30 million in 2017, impacted the total tally.”

Here’s a lowdown on the Top 15 Highest-Paid DJ’s of 2018 –

  1. Calvin Harris – $48 Million
  2. The Chainsmokers – $45.5 Million
  3. Tiësto – $33 Million
  4. Steve Aoki – $28 Million
  5. Marshmello – $23 Million
  6. Zedd – $22 Million
  7. Diplo – $20 Million
  8. David Guetta – $15 Million
  9. Kaskade – $13.5 Million
  10. Martin Garrix – $13 Million
  11. Axwell Λ Ingrosso – $12 Million
  12. Kygo – $11.5 Million
  13. DJ Snake – $11 Million
  14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – $10.5 Million
  15. Afrojack – $10 million

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