Forbes names electronic music’s top earning stars
It’s good-news, bad-new for electronic music king Calvin Harris.
The Scottish DJ, producer and songwriter has topped Forbes magazine’s annual “electronic cash kings” list of the top-earning performers in EDM (Electronic Dance Music) for the fourth consecutive time, bringing in an estimated $63 million over the past year.
Now, the bad news: Harris’ $63 million represents a $3 million dip over his 2015 earnings. But it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who still is paid $400,000 a night each time he performs in Las Vegas. His next scheduled Sin City dates are Sept. 2 at Omnia and Sept. 4 at Hakkasan.
Harris, who earlier this year, he was dumped by Taylor Swift, his now-former girlfriend, earned $25 million more over the past year than Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto, the second-highest paid EDM act on Forbes’ list. Tiësto has four performances this month in Las Vegas, starting Aug. 20.
The entire Forbes list appears below. It includes Steve Aoki, who came in fifth with estimated earnings over the past year of $23.5 million. Aoki performs Sept. 16 at the KAABOO Del Mar festival at the Del Mar Racetrack and fairgrounds.
Forbes 2016 Electronic Cash Kings
1 Calvin Harris $63 million
2 Tiësto $38 million
3 David Guetta $28 million
4 ZEDD $24.5 million
5 Steve Aoki $23.5 million
6 Diplo $23 million
7 Skrillex $20 million
8 Kaskade $19 million
9 Martin Garrix $16 million
10 Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike $15.5 million