Calvin Harris, Tiësto and David Guetta top Forbes Highest Paid DJs list for 2013
Forbes has just released its list of the top earning electronic talent in 2013. Despite earning more than he had in 2012, Tiësto lost his Top Earner title to Calvin Harris, who netted $46 million dollars in 2013, out-earning not only Tiësto but Jay Z, Kanye West and Katy Perry as well.
Based on annual earning estimates that include income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales, external business ventures and television appearances. The poll also includes DJ Pauly D, who despite his lack of dance music street cred, makes at least half of his income from DJ gigs, matching Diplo for the 12th spot on the list.
Electronic music’s top 12 earners raked in over a quarter of a billion dollars in 2013, DJing their way to $268 million in revenue over the course of the last 12 months. See the full list after the break.
12. & 13. DJ Pauly D and Diplo (tie) – $13 million
11. Steve Aoki – $14 million
9. & 10. Skrillex and Kaskade (tie) – $16 million
8. Armin van Buuren – $17 million
7. Afrojack – $18 million
6. Avicii – $20 million
5. deadmau5 – $21 million
4. Swedish House Mafia – $25 million
3. David Guetta – $30 million
2. Tiësto – $32 million
1. Calvin Harris – $46 million