Forbes reveals the highest paid DJs in 2016
Forbes’ list of the Electronic Cash Kings of 2016 has been revealed, with some noticeable changes from 2015’s rankings. Calvin Harris tops the list for his fourth consecutive year, pulling in $63 million — a $3 million dip since last year, but still $25 million over Dutch legend Tiësto, who jumped to second place this year with $38 million in earnings.
David Guetta earned $28 million to position himself in third place, with ZEDD’s income placing him up four ranks to 4th place at $24.5 million. The rise likely had something to do with the young DJ’s recent celebrity collaborations with pop stars Selena Gomez and Ke$ha, in addition to sponsorship deals.
Surprisingly, Diplo and Skrillex found themselves in the lower half of the earnings list despite several multi-platinum records and awards, taking 6th & 7th place respectively. Skrillex had populated the number 4 spot last year, while Diplo experienced a jump from 9th place. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike round out the top 10, while Avicii for the first time in years, failed to make the top 10 with a 12th place income of $14.5 million.
Another interesting observation about this year’s Electronic Cash Kings is a slight indication of EDM’s momentum beginning to falter. In addition to Calvin Harris’ income dipping, the top 10 as a whole netted 1% less in earnings than the year prior, the first time since 2012 that the list had seen a decrease of this nature.
The Top 10 Cash Kings of 2016
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