Calvin Harris Named Highest Earning DJ In The World. Again.
The Scottish artist and producer has earned even more than he did last year.
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has become the highest paid DJ in the world for a second year in a row.According to Forbes’ Electronic Cash Kings list, Harris’ earned $66 million, or £39.7 million, in the last twelve months.Not only has he been the highest earning electronic artist for the past two years, but his earnings have grown by $20 million in the second of those, after he earned $46 million from 2012-2013.
Calvin Harris, pictured here at Radio 1's Big Weekend, is the highest earning DJ in the world
Commenting on the news, Harris said "The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years. I happened to be in the right place at the right time." He’s got that right.
The hefty increase in his already huge earnings are symptomatic of the enormous public appetite for dance music since the turn of the decade, and there’s no sign of that demand being sated any time soon. The list takes into account earnings from live shows, tour merchandise, record sales, commercial endorsements and ‘external business ventures’.
Harris has made over 50 live appearances at festivals and clubs in the last year, and his most recent album 18 Months has sold strongly ever since its release at the back end of 2012. 94 weeks on, it still sits at number 26 in the UK Albums chart.
David Guetta is second on the list, having earned $30 million, while Tiesto, Avicii and Steve Aoki make up the rest of the top five respectively. The combined top ten on the list have earned 11% more than the same list last year, with a total of $268 million.