13 Richest DJs of 2013
Having earned $46 million, Calvin Harris must bathe in dolla bills.
Calvin Harris via facebook.com/calvinharris
Say what you wanna say ... But the truth is there's no escaping the uhntz-uhntz of Calvin Harris and the ilk.
Within the last year alone, the blond-haired, bright-eyed Scottish EDM master made it to the Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 with his hit "Feel So Close," signed a 20-month residency with the über-exclusive Hakkasan Las Vegas, and topped Michael Jackson by becoming the first artist to have nine Top Ten singles in the U.K. from one studio album, 18 Months.
And when he's not Instagramming "huge moments" like seeing a green cone for the first time, he's topping Forbes' list of the world's Electronic Cash Kings with a hefty haul of $46 million ... Not too shabby for someone who claims his career was an accident.
Other hard-hitters to make wads of money from show earnings, endorsement deals, merch and music sales, and other business ventures were Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, and Avicii. But how Diplo and the perpetually fist-pumping DJ Pauly D came in tied, is beyond us.
Check the cut for the richest DJs of 2013.
12. Diplo: $13 Million Per Year (Tie)
Diplo isn't afraid to "Express Himself" and his Major Lazer dancehall ways. Maybe that's why he earned $13 mil.
12. DJ Pauly D: $13 Million Per Year (Tie)
To some of the DJs on this list (ahem, Deadmau5), the talent of GTL obsessed DJ Pauly D is debatable. That doesn't take away from the fact that he's one of the richest DJs on Planet Earth... for the second year in a row.
The Guido put on over 90 fist-pumping shows over the last year and is still collecting Benjamin's from The Jersey Shore. Paul DelVecchio's even started his own Dirty Couture and REMIX vodka line, and signed deals with 50 Cent's SK Energy and SMS Audio. Alright so maybe his talent doesn't have everything to do with his ranking, but hey, the club rat can make it rain.
11. Steve Aoki: $14 Million Per Year
Sure, he may be an heir to the Benihana throne, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Steve Aoki's one hard-working DJ. When he's not caking people in the face during the 270 shows he put on during the last year, he's managing his own record label, Dim Mak, signing endorsement deals with Trident Gum, Olmec Tequila, and Scion, or launching his own business ventures.
9. Kaskade: $16 Million Per Year (Tie)
There must be something in the "Atmosphere," but the Grammy-nominated DJ's got it going on. As one of the older DJs on the list, Kaskade was one of the first EDM masters to establish himself in Sin City. He recently completed his Freaks of Nature tour where he played over 170 shows and is about to kick-off his five-stadium arena tour, Atmosphere in the 305 next month.
9. Skrillex: $16 Million Per Year (Tie)
The side mullet... that must be what gives Skrillex his dubstep power. The beat banger snagged six Grammy Awards within the last two years and earned the number nine spot, tied with Kaskade, as one of the most loaded DJs you'll ever meet.
8. Armin van Buuren: $17 Million Per Year
They don't call him "the European Trance King" for nothin'... Armin van Buuren has earned his way to number eight on Forbes' list with his weekly radio show, "A State of Trance" and the release his fifth studio album, Intense. But maybe the real reason why he's considered trance royalty is because he performed at the coronation of the King and Queen of the Netherlands earlier this year.
7. Afrojack: $18 Million Per Year
Afrojack knows how to spend his hard earned money creating tracks for Pitbull and Chris Brown and managing his own label, Wall Recordings. In February, he bought himself a shiny Ferrari 458, wrecked it less than an hour later, and then did the obvious thing any DJ earning $18 million a year would do: buy a new $250,000 sports car the very next day.
6. Avicii: $20 Million Per Year
As the sixth highest earning DJ, 23-year-old Avicii is living a dream we're pretty sure he'd never wanna wake up from.
5. Deadmau5: $21 Million Per Year
Aw, poor little Deadmau5. He and his on-again-off-again girl Kat Von D officially called it quits this year. That's okay... we're pretty sure the $21 million he earned charging $200,000 a night at Hakkasan and other bashes, managing Mau5trap, and selling mouse ears is more than enough to comfort him.
4. Swedish House Mafia: $25 Million Per Year
Swedish House Mafia may be a thing of the past, but that didn't stop the EDM mafiosos Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, and Steve Angello, from ranking among the top five filthy rich uhntz-uhntz bastards.
3. David Guetta: $30 Million Per Year
At 45, Frenchie David Guetta is a veteran in the fist-pumping biz. Within the last year, Monsieur Guetta played over 120 live shows and crossed over to pop life collaborating with superstars the Black Eyed Peas and Usher. Maybe his suave hair and French charm have something to do with those $30 mil he's managed to bank.
2. Tiësto: $32 Million Per Year
Tiësto may have been ousted from the top by a Scot, but according to Forbes, "he's earning more than ever." Hell, $32 million is way more than most of us will ever see in a lifetime.
1. Calvin Harris: $46 Million Per Year
"The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years and I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Calvin Harris told Forbes. "I made that decision completely by accident." Accident? When you're the face of EDM and cashing in more than Jay Z and Katy Perry, earning $46 million is no accident. Especially when you work as hard as this top honcho who spends most of his time on the road taking home, say $300,000 a night. Not bad for a day's work.
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