Calvin Harris and Avicii find themselves in great company landing on Forbe’s Most Powerful Celebrities List. Coupled with the likes of Beyonce, Ellen, Dr. Dre and Oprah, Avicii comes in at #47 with Calvin Harris falling right behind Yeezus himself at #21. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and rehash how these two came to their respective EDM thrones…
Not long ago, Calvin Harris was bagging groceries. Now, he’s one of the world’s top earning DJs – and the world’s most powerful DJ according to Forbes. But we can’t say he didn’t work for that title. Harris had over 125 gigs in a 365 day period. He also found time to write major radio hits for Rihanna, Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding. And, let’s not forget that one song you can’t go anywhere in the summer of 2014 without hearing – “Summer.” All this – and he’s in the middle of a multi-year deal with Hakkasan Las Vegas.
Avicii also had a killer year making over six figures per gig. Forbes logged over 80 gigs in the 365 day period. Then there’s that smash hit “Wake Me Up,” which became the first electronic single to sell over 4 million units in the United States.
Forbes doesn’t define power as just wealth. Social buzz was a big driver for these two EDM powerhouses to land the spots they did on the list. Avicii was #19 of overall social mentions (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), followed closely by Harris at #26 of overall social mentions.
Want to know how these guys spend their millions? Real estate.
Calvin Harris dropped $7 million on a 4,000 square foot Hollywood Hills mansion. It has 4 bedrooms, 7 baths, top-of-the-line everything, infinity edge pool, chef's kitchen, home theater, built-in fire pit lounge, floor-to-ceiling windows, plus panoramic L.A. views. Plenty of room to count his millions…
What about Avicii? He opted for a $15.5 million mansion, also in the Hollywood Hills. The home was designed for a seamless experience between indoor and outdoor living. Most of its five bedrooms have glass walls that can open to the air.
And remember ladies, Calvin Harris is single. It can be lonely at the top.