Ok, here it is- the Forbes' Highest Paid DJs Of 2014. Not too much of change this year, meaning the haul those at the top pull in is still pretty staggering. Calvin Harris, lasts year's number one saw his "salary" go up by a cool $20 mil.
According to Forbes, here is the criteria to make the cut:
“Our estimates for the Electronic Cash Kings list include earnings from live shows, merchandise sales, endorsements, recorded music sales and external business ventures. Sources include Songkick, Pollstar, RIAA, managers, promoters, lawyers and some of the artists themselves. Earnings totals were calculated for the 12-month period from June 1, 2013 to June 1, 2014.”
Without further ado, here are the Forbes Highest Paid DJs of 2014.
01. Calvin Harris – $66 million
02. David Guetta – $30 million
3 & 4. Avicii And Tiësto Tied - $28 million
05. Steve Aoki – $23 million
06. Afrojack – $22 million
07. Zedd – $21 million
08. Kaskade – $17 million
09. Skrillex – $16.5 million
10. Deadmau5 – $16 million
11. Hardwell – $13 million
12 & 13. Armin van Buuren and Steve Angello Tied - $12 million
If you're looking to make the cut, Forbes also gives us an idea of how the minor leagues are looking, summing them up like this:
Angello’s former colleagues Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell are among this year’s near misses. Both of them earned somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million, as did DJ Pauly D, Diplo, Paul Oakenfold, and Daft Punk. The latter came within a disc’s breadth of making the list thanks to album Random Access Memories, and certainly would have made it if they’d played even a handful of live gigs.
As far as who's not on the list? Well it looks like DJ Paris Hilton is missing, even though she's said repeated times she's one of the top 5 highest paid. Scary enough though, if she's able to sustain the rate from her residency at Amnesia and transfer it to other bookings she could be in the running.