Forbes has published the 2016 installment of their "Electronic Cash Kings" list, which annually ranks the top ten highest-grossing electronic music DJs in order of earnings. While only minor upsets affected the list of artists itself, the total earnings of the top ten listed were less than that of artists of the previous year.
The list was unsurprisingly topped by Calvin Harris for the fourth consecutive year at $63 million, with Tiësto and David Guetta following behind at $38 million and $28 million, respectively. Zedd returned to the list at #4 with reported earnings of $24.5 million after finding himself absent last year, and Diplo climbed to #6 at 23 million after tying with deadmau5 for #12 at $15 million in 2015.
In total, the 10 electronic music artists listed brought in $270.5 million - a 1% drop from last year's figure. While the decrease isn't enough to foretell an EDM end of times, it does mark the first time in the five-year history of the "Electronic Cash Kings" series that the number hasn't grown from one year to the next.
More importantly, some maintain that a much sharper downward trend has affected has affected the earnings of artists at more modest levels of success than those vying for coveted spots on Forbes' list. “The bubble has already burst in America,” EDM superstar Steve Aoki told the publication. “You can see it in Vegas’ DJ landscape.”
The full list of electronic music artists that placed on Forbes' "Electronic Cash Kings 2016" list is below, and you can read the article in its entirety here.
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