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DJ Income: Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, Tiesto Top Forbes 2018 Highest Paid DJ List

Calvin topped the DJ income list for the sixth straight year.
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The gap at the top of the DJ world in terms of earnings is still quite large. Forbes has released its list of top earning DJs and not surprisingly Calvin Harris tops the list for a SIXTH straight year, followed by The Chainsmokers and Tiësto

Calvin brought in $48 million over the scoring period. The Chainsmokers are only $3 million behind. Both acts actually sell records and get streaming money, in addition to holding expensive Vegas residencies. 

Many of the others also have big money Las Vegas residencies and pull in big fees for their headlining festival gigs. It is almost surprising to see DJ Snake so low given how many festival gigs he has, his music is heavily streamed and he has a Vegas residency.

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Other names on the list include Diplo at $20 million, Kaskade at $13.5 million and Afrojack rounding out the top 15 with $10 million. Steve Aoki continues his madman touring schedule and is rewarded with $28 million.  See the full list here. I wonder how Diplo feels about being just behind Zedd.


15. Afrojack

$10 million

14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

$10.5 million

13. DJ Snake

$11 million

12. Kygo

$11.5 million

11. Axwell & Ingrosso

$12 million

10. Martin Garrix

$13 million

9. Kaskade

$13.5 million

8. David Guetta

$15 million

7. Diplo

$20 million

6. Zedd

$22 million

5. Marshmello

$23 million

4. Steve Aoki

$28 million

3. Tiesto

$33 million

2. The Chainsmokers

$45.5 million

1. Calvin Harris

$48 million

15. Afrojack ($10 million)
14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($10.5 million)
13. DJ Snake ($11 million)
12. Kygo ($11.5 million)
11. Axwell & Ingrosso ($12 million)
10. Martin Garrix ($13 million)
9. Kaskade ($13.5 million)
8. David Guetta ($15 million)
7. Diplo ($20 million)
6. Zedd ($22 million)
5. Marshmello ($23 million)
4. Steve Aoki ($28 million)
3. Tiesto ($33 million)
2. The Chainsmokers ($45.5 million)
1. Calvin Harris ($48 million)

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