For the 4th year in a row, Scotland’s biggest dance export Calvin Harris is once again the world’s highest earning EDM artists, pulling in $63 million pretax, according to Forbes magazine’s list for the top ten highest earning DJs of 2016.
Coming in second as a list mainstay is Dutch Dj Tiësto, who made only half of what Calvin Harris earned with $38 million, followed by French DJ David Guetta with $28 million. Rounding out the top five is ZEDD (number 4), who drew in $28 million and Steve Aoki (number 5) with $23.5 million in earnings.
Collectively, dance music’s top earners raked in a whopping $270.5 million (down 1% from a year ago) – thanks to their music, gigs and lucrative brand endorsements.
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World's highest earning DJs of 2016
|1||Calvin Harris||$63 million||@CalvinHarris|
|3||David Guetta||$28 million||@davidguetta|
|5||Steve Aoki||$23.5 million||@steveaoki|
|9||Martin Garrix||$16 million||@MartinGarrix|
|10||Dimitri Vegas||$15.5 million||@dimitrivegas|
|10||Like Mike||$15.5 million||@likemike|