Highest paid DJs from 2012 have been revealed once again this week from Forbes, who recently released their yearly ranking of the best-paid DJs across the globe, the Inquisitr reported this Friday, Aug. 16. Although the top 10 are all still paid in the millions, the rankings do leave a major discrepancy from the top-paid DJs to even that of number 12, the well-known Pauly D. At number one? Calvin Harris, who earned over $46M in the past year alone.
The highest paid DJs may shock listeners with just how much these DJs make annually, and to put it bluntly, these disc jockeys make bank. A total amount of their sums include overall income from overall sales, production deals and expanses, featured endorsements, and mainly song royalties. The most shocking fact about DJ Calvin Harris being at the top of the highest paid DJs list this year may be the fact that the 29-year-old music recorder wasn’t even in the rankings last year.
DJ Tiesto was at number one last year, and this year he placed in second, showing a major discrepancy in just the first two spots, from Harris’ $46 million to Tiesto’s $32 million. Still, Tiesto went up a whole $22 million from his total earnings just the year prior. It’s hard to believe that these talented stars, for all their popularity, are making so much money, but there are several others that also make the impressive list.
The following list rankings for the highest paid DJs are for well-known and popular disc jockeys, many of whom have songs often on the radio. DJ David Guetta clocked in at number three at $30 million, while fourth place was Swedish House Mafia, making a cool $25 million.
It was Deadma5 at number five, Swedish DJ Avicii at number six, followed by Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, and finally Skrillex and Kaskade, dropping down to a “lower” 16M. DJ Pauly D. clocked in at number 12, making $13 milion.
The highest paid DJs may top this 2013 with Calvin Harris in front, yet with the changing rates and high pay discrepancy, who knows who will be making the top-paying music next year? What’s your take on the rankings from Forbes and these talented music manipulators making so much money?