Forbes has released this year’s highest-paid DJs list, and The Chainsmokers top the rankings earning a staggering $46 million (AED 168.9m).
The Chainsmokers highest-paid DJs2019’s
Thanks to a residency at Wynn Nightlife’s XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas, a six-figure paycheck at festivals and gigs, alongside appearances, endorsements and revenue from recorded music sales, The Chainsmokers have claimed the top spot as this year’s highest-paid DJ rankings.
Calvin Harris held the record for six consecutive years
Electronic music’s megastar DJ and producer, Calvin Harris was the world’s highest-paid DJ for six years, from 2013-18. However, this year, he didn’t fall just one, but two spots to number three, earning $38.5 million (AED 141.4m). Marshmello ranks second, earning $40 million (AED 146.9m).
Steve Aoki the “hardest working” DJs
Having played over 200 shows, averaging a six-figure range and endorsing brands from Diesel to Samsung, Forbes claims Steve Aoki is the busiest DJ this year. His earnings are estimated at $30 million (AED 110.1m), ranking fourth on the list.
Here’s the top 15 ranking:
1. The Chainsmokers: $46 million (AED 168.9m)
2. Marshmello: $40 million (AED 146.9m)
3. Calvin Harris: $38.5 million (AED 141.1m)
4. Steve Aoki: $30 million (AED110.1m)
5. Diplo: $25 million (AED91.8m)
6. Tiësto: $24 million (AED88.1m)
7. Martin Garrix: $19 million (AED69.7m)
8. David Guetta: $18 million (AED66.1m)
9. Zedd: $17 million (AED62.4m)
10. Armin van Buuren: $15 million (AED55m)
11. Kaskade: $14 million (AED51.4m)
12. Skrillex: $13 million (AED47.7m)
13. Alesso: $12.5 million (AED45.9m)
14. Afrojack: $12 million (AED44m)
15. DJ Snake, Pauly D and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike: $11.5 million (AED42.2m)