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It pays to be an EDM DJ.

Forbes released its annual highest paid DJ list, and all we’re going to say is…Taylor Swift is a lucky girl.

What does a highest paid DJ list have to do with Taylor Swift? Well, her UK bae Calvin Harris tops the list after he netted $66 million last year. Not only did Calvin score a seven figure deal with Giorgio Armani, but he also had a number one dance album and scored a huge Las Vegas residency.

Although EDM DJs continue to rack up on the electronic dance craze, the cash flow in the business is slowing down considerably. According to Forbes, between the years 2012 and 2013, DJs saw a 108 percent increase in cash flow. Last year, on the other hand, was a very different story. Between 2014 and 2015, DJs only saw a 2.5 percent increase in their salaries.

Check out the full list below.

Forbes – Highest Paid DJs 

1. Calvin Harris (Scotland) – $66 million

2. David Guetta (France) – $37 million

3. Tiësto (Netherlands) — $36 million

4 & 5. Skrillex & Steve Aoki (U.S.A.) — $24 million

6. Avicii (Sweden) — $19 million

7. Kaskade (U.S.A.) — $18 million

8 & 9. Martin Garrix (Netherlands) & Zedd (Russia/Germany) — $17 million

10. Afrojack (Netherlands) — $16 million

11 & 12. Deadmau5 (Canada) & Diplo (U.S.A.) — $15 million


Bank Rolls & Fist Pumps: Forbes Ranks The Highest Paid DJs  was originally published on