Saturday, August 17, 2013

Calvin Harris Is the Highest-Paid DJ in the World

DJ Calvin Harris performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Credit: ZIMBIO.

Calvin Harris spent the past year spinning his way to becoming the highest-paid DJ in the world, according to Forbes' latest rankings. The other spots in the top 12 belong to the likes of Deamau5, Skrillex, David Guetta and -- yes -- "Jersey Shore" alum Pauly D.

Anyone who thought DJing wasn't a lucrative art form should reconsider, as Harris tops the list with a $46 million salary -- placing his earnings ahead of those of Jay Z, Katy Perry and Beyonce (data for the latter artists is from Forbes' 2012 list; they may have grossed more this year). The 29-year-old spinmeister and producer has released three of his own albums, one of which debuted during the qualifying period for this Forbes roundup, and has recently worked with Rihanna, Ne-Yo and Florence Welch. Harris didn't earn a spot on 2012's highest-paid list, but he now dethrones previous champ Tiesto, whose $22 million intake last year rose to $32 million this year.

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