13 Richest DJs of 2013

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Calvin Harris via facebook.com/calvinharris
Having earned $46 million, Calvin Harris must bathe in dolla bills.

Say what you wanna say ... But the truth is there's no escaping the uhntz-uhntz of Calvin Harris and the ilk.

Within the last year alone, the blond-haired, bright-eyed Scottish EDM master made it to the Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 with his hit "Feel So Close," signed a 20-month residency with the über-exclusive Hakkasan Las Vegas, and topped Michael Jackson by becoming the first artist to have nine Top Ten singles in the U.K. from one studio album, 18 Months.

And when he's not Instagramming "huge moments" like seeing a green cone for the first time, he's topping Forbes' list of the world's Electronic Cash Kings with a hefty haul of $46 million ... Not too shabby for someone who claims his career was an accident.

Other hard-hitters to make wads of money from show earnings, endorsement deals, merch and music sales, and other business ventures were Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, and Avicii. But how Diplo and the perpetually fist-pumping DJ Pauly D came in tied, is beyond us.

Check the cut for the richest DJs of 2013.

See also:
-The 15 Richest Musicians: From Jay-Z to Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Dr. Dre
-Ten Richest DJs: From Pauly D to Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and Tiesto

12. Diplo: $13 Million Per Year (Tie)
Diplo isn't afraid to "Express Himself" and his Major Lazer dancehall ways. Maybe that's why he earned $13 mil.

12. DJ Pauly D: $13 Million Per Year (Tie)
To some of the DJs on this list (ahem, Deadmau5), the talent of GTL obsessed DJ Pauly D is debatable. That doesn't take away from the fact that he's one of the richest DJs on Planet Earth... for the second year in a row.

The Guido put on over 90 fist-pumping shows over the last year and is still collecting Benjamin's from The Jersey Shore. Paul DelVecchio's even started his own Dirty Couture and REMIX vodka line, and signed deals with 50 Cent's SK Energy and SMS Audio. Alright so maybe his talent doesn't have everything to do with his ranking, but hey, the club rat can make it rain.



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12 comments
Andy Torres
Andy Torres

Hopefully these posts are hitting some people. I never would have gone beyond the Facebook posts, which are 90% negative or trivial, just on the off-chance there was something local buried somewhere. Social Media 101, FYI. Keep up the good reporting on local artists, maybe those can make it to Facebook sometime, too!

Crossfade
Crossfade

Whether EDM or Latin or rock or a combo, it's part of the mix. Just gotta read beyond the Facebook posts.

Crossfade
Crossfade

Well, Andy Torres and Andrew J. Herrero ... Guess you guys are just missing all the local and touring interviews we do all the time. Like ...

Andy Torres
Andy Torres

I agree with Andrew, I rarely if ever see any article about any local DJs busting their ass right here in South Florida. Only satire and cynical posts about how Tiesto sucks and how well-endowed Daft Punk is. I understand it's journalism in the end and what sells is stories like this, it sounds spectacular to think of these DJs in private jets. But that's less than 1% of an amazing "industry"

Jared Cole
Jared Cole

I'm in the 13th brokest djs list! #2! Some guy in somolia is #1 ...haha

Andrew J. Herrero
Andrew J. Herrero

Then I guess these artists should start replacing their albums covers with their bank statements..

Crossfade
Crossfade

The music, the money ... It all matters, Andrew J. Herrero. There's a reason why they call it an "industry."

Andrew J. Herrero
Andrew J. Herrero

Why does that matter exactly? Just not seeing how this pertains to the music these guys play or what this bears any kind of musical importance? Honestly Cross Fade, we need to talk. I used to love reading articles from you guys and even respected the coverage you guys give, but stories like this just make me want to ignore you all that much more every single damn time. Seriously, cut this shit out. It's not good for anyone. It;s not good for you guys to write about, it's not healthy for anyone to read, and lastly, it;s just damn lazy on your parts as music journalist. Seriously, stfu already.

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