It’s been a year to remember for Calvin Harris. Over the past twelve months, the Scottish DJ earned $66 million, dropped an album that rocketed to the top of the U.S. dance charts and started dating Taylor Swift, in the process dethroning Jay Z and Beyoncé as music’s top-earning couple.
The fact that he’s the world’s top-earning EDM act—tying the record for annual earnings by a DJ, which he set last year—is almost a footnote. Harris HRS is once again the top name on our Electronic Cash Kings list, nearly doubling the total of second-ranked David Guetta, who pulled in $37 million. Not bad for a guy who’s roughly a decade removed from being a supermarket stockboy in a remote town in Scotland.
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