Recently, Forbes Magazine revealed the highest paid DJs of 2018. Many of the DJs on the list are known to be some of the greatest DJs of the decade. Their hard work has surely allowed them to reach their full potential, as well as building up a large profit. Without their work, dance music wouldn't be what it is today.
The first Dj that was announced to be the highest paid DJ in the world, as of today, is huge hitmaker, Zedd. After recently releasing his new single, “Happy Now,” Forbes magazine revealed that he has made over $100 million, and $22 million in the past year alone. It is no surprise that this DJ is making the most out of every other DJ in the world. After releasing an all-time favorite single, “The Middle,” he's sure to have made a large profit on that track alone. You wouldn't even be able to imagine that this star was once paid only $3.5 million dollars annually for his previous works and performances. He is surely deserving of this great profit for being such a talented music creator. His hard work has surely paid off in the end.
Next on the list is music dance-pop star, Calvin Harris. He is known for creating hit singles such as “This is What You Came For” and “We Found Love” that both feature Rihanna. For his Vegas shows alone, he makes about six figures easily; for his festival performances, he makes about seven figures. If you add them up together you can imagine what a large amount of money that can be. Behind him is DJ duo, “The Chainsmokers.” It is no surprise that these two artists are on this special list. Since their smash hit “Closer,” these boys have been making their way up to the top ever since it's initial release. According to Forbes, the boys make about $45.5 million for their work and performances annually.
Tiesto, Steve Aoki, and Marshmello appear next on the list. Tiesto makes about $33 million. He recently released his new single “Jackie Chan,” that features popular singer, Post Malone. The track has taken over most radio stations and has surely become a popular favorite. Steve Aoki makes $28 million for performing hundreds of shows that importantly consist of him caking fans. This artist is known for losing lots of sleep but freely reveals that it is worth it to entertain all his fans. Marshmello is definitely a popular mainstream act that everyone adores. The man behind the mask is making more of a profit than anyone without a mask. After releasing his popular single “Alone,” Marshmello has been gliding through the world's music charts ever since, making a smashing $23 million annually.
DJs David Guetta and Martin Garrix end the list of the Highest paid DJs. Longtime producer David Guetta has been making waves since 1984. He's been a big part of the dance-pop music scene with singles such as “2U” featuring Justin Beiber and “Titanium” featuring Sia. He makes about $15 million dollars for his released tracks and performances. Martin Garrix officially finishes the list with $13 million dollars. His track “Animals” initially brought him into the dance music stardom. He has now released many beloved singles such as “In the Name of Love” featuring Bebe Rexha and, recently, “Ocean” featuring Khalid.
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