Harris is top paid DJ

NEW YORK •Scotland's Calvin Harris on Monday topped a Forbes list of the world's highest paid DJs, earning an estimated US$66 million (S$93.7 million) in an annual payday that surpassed Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence and reflected the explosion of electronic dance music (EDM).

Harris, 31, a record producer who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and Ne-Yo, saw his 2014 album Motion debut at the top of the United States dance charts.

He is also the face of Giorgio Armani's underwear, eyewear and watch lines, and is dating pop star Taylor Swift.

His estimated haul of US$66 million from his music work and endorsements earned him more money than Oscar-winning actress Lawrence, who last week topped Forbes' list of the world's highest paid actresses with US$52 million.

"The rise of dance music has been astronomical... I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Harris told Forbes.

He was followed by French DJ David Guetta (US$37 million), who plays in Las Vegas and Ibiza and was one of the headliners at this year's Coachella Festival in southern California. Dutch DJ Tiesto came in third with US$36 million, while Americans Skrillex and Steve Aoki rounded out the Top 5, tying with US$24 million apiece. Forbes estimated earnings from music, endorsements and other fields for the 12 months ending June 1 this year to compile the list.

EDM has been one of the fastest- growing genres in music and was showcased at the 2012 Grammy Awards when it was given its own stage.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2015, with the headline 'Harris is top paid DJ'. Print Edition | Subscribe