Forbes Magazine has released it’s annual list of Highest Paid DJs and it’s looking like an “out with the old, in with the new” kind of year for 2019. This year marks the first year Calvin Harris hasn’t graced the number one spot since 2012. He’s been unseated by the “Glow” collaborators, the 2016 track which featured Rihanna.

The Chainsmokers and marshmello reportedly earned $46 million and $40 million respectively thus far in 2019, with Harris trailing not far behind at $38.5 million.

Diplo is back in the top five after being shut out by Zedd last year, while Tiësto falls to No. 6 and Steve Aoki falls to the No. 5 spot. Rising in the ranks is Martin Garrix who claims the No. 7 spot with a $6 million pay increase, with David Guetta and Zedd trailing behind at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Rounding out the top ten, Armin van Buuren returns to the list for the first time since 2013, the same year that Harris first reached No. 1.

Skrillex also makes his way back on the list after making his triumphant return to releasing and touring this past year. DJ Snake, DJ Pauly D, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike all tie for No. 15 with cool $11.5 million in earnings for 2019.

View last year’s numbers here.

Forbes Highest Paid DJs of 2019

  1. The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
  2. Marshmello ($40 million)
  3. Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
  4. Steve Aoki ($30 million)
  5. Diplo ($25 million)
  6. Tiësto ($24 million)
  7. Martin Garrix ($19 million)
  8. David Guetta ($18 million)
  9. Zedd ($17 million)
  10. Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
  11. Kaskade ($14 million)
  12. Skrillex ($13 million)
  13. Alesso ($12.5 million)
  14. Afrojack ($12 million)
  15. DJ Snake ($11.5 million, tie)
  16. DJ Pauly D ($11.5 million, tie)
  17. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million, tie)

Via: Forbes. Photo: Rukes. 

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Written by Ryan Morse

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