The Electronic Cash Kings of 2016 have been revealed, with some noticeable changes from 2015’s list. Calvin Harris tops the list for his fourth consecutive year, pulling in $63 million – a $3 million dip since last year, but still $25 million over Dutch legend Tiësto, who jumped to second place this year over David Guetta with $38 million in earnings.
The French icon earned $28 million to position himself in third place, with ZEDD’s income placing him up four ranks to 4th place at $24.5 million. The rise likely had something to do with the young DJ’s recent celebrity collaborations with pop stars Selena Gomez and Ke$ha, in addition to sponsorship deals.
Surprisingly, Diplo and Skrillex found themselves in the lower half of the earnings list despite several multi-platinum records and awards, taking 6th & 7th place respectively. Skrillex had populated number 4 spot last year, while Diplo experienced a jump up from 9th place. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike round out the top 10, while Avicii for the first time in quite awhile failed to make the list with a 12th place income of $14.5 million.
Another interesting observation about this year’s Electronic Cash Kings is a slight indication of the EDM bubble beginning to burst. In addition to Calvin Harris’ income dipping, the top 10 as a whole netted 1% less in earnings than the year prior, the first time since 2012 that the list had seen a decrease of this nature.
The Top 10 Cash Kings in Full:
1. Calvin Harris, $63 million
2. Tiësto, $38 million
3. David Guetta, $28 million
4. ZEDD, $24.5 million
5. Steve Aoki, $23.5 million
6. Diplo, $23 million
7. Skrillex, $20 million
8. Kaskade, $19 million
9. Martin Garrix, $16 million
10. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, $15.5 million
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