Calvin Harris earned more in 2014 than Hollywood’s top paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence. Is a testament to the growth of EDM or are female entertainers still underpaid relative to their male counterparts?
A few days ago, Forbes magazine released their annual “World’s Highest Paid DJs” or “Electronic Cash Kings” list and we’re sure you could guess who were named at the top of the list.
1. Calvin Harris ($66 million)
2. David Guetta ($37 million)
3. Tiësto ($36 million)
4. Skrillex ($24 million) AND Steve Aoki ($24 million) TIED
6. Avicii ($19 million)
7. Kaskade ($18 million)
8. Martin Garrix ($17 million)
8 (tied). Zedd ($17 million)
10. Afrojack ($16 million)
11. Deadmau5 ($15 million) AND Diplo ($15 million) TIED
According to Forbes, the DJs’ earnings are estimated by calculating income from endorsements, live shows, music sales, merch sales, and external business ventures. It should come as little surprise to anyone that Calvin Harris has topped Forbes’ annual, hauling in an estimated $66 million (before taxes) between June 2014 to June 2015.
Harris’ salary in last year has greatly surpassed that of the Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence. In Forbes’ report “The World’s Highest Paid Actresses,” Jennifer is listed at the very top, bringing in $52 million before taxes prompting some to wonder if there is still a gender gap in the earning power versus their male counterparts.
This was highlighted after the Sony hack when it came to light that Lawrence, despite being at the top of women earners in Hollywood, was paid less than her male counter parts on American Hustle.
Either way, Calvin Harris’ success is just another example of how electronic dance music has exploded in the last few years. Part of his large success stems from the fact that he can produce top 40 hits that play on the radio. Some artists make most of the income from touring, but Harris makes the majority of his money from selling 25 million singles, sales, radio royalties, and a publishing deal with Sony. He has worked with Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, and Rihanna.
He was the mastermind behind the smash hits “We Found Love” with Rihanna, “I Need Your Love” with Ellie Goulding, and “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch. Clearly he’s doing something right, financially speaking! While it would be easy to become pompous and big-headed about his fame and success, Calvin merely chalks it up to circumstance.
He told Forbes that, “The rise of dance music has been astronomical… I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
You can say that again!