They spin music and they’re rolling in the dough to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars a night –sometimes even more. A new crop of celebrity DJs is making so much money they now have their own Forbes list.
Zack O’Malley Greenburg, a senior editor at Forbes who compiled the list, says all the money is coming from clubs and festivals where the DJs play in front of tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people in a given weekend.
Calvin Harris topped the Electronic Cash Kings list for 2014, with a whopping $66 million, up from $46 million in 2013. Harris earned more this year than Jay-Z, Toby Keith, and every single actor in Hollywood except for Robert Downey Jr. O’Malley Greenburg says Harris made all that money writing songs, producing for stars like Rihanna, and playing club gigs in Las Vegas.
Former Parisian club manager David Guetta took the second spot with $30 million.
Dutch DJ Tiesto and Swedish DJ Avicii tied for third with $28 million each.
The only American in the top five is Steve Aoki, who made $23 million playing gigs and through endorsements with big brands like Scion.
The biggest cash cow? Those Vegas clubs. A few big ones like Hakkasan at the MGM Grand and XS at Wynn fight over the top DJs, paying them big money to draw wealthy young partygoers to their hotels and casinos.
And don’t forget about reality stars DJ Pauly D and Paris Hilton who are both DJs now. They didn’t make Forbes’ list but they’re still making decent money working the clubs. Last year, Pauly D made close to $10 million. Both Pauly D and Hilton are frequently at the Pool After Dark at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Hilton is there next Saturday, October 11. (Fox 5 Business)
Buzz Track: Broken Hearts
18 year old Savannah Stewart is new on the scene. Her debut EP was recorded with Zodlounge (April Kry) and our favorite song is Broken Hearts. Her songs cover topics such as love, pain, fear, anger, confusion, persevering, and healing and she is a cross between pop and country, think Miranda Lambert. You can find Savannah gigging around venues in Atlanta.
Buzz Track: Strong
Aaron is a London based singer-songwriter. She writes classic pop songs with an alternative electronic sound, wherein synth-pop meets eighties R&B, with lyrical prowess and an honesty and emotion that wants to move you. Having spent the last year writing for artists such as Ed Thomas, Arlissa and Dante , she is now focusing on her own sound and style. Honing her craft and working with the likes of Corey Chorus (Rihanna) and MNEK (Duke Dumont) on forthcoming material. Aaron has also worked with MNEK (Kylie Minogue, Little Mix, The Saturdays) and Ed Thomas.
“All About The Bass”
“Shake It Off”
“Something In The Water”
“Habits (Stay High)”
“Steal My Girl”
Buzz Track: Gold
Kings favorite Addison Scott who we named a top 8 emerging artist and who is signed to Secret Road Publishing just released a new single titled Gold. Taking cues from Bruno Mars and Capital Cities, he captures infectious grooves combining funk with contemporary pop. The first song that Addison released which caught our ear, can be heard here.