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See What DJs Are The Highest-Paid EDM Acts In The World

FORBES just released its annual list of the world's highest paid DJs. The EDM acts that made the 2015 Electronic Cash King list raked in staggering earnings over the last twelve months proving just how big EDM has grown and the fact that it's not slowing down any time soon.

The world's highest paying DJ tied his own record for annual earnings by a DJ, which he set last year. This EDM artist also released an album that flew to the top of the Dance charts and started dating pop princess Taylor Swift. Yep, the Cash King of 2015 is none other than "Sweet Nothing" producer Calvin Harris.

The Scottish DJ made a jaw-dropping $66 million over the past twelve months, making Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift music's most powerful couple replacing Jay Z and Beyonce.

“The rise of dance music has been astronomical … I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

See who else made the 2015 Electronic Cash King list below and their total earnings over the past year.

Coming in second is "Hey Mama" producer David Guetta, who earned a whopping $37 million. The French DJ veteran has crossed over to the pop mainstream world with collaborations like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears as he continues to find success worldwide. On top of his weekly residency in Ibiza, Guetta played 30 gig in Las Vegas last year and topped some of music's most impressive lineups including Coachella.

Tiësto comes in at the number three spot with an annual earning of $36 million. This Dutch DJ has yet to pass his prime even after over two decades in the biz. The hard-working DJ played over 100 shows in the last year while also endorsing brands like 7 Up and Guess.

Tying the number four slot with earnings of $24 million are Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites producer Skrillex and cake-throwing, champagne-spraying DJ Steve Aoki. This makes these two the highest-paid American DJs on the list.

“At the end of the day,” Aoki told FORBES, “I want to have as much flexibility as possible on the economic side… When we think about how to maintain and sustain the culture, we ultimately make more money.”

With an annual earning of $19 million, Avicii comes in at number six on the list followed by Chicago producer Kaskade who made $18 million. In another tie, Martin Garrix and Zedd are holding down the number eight slot with a pretty paycheck of $17 million. Afrojack comes in at number ten with $16 million in earnings only to be followed by another tie between deadmau5 and Diplo who each made $15 million.

The EDM acts that were close but didn't quite make the cut with their measly multi-millions include Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Steve Angello, Axwell, DJ Snake, Sebastian Ingrosso and Krewella.

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Jamie Lamberski Senior Editor

I'm a storyteller at heart, and music makes my world go round.

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