Marshmello dons the cover of Forbes ’30 Under 30′ issue

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Just three years ago, Marshmello was dropping his first original tracks on SoundCloud. Today, he adorns the cover of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 issue. Ornamented and clad in a white suit, his $55,000 helmet smilies with ambiguous benevolence.

The smile is well-earned. Over the past two years, that head raked in $44 million. Marshmello now has a six-figure performance fee, a lucrative top YouTube channel, several top-chart singles with some of the biggest labels biggest stars – though, he is yet to sign with any of the industry goliaths. According to Forbes, his manager Moe Shalizi says the 26-year-old is due to make $50 million in the upcoming year.

Marshmello’s success is a candid indication of the power of branding. The mystic of the anonymity his helmet has generated paired with his natural gift of creating songs that surpass genre allow Marshmello to appeal to a pop audience on a global scale. His momentum is unprecedented, and still, the public doesn’t know the man’s face. What they see in his air-conditioned helmet is altruism; permission to have fun, the opportunity to listen, and to dance.

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It’s official: Calvin Harris is richer than Drake & Paul McCartney

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It’s common knowledge by now that EDM can be a lucrative field for certain artists, with high earners like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and The Chainsmokers successfully making a crossover into the mainstream and earning tens of millions in the process. Calvin Harris, who’s forged countless number one hits to date and captured the hearts of millions through both his beats and his body (through high fashion campaigns), has dominated the DJ high-earner list for years now, and he’s just unlocked a brand new achievement: cracking the top 50 highest-paid celebrity lists.

In fact, Calvin Harris has raked in more cash thus far for the year of 2018 than “God’s Plan” rapper and Degrassi star, Drake. with an income of $48 million. Drake, and Paul McCartney — who rests at the 51st spot — have both brought in around a million less than Harris. Still, just over a third of the year remains, which could mean that Drake could end up with more by winter’s end.

Harris’ breaking of the top 50 highest-paid celebrities comes as little surprise. Recently, a report came out which discovered that the Scottish superstar more or less earns an average person’s wage in mere hours.


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Report: Calvin Harris earns an average job’s annual salary in as little as three hours

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Forbes2017 report outlined the world’s 100 top-grossing celebrities, who collectively raked in $5.15 billion. Although various artists appeared at the very top of the list—Diddy notably occupied the #1 slot with $130 million—electronic artists too enjoyed representation on the list of the highest-paid personalities, with Calvin Harris then emerging as the highest earning DJ, boasting an income of $48.5 million. Tiësto and The Chainsmokers followed Harris with $39 million and $38 million, respectively.

In January 2018, Oxfam International released its annual inequality report, indicating that “In the US, it takes slightly over one working day for a CEO to earn what an ordinary worker makes in a year.” This claim would be the impetus for Magnetic Magazine to examine the income differentials between the world’s “top musicians and ordinary job workers.”

Magnetic enumerated the median annual salaries of five common jobs: truck drivers ($41,340/yr), elementary school teachers ($59,020/yr), registered nurses ($68,450/yr), real estate brokers ($79,340/yr), and software developers ($100,080/yr). Magnetic set out to determine “how long it would take the world’s best-paid musicians to earn annual salaries in these jobs,” and the mag’s findings, reflected in Magnetic’s infographic, prove astonishing.

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It would take Harris a little over seven hours to accumulate what a truck driver makes in a year, slightly over ten-hours to collect a teacher’s yearly salary, and just over 12 hours to match the yearly pay of a registered nurse.

Tiësto would garner a truck driver’s yearly salary in nine hours and 17 minutes, a teacher’s in 13 hours and 15 minutes, and a nurses’s in 15 hours and 22 minutes. Hardly far behind, The Chainsmokers would follow suit in nine hours and 32 minutes, 13 hours and 36 minutes, and 15 hours and 48 minutes, when it came to earning the equivalent of a truck driver, teacher, and nurse’s salary, individually, leaving presumably all readers of Magnetic’s report with one question: is it too late to learn how to DJ?

H/T: Magnetic Magazine

Hate all you want, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki & co are drowning in cash

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Forbes has just released their annual list of the top 10 highest paid DJs in the world. It comes as no surprise that  Calvin Harris has retained his top spot once again with his Vegas residency, numerous headlining slots at festivals, and countless hits, including his most recent effort: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. The two artists who are new to the list are The Chainsmokers, who have risen to number three and Marshmello, who sits at number eight.

The Chainsmokers have had one hell of a ride with their hit single, “Closer” officially in the top 40 charts for a full year and their debut album, Memories…Do Not Open, landing the #1 spot on Billboard’s top 200 chart.

Many are more surprised about Marshmello’s spot on the list, however, the masked star’s YouTube channel has over 5 million subscribers as of mid-2017, and has accumulated over 700 million views so far. It is able to get an average of 2.4 million views per day from different sources.

This generates an estimated revenue of around $4,400 per day ($1.6 million per year) from the ads that appear on the videos. Marshmello makes most of his income through performing in front of crowds, selling music and from music royalties which earn him $2 – $10 million per year.

See the full list below.

10. Zedd (19 million)

9. Martin Garrix (19.5 million)

8. Marshmello (21 million)

7. David Guetta (25 million)

6. Diplo (28.5 million)

5. Steve Aoki (29 million)

4. Skrillex (30 million)

3. The Chainsmokers (38 million)

2. Tiesto (39 million)

1. Calvin Harris (48.5 million)


H/T: Magnetic

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Calvin Harris releases star-studded ‘Feels’ featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean

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Star-studded collaborations are a forte of Calvin Harris‘, but the cast of talent for his new song “Feels” may be the most packed yet. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean all came together to contribute vocals on the track. The song has a summery vibe, with Williams’ taking the first verse before transitioning to Perry singing an upbeat and catchy chorus.

The track is definitely erring on the side of commercial pop as opposed to commercial electronic music, and is sure to be a top 40 hit — all while building momentum for Harris’ upcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.

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Calvin Harris ranks as highest-paid electronic music artist in Forbes list

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In the past year, the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in $5.15 billion.

Forbes’ annual list of top celebrity earnings puts Diddy at the very top of the list with $130 million, followed by Beyoncé with $105 million and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling with $95 million. In the electronic music world, the top-earning artist appears slots in at #40: Calvin Harris with an income $48.5 million. He’s the only electronic artist in the top 50, though producers such as Tiësto ($39 million) and The Chainsmokers ($38 million) appear in the chart in spots 60 and 65, respectively.

Forbes notes that the annual list “ranks the top-earning front-of-camera entertainers on the planet by pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.” Fees for agents, managers and lawyers were not deducted for the list. The study states that estimates are based on figures from Nielsen, NPD Bookscan, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick, D’Marie and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and some of the stars themselves.

Check out the full list below, and visit Forbes’ website to read more.

Rank, Name, Earnings (Category, Country)

1. Diddy, $130 million (Musician, U.S.)

2. Beyoncé, $105 million (Musician, U.S.)

3. J.K. Rowling, $95 million (Author, U.K.)

4. Drake, $94 million (Musician, U.S.)

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million (Athlete, Portugal)

6. The Weeknd, $92 million (Musician, Canada)

7. Howard Stern, $90 million (Personality, U.S.)

8. Coldplay, $88 million (Musicians, U.K.)

9. James Patterson, $87 million (Author, U.S.)

10. LeBron James, $86 million (Athlete, U.S.)

11. Guns N’ Roses, $84 million (Musicians, U.S.)

11. Rush Limbaugh, $84 million (Personality, U.S.)

13. Justin Bieber, $83.5 million (Musician, Canada)

14. Lionel Messi, $80 million (Athlete, Argentina)

15. Dr. Phil McGraw, $79 million (Personality, U.S.)

16. Ellen DeGeneres, $77 million (Personality, U.S.)

17. Bruce Springsteen, $75 million (Musician, U.S.)

18. Adele, $69 million (Musician, U.K.)

18. Jerry Seinfeld, $69 million (Comedian, U.S.)

20. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million (Actor, U.S.)

21. Metallica, $66.5 million (Musicians, U.S.)

22. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million (Actor, U.S.)

23. Roger Federer, $64 million (Athlete, Switzerland)

24. David Copperfield, $61.5 million (Magician, U.S.)

25. Kevin Durant, $60.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

26. Garth Brooks, $60 million (Musician, U.S.)

26. Elton John, $60 million (Musician, U.K.)

26. Gordon Ramsay, $60 million (Personality, U.K.)

29. Ryan Seacrest, $58 million (Personality, U.S.)

30. Chris Rock, $57 million (Comedian, U.S.)

31. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million (Actor, U.S.)

32. Paul McCartney, $54 million (Musician, U.K.)

32. Red Hot Chili Peppers, $54 million (Musicians, U.S.)

34. Louis C.K., $52 million (Comedian, U.S.)

35. Jimmy Buffett, $50.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

35. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million (Actor, U.S.)

37. Andrew Luck, $50 million (Athlete, U.S.)

37. Rory McIlroy, $50 million (Athlete, U.S.)

39. Jackie Chan, $49 million (Actor, China)

40. Calvin Harris, $48.5 million (Musician, U.K.)

41. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million (Actor, U.S.)

42. Steph Curry, $47.3 million (Athlete U.S.)

43. Dave Chappelle, $47 million (Comedian, U.S.)

43. Judy Sheindlin, $47 million (Personality, U.S.)

45. James Harden, $46.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

46. Lewis Hamilton, $46 million (Athlete, U.K.)

47. Kim Kardashian West, $45.5 million (Personality, U.S.)

48. Drew Brees, $45.3 million (Athlete, U.S.)

49. Taylor Swift, $44 million (Musician, U.S.)

50. Simon Cowell, $43.5 million (Personality, U.K.)

50. Phil Mickelson, $43.5 million (Athlete, U.S.)

52. Tom Cruise, $43 million (Actor, U.S.)

53. Kenny Chesney, $42.5 million (Musician, U.S)

53. Steve Harvey, $42.5 million (Personality, U.S.)

55. Luke Bryan, $42 million (Musician, U.S.)

55. Celine Dion, $42 million (Musician, Canada)

55. Jay Z, $42 million (Musician, U.S.)

58. Sofia Vergara, $41 million (Actor, Colombia)

59. Kylie Jenner, $41 million (Personality, U.S.)

60. Bruno Mars, $39 million (Musician, U.S.)

60. Tiësto, $39 million (Musician, Netherlands)

62. Russell Westbrook, $38.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

63. Sebastian Vettel, $38.5 million (Athlete, Germany)

64. Damian Lillard, $38.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

65. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million (Actor, India)

65. Jennifer Lopez, $38 million (Musician, U.S.)

65. The Chainsmokers, $38 million (Musician, U.S.)

68. Novak Djokovic, $37.6 million (Athlete, Serbia)

69. Amy Schumer, $37.5 million (Comedian, U.S.)

70. Tiger Woods, $37.1 million (Athlete, U.S.)

71. Salman Khan, $37 million (Actor, India)

71. Neymar, $37 million (Athlete, Brazil)

71. Bill O’Reilly, $37 million (Personality, U.S.)

71. Dolly Parton, $37 million (Musician, U.S.)

71. Ed Sheeran, $37 million (Musician, U.K.)

76. Dwayne Wade, $36.2 million (Athlete, U.S.)

77. Fernando Alonso, $36 million (Athlete, Spain)

77. Sean Hannity, $36 million (Personality, U.S.)

77. Rihanna, $36 million (Musician, Barbados)

80. Bon Jovi, $35.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

80. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million (Actor, India)

82. Billy Joel, $35 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Dr. Dre, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Florida Georgia Line, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Toby Keith, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Jordan Spieth, $34.5 million (Athlete, U.S.)

87. Derrick Rose, $34.2 million (Athlete, U.S.)

88. Usain Bolt, $34.2 million (Athlete, Jamaica)

89. Gareth Bale, $34 million (Athlete, U.K.)

89. Conor McGregor, $34 million (Athlete, Ireland)

89. Britney Spears, $34 million (Musician, U.S.)

92. Kei Nishikori, $33.9 million (Athlete, Japan)

93. Fletcher Cox, $33.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

94. Clayton Kershaw, $33.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

95. Chance The Rapper, $33 million (Musician, U.S.)

95. Katy Perry, $33 million (Musician, U.S.)

97. Carmelo Anthony, $32.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

98. Jason Aldean, $32.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

98. Kevin Hart, $32.5 million (Comedian, U.S.)

100. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $32 million (Athlete, U.S.)

H/T: DJMag

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