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The Highest Paid DJs In the World for 2018

It’s no surprise that a fair amount of DJs are making a staggering amount of money to simply mix a few bangers for a couple of hours to 20-somethings in one evening. While times have certainly changed from 80’s and 90’s music, the urge to get down to techno and deep house favourites have certainly not. More and more dance festivals are popping up every year and DJs are earning more and more money in the process, walking away with a mind-blowing six figure amount each year. Let’s take a look at some of the most successful DJs in the industry and the amount they earn annually.

Calvin Harris – $46 million


Calvin Harris’ major success comes from his studio albums released in the last few years, such as Wav Bounces Vol. 1 which features artists like Snoop Dogg, PartyNextDoor, Jessie Reyez, Lil Yachty, DRAM, Khalid, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Travis Scott to mention but a few. There’s also talk of a sixth studio album on the way in early 2019, ensuring Calvin Harris remains at the top of the highest paid DJs in the world.

The Chainsmokers – $45.5 million

The New York duo has only been active for the last six years but has already become a household name in several countries across the globe. #Selfie was their debut single which managed to hit the Top 20 in multiple countries, but it was Closer in 2016 that really placed them on the scene. They managed to rake in over $45 million in 2018, and we’re expecting that this will increase as the years roll on.

Tiesto – $33 million


Tiesto is the second oldest DJ to make our list, after David Guetta and is considered one of the greatest DJs in the history of mixing and is also considered the grandfather when it comes to EDM. Tiesto has a total of 5 studio albums and is currently enjoying immense success with his “I like it loud” EP with collaborations with Matisse & Sadko as well as MOTi.

Steve Aoki – $28 million

Founder of the Dim Mak label, Steve Aoki has jumped up a spot from 2017 but seemed to have dropped by almost $2 million since last year. However, we quite sure he doesn’t mind too much as he still managed to rake in $28 million in 2018. Steve Aoki also impresses with five studio albums with more albums in the pipeline for 2019.

Marshmello – $23 million


Marshmello is the only masked DJ to make our list in 2018. His real name is Christopher Comstock, and besides DJing, he is world-renowned for his YouTube show known as Cooking with Marshmello. You can see him cooking up a storm with friends in the kitchen, including Paula Abdul.

Zedd – $22 million

Zedd is a Russian producer that was born in Germany and managed to earn $22 million in the last year. He released a second album in 2018 called ‘True Colours’ and is constantly touring around the world where most of his income stems from. He also has a third album on the way for 2019.

From Evolution to Revolution – 2018 Popular Music Trends

From Evolution to Revolution

Each year the music industry is going through changes. And, as it continues to evolve different trends are emerging year after year.

This year, new standards for successful hits, the growing influence of social media and the music fans preference for music that seem to appeal in a more personal level are shaping the trends of music.

Below are the popular trends that define the music trends this 2018:

  • 2018 Is the Year for Live Music

There is no doubt that this year, live music will make yet another major headway. Recently, music fans are remarkably up to spending more time than they usually do in live music crowds, with some of these solid supporters willing to travel into different places just to witness their favorite artists conquer the stage live.

Popular artists are in fact lined up to grace the stage with their live tour performances this 2018. Among these music royalties with highly anticipated concerts this year are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5.

  • Latin Music Is Making Waves Anew

Who aren’t familiar with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito? The song was a massive hit dominating global hit charts back in 2017. And this year, music with Latin roots continues to steal the hearts of music fans with reggae ton and samba hits style smashing billboards. Think Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’, ‘Wild Thoughts’ by DJ Khaled and Jennifer Lopez’s comeback ‘El Anillo’. Truly, Spanish language proves to be universal in the music scene.

  • Break through Artists Are Stealing the Limelight

Have you noticed that more lesser-known artists are slowly rising into mainstream attention these recent years?

Well, this trend is just getting more and more noticeable this year 2018. This is largely due to the fact that talent costs for popular hitmakers have continually skyrocketed. It is no longer new for concert promoters to include budding music performers to complete the list of their festival productions. Fans are therefore getting more taste of broad diversity and fresh talents. And, it seems like this is more appealing to them.

  • Move Over Pop Music – Hip Hop Artists are Ready to Take Over

Have you looked at the music charts and streaming platforms lately? It’s beginning to get more conspicuous that pop-inspired hits are starting to lose their appeal to the music fans.

Instead, hip hop artists are now dominating the hit charts. Thanks in part to the growing number of younger listeners with greater inclination to hip hop-inspired genres. Hip hop artists are definitely flourishing this year and slowly the music industry is doing away with pop music.

  • Backstreet Boys are back? Nope. Not exactly. But Boy Bands are Exploding.

This year new generation of boy bands seem to be gaining more attention in the music industry. From One Direction to 5 Seconds of Summer and now to the fan-fueled global sensation the Korean boy band BTS and the Latin boy group CNCO, it appears that boy bands are making a comeback and are increasingly enchanting the music charts across the world.