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Friday
Aug162013

Katy Perry and Jay-Z Out-Earned This Year by...Calvin Harris?

Roc Nation/Ultra Music/Columbia RecordsIt's no surprise that deejays are just as big as pop and rock stars these days, commanding hundreds of thousands of dollars for appearances, and even scoring hits on the charts.  But it might surprise you to know that one of these deejays -- a guy whose face you may not even know -- has earned more this year than both Katy Perry and Jay-Z.

The man in question is Calvin Harris, the Scottish deejay, singer, songwriter, and record producer.  According to Forbes, he raked in an amazing $46 million over the past 12 months, and more this year than both Katy and Beyonce's hubby.  How does he do it?  Well, in February, he signed a lucrative deal to play more than 70 shows in two years at the Las Vegas club Hakkasan.  He commands six figures per night for other appearances, and also plays mainstream festivals -- he'll appear at Jay-Z's upcoming Budweiser Made in America festival on September 1, for example.

But Calvin also rakes in royalties as a producer and songwriter for other artists -- he's the guy we have to thank for Rihanna's "We Found Love," for example.  And he's an artist himself, charting hits with his own "Feel So Close," and his collaborations with the likes of Ne-Yo, Florence Welch and Ellie Goulding on, respectively, "Let's Go," "Sweet Nothing" and "I Need Your Love."

All this easily earned him the #1 spot on Forbes' annual list of Electronic Cash Kings.   He tells Forbes, "The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years. I happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Others who made the list include David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Skrillex and, believe it or not, DJ Pauly D.

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