Calvin Harris Is The World’s Highest-Paid DJ

Todd Rigney - Author

Dec. 11 2014, Updated 5:24 a.m. ET

Calvin Harris is officially the world’s highest-paid DJ, according to the dedicated, hard-working number crunchers over at Forbes magazine.

The aforementioned publication recently released its list of the world’s wealthiest musicians, and listed all the cash they accumulated over the course of 2014. While Harris didn’t come close to defeating Dr. Dre, who resides at the very top of the Forbes list, Calvin is still cashing more paychecks than the other DJs.

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BBC News explains that Calvin Harris earned approximately $66 million over the course of this year, which places him at number nine on the list of highest-paid musicians. Harris joins the ranks of Dr. Dre, Beyonce, the Eagles, and Bon Jovi. Unfortunately for other DJs who make their living on the dance floor, none of them come close to matching Calvin.

Of course, this isn’t the only recognition Calvin Harris has received over the course of 2014. According to Scotland Now, the DJ was also dubbed one of Britain’s most influential celebrities by Forbes magazine. In other words, Harris is having a pretty good year.

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However, just because the guy is making a ton of money doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone appreciates what he does for a living. The Inquisitr previously reported that Harris recently addressed criticism that he’s nothing more someone who simply presses a spacebar. That definitely has to sting a little.

When the Times of Scotlanddescribed Calvin Harris as “the world’s most lavishly rewarded space bar-presser,” he didn’t take the insult lying down. He soon addressed the matter on Twitter, creating what some have deemed a “social media firestorm.”

Here’s what Harris had to say about that admitted harsh description.

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“I’m living proof that you can do it too… producers writers singers you can do it too… I’m from a small Scottish town I did this no help. No connections in music media entertainment nothing… I don’t have the big mouth either I don’t speak to anyone talk myself up etc lol.”

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But he didn’t stop there.

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“Just wrote music loved it produced it mixed it for 15 years and now I get to work with the best singers/writers in the world… I’m lucky. If you write produce sing dj whatever and you feel isolated or like you can’t get thru the door, have hope it really is possible I promise u.”

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Are you surprised that Calvin Harris is currently the world’s highest-paid DJ? Do you think he’s deserving of appearing alongside Dr. Dre, Beyonce, and the Eagles?

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