Who makes more money: EDM DJs or rock stars?

August 27, 2014

When it comes to popular music supremacy, there’s no denying it: EDM is outpacing rock ‘n’ roll. Indeed, electronic dance music is both a massive cultural power, and now, it appears that it’s a financial power, too. But how much of a force is it? We compared EDM’s highest earners—via this year’s Forbes list—to Billboard’s rich list to see if the genre’s overtaken rock music. Some of the conclusions are staggering: the world’s best-paid DJ gets paid more than double his rock counterpart, and Calvin Harris makes more than Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber combined. Surprised? Us, too. Check out comparisons between EDM and rock’s 10 top earners above.

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