Whether they’re mounting festivals in Australia and China -- or sending artists like Diplo and Steve Aoki to Kazakhstan and Uganda and into the studio with K-poppers -- the principals at these five companies are, as one says, “making the world smaller by making the party bigger."
Using a combination of U.S. earnings from sales, streaming and publishing, plus touring estimates based on interviews with industry insiders, Billboard ranks Calvin Harris as the highest-paid DJ of 2016, with a take home of roughly $28 million -- placing him between Justin Bieber (No. 7) and Luke Bryan (No. 8).
As dance music fans sift through streaming services to find the latest sounds, changed "music" to "sounds" to prevent rep with "dance music" new channel operators have emerged to help -- and billions are watching.