I Created Disco

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I Created Disco
Studio album by Calvin Harris
Released 15 June 2007 (2007-06-15)
Recorded 2006–07
Studio Calvinharrisbeats Studio (Dumfries, Scotland)
Genre
Length 55:23
Label
Producer Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris chronology
I Created Disco
(2007)
Ready for the Weekend
(2009)
Singles from I Created Disco
  1. "Acceptable in the 80s"
    Released: 12 March 2007 (2007-03-12)
  2. "The Girls"
    Released: 4 June 2007 (2007-06-04)
  3. "Merrymaking at My Place"
    Released: 20 August 2007 (2007-08-20)

I Created Disco is the debut studio album by Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris, released on 15 June 2007 by Columbia Records. It was preceded by the singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", which reached numbers ten and three on the UK Singles Chart, respectively.

The album debuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 16,121 copies.[1] On 23 May 2008, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[2] I Created Disco had sold 223,845 copies in the United Kingdom by November 2014.[3]

Writing and recording[edit]

Writing and recording for I Created Disco started in 2006 when Harris moved back to his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland, after living in London for two years. All recording and producing for the album took place on an Amiga computer with audio tracker OctaMED[4] in Harris's home studio, called Calvinharrisbeats Studio. All fourteen tracks on the album were written, produced and performed solely by Harris.

Promotion[edit]

Preceding the release of the album, Columbia released two singles, "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", and Harris and his band supported both Faithless and Groove Armada on their live arena tours in the second quarter of 2007. The album cover was also used to promote the fourth generation iPod Nano in yellow.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[6]
BBC Music favourable[7]
Billboard favourable[8]
Drowned in Sound 1/10[9]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[10]
NME 7/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 3.7/10[12]
PopMatters 4/10[13]
Stylus Magazine B[14]
Yahoo! Music 6/10 stars[15]

I Created Disco received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on 17 reviews.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Calvin Harris

No. Title Length
1. "Merrymaking at My Place"   4:09
2. "Colours"   4:01
3. "This Is the Industry"   3:56
4. "The Girls"   5:15
5. "Acceptable in the 80s"   5:32
6. "Neon Rocks"   3:48
7. "Traffic Cops"   0:54
8. "Vegas"   5:41
9. "I Created Disco"   4:07
10. "Disco Heat"   4:30
11. "Vault Character"   0:08
12. "Certified"   4:06
13. "Love Souvenir"   4:18
14. "Electro Man"   4:58

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of I Created Disco.[21]

  • Calvin Harris – vocals, arrangement, instruments, production
  • Guy Davie – mastering
  • Joanne Morris – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–08) Peak
position
Australian Dance Albums Chart[22] 11
European Top 100 Albums[23] 32
French Albums Chart[24] 95
Irish Albums Chart[25] 34
Scottish Albums Chart[26] 6
UK Albums Chart[27] 8
UK Dance Albums Chart[28] 1
US Top Electronic Albums[29] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Gold 223,845[3]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Ireland 15 June 2007 [30]
United Kingdom 18 June 2007 [31]
Japan 27 June 2007 Sony [19]
Australia 6 July 2007 Red Label [32]
United States 4 September 2007 Almost Gold [33]
Benelux 13 January 2008 [PIAS] [34]
France 4 February 2008
[20]
Germany 18 April 2008 Ministry of Sound [35]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Mason, Kerri. "I Created Disco". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Diver, Mike (8 June 2007). "Calvin Harris – I Created Disco". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  10. ^ Costa, Maddy (8 June 2007). "Calvin Harris, I Created Disco". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
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  13. ^ Raper, Dan (5 September 2007). "Calvin Harris: I Created Disco". PopMatters. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
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  22. ^ "ARIA Dance – Week Commencing 23rd July 2007" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Pandora Archive. p. 15. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
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  26. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. 24–30 June 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. 24–30 June 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  28. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. 1–7 July 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
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