Calvin Harris

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris - Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 - 09.jpg
Harris performing at Rock in Rio in Madrid in July 2012
Born Adam Richard Wiles
(1984-01-17) 17 January 1984 (age 31)
Dumfries, Scotland
Residence

Los Angeles, California, U.S

.
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • remixer
  • DJ
Years active 2002–present
Website www.calvinharris.co.uk
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, record producer, remixer and DJ. His debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and was the precursor to his top-10 singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls". In 2009, Harris released his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and earned a gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry within two months of release. Its lead single, "I'm Not Alone", became Harris's first number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Harris rose to widespread international prominence in 2012 with the release of his third studio album, 18 Months. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the Billboard 200 in the US, reaching number 19. All eight of the album's singles; "Bounce", "Let's Go", "We'll Be Coming Back", "Sweet Nothing", "Drinking from the Bottle", "I Need Your Love", "Thinking About You" and "Feel So Close", along with "We Found Love" reached the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, making it the first album in history to have eight top-10 singles.

Harris has collaborated with numerous other recording artists, including Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, LMFAO, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding, Ne-Yo, Cheryl Cole and Gwen Stefani. His collaboration with Rihanna led to two singles, "Where Have You Been" and "We Found Love". The latter became an international success, giving Harris his first US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Harris released his fourth studio album, Motion, in November 2014. It debuted at at number two in the UK and number five in the US, and became Harris's second consecutive number-one album on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The album's first three singles—"Under Control", "Summer" and "Blame"—all topped the UK Singles Chart, giving him seven UK number-one singles.

Harris holds the record for the most top-10 hits from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with nine hits, surpassing Michael Jackson. In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[5] Harris has received seven Brit Award nominations—two for Best British Male, and four Grammy nominations, winning a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2013. He received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was named Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Additionally, Harris topped Forbes‍ '​ list of the world's highest-paid DJs for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015.

Early life and career[edit]

Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland.[6][7] His English parents, David Wiles, a biochemist, and Pamela, a homemaker, married in Oxford before moving to the Dumfries suburb Georgetown.[8] He has an older sister, Sophie, and an older brother, Edward.[8][9] He attended Dumfries High School, and after leaving school he stacked shelves in supermarkets and worked in a local fish processing factory in order to buy DJ gear.[10][11]

He was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and was recording bedroom demos by 1999.[12] When Harris was 18 he released two songs "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days". Both were released as 12-inch club singles and CD-EPs by the label Prima Facie in early 2002 under the name "Stouffer".[13] With these singles to his credit, Harris moved from Scotland to London, hoping to learn from the local music scene.[11][13][14] Only one of his songs was released during his time in London, "Let Me Know" with vocalist Ayah Marar on the Unabombers' 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2.[13] With the lack of job opportunities and money, Harris returned home to Dumfries and began posting homemade solo recordings to his MySpace page.[13][15]

Music career[edit]

2006–08: Career beginnings and I Created Disco[edit]

Main article: I Created Disco
Harris performing at the Eurockéennes 2008

Harris signed contracts with Three Six Zero Group (management), EMI (publishing) and Sony BMG (recording) in 2006 after he had been discovered on the social networking website Myspace.[16] Later in 2006, Harris produced a remix of All Saints' hit single "Rock Steady".[17]

Harris's debut album, I Created Disco, was released in June 2007. The album contains uptempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. To promote I Created Disco, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada.[18][19] I Created Disco was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of 100,000 copies in the UK, where it reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart.[20][21]

The first single, "Vegas", was issued on limited edition vinyl; the first wide-release single from the album was "Acceptable in the 80s", a tribute to the style and culture of the decade. The song reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining on the chart for 15 weeks.[21] "The Girls", the album's third single, peaked at number three in the UK, although the fourth release, "Merrymaking at My Place", only reached number 43.[21]

The same year, Harris caught the attention of Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer.[18] This led to him co-writing and producing two songs on her 2007 album X—"Heart Beat Rock" and "In My Arms", the latter a top-10 hit in the UK. Harris said that working with Minogue was "surreal, but fun" although he admitted to Mixmag in 2007 to "needing a few drinks before meeting her".[22] On 18 October 2008, Harris was featured on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix with a two-hour set.[23] In 2007, Harris contributed the song "Off & On" to Róisín Murphy's album Overpowered, but it was cut from the album; Harris would later give the song to Sophie Ellis-Bextor to record for her 2011 album Make a Scene. Harris also produced a remix of Dragonette's debut single "I Get Around" that was rejected by the band. In 2007, Kelis discussed plans to work with Harris on her then-upcoming album, although this did not materialise.[24] Harris did, however, produce a remix of Flesh Tone‍ '​s second single.[25]

In 2008, Harris collaborated with rapper Dizzee Rascal on his single "Dance wiv Me", producing the track and singing the hook. The single reached number one in the UK and has been certified platinum by the BPI, selling 600,000 copies.[20] It was shortlisted for the 2008 Popjustice £20 Music Prize and, in 2009, received a Brit Award nomination for British Single and an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Best Contemporary Song.[26]

2009–10: Ready for the Weekend[edit]

Harris performing at Xbox Reverb in 2009

In April 2008, Harris stated that the only existing copy of his then-upcoming album, which he had been working on for seven months, was lost when the bag containing his laptop was misplaced during the baggage handling problems at the opening of London Heathrow Terminal 5.[27] In an interview with Popjustice in April 2009, Harris admitted that while he did lose his bags at Heathrow, he lied about the laptop being in his luggage in order to buy himself some more time to finish recording the album, adding that the idea was concocted by him and his sound engineer.[28]

The album, Ready for the Weekend, was released in August 2009[29] and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, eventually being certified gold by the BPI within two months of release.[20][21] "I'm Not Alone", released as the album's lead single in April 2009, debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart and was shortlisted for the Popjustice £20 Music Prize. The follow-up single, "Ready for the Weekend", reached number three.[21] Another track on the album, "Worst Day", features Izza Kizza.[30]

Harris toured around the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands and the US promoting the album. In June 2009, Harris appeared at the Summertime Ball at the Emirates Stadium in London, home of Arsenal F.C., and in August, he made an appearance on the first Soccer AM show of the season on Sky Sports. The third single from Ready for the Weekend, "Flashback", featuring Jordanian singer Ayah Marar reached number eighteen in the UK, and the fourth, "You Used to Hold Me", reached number 27.[21] During promotion of the album, Harris hosted a series of videos on YouTube titled JAM TV, in which musicians such as Florence Welch, Goldie and Katy Perry tried to open pots of jam.[31] At the 2010 Brit Awards, Harris received a nomination for Best British Male.[32]

Later that year, he produced Dizzee Rascal's next single titled "Holiday", which also reached number one.[33] Also in 2009, Harris made a guest appearance on Tiësto's song "Century" on the Dutch producer's album Kaleidoscope.[34] On 14 November, Harris invaded the stage of the UK's The X Factor during a performance by Irish duo Jedward, holding a pineapple on his head and bending over to point at his buttocks. He was subsequently escorted from the studio by the security team and ejected from the ITV2 programme The Xtra Factor, where he was due to appear as a guest the same night. He later apologised on Twitter.[35] The same week, Harris spoke to The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 and revealed that he had been "inspired to make a mockery of the show", adding, "If you look at music it's a frightening stranglehold that Simon Cowell has got over the entire music chart in the UK at the moment."[36]

Harris performing in Australia

Harris claimed that Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x" plagiarised his 2009 single "I'm Not Alone". Harris tweeted, "Choked on my cornflakes when I heard [the] new Chris Brown single this morning. Do you know what I mean?"[37] Having considered similarities between the two songs, Harris was subsequently added to the songwriting credits on the single and the F.A.M.E. album.[38]

Harris played at the 2010 Big Day Out, a music festival which takes place in several major cities in Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. In May 2010, he performed at Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, and in July he played at Splendour in Nottingham and headlined at the Stockton International Riverside Festival in Stockton-on-Tees. In July 2010, Harris released a mix, titled L.E.D. Festival (short for L.E.D. Festival Presents... Calvin Harris).[21]

Harris appeared at the 10th birthday of Our:House in Auckland, New Zealand, in November 2010, alongside Afrojack,[39] and performed an hour-long DJ set at Australia's Steresonic Festival alongside Tiësto, Carl Cox, Afrojack, and Major Lazer in November and December 2010, in several major Australian cities including Sydney and Melbourne.

2011–13: 18 Months and international prominence[edit]

Main article: 18 Months

In 2011, Harris toured with Rihanna as a support act on the European leg of her Loud Tour; Rihanna was quoted to say that "Calvin is the perfect fit for the Loud tour. He is going to bring something unique and fun for the fans."[40] Harris played the 2011 Mardi Gras Party in Sydney on 5 March.[41] During March and April 2011, Harris was scheduled to be an opening act and DJ for Katy Perry during her California Dreams Tour, but he withdrew from the tour shortly before his first date, citing production issues and difficulties with Perry's management in his apology to her fans.[42] Harris also featured on LMFAO's album Sorry for Party Rocking, appearing on the track "Reminds Me of You", which is based on Harris's own song "Awooga". Harris produced Tinchy Stryder's second single, "Off the Record" from his fourth studio album, Full Tank. The track had its première on 15 September 2011, and was released in the UK on 6 November 2011.[43][44]

Harris headlined Limelite at Metropolis Fremantle in Western Australia in March 2011 in celebration of the event's fourth birthday, where he played small samples of his new track, "Awooga", which was subsequently uploaded onto YouTube via his channel.[45] Following "Awooga", Harris released the single "Bounce", a collaboration with Kelis that debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in June 2011.[21] Another single, "Feel So Close", was released in August 2011 and also reached number two in the United Kingdom.[21] "Feel So Close" became Harris's first solo entry on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, peaking at number 12.[46] Harris performed at the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball concert, and was announced as one of the headline acts at a number of Southern Hemisphere 2011/2012 new year music festivals, including Shore Thing and Field Day in Sydney, as well as Rhythm and Vines in New Zealand.[47]

Harris performing at Rock in Rio in Madrid in July 2012

Following a stint as her support act on the Australian leg of her tour, Harris produced "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been" for Barbadian singer Rihanna. The former was included on Harris's upcoming album 18 Months, and premiered on Capital FM radio in the UK on 22 September 2011. "We Found Love" topped the charts in 27 countries worldwide, including the UK where it became Harris's third UK number one, peaked in the top 10 in 30 countries, and broke many records worldwide.[21][48] Topping the Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks, it was Harris's first US number one, and was also Rihanna's longest-running US number one and the longest-running number one of 2011.[49][50] The song was later named the 24th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100.[51] In an interview for Q magazine, Harris said of the lyric "We found love in a hopeless place": "It could have been Jumpin Jaks in Dumfries (Harris' home town), I don't know exactly what I was thinking about."[52] In 2013, "We Found Love" was placed at number three on Billboard‍ '​s top 10 dance-pop collaborations of all time.[53]

Harris co-wrote and co-produced the bonus track "One Life" for R&B singer Mary J. Blige's album My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011).[54] He also worked with the pop band Scissor Sisters on the single "Only the Horses" from their fourth studio album, Magic Hour. He wrote and produced Cheryl Cole's single "Call My Name", the lead single from her third album A Million Lights.[55]

"Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo, released in April 2012, also reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.[21] It was his second US Billboard Hot 100 appearance as a main artist, charting at number 17.[46] The song received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 55th Grammy Awards which was held in February 2013. The album's fourth single "We'll Be Coming Back" was released in July 2012. Featuring rapper Example, it peaked at number two in the UK, and reached number one in Ireland. The fifth single, "Sweet Nothing", features Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, and was released on 14 October 2012.[56] It peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[46] The song received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards.[57] These singles became part of his third studio album, 18 Months, which was released on 29 October 2012. Harris has said of the album, "I'm going for pretty epic-sounding dance records. I guess the whole sound has just moved on in terms of production as I've got a new studio and some new gear to make the sounds I wasn't able to make before."[58] Harris eventually made UK chart history by becoming the first artist to attain eight top-10 hits from one studio album, breaking the record previously set by Michael Jackson.[2] 18 Months received a nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 56th Grammy Awards.[57]

Harris was the house DJ at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, where he won Best Electronic Video for "Feel So Close" and Video of the Year alongside Rihanna for "We Found Love".[59][60] The success of 18 Months (with a record breaking nine singles from the album reaching the UK top 10) saw Harris nominated a second time for Best British Male Solo Artist at the 2013 Brit Awards in February.[61] Harris performed as part of the post-race concert of the 2013 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix in April 2013.[62] At the 2013 Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London in May, Harris received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year, with Harris calling it "easily the greatest achievement of my entire life".[63]

2013–present: Motion[edit]

On 7 October 2013, Harris and Swedish DJ Alesso released a collaborative single with synthpop duo Hurts called "Under Control" as the first single from his fourth album.[64] The song debuted at number one in the UK.[65] Later that month, Harris remixed The Killers' song "When You Were Young" for the deluxe edition of their greatest hits album Direct Hits.[66] He unveiled the full six-minute version through Rolling Stone and told the magazine: "It was a real honour to be asked to remix one of my favourite modern bands, and it was an exciting challenge for me to update this classic track for the dance-floor in a tasteful and respectful way".[67]

On 14 March 2014, Harris's song "Summer" premiered on the UK's Capital FM.[68] The track which was released as the album's second single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Harris's sixth UK number-one single.[69] It also became Harris's highest-charting solo single on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seven.[70] "Summer" was Spotify's most-streamed track of 2014 with over 200 million streams, earning Harris somewhere around $1.5 million.[71]

In April 2014, Harris performed on the main stage of Coachella Festival.[72] His set attracted the second largest crowd in the festival's history, topped only by the 2013 set of Doctor Dre and Snoop Dogg which featured a hologram of Tupac Shakur.[72] That year, Harris was also a headline act at several prominent music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, the iTunes Festival in London, Electric Daisy Carnival and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.[71]

The third single was Harris's collaboration with vocalist John Newman which was titled "Blame".[73] It was released in September 2014 to positive reviews from music critics and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his third consecutive UK number-one single (and his seventh overall).[74] Later that month, Harris uploaded an instrumental track called "C.U.B.A." to SoundCloud.[75] "Outside", the fourth single from the album, featuring Ellie Goulding, was released in October 2014.[76] It marked the second collaboration between Harris and Goulding, following the internationally successful single "I Need Your Love" from 2013.[76] The instrumental track "Slow Acid" was released as a promotional single from the album on 14 October 2014.[77]

His fourth album, Motion, was released on 4 November 2014.[78] It includes the previously released singles "Under Control", "Summer", "Blame" and "Outside".[21] Another track from the album, "Pray to God", featuring rock band trio Haim, was released on 11 February 2015.[79] At the 2015 Brit Awards, "Summer" was nominated for Best British Single and British Artist Video of the Year.[80]

At the 2015 Glamour Awards in London on 2 June, Harris was named Glamour UK's Man of the Year.[81] He was also ranked 6th on Billboard‍ '​s Top 30 EDM Power Players.[82] The same month, Harris was part of the main stage line-up at the Electric Daisy Carnival held in Las Vegas.[83]

On 17 July 2015, Harris and London-based production trio Disciples released the single "How Deep Is Your Love".[84] The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris's his 19th top-10 hit in the UK.[85][86] It peaked at number one in Australia, giving Harris his first chart topper in that country. [87] The song debuted at number five on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and marked Harris's eighth top-10 hit since the chart's launch, making it the most of any act.[88] Additionally, the song debuted at number four on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs and at number six on the Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs.[88]

Endorsements[edit]

In 2009, Harris tied up with Coca Cola for their 'Open Happiness' advertising campaign in the UK.[89] Harris wrote and produced an exclusive track for the brand called 'Yeah Yeah Yeah, La La La' which was featured on TV, digital, outdoor and on-pack promotional activity and was offered on 'Coke Zone' website for free download.[89][90] The same year, Harris's song "Colours" was featured in Kia Motors's hamster television advertisement for the Kia Soul EV.[91]

In 2012, Harris was featured in the Pepsi Max commercial for their Football campaign.[92] Titled "crowd surfing", the advert showed Harris on the DJ deck playing his single "Let's Go" to the crowd of partygoers alongside star footballers Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Sergio Aguero and Jack Wilshere.[92] In 2013 Harris teamed up with Sol Republic to create their first studio tuned professional-calibre headphones.[93] The partnership went beyond a simple customised look for headphones and involved redesigning its drivers to Harris’s specifications.[94]

On 17 December 2014, Harris was announced as the new face of Giorgio Armani for its men's underwear line for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. He was also named the worldwide testimonial of the Emporio Armani eyewear and watch collection.[95] The black and white campaign was shot in Los Angeles by photographer Boo George.[96] Harris returned as the face of the brand underwear line, eyewear and watch line for their Emporio Armani Fall/Winter 2015/2016 campaign. The images, shot by Lachlan Bailey were released on July of the same year.[97]

Business[edit]

In February 2013, Harris signed as the first exclusive resident DJ with the Abu Dhabi-owned hospitality company Hakkasan Group in Las Vegas. The 20-month residency saw him playing 46 dates at MGM Grand's Hakkasan nightclub, as well as 22 additional gigs at the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic.[98] In January 2015, Harris extended his partnership with the Hakkasan group for three more years which includes residencies at three of the group's Las Vegas venues (Hakkasan nightclub, Wet Republic and Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace). Harris also serves as the Group's music consultant for its restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, globally.[99][100]

On 30 March 2015, Harris was announced as a co-owner, along with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. The service specialises in lossless audio and high definition music videos. Rapper Jay Z acquired the parent company of Tidal, Aspiro, in the first quarter of 2015.[101] Including Beyoncé and Jay Z, 16 artist stakeholders (such as Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Chris Martin, Nicki Minaj and more) co-own Tidal, with the majority owning a 3% equity stake.[102] The idea of having an all artist owned streaming service was created by those involved to adapt to the increased demand for streaming within the current music industry, and to rival other streaming services such as Spotify, which have been criticised for their low payout of royalties.[103]

Philanthropy[edit]

In September 2007, Harris performed in the charity event "Wasted Youth" in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably at KOKO nightclub in Camden Town, London.[104] The event aimed to draw attention to the issue of youth suicide among men in the UK and to raise awareness and money for the charity.[104] In 2008, he supported Shelter's campaign "Hometime Scotland" which pledges to end homelessness and bad housing in Scotland.[105][106] In 2010, Harris performed live in The War Child's post-Brit Awards show (alongside La Roux and Kasabian) which took place at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London.[107] The event raised funds and public awareness on children affected by violence in war zones.[107][108]

In February 2012, Harris teamed up with several other artists (including Rihanna and Coldplay) to perform at a charity concert with all proceeds from the show going to the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.[109] In November 2012, Harris contributed several songs to Tiësto's compilation album Dance (RED) Save Lives in collaboration with anti-AIDS charity Product Red which was aimed at creating awareness on the fight for an AIDS Free Generation.[110][111] Harris participated in a global live stream of the Stereosonic music festival in Melbourne, Australia which took place on World AIDS Day on 1 December 2012.[110] The proceeds from both the album and the event were donated for the cause.[110]

Personal life[edit]

Forbes began reporting on Harris's earnings in 2013, calculating that he earned $46 million between May 2012 and May 2013, for his music, tour and his residency in Las Vegas which placed him as the highest-paid DJ of the year.[112] In 2014, Harris came in at number one on the list again for the second consecutive year with a total of $66 million in annual earnings.[113] In 2015, Harris topped the highest-paid DJs list for a third consecutive year, having earned $66 million over the previous 12 months.[114] On The Sunday Times Rich List published in April 2015, Harris was ranked the 30th richest British millionaire in music, with a personal fortune of £70 million ($105 million).[115][116]

Harris began dating British singer Rita Ora in May 2013.[117] The two collaborated together on her single "I Will Never Let You Down". They broke up in June 2014.[118] In March 2015, Harris started dating American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.[119][120] By June 2015, the duo were ranked as the highest-paid celebrity couple over the past year by Forbes with combined earnings of over $146 million.[121]

Harris is a teetotal.[122] He has abstained from drinking alcohol since he was 24, stating that "I wasn't an alcoholic or anything like that, but it was clearly affecting what I do."[123]

Concert tours[edit]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 BT Digital Music Awards Best Electronic Artist or DJ Calvin Harris Nominated
Q Awards Best Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2009 The Music Producers Guild Awards Best Remixer Calvin Harris Won
BRIT Awards British Single "Dance wiv Me" (with Dizzee Rascal and Chrome) Nominated
NME Awards Best Dancefloor Filler Won
Ivor Novello Awards Best Contemporary Song Nominated
Popjustice £20 Music Prize Best Contemporary Song "I'm Not Alone" Nominated
2010 BRIT Awards Best British Male Calvin Harris Nominated
2012 MTV Video Music Awards Best Electronic Video "Feel So Close" Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song "We Found Love" (with Rihanna) Nominated
Best Video Nominated
Best Electronic Act Calvin Harris Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Pop "We Found Love" (with Rihanna) Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite EDM Artist Calvin Harris Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Electronic Dance Music Artist Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards International Video of the Year – Artist "We Found Love" (with Rihanna) Nominated
International Dance Music Awards Best R&B/Urban Dance Track Won
Best Commercial/Pop Dance Track Won
NRJ Music Awards Best Song International Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Radio Song Nominated
mtvU Woodie Awards EDM Effect Woodie Won
Los Premios 40 Principales América Best International Act Calvin Harris Nominated
Best International Dance Act Nominated
2013 Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording "Let's Go" (featuring Ne-Yo) Nominated
Best Short Form Music Video "We Found Love" (with Rihanna) Won
BRIT Awards British Male Solo Artist Calvin Harris Nominated
NME Awards Dancefloor Anthem "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Won
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song "We Found Love" (with Rihanna) Won
"Let's Go" (featuring Ne-Yo) Won
"Where Have You Been" Won
"Feel So Close" Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Collaboration "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Nominated
International Dance Music Awards Best Commercial/Pop Dance Track Won
Best Progressive Track Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Best Remixer Calvin Harris Nominated
Best Artist (Solo) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Electronic Dance Music Artist Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top EDM Song "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Nominated
"Feel So Close" Nominated
Top Dance Artist Calvin Harris Nominated
Top EDM Artist Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite EDM Artist Nominated
Scottish Album of the Year Album of the Year 18 Months Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards Songwriter of the Year Calvin Harris Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Collaboration "I Need Your Love" (featuring Ellie Goulding) Nominated
Best Song of the Summer Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Electronic Act Calvin Harris Nominated
Best UK & Ireland Act Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Nominated
Best Dance/Electronica Album 18 Months Nominated
BRIT Awards British Single of the Year "I Need Your Love" (featuring Ellie Goulding) Nominated
British Video Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards EDM Song of the Year "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Artist Calvin Harris Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Electronic Dance Music Artist Won
EDM Song "Summer" Nominated
Summer Song Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Dance Video Nominated
Los Premios 40 Principales América Best English Language Song Won
Best English Language Act Calvin Harris Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Electronic Act Won
Best UK & Ireland Act Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite EDM Artist Won
BMI London Awards Song of the Year "I Need Your Love" (featuring Ellie Goulding) Nominated[124]
2015 Brit Awards British Single "Summer" Nominated
British Video Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Dance Song Won
"Blame" (featuring John Newman) Nominated
2015 Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Artist Calvin Harris Won
Top Dance/Electronic Song "Summer" Nominated
Top Dance/Electronic Album Motion Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calvin Harris Strikes Three-Year Deal to Keep DJing in Las Vegas". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Brandle, Lars (22 April 2013). "Calvin Harris Sets Chart Record, Becomes U.K.'s New 'King of Pop'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Leatherman, Benjamin (25 April 2013). "Calvin Harris @ Maya Day and Nightclub". Phoenix New Times. Voice Media Group. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Jen (5 June 2009). "Calvin Harris Books U.K. Tour". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Calvin Harris". Billboard. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: WILES ADAM RICHARD". BMI. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Calvin Harris Biography". Starpulse.com. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  8. ^ a b Douglas Wight (2015). "Calvin Harris: The $100 Million DJ". Chapter 1: Tall Oaks from a little Acorns Grow. p. 1. Black & White Publishing
  9. ^ "Calvin Harris: How the non-dancing, foul-mouthed, anti-social Scot became the 'Caledonian Justin Timberlake'". The Independent. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "How Taylor Swift's DJ main squeeze Calvin Harris gutted Scottish salmon for the Queen, stacked supermarket shelves and got a makeover to launch his $100 million career". Daily Mail. 29 July 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "From bedroom to Billboard". Herald Scotland. 29 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Calvin Harris". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Calvin Harris". Billboard. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Calvin Harris: I worked in a fish factory". Belfast Telegraph. 29 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Calvin Harris: fish factory to fame". MTV. Retrieved 31 July 2015
  16. ^ Ronan, Liam (26 March 2007). "Acceptable In The Noughties – Calvin Harris". Gigwise. Giant Digital. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  17. ^ "Rock Steady (Calvin Harris Remix)". All music. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  18. ^ a b "Web wonder Calvin wins over Kylie". BBC News Online. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2007. 
  19. ^ "Calvin to support Groove Armada on UK Tour". calvinharris.tv. 19 April 2007. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  20. ^ a b c "British certifications – Calvin Harris". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 24 August 2015.  Enter Calvin Harris in the field Search. Select Artist in the field Search by. Click Search
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Calvin Harris". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "I had to get drunk with Kylie: Dance DJ Calvin Harris on meeting his idols...and stacking shelves at Safeway". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  23. ^ "BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, 18/10/2008". BBC Radio 1. BBC Online. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Kelis shakes things up with Calvin". Sunday Mail. The Free Library. 13 May 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  25. ^ "4th of July (The Remixes) – EP by Kelis". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Full list of awards and nominees for 2009 Brit Awards". The Independent. 29 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "DJ loses album in baggage backlog". BBC News Online. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  28. ^ Robinson, Peter (21 April 2009). "Calvin Harris interview". Popjustice. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  29. ^ "Calvin Harris announces new album details". NME. Time Inc. UK. 12 June 2009. 
  30. ^ Haider, Arwa (5 April 2009). "Want to dance wiv Calvin Harris?". Metro. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  31. ^ "It's JAM TV from Calvin Harris…genius.". Get Your Ears Out. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  32. ^ "2010 Brit Awards nominations in full". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  33. ^ "Calvin Harris: How the non-dancing, foul-mouthed, anti-social Scot became the 'Caledonian Justin Timberlake'". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  34. ^ Dombal, Ryan (4 August 2009). "Sigur Rós's Jónsi, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke on New Tiësto Album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  35. ^ "Calvin sorry for Jedward stunt". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  36. ^ "Calvin Harris wanted X Factor 'mockery'". Newsbeat. BBC News Online. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  37. ^ Izundu, Chi Chi (4 October 2010). "Calvin Harris says Chris Brown 'stole' his song". BBC Radio 1. BBC. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  38. ^ "Calvin Harris and Chris Brown make up after song row". BBC Radio 1. BBC. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  39. ^ "Event details – Events". George FM. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  40. ^ "Rihanna reveals Calvin Harris will DJ when Loud tour hits UK". Metro. Associated Newspapers. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  41. ^ "Calvin Harris joins the Party 2011 line-up!". Sydney Mardi Gras. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  42. ^ "Calvin Harris pulls out of DJ slot on Katy Perry tour". Newsbeat. BBC News Online. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  43. ^ Nelson, Trevor. Tinchy Stryder - Interview With Trevor Nelson. BBC Radio 1Xtra/BBC Radio. Retrieved Thursday, 10 November 2011.
  44. ^ "Calvin Harris - Calvin Harris Produced Tinchy Single". Contactmusic.com. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  45. ^ "Calvin Harris TV". YouTube. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  46. ^ a b c "Calvin Harris – Chart history: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  47. ^ "2011 RhythmandVines, New Zealand". rhythm and vines. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  48. ^ "Rihanna Calvin Harris — We Found Love". Music Charts. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  49. ^ Trust, Gary (2 November 2011). "Rihanna's 'Found' Her Way Back to Hot 100 Summit". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  50. ^ Trust, Gary (21 December 2011). "Rihanna's 'Love' Her Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  51. ^ Bronson, Fred. "Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  52. ^ "We Found Love by Rihanna Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  53. ^ Mason, Kerri; McCarthy, Zel (1 October 2013). "The Top 10 Dance-Pop Collaborations of All Time". Billboard. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  54. ^ "My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) CD". TheHut.com. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  55. ^ Goodacre, Kate (20 April 2012). "Cheryl Cole new single 'Call My Name' – listen now". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  56. ^ "Calvin Harris unveils his Florence Welch collaboration 'Sweet Nothing' – listen". NME. Time Inc. UK. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  57. ^ a b "Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2015
  58. ^ Hanagan, Ellie (14 April 2011). "Interview: Calvin Harris on his new single, Twitter and touring with Rihanna". Beatportal. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  59. ^ Downey, Ryan J. (6 September 2012). "VMA DJ Calvin Harris Nabs Moonman For Best EDM Video". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  60. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (10 September 2012). "Rihanna Credited For Catalyzing Calvin Harris' VMA Breakthrough". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  61. ^ "Brit Awards 2013 Nominations in full". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2015
  62. ^ "CALVIN HARRIS JOINS STARS AT 2013 FORMULA 1™ GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX PARTY". Bahrain International Circuit Website. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  63. ^ Masters, Tim (16 May 2013). "Emeli Sande enjoys double win at Ivor Novello awards". BBC News. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  64. ^ "Calvin Harris, Alesso, Hurts Theo debut new single 'Under Control' - listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  65. ^ Jones, Alan (2 December 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: One Direction LP tops 230k sales to become 2013's fastest seller". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 3 December 2013.  (subscription required)
  66. ^ "Harris's EDM-style remix will appear on the deluxe edition of the band's 'Direct Hits' album, out November 11". 'Rolling Stone. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  67. ^ "Calvin Harris Remixes Killers' 'When You Were Young' – Song Premiere". NME. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  68. ^ "Calvin Harris' New Song 'Summer' For First Play On Capital Friday 14th March". Capital FM. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  69. ^ Lane, Daniel (4 May 2014). "Calvin Harris scores his sixth UK Number 1 single with Summer". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  70. ^ "Calvin Harris – Chart history: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  71. ^ a b "How DJ Calvin Harris Became the Year's Most Successful Headliner". Inc. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  72. ^ a b "Calvin Harris beats out Arcade fire and Outkast at Coachella". DJ Mag. 16 April 2014. 
  73. ^ Joyce, Alice (5 September 2014). "'Blame' set to be our next summer anthem…". MTV. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  74. ^ Jones, Alan (15 September 2014). "Official Charts Analysis: Sam Smith retains No.1 album slot in busiest week of the year". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 7 February 2015.  (subscription required)
  75. ^ "Calvin Harris Releases Online-Only Track C.U.B.A.". MTV UK. 
  76. ^ a b "Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding Cope With Imploding Relationships in 'Outside' Video". Billboard. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  77. ^ "Calvin Harris Teases New Track 'Slow Acid' - Listen Here! - MTV UK". MTV UK. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  78. ^ "Calvin Harris announces new album Motion". Official Charts Company. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  79. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Playlist". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  80. ^ Hann, Michael (15 January 2015). "Sam Smith, George Ezra and Ed Sheeran dominate Brits nominations". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  81. ^ "Calvin Harris Finds His 'Glamour U.K.' Awards Man of the Year Win 'Unexpected'". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  82. ^ "Top 30 EDM Power Players". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  83. ^ "EDC Las Vegas Announces 2015 Lineup: Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Avicii & More". Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  84. ^ "How Deep Is Your Love - Single by Calvin Harris & Disciples". iTunes. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  85. ^ "UK Official Singles Charts". officialcharts. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  86. ^ Harp, Justin (24 July 2015). "Little Mix make history as 'Black Magic' stays at UK No.1 for second straight week". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  87. ^ "Calvin Harris scores his first ARIA #1". www.ariacharts.com.au. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  88. ^ a b Murray, Gordon (30 July 2015). "Calvin Harris Digs 'Deep' in Dance/Electronic Songs Debut". Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  89. ^ a b "Calvin Harris soundtracks Coca-Cola ad". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  90. ^ "Coca-Cola ties-up with Calvin Harris with first UK 'Open Happiness' activity". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  91. ^ [1] Retrieved 29 July 2015
  92. ^ a b "Pepsi Max launches crowd-surfing football ad starring Lionel Messi". Campaign Live. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  93. ^ "Win Calvin Harris Sol Republic Headphones". DJ Mag. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  94. ^ O'Brien, Ciara (27 March 2014). "The Soundtrack of Life for music lovers". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  95. ^ "#17 Calvin Harris". Forbes. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  96. ^ "Calvin Harris is back in his pants, everyone". Glamour Magazine. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  97. ^ "THE AUTUMN/WINTER 2015 FASHION CAMPAIGNS". Harper Bazaar. Retrieved 28 July 2015
  98. ^ Lipsay, Lauren (20 February 2013). "Calvin Harris Takes His DJ Talents to Hakkasan Las Vegas: Exclusive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  99. ^ "Calvin Harris bags new Las Vegas deal with Hakkasan Group". BBC. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  100. ^ "HAKKASAN GROUP SIGNS CALVIN HARRIS TO EXCLUSIVE THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP". Hakkasan Group. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  101. ^ "It's Official: Jay Z's Historic Tidal Launches With 16 Artist Stakeholders". The New York Times. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  102. ^ Flanagan, Andrew (30 March 2015). "It's Official: Jay Z's Historic Tidal Launches With 16 Artist Stakeholders". Billboard. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  103. ^ Goodway, Frankie (18 November 2014). "How much money DO musicians get out of Spotify?". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  104. ^ a b "Wasted Youth". Londonist (Londonist). 3 September 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  105. ^ "Stripe launches Shelter's 'Hometime Scotland' campaign". Stripe Communications (Stripe Communications). 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  106. ^ "Housing charity urges Wickerman festival-goers to help support campaign to end homelessness". Shelter (charity) (Shelter (charity)). 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  107. ^ a b "post-BRITS gig 2010". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  108. ^ "Take That to headline War Child and O2 BRIT Awards Show". O2 (United Kingdom). 19 January 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  109. ^ "Rihanna, Calvin Harris, More Teaming Up For Charity Concert". MTV (MTV.com). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  110. ^ a b c "Press". RED.org. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  111. ^ "Tiesto Recruits Bono, Calvin Harris, Diplo for AIDS Charity Compilation". Rolling Stone. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  112. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (14 August 2013). "Electronic Cash Kings 2013: The World's Highest-Paid DJs". Forbes. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  113. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (19 August 2014). "The World's Highest-Paid DJs: Electronic Cash Kings 2014". Forbes. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  114. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (24 August 2015). "The World's Highest-Paid DJs: Electronic Cash Kings 2015". Forbes. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  115. ^ "Paul McCartney tops musicians' rich list. Again". The Guardian. 29 July 2015. 
  116. ^ "Calvin Harris is the Richest DJ, but Not the Richest Musician". ESA Records. 29 July 2015. 
  117. ^ "Rita Ora Talks Calvin Harris Split in Sexy Cosmopolitan Cover Story: Right Guy at the Wrong Time". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  118. ^ Hill, Nick (7 June 2014). "Calvin Harris And Rita Ora Split Up, DJ Confirms on Twitter". contactmusic.com. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  119. ^ "Taylor Swift dating Calvin Harris". People.com. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  120. ^ Esther Lee (1 April 2015). "Taylor Swift Is Dating Calvin Harris: Details on Their New Romance". Us Weekly. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  121. ^ "Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris Are the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple". Time.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  122. ^ "Teetotal Stars". Glamour Magazine. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  123. ^ "Harris gave up drink 'for fans'". BBC. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  124. ^ Sir Tim Rice and Top Songwriters Honored at 2014 BMI London Awards. Retrieved 13 February 2015

External links[edit]