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Cirkut in 2015
Background information
Birth nameHenry Russell Walter
Born (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 37)[1]
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
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Henry Russell Walter (born April 23, 1986), known professionally as Cirkut, is a Canadian record producer and songwriter. He has co-produced and co-written commercially successful singles, often in tandem with American record producer Dr. Luke and Swedish producer Max Martin since 2008. His credits include songs and albums for prominent artists including Katy Perry, Becky G, Ava Max, Nicki Minaj, R. City, the Weeknd, Kesha, Ciara, Pitbull, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Adam Lambert, B.o.B, Marina and the Diamonds,, Jungkook, G.R.L. and Juicy J, among others.

Walter has written and produced the Billboard Hot 100-number one singles "Part of Me", "Roar" and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry, "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, and "Starboy" and "Die for You (Remix)" by the Weeknd.[2][3] He won the Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for his work on the latter two songs' parent album, Starboy.[4] He co-produced Jungkook's 2023 single "Standing Next to You".

Life and career[edit]

Walter was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 2004. He co-produced the Britney Spears song "Mmm Papi" which appeared on her 2008 album Circus.[5] He sent it as an instrumental track to Kobalt Music Group via their attorney Chris Taylor, where songwriter Nicole Morier began using it to write with Britney Spears.[6]

Walter opened Dream House Studios in Toronto. He then relocated to Los Angeles, California.[7] He co-produced "Part of Me", the title song to Katy Perry's 2012 concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Walter was also responsible for producing and co-writing the Weeknd's track "High for This". In 2016, he co-produced and co-wrote 9 songs on the Weeknd's album Starboy.[8]


Title Year Album Writer Producer Remix
"Mmm Papi"[5] 2008 Britney SpearsCircus checkY checkY
"Blow (Cirkut Remix)" 2011 KeshaI Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album checkY checkY checkY
"Seal It with a Kiss" Britney Spears – Femme Fatale checkY checkY
"High for This" The WeekndHouse of Balloons checkY checkY
"Wild Heart", "Where Do They Do That At?" SabiAll I Want checkY checkY
"Domino" Jessie J – Who You Are checkY checkY
"Good Feeling" Flo RidaWild Ones checkY checkY
"Hangover", "Tattoo"[9] Taio CruzTY.O checkY checkY
"You Da One", "Where Have You Been", "Fool in Love" RihannaTalk That Talk[10] checkY checkY
"Turn All The Lights On" T-PainRevolver checkY checkY
"Never Close Our Eyes", "Better Than I Know Myself"[11] 2012 Adam LambertTrespassing checkY checkY
"Part of Me", "Wide Awake" Katy PerryTeenage Dream: The Complete Confection checkY checkY
"Problem (The Monster Remix)" Becky G – Hotel Transylvania Soundtrack checkY checkY
"Young Forever", "Va Va Voom", "Masquerade" Nicki MinajPink Friday: Roman Reloaded checkY checkY
"Brokenhearted"[12] KarminHello checkY checkY
"Both of Us" (featuring Taylor Swift), "Strange Clouds" (featuring Lil Wayne), "Arena" (featuring T.I. & Chris Brown)[13] B.o.BStrange Clouds checkY checkY
"Primadonna", "Lies", "How To Be A Heartbreaker"[14] Marina and the DiamondsElectra Heart checkY checkY
"One More Time" Baby E – N/A checkY checkY
"High For This" The Weeknd – Trilogy checkY checkY
"Wish U Were Here" (featuring Becky G) Cody SimpsonParadise checkY checkY
"Rock Me" One DirectionTake Me Home checkY checkY
"Oath" (featuring Becky G) Cher Lloyd feat Becky G – Sticks + Stones checkY checkY
"Warrior", "Die Young", "C'mon", "Thinking of You", "Crazy Kids", "Wherever You Are", "Dirty Love", "Wonderland", "Only Wanna Dance With You", "Supernatural", "Gold Trans Am", "Last Goodbye" Kesha – Warrior checkY checkY
"Till The World Ends (Twister Remix)" Britney Spears – N/A checkY checkY checkY
"High For This", "Halcyon" Ellie GouldingHalcyon checkY checkY
"Die Young", "Supernatural" Kesha – Deconstructed checkY
"Fall Down" (featuring Miley Cyrus), "Far Away from Home" (featuring Nicole Scherzinger), "Geekin" 2013 – #willpower checkY checkY
"Ooh La La" Britney Spears – Music From and Inspired by the Smurfs 2 checkY checkY
"Vacation" G.R.L. – Music From and Inspired by the Smurfs 2 checkY checkY
"Walks Like Rihanna" The WantedWord of Mouth checkY checkY
"Play It Again", "Can't Get Enough" (featuring Pitbull), "Zoomin' Zoomin", "Built for This", "Lovin' What You Do" Becky G – Play It Again (EP) checkY checkY
"Roar", "Legendary Lovers", "Birthday", "Unconditionally", "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), "International Smile", "Ghost" Katy Perry – Prism checkY checkY
"Wrecking Ball" Miley CyrusBangerz checkY checkY
"Harder We Fall", "Excuse My Rude", "Gold" Jessie J – Alive checkY checkY
"Smokin Rollin", "Bounce It" Juicy JStay Trippy checkY checkY
"Give It 2 U" Robin ThickeBlurred Lines checkY checkY
"Brightest Morning Star" Britney Spears – Britney Jean checkY checkY
"Timber" (featuring Kesha) PitbullGlobal Warming: Meltdown checkY checkY
"Show Me What You Got", "Ugly Heart", "Rewind" 2014 G.R.L.G.R.L. checkY checkY
"Quiero Bailar (All Through The Night)" 3BallMTY – Globall checkY checkY
"Dare (La La La)" ShakiraShakira checkY checkY
"La La La (Brazil 2014)" ShakiraOne Love, One Rhythm - The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album checkY checkY
"We Are One (Ole Ola)" (featuring Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte) PitbullOne Love, One Rhythm - The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album checkY checkY
"Wild Wild Love" (featuring G.R.L.) PitbullGlobalization checkY checkY
"Zipper" Jason DeruloTalk Dirty checkY checkY
"Shower", "Can't Stop Dancin'", "Can't Get Enough (Spanish Version)" Becky GN/A checkY checkY
"I Don't Mind" UsherN/A checkY checkY
"Get on Your Knees" (featuring Ariana Grande), "Only (featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)", "Trini Dem Girls" (featuring LunchMoney Lewis), "The Night is Still Young", "Pills N Potions" Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint checkY checkY
"She Knows" Ne-YoNon-Fiction checkY checkY
"Stayin Out All Night" Wiz KhalifaBlacc Hollywood checkY checkY
"Sugar" Maroon 5V checkY checkY
"Low" (featuring Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug), Juicy JThe Hustle Continues checkY checkY
"Never Been in Love", "One More" ElliphantOne More checkY checkY
"Completement Fou", "Coca Sans Bulles", "Florence En Italie", "Un Jour Viendra" YelleComplètement fou checkY checkY
"This Is How We Roll" 2015 Fifth HarmonyReflection checkY checkY
"Lighthouse" G.R.L.N/A checkY checkY
"For Everybody" Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, R. CityN/A checkY checkY
"Dance Like We're Makin' Love", "Give Me Love", "Lullaby", "Kiss N Tell", "Special Edition" CiaraJackie checkY checkY
"Best People in the World" Elliphant – N/A checkY checkY
"The Water Dance" Chris Porter – The Water Dance checkY checkY
"Once in a Lifetime" Flo RidaMy House checkY checkY
"Like This", "Locked Away" (featuring Adam Levine), "Checking for You", "Take You Down", "Broadway", "Over", "Make Up", "Again", "Live by the Gun", "Slave to the Dollar", "Save My Soul", "Crazy Love", "Don't You Worry", "Our Story" R. CityWhat Dreams Are Made Of checkY checkY
"Marching Band" (featuring Juicy J) R. KellyThe Buffet checkY checkY
"Lovin' So Hard", "Break a Sweat", "You Love It" Becky GN/A checkY checkY
"Everybody" (featuring Azealia Banks), "Love Me Badder" ElliphantLiving Life Golden checkY checkY
"Whip It!" (featuring Chloe Angelides), "Ain't Too Cool" Lunchmoney LewisN/A checkY checkY
"Silk Road" Rick RossBlack Market checkY checkY
"Ain't Your Mama" 2016 Jennifer LopezN/A checkY checkY
"Tabú" Pablo Alborán, Ava MaxTabú checkY
"Greenlight" (featuring Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis) PitbullClimate Change checkY checkY
"Guys My Age" Hey VioletFrom the Outside checkY
"Starboy" (featuring Daft Punk), "False Alarm", "Reminder", "Secrets", "Six Feet Under", "Ordinary Life", "Nothing Without You", "I Feel It Coming" (featuring Daft Punk) The WeekndStarboy checkY checkY
"Bang Bang" (featuring R. City, Selah Sue and Craig David) DJ Fresh, DiploN/A checkY
"Another Love Song" 2017 Ne-YoN/A checkY checkY
"I Don't Want It at All", "Slow It Down" Kim PetrasN/A checkY checkY
"All Night" (featuring LunchMoney Lewis) Big BoiBoomiverse checkY checkY
"Ugly" Jaira BurnsN/A checkY checkY
"A Little Work" FergieDouble Dutchess checkY checkY
"Girls Like You" (featuring Cardi B) 2018 Maroon 5Red Pill Blues checkY checkY
"Savior" (featuring Quavo) Iggy AzaleaN/A checkY checkY
"Hurt You" (featuring Gesaffelstein) The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy, checkY checkY
"Heart to Break", "Can't Do Better", "All the Time" Kim PetrasN/A checkY checkY
"Any Weather" BirdmanBirdman presents: Before Anythang (Soundtrack) checkY checkY
"Nights Like These", "On Ur Mind", "Ocean Sure" Ne-YoGood Man checkY checkY
"Animal", "Priceless" Trey SongzTremaine the Album checkY checkY
"Come See About Me" Nicki MinajQueen checkY checkY
"Creep on Me" (featuring French Montana & DJ Snake) GashiGashi checkY checkY
"Treasure Island" checkY checkY
"Sweet but Psycho"[15] Ava MaxHeaven & Hell checkY checkY
"So Am I", "Torn", "Salt" 2019 checkY checkY
"Kings & Queens", "Who's Laughing Now", "OMG What's Happening", "Heaven", "Naked", "Tattoo", "Call Me Tonight", "Born to the Night", "Take You to Hell", "Belladonna", "Rumors", "My Head & My Heart" 2020 checkY checkY
"On Me (featuring Ava Max)" checkY checkY
"EveryTime I Cry" 2021
Ava MaxN/A
checkY checkY
"Let you"
Iann DiorN/A
checkY checkY
"Echo (featuring blackbear)", "One Light (featuring Bantu)", "Convince Me Otherwise (featuring H.E.R)" Maroon 5 - JORDI checkY checkY
"Hurricane" checkY checkY
"Tears in the Club" FKA twigs checkY checkY
"House on Fire" 2022 checkY checkY
"Hold Me Closer" Elton John and Britney Spears – N/A checkY
"Maybe You're the Problem", "Million Dollar Baby", "Weapons", "Dancing's Done" checkY checkY
"Star Walkin' (League of Legends Worlds Anthem)" checkY checkY
"Everything to Everyone" and "Moon" checkY checkY
"Unholy (featuring Kim Petras)" checkY checkY
"Lose You", "How to Cry" 2023 checkY
"Sleepwalker", "Ghost", "Hold Up (Wait a Minute)", "Diamonds & Dancefloors", "In the Dark", "Turn Off the Lights", "One of Us", "Get Outta My Heart", "Cold as Ice", "Last Night on Earth" checkY checkY
"Red Flags"[16] checkY checkY
"Bite Me" checkY checkY
"King of Hearts" Kim PetrasFeed the Beast checkY checkY
Jungkook feat. LattoN/A
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"Y.O.Universe" VchaSeVit (New Light) checkY checkY
"Drown", "My Favorite Drug", "Imagination", "Selfish", "Conditions" 2024 Justin TimberlakeEverything I Thought It Was checkY checkY

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Roar" Song of the Year Nominated
2018 Starboy Best Urban Contemporary Album Won
2022 Donda Album of the Year Nominated
  • Juno Awards
    • 2014: Jack Richardson Producer of the Year (Won)
    • 2015: Songwriter of the Year (Nominated)


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