Flashback (Calvin Harris song)

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Calvin Harris-Flashback-Single.jpg
Single by Calvin Harris
from the album Ready for the Weekend
Released2 November 2009
Songwriter(s)Calvin Harris
Producer(s)Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Ready for the Weekend"
"You Used to Hold Me"

"Flashback" is a song by Scottish musician Calvin Harris from his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend (2009). The song was released in the UK on 2 November 2009 and features Jordanian singer Ayah Marar.[1][2] Harris and Marar would later work together again on Harris's 2013 single "Thinking About You".

Release and promotion[edit]

"Flashback" was released as the album's third single on 2 November 2009. To promote the track, Calvin was originally scheduled to perform on the UK morning talk show GMTV, however the show declined Calvin's appearance as they thought the song was "too dancy" for the programme.[3][4][5]

The following week, Disney Channel promoted the message card for "Flashback" after the 4:30 showing of Hannah Montana, showing an image of Calvin wearing diamond sunglasses, as well as the words "Flashback [Calvin Harris]".

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[6]
1."Flashback" (Radio Edit)3:40
2."Flashback" (Album Version)3:49
3."Flashback" (David Guetta's One Love Remix)7:11
4."Flashback" (Eric Prydz Remix)7:50
5."Flashback" (Goldie Remix)4:45
6."Flashback" (Instrumental Mix)3:46

Credits and personnel[edit]

Music video[edit]

Harris stated on his Twitter that he was busy filming the video for the songs.[8] The video was uploaded to Harris' official YouTube page on 13 October 2009. But then Harris removed it stating that the beat was too fast and that the actual version is at "the right speed".[9] All scenes in the video are shot in Ibiza. It shows Harris at a penthouse, riding in a limousine, walking the streets and boarding a small boat with some girls. It also features him DJing at Pacha. It also shows Harris alone on a speedboat early in the morning while wearing white and looking at Polaroid shots of him and the girls strewn all over the boat and some washed on the sea, along with bottles and cans of liquor and some of the stuff the girls used like an Indian headdress. All the while trying to remember the events of last night because he was "drunk" the whole evening.[10]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United Kingdom 2 November 2009


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 38
Australia Club (ARIA)[12] 8
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[13] 10
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[14] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 23
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 18
UK Dance (Official Charts Company) 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
UK Singles Chart[18] 197


  1. ^ Un. "Calvin Harris | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  2. ^ "Calvin Harris : Releases". Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  3. ^ "Calvin Harris rages at GMTV for not playing 'Flashback' | News". Nme.Com. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  4. ^ Jody Thompson (2009-10-22). "Calvin Harris launches attack on GMTV after they 'ban' him from show - 3am & Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  5. ^ Warwick, Naomi (16 November 2009). "Musician Harris may have had 'other motives' for stage invasion". International Business Times UK. Archived from the original on 18 November 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  6. ^ "Calvin Harris - Flashback". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  7. ^ a b "Calvin Harris - Flashback". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  8. ^ "Twitter / I'm on a boat in ibiza shooting a video. Living the dream! Last night @ Pacha was epic, they filmed that too! Need Jamon Ruffles out here". Twitter.com. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  9. ^ "Twitter / Calvin Harris: NEW VIDEO FINALLY UPLOADED". Twitter.com. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  10. ^ "Calvin Harris - Flashback". YouTube. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Calvin Harris – Flashback". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Top 50 Club Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Calvin Harris – Flashback" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Calvin Harris – Flashback" (in French). Ultratip.
  15. ^ "Ireland Singles Top 50 - Music Charts". Acharts.us. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Calvin Harris". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  18. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19.

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