I Created Disco

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I Created Disco
Calvin Harris - I Created Disco.png
Studio album by
Released15 June 2007 (2007-06-15)
Recorded2006–2007
Studio
  • Calvinharrisbeats Studio
  • (Dumfries, Scotland)
Genre
Length55:23
Label
ProducerCalvin Harris
Calvin Harris chronology
I Created Disco
(2007)
Ready for the Weekend
(2009)
Singles from I Created Disco
  1. "Vegas"
    Released: 29 January 2007
  2. "Acceptable in the 80s"
    Released: 12 March 2007
  3. "The Girls"
    Released: 4 June 2007
  4. "Merrymaking at My Place"
    Released: 20 August 2007
  5. "Colours"
    Released: 5 November 2007
  6. "Certified"
    Released: 18 February 2008
  7. "I Created Disco"
    Released: 21 April 2008
  8. "This Is the Industry"
    Released: 8 June 2008

I Created Disco is the debut studio album by Scottish musician Calvin Harris. It was released on 15 June 2007 by Columbia Records. It was preceded by the singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", which reached numbers 10 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.[3] On 23 May 2008, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[4] I Created Disco had sold 223,845 copies in the United Kingdom by November 2014.[5]

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[6] in Harris's home studio, called Calvinharrisbeats Studio. All 14 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
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
BBC MusicFavourable[8]
BillboardFavourable[9]
Drowned in Sound1/10[10]
The Guardian1/5 stars[11]
NME7/10[12]
Pitchfork3.7/10[13]
PopMatters4/10[14]
Stylus MagazineB[15]
Yahoo! Music6/10 stars[16]

I Created Disco received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 59, based on 17 reviews.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Calvin Harris.

No.TitleLength
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.[22]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–08) Peak
position
Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[23] 11
European Albums (Billboard)[24] 32
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 95
Irish Albums (IRMA)[26] 34
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 8
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[29] 1
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[30] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 230,000[5]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Ireland 15 June 2007 [31]
United Kingdom 18 June 2007 [32]
Japan 27 June 2007 Sony [20]
Australia 6 July 2007 Red Label [33]
United States 4 September 2007 Almost Gold [34]
Benelux 13 January 2008 PIAS [35]
France 4 February 2008
[21]
Germany 18 April 2008 Ministry of Sound [36]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bush, John. "Ready for the Weekend – Calvin Harris". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  3. ^ Jones, Alan (25 June 2007). "White Stripes top albums chart". Music Week. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b "British album certifications – Calvin Harris – I Created Disco". British Phonographic Industry. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2014. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type I Created Disco in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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  8. ^ Thomas, Lou (7 June 2007). "Review of Calvin Harris – I Created Disco". BBC Music. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  9. ^ Mason, Kerri. "I Created Disco". Billboard. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  10. ^ Diver, Mike (8 June 2007). "Calvin Harris – I Created Disco". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 21 August 2007.
  11. ^ Costa, Maddy (8 June 2007). "Calvin Harris, I Created Disco". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  12. ^ Naylor, Tony (13 June 2007). "Calvin Harris: I Created Disco". NME. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2007.
  13. ^ Hogan, Marc (1 November 2007). "Calvin Harris: I Created Disco". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  14. ^ Raper, Dan (5 September 2007). "Calvin Harris: I Created Disco". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  15. ^ Brown, Ally (29 June 2007). "Calvin Harris – I Created Disco". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
  16. ^ Mackay, Emily (19 June 2007). "Calvin Harris – 'I Created Disco'". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
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  24. ^ "European Top 100 Albums". Billboard. 7 July 2007. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  25. ^ "Lescharts.com – Calvin Harris – I Created Disco". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  26. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 25, 2007". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  28. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  30. ^ "Calvin Harris Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
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