My Way (Calvin Harris song)

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"My Way"
My Way Calvin Harris.jpg
Single by Calvin Harris
Released 16 September 2016
Format Digital download
Genre Tropical house
Length 3:39
Label
Songwriter(s) Calvin Harris
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Hype"
(2016)
"My Way"
(2016)
"Slide"
(2017)

"Hype"
(2016)
"My Way"
(2016)
"Slide"
(2017)
Music video
"My Way" on YouTube

"My Way" is a song by Calvin Harris. The song was released on 16 September 2016.[1] Harris announced the single on his Twitter page five days prior to its release.[2] Like his previous 2010s singles "Summer" and "Feel So Close", Harris returns as a vocalist.[3] It topped the charts in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Scotland while peaking within the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as the top 20 in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

Background and composition[edit]

"[The] song's kind of about breaking out of a situation that you thought was a good thing. Then, you're way more comfortable out of it. And it could be anything. It could be a job, or it could be a relationship. I had kind of the idea for the concept for a few years, but I didn't know how to work out how it sounded."

 — Harris, during an interview with iHeartRadio.[4]

On 6 September 2016, Harris uploaded the artwork for "My Way" without the song title to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, causing people to believe that this was hinting at a new song being in the works.[5] Harris announced the single along with its official artwork to his Twitter page on 12 September 2016, five days prior to its release.[2]

"My Way" is an uptempo,[6] tropical house song.[7][8][9] The song is written in the key of E minor with a common time tempo of 120 beats per minute. Harris's vocals span from D3 to G4 in the song.[10]

Harris stated on the British radio station Heart and other interviews, that the lyrics are about his career in the grocery store he used to work in and how it prevented him from moving to London to progress in his music production.[9] Despite this, there are some rumors the song is about his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released to YouTube on 28 October 2016 through Calvin Harris' official Vevo account.[11] It was directed by long-time collaborator, Emil Nava.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "My Way" debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated 8 October 2016. The single opened at number 4 on Digital Songs with 53,000 downloads, and at number 45 on Streaming Songs with 6 million US streams in its first full week. On Radio Songs, it opened 46 following its first full week of airplay (27 million in audience).[12]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[76] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[77] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[78] Platinum 30,000*
France (SNEP)[79] Diamond 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[80] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[81] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[82] Gold 15,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[83] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Sweden (GLF)[84] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[85] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[86] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various 19 September 2016 Digital download Sony [87]
United States 20 September 2016 Contemporary hit radio Columbia [88]

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