Calvin Harris

  • 25 July 2007

Date of birth

17th February, 1984

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.96

Calvin Harris (born 17.1.1984)
Calvin Harris is a Scottish musician who has had a number one hit single in the UK with his collaboration with Dizzee Rascal, 'Dance Wiv Me'.

Early Music Career: Calvin Harris released two popular club "12 singles when he was 21. 'Da Bongos' and 'Brighter Days' were released under the name of Stouffer on the Prima Facie label.

In 2004, he released a track with Ayah that was featured on The Unabombers' Electric Soul 2.

In 2006, Calvin Harris signed a publishing deal with EMI as well as a recording contract with Sony BMG. His music came to prominence after he posted it on his MySpace page. At the time of his discovery, Harris had moved back to Dumfries from London after failing to find work in the capital.

Rise To Fame: Calvin Harris' first album I Created Disco was released in 2007. Musically, it was largely influenced by electro music of the 1980s. Harris promoted the album by touring the UK in support of Groove Armada and Faithless.

The first single from the album was 'Vegas'. It was released on limited edition vinyl. The follow-up single, 'Acceptable In The 80s' was not on limited release and was Harris' first single to reach the charts. The track reached the top 10 and remained in the top 40 for 15 weeks.

'The Girls' was the next single from the album and it reached the top five in the UK. The fourth release, 'Merrymaking At My Place', fared less well, only reaching number 43.

The Dragonettes covered 'The Girls' and renamed it 'The Boys'. Their version of the song was chosen for Karl Lagerfeld's Spring / Summer collection catwalk show.

In 2007, Calvin Harris worked with Kylie Minogue. He produced and co-wrote 'Heart Beat Rock' and 'In My Arms' on her album X.

Calvin Harris has also collaborated with the Mitchell Brothers and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Harris claimed, in an interview with Fearne Cotton on BBC Radio 1, that he had turned down the opportunity of working with Lady GaGa because he disliked the demo that he was sent of her music.

In 2008, Harris' collaboration with Dizzee Rascal, 'Dance Wiv Me' went to number one in the UK singles charts. The pair performed the track acoustically at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival, for the BBC.

The master tracks for Harris second album were apparently briefly lost when his bags went missing as part of the widely reported problems during the opening weeks of London's Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Harris has since stated that he fabricated the story in order to buy some more time to finish the record.

The debut single from Calvin Harris's second album was released in April 2009. 'I'm Not Alone' became Harris' second number one in the UK. The track received its debut airplay on the Pete Tong show on Radio 1.

The second single from the album is 'Ready For The Weekend', featuring Mary Pearce.

Calvin Harris has also remixed tracks by the likes of CSS, Primal Scream and Kaiser Chiefs.

Calvin Harris And Florence Welch Object To Tories Using Their Music At Party Conference

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 05 October 2017

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Calvin and Florence hit out at the Conservative Party for using their music without their permission during their conference in Manchester this week.

Pop stars Calvin Harris and Florence Welch have hit out at the Conservative Party for using their music without their permission at their annual conference.

The Conservatives held their conference in Manchester this week, which culminated in prime minister Theresa May’s speech to delegates on Thursday (October 4th), which was more memorable for the interruption by comedian Simon Brodkin and Ms May’s persistent cough throughout.

Adding to the slightly farcical air around proceedings was a tweet from 33 year old EDM artist Calvin Harris, who objected to the use of his track ‘This Is What You Came For’, a collaboration with Rihanna, as Ms May’s walk-on music. He said that such a happy song should not be used at “such a sad event”.

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Did Calvin Harris Deliberately Not Clap For Taylor Swift's New Video?

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 28 August 2017

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The ex-boyfriend of the singer seemed uninterested when Taylor's new video was showcased at the VMAs on Sunday

There is no doubt Taylor Swift is back but it seems not everyone is happy about it. The superstar singer unveiled the video to her latest song, Look What You Made Me Do, at the VMAs last night (Sun 27) but there was one person in the audience who seemed unimpressed: Taylor’s former boyfriend, Calvin Harris.

Image caption Calvin Harris snapped after a work-out

Forbes have revealed that the 33-year-old DJ - whose real name is Adam Wiles - has topped the list of highest-earning DJs having made a whopping $48,500,000 in the last year thanks to his latest album as well as his various collaborative ventures.

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Calvin Harris Explained He "Snapped" In Break Up Tweets Following Taylor Swift Split

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30 June 2017

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Swifty and Scottish DJ Harris dated from March 2015 to June 2016

It was one of the biggest showbiz get togethers that was followed by millions of fans alike when Swifty and Calvin became a couple. The pair frolicked on inflatable swans, cooked, looked after Taylor’s cats and hung out in impossibly cute places looking impossibly adorable. But then the dream was over and the claws came out.

Taylor and Calvin's relationship ended acrimoniously

The pair split after just over a year together in June 2016 and mere weeks later Swifty was caught snogging British actor, Tom Hiddleston, before the social media backbiting began.

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Calvin Harris spills his protein shake on the floor as he arrives at a gym in West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 20th February 2017

Steve Aoki And Louis Tomlinson's Duet 'needed More Energy'

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 02 February 2017

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Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson's song ' Just Hold On' ''needed more energy'', according to the electro house musician.

Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson's song ' Just Hold On' ''needed more energy''.

The 25-year-old One Direction band member partnered with the 39-year-old musician on their latest single, but the electro house expert has admitted the track was originally a ''sad, slow'' song and desperately needed to be uplifted with more ''speed'' and ''energy''.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine about their recent release, the record producer said: ''I didn't want to make an EDM record with an EDM arrangement ... It was really about the lyrics, how to make the lyrics stand out musically on my part.

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Scottish musician Calvin Harris seen leaving a gym after a workout - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 18th October 2016

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris seen leaving a gym after a workout at West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 4th October 2016

Calvin Harris Slams Taylor Swift For Trying To 'Bury' Him Over Songwriting Debacle

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 14 July 2016

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He's not impressed with the singer owning up about Nils Sjöberg.

It's confirmed: Taylor Swift DID co-wrote the new Calvin Harris track 'This Is What You Came For' under the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg. Her team have just settled that bit of gossip, but Calvin is definitely not happy about it and has accused her of deliberately trying to make him look bad.

Image caption Taylor Swift DID help write 'This Is What You Came For'

Calvin released the single 'This Is What You Came For' featuring Rihanna earlier this year, while he was still dating Taylor, as part of his upcoming album project. Rumours arose recently that Taylor helped out on the track under a Scandinavian nom de plume, but Calvin has launched a scathing attack on Twitter amid a few backhanded compliments over the singer deciding to come clean about it all.

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Calvin Harris seen headlining the main stage on the second day of T In The Park 2016. Scotland, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th July 2016

Calvin Harris Confesses He's 'Lucky And Grateful' After Crash, But Cancels More Gigs

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 27 May 2016

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He breaks his silence following scary road collision.

Calvin Harris has spoken out for the first time since he had his car accident on Saturday (May 21st 2016), apologising to fans via Twitter yesterday about having to cancel two further gigs in Las Vegas because he's still not yet recovered from his injuries.

Image caption Calvin Harris says he feels 'lucky and grateful'

The 32-year-old DJ whose real name is Adam Wiles is not yet ready to take to the stage again after being hospitalised last week following a car crash. His team posted a statement on Facebook explaining the situation, but Harris later decided to address his fans directly with a message on Twitter.

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Taylor Swift's '1989' World Tour Has Made Over $173 Million So Far

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 18 October 2015

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Taylor Swift is one rich lady, with her '1989' world tour raking in the mega bucks.

Taylor Swift’s mammoth 1989 world tour has so far grossed over $173 million, according to Billboard’s Hot Tours list. It’s the sixth time so far this year that the singer has topped Billboard’s weekly tally of highest-grossing touring artists, making $13.6 million in this week alone.

Taylor Swift has made over $173 million from her ‘1989’ world tour.

Swift took $13.6 million from just three venues on the second leg of her North American tour, bringing the total gross of her ‘1989’ shows to $173 million from 59 reported concerts. The tour’s second leg began on July 6 in Ottawa and is set to end in Tampa at the end of October.

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Calvin Harris - Shots of the winners from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in the press room after the ceremony which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, California, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015