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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.



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Rita Ora And Calvin Harris Reportedly Bury The Hatchet


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Exes Rita Ora and Calvin Harris have reportedly buried the hatchet, ending a nearly two year feud.

The former couple reportedly fell out after Calvin refused to let Rita use any of the material they had worked on together on her new album and banned her from performing their collaborative single, ‘I Will Never Let You Down’.

Rita OraRita Ora is reportedly back on good terms with Calvin Harris

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Calvin Harris Teams Up With Migos And Frank Ocean For Summer Anthem 'Slide'


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Calvin Harris has launched his first single of the year in the form of 'Slide', featuring Frank Ocean and Georgia hip hop collective Migos. He's been teasing the new track for about a week, alluding to the uplifting nature of his latest recording and even releasing an audio preview.

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris unveils new single 'Slide'

'Slide' is a piano led summer anthem with joyful synths, a steady beat, breathy vocals and hints of reggae fusion. For DJs like Calvin Harris, it's never too late to get into the summer spirit and this song is the perfect way to do so.

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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

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


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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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Does Calvin Harris' 'My Way' Video Prove The Song Is About Taylor Swift?


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Calvin Harris said his new single 'My Way' wasn't about his ex Taylor Swift, but after dropping the video for it, fans are certain that he's subtly throwing serious shade at the singer. The video is based in virtual reality and sees his girlfriend as a flickering robotic image.

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The DJ dropped the video yesterday (October 28th 2016) with actress Emanuela Postacchini ('Third Person') playing his holographic robot girlfriend. That statement is scornful in itself if it really is about Taylor. But there's a few other snippets in the visual that are directly reminiscent of Taylor and her music videos.

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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

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

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Amy Schumer Is The Most Dangerous Celebrity To Search For In 2016


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She’s long been a thorn in the side of the patriarchy with her irreverent and forthright brand of comedy, but now Amy Schumer is proving to be actively dangerous – to internet users who search for her name!

A new report conducted on various search engines by anti-virus experts shows that Amy Schumer has been the most dangerous name to search for online in 2016, as the internet security firm Intel Security published its annual list of the TV, music and film stars whose names are most regularly hijacked by hackers to lure people to sites carrying malware.

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Calvin Harris Explains My Way Lyrics And They're Not About Taylor Swift


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Calvin Harris has ended the speculation that his new track ‘My Way’ is about his split with Taylor Swift. Many fans believed that the song was a ‘diss track’ about the DJ's bad break-up with Swift earlier this year, but Harris says the song actually has a totally different meaning.

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris says 'My Way' is not a dig at Taylor Swift

Appearing on the Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show, Harris explained that the song is actually about ditching his grocery store job to pursue a career in music. “It’s breaking out of a situation,” he said.

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Rita Ora Opens Up On 'Becky With The Good Hair' Accusations: "I've Had A Few Dramas"


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Rita Ora has slammed rumours that she was the “Becky with the good hair” mentioned on Beyonce’s Lemonade album, calling the accusations ‘rude and disrespectful’. The 25-year-old was formerly a protégé of Beyonce's husband Jay Z and signed to his Roc Nation records, but she left the label earlier this year after a dispute.

Rita OraRita Ora didn't appreciate being labelled “Becky with the good hair”

In an interview with Vanity Fair Ora spoke about the “Not Becky” pin she wore at this year’s Met Ball after-party, shortly after the release of Lemonade. “That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry. Maybe I was the only one seen wearing it, but there were others,” Ora explained.

Continue reading: Rita Ora Opens Up On 'Becky With The Good Hair' Accusations: "I've Had A Few Dramas"

Jason Derulo Wants To Collaborate With Calvin Harris


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Jason Derulo wants to duet with Calvin Harris.

The 26-year-old has admitted he has ''been in contact'' with the Scottish DJ and is ''interested'' in working with the 32-year-old musician on a track in the future, although their busy schedules are making it difficult to put a plan into action.

The 'Wiggle' hitmaker told the Daily Star newspaper: ''We've been in contact and Calvin and I are interested in working together for sure.

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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

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Ellie Goulding Announces New Collaboration With Calvin Harris; Says She's "Not Boring"


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On the day she announces a brand new collaboration with her some-time musical partner-in-crime Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding has given a new interview in which she’s tried to clear up a few misconceptions the public have about her – mostly, that she’s boring.

She and Harris revealed a new song is set to drop in the summer, which has been recorded but not yet given a title. The two have collaborated twice before, on 2012’s ‘I Need Your Love’ and 2014’s ‘Outside’, which between them have over one billion Vevo hits.

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding is fed up of everybody calling her boring

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


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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 SwiftTaylor 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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John Newman, Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris - Shots of a host of stars from the music industry as they arrive for the inaugural BBC Music Awards 2014 which were held at Earls Court in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th December 2014

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Calvin Harris

Date of birth

17th February, 1984

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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