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.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Steve Aoki And Louis Tomlinson's Duet 'needed More Energy'
Calvin Harris fell asleep waiting for Rihanna to record 'This is What You Came For' but has admitted after recording the track he felt he was in possession of the ''most important vocals'' ever.
The 32-year-old Scottish DJ has revealed he jetted over to New York to meet with the Barbados-born singer and to ensure she would join him and record the vocals for their latest collaboration, although he dozed off in a hotel waiting for the 28 year old to arrive.
Speaking on Zane Lowe's Apple Music Beats 1 show he said: ''She was going to do it in LA. She didn't, she couldn't. She had to finish her album.
Internet security Intel Security (McAfee) published its annual list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online in 2016.
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.
Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online in 2016
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Newman had a small role in the ‘This Is What You Came For’ drama earlier this year.
Calvin Harris’ pal John Newman has described Taylor Swift’s treatment of the DJ after their break-up as “brutal”. Earlier this year Newman unwittingly nearly revealed that Taylor had ghost-written Calvin’s hit ‘This Is What You Came For’, just a few months before the couple split.
John Newman has opened up on his thoughts about Calvin vs Taylor
Speaking to The Sun about the ‘This Is What You Came For’ drama, Newman said: “From her side? Yeah, it did get brutal. I’m like Calvin, happy to take a back seat. I like my music to do the talking.”
Continue reading: John Newman Says Taylor Swift Was 'Brutal' To Calvin Harris After Split
Fans had speculated that the DJ’s latest track was a dig at his ex Taylor Swift.
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 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.
Continue reading: Calvin Harris Explains My Way Lyrics And They're Not About Taylor Swift
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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The singer asked for peace after a brawl began during her set at Glasgow's Summer Sessions
Ellie Goulding became more than just a popstar at a recent gig in Glasgow and when she turned referee as she pleaded for peace when a fight broke out between a group of women as she performed. The Burn singing star was taking her turn at Sunday’s Summer Session event in the Scottish city when she paused and asked for the fight to stop as one woman was attacked by two other women.
Ellie Goulding has been big on the festival scene this summer
Shocked fans attempted to break up the dispute as one girl got a handful of the victim’s hair and another started to stamp on her stomach and leg.
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Harris made $66 million from June 2014 to June 2015 - exactly the same amount he made last time.
For the third year in a row, Calvin Harris has been announced as the world’s highest paid DJ. From June 2014 to June 2015, the Scottish EDM star made $66 million in pre-tax earnings from live performances, licensing, sales and other contracts, according to Forbes’ annual Electronic Cash Kings list.
The 31 year old has made exactly the same amount as he did in 2014, only this time around he’s done it despite playing fewer gigs. Coupled with his girlfriend Taylor Swift’s colossal earnings, the pair have dethroned Jay-Z and Beyonce to become the biggest power couple in the music industry.
Calvin Harris at the V Festival in August 2015
Continue reading: Calvin Harris Is The World's Highest-Earning DJ For Third Year In A Row
Zayn Malik and Calvin Harris spent some of Monday evening (17th August) embroiled in an argument on Twitter.
With rumoured ‘bad blood’ with Katy Perry, Twitter feuds with Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus criticising the violent content of one of her music videos, Taylor Swift isn’t that popular with many of her fellow artists. The latest artist to come to blows with Swift, or rather her boyfriend Calvin Harris, is former One Direction star, Zayn Malik. Malik and Harris spent yesterday evening squalling on Twitter after Malik retweeted a picture comparing Swift and Miley Cyrus.
Zayn Malik photographed in London in March 2015.
Date of birth
17th February, 1984
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