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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

7 Times Politicians Tried To Use Pop Songs Without Permission


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After Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler had to write a second cease-and-desist letter to Donald Trump asking him to stop playing their songs during his rallies this week – having already called him out for doing the same with ‘Dream On’ three years ago – we thought we’d compile some other famous moments when politicians got scolded by musicians for using their songs without permission.

Almost inevitably, such clashes come up when songs are used by right-wing or conservative parties and candidates. Musicians are a fairly liberal bunch, understandably, and they don’t want their messages and sentiments getting confused with those counter to their own beliefs and ideologies.

So, here’s seven other famous moments when politicians tried to get some credibility off pop stars.

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Ed Sheeran Is UK's Top Earning Young Musician In Sunday Times Rich List


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It’s been a great year in financial terms for young British artists, with Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris all shooting up the Sunday Times’ Rich List after enjoying significant chart success over the last 12 months.

27 year old Sheeran, who released his third album Divide to such huge success in early 2017 that all 16 tracks made the top twenty of the UK Singles Chart, has seen his wealth grow by £28 million over the last year alone, meaning he’s now worth an estimated £80 million, according to the list published on Thursday (May 10th).

However, that still puts him a way behind the traditional big earners in British pop music, with Sir Paul McCartney heading the list with an estimated worth of £820 million.

Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Is UK's Top Earning Young Musician In Sunday Times Rich List

Calvin Harris Involved In Another Car Crash While Out With Girlfriend


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Calvin Harris and his girlfriend Aarika Wolf were left shaken but uninjured after a nasty car accident in Beverly Hills. Police were called, two other passengers were left 'in pain', and there appears to be a dispute between sources about how the accident was caused and who was to blame.

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The couple were apparently driving down a residential street on Sunday (May 6th 2018) in a Range Rover with Aarika at the wheel when she accidentally ran into a Honda in front of them and injured two women, setting off their airbags and causing the vehicle to spin around according to TMZ.

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


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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?


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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.

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As Swifty’s explosive new video hit the screens, all cameras were trained on the Scottish DJ who appeared to ignore the video and then decide not to clap at all after it had been completed in its entirety.

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

Katy Perry On Halting Calvin Harris Feud


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Katy Perry has spoken about putting her old feud with fellow music star Calvin Harris to rest, after the two of them collaborated on the track ‘Feels’ earlier this year.

32 year old Perry, the host of the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, spoke about her various “falling outs” with Scottish producer Harris from about eight years ago when she had been beefing with his now-ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift.

“We’d had little falling outs here and there. We’d had some public Twitter spats… Eight years or so had passed. It was time to put all that behind us,” she told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show on Wednesday (August 23rd).

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Calvin Harris Joins Rihanna And Kendrick Lamar At Third Diamond Ball


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Calvin Harris has been confirmed to perform at Rihanna's third Diamnond Ball alongside Kendrick Lamar.

The superstar DJ - who collaborated with the Bejan beauty on hits 'This Is What You Came For' and 'We Found Love' - has signed up to the charity fundraiser taking place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on September 14 in aid of the Clara Lionel Foundation.

Rihanna said in a statement: ''I'm ecstatic to add my longtime collaborator and friend Calvin Harris to the stellar line-up at this year's Diamond Ball. Calvin's music will bring the perfect mix of energy and excitement to the evening as we celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation.''

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Calvin Harris Is The Highest Paid DJ In The World


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Once again, Calvin Harris as been named the world's highest-paid DJ, earning almost $10 million more than his biggest competitor in the last year. It's the fifth consecutive time the Scottish musician, who recently launched his fifth studio album 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1', has made the list.

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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


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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.

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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.

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

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.

Continue reading: Steve Aoki And Louis Tomlinson's Duet 'needed More Energy'

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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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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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

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Calvin Harris

Date of birth

17th February, 1984

Occupation

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Sex

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