Calvin Harris

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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'.

Calvin Harris: 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.

Calvin Harris: 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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15th October 2014 -

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1st October 2014 -

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15th September 2014 -

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Calvin Harris' domination of the U.K. music charts continues as he just landed his fifth No.1 single with 'Blame' featuring John Newman. The Scottish DJ previously topped the charts with 'I'm Not Alone' (2009), 'Sweet...

Calvin Harris feat. John Newman - Blame

12th September 2014 -

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With Calvin Harris set to release his fourth studio album currently in the works, the Scottish DJ has teamed up with singer John Newman for the new single, 'Blame'. Now, 'Blame' has received a music...

Calvin Harris Becomes First British Solo Artist To Reach One Billion Streams On Spotify

9th September 2014 -

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Calvin Harris is proving why he is one of the biggest British music stars once again as he recently earned a very rare achievement. The Scottish DJ has reached his 1 billionth stream on Spotify,...

Calvin Harris Named Highest Earning DJ In The World. Again.

20th August 2014 -

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Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has become the highest paid DJ in the world for a second year in a row.According to Forbes’ Electronic Cash Kings list, Harris’ earned $66 million, or £39.7 million, in the...

Forbes Name Calvin Harris The World's Highest-Paid DJ For Second Year Running

19th August 2014 -

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Calvin Harris is once again on top of the DJ ladder as he has earned the title of the world's highest-paid DJ for the second year running. And the 30 year-old hitmaker achieved this by...

Calvin Harris - Summer (Extended Mix) [Audio]

20th June 2014 -

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Calvin Harris has unveiled an audio for the extended mix of his number one single 'Summer'; the lead single from his forthcoming fourth studio album. Harris' latest single release is 'Blame' featuring vocals from John...

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review

17th June 2014 -

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13th June 2014 -

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11th June 2014 -

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The annual Isle of Wight Festival kicks off tomorrow (June 12th), beginning a British summertime so filled with awesome music events you might even forget about that whole football thing that’s also happening. This year...

Newly Baptised Bieber Responsible for Calvin Harris/Rita Ora Split?

9th June 2014 -

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We may have only heard about Rita Ora and Calvin Harris’ split on Friday, but the DJ confirmed on his Twitter account that they had split “some time ago.” Rita has since been since out...

Was Rita Ora, Calvin Harris Split Caused By Justin Bieber Secret Massages?

9th June 2014 -

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Rita Ora and Calvin Harris have confirmed their split after having dated for almost a year. The music couple had a reportedly amicable break-up but the 'Shine Ya Light' singer's alleged dalliance with her fellow...

Calvin Harris And Rita Ora Split Up, DJ Confirms On Twitter

7th June 2014 -

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Calvin Harris and Rita Ora are the latest celebrity couple to call it a day on their relationship.The British stars have been causing a lot of speculation over if they are together or not as...

Richest Musicians: Adele, Calvin Harris Made More Money Than Several Countries

15th May 2014 -

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It’s time for the annual Sunday Times list of richest people under 30, so grab a tub of ice cream and start wondering what went wrong in your own life in comparison to these folks....

Calvin Harris "Summer" Soars To Top Of UK Charts

6th May 2014 -

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Calvin Harris’s latest track Summer has shot straight to the top of the UK charts, making it his sixth number one single. Toppling Knocking Waves by Mr Probz off the top spot, Summer also beat...

Coachella 2014: Was It The Best Year Yet?

14th April 2014 -

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The Coachella Festival has closed its doors for another year, leaving a bunch of sweating Californian hipsters and A-list celebrities to pack up and dream of 2015. Many had described the 2014 line-up as one...

OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire To Headline Coachella 2014

9th January 2014 -

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Coachella 2014 will be returning to Indio, California, this spring for a two-weekend spectacular that will see some of the world's biggest performers gather in one polo field in the middle of the desert. This...

Rita Ora Says New Album Is Almost Done (Thanks To A Little Help From Her Friends)

10th December 2013 -

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Rita Ora is set to release her sophomore album sooner than you might have expected, as the singer recently told The Mirror her still-untitled second LP is just about done. Want to thank someone for...

Rita Ora Recruits Prince, Gwen Stefani, For New Album

9th December 2013 -

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Rita Ora has a pretty booked up schedule ahead of her. In addition to filming her part in the upcoming movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, the singer is also working hard on her...

Rita Ora Booted Out Of Flat For Being Rowdy Neighbour?

2nd December 2013 -

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Rita Ora is apparently on the move out of her swanky west London apartment after her neighbours complained that she was too noisy to live near, according to The Sun. If the rumours are true,...

One Direction Are Officially The Richest Youngsters In Britain

22nd October 2013 -

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One Direction really do have everything after all. In a recently compiled list by Heat Magazine, the boy were revealed as the highest earning entertainment stars under-30's in the UK, with a combined worth of...

Stages And Times Announced For Voodoo Music And Arts Experience 2013

6th September 2013 -

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The fourteenth annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is swiftly approaching and we can now reveal the day-by-day schedule of the event's exciting line-up.The first day of the festival (Friday, November 1st) sees the main...

Made In America Festival 2013: One Of The Happier Memories Of The Festival Season

3rd September 2013 -

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The Budweiser Made in America Festival 2013 was jampacked with highlights from some of the most iconic artists of the age, as well as some of the best up-and-coming stars and the hidden talent you'd...

New Orleans Welcomes Back Dr. John At Voodoo Music & Arts Festival 2013

20th August 2013 -

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New Orleans' favourite Halloween festival the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is back in its fourteenth year bringing you the true meaning of rock 'n' roll plus a special appearance from one of the city's...

Highest Paid DJs Ranked By Forbes Make Six Figures Per Appearance

16th August 2013 -

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House, dubstep, drum and bass – electronic music in various forms is thriving at the moment, as Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid DJ’s goes to show. The chart was topped by Scottish-born DJ...

Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Marar - Thinking About You Audio

31st July 2013 -

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Calvin Harris now unveils 'Thinking About You'; the eighth single from his UK number one studio album '18 Months' which features singer Ayah Marar. The album's previous singles feature the likes of Ellie Goulding, Tinie...

Newcomer To The 30 Under 30 List Calvin Harris Takes Fourth Spot

24th July 2013 -

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Calvin Harris clearly doesn’t need to find love in a hopeless place – with a main squeeze like Rita Ora and now a spot among the richest celebrities under 30, the DJ is about as...

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