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Calvin Harris
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Harris performing at Rock in Rio in Madrid in July 2012
Adam Richard Wiles

(1984-01-17) 17 January 1984 (age 35)
Dumfries, Scotland
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, US
Citizenship United Kingdom
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2002–present
Awards List of awards and nominations
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • synthesiser
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • sampler
Associated acts
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Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter from Dumfries. He is best known for his singles "We Found Love", "This Is What You Came For", "Summer", "Feel So Close", and "Feels". His collaboration single with Rihanna, "We Found Love", became an international success, giving Harris his first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He has released five studio albums and runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records, which he founded in 2010.

Dumfries town in Scotland

Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is located near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries is the traditional county town of the historic county of Dumfriesshire. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. The nickname has also given name to the town's professional football club. People from Dumfries are known colloquially in the Scots language as Doonhamers.

We Found Love 2011 song by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

"We Found Love" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). It was written and produced by, and features Scottish DJ Calvin Harris; the song was also featured on his third album 18 Months (2012). "We Found Love" premiered on September 22, 2011, on the Capital FM radio station in the United Kingdom, and was made available to download on the same day as the lead single from Talk That Talk. "We Found Love" is an uptempo electro house song, with elements of techno and Europop. The song's lyrics speak of a couple who "found love in a hopeless place".

This Is What You Came For 2016 song by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

"This Is What You Came For" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna on vocals. It was released on 29 April 2016, through Columbia Records and Westbury Road. The song was written and produced by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who was initially credited with the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg. Rihanna and Harris had previously collaborated on her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, which included the international chart-topper "We Found Love" and US top five single "Where Have You Been", the former of which was written and produced by Harris. He played the final version for Rihanna at the 2016 Coachella Music Festival. It was also played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final after the conclusion of the match.


His debut studio album, I Created Disco , was released in June 2007 whose two singles, "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", reached the top 10 in the UK. In 2009, he released his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend , which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and whose lead single, "I'm Not Alone", became his first song to top the UK Singles Chart. In 2012, Harris rose to international prominence with the release of his third studio album, 18 Months , whch topped the UK Albums charts and became his first album to chart on the US Billboard 200, peaking at number 19. All eight of the album's singles reached the top 10 in the UK, breaking the record for the most top 10 songs from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with eight entries, surpassing Michael Jackson’s record. In 2014, he released his fourth studio album, Motion , which debuted at number two in the UK and number five in the US. In 2017, he released his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which reached the top 2 in the UK and the US and became his third consecutive number one album on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

<i>I Created Disco</i> 2007 studio album by Calvin Harris

I Created Disco is the debut studio album by Scottish musician Calvin Harris. It was released on 15 June 2007 by Columbia Records. It was preceded by the singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls", which reached numbers 10 and three on the UK Singles Chart, respectively. The album debuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 16,121 copies. On 23 May 2008, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). I Created Disco had sold 223,845 copies in the United Kingdom by November 2014.

Acceptable in the 80s 2007 Calvin Harris song

"Acceptable in the 80s" is the debut single by British musician Calvin Harris from his debut studio album, I Created Disco (2007). It was released on 12 March 2007. The single peaked at number ten on the UK Singles Chart. The song samples David Bowie's 1983 song Shake It.

The Girls (song) 2007 song by Calvin Harris

"The Girls" is a song by Scottish musician Calvin Harris. It was released as the second single from his debut studio album, I Created Disco (2007), on 4 June 2007. "The Girls" was Harris' highest charting single on the UK Singles Chart, on 10 June 2007, "The Girls" reached a peak of number three. A "bootleg" version of the song leaked on file, sharing a several months before I Created Disco was released. The song has been covered by electropop outfit Dragonette, who changed the main lyric to "The Boys".

In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart. [6] He also became the first British solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify. [7] Harris has received ten Brit Award nominations and four Grammy nominations, winning a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2013. He received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and was named the Top Dance/Electronic Artist at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. He appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom. [8] He topped Forbes ' list of the world's highest-paid DJs for six consecutive years from 2013 to 2018.

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The Dance/Electronic Songs chart has been published weekly by Billboard since January 2013. It is the first to be published that ranks the most popular dance and electronic according to airplay audience impressions, digital downloads, streaming and club play and it was introduced as a result of in an increase in the genre's popularity. The longest running number-one song is "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, which topped the chart for 33 weeks.

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Early life and beginnings

Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland. [9] His English parents, David Wiles, a biochemist, and Pamela Wiles (née Noon), a housewife, married in Oxford before moving to the Dumfries suburb of Georgetown. [10] He has an elder sister, Sophie, and an elder brother, Edward. [10] [11] He attended Dumfries High School, and, after leaving school, he stocked shelves in supermarkets and worked in a local fish processing factory in order to buy DJ gear. [12]

Oxford City and non-metropolitan district in England

Oxford is a university city in south central England and the county town of Oxfordshire. With a population of approximately 155,000, it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom, with one of the fastest growing populations in the UK, and it remains the most ethnically diverse area in Oxfordshire county. The city is 51 miles (82 km) from London, 61 miles (98 km) from Bristol, 59 miles (95 km) from Southampton, 57 miles (92 km) from Birmingham and 24 miles (39 km) from Reading.

Dumfries High School is situated in a residential area of Marchmount in Dumfries, Scotland. It has been on this site since 1961, and has been expanded and improved since. It is adjacent to the David Keswick Athletic Centre, which provides sporting facilities both for the school and the local community.

He was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and began recording bedroom demos in 1999. [13] When Harris was 18, he released two songs, "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days". Both were released as 12-inch club singles and CD-EPs by the label Prima Facie in early 2002 under the name "Stouffer". [14] With these singles to his credit, Harris moved from Scotland to London, hoping to learn from the local music scene. [12] [14] [15] Only one of his songs, "Let Me Know" with vocalist Ayah Marar on the Unabombers' 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2, was released during his time in London. [14] With the lack of job opportunities and money, he returned home to Dumfries and began posting homemade solo recordings to his Myspace page. [14] [16] His popularity on the social media website prompted Mark Gillespie, a talent booker for the dance-festival firm Global Gathering who had recently founded his own management firm, [17] [18] to make Harris the company's first signee. [17] Regarding his choice of his stage name, Harris stated that, "My first single was more of a soul track, and I thought Calvin Harris sounded a bit more racially ambiguous. I thought people might not know if I was black or not. After that, I was stuck with it." [19]

Ayah Marar is a Jordanian singer-songwriter, producer, DJ, radio show host, writer, label owner based in the UK. She has been featured as a vocalist or writer on music from British artists including Calvin Harris, DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked, Bassline Smith and Jack Peñate.

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Global Gathering was an annual dance music festival by Angel Festivals Limited. Festivals are held in countries such as the UK, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and feature leading electronic music artists from around the globe. The festival has been running since 2001; the concept came about following enormous interest in the opening Code club, the home of Godskitchen. The organisers recognised that there was room to expand dance music from clubs to outdoor music festival venues.


2006–2008: Career beginnings and I Created Disco

Harris signed contracts with Three Six Zero Group (management), EMI (publishing), and Sony BMG (recording) in 2006 after he had been discovered on the social networking website Myspace. [20] Later in 2006, Harris produced a remix of All Saints' single "Rock Steady". [21]

EMI British music recording and publishing company

EMI Group Limited was a British Transnational conglomerate founded in March 1931 in London. At the time of its break-up in 2012, it was the fourth largest business group and record label conglomerate in the music industry, and was one of the big four record companies ; its labels included EMI Records, Parlophone, Virgin Records, and Capitol Records, which are now owned by other companies.

Sony BMG Music Entertainment was an American record company owned as a 50–50 joint venture between Sony Corporation of America and Bertelsmann Music Group. The venture's successor, the revived Sony Music Entertainment, is wholly owned by Sony, following their buyout of the remaining 50% held by Bertelsmann AG. BMG was instead rebuilt as BMG Rights Management on the basis of 200 remaining artists.

All Saints (group) all-female band

All Saints are a British girl group formed in London in 1993. They were founded as All Saints by members Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and Simone Rainford. The group struggled to find commercial success upon being signed to ZTT Records and were dropped by the label shortly after Rainford left the group. In 1996, the group were joined by sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton and signed to London Records under their shortened name.

Harris's debut album, I Created Disco , was released in June 2007. He started working on the album in 2006 after he moved back from living in London to his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland. [22] All 14 tracks were written, produced, and performed solely by Harris, and all recording and producing for the album took place on an Amiga computer. [22] To promote I Created Disco, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada. [23] [24] I Created Disco was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). [25] It reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart and number 19 on the US Top Electronic Albums. [26] [27]

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Harris performing at the Eurockéennes (2008)

The album contained uptempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. The song, "Vegas", was issued on limited edition vinyl. The first wide-release single from the album was released in March 2007. "Acceptable in the 80s", a tribute to the style and culture of the decade, reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining on the chart for 15 weeks. [26] "The Girls", the album's second single, peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and at number four on the Scotland chart. The third and final release from the album, "Merrymaking at My Place", reached number 43. [26]

The same year, Harris caught the attention of Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer. [23] This led to him co-writing and producing two songs, "Heart Beat Rock" and "In My Arms", on her 2007 album X , the latter becoming a top 10 single in the UK. Harris said that working with Minogue was "surreal, but fun" although he admitted to Mixmag in 2007 to "needing a few drinks before meeting her". [28] Harris also contributed the song "Off & On" to Róisín Murphy's album Overpowered , but it was cut from the album. Harris would later give the song to Sophie Ellis-Bextor to record for her 2011 album Make a Scene . Harris also produced a remix of the second single "4th of July (Fireworks)" from Kelis' album Flesh Tone . [29] He additionally reworked singles by Jamiroquai, Groove Armada, All Saints, and CSS. [30]

In 2008, Harris collaborated with rapper Dizzee Rascal on his single "Dance wiv Me", producing the track and singing the hook. The single reached number one in the UK and has been certified platinum by the BPI, selling 600,000 copies. [25] It was shortlisted for the 2008 Popjustice £20 Music Prize. In 2009, it received a Brit Award nomination for British Single and an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Best Contemporary Song. [31] On 18 October 2008, Harris was featured on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix on a two-hour set. [32]

2008–2010: Ready for the Weekend

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Harris performing at Xbox Reverb (2009)

Harris's second album, Ready for the Weekend , was released in August 2009 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, being certified gold by the BPI within two months of release. [25] [26] [33] Eleven of the fourteen tracks on the album were sung, produced, and written solely by Harris. [33] "I'm Not Alone", released as the album's lead single in April 2009, debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up single, "Ready for the Weekend", reached number three. [26] The third single, "Flashback", featuring Jordanian singer Ayah Marar reached number eighteen in the UK. [26] During promotion of the album, Harris hosted a series of videos on YouTube titled JAM TV, in which musicians such as Florence Welch, Goldie, and Katy Perry tried to open pots of jam. [34] At the 2010 Brit Awards, Harris received a nomination for Best British Male. [35]

On 8 February 2010, "You Used to Hold Me" was released as the fourth and final single from the album. It reached number 27 on The UK Singles Chart. [26] The song marked the last time Harris regularly sang on his records, opting to focus more on music production while having guest singers provide the vocals for him. [36] The same year, shortly after his "Ready for the Weekend tour" wrapped up, Harris parted ways with members of his band in which he served as lead vocalist and made the decision to stop doing live shows. [37] In an interview with Billboard , Harris said that, "I thought I'd exhausted every avenue [on the two albums] and it takes a long time to make me sound good, which is why I stopped singing live as well. I'd like to think of someone who's better-looking, a better singer, better dancer to be the frontperson for the song." [37] He also released several remixes, including remixes of Shakira's "She Wolf", Katy Perry's "Waking Up in Vegas", Mr Hudson's "Supernova" (featuring Kanye West), and Mika's "We Are Golden". [37]

Harris also produced Dizzee Rascal's next single titled "Holiday", which reached number one on the UK singles chart. [38] Harris made a guest appearance as vocalist on Tiësto's song "Century" on the Dutch producer's album, Kaleidoscope . [39] Harris also produced and mixed the English duo The Ting Tings' single Hands which was released on 18 August 2010. [40] The song was originally set to become the first single of thnduo’s second studio album, but they cancelled the album plans and the song was added as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Sounds From Nowheresville . [40] On 14 November, Harris invaded the stage of the UK's The X Factor during a performance by Irish duo Jedward, holding a pineapple on his head. He later apologised on Twitter. [41]

Harris claimed that Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x", released in October 2010 plagiarised his 2009 single "I'm Not Alone" [42] After considering similarities between the two songs, Harris was subsequently added to the songwriting credits on the single and the F.A.M.E. album. [43] Harris was also featured on Kylie Minogue's eleventh studio album, Aphrodite, collaborating on a disco and synthpop track titled "Too Much". [44] In July 2010, he released a mix titled L.E.D. Festival (short for L.E.D. Festival Presents... Calvin Harris).

2011–2013: 18 Months and international prominence

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Harris performing in Orange County, California (2011)

In 2011, Harris toured as a support act for the European leg of Barbadian singer Rihanna’s Loud Tour. Rihanna was quoted saying that , "Calvin is the perfect fit for the Loud tour. He is going to bring something unique and fun for the fans." [45] Harris played the 2011 Mardi Gras Party in Sydney on 5 March. [46] Harris was also featured on LMFAO's album Sorry for Party Rocking , appearing on the track "Reminds Me of You", which is based on Harris's own song "Awooga". Harris produced Tinchy Stryder's second single, "Off the Record", from his fourth studio album, Full Tank. The track had its premiere on 15 September 2011 and was released in the UK on 6 November 2011. [47] [48]

Harris released the single "Bounce", the first single from his upcoming album, a collaboration with Kelis that debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in June 2011. [26] "Feel So Close", the second single from the album, was released in August 2011 and also reached number two in the United Kingdom. [26] "Feel So Close" became his first solo entry on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, peaking at number 12. [49] He performed at the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball concert and was announced as one of the headline acts at a number of Southern Hemisphere 2011/2012 new year music festivals. [50]

Following a stint as the support act on the Australian leg of Rihanna’s tour, Harris produced Rihanna’s songs "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been". The former was included on Harris's upcoming album 18 Months and premiered on Capital FM radio in the UK on 22 September 2011. "We Found Love" topped the charts in 27 countries worldwide, including the UK where it became Harris's third UK number one, peaked in the top 10 in 30 countries, and broke many records worldwide. [26] [51] Topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 non-consecutive weeks, it was Harris's first US number one and was also Rihanna's longest-running US number one and the longest-running number one of 2011. [52] [53] "We Found Love" was later ranked number 24 on the list of the all-time top 100 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. [54] In 2013, "We Found Love" was placed at number three on Billboard 's top 10 dance-pop collaborations of all time. [55]

Harris co-wrote and co-produced the bonus track "One Life" for R&B singer Mary J. Blige's album My Life II... The Journey Continues (2011). [56] He also worked with the pop band Scissor Sisters on the single "Only the Horses" from their fourth studio album, Magic Hour . He wrote and produced Cheryl Cole's single "Call My Name", the lead single from her third album A Million Lights. [57] He also produced a remix of Florence and the Machine's "Spectrum" titled "Spectrum (Say My Name)". The song was released as the album's fifth single on 5 July 2012. It was serviced to radio in the UK on 2 July 2012. [58] It became the group's first single to peak at number one on the UK Singles Chart. [59]

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Harris in Ibiza, 2012

"Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo, the third single from the album, was released in April 2012 and reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. [26] It was his second US Billboard Hot 100 appearance as a main artist, charting at number 17. [49] The song received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 55th Grammy Awards which was held in February 2013. The album's fourth single "We'll Be Coming Back" was released in July 2012. Featuring rapper Example, it peaked at number two in the UK. The fifth single, "Sweet Nothing", features Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and was released on 14 October 2012. [60] It peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. [49] The song received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards. [61]

His third studio album, 18 Months , was released on 29 October 2012. [62] Harris eventually made UK chart history by becoming the first artist to attain eight top-10 singles from one studio album, breaking the record previously set by Michael Jackson. [3] In March 2017, the record was surpassed once again by Ed Sheeran, after his album ÷ spawned 10 top-10 songs on the UK chart. [63] 18 Months received a nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 56th Grammy Awards. [61] Harris was also nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist at the 2013 Brit Awards in February. [64]

Harris was the house DJ at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, where he won Best Electronic Video for "Feel So Close" and Video of the Year alongside Rihanna for "We Found Love". [65] [66] Harris performed as part of the post-race concert of the 2013 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix in April 2013. [67] At the 2013 Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London in May, Harris received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year, with Harris calling it "easily the greatest achievement of my entire life". [68] In 2012, Harris made statements explaining why he wanted to stop singing on tracks stating, "I want each track as good as it can possibly be, which usually means me not singing on it." [69]

2013–2015: Motion and "How Deep Is Your Love"

On 7 October 2013, Harris and Swedish DJ Alesso released a collaborative single with synthpop duo Hurts called "Under Control" as the first single from his fourth album. [70] The song debuted at number one in the UK. [71] Later that month, Harris remixed The Killers' song "When You Were Young" for the deluxe edition of their greatest hits album Direct Hits . [72] He unveiled the full six-minute version through Rolling Stone and told the magazine: "It was a real honour to be asked to remix one of my favourite modern bands, and it was an exciting challenge for me to update this classic track for the dance-floor in a tasteful and respectful way". [73]

On 14 March 2014, Harris's song "Summer" premiered on the UK's Capital FM. [74] The track which was released as the album's second single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Harris's sixth UK number-one single. [75] It also became Harris's highest-charting solo single on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seven. [76] "Summer" was Spotify's most-streamed track of 2014 with over 200 million streams. [77] Harris also produced the single "I Will Never Let You Down" for British singer Rita Ora. On 18 May 2014, the song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, two weeks after his song "Summer" debuted at the top of the charts. [78]

In April 2014, Harris performed on the main stage of Coachella Festival. [79] His set attracted the second largest crowd in the festival's history, topped only by the 2012 set of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg which featured a hologram of Tupac Shakur. [79] That year, he was also a headline act at several prominent music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, the iTunes Festival in London, Electric Daisy Carnival, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. [77]

The third single, "Blame", was a collaboration with vocalist John Newman. [80] It was released in September 2014 to positive reviews from music critics and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his third consecutive UK number-one single (and his seventh solo single overall). [81] After the release of the song, Harris became the first British solo artist to reach more than a billion streams on Spotify. [7] Later that month, Harris uploaded an instrumental track called "C.U.B.A." to SoundCloud. [82] "Outside", the fourth single from the album, featuring Ellie Goulding, was released in October 2014. [83] It marked the second collaboration between Harris and Goulding, following the internationally successful single "I Need Your Love" from 2013. [83] The instrumental track "Slow Acid" was released as a promotional single from the album on 14 October 2014. [84]

His fourth album, Motion , was released on 4 November 2014. [85] It includes the previously released singles "Under Control", "Summer", "Blame", and "Outside". [26] Another track from the album, "Pray to God", featuring rock band trio Haim, was released on 11 February 2015. [86] At the 2015 Brit Awards, "Summer" was nominated for Best British Single and British Artist Video of the Year. [87] At the 2015 Glamour Awards in London on 2 June, Harris was named Glamour UK's Man of the Year. [88] He was also ranked 6th on Billboard 's Top 30 EDM Power Players. [89] The same month, he was part of the main stage line-up at the Electric Daisy Carnival held in Las Vegas. [90]

On 17 July 2015, Harris and London-based production trio Disciples released the single "How Deep Is Your Love". [91] The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his 19th top-10 entry in the UK. [92] [93] It peaked at number one on the ARIA Charts, giving Harris his first chart-topper in Australia. [94] The song peaked at number three on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in the US and marked Harris's eighth top-10 entry since the chart's launch, making it the most of any act. [95] In September, Harris was featured on Dillon Francis's EP This Mixtape Is Fire, collaborating on a Moombahton-style track entitled "What's Your Name". [96] At the 2016 Brit Awards, Harris received three nominations: Best British Male Solo Artist, "How Deep Is Your Love" for British Single of the Year, and Best British Video. [97]

2016–2017: Single releases and Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Harris released a new single titled "This Is What You Came For", which features Rihanna, on 29 April 2016. [98] The single debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Harris's second top five song. It also reached number one on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, became Harris's tenth number one on sister chart Dance/Mix Show Airplay and his fourth chart-topper on the Hot Dance Club Songs Chart. It topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland.

On 24 June 2016, Harris released a collaboration with Dizzee Rascal, titled "Hype". [99] On 8 July 2016, John Newman released the track "Olé", which was produced by Harris. [100] On 16 September 2016, Harris released "My Way", where he also performed vocals for the song. [101] [102]

On 21 February 2017, he announced the song "Slide", his collaboration with American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean and hip hop group Migos. The song was released on 25 February 2017. [103] [104] [105] [106] Harris released a collaboration with Young Thug, Ariana Grande, and Pharrell Williams titled "Heatstroke" on 31 March 2017. [107] In May, he announced that his forthcoming fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 , would be released on 30 June 2017. The album featured appearances from the likes of Travis Scott, Kehlani, Future, Katy Perry, Big Sean, John Legend, Khalid, Schoolboy Q, DRAM, Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, Jessie Reyez, PartyNextDoor and Snoop Dogg. [108]

2018–present: Upcoming sixth studio album

On 8 February 2018, Harris collaborated with PartyNextDoor to release a dancehall-influenced house track titled "Nuh Ready Nuh Ready". [109] [110] On 6 April 2018, he released "One Kiss" with Dua Lipa. [111] On 17 August 2018, the next single "Promises" was released with Sam Smith. [112] The music video for the song was released on 4 September and honors the LGBTQ community with references to the ball scene and voguing. [113] In November 2018, he released "I Found You", a collaboration with Benny Blanco. The song features his first time singing on a track since his 2016 single "My Way". It peaked at number 29 in the UK. He topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid DJs of 2018, becoming his sixth consecutive year to top the list (2013-2018). [114]

His next single Giant, a collaboration with English singer Rag'n'Bone Man was released in January 2019, peaking in the top 10 in several countries, including at number 2 in the UK. Harris is scheduled to perform every Friday as the resident DJ in Ibiza at Ushuaia from August to September. [115]

Musical style

Harris's first two albums mostly contained electroclash and nu-disco music,[ citation needed ] largely influenced by music from the 1980s.[ citation needed ] On his third studio album 18 Months and its followup Motion, his music largely shed itself of these influences, moving closer to EDM and electro house.[ citation needed ] Following his professed disinterest in his single "My Way", [116] Harris transitioned to funk on his fifth studio album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 , [117] [118] while also reintroducing some musical elements of his earlier work.[ citation needed ]

In 2016, Harris stated that Jamiroquai and Fatboy Slim had inspired him to make music. [119]


In 2008, the artwork of Harris's debut album I Created Disco was featured as part of a multicoloured iPod nano campaign on TV and in print in the US. [37] In 2009, Harris teamed up with Coca-Cola for their 'Open Happiness' advertising campaign in the UK. [120] Harris wrote and produced an exclusive track for the brand called 'Yeah Yeah Yeah, La La La' which was featured on TV, digital, outdoor and on-pack promotional activity and was offered on 'Coke Zone' website for free download. [120] [121] The same year, Harris's song "Colours" was featured in Kia Motors's hamster television advertisement for the Kia Soul EV. [122]

In 2012, Harris was featured in the Pepsi Max commercial for their football campaign. [123] Titled "crowd surfing", the advert showed Harris on the DJ deck playing his single "Let's Go" to the crowd of partygoers alongside star footballers Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Sergio Agüero and Jack Wilshere. [123] In 2013, Harris teamed up with Sol Republic to create their first studio-tuned, professional-calibre headphones. [124] The partnership involved designing a customised look for the headphones and redesigning its drivers to Harris's specifications. [125]

On 17 December 2014, Harris was announced as the new face of Emporio Armani for its men's underwear line for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. He was also named the worldwide testimonial of the Emporio Armani eyewear and watch collection. [126] The black and white campaign was shot in Los Angeles by photographer Boo George. [127] Harris returned as the face of the brand underwear line, eyewear and watch line for their Emporio Armani Fall/Winter 2015/2016 campaign. The images, shot by Lachlan Bailey, were released in July 2015. [128]

Other ventures

In March 2010, Harris launched his own vanity label, Fly Eye Records. [129] Most of the label's releases belong to the EDM genre. [129] In 2014, the label formed a partnership with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. [130] Later that year, Harris was appointed as the head of the artists and repertoire team at the dance label Deconstruction Records. [131] [132]

In early 2012, Harris signed an exclusive DJ residency deal with Wynn Las Vegas which included gigs at three of the luxury resort's avenues: Encore Beach Club, Surrender and XS Nightclub. [133] In February 2013, Harris signed as the first exclusive resident DJ with the Abu Dhabi-owned hospitality company Hakkasan Group in Las Vegas. The 20-month residency saw him play 46 dates at MGM Grand's Hakkasan nightclub, as well as 22 additional gigs at the MGM Grand's Wet Republic. [134] In January 2015, he extended his partnership with the Hakkasan group for three more years, which includes residencies at three of the group's Las Vegas venues (Hakkasan nightclub, Wet Republic and Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace). Harris also serves as the Group's music consultant for its restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, globally. [135] [136]

On 30 March 2015, Harris was announced as a co-owner, along with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. The service specialises in lossless audio and high definition music videos. Rapper Jay Z acquired the parent company of Tidal, Aspiro, in the first quarter of 2015. [137] Including Beyoncé and Jay Z, 16 artist stakeholders (such as Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Chris Martin and Nicki Minaj) co-own Tidal, with the majority owning a 3% equity stake. [138] The idea of having a completely artist-owned streaming service was created by those involved to adapt to the increased demand for streaming within the current music industry and to rival other streaming services such as Spotify, which have been criticised for their low payout of royalties. [139]


In September 2007, Harris performed in the charity event "Wasted Youth" in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably at KOKO nightclub in Camden Town, London. [140] The event aimed to draw attention to the issue of youth suicide among men in the UK and to raise awareness and money for the charity. [140] In 2008, he supported Shelter's campaign "Hometime Scotland" which pledges to end homelessness and bad housing in Scotland. [141] [142] In 2010, Harris performed live in The War Child's post-Brit Awards show (alongside La Roux and Kasabian) which took place at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London. [143] The event raised funds and public awareness on children affected by violence in war zones. [143] [144]

In February 2012, Harris teamed up with several other artists (including Rihanna and Coldplay) to perform at a charity concert with all proceeds from the show going to the Children's Orthopaedic Center at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. [145] In November 2012, Harris contributed several songs to Tiësto's compilation album Dance (RED) Save Lives in collaboration with anti-AIDS charity Product Red which was aimed at creating awareness on the fight for an AIDS Free Generation. [146] [147] Harris participated in a global live stream of the Stereosonic music festival in Melbourne, Australia which took place on World AIDS Day on 1 December 2012. [146] The proceeds from both the album and the event were donated for the cause. [146]

Following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Harris revealed on his Instagram that he donated his fees from his show at Omnia Nightclub to the Las Vegas Victims fund. [148] Later that year, Harris donated $20,000 to DJ Snake charity campaign to benefit the Rohingyas, people living in Myanmar that have consistently been attacked by the Myanmar government and are being pushed out of their home with nowhere to go. The situation in Myanmar has been deemed "beyond critical" by Amnesty International. [149]

Personal life

Forbes began reporting on Harris's earnings in 2013, calculating that he earned $46 million between May 2012 and May 2013, for his music, tour and his residency in Las Vegas which placed him as the highest-paid DJ of the year. [150] In 2014, Harris came in at number one on the list again for the second consecutive year with a total of $66 million in annual earnings. [151] In 2015, Harris topped the highest-paid DJs list for a third consecutive year, having earned $66 million over the previous 12 months. [152] On The Sunday Times Rich List published in April 2015, Harris was ranked the 30th richest British millionaire in music, with a personal fortune of £70 million ($105 million). [153] [154]

Harris dated British singer Rita Ora from April 2013 until June 2014. [155] [156] From March 2015 to June 2016, Harris dated American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. [157] [158]


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