Did You Know? ☆ Calvin Harris


In 2012 Calvin Harris broke Michael Jackson’s record for the most top 10 songs from one studio album and is ranked the 30th British millionaire in music with a personal fortune of £70 million.


Adam Richard Wiles, known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer and songwriter. Born in the southern Scottish city of Dumfries, Harris was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and was recording bedroom demos by 1999. Two of these songs, “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days” were released as a 12” club single and CD-EP by the Prima Facie label in early 2002 under the artist name “Stouffer”. With that single to his credit Harris moved from Scotland to London but that trip was not successful in getting his music heard. After retiring home to Dumfries, Harris began posting homemade solo recordings to his MySpace page and an A&R representative from EMI liked what he heard and signed Harris to the label in 2006.

Following a pair of successful singles, Harris released his debut album, “I Created Disco” in the summer of 2007.This album featured two top ten hits “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”, and the album quickly climbed high in the album charts. Along with his work as a solo artist, Harris became an in-demand remixer, working on singles by Jamiroquai, Groove Armada, All Saints. He also wrote and produced songs for Kylie Minogue’s 2007 comeback album, and collaborated with Dizzee Rascal on “Dance wiv Me” which reached number one in the UK.

Harris rose to international prominence with the release of his third studio album, “18 Months” in October 2012. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the Billboard 200 chart in the US, peaking at number 19 and all eight of the album’s single, reached the top ten in the UK. His collaboration with Rihanna “We Found Love” (2011) became an international success, giving Harris his first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on the top 10 of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart and also became the first British solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify. He has received many Brit Award nominations and won a Grammy in 2013 and also became a recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year. At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards Harris was named Top Dance/Electronic Artist and has topped the Forbes’ list of the worlds highest-paid DJs for four consecutive years from 2013-2017.

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