Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris - Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 - 09.jpg
Harris performing at Rock in Rio in July 2012
Born
Adam Richard Wiles

(1984-01-17) 17 January 1984 (age 38)
Dumfries, Scotland
Other namesLove Regenerator[1]
Occupation
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1999–present
AwardsList of awards and nominations
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)
  • Piano
  • keyboards
  • synthesiser
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • sampler
  • sequencer
  • vocals
Labels
Websitecalvinharris.com
Signature
Calvin Harris signature, Billboard Open Letter 2016.png

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter.

His debut studio album, I Created Disco, was released in June 2007. Its singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls" both reached the top 10 in the UK. In 2009, he released 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, which topped the UK Albums Chart 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 two in the UK and the US and became his third consecutive number one album on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart. His sixth studio album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 (2022) serves as a sequel to his previous release.

In October 2014, Harris 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 UK solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify.[7] Harris has received 18 Brit Award nominations–winning British Producer of the Year and British Single of the Year in 2019,[8] as well as five Grammy nominations, including a win for Best Music Video in 2013.[9] In 2013 he also received a Ivor Novello Award, 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.[10] He topped Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid DJs for six consecutive years from 2013 to 2018 until being dethroned by The Chainsmokers in 2019.

  1. ^ "Calvin Harris teases completely 'different' music project". Stoney Roads. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Calvin Harris Strikes Three-Year Deal to Keep DJing in Las Vegas". Billboard. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Leatherman, Benjamin (25 April 2013). "Calvin Harris @ Maya Day and Nightclub". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ Brandle, Lars (22 April 2013). "Calvin Harris Sets Chart Record, Becomes U.K.'s New 'King of Pop'". Billboard. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  5. ^ Wilson, Jen (5 June 2009). "Calvin Harris Books U.K. Tour". Billboard. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Calvin Harris". Billboard. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Calvin Harris's billion streams on Spotify are worth $7 million". Music Week. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Calvin Harris and the 1975 lead winners at 2019 Brit awards". The Guardian. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Calvin Harris". GRAMMY.com. 23 November 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Debrett's 500 List: Music". The Telegraph. 21 January 2017. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022.

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