Calvin Harris puts record three dance/electronic tracks in Motion
The much-anticipated fourth studio album from Grammy Award winner Calvin Harris features a record-breaking trio of hits and an A-list of chart-topping collaborators including Big Sean, Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, HAIM, John Newman, and R3hab. The Columbia Records project titled Motion debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, and lead single, ‘Blame’ (featuring John Newman), peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Scottish singer, songwriter, record producer, and DJ also becomes the first musician to have three Top 10 songs simultaneously on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. ‘Blame’ currently tops the chart followed by previous single ‘Summer’ (No. 8) and new release ‘Outside’ (No. 10) featuring Ellie Goulding.
‘Blame’ is Harris’ fastest-selling and charting U.S. single to date. The song is currently No. 9 on the Mediabase Top 40 radio airplay chart, No. 23 at Rhythmic radio, and No. 33 on the Hot AC chart. What’s more, the official music video for ‘Blame’ has been viewed more than 55 million times on VEVO and YouTube. Billboard declares Harris, 30, is “widely and justifiably considered the face of [EDM],” noting that during the past decade, the artist has had nine Billboard Hot 100 hits—tied with EDM superstar David Guetta. Banking on singles that tend to follow a tried-and-true pop song structure that often feature stars such as Rihanna and Ellie Goulding, Forbes estimates Harris earned $66 million in 2013, making him the highest paid DJ in the world, according to the Billboard article.
Motion continues Harris’ proven formula with an occasional nod to traditional dance music. Billboard calls the track ‘Slow Acid," a “sexy spin on 1990s acid house that will please electronic music's old guard.” The “bombastic” ‘Overdrive’ features Turkish producer Ummet Ozcan, and ‘Burnin'’ is a joint effort with Dutch producer R3hab that samples a style of house music called “dirty dutch.” Other featured tracks on Motion include ‘Pray To God’ featuring Haim, ‘Open Wide’ featuring Big Sean, ‘Together’ featuring Gwen Stefani, and ‘Dollar Signs’ featuring Tinashe. Billboard considers the bulk of the album to be “low-hanging fruit, leaning more on anthemic choruses than groundbreaking beatwork.” The review concludes by acknowledging Harris has helped popularize the current dance-pop sound, but the artist is called out for not pushing the boundaries of pop or dance.
Part of the promotion behind the release of Motion is the Motion Listening Tour that took Harris to five major cities in four days. He visited fans on college campuses in Boston, attended New York City’s Village Halloween Parade, joined tailgaters at a Rutgers football game, and invited fans in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, to hear music from the new album from inside a soundproof glass booth located on a Calvin Harris-branded mobile unit.
Harris is currently in Las Vegas for two shows (Nov. 15, 22) before heading to Australia for five dates (Nov. 29-30, Dec. 5-7). He heads back to the U.S. for Jingle Ball performances in New York City (Dec. 12), Boston (Dec. 14), Washington, DC (Dec. 15), Chicago (Dec. 18), Miami (Dec. 21), and Tampa (Dec. 22). Harris finishes up the year with a New Year’s Eve concert at the Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas.
Watch Calvin Harris in the official music video for ‘Blame’ featuring John Newman off Harris’ fourth studio album, Motion.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Calvin Harris was born Adam Richard Wiles on January 17, 1984, in Dumfries, Scotland. He became interested in electronic music as a teen, recording demos in his bedroom. Harris found early success at age 18 when the songs ‘Da Bongos’ and ‘Brighter Days’ were released as a 12" club single and extended play CD by the Prima Facie label.
* In 2006, Harris signed contracts with EMI (publishing) and Sony BMG (recording) after being discovered on MySpace. His gold-selling debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and contains the Top 10 singles ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ and ‘The Girls.’
* Harris’ second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, appeared in 2009 and topped the UK Albums Chart. The single ‘I'm Not Alone’ debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, followed by Top 5 hit ‘Ready for the Weekend’ and the charting singles ‘Flashback’ and ‘You Used to Hold Me.’
* In October 2012, Harris released his third studio album, 18 Months, which contained the Top 10 U.K. singles ‘Bounce,’ ‘Feel So Close,’ ‘Let's Go,’ ‘We'll Be Coming Back,’ ‘Sweet Nothing,’ ‘Drinking from the Bottle,’ ‘I Need Your Love,’ and ‘Thinking About You.’
* Harris owns the vanity label Fly Eye Records as well as writing and producing songs for other recording artists including Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, and Rita Ora. ‘We Found Love,’ the multi-platinum single that he wrote and produced for Rihanna, was a global hit and gave Harris his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s official video also won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video.
* In addition to being the highest-paid DJ of 2013 and 2014, Harris holds the UK Singles Chart record for the most Top 10 hits from one studio album (surpassing Michael Jackson). In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart.