Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer-songwriter, and producer. He owns the vanity label Fly Eye Records. His gold-selling debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and contained the top-ten singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”. His second studio album, Ready for the Weekend (2009), reached number one on the UK Album Chart and includes “I’m Not Alone”, which debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, the top-five hit “Ready for the Weekend”, and the singles “Flashback” and “You Used to Hold Me”.
A remix album titled L.E.D. Festival was released in July 2010 as a free album in the August issue of Mixmag. Harris released his third studio album, 18 Months in October 2012, which contained the 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”. All of these singles reached the UK Top 10. He has written and produced tracks for other recording artists including Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Dizzee Rascal, Cheryl Cole, Example, and Rihanna on “We Found Love”, an international success and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Harris holds the record for the most top ten hits from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with nine hits, surpassing Michael Jackson. According to Forbes, Harris was the highest paid DJ of 2013, grossing an estimated $46 million.
On 14 March 2014, Harris’s song “Summer” premiered on the UK’s Capital FM. The track was released on 14 March 2014 as the first single from his forthcoming fourth studio album. It debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland.
In June, Harris announced his new single “Blame” through Twitter and revealed the cover art. It will feature vocals from John Newman. Later that month, on 26 June 2014, Harris uploaded a dancefloor-focused track called “C.U.B.A.” to SoundCloud.
In 2007, Harris contributed the song “Off & On” to Róisín Murphy’s album Overpowered, but it was cut from the album; Harris later gave the song to Sophie Ellis-Bextor to record for her 2011 album Make a Scene. Harris also produced a remix of Dragonette’s debut single “I Get Around” that was rejected by the band. In 2007, Kelis discussed plans to work with Harris on her then-upcoming album, although this did not materialise. Harris did, however, produce a remix of Flesh Tone’s second single, “4th of July (Fireworks)”, and later collaborated with her on his 2011 single “Bounce”.
American singer Katy Perry expressed an interest in working with Harris in 2009, and at one point they had pencilled recording sessions for her second album, Teenage Dream (2010), but no material was released. Harris worked with boy band JLS on songs for their second album, Outta This World (2010), but none of his work made the cut for the album. Harris also unsuccessfully tried to follow up his successful collaboration with Rihanna by submitting a track for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). He had completed a portion of the song, but missed the deadline. Harris admitted, “ou can’t work under that kind of pressure. I can’t anyway.” In April 2012, it was reported that Harris had contributed several tracks to Kesha’s then-upcoming second studio album, Warrior. However, none of these tracks made the final cut.