Calvin Harris Net Worth & Biography

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Introduction

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter from Dumfries, Scotland. He is known for his singles "We Found Love", "This Is What You Came For", "Summer", "Feel So Close", "Outside", "Feels", and "One Kiss".

As of , Calvin Harris has an estimated net worth of about $300M. He has released five studio albums and runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records, which he founded in 2010. He rose to international prominence with the release of his third studio album, 19 Months, in 2012. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, peaking at number 19.

At a Glance

Full name: Adam Richard Wiles

Other names: Calvin Harris, Love Regenerator

Birthday: 17 January 1984

Age:

Net worth: $300M

Source of wealth: Record producing, Music, DJ, Singing, Songwriting, Composing, Brand Deals

Country of origin: Scotland/United Kingdom

Net Worth

$300M

Calvin Harris was able to gain massive success in his music career. He is one of the highest-paid DJs/producers. His personal net worth is just a reflection of his innumerable talent.

He gained a massive amount of wealth and fame through his persevering music career. Harris makes around $50M/year. As of , Calvin Harris has an estimated net worth of about $300M.

Early Life

Harris was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland. His English parents, David Wiles, a biochemist, and Pamela Wiles (née Noon), a housewife, married in Oxford before moving to the Dumfries.

He has an elder sister, Sophie, and an elder brother, Edward. Wiles attended Calside Primary School then Dumfries High School, and, after leaving school, he stocked shelves in supermarkets and worked in a local fish processing factory to buy DJ gear.

He was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and began recording bedroom demos in 1999. 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". With these singles to his credit, Harris moved from Scotland to London, hoping to learn from the local music scene.

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. With the lack of job opportunities and money, he returned home to Dumfries and began posting homemade solo recordings to his Myspace page.

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, to make Harris the company's first signee.

Regarding the 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."

Favorite Quotes from Calvin Harris

“I’m not angry, I’m not an angry person, but I do sometimes like playing with the perception of anger, as in pretending that I’m angrier than I actually am, and sometimes it works quite well.” – Calvin Harris
“I try and sit on the fence because as soon as you voice any kind of opinion, people begin to think you’re an idiot.” – Calvin Harris
“To throw a shoe at a man in Dundee is the equivalent of a kiss on the cheek and an embrace in London. Dundee is a very different place; they have their own rules.” – Calvin Harris
“There’s only so much you can do with a male voice in dance music.” – Calvin Harris
“I have legendary massive breakfasts at hotels. I don’t hold back. I’ll get there at 7 A.M. and I’ll be the last out at 11 A.M., having gone up and down the buffet seven times.” – Calvin Harris

Career

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. Later in 2006, Harris produced a remix of All Saints' single "Rock Steady".

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. 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.

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.

"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.

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 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.

Harris also produced a remix of the second single "4th of July (Fireworks)" from Kelis' album Flesh Tone.

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.

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.

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.

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 the lead vocalist and made the decision to stop doing live shows.

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".

Harris also produced Dizzee Rascal's next single titled "Holiday", which reached number one on the UK singles chart. Harris also produced and mixed the English duo The Ting Tings' single Hands which was released on 18 August 2010.

Harris was also featured on Kylie Minogue's eleventh studio album, Aphrodite, collaborating on a disco and synthpop track titled "Too Much."

In July 2010, he released a mix titled L.E.D. Festival (short for L.E.D. Festival Presents... Calvin Harris).

In 2011, Harris toured as a support act for the European leg of Barbadian singer Rihanna's Loud Tour.

Harris played the 2011 Mardi Gras Party in Sydney on 5 March. 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.

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.

"Feel So Close", the second single from the album, was released in August 2011 and also reached number two in the United Kingdom.

"Feel So Close" became his first solo entry on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, peaking at number 12. He performed at the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball concert.

Harris produced Rihanna's songs "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been". "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.

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.

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).

He wrote and produced Cheryl Cole's single "Call My Name", the lead single from her third album A Million Lights. He also produced a remix of Florence and the Machine's "Spectrum" titled "Spectrum (Say My Name)".

"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. The album's fourth single "We'll Be Coming Back" was released in July 2012.

The fifth single, "Sweet Nothing", features Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and was released on 14 October 2012.

His third studio album, 18 Months, was released on 29 October 2012. 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.

In March 2017, the record was surpassed once again by Ed Sheeran, after his album ÷ spawned 10 top-10 songs on the UK chart.

Harris performed as part of the post-race concert of the 2013 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix in April 2013.

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".

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. Later that month, Harris remixed The Killers' song "When You Were Young" for the deluxe edition of their greatest hits album Direct Hits.

On 14 March 2014, Harris's song "Summer" premiered on the UK's Capital FM. "Summer" was Spotify's most-streamed track of 2014 with over 200 million streams. 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.

In April 2014, Harris performed on the main stage of the Coachella Festival.

The third single, "Blame", was a collaboration with vocalist John Newman. It was released in September 2014.

His fourth album, Motion, was released on 4 November 2014. It includes the previously released singles "Under Control", "Summer", "Blame", and "Outside". Another track from the album, "Pray to God", featuring rock band trio Haim, was released on 11 February 2015.

On 17 July 2015, Harris and London-based production trio Disciples released the single "How Deep Is Your Love". The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his 19th top-10 entry in the UK.

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

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.

On 8 February 2018, Harris collaborated with PartyNextDoor to release a dancehall-influenced house track titled "Nuh Ready Nuh Ready". On 6 April 2018, he released "One Kiss" with Dua Lipa. On 17 August 2018, the next single "Promises" was released with Sam Smith.

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. That year, mega-club Ushuaïa Ibiza booked Harris for a weekly Friday DJ residency for six weeks in August and September 2019.

In 2020, Harris went on "rediscover the way he originally began producing music 22 years ago" and released two EPs, Love Regenerator 1 and Love Regenerator 2, under his Love Regenerator alias. The third EP Love Regenerator 3 was released on 13 March 2020.

On 22 August 2020, Harris announced his new song called, "Over Now" with Canadian singer The Weeknd. The song was released on 28 August 2020.