The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will return to Marina Bay Street this September, and The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris have been named as headliners for the entertainment portion of the event. This is the 10th iteration of the Singapore Grand Prix, and The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris will join the ranks of many high profile artists who have previously performed at the event such as Queen, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.
Harris is the last headlining artist to be announced, alongside 2017 performers OneRepublic, Duran Duran, Ariana Grande, and Seal. The Chainsmokers will headline the Padang stage on September 16, while Harris will headline the Padang stage on the 17th. The event is set to take place September 15-17. Tickets are available here.
Certified hitmaker Calvin Harris has confirmed that Frank Ocean is the next celebrity whose voice will grace his work. The two hitmakers had initially sparked rumors of their partnership after being spotted together in 2016. During a surprise Snapchat post, fans got to hear the first inkling of Harris and Ocean’s finished product, which as it turns out, is a bit outside the box for a Harris track. Rather than building a house-based canvas around Ocean’s auto-tuned croons, the Scottish star opts to take a more downtempo approach. Together, the two have created a well-crafted piece of music that will be consumed ravenously by fans until it climbs to the top of the charts.
The yet-untitled tune will likely be one of of the ten new compositions promised by Harris earlier this month, and if it’s any indication, the EDM magnate is in for a prosperous year. Listen to the preview below.
After topping Forbes’ list of highest paid DJs for the fourth time in a row in 2016, there is no denying that Calvin Harris’ popularity is at an all-time high. Fans constantly crave new music from the sought-after producer, hyping even the slightest bit of news regarding fresh releases. Luckily, a laconic statement from the Scottish musician seems to indicate that a plethora of new material is imminent:
While answering fans’ questions from his Twitter, Harris stated that he would release ten new songs in 2017. This interaction gives way to heaps of speculation. Could Calvin Harris be readying a new album? Does he have a series of EPs on the way, or rather, remixes and singles? Only time will tell.
Earlier this month, Calvin Harris joined YouTube’s coveted Billion Views Club with the music video for “This Is What You Came For,” becoming only the third EDM song ever to reach such a lofty milestone. The Rihanna-assisted smash joined the same ranks as Major Lazer‘s “Lean On,” and “Wake Me Up” by Avicii. Now, for the second time in under a month, the Scottish hit-maker is breaking back into the billion bracket with 2014’s inescapable “Summer.” The track becomes just the 36th video to ever claim the achievement.
2016 has been an incredibly successful year for Harris, who also received a diamond certification for his first Rihanna collaboration, 2011’s “We Found Love.” The tune was the first piece of dance music to ever receive diamond certification from the RIAA. With the addition of two videos accumulating over a billion views each in the same year, it’s safe to say Calvin Harris still incontestably rules mainstream pop’s intersection with dance music.
1 billion views of the Summer video !! 2nd of the year, thank you
Streaming only continued to grow as a primary platform for listening to music in 2016, with websites like Spotify and SoundCloud accumulating billions of streams far before the year ended. Billboard has been tracking the top streamed songs as 2016 progressed, and has now rounded the list to its top 100.
The Chainsmokers unsurprisingly took the largest share of electronic representation in the top 10, gracing 7th and 9th place with “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Justin Bieber and his hit single “Sorry,” which was co-produced by Skrillex ranked third of the bunch. Meanwhile, Calvin Harris made it to the 18th slot with his collaboration “This Is What You Came For” with Rihanna. View the top 20 below, and head to Billboard to see the rest of the list.
Billboard’s 20 top steaming songs of 2016:
Desiigner – Panda
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Drake ft. WizKid & Kyla – One Last Dance
Rihanna – Needed Me
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down
Adele – Hello
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Work From Home
Bryson Tiller – Don’t
Future ft. The Weeknd – Low Life
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha – Me, Myself & I
Drake – Hotline Bling
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
In September, Calvin Harris‘ first collaboration with Rihanna, 2011’s “We Found Love,” was certified diamond by the RIAA. With this feat, not only could Calvin Harris celebrate the fact that the hit that helped bring electronic music to the mainstream sold a staggering 10 million copies, but the producer also became the very first EDM artist to receive diamond certification.
Now, with just over two months passing, Calvin Harris can already add one more seminal victory under his belt. The music video for “This Is What You Came For,” yet another collaboration between the producer and none other than Rihanna, has hit 1 billion views on YouTube.
The video is only the third EDM track that can claim such an achievement, joining the company of Major Lazer’s “Lean On” and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” This milestone for “This Is What You Came For,” which skillfully combines sounds of contemporary EDM and pop, does not come as too much of a surprise. The track was one of the hits of summer 2016, peaking at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
1 billion views on This is what you came for video
In 2007, Sebastian Solano, Lukas Tracz, Patryk Tracz, and Paul Campbell debuted the first-ever Life in Color, known at the time as Dayglow, a humble paint party that tapped into South Florida’s bustling electronic dance music scene. From the outset, the festival’s founders had a vision of creating large-scale, paint-centered EDM events, and ten years later this vision has certainly become a reality. In 2016, the show’s flagship Miami festival hosted 25,000 paint-laden attendees.
More than just becoming “The World’s Largest Paint Party” and a must-attend event for college students, Life in Color’s acquisition by SFX Entertainment has allowed the festival to expand its influence globally, reaching 70 cities in 18 countries in 2016. Some of the most admired names in the industry including the likes of Jack Ü, Kaskade, Alesso, Dillon Francis, Calvin Harris, and Hardwell, just to name a few, have performed at the event in years past.
Celebrating 10 years, Life in Color has released a video announcing its 2017 Miami festival lineup. The event’s decade-old South Florida celebration is stacked with EDM’s biggest bass-inclined artists, such as Diplo, Marshmello, and Carnage, among others. Moreover, this year’s show will feature multiple stages. Diplo, Marshmello, Seven Lions, Illenium, Mija, Solano, and Bonnie & Clyde will take to the Sector X stage, while Young Thug, Carnage, Tritonal, Desiigner, Ookay, Doctor P, and Fresko will take to the Bare Stage.
Miami’s Life in Color 10-year anniversary event will take place on January 28 at Mana Wynwood & RC Colo Plant in Miami’s Wynwood art district. Tickets are available to purchase here.
Calvin Harris‘ first collaboration with Rihanna, 2011’s “We Found Love,” has been certified as diamond by the RIAA to signify that it has sold 10 million copies. As the first single from the sultry singer’s sixth album Talk Talk Talk, the song proved to be a massive crossover hit and kicked off a string of collaborations between Harris and Rihanna.
“We Found Love” is joined by 9 other digital singles to have reached diamond certification, though it is the first EDM track to do so. Other diamond-certified hits include Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” Justin Bieber‘s “Baby,” and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” Gaga’s “Poker Face” was the last addition to the list, making its debut in January.
One does not become the world’s highest paid DJ, and keep that title for four consecutive years, without meeting and working with a ton of other interesting stars along the way. Calvin Harris took advantage of those opportunities throughout his rise to prominence, which helped him become such a worldwide phenomenon.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Harris recounted some of these experiences, including how he started branching out into playing instruments and singing vocals for his own tracks mainly because of an inspirational discussion with Pharrell. He mentioned on the show an idea that he had for a new documentary covering the “height” of his EDM career, as he seems to be viewing the years around 2011 – 2014. Indeed, the Forbes list of the top paid DJs in the world shows that 2016 was the first year since 2012 that the top 10 saw a decrease in earnings.
As is true with most crossover acts, once an artist works with pop stars, they tend to lose some of their original audience. It can also be said that the EDM scene is evolving and maturing all over the world, as the young people who have been exposed to these styles of music throughout their entire life branch out into new genres.
Harris says that he wants to make a documentary about the EDM scene during those seminal years of his career. The interesting bit is that he said that he would not release this documentary for two more decades. In his own words, he says: “I want everyone to be old and I want nobody to care anymore about telling the truth or not.”