Normani taps Calvin Harris for two new tracks

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Normani taps Calvin Harris for two new tracksNormani Calvin Harris

Normani has teamed up with Calvin Harris on two new original tracks. After sparking rumors of a collaboration in the works when they were spotted walking the red carpet of the American Music Awards together, the Normani x Calvin Harris project has confirmed the two artists are walking the walk just a few months later.

“Checklist” and “Slow Down” sees the former Fifth Harmony member continue on her star-studded solo career, following work with Khalid, Kehlani and Quavo. The project also sees Harris exploring new territory heading into music with inspirations from reggae and dancehall. While his other contemporaries, Major Lazer and Dillon Francis, have done similar exploration on recent projects, Harris has shown his reign in the upper echelons of pop will continue as he bridges international sounds with mainstream top 40 accessibility.

Calvin Harris is the producer behind Donae’o’s newest rap release

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Calvin Harris is the producer behind Donae’o’s newest rap releaseCalvinharris Hero

Calvin Harris has long since proven his ability to produce a diverse array of genres. He has released hip-hop collaborations with the top names in Hollywood like Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams and has brought mega-stars like Rihanna and Sam Smith into the electronic music world. Now, he’s continuing to diversify as the producer for North London rapper Donae’o.

The track is titled “Chalice” and is out now on Universal‘s Island Records. “Chalice” melds Latin infusions with a pulsing beat that certainly skews from sounds we have previously heard from the producer. The production takes the listener back to the early 2000s rap era and will undoubtedly get stuck in the listener’s head with its catchy tune. “Chalice” would be at home in both a hip-hop club or on the radio and will likely see similar success to other Harris productions that seem to permeate the airwaves globally.

David Guetta remixes Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s all-star track ‘Promises’

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David Guetta remixes Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s all-star track ‘Promises’David Guetta 2018 Credit Ellen Von Unwerth

Is it 2011? Because two of house music’s top guns have crossed paths on a new progressive house remix. Seemingly minutes after dropping his latest album, a tech house mixtape, and a new original with Netsky, David Guetta has stepped in to remix Calvin Harris‘s “Promises,” with the only telltale sign that it is indeed 2018 being that certified star and modern-day pop crooner Sam Smith is in on the momentous endeavor.

Leaning in to his recent creative exploration across genre and sound, Guetta has brought “Promises” from its 80s-leaning neo-pop to an energetic house style. With production that manages to maintain subtle melancholy with a simultaneous uplifting progression, this remix is precise, and a welcome reminder of the progressive house apex in the mid 2010s. Guetta’s rendition works in creating simple synth melodies in a manner that almost sounds (dare we say) Swedish, given the trio’s chord progressions tend to ring with resplendence with minimal production froth to weigh them down.

Calvin Harris sets new record, claims most No. 1 hits of the decade in UK

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Calvin Harris sets new record, claims most No. 1 hits of the decade in UKHakkasan Calvin Harris Photo Credit Joe Janet 2

Calvin Harris‘ collection of chart topping singles is so large that it just earned him a new record in the UK, where Harris now lays claim to the most number one hits of this decade. Harris’ most recent release, the soulful, Sam Smith assisted house heater, “Promises,” soared to the number one spot on UK charts, clinching Harris’ eighth top slotting single in the 2010s, and his tenth number one track, according to OfficialCharts.com.

It’s not lonely at the top, either; Harris now joins the likes of Madonna, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles, all of whom similarly witnessed their music ascend to the number position of UK charts in previous years. The musical cherry atop UK’s charts, Harris listeners can stream the dynamo’s latest single, here.

H/T: OfficialCharts.com

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith celebrate glamorous New York house culture in new ‘Promises’ video

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith celebrate glamorous New York house culture in new ‘Promises’ videoCalvin Harris Sam Smith Promises Video Screenshot

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have proved to be nothing short of a match made in heaven on their summer blockbuster, “Promises.”Calvin Harris has safely secured another chart-climbing hit alongside Smith, and now the pair’s collaboration gets an official music video release. The new “Promises” video is an ode to the underground house scene in New York City. The seductive house ballad’s video begins with testimonials from different New Yorkers expressing the energy and inclusion their community provides.

Smith’s sultry vocals shine through as clips of he and Harris in a dark, glamorous ballroom flash by. The Emil Nava-directed accompaniment juxtaposes homemade footage with carefree disco ball-clad clips from the club for a video feature that perfectly matches the track’s infectious aesthetic.

Exclusive: Oliver Heldens pumps out groovy electronics on remix for David Guetta & Anne-Marie’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’

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Exclusive: Oliver Heldens pumps out groovy electronics on remix for David Guetta & Anne-Marie’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’Guetta Annemarie OLIVER HELDENS

Oliver Heldens has been reeling in all the right remixes as of late, reworking the classic Sidney Samson track “Riverside,” as well as Calvin Harris‘ chart-topping hit “One Kiss” featuring Dua Lipa. And now, the Dutch producer continues his end-of-summer tear with a remix of David Guetta‘s latest single “Don’t Leave Me Alone” with Anne-Marie.

The release has all the makings of a glorified crowd-pleaser, including a dance-heavy beat under the original’s catchy vocals and dropping into some pounding electronics. It’s easy to picture how the remix would play out live, providing the perfect backbone for some killer graphic visuals and light schemes.

His Heldeep imprint has been a driving force in summer 2018, taking over stages at some of the world’s most renowned festivals that saw Heldens as the headliner. In addition to a jam-packed Ibiza schedule, he’ll continue to move through the extensive tour schedule, hitting festivals such as Ultra Japan and Imagine Music Festival. Heldens will also continue to showcase the Heldeep brand, stopping in NYC for a massive Heldeep at Sea show featuring Black Caviar and more.

Drake, Tiësto, and Calvin Harris dominate Spotify’s most-streamed songs of summer list

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Drake, Tiësto, and Calvin Harris dominate Spotify’s most-streamed songs of summer listDrake Air Ma Plus

Summer coming to an end begs the question, “What was the song of the summer?” Spotify analytics have some answers, touting Drake, Cardi B, Calvin Harris, Post Malone, and XXXTentacion as artists of the summer.

Drake’s “In My Feelings” was streamed more than 393 million times between June 1 and August 20 — more than any other song during that time period. Aside from the Kiki challenge, the Toronto rapper dominated the summer charts, racking up five total tracks on Spotify’s top global songs of the summer list.

“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B came in second with 293 million streams, falling 4 million streams ahead of the third most-streamed song of the summer: “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin. XXXTentacion was the second most-streamed artist of the summer, following his death.

On the electronic side of things, Calvin Harris came in at No. 7 with “One Kiss” featuring Dua Lipa. Tiësto and Dzeko came in at No. 14 with their hit single “Jackie Chan,” featuring Post Malone and Preme.

H/T: Complex

Photo Credit: Prince Williams/Getty

Calvin Harris announces forthcoming Sam Smith collaboration, due Friday

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Calvin Harris announces forthcoming Sam Smith collaboration, due FridayCalvin 600

The August 17 installment of New Music Friday will see Sam Smith re-enter the electronic release ring alongside dance floor dominator, Calvin Harris.

Harris notified fans of the forthcoming single via Twitter, sharing a salmon snapshot of the collaboration’s artwork.

Entitled “Promises,” the joint production signals Smith’s return to electronic features, sonic territory that Smith has not treaded since his work with Disclosure on the duo’s sophomore album, Caracal, released in 2015. Smith originally lent his vocals to Disclosure’s 2013 platinum certified house heater, “Latch.”

Harris remained mum on the specifics of the single’s sound, but listeners can nonetheless expect the song to potently embody the synergy of Harris and Smith’s musical mastery.

H/T: EDM Tunes

Calvin Harris and friends celebrate Labor Day weekend with Hakkasan

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Calvin Harris and friends celebrate Labor Day weekend with HakkasanHakkasan Calvin Harris Photo Credit Joe Janet 1

Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is known for its worldwide hospitality, five-star restaurants and top-of-the-line night clubs which span from the eponymous Hakkasan, Omnia, and beyond. The brand’s organizers have been hard at work preparing their institutions for Labor Day festivities around the corner, and are finally ready to reveal the supremely-stacked bill of guest talent to headline throughout the weekend of August 30 to September 3.

Calvin Harris, Tïesto, and Martin Garrix are just a few names participating in the festivities, along with hip-hop phenomenon Lil’ Jon, who is no stranger to Hakkasan Group’s events. It’s hard to resist spending the holiday weekend among such legendary, chart-topping artists. Not to mention, no matter then venue, each performance is guaranteed to be accompanied by Hakkasan production standards, which include top class lighting and visuals, sound, and layout.

Omnia’s Vegas branch at Caesars Palace kicks off its Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 31 with Calvin Harris, and Generic and DJ Dash as his opening acts. Zedd and DJ Lucky You take over on September 1. Finally, Martin Garrix closes out the weekend with DJ Bamboozle on September 2.

Jewel Nightclub, situated in the Aria Resort & Casino, has its share of talent as well. Playboi Carti opening festivities there on August 31. Tyga comes through on September 1, with the cake-throwing talent Steve Aoki closing out on Sunday, September 2.

Get ready to scream “HEY!” And “OKAY!” With Lil Jon at Hakkasan on Thursday, August 30. Hardwell swings by with Kill the Buzz on August 31. Tiesto headlines with Dzeko and DJ Five on Saturday, September 1, with an encore performance by Calvin Harris and Generik on Sunday, September 2. 1OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino celebrates the end of summer with the “Panda” singer, Desiigner on Friday, August 31st, along with O.T. Genasis on September 1st. 

Pool parties during the day time hours are set to bring an oasis from the heat in the funnest of fashions. Wet Republic will be starting off its afternoon festivities Tïesto and Dzeko at the helm, with Steve Aoki and Kaskade joining the fray on September 1. Martin Garrix makes plays a daytime cameo alongside Justin Mylo on September 2. Liquid Pool Lounge at will be hosting the likes of Scooter & Lavelle, DJ E-Rock, DJ Drama, BRKYLN, DJ Buza. Last, but not least, partiers can also enjoy Greg Lopez, G-Squared, Zsuzsanna, and DJ Que at the Bare Pool Lounge in The Mirage if none of the previous events mentioned don’t fit their fance. On that note the Barekini Contest with DJ Flow on Monday, September 3 is set to be a fun cap off for the weekend. All in all, Hakkasan is gearing up to close out festival season in style.

 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery to display portrait of Calvin Harris [See it]

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery to display portrait of Calvin Harris [See it]Portrait Of Calvin Harris February 2015

Visitors of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) in Edinburgh will soon see Calvin Harris‘ image displayed among the museum’s collection of fine portraits. A portrait of Harris originally taken by English photographer Paul Stuart for GQ Italia in February 2015 is the latest likeness to join SNPG’s extensive collection. Stuart’s snapshot will appear in SNPG’s renowned National Galleries of Scotland.

“Calvin Harris has made a remarkable contribution to music both in Scotland and globally over the last decade and we are absolutely delighted to have him represented in Scotland’s national collection,” said SNPG’s Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture, Christopher Baker. “Few artists can equal the impact he has made on contemporary culture, and Paul Stuart’s portrait is a reflective, exceptional image which the many visitors to the SNPG will now be able to enjoy,” Baker added.

Photo Credit: Paul Stuart

H/T: Magnetic Magazine