Calvin Harris Announces ‘Motion’ Tracks & Collaborators

Calvin Harris Motion

Anticipation is building for Calvin Harris’ next album, Motion, which will be released November 4.

On Monday, the Scottish superstar tweeted out track names and the individuals who he’s collaborating with on the collection.

English duo Hurts is featured prominently on two songs. Appearances also come from The Voice coach Gwen Stefani and up-and-coming R&B singer Tinashe, along with Ellie Goulding, who provided vocals on Harris’ “I Need Your Love” from 18 Months.

But not to be left out are fellow DJs Alesso, Firebeatz, Ummet Ozcan and R3HAB, as well as English trio All About She, singer John Newman, rapper Big Sean and rock band Haim.

See the full tracklist below and let us know which song you’re most excited for.

1. ‘Faith’
2. ‘Under Control’ with Alesso feat. Hurts
3. ‘Blame’ feat. John Newman
4. ‘Love Now’ feat. All About She
5. ‘Slow Acid’
6. ‘Outside’ feat. Ellie Goulding
7. ‘It Was You’ feat. Firebeatz
8. ‘Summer’
9. ‘Overdrive’ with Ummet Ozcan
10. ‘Ecstasy’ feat. Hurts
11. ‘Pray to God’ feat. Haim
12. ‘Open Wide’ feat. Big Sean
13. ‘Together’ feat. Gwen Stefani
14. ‘Burnin’’ with R3HAB
15. ‘Dollar Signs’ feat. Tinashe

Calvin Harris Announces ‘Motion’ Release Date

Calvin Harris Motion

Perpetual record breaker Calvin Harris took to social media to reveal the cover art and release date for his fourth album, Motion.

The set will drop on November 4 from Columbia Records.

The album follows 18 Months, which featured such floor fillers as “Sweet Nothing,” “I Need Your Love” and “Feel So Close.”

Motion will likely include Harris’ recent massive hits “Summer” and the steadily climbing “Blame.”

[Via Billboard]

Calvin Harris & John Newman Perform ‘Blame’ Live at iHeartRadio Music Festival

Calvin Harris headlined this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas over the weekend.

As one would expect, the Scottish DJ dropped “Summer” during his set at the two-day festival that also featured performances from the likes of Taylor Swift. But Harris had one of the hottest hits of any season this calendar year, so, after spinning it in front of a live audience, how did he further hype the crowd?

By welcoming pal John Newman to the stage so the UK soul singer could pepper “Blame” — one of the fastest-rising hits on the dance/EDM and pop charts — with his energetic and remorseful vocals.

Newman cut a rug as the track’s raucous melody blared in the background, pausing every now and then to lament during the song’s chorus and bridges. He also seemed truly thrilled to be doing so in front of the massive audience.

Though not specifically EDM themed, the iHeartRadio Music Festival provided another big moment for dance acts this week just days after Tiësto’s fountain show at the Bellagio debuted. Looks like Sin City’s pulse throbs in bpm.

Calvin Harris Premieres ‘Blame’ Video, Breaks Another Spotify Record

We’ve got a double dose of Calvin Harris to kick off your Friday!

First, “Blame” — which pairs the Scottish DJ with British singer John Newman — has gotten music video treatment.

As the words tell Newman’s story of committing an act of infidelity, that visual is made real in the clip, as a scantily clad woman lies on the bed next to him and, similarly, Harris, who’s featured in another scene.

As the clip progresses, more blonde and brunette beauties head to the club (where else would you go in a dance music clip?) to shake and shimmy the night away. But things start getting weird when water gets involved, in the form of a hot tub, bathroom sink and even a puddle, all of which have transportational powers.

Perhaps we’re reading too deep into it, but hints throughout the epic short film and the stillness of the lady next to Newman seem to suggest the “blame” he’s talking about could be criminal in nature. But we’ll let you make your own decision on that …

Meanwhile, you probably remember when Harris became the first UK solo act to get 1 billion plays on Spotify. According to Music Week, the DJ du jour’s “Blame” just peaked atop the streaming service’s Global Chart just three days after being released. The site says the feat usually takes an act seven to eight weeks to achieve, but the success of “Blame” is a result of a global release of the track rather than rolling out over a few days, weeks or even months, as some other songs have made it to the market.

“Blame” also makes its way onto the Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart at No. 15, scoring the hot shot debut position. If pattern holds and the video picks up traction — and it will — Harris is on his way to having one of the year’s biggest hits in and outside the dance music arena.

Calvin Harris Becomes First UK Solo Act to Get 1 Billion Plays on Spotify

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As if being the world’s top-earning DJ and having a hit on his hands weren’t enough, Calvin Harris has earned yet another accolade.

According to Billboard, Harris, of Scotland, just became the first UK (for now!) solo act to amass 1 billion plays on Spotify. The honor comes days after it was revealed that his global smash, “Summer,” garnered 160 million streams during the three-month season for which it’s named.

Mixmag reports that the streams — which if played back to back would last for about 5,000 years — earned the DJ about between $6.5 million and $7 million.

Calvin Harris – ‘Blame’ feat. John Newman [FULL AUDIO]

After weeks of piecemeal teases, we finally get to hear the full audio of Calvin Harris‘ “Blame.”

As mentioned previously, the track features British singer John Newman serving up haunting-to-downright scary vocals. At the same time, he suggests blaming the night for what sounds like a recent bout of infidelity.

Scandalous! But Harris’ beat on the track is pure — a deeper and darker melody than that found on “Summer,” but an apt follow-up to the global smash. Yes, it sounds like Calvin has another hit on his hands.

Calvin Harris Tops Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid DJs

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Dance/EDM is big business — look no farther than the continually growing empire of Robert F. X. Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment as evidence. But executives aren’t the only ones raking in cash, as proven by Forbes’ 2014 list of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

Topping the Electronic Cash Kings 2014 ranking is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who pulled in $66 million over the past 12 months and even out-earned rapper Jay Z and country singer Toby Keith, according to the magazine.

Check out the top earners and tallies below, along with their rank from last year in parentheses.

1. Calvin Harris, $66 million (1)
2. David Guetta, $30 million (3)
3. TIE: Avicii / Tiësto, $28 million (6, 2)
5. Steve Aoki, $23 million (11)
6. Afrojack, $22 million (7)
7. Zedd, $21 million
8. Kaskade, $17 million (9 (tie))
9. Skrillex, $16.5 million (9 (tie))
10. Deadmau5, $16 million (5)
11. Hardwell, $13 million
12. TIE: Armin van Buuren / Steve Angello, $12 million (8, 4 (as part of Swedish House Mafia))

Dance Nominees Announced for 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV may not play many music videos these days, but that doesn’t stop the network from handing out honors for the art form each year.

The 2014 MTV VMAs will air Sun., Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern. On Thursday, the nominees for the highly competitive MTV Clubland Award were announced and the videos up for a Moonman trophy this year include:

– Calvin Harris, “Summer”
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
Martin Garrix, “Animals”
Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Dance acts racked up nominations in other categories as well, including:

– Sia, “Chandelier” (Video of the Year)
– Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” (Best Pop Video)
– Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty” (Best Pop Video, Best Choreography)
– Charlie XCX, “Boom Clap” (Artist to Watch)
– Pitbull feat. Kesha, “Timber” (Best Collaboration)
Avicii feat. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother” (Best Video with a Social Message)
– David Guetta, “One Voice” (Best Video with a Social Message)
Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night” (Best Editing)
– Kiesza, “Hideaway” (Best Choreography)
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What” (Best Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects)
Disclosure, “Grab Her!” (Best Visual Effects)

No dance artists have been slated to perform just yet, but could be announced as the VMAs approach. Still, the presence of the genre will definitely be felt on Aug. 24. Who do you think will win? And will you be tuning in?