Calvin Harris’s girlfriend doesn’t like his music

Rita Ora and Calvin Harris pictured leaving Nobu Berkeley restaurant and arriving at Proud Camden Galleries in Camden, London, UK

British artist Calvin Harris may be one of the most popular musicians right now and being requested to write songs by such artists as Rihanna and Kylie Minogue but his own girlfriend doesn’t seem to appreciate his music.

The Scotsman said his girlfriend, fellow musician Rita Ora, doesn’t like his music, which is dance music. He has said the two are unlikely to produce any songs together as they are trying to keep their business and personal lives separate.

Forbes magazine earlier this month named Harris the top-earning DJ of 2013 with $46 million. Tiesto was named number two on the Forbes list. Harris and Tiesto are to go on a UK Tour entitled “Greater Than” starting in December.

The tour will cover BelfastDublinLondonManchester, and Glasgow. Harris has the record for the most top 10 hits from a studio album in the UK. The previous record was nine held by Michael Jackson.

Harris, who was born Adam Wiles in Scotland, is also a songwriter and record producer. He released his first studio album in 2007 and had a follow-up album in 2009. The Albanian-born Ora had her first release in 2007 when she appeared on Craig David’s song “Awkward”.

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British musicians on the rise

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British musicians such as Adele and Calvin Harris have helped the country’s music revenues go past the £188m in royalties from overseas.

PRS for Music collects royalties from overseas on behalf of UK songwriters, composers, and music publishers and the body says the big hits from the two top performing British artists have helped push revenues.

In 2011 alone, UK songwriters and composers earned £187.7m. That was a 10% from 2010. The income earned overseas has also doubled over the last ten years.

Revenues are said to have increased within the last ten years primarily because of how popular British music is and because of improved licensing.

Harris and Adele are popular amongst American singers who have also asked them to write their songs.

Those include Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Amongst the biggest consumers of British music are Brazil and China.

British artists also show interest in the country by performing in Brazil since it was awarded the 2014 FIFA World Cup of Football and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Royalties received from online sales by UK songwriters, composers and music publishers have increased within the last few years and should double by the year 2022.

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Dance music hitting the high notes in the Uk

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Dance music is gaining popularity in the UK. The latest data from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) says that dance music is the most popular it has been in the Isles since 2006. The genre has a market share of 16.3%. That is behind the two largest market shareholders pop and rock.

Singles in the genre have also gone up by 19.1% in the first six months of the year and dance album sales are up by more than one third.

At least ten dance songs have sold more than a quarter of a million copies in the last seven months.

Calvin Harris beat Michael Jackson’s record for the most top ten hits from a single album in April with the album 18 Month. Harris has had eight top ten hits while Jackson’s previous record was seven.

Dance music single sales are up by 19.1 per cent.

Other interesting facts see that more than one in six singles sold in the UK between January and June were dance tracks; six of May’s top ten selling singles were dance songs, and 46.9 per cent of dance songs were downloaded.

Among the most popular acts are Daft Punk, whose album Get Lucky took 69 days to sell 1 million copies in the Uk.

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