Calvin Harris Sets Chart Record, Becomes U.K.’s New ‘King of Pop’

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ADAM RICHARD WILES (a.k.a. Calvin Harris)

Calvin Harris has become a record-holder in the U.K. by clocking-up eight chart hits from the one album.

The Scottish DJ and producer on Sunday saw his song “I Need Your Love” FT Ellie Goulding climb 11-7, in doing so becoming the eighth track from his album “18 Months” to crack the U.K. top 10. Harris’ feat has never before happened in the 60-plus year history of the Official U.K. Singles Chart.

The electro-pop artist takes the mantle from the late “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, who twice managed to gather seven top 10 hits from an album -- with his 1987 album “Bad” and from 1991’s “Dangerous.”

Harris shared his excitement with his 2.2 million-plus followers on Twitter.


Harris’ imperious chart-stretch with “18 Months” began in June 2011 with “Bounce” FT Kelis (No.  2 peak), followed by “Feel So Close” (No. 2), “We Found Love” with Rihanna (No.  1), “Let’s Go FT Ne-Yo” (No. 2), “We’ll Be Coming Back” FT Example (No. 2),” Sweet Nothing” FT Florence Welch (No. 1) and “Drinking From The Bottle” (No. 5).

According to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company, “18 Months” has now sold more tha 543,000 units in the U.K. since its release in October of last year. The album is currently at No. 13 after 25 weeks on the Official Albums Chart, where it has spent two weeks at No.  1, and 10 weeks inside the Top 10.

In other chart news, Jessie J becomes the first British female to score six Top 10 hits from one album, her 2011 debut album “Who You Are.” It’s an achievement that places her level with U.S. artists Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Gaga scored six top 10 hits from 2008’s “The Fame” and from the expanded edition of 2009’s “The Fame Monster", while Perry had six top 10s from her second album “Teenage Dream” (2010), and the 2012 deluxe edition "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection."

British boyband Take That are the only group to score six top 10 singles from one album, which they did with 1993’s album “Everything Changes.”