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Billion streams makes history for DJ Calvin Harris

By Adam Sherwin

DJ Calvin Harris has become the first British artist to clock up more than a billion streams on music platform Spotify.

The Scot is now the most-streamed UK solo artist in the history of the Swedish service, having gone from supermarket shelf-stocker to the world's top-earning DJ.

Spotify disclosed a per-stream royalty rate of $0.007, but the revenue Harris earns will depend on the split which he has negotiated with his record label, Columbia.

The DJ is also noted for working with big names, who will have a stake in his earnings.

His collaboration with Rihanna, We Found Love – which was filmed in Northern Ireland – alone has sold 11m copies at around 99p each.

Summer is the most-streamed Harris track on Spotify, with over 160 million streams worldwide.

But the musician (30) will still have earned more from selling millions of iTunes downloads of songs from his 2012 collection 18 Months, which was the first album in history to have nine top 10 UK singles.

Last week, UK album sales totalled just 1.18 million, the lowest figure for 19 years, a crash partly explained by the popularity of streaming, which favours single tracks, as users compile playlists of their favourite songs.

Harris is the eighth act to break through the billion barrier and joins the likes of Eminem, Rihanna, David Guetta and Katy Perry.

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