Calvin Harris, Partynextdoor go dancehall way

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Monday, February 19, 2018

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CALVIN Harris, EDM heavyweight DJ, songwriter, singer and producer, makes his foray into dancehall with his latest single Nuh Ready, Nuh Ready. The track, which features Canadian rapper/singer Partynextdoor, was released on February 8 by Sony Music.

Partynextdoor, whose real name is Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, is signed to Drake's OVO record label. His mother is from Jamaica and his father from Trinidad.

Last year, the Scotland-born Harris and Partynextdoor had a hit with Cash Out.

In an interview with Beats 1 radio, Harris spoke about working with Partynextdoor.

“I just know his pen, his voice, and his delivery is among the best in the world. I worked with him on my last album and I was aware that I underused him. I was embarrassed and ashamed,” he said.

Nuh Ready, Nuh Ready hears the 25-year-old Partynextdoor honouring his Jamaican heritage. The use of patois is prevalent on the track.

Partynextdoor, who performed on the December 2016 Major Lazer concert in Kingston, has released two albums and three EPs. He co-produced Wild Thoughts, a 2017 hit for DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. He also co-wrote the massive hit Work by Rihanna and Drake.

Among Partynextdoor's hits are Not Nice (which samples Vybz Kartel's Girl You Too Bad) that was certified gold in the United States and silver in the United Kingdom.

Harris has scored eight number one songs on the UK pop charts. Born Adam Richard Wiles, the 34-year-old has studio albums to his name.

His hits include Found Love and This is What You Came For (both featuring Rihanna), Sweet Nothing (featuring Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine), How Deep Is Your Love featuring The Disciples, Outside and I Need Your Love, both of which feature Ellie Goulding; as well as his solo Summer and Feels So Close.

Harris topped Forbes' list of highest-paid DJs in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 he was ranked number 27 on the Sunday Times' Rich List of British Millionaires in Music, with 95 million.

Nuh Ready, Nuh Ready debuted at number 48 on the UK pop chart last weekend. It is also debuted at number 76 in Ireland, number seven in New Zealand, and number 68 in Sweden.

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