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‘Blame’ tells the story of a man who feels guilty about cheating on his partner, but isn’t willing to accept responsibility for his actions. “Blame it on the night, don’t blame it on me”. Later, he apologizes and says that he’ll be better in the future. The fans and the media immediately speculated that ‘Blame’ was about Harris’s ex-girlfriend Rita Ora, but Harris immediately denied that. While talking to Ryan Seacrest, he said: “…it definitely isn’t. Newman wrote that song.”

Release date

Released on September 5, 2014


Calvin Harris – John Newman – James Newman


Columbia – Deconstruction – Fly Eye

Chart Rankings

US – 19

UK – 1


‘Blame’ is Calvin’s seventh number 1 single in the UK. It topped the UK Singles Charts and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 600.000 copies. The single is John Newman’s third number one in the UK, and was included in his deluxe album Revolve. It broke the record for the most streamed song in a week in September 2014 on Spotify with over 10 million streams. In the US, it peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and topped the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified it platinum for sales over one million copies. ‘Blame’ topped the charts in Argentina, Belgium, Columbia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, and Sweden. It also reached the top 10 charts in 15 countries worldwide including Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. It was certified double platinum in Italy, and platinum in Australia and Mexico.  In Denmark, it was streamed 2.6 million times, and in Spain, it was streamed 10 million times. It was certified platinum in both countries.

Artist’s age on release date

30 (Harris) 34 (Newman)

Cover Versions

Boyce Avenue – vChenay Prod – featured in one of The Flash episodes, ‘Out of Time’ – featured in episode 16 of Person of Interest –featured in the video games Just Dance & NBA 2K16 – Amateur artists covered this song on YouTube

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