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This hit is very much simple and straight forward; it talks about being captivated with your partner. Ellie Goulding spoke to Pop Justice about her collaboration with Harris” “I think it’s one of the first songs he’s written with someone. He’s written a lot of songs by himself. I mean, he’s really, really clever. I’ve always been a fan of him and we used to have the same management, ages ago. He’s done well for himself”.  She continued, “we wrote that song in his flat about a year ago now and then we sort of scrapped it and came back to it and re-recorded it and there was a bit of confusion around that song for a bit.”

Ellie Goulding told Rolling Stone that she didn’t think the song would be a hit. “I absolutely didn’t think the song would be so huge,” she said. “I mean, every track Calvin has made has been a chart success, but before we recorded it, I thought, ‘Is this going to be the one time he doesn’t make a hit?”. Ellie was at a Barry’s Boot Camp class. “I was working out, and all of a sudden ‘I Need Your Love’ came on,” she recalled. “It was a bit awkward.”

Release date

Released on April 12, 2013


Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding


Deconstruction, Fly Eye, Columbia

Chart Rankings

US – 1 (Hot dance club)

UK – 4


“I Need Your Love” reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart, making Harris the first artist in UK chart history to have eight top ten hits from one studio album. It also reached the top five in Australia, Austria, Finland and Sweden, the top ten in Belgium, Ireland and Switzerland, and the top twenty in the United States. The song was nominated for British Single of the Year at the 2014 BRIT Awards, while the music video was nominated for British Video of the Year. Calvin Harris overtook Michael Jackson, who held the record with seven top 10 hits from his 1987 album ‘Bad’ and his 1991  ‘Dangerous’. A few months later Harris even broke his own chart record when “Thinking About You” became his ninth track from 18 Months to enter the UK singles Top 10.

Artist’s age on release date

Calving Harris was 29, Ellie Goulding was 27 years of age

Cover Versions

The song was included as a bonus track on Goulding’s sophomore studio album, Halcyon. The song hasn’t been remade or remixed yet.


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    April 29, 2020 at 2:08 pm

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