Is Calvin Harris’ New Single ‘Blame’ About Ex-Girlfriend Rita Ora?
The 30-year-old Scottish DJ, who hinted the track with the artwork in June, shared a preview of the song on his Instagram account, unveiling the repetitive chorus, “Don’t blame it on me.” Though the sneak peek is only a 15-second shot of the EDM maestro recording the song playing off his laptop, the refrain suggests at a finger-pointing relationship.
Could “Blame,” the follow-up to his Top 40 dominating mix “Summer,” be a lyrical piece intended for ex-girlfriend Rita Ora? The relationship publicly ended in June when both Calvin and Rita, who collaborated for “I Will Never Let You Down,” announced the breakup on their Twitter.
In the tweets, the house mixer wished “her all the best” and the Kosovo-born singer responded by claiming to have had “an incredible time with Calvin.” The friendly front began to unravel as a bitter split after the “Feel So Close” singer-producer blocked Rita’s 2014 Teen Choice Awards performance of their track.
“For anybody who doesn’t understand how it works, he wrote and produced the song,” she exclusively told On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “So he has to approve anything TV-wise for anybody who doesn’t get it. And obviously he owns the rights to it and he didn’t approve the Teen Choice Awards.”
Calvin, who was named the highest-paid DJ in the world by Forbes, caught wind of the interview, and took to Twitter (again) to explain his side.
“You’ll only know 1 side of the story RE Teen choice awards because I choose not to talk to the papers about every aspect of my personal life,” he tweeted. “But just know I had a damn good reason.”
Do you think “Blame” will shine light on the undisclosed drama? The full track will be available for download on iTunes on September 7.
[Twitter / Calvin Harris]