Calvin Harris becomes first British artist to pass one billion Spotify streams

The producer's recent single 'Summer' has now gained over 160m streams worldwide

Calvin Harris has become the first British solo artist to pass one billion streams on Spotify.

The producer’s recent single ‘Summer’ has now gained over 160m streams worldwide, making his overall total up to one billion.

Music Week estimates that the landmark number of plays on Spotify is worth $7m (£4.3m) to the artist and his label, Columbia.

Mark Terry, Co-President of Columbia Records UK commented: “This is a landmark achievement for Calvin and deserved recognition that he is in the elite tier of global artists. His recent level of success has been extraordinary and something that all of us here at Columbia are very proud to be part of.”

Steve Savoca, Spotify’s VP Content and Distribution, commented: “We would like to congratulate Calvin Harris on reaching the huge milestone of a billion streams on Spotify, conclusive proof if any were needed that he is one of the most popular artists on Spotify.”

Earlier this year Harris was confirmed as the highest earning DJ in the world for a second successive year with earnings of £39.8m in the past twelve months.