Sweet Nothing

Album: 18 months (2012)
Charted: 1 10
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Songfacts®:

  • This electro-disco track about a lover who gives, "such sweet nothing," features the vocals of Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine. The singer previously linked up with Harris when his remix of her Ceremonials track, "Spectrum" shot to the top of the UK singles chart. The song was premiered on Chris Moyle's BBC Radio 1 breakfast show on August 28, 2012.
  • The Vincent Haycock directed video was filmed over two days in a Working Men's Club in Dalston, London. It features Welch as a singer in a small, dingy, Serbian nightclub. Surrounded by a violent life and fearful of her future, Florence unleashes a ferocious performance.
  • When this debuted at #1 on the UK singles chart it broke a run of second place finishes for Calvin Harris, as his previous four singles as lead artist had all stalled at #2.
  • Regarding the 18 Months album title, Harris explained: "It was a mixture between 18 months studio time and gigs and also it was kind of a point when I stopped performing in a certain way with a band and singing all the time and ... just focused on production and Djing. So it made sense to draw that line there and it just happened to be 18 months before I finished the album."
  • This was the first single that Welch had sung on that reached the top 10 of the Hot 100. Her previous best chart ranking had been the #21 position of her own group's Florence + the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over" in 2010.
  • Calvin Harris was named as the most successful songwriter in the UK singles chart in 2012. As well as a string of hits from his 18 Months album, Harris also penned several big sellers for other artists including Call My Name by Cheryl Cole and Rihanna's "We Found Love."

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