8. Calvin Harris
Rep: Dumfries, Scotland
The veteran DJ, songwriter, singer and producer had one of his strongest years as an artist and a studio visionary. Calvin Harris’ production of Rihanna (the world-beating, no. 1 track “We Found Love” was the highlight of her Talk That Talk release) expanded his presence even further. And his single, the soulful “Feels So Close" was arguably 2011-12’s most infectious dance anthem.