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Henry Russell Walter (born April 23, 1986), known professionally as Cirkut, is a Canadian record producer and songwriter. He has co-produced and co-written for Rihanna, The Weeknd, Britney Spears, Jessie J, Kesha, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B, Ava Max and Lil Wayne, and songs he has written and produced include the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles "Part of Me", "Roar" and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry, and "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus.[2][3] His production credits on The Weeknd's album Starboy won him the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.[4]

Cirkut
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Background information
Birth nameHenry Russell Walter
BornApril 23, 1985/1986 (age 32–33)[1]
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresPop
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
Associated acts

Life and careerEdit

Walter was raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 2004. He co-produced the Britney Spears song "Mmm Papi" which appeared on her 2008 album Circus.[5] He sent it as an instrumental track to Kobalt Music Group via their attorney Chris Taylor, where songwriter Nicole Morier began using it to write with Britney Spears.[6]

Walter opened Dream House Studios in Toronto. He then relocated to Los Angeles, California.[7] He co-produced "Part of Me", the title song to Katy Perry's 2012 concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Walter was also responsible for producing and co-writing The Weeknd's track "High for This". He recently co-produced and co-wrote 9 songs on The Weeknd's album Starboy.

DiscographyEdit

Title Year Album Writer Producer Remix
"Mmm Papi"[5] 2008 Britney SpearsCircus
 Y
 Y
"Blow (Cirkut Remix)" 2011 KeshaI Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album
 Y
 Y
 Y
"Seal It with a Kiss" Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
 Y
 Y
"High For This" The WeekndHouse of Balloons
 Y
 Y
"Wild Heart", "Where They Do That At" SabiUpcoming Debut Album
 Y
 Y
"Domino" Jessie JWho You Are
 Y
 Y
"Domino" Jessie J – Domino EP
 Y
 Y
"Good Feeling" Flo RidaWild Ones
 Y
 Y
"Hangover", "Tattoo"[8] Taio CruzTY.O
 Y
 Y
"You Da One", "Where Have You Been" RihannaTalk That Talk[9]
 Y
 Y
"Turn All The Lights On" T-PainRevolver
 Y
 Y
"Never Close Our Eyes", "Better Than I Know Myself"[10] 2012 Adam LambertTrespassing
 Y
 Y
"Part of Me", "Wide Awake" Katy PerryTeenage Dream: The Complete Confection
 Y
 Y
"Problem (The Monster Remix)" Becky G – Hotel Transylvania Soundtrack
 Y
 Y
"Young Forever", "Va Va Voom", "Masquerade" Nicki MinajPink Friday: Roman Reloaded
 Y
 Y
"Brokenhearted"[11] KarminHello
 Y
 Y
"Both of Us" (featuring Taylor Swift), "Strange Clouds" (featuring Lil Wayne), "Arena" (featuring T.I. & Chris Brown)[12] B.o.BStrange Clouds
 Y
 Y
"Primadonna", "Lies", "How To Be A Heartbreaker"[13] Marina and the DiamondsElectra Heart
 Y
 Y
"One More Time" Baby E – Upcoming Debut Album
 Y
 Y
"High For This" The Weeknd – Trilogy
 Y
 Y
"Wish U Were Here" (featuring Becky G) Cody SimpsonParadise
 Y
 Y
"Rock Me" One DirectionTake Me Home
 Y
 Y
"Oath" (featuring Becky G) Cher Lloyd feat Becky G – Sticks + Stones
 Y
 Y
"Warrior", "Die Young", "C'mon", "Thinking of You", "Crazy Kids", "Wherever You Are", "Dirty Love", "Wonderland", "Only Wanna Dance With You", "Supernatural", "Gold Trans Am", "Last Goodbye" Kesha – Warrior
 Y
 Y
"Till The World Ends (Twister Remix)" Britney Spears – Single
 Y
 Y
 Y
"High For This" Ellie GouldingHalcyon
 Y
 Y
"Die Young", "Supernatural" Kesha – Deconstructed
 Y
"Geekin'" 2013 will.i.am#willpower
 Y
"Fall Down" (featuring Miley Cyrus), "Far Away from Home" (featuring Nicole Scherzinger), "Geekin" will.i.am – #willpower
 Y
 Y
"Ooh La La" Britney Spears – Music From and Inspired by the Smurfs 2
 Y
 Y
"Vacation" G.R.L. – Music From and Inspired by the Smurfs 2
 Y
 Y
"Walks Like Rihanna" The WantedWord of Mouth
 Y
 Y
"Play It Again", "Can't Get Enough" (featuring Pitbull), "Zoomin' Zoomin", "Built for This", "Lovin' What You Do" Becky G – Play It Again (EP)
 Y
 Y
"Roar", "Legendary Lovers", "Birthday", "Unconditionally", "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), "International Smile", "Ghost" Katy Perry – Prism
 Y
 Y
"Wrecking Ball" Miley CyrusBangerz
 Y
 Y
"Harder We Fall", "Excuse My Rude", "Gold" Jessie J – Alive
 Y
 Y
"Smokin Rollin", "Bounce It" Juicy JStay Trippy
 Y
 Y
"Give It 2 U" Robin ThickeBlurred Lines
 Y
 Y
"Brightest Morning Star" Britney Spears – Britney Jean
 Y
 Y
"Timber" (featuring Kesha)
PitbullGlobal Warming: Meltdown
 Y
 Y
"Show Me What You Got", "Ugly Heart", "Rewind" 2014 G.R.L.G.R.L.
 Y
 Y
3BallMTY – Quiero Bailar (All Through The Night) Globall
 Y
 Y
"Dare (La La La)" ShakiraShakira
 Y
 Y
"La La La (Brazil 2014)", "We Are One (Ole Ola)" ShakiraOne Love, One Rhythm - The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album
 Y
 Y
"La La La (Brazil 2014)", "We Are One (Ole Ola)" PitbullOne Love, One Rhythm - The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album
 Y
 Y
"Wild Wild Love" (featuring G.R.L.) PitbullGlobalization
 Y
 Y
"Zipper" Jason DeruloTalk Dirty
 Y
 Y
"Shower", "Can't Stop Dancin'", "Can't Get Enough (Spanish Version)" Becky GTBA
 Y
 Y
"I Don't Mind" UsherUR
 Y
 Y
"Get on Your Knees" (featuring Ariana Grande), "Only (featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)", "Trini Dem Girls" (featuring LunchMoney Lewis), "The Night is Still Young", "Pills N Potions" Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
 Y
 Y
"She Knows" Ne-YoNon-Fiction
 Y
 Y
"Stayin Out All Night" Wiz KhalifaBlacc Hollywood
 Y
 Y
"Sugar" Maroon 5V
 Y
 Y
"Low" (featuring Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug), Juicy JThe Hustle Continues
 Y
 Y
"Never Been In Love", "One More" ElliphantOne More
 Y
 Y
"Completement Fou", "Coca Sans Bulles", "Florence En Italie", "Un Jour Viendra" YelleComplètement fou
 Y
 Y
"This Is How We Roll" 2015 Fifth HarmonyReflection
 Y
 Y
"Lighthouse" G.R.L.TBA
 Y
 Y
"Dance Like We're Makin' Love", "Give Me Love", "Lullaby", "Kiss N Tell", "Special Edition" CiaraJackie
 Y
 Y
"Best People In The World" Elliphant – TBA
 Y
 Y
"The Water Dance" Chris Porter – The Water Dance
 Y
 Y
"Once in a Lifetime" Flo RidaMy House
 Y
 Y
"Like This", "Locked Away" (featuring Adam Levine), "Checking for You", "Take You Down", "Broadway", "Over", "Make Up", "Again", "Live By The Gun", "Slave To The Dollar", "Save My Soul", "Crazy Love", "Don't You Worry", "Our Story" R. CityWhat Dreams Are Made Of
 Y
 Y
"Marching Band" (featuring Juicy J) R. KellyThe Buffet
 Y
 Y
"Lovin' So Hard", "Break a Sweat", "You Love It" Becky GTBA
 Y
 Y
"Everybody" (featuring Azealia Banks), "Love Me Badder" ElliphantLiving Life Golden
 Y
 Y
"Whip It!" (featuring Chloe Angelides), "Ain't Too Cool" Lunchmoney LewisTBA
 Y
 Y
"Ain't Your Mama" 2016 Jennifer LopezTBA
 Y
 Y
"Greenlight" (featuring Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis) PitbullClimate Change
 Y
 Y
"Guys My Age" Hey VioletFrom the Outside
 Y
"Starboy" (featuring Daft Punk), "False Alarm", "Reminder", "Secrets", "Six Feet Under", "Ordinary Life", "Nothing Without You", "I Feel It Coming" (featuring Daft Punk) The WeekndStarboy
 Y
 Y
"I Don't Want It At All", "Slow It Down" 2017 Kim PetrasTBA
 Y
 Y
"All Night" (featuring LunchMoney Lewis) Big BoiBoomiverse
 Y
 Y
"Ugly" Jaira BurnsTBA
 Y
 Y
"A Little Work" FergieDouble Dutchess
 Y
 Y
"Bang Bang" (featuring R. City, Selah Sue and Craig David) DJ Fresh, DiploTBA
 Y
"Girls Like You" (featuring Cardi B) 2018 Maroon 5Red Pill Blues
 Y
 Y
"Savior" (featuring Quavo) Iggy AzaleaTBA
 Y
 Y
"Hurt You" (featuring Gesaffelstein) The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy,
 Y
 Y
"Heart to Break", "Can't Do Better", "All the Time" Kim PetrasTBA
 Y
 Y
"Any Weather" BirdmanBirdman presents: Before Anythang (Soundtrack)
 Y
 Y
"Nights Like These", "On Ur Mind", "Ocean Sure" Ne-YoGood Man
 Y
 Y
"Animal", "Priceless" Trey SongzTremaine the Album
 Y
 Y
"Come See About Me" Nicki MinajQueen
 Y
 Y
"Creep On Me" (featuring French Montana & DJ Snake) GashiTBA
 Y
 Y
"Treasure Island"
Azealia BanksFantasea II: The Second Wave
 Y
 Y
"Sweet but Psycho",[14] "So Am I" Ava MaxTBA
 Y
 Y

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Grammy Awards
    • 2014: Song of the Year - "Roar" - Katy Perry (Nominated)
    • 2015: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry ft. Juicy J (Nominated)
    • 2018: Urban Contemporary Album - “Starboy” - The Weeknd (Won)
  • Juno Awards
    • 2014: Jack Richardson Producer of the Year (Won)
    • 2015: Songwriter of the Year (Nominated)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seabroke, John (October 14, 2013). "The Doctor Is In". The New Yorker. pp. 44–56.
  2. ^ "Number one singles". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Hung, Steffen. "swedishcharts.com - Henry Walter". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Award Winners Best Urban Contemporary Album". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Mmm Papi". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Nemetz, Andrea (December 3, 2008). "Canadian trio behind Spears tune Mmm Papi". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Gormely, Ian (April 2013). "The Dreamhouse". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Taio Cruz - TY.O". Discogs. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Track Review: Rihanna, 'Where Have You Been'". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Track Review: Adam Lambert, 'Better Than I Know Myself'". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Broken Hearted". Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Strange Clouds". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "News - Entertainment, Music, Movies, Celebrity". MTV News. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Atlantic Records Press | Ava Max". press.atlanticrecords.com. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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