Since the early 2000s, Frenchman David Guetta has served as the liaison in between electronic dance music and pop music. His knack for producing incredibly catchy, vocal house tracks has enabled him to continually climb up Billboard’s Top 100 and even add two Grammy Awards to his name. Regardless of how you feel about his music, the man can undoubtedly be credited for helping thrust dance music to the forefront of the mainstream, especially in the United States. David Guetta has and continues to play an integral role in broadening dance music’s ever-increasing popularity.
Throughout the last couple of years, David Guetta proved he is not hesitant to line up superstar collaborations with some of hip hop and pop music’s biggest names. David has teamed with Ne-Yo, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Sia, Kid Cudi. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj among a plethora of others all since 2009. Guetta’s 2009 album One Love became the producer’s first major breakthrough of mainstream successful and was led by the popular club hit Sexy Bitch that featured ghetto crooner Akon.
One Love was a Grammy-award nominee for Best Electronic/Dance Album. The year also witnessed Guetta producing The Black Eyed Peas hit I Gotta Feeling. In 2011, David Guetta’s continued his commercial success with Nothing But The Beat. The album featured six tracks that cracked Billboard’s Top 100 and has sold over 3 million copies to date. David’s track Titanium showcased Sia’s powerful yet euphoric vocals and currently has 338 million views on Youtube.
In 2014, David Guetta maintained his overwhelming popularity by headlining festivals across the globe and rolling out singles for Listen. The producer teamed up with the Dutch electro/hardstyle duo Showtek for Bad and vocalist Skyler Gray for the club track Shot Me Down. This year also saw Guetta release a disappointing big room remix of Avicii’s Addicted To You, a Red Hot Chili Peppers-influenced remix of Afrofack’s Ten Feet Tall and a dynamic collaboration with Kaz James for Blast Off.
If you are expecting anything different from David Guetta than what you’ve seen from him over the last couple years, you should be prepared to be extremely disappointed with Listen. In an interview with Billboard, Guetta stated that Listen is his most personal album to date and that he “miss(es) soul and emotion”. Listen’s focus on emotional lyrics attempts to inject the album with something more than David Guetta’s usual brand of electro pop but falls short of accomplishing that goal.
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