27 Songs, 1 Hour 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years before David Guetta helped steer dance pop’s mainstream crossover, the trendsetting French DJ/producer cut his teeth in Europe’s underground club circuit. This album honours both sides of his story: There’s a spread of glossy pop collaborations featuring A-list voices from around the world (Sia, J Balvin, Stefflon Don and Justin Bieber, among others), followed by gritty club cuts from his house music alias, Jack Back. In an interview with Jax Jones on Beats 1 about “Drive (feat. Delilah Montagu)”, his collaboration with South African producer Black Coffee, Guetta described the tough, enlightening and often magical process of bringing musicians from different scenes and cultures together to create. “We had friendly fights–but we did have fights,” he said, describing Black Coffee’s more minimal production style. “I’m like, ‘What do you mean it’s too big?’ There’s nothing that can be too big!’ He was Mr. Minus and I was Mr. Plus.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years before David Guetta helped steer dance pop’s mainstream crossover, the trendsetting French DJ/producer cut his teeth in Europe’s underground club circuit. This album honours both sides of his story: There’s a spread of glossy pop collaborations featuring A-list voices from around the world (Sia, J Balvin, Stefflon Don and Justin Bieber, among others), followed by gritty club cuts from his house music alias, Jack Back. In an interview with Jax Jones on Beats 1 about “Drive (feat. Delilah Montagu)”, his collaboration with South African producer Black Coffee, Guetta described the tough, enlightening and often magical process of bringing musicians from different scenes and cultures together to create. “We had friendly fights–but we did have fights,” he said, describing Black Coffee’s more minimal production style. “I’m like, ‘What do you mean it’s too big?’ There’s nothing that can be too big!’ He was Mr. Minus and I was Mr. Plus.”

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About David Guetta

From his early days playing Chicago house in French discotheques to his long reign atop the pop charts, David Guetta has revolutionized dance music multiple times. Born in Paris in 1967, Guetta began DJing in the late ’80s, when the shimmery sound known as the “French touch” was taking shape. By the early 2000s, at his F*** Me I’m Famous parties in Ibiza, he had translated that melodic style into a clever merger of pop sass and club swagger. He parlayed that mix into pure platinum with hits like 2003’s “Just for One Day,” an energy-stoking rework of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” and 2002’s “Just a Little More Love,” a sultry bump-and-grind featuring R&B singer Chris Willis. That versatility—along with a knack for killer hooks—would become one of Guetta’s principal calling cards, and as EDM exploded across pop culture at the end of the 2000s, Guetta’s shapeshifting style led the way, yielding ecstatic affirmations (“When Love Takes Over”), feisty come-ons (“Sexy Bitch”), and unstoppable singalongs (The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” which Guetta produced). Since then, his collaborations (Sia, Nicki Minaj) have kept listeners guessing even as his choruses—triumphant as a bottle of bubbly blowing its top—have proven one of pop’s most dependable pleasures.

HOMETOWN
Paris, France
GENRE
Dance
BORN
07 November 1967

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