In 2009, David Guetta joined forces with The Black Eyed Peas — altering modern radio airwaves and exposing dance music as a crossover genre in the United States. 2009 was the year Kelly Rowland belted out “When Love Takes Over” and the year Guetta released One Love. A lot changed in 2009 (and even more with Nothin But The Beat in 2011) for both Guetta and dance music, but the French dance maestro still has, and will always have, three studio albums and countless productions to call his own that date back prior to any so-called commercialization.
Want to know what he had brewing before “Titanium?” Before “Wild One Two?” Dancing Astronaut presents; Ten pre-2009 David Guetta tracks you need to know.
To no surprise, David Guetta has once again mastered the airwaves with his production for Ludacris and Usher, “Rest Of My Life.” The pop tune is no longer limited to the subtle touches of electronic energy, as Nicky Romero, Hard Rock Sofa, and Daddy’s Groove have taken their turns for the remix package. Nicky picks up where David left off, giving the track a boost behind the chords, while Hard Rock Sofa make the vocals their own around gritty synth layers. Daddy’s Groove also takes “Rest Of My Life” a step further from the radio, injecting slaps and bass kicks suited for the dance floor.
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The last time Hard Rock Sofa remixed a David Guetta production, they sent “Just One Last Time” to the top of Beatport’s Top 10 chart with a big room hit for the books. The Russian squad is back in action, taking Ludacris and Usher’s airwave dominating “Rest Of My Life” for a spin. Transforming Guetta’s commercially inclined production, Hard Rock Sofa swaps the sound you’ve heard on the radio for a progressive, acid line, and while complimented by Usher’s hook, Ludacris’ rap verses are removed from the equation. With no release date in sight, enjoy “Rest Of My Life” in a new respect with the preview.
2012 has been an exciting year for dance music, the scene has grown beyond any of our comprehensions, supplanting itself in popular culture, fueling the soundtrack of commercials, sitcoms, and even a Disney movie — shaking the foundation popular culture by establishing a new wave of music consumer. At the forefront of everything have been the artists, the true pioneers of the electronic dance music wave. With a scene as large and expansive as EDM, it was hard to honor only 50 – for every David Guetta or Calvin Harris there are droves of aspiring bedroom producers all doing their fair share of pushing the movement — simply by creating and sharing their art. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing in 2012, we saw countless new artists emerge, seasoned producers experiment with new sounds, and massive collaborations form that made crowning the “best” artist a nearly impossible task.
We’ve already covered 40 of the Biggest Artists of 2012 – hop past the break to see our picks for the final 10.
It’s inevitable that countdowns will always spark controversy, that’s just the nature of the beast. Some tracks will be snubbed, some overlooked, and some ranked higher than you may have expected. We’ve already gone over our ranking criteria at length but despite our own self-imposed guidelines, 2012 proved to be more difficult to rank than years past. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing throughout the year, the sheer number of releases was mind numbing, and — consequently — nearly impossible to rank. There has been no greater challenge for the editors at Dancing Astronaut than creating the list of the Biggest Tracks of 2012.
Yesterday we kicked off our countdown with the biggest tracks of 2012: 50-41 — Hop past to break to for our picks from 40-31.
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Nicky Romero is the latest dance music producer to cross over into the pop arena after co-producing “Right Now” with David Guetta for Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic. In a recent interview with MTV News, Romero opened up about the production that he is “super proud of.” While working together in London’s Metropolis Studios, Guetta suggested crafting some beats for Rihanna, and Nicky jumped at the task.
After praising Rihanna’s appeal and attitude, Nicky told MTV News about the process, explaining, “we played a few songs that we made, a few hip-hop songs and a few dance songs and a lot of stuff… and she was like ‘Yeah, I want to have this song combined with that world. And actually I want both worlds to glue together and make it one thing.’” Check out the interview below the break to find out how Nicky Romero fused dance with pop for a production strong enough to land on Rihanna’s album.
Via: MTV News
Nicky Romero and David Guetta unite once more, on a production for neither Protocol or Jack Back, but for Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic. If you’re expecting this latest collaboration to live up to the pop sounds of “Wild One Two,” think again. “Right Now” boasts gritty synths that juxtapose the melodic elements, striking resemblance to their own “Metropolis” with a fair balance of influence from both Guetta and Romero. Certainly not your typical radio track — think Beatport release with a Rihanna vocal.
After Dancing Astronaut tweeted that David Guetta won the first American Music Award for EDM, deadmau5 was not the least bit surprised. In fact, he decided to take the opportunity to make his own “cheesy pop” tune.
Deadmau5 claims to be working with this melody to create a new track, but you can listen to his progress thus far below the break.