davidguettaContributed by: Jimmy “JCNickelz” Corra.

ArtistDavid Guetta.

AlbumNothing But The Beat 2.0.

Release Date: September 7, 2012.

David Guetta, a French DJ and producer, has been playing music since the age of 18 (just a couple of years ago in the mid-1980s) and crafting it since 1990.  He released his first hit single, “Just a Little More Love” and featuring singer Chris Willis, back in 2001. Since then, it has been a rapid rise to success for Guetta. He produced a string of successful songs for many artists such as Chris Willis and broadened his audience in 2009 with his fourth studio album One Love, featuring Kelly Rowland, Estelle, Madonna, Lil Wayne, Fergie, and LMFAO.  His first worldwide hit was “I Gotta Feeling” featuring the Black Eyed Peas, a song which topped charts in seventeen countries and still holds the record for most downloaded song of all time in the US.

The re-release of Guetta’s fifth studio album Nothing But The Beat (released in 2011), titled Nothing But The Beat 2.0, packed quite a punch in the 2012 electronic/dance music world. The album begins with two of its major hit singles, “Titanium” featuring Sia and “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj. “Titanium” is a powerful ballad about inner strength and independence, and was the first major hit for Sia (reaching #1 in the U.K. and top 10 spots in sixteen other countries). Its ballad format, guitar strums, and slow lyrics mesh surprisingly well with piercing synthesizers, making it a timeless club hit still played at parties today. “Turn Me On” is another club hit featuring heavy beats, a singing and rapping Nicki Minaj, and clocking in at 128 beats-per-minute (considered a fantastic tempo for dancing). Its message is about addiction, though there’s so much to focus on outside of the words that most don’t notice it.

Other hits from the album include the majorly successful “Without You” featuring Usher, “Play Hard” featuring Ne-Yo and Akon, and “Where Them Girls At” featuring Flo Rida and the ever-prevalent Nicki Minaj. All 3 songs are fever-inducing dance tunes, produced in classic Guetta style.  Both Nothing But The Beat and its 2.0 re-release feature a plethora of other vocal and purely electronic songs, so tune in to the Millennium Hour on WRUB Radio if you are interested in hearing more!

Recommended if you like: Zedd, Nicki Minaj, Calvin Harris, Usher, Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Ne-Yo.

Soundtrack to your life: Driving on summer nights with the sunroof open, windows down, and bass boosted!

Receives airplay on: The Millennium Hour on Tuesdays from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.