David Guetta is currently burning up charts with “Lovers on the Sun,” which features Sam Martin, but his new tracks will likely cause an inferno when they come packaged on his upcoming sixth album.
The French DJ-producer talked to The Wall Street Journal about the upcoming compilation, revealing he’s been working solo in the studio before he hooks up with any collaborators.
“I just wanted to push myself to the max and then play it others,” he said. “I know I can make beats that make people dance, so now the challenge is to create the best possible music and songs that are timeless.”
Guetta claims this set is “probably his most personal album yet” and follows his 4 million-selling Nothing But the Beat, which featured a veritable who’s who of pop music. But besides vocals from Martin, the only for-sure outside contributor on his next effort is Avicii, who helped out on “Lovers'” country-dance sound.
“Honestly, I’m a little bit scared,” he said of his next project. “It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before.”
The longtime DJ, who says he only got into producing to create songs that were “missing from his sets,” has rocketed to superstardom thanks to his F*** Me I’m Famous events and compilation albums, as well his original music, beginning with 2002’s Just a Little More Love. But if pattern holds, he could have another masterpiece worthy of the “timeless” label.
Dance/EDM is big business — look no farther than the continually growing empire of Robert F. X. Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment as evidence. But executives aren’t the only ones raking in cash, as proven by Forbes’ 2014 list of the world’s highest-paid DJs.
Topping the Electronic Cash Kings 2014 ranking is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who pulled in $66 million over the past 12 months and even out-earned rapper Jay Z and country singer Toby Keith, according to the magazine.
Check out the top earners and tallies below, along with their rank from last year in parentheses.
1. Calvin Harris, $66 million (1)
2. David Guetta, $30 million (3)
3. TIE: Avicii / Tiësto, $28 million (6, 2)
5. Steve Aoki, $23 million (11)
6. Afrojack, $22 million (7)
7. Zedd, $21 million
8. Kaskade, $17 million (9 (tie))
9. Skrillex, $16.5 million (9 (tie))
10. Deadmau5, $16 million (5)
11. Hardwell, $13 million
12. TIE: Armin van Buuren / Steve Angello, $12 million (8, 4 (as part of Swedish House Mafia))
The 2014 MTV VMAs will air Sun., Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern. On Thursday, the nominees for the highly competitive MTV Clubland Award were announced and the videos up for a Moonman trophy this year include:
Dance acts racked up nominations in other categories as well, including:
– Sia, “Chandelier” (Video of the Year)
– Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” (Best Pop Video)
– Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty” (Best Pop Video, Best Choreography)
– Charlie XCX, “Boom Clap” (Artist to Watch)
– Pitbull feat. Kesha, “Timber” (Best Collaboration)
– Avicii feat. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother” (Best Video with a Social Message)
– David Guetta, “One Voice” (Best Video with a Social Message)
– Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night” (Best Editing)
– Kiesza, “Hideaway” (Best Choreography)
– DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What” (Best Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects)
– Disclosure, “Grab Her!” (Best Visual Effects)
No dance artists have been slated to perform just yet, but could be announced as the VMAs approach. Still, the presence of the genre will definitely be felt on Aug. 24. Who do you think will win? And will you be tuning in?