David Guetta (whose first name is actually Pierre) is one of the contenders for the throne of “King of the DJs.” After working the nightclub scene in his native France in the 1980s and 1990s, Guetta broke out as a producer of electronic music in 2002, with his début album ‘Just a Little More Love.’ It took him a few more tries — with the albums ‘Guetta Blaster’ (2004) and ‘Pop Life’ (2007) — before he hit mainstream success in 2009 with ‘One Love.’ The album included number one hit singles ‘When Love Takes Over’ (featuring Destiny’s Child alumnus Kelly Rowland) and ‘Sexy Bitch’ (featuring Akon). The “Guetta Blaster” is now on the speed dial of any artist who wants to break through to a growing global audience of electronic dance music lovers. This DJ has sold 15 million singles (and 6 million albums) worldwide and was voted the number one DJ in the “DJ Mag Top 100 DJs” fan poll in 2011.
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All that artist David Guetta needs to create his club hits is his laptop . . . and his super creative brain!
1. When Love Takes Over | 2009 (with K. Rowland)
2. Sexy Chick | 2009 (with Akon)
3. Club Can’t Handle Me | 2010 (with Flo Rida)
4. Titanium | 2011 (with Sia)
5. Without You | 2011 (with Usher)
6. Turn Me On | 2011 (with N. Minaj)
7. Where Them Girls At | 2011 (with Flo Rida and N. Minaj)
8. Lovers On The Sun | 2014 (with S. Martin)
9. She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) | 2012 (with Sia)
10. Who’s That Chick | 2011 (with Rihanna)
I received the final proof copy of my new book DJ Pascoe Top 10 Tunes 2 this week and I’m delighted to say I was able to give the go ahead to start printing. That means I will the first batch delivered in time for my official book launch at the Mobile DJ Network show in Surrey on Sunday 26 April – phew!
As I’ve been busy generating interest in the new book over the last few days, several people who have not had the pleasure of reading my first book in this series, Top 10 Tunes - 101 categories from Acid Jazz to Zumba (hint, hint), have asked for a little background as to what brought me to the point of writing these books. So, I thought, why not say a few words about it here.
My love affair with music started well before I embarked on a 20 year 'alternative career' as a DJ, racking up hundreds of gigs, playing thousands of tracks and entertaining untold numbers of party people. I can still remember when I was a kid, popping my fingers to the sound of Motown and ska, so loved by my parents, and then later on as a teenager trying to memorize the lyrics of this interesting new group called Bob Marley and The Wailers! I also listened to my siblings' music, my cousins’ music and my friends' music. It didn't matter whether it was Abba or Aha or ZZ Top or Zeppelin, I was fascinated by it all. Of course, I do have my 'favourites', but I have and keep an open mind to new styles of music, especially if it can get the dance floor grooving! This exposure to music sowed the seeds of a potential first book in my mind and eventually led me to produce a collection of the most popular genres of music with the artistes and bands which defined each of those styles. The success of the first book also got me thinking about the people who brought a particular type of music alive. I wasn't just interested in compiling a list of singers and bands and the songs they sang. I wanted to get 'behind the beat' and provide a snapshot of their 'history'. I also wanted to avoid producing a dry account of their achievements, so I've researched and come up with some nuggets of information only hardcore fans would know about each artist or band.
Each and everyone one of the Top 10 tracks in the new book have either appeared on a playlist put together by one of my clients or has been requested by a guest at a party I have DJed, at which is why I choose these particular artists to showcase. Some you’ll love and others you may hate but, in my opinion, every artiste featured here is unique and represents a slice of enduring entertainment history.
Watch this space for more information about Top 10 Tunes 2 to make sure you can be one of the first to get a copy once it’s published.
A direct descendant of the rhythm and blues music of the 1940s, this phenomenon has itself given birth to a long, long, LONG list of genres and sub-genres, and has been the major driving force in western pop culture over the last half century or so. The music your great-grandparents, grandparents, AND parents probably warned you about? This is where it all got started. Bill Haley, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, and Chuck Berry (arguably the most important figure in Rock and Roll history) are just a few of the “greats” contending for a place in this category. Forget Disco – where would we be without these guys?
1. Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
2. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley And The Comets,
3. Great Balls of Fire! – Jerry Lee Lewis
4. Twist And Shout – The Beatles
5. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
6. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly
7. Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
8. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
9. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
10. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino