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David Guetta's Stacked '7' Tracklist Commences Countdown To New Album
Long in the business of exceeding expectations, EDM super-artist David Guetta has announced the tracklist for his upcoming album 7, and the vista of the album's lineup is breathtaking. Due out Sept. 14, 7 is bound to excite. Let's take a closer look, track-by-track.
7 leads off with "Don't Leave Me Alone" featuring Anne-Marie, who has been opening for Ed Sheeran this summer. Its official video was released Aug. 20, but we wrote about the lyric video when it surfaced late last month and that's already racked up more than 24 million YouTube views. The second track is "Battle" featuring the less-known up-and-comer Faouzia, winner of last year's Unsigned Only competition.
Third up in this more-than-a-showcase is GRAMMY nominee Sia's collaboration on "Flames." "Anything she does, I love," said Guetta in our exclusive interview. "It's almost hard for me not to like anything that she's singing." The lyric video was a hot appetizer and its official video took the action over the top. It's followed on 7 by "Blame It On Love" with Madison Beer, and fifth on the list is "Say My Name," Guetta's collaboration with J Balvin, who has been nominated for many Latin GRAMMY Awards, and Bebe Rexha. Such great talents in a mix that's bound to spark stamina for more to come.
Position six is Guetta's collaboration "Goodbye" with Jason Derulo, to be released on Aug. 24, featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William. It's followed in auspicious position seven on 7 by "I'm That Bitch" with rapper Saweetie. Next stop is the "Like I Do" collaboration with Martin Garrix and Brooks, which was released in Feb. — the lyric video for that has already topped 78 million YouTube views.
Rounding out the single-digit slots at position nine is "2U" in collaboration with GRAMMY winner Justin Bieber. That track made it to No. 16 on Billboard's Hot 100 last year. GRAMMY winner Jess Glynne and Stefflon Don are featured on Guetta's tenth track "She Knows How To Love Me." Next up with two GRAMMY nominated artists is the "Motto" collaboration with Steve Aoki featuring Lil Uzi Vert, G-Eazy and Mally Mall.
The final four on this 15-track spectacular begins with "Drive" — out on Aug. 24th — in collaboration with Black Coffee and featuring Delilah Montagu. Lucky thirteenth is a Spanish-language track featuring J Balvin titled "Para Que Te Quedes." It means "for you to stay" and this track lineup is keeping us glued. Up-and-comer Ava Max is featured on the penultimate "Let It Be Me" and then the finale is another collabo with Sia titled "Light Headed." Not everyone might feel light-headed here, but this tour is talent-packed enough to be tiring if it weren't so inspiring. This will be fun.
David Guetta's album 7 is available for pre-order now and tomorrow, as mentioned above, "Drive" and "Goodbye" will arrive. It is certainly part of the power of EDM that it provides a platform for artistic talent to combine with unexpected energy, like particles in an accelerator. It's not like it's really the big bang but this is a great look at what's new and we expect 7 to deliver more dance-tacular booms to come.