For the past two years, [artist id="1243216"]David Guetta[/artist] has been on a house music DJ/producer’s dream run. He has had commercial success doing what few of his colleagues in the electronic world have been able to do: He’s making club music that has American urban artists biting at his heels, has soared into the U.S. charts with a series of monster singles and, after being nominated in three categories, he walked away with the Grammy for Best Remixed Recording for his single “When Love Takes Over,” featuring Kelly Rowland.
One of his most lasting accomplishments was last year’s Black Eyed Peas single “I Gotta Feeling,” a track he produced that spent 14 weeks at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 5 million downloads through February of this year.
In addition to Rowland, his album One Love featured notable singles with Estelle (“One Love”) and Kid Cudi (the internationally charting “Memories”). And then there is his most successful single as a solo artist, “Sexy Chick” featuring [artist id="1240040"]Akon[/artist], which peaked in December of last year at #5 and now, months later, is still perched at #20 on the Hot 100 list.
MTV News had a chance to catch up with Akon recently on the set of Quincy Jones’ video for his forthcoming album single, “Strawberry Letter 23,” where he broke down a bit of Guetta’s genius for us.
“He’s an incredible DJ, first of all,” ‘Kon said. “Second, he’s an incredible producer. He’s the kind of guy that goes outside the box, so we spoke the same language on the production side of things. We just wanted to do something that no one had thought to put together and before you know it, man, we just got together and came up with the most incredible record.”
Lately rumors have been swirling that Guetta has produced a song for Rihanna, and that he also recorded with one of Akon’s artists, Lady Gaga, but that turned out to have been just a meeting of mutual appreciation. Still, ‘Kon did reveal to expect another treat courtesy of the “Sexy Chick” pair on his forthcoming album, Stadium.
“I got some incredible collaborations,” Akon said. “I just can’t let you know yet. But I can give you a hint: Guetta will be a part of that record as well. It’s gonna be … just wait. I don’t want to overhype it. I just want to put it out and let you see.”
If you can’t wait that long, Guetta will be headlining the Ultra Music Fest at the Winter Music Conference in Miami . Also featured at the fest will be Will.I.Am, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, LMFAO, Tiesto, A-Trak and many more.
Stick with MTV News for more coverage of the Winter Music Conference, which kicks off Tuesday in Miami.