There are exactly two things surprising about the reported track listing for David Guetta’s August 29 album Nothing but the Beat, which surfaced on Idolator. One, that we got what appears to be the whole thing, instead of in a slow drip of five-character teasers. Two, a few of the names therein.
Guetta’s album is full of guest vocalists–no surprise, he’s not much lately on the singing. There are 17 guests total on this list. Some you can probably guess. Some you probably would have guessed and would have been wrong on–no Kelly Rowland or Kelis? To a lesser degree, no Rihanna? But some have no business being on a David Guetta album, ever. Who’s who? We do the work! Below are all the guest vocals, ranked for “Guettaness” (factors considered: previous Guetta appearances, similarity in music style to his 4/4 stomp, willing to guest on damn near anything); after you’ve taken this in, keep reading for the tracklisting.
will.i.am — his post-The E.N.D. electro owes as much to Guetta as anyone else; see also “I Gotta Feeling,” the template for all subsequent Guetta hits.
Akon — the guy from “Sexy
Bitch Chick” and “Angel,” which we Stockholm-syndrome prefer to “Still a Survivor.” Yes, even “Angel.”
Flo Rida — the guy from “Club Can’t Handle Me” and “Where Them Girls At” who has found a musical purpose again thanks to Guetta. Take that as you will.
Afrojack — Guetta’s producer buddy, who is having a moment thanks to “Look At Me Now” and stealth No. 1 “Give Me Everything.”
Avicii — another Guetta producer buddy, who is s having a scrap of a moment thanks to being ripped off.
Usher — newly Guetta-fied thanks to his will.i.am- and Max Martin-assisted comeback. This was only a matter of time.
Chris Brown — newly Guetta-fied thanks to his PR-assisted comeback. Tied with Usher, really.
Taio Cruz — Electro-anodyne in much the same way as Guetta.
Ludacris — will guest on anything.
Lil Wayne — will also guest on anything.
Snoop Dogg — will sign off on anything.
Jessie J — might guest on anything, especially if it’ll help her U.S. breakout be longer than your typical “Price Tag.”
Nicki Minaj — will guest on almost anything, even though she hardly needs to these days. Coasting.
Jennifer Hudson — wants to replicate Kelly Rowland or Kelis’s success being the voice above the beats, we guess? At least she’s got the pipes.
Dev — guest vocalist du jour, albeit mostly on twistier Cataracs productions. Has been remixed by Guetta.
Timbaland — creator of twistier productions than David Guetta, but whatever he makes will be better than “Carry Out.”
Sia — WTF? “Clap Your Hands” was closer to Guetta than most of her work, but please, stick to The Voice and writing introspective Christina songs! You’re so good at that!
1. Where Them Girls At (featuring Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida)
2. Little Bad Girl (featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris)
3. Turn Me On (featuring Nicki Minaj)
4. Sweat (Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta)
5. Without U (featuring Usher)
6. Nothing Really Matters (featuring will.i.am)
7. I Can Only Imagine (featuring Chris Brown & Lil Wayne)
8. Crank It Up (featuring Akon)
9. I Just Wanna F*ck (featuring Timbaland & Dev)
10. Night Of Your Life (featuring Jennifer Hudson)
11. Repeat (featuring Jessie J)
12. Titanium (featuring Sia)
1. The Alphabet
2. Lunar (David Guetta & Afrojack)
3. Sunshine (David Guetta & Avicii)
4. Little Bad Girl (Instrumental Version)
5. Metro Music
6. Toy Story
7. The Future