Wednesday October 29, 2014
From The Guardian
Nicki Minaj and Ladysmith Black Mambazo enlisted for David Guetta’s new album
By: Sean Michaels
Emeli Sandé, Nicki Minaj and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are among the contributors to David Guetta’s new album. The French dance producer calls Listen his “most personal album” ever, made “from the heart” and “outside [his] comfort zone”.
Listen was announced on Tuesday 28 October, two months after Lovers On The Sun, its lead single, topped the UK charts. “I could have chosen to repeat the style that has become so successful for me, but I wanted to grow as a producer and push myself to the limit,” Guetta said in a statement. Instead of writing tracks on the computer, he composed songs using piano and acoustic guitars, turning the best material into dance cuts. “[I wanted to] create songs that stand up whether played by a DJ, a rock band or an orchestra,” he explained.
As usual, Guetta has incorporated a long list of guests. There are pop stars like Sandé and Sia, rappers like Minaj and Ms Dynamite, and even bands like the Script and MAGIC!. John Legend guests on the title track, and the South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo join Nico & Vinz on Lift Me Up.
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