David Guetta is the global superstar who brought EDM out of the underground and into the mainstream.
With two dozen Top 10 hit singles and three number-one albums since his international breakthrough in 2009, and 40 million record sales, David Guetta has an incredible track record. He’s been called “the godfather of EDM” and he’s played a crucial part in the genre’s staggering rise from underground and rather uncool origins to its status as one of the music industry’s main money makers: in 2017, the entire EDM market was worth an amazing 7.4 billion US dollars.
One explanation for its huge success is that it has crossed over into other genres, a development in which Guetta played a central role. Billboard called him “the man who almost single-handedly resurrected dance music in America”, and his influence is all over the amalgamation of pop, hip-hop, R&B and EDM that occupies a large part of the charts today, with instrumental, EDM-style drops often replacing the chorus as the main hook. Guetta once aptly remarked in an interview: “Not only did I cross over, my entire scene did.” [...]