7 (David Guetta album)

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7
David Guetta - 7 (album cover).jpg
Studio album by David Guetta
Released 14 September 2018 (2018-09-14)
Genre [1][2]
Length 1:29:02
Label
Producer
David Guetta chronology
Listen
(2014)
7
(2018)
Singles from 7
  1. "2U"
    Released: 9 June 2017
  2. "Dirty Sexy Money"
    Released: 3 November 2017
  3. "Like I Do"
    Released: 22 February 2018
  4. "Flames"
    Released: 22 March 2018
  5. "Your Love"
    Released: 14 June 2018
  6. "Don't Leave Me Alone"
    Released: 27 July 2018
  7. "Goodbye"
    Released: 24 August 2018
  8. "Drive"
    Released: 24 August 2018
Jack Back Mixtape
Disc 2 of the project was independently released as the Jack Back Mixtape
Disc 2 of the project was independently released as the Jack Back Mixtape
Singles from Jack Back Mixtape
  1. "Overtone"
    Released: 20 August 2018

7 is the seventh studio album by French DJ and record producer David Guetta, released on 14 September 2018 by What a Music, Parlophone Records and Warner Music.[3] Released as a double album, the collection features commercial pop collaborations on the first disc, whilst disc two features underground house music akin to Guetta's starting roots as a DJ. The latter is credited to Jack Back, which Guetta revealed to be his alias and as a means to release more dance music alongside his pop collaborations. This side of the album was also released independently as a mixtape titled the Jack Back Project, preceded by the release of the song "Overtone". 7 was made available to pre-order on 23 August 2018 via Guetta's official website with options to pre-save the album stream on Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer, as well as purchase via Amazon as either a digital download, CD or vinyl.[4]

On 7, Guetta is reunited with frequent collaborators Sia, Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj and Martin Garrix as well being joined by new collaborators Anne-Marie, Faouzia, Madison Beer, Charli XCX, French Montana, J Balvin, Jason Derulo, Willy William, Saweetie, Justin Bieber, Jess Glynne, Lil Uzi Vert, G-Eazy, Mally Mall, Delilah Montagu, Ava Max and CeCe Rogers who all contribute vocals to the album. Guetta worked with a range of different record producers amd DJs on the album, notably including Brooks, Ralph Wegner, Albert Harvey (half of dance duo GLOWINTHEDARK), Giorgio Tuinfort and Norwegian production duo Stargate, amongst others. The album was preceded by the release of nine singles over 2017-18, including "2U", "Dirty Sexy Money", "Like I Do", "Flames","Your Love", "Don't Leave Me Alone", "Goodbye" and "Drive".

Upon release, the album garnered mixed reviews from critics who were torn between the predictability of Guetta's collaborations, with some praising the second side of the album a return to his roots as an underground DJ. A physical release (CD and vinyl) for 7 was scheduled for the United States on 28 September 2018.

Background[edit]

7 is a two-disc collection, with the first disc including Guetta's commercial pop collaborations.[1] The second disc features a mixtape of underground house and dance music[1][2] credited to Jack Back which was revealed to be an alias of Guetta's.[5] The album's name has a special meaning to Guetta; elaborating on the theme and name of the album he said "it is my seventh album, but the number seven also represents the end of a cycle; a week is seven days, the creation of the world in the Bible is seven days and my birthday is on (Nov. 7). That number is kind of magic to me."[6] In an interview with DJ Pete Tong, Guetta said the album represented a full cycle and return to his house roots. "I originally started in underground house music, playing all the raves and underground clubs in Paris. I wanted to make music just for fun, with absolutely no commercial approach to it. I want to make every type of music that I like, I’m doing it for the love of music."[5]

"It represents a different side of me. Basically, I come from house music, and I wanted to go to my roots and just do something for fun. It's a double album, so the idea is not to compromise. The first album is completely pop, and the second album is completely underground. Instead of trying to do a little bit of everything on the same record I'm like, OK, let’s go hard! All the way pop and all the way electronic." — Guetta on his "double album" and alias 'Jack Back'.[1]

Alongside the release of the album's official singles, a number of other songs were released throughout the recording of the album. On 27 March 2017, Guetta released "Light My Body Up" featuring frequent collaborator Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne which reached the top twenty in Finland and France but only reaching number 64 in the UK. This was then followed on 28 April by the release of "Another Life", a collaborative release with Dutch DJ Afrojack and featuring vocals from singer songwriter Ester Dean. Then "Complicated" with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Kiiara was released on 28 July.

On 3 November Guetta and Afrojack released "Dirty Sexy Money" featuring Charli XCX and French Montana. The following month, Guetta and Dutch DJ Martin Garrix released their collaboration "So Far Away" featuring Jamie Scott and Romy Dya. Guetta and Dutch EDM duo Showtek sampled the classic 90s dance song "Show Me Love" for their collaboration "Your Love", released in June 2018. These songs along with "Mad Love" with Sean Paul and Becky G are included on some of the international releases of the album.

Promotion[edit]

Guetta performed at Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany) for the official naming of AIDA Cruises' newst cruiser line, the AIDAnova.[7] on 31 August 2018 in On 1st September 2018, Guetta headlined the first day of the 2018 Fusion Festival, which took place at Otterspool Promenade in Liverpool, UK.[8]

On 9 September, Guetta released a mixtape of the second side of the album as a DJ Mix. The Jack Back Mixtape contains the 12 songs released under his alias 'Jack Back'.[5] Additionally in the run up to 14 September, Guetta released a series of teaser videos via his official instagram, each video features music from the album and together, the screencaps of the videos make up the album cover.[9]

Singles[edit]

"2U" featuring Justin Bieber was released as the album's first single on 7 June 2017.[10] The song peaked in the top-ten of over 15 countries worldwide including in the UK, much of Europe and Australia and New Zealand.[11] This was followed up by "Dirty Sexy Money", with Afrojack and featuring vocals from Charli XCX and French Montana.[12] Guetta described the collaboration as the type of song "he'd always wanted to make".[13] "Dirty Sexy Money" peaked in the top-thirty in France, top-forty in the UK and top-ten on many dance charts.[14]

"Like I Do" was jointly released with Martin Garrix and Brooks on 22 February 2018.[15] The EDM track "Overtone" was released as a promotional single via Beatport on 20 August 2018.[16]

On 24 August 2018, Guetta simultaneously released two further singles from the album, "Goodbye" with Jason Derulo (featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William) and "Drive", a collaboration with South African DJ Black Coffee and featuring vocals from Delilah Montagu.[17] "Drive" debuted at number debuted at number 31 on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs, becoming Guetta's 34th entry on the chart and making Guetta the artist with the most entries on the chart since its creation.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[19]
The Financial Times3/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[21]
The Times3/5 stars[22]

7 received mixed reviews from music critics. When describing the music releases of the week, MTV described the album as "huge" and "filled with features and bops that will keep you dancing 'till 2019."[23] In writing for Rolling Stone, Elias Leight said that the first half of the album was familiar territory for Guetta, "stuffed to bursting with the type of cross-genre collaborations that made Guetta a global star".[21] He also remarked that Guetta's album was in keeping with current trends by including Afro-house (his Black Coffee collaboration) and reggaeton with two songs featuring J Balvin. He rounded of his review by saying that Guetta's missed the trick by revealing he was being the alias 'Jack Back', "it would have been bolder, of course, if Guetta had dropped an album under a fake name and kept his identity secret. But there’s no point in being bold when there’s money to be made by hedging bets".[21] The Times' Will Hodgkinson described the album as "Guetta having his cake and eating it,". According to Hodgkinson, "disc one features cheesy pop; disc two showcases his credible roots as a house and techno DJ." He also criticised the commercial collaborations as "formulaic hit fodder" for "drowning in a sea of Auto-tune".[22]

In a more positive review AllMusic's Neil Z. Yeung gave the album 4 out of 5 starts saying that Guetta "entered a free-spirited, late-era comfort zone, making music for the fun of it instead of chasing another radio smash," and comparing disc one to a "festival headlining set, building nicely before an unrelenting middle stretch that winds down the euphoria at the close." Yeung also described the album as "celebratory," and finished his review by saying "Not since One Love (2009) has Guetta sounded as uplifted or invested. 7 is a pure joy to experience and a reminder that Guetta is still a master of the genre."[19]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from album booklet and Guetta's official website.[24]

Disc one[25]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Don't Leave Me Alone" (featuring Anne-Marie)
3:04
2."Battle" (featuring Faouzia)2:44
3."Flames" (with Sia)
  • Guetta
  • Tuinfort
  • van Wattum[a]
  • Braide[b]
3:15
4."Blame it on Love" (featuring Madison Beer)
  • Guetta
  • Allison Kaplan
  • James Alan Ghaleb
  • Marc Sibley
  • Nathan Cunningham
  • Hermansen
  • Eriksen
  • Harvey
  • Guetta
  • Stargate
  • Albert Harvey
  • Ralph Wegner
  • Falk (and vocals)
  • Brooks[a]
3:27
5."Say My Name" (Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin)
  • Guetta
  • Tuinfort
  • van de Beatz
  • Mitch Allan[a]
3:19
6."Goodbye" (Jason Derulo & Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William)
  • Guetta
  • Philip Greiss
  • Willy William
  • David Saint Fleur
  • Art Beatz
  • Curtis Gray
  • Jean-Michael Sissoko
  • DJ Paulito
  • Jazelle Rodriguez
  • Christopher Tempest
  • Kinda Ingrosso
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Jason Derulo
  • Francesco Santori
  • Lucio Quarantotto
  • Franck Peterson
  • Guetta
  • Greiss
  • Fleur
  • Vodka
3:15
7."I'm that Bitch" (featuring Saweetie)
  • Guetta
  • Stargate
  • Harvey
  • van de Beatz[a]
3:15
8."Like I Do" (Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks)
3:22
9."2U" (featuring Justin Bieber)
  • Guetta
  • Tuinfort
  • Tuparia[a]
  • Boyd[b]
3:15
10."She Knows How to Love Me" (featuring Jess Glynne & Stefflon Don)
  • Guetta
  • Tuinfort
  • Rotem
  • Wegner
  • Douville[c]
3:02
11."Motto" (Guetta & Steve Aoki featuring Lil Uzi Vert, G-Eazy & Mally Mall)
  • Guetta
  • Aoki
  • Mally Mall
  • Stargate
  • Harvey
2:30
12."Drive" (Guetta & Black Coffee featuring Delilah Montagu)
  • Guetta
  • Wegner
  • Ilsey Juber
  • Hermansen
  • Eriksen
  • Phillip "TxTHEWAY" Fender
  • Black Coffee
  • Guetta
  • Black Coffee
  • Wegner
  • Stargate
3:06
13."Para que te Quedes" (featuring J Balvin)
  • Guetta
  • Tuinfort
  • Falk
  • Harvey
  • Tuparia
  • van de Beatz
  • Balvin
  • Guetta
  • Tuinfort
  • Falk
  • Harvey
  • Tuparia[a]
2:58
14."Let It Be Me" (featuring Ava Max)
  • Guetta
  • Cirkut
2:53
15."Light Headed" (David Guetta & Sia)
  • Guetta
  • Furler
  • Braide
  • Hermansen
  • Eriksen
  • Daenen
  • Guetta
  • Netsky
  • Stargate
  • Braide
  • Wegner[a]
2:59
Disc two – Jack Back Project[25]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Reach for Me"
  • Guetta
  • Reznikov
3:47
2."Freedom" (David Guetta and CeCe Rogers)
  • Hisbach
  • Reznikov
  • Kenneth J Rogers III (CeCe Rogers)
  • Guetta
  • Reznikov
3:55
3."Grenade"
  • Guetta
  • Wegner
3:32
4."Inferno"
  • Hisbach
  • Wegner
  • Guetta
  • Wegner
3:09
5."Overtone"
  • Hisbach
  • Reznikov
  • Andrei Mangush
  • Guetta
  • Reznikov
3:36
6."Back and Forth"
  • Hisbach
  • Wegner
  • Reznikov
  • Harvey
  • Guetta
  • Reznikov
  • GLOWINTHEDARK
3:25
7."Pelican"
  • Hisbach
  • Tuinfort
  • Frederic "Fred Rister" Riesterer
  • Wegner
  • Guetta
  • Fred Rister
  • Wegner
3:26
8."Afterglow"
  • Hisbach
  • Wegner
  • Guetta
  • Wegner
3:26
9."Think Think Think"
  • Hisbach
  • Wegner
  • Riesterer
  • Guetta
  • Fred Rister
  • Wegner
3:41
10."Orion"
  • Hisbach
  • Wegner
  • Guetta
  • Wegner
3:52
11."What 2 Say"
  • Hisbach
  • Harvey
  • Guetta
  • GLOWINTHEDARK
3:36
12."Just a Little More Love (Jack Back 2018 Remix)" (David Guetta and Chris Willis)
Guetta3:24

Notes[24]

Sample credits[24]

  • "Reach for Me" contains elements from the song of the same name, as written by Oscar Gaetan and Ralph Falcon
  • "Freedom" contains elements from "All Join Hands" as written by CeCe Rogers
  • "Grenade" contains elements from "We Want Your Soul" as written by Adam Freeland and Damian Taylor
  • "Overtone" contains elements of "Altai Sayan Tandy-Uula" as written by Andrei Mangush

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
United States[5][28] 9 September 2018 Jack Back Mixtapestreaming
Various[4] 14 September 2018
United States[29] 28 September 2018
  • CD
  • vinyl
Atlantic Records

References[edit]

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