The 89th Academy Awards
David Guetta, "One Love"
A manifesto for the synthesis of dance and hip-hop, French DJ David Guetta's new album "One Love" turns out top 40-friendly songs while remaining true to dance club culture. With its impressive list of collaborators-including Will.i.am, Estelle, Akon, Ne-Yo, Kid Cudi and Kelly Rowland-"One Love" effortlessly integrates catchy dance beats with expressive vocals. Guetta infuses each artist's personal style with complementary and enthusiastic club beats, whether it's the soulful sound of Rowland on "It's the Way You Love Me" or the playful rumble of Will.i.am on "I Wanna Go Crazy." The new set finds Guetta appealing to a wider audience with "One Love," which sets it apart from his past, club-heavy European releases. A good example of the album's potential crossover appeal is the keyboard-driven first single, "When Love Takes Over," which also features Rowland. The track is Guetta's highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 entry and has topped the Hot Dance Club Songs and Hot Dance Airplay charts. --Ginger Clements