Country and electronic dance are far from at odds in 2019. Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” busted down doors in 2013. The Chainsmokers recently collaborated with Kelsea Ballerini, Alesso had a hit with Florida Georgia Line, and Zedd really struck gold with Maren Morris and Grey. All these exemplify the power of a country vocal with dance floor flavor, but David Guetta, Brooks and Loote‘s “Better When You’re Gone” might be the rowdiest piece of musical fusion yet.
While none of these artists live in the country world individually, there’s something decidedly country about the song’s vocal melodies. It’s a story about the pains of recently lost love and those first few steps back into singledom. It has a Southern twang to its bounce, but when the drop hits, it’s 100 percent festival-sized adrenaline.
“Better When You’re Gone” is the second collaboration from Brooks and Guetta who previously had a hit alongside Martin Garrix with “Like I Do.” It’s Guetta’s first release of 2019, out everywhere Friday, Feb. 8, but you can listen to it a day early below, exclusively on Billboard Dance.