Nicky Romero is a man of many hats: DJ, producer, label owner, even actor (if you count his cameo in We Are Your Friends), but few people know that the Dutch artist is also an accomplished pop beat-maker. While he may not have the Top 40 radio notoriety of his peers such as Calvin Harris or Jack Ü, he has amassed an impressive resume of all-star collaborations after wowing the dance world with his 2012 breakthrough tracks “Toulouse” and Avicii collaboration “I Could Be the One.”
Below, Billboard lists the five pop songs Nicky Romero had a hand in producing.
Rihanna – “Right Now”
By the time Rihanna released her seventh studio album, Unapologetic, she had already caught the EDM bug, having churned out two Calvin Harris-produced chart toppers, “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been,” in her previous album Talk That Talk. Hoping to recreate the magic, she enlisted Romero to co-produce (alongside David Guetta) “Right Now,” a bass-grinding bop about seizing the moment.
Britney Spears – “It Should Be Easy”
Once the reigning pop princess, Britney Spears became a slave for dance beats on her 2013 album Britney Jean, recruiting a squad of European heavyweights such as Tiësto, Otto Knows, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Guetta to produce radio radio hits. Romero came on to co-produce “It Should Be Easy,” a big-room anthem that’s just begging for pyrotechnics and cryo cannons to go off with each chorus.
Though he’s uncredited, Romero had a hand in creating David Guetta’s star-packed 2014 single “Bang My Head” featuring Sia and Fetty Wap. Now past the era of the big-room radio hit, the track is more subdued but still bangs with its tropical percussion.
Sekai no Owari – “Dragon Night”
This one’s a bit of a curveball. In 2015, Romero co-produced a track called “Dragon Night” for Japanese rock band Sekai no Owari’s third album, Tree, which debuted at No.1 on Japan’s Oricon Albums Chart. The track, which slowly transforms from a marching band melody into a club-friendly beat, was the band’s first flirtation with EDM, and it may not be the last: in April, they told JpopAsia that they’re planning an English-language album for 2017 and are again working with Romero on the project.
When will Guetta and Romero need to make their constant team-ups official by becoming a duo? Romero helped out with Guetta’s Showtek collaboration “No Money No Love,” a high-octane hybrid of electro house and reggae that appears on Guetta’s collaboration-stacked sixth album Listen.