Shake your body: Dance sound takes over America
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, music producer and DJ David Guetta poses for a portrait in New York. Guetta, who is from France, helped bring the electronic sound to America by collaborating with acts like the Black Eyes Peas, Kelly Rowland, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Akon and more. He has two Grammy Awards and six Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — In the past, if you wanted to listen to a thumping, European-flavored dance jam on the radio, you waited for that Friday or Saturday night club mix.
Today, you can shake your body on that 7 a.m. drive to work.
Dance and electronic music, part of the fringe just a few years ago, now dominates Top 40 radio, and the culture continues to sprout at festivals as DJ-producers begin to take center stage.
David Guetta, Calvin Harris, RedOne and Sandy Vee are the top masterminds behind multiple hits on the charts, and are heavily sought out by A-list singers for some of their musical magic.
Lady Gaga came on the scene with electro-jamming hits, as did Ke$ha, LMFAO and La Roux. There are many more who have blazed the charts by adopting the electronic dance sound, including Rihanna, Usher, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Pitbull, the Black Eyed Peas, Diddy and Taio Cruz, all while DJ-producers like Benny Benassi, Afrojack, Avicii and DJ Frank E gain momentum and get calls to produce hits.
"Every pop artist is taking that direction now (and) it's the new standard of pop music," Guetta said in a recent interview. "You still have some dirty, crazy underground beats that are only for clubs, and then you have that crossover genre that started two years ago ... and it's just exploding."
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2011 file photo, singer Rihanna performs at the o2 arena in east London, as part of her 2011 "Loud" tour. Rihanna has topped the charts with a number of dance-flavored gems, from “We Found Love” to “Only Girl (In the World)” to "S&M." (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
Guetta made noise in the music world when his song "When Love Takes Over" with Kelly Rowland became an international smash. It topped the charts in several countries in mid-2009, but it only peaked at No. 76 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Then he produced the Black Eyed Peas' No. 1 sensation "I Gotta Feeling" and it helped Guetta conquer America.
Now, the French-born DJ-producer has two Grammy Awards and six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including three in the top five. His latest album, "Nothing but the Beat" features Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson and Snoop Dogg, among others.
"Techno was born in Detroit and house in Chicago and New York, then it came to Europe and now it's coming back to America. It came back really late here, but when (Americans) do something, (they) do it big," Guetta said. "America is finally embracing the electronic culture."
Lady Gaga has talked about how she struggled early in her career with her dance music sound because it wasn't popular. She had her breakthrough in 2008 with electronic-tinged hits like "Poker Face" to "Just Dance," helping usher in a new dance music phase in pop.