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Avicii vs. David Guetta – Battle of the Beats

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Even though Zedd‘s ‘Clarity’ is one of the hottest songs on the radio right now, it just couldn’t stack up against the musical force that is Avicii. The ‘Levels’ DJ is back with his new single ‘Wake Me Up,’ and fans are absolutely loving it, which is obvious when you look at last week’s poll results versus Zedd.

Now that Avicii is championing onto another round of voting in our weekly Battle of the Beats, which competitor will he face? Fans of ‘Wake Me Up’ are going to have their work cut out for them, as the track is going up against heavy-hitter David Guetta, whose latest single ‘Play Hard’ continues to sizzle into the summer months.

Avicii has created an interesting hybrid of sounds on ‘Wake Me Up,’ fusing together unlikely genres seamlessly. Country, folk, soul and dance aren’t really things you would ever think of working together, but with the help of Aloe Blacc’s beautiful, strong vocals, Avicii has created one of the most magnetic tracks of 2013 thus far. It’s a knee-slapping, finger-snapping, fist-pumping good time with an anthemic feel and hopeful, self-reflective lyrics that any listener can relate to.

Meanwhile, David Guetta is going H.A.M. on his supercharged single ‘Play Hard,’ which features Ne-Yo and Guetta’s ‘Sexy B—-’ collabo partner, Akon. Unlike past smash singles like ‘Turn Me On’ and ‘Titanium,’ which slowly build before the bigger beats chimes in around the refrains, Guetta is going “hard” from the get-go on this track. He samples the ’90s mega hit ‘Better Off Alone’ by Alice Deejay, and just when you think that beat couldn’t improve anymore, Guetta elevates it with his signature hyperactive sounds and smooth vocals from his featured crew of R&B singers.

Which song are you feeling more this week? Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up,’ or David Guetta’s ‘Play Hard’? Vote below, and remember you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on July 4 at 3PM EST.

Next: Enter Our David Guetta Giveaway!

Listen to Avicii, ‘Wake Me Up’ Feat. Aloe Blacc

Watch the David Guetta ‘Play Hard’ Video Feat. Ne-Yo + Akon

Rules for Battle of the Beats: The artist and song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a different challenger the following week. If an artist wins four weeks in a row, they will be retired into the Battle of the Beats Hall of Fame in order to give others a chance to compete.

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