Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ named highest-charting dance track of decade

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Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ named highest-charting dance track of decadeAvicii True Stories Documentary Limited Theatrical Run

Avicii continues his legacy with his seminal track, “Wake Me Up” being named the highest charting dance track of the decade. Released in 2013, the track peaked at No. 1 in 22 countries upon its release. Featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” was the lead single from the late Swedish producer’s debut studio album True.

“Wake Me Up” holds the No. 13 position on the official UK Top 100 Singles Chart. Avicii is among other prominent dance acts including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Daft Punk, The Chainsmokers, and Major Lazer that appear on the top chart.

Avicii’s lasting contribution to dance music has continued to be passed on by friends, family, and members of the community alike. The Avicii Vector game was officially launched earlier this month and features 25 of his tracks. The Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness took place in Stockholm on Dec. 5 and saw 55,000 in attendance for a celebration of the late artist’s life and memory. A tribute concert version of Avicii’s posthumous track, “Fades Away” was officially released earlier this week.

H/T: DJ Mag

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019Madeon Top Tracks Eoy 2019

2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Avicii Invector game launches in his memory

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Avicii Invector game launches in his memoryAvicii Tim

Avicii’s dream and vision to spread positivity and joy through music has been carried on by friends, family, and colleagues, with yet another one of the artist’s unfinished projects coming to final fruition.

First hitting gamer radar’s in 2015, Avicii’s Invector game has officially launched on Xbox One, PlayStation4, PC platforms, and will be available on Nintendo switch in 2020. The game features 25 of the prolific artists’ tracks. Players navigate through different landscapes to the beat of the music.

Tim’s father, Klas Bergling, has been a strong advocate in carrying on his son’s legacy. Knowing how much Tim’s art meant to people around the world, Bergling recently said he hopes that “this rhythm game – with more than two dozen of Tim’s songs – will give joy to his fans.”

All of the game’s net proceeds will be donated to The Tim Bergling Foundation, which aims to strike the stigma surrounding discussions of mental health and recognizing suicide as a global health emergency. Tim’s devotion to his art and his fans lives on in many ways, and Avicii’s Invector is another way to honor the late artists’ life mission.

Avicii’s father gives emotionally charged tribute concert interview

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Avicii’s father gives emotionally charged tribute concert interviewKlas Bergling

Just before Avicii‘s equally plaintive and celebratory tribute concert in his hometown of Stockholm last week, his father sat down to speak a bit about his son and planning the enormous undertaking at the Friends Arena.

Klas Bergling (Avicii’s father) gave the interview to Sweden-held TV4. In the sit-down, Bergling discusses his son’s nascent anxieties as an adolescent, the impact his rise to fame had on his son, and even touches on his own difficult relationship he has with hearing his son’s music. He also describes intimate moments on tour, having to confront his son’s dependency on painkillers prescribed for pancreatitis, and Tim’s subsequent road to recovery outside of the limelight.

He describes his son as seeming to have never lost his “strong, fighting spirit.”

The concert, produced by the Klas Bergling-started foundation erected in his son’s name, will disperse the proceeds from the event to organizations that address mental health or work towards suicide prevention. Industry icons Adam Lambert, Rita Ora, and David Guetta were among to multitude of special guests in attendance to pay tribute to Avicii, the late, watershed force in securing electronic music’s widespread embrace.

Via: TV4

Fans and stars show continuous support for Avicii in touching tribute concert

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Fans and stars show continuous support for Avicii in touching tribute concertSean Eriksson Avicii

The Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden was filled to the brim on the evening of Dec. 5 as fans, friends, and fellow musicians celebrated the life of Avicii. Avicii’s death shocked the world last year, and sparked an important conversation about the significance of mental health and the dangers that come with a heavy touring schedule in the music industry.

The concert opened with an emotional performance from “Without You” collaborator Sandro Cavazzo. The lyrics from this song, “I’ve gotta learn how to love without you” have become a eulogy for the talented musician. The tribute progressed with a healthy balance of both celebration and commemoration, led by friends of Avicii such as Adam Lambert, Michelle Gonzalez, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas, Aloe Blacc, and more.

The pinnacle of the powerful night was a gorgeous 30-piece orchestral performance of “Lonely Together” that Avicii’s father said was one of his son’s biggest dreams. Backed by beautiful lights and roaring pyrotechnics, the performance truly encapsulated the loving spirit of Avicii that touched so many.

The event was put on by the Tim Bergling Foundation, created posthumously to advocate for mental health awareness internationally in honor of Avicii’s passing.

To learn more and to donate, visit their website here.

Photo credit: Sean Eriksson

The tribute concert version of Avicii’s ‘Fades Away’ surfaces

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The tribute concert version of Avicii’s ‘Fades Away’ surfacesAvicii True Stories Documentary Limited Theatrical Run

Now that the Tim Bergling Foundation has concluded the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness, the industry is reeling from the emotional performances put on by a 30-piece band and multitude of singers from his biggest releases, including Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, Rita Ora, and more. The tribute concert version of “Fades Away” featuring Costa Rican singer MishCatt now steps into the spotlight as a source of affecting reverie.

“Fades Away” is the final song on Avicii’s posthumous album release, TIM. The original version of “Fades Away” features vocals by Swedish singer/songwriter, Noonie Bao. MishCatt re-recorded “Fades Away,” performing the single accordingly at the Tribute Concert. The track is the product of a collaborative all-star cast of producers, including Carl Falk, Joe Janiak and Joakim Berg, and Tim Bergling himself of course.

Berg speaks in an official release about the making of the original studio cut at Avicii’s side.

He states, “It may now come across as a sad song, but for us in the studio, writing it, we felt it was uplifting and light hearted. We wrote it in a bright mode, sort of carefree, and there were lots of laughing and joking, so for me ‘Fades Away’ will always be a positive song, a simple message about accepting changes, the passing of time and making the best of what you have.”

Produced by The Tim Bergling Foundation, all net profits from the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness are going to supporting organizations which address mental health needs and suicide prevention for young people. The 55,000 seats at Friends Arena sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale in September.

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Tim Bergling Foundation set to live-stream Avicii tribute concert for mental health awareness on December 5

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Tim Bergling Foundation set to live-stream Avicii tribute concert for mental health awareness on December 5Avicii

The Tim Bergling Foundation announced that on December 5 an Avicii Tribute Concert for mental health awareness will take place at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Headlining the event is a 30-piece band performing a two-hour set alongside 19 of the original singers on Avicii’s biggest songs, including Aloe Blacc, Rita Ora, Adam Lambert, Dan Tyminski, and other surprise guests. The headlining set will be live-streamed globally on Avicii’s official YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages from 9:00 – 11:15 p.m. CET (3:00 – 5:15 p.m. EST).

All net profits will go to organizations that support mental health and suicide prevention for young people. Concert goers will see sets from David Guetta, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero. The benefit concert went on sale in September, and the 55,000 seats arena sold out within 30 minutes.

Klas Bergling, Tim’s father, passed along some words in a press release, stating “We are grateful that [Avicii’s] friends, producers, artists and colleagues are coming to Stockholm to help. They have all expressed a sincere interest and desire to engage in efforts to stem the tide of mental illness and lend their support to our work with the Tim Bergling Foundation. We are very much looking forward to this evening, which will be a starting point for the foundation’s work going forward.

Every year around 1,500 people take their own lives in Sweden and globally up to one million. It is a tragedy that affects families, communities and with long-term effects on relatives who live on in grief. It is a global crisis and the second most common cause of death among young people aged 15-29 [according to the Worldwide Health Organization]. We want this concert to help put the topic on the agenda and pay attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people.”

David Guetta and Morten team up for collaborative trifecta, ‘Make It To Heaven’

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David Guetta and Morten team up for collaborative trifecta, ‘Make It To Heaven’DAVID GUETTA MORTEN At Ushuaia BIG 24 June 2019

Fans of David Guetta know that the producer has been spending a lot of time with Danish DJ and Producer Morten. Guetta has brought Morten out for various festival appearances including EDC Las Vegas, and they have now come together for their third joint release of the year with new single, “Make It To Heaven” featuring Raye.

The single opens with Raye’s ethereal vocals. A melodic note progression subtly builds until it becomes front and center for a club-worthy drop featuring a pulsing drum line and laser-like arpeggios yielding a polarizing techno-infused backdrop. The track is on trend with Guetta’s 2019 sound design, which has grown progressively darker as the year’s gone on.

Morten and Guetta previously came together for, “Never Be Alone,” featuring Aloe Blacc, as well as the pair’s remix for Avicii‘s “Heaven.” Their string of releases prove that the duo in the studio together are a force to be reckoned with. “Make It To Heaven” is out now via What A Music Ltd.

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DJ Earworm debuts 100-song ‘Decade of Pop’ mashup [Stream]

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DJ Earworm debuts 100-song ‘Decade of Pop’ mashup [Stream]Ariana Grande Coachella

If 2010 to 2020 was the golden decade of dance, it was also an equally gilded pop span. That’s what DJ Earworm asserts with his “Decade Of Pop 100 Song Mashup.” A three-minute collection of the pop genre’s most noteworthy releases over the past 10 years, the mashup features chart favorites such as Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Drake’s “One Dance,” and Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”—and that’s just scratching the surface. Earworm’s retrospective celebration of pop also shuffles through beloved pop-electronic crossovers; Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” and David Guetta’s “Titanium” are examples.

Although the retrospective mix is sure to spark nostalgia, the strength of its 100 inclusions, particularly those of the latter half of the decade, should also inspire within pop enthusiasts an excitement for the releases to come.

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credit: Billboard

Billboard reveals top-performing electronic/dance releases of the decade

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Billboard reveals top-performing electronic/dance releases of the decadeAvicii Live With Guitar

It’s one thing for a DJ to hit a home run with a timely placed solo single, but according to Billboard’s Electronic/Dance charts of the decade, it’s the collaborations that hit the grand slams over the course of the 2010s.

In fact, the list’s top five slots are comprised entirely of collaborative singles. Landing on the list are The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, whose cushy, melodic “Something Just Like This” reigned supreme for 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 2017, with ZEDD, Maren Morris, and Grey earning a stop in the top ten with everyone’s guilty pleasure “The Middle.” The late Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” which features the uncredited vocals of Aloe Blacc and Major Lazer’s joint with DJ Snake “Lean On” round out the decade’s top tunes, painting a vibrant picture of what’s delivered the heat in the 2010s.

In the scope of full-length LPs, it was Lady Gaga who took gold, as her debut LP, The Fame, logged a total of 62 weeks at the top of the charts during the 2010s. Daft Punk’s decade-blurring Random Access Memories and David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat took the two and three spots, arguing that traditional DJs are capable of more than hit single after hit single.

H/T: Billboard