David Guetta‘s aptly titled seventh studio album, 7, will see cameos from a diverse array of featured artists, including G-Eazy, Anne-Marie, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, and Steve Aoki, among others. Although 7‘s list of collaborators is both long and varied, the assisting rappers, vocalists, and fellow DJs only account for a portion of the team that collectively contributed to 7‘s inception.
A glimpse at the writing, production, mastering, and engineering credits of 7 indicates that major industry innovators like Ina Wroldsen, Cesqeaux, Poo Bear, and Afrojack each had a hand in the album’s conception. Last, but certainly not least, is Avicii, who receives posthumous credit on Guetta’s seventh offering. Avicii appears as a writer and producer on the Jess Glynne feature, “She Knows How To Love Me,” and on the Stefflon Don and Ava Max aided “Let It Be Me.”
Following his post-humous award for Best Dance Video for his track “Better Together” at the MTV Video Music Awards, Avicii‘s family has created a website in his memory. The site is essentially an aggregation of both fans’ and loved ones’ tokens honoring Tim Bergling’s legacy, including letters, pictures, and condolences. According to Avicii’s press spokesperson, Ebba Lindqvist, ”The remembrance forum is created upon request from Tim’s family.”
Lindqvist says the family received an overwhelming outpour of condolences and heartfelt messages following Bergling’s untimely death this past April. They subsequently pushed to launch the site to create “a digital space” for the expressions of love and respect geared towards the legendary DJ-producer. Bergling’s father, Klas Bergling, also just recently accepted another post-humous reward on his behalf for “Swedish Song of the Year,” during which he said, ”I am so happy to have got the opportunity to come here tonight and thank you for this nice prize for Tim and Sandro, thanking all of you who’ve voted for ’Without You,’ which is a fantastic song, but most of all thanking for all the beautiful and fantastic tributes of Tim and his music.”
This year’s MTVVMAs viewership numbers dropped to a record low, breaking last year’s figures.
The Aug. 20 MTV Video Music Awards drew only 4.87 million viewers across eight Viacom-owned channels, compared to last year’s 5.36 million. Also plummeting is the awards show’s rating, which garnered only a 2.2 rating among young adults age 18-49. Last’s year’s awards show had a 2.6 rating.
Eric Clapton’s forthcoming 14-track Christmas LP is full of holiday classics like “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.” But the rock legend surprised the EDM community by including a tribute to the late Avicii on “Jingle Bells (In Memory of Avicii),” which is slated to be the album’s seventh track.
Twenty-eight-year-old superstar producer Avicii was pronounced dead of apparent suicide on April 20. He had struggled with substance abuse throughout his career — something Clapton, too, struggled with for decades before getting sober in the early 1990s.
“In the lowest moments of my life, the only reason I didn’t commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn’t be able to drink any more if I was dead,” Clapton wrote in his 2007 autobiography. “It was the only thing I thought was worth living for, and the idea that people were about to try and remove me from alcohol was so terrible that I drank and drank and drank, and they had to practically carry me into the clinic.”
Happy Xmas is available for pre-order and will be out Oct. 12.
Sweden’s largest music awards ceremony, the Swedish Rockbjörnen posthumously honored Avicii with the award for the song of the year for “Without You.” Presented by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the awards show determined the song of the year victor by fan nominations and ensuing vote counts.
Avicii’s father Klas Bergling accepted the award on behalf of his son at Rockbjörnen on August 15. “I am happy to have been given the opportunity to be here tonight to say thank you for the amazing award that you have rewarded Time and Sandro [Avicii’s ‘Without You’ collaborator] and to everyone of you who have voted for ‘Without You,’ an amazing song,” Bergling stated. “But also, and perhaps foremost, to say thank you for all and every amazing tribute you have given Tim and his music. From all his fans and others, from churches, schools, festivals, and so many more. It’s been almost incomprehensible and it has warmed our hearts, all of the family, during this hard time, so again a big thank you to everyone,” Bergling added.
Soon after his passing earlier this year, a rough version of Avicii‘s joint track with Coldplay, “Heaven” managed to surface unfinished. Now, longtime Avicii collaborator, Carl Falk, who worked on the 2015 Stories album, has revealed in a social media post that he is finishing not only “Heaven,” but songs, plural: a strong indication there is likely a full-length, post-humous Avicii project underway.
The previously-shared “Heaven” demo featured Coldplay’s Chris Martin on lead vocals. Judging by Falk’s Instagram post, the final version will, as well. The rough cut, with its rippling, mounting melody and halcyon lyrics are wonderfully emblematic of Avicii’s signature sound. One can’t help but feel Avicii’s spirit alive and speaking through the track’s lyrics, “And I think I just died and went to heaven.”
Future house maestro and Hexagon label boss Don Diablo crushed his 90-minute Tomorrowland set on Tiësto‘s Musical Freedom stage this past weekend in Belgium. Diablo delivered highlights including “Pizza,” a collaboration with Chris Lake, his tried and true “Smells Like Teen Spirit” remix, and his single with Tiësto, “Chemicals,” of which the Musical Freedom founder joined him on stage for.
To finish the set, he says to the crowd, “If you miss someone right now, put your hands up in the sky” before launching into a beautiful tribute to the late Avicii. The tribute started with a remix of “Fade Into Darkness” where the dropping into melodic, electro-house joyfulness. Next, was a rework of Bergling’s iconic “Levels” vs Eric Prydz’s “Pjanoo,” and to end the set was Diablo’s collaboration with Swedish singer Hilda “Wake Me When It’s Quiet,” a song written a the day after the passing of Avicii, written to raise awareness for mental health.
Creamfields’ music festival will occur from August 23-26, and this year, the event will see the venue present a special tribute “to honor one of dance music’s biggest talents.”
Creamfields tweeted its intent to host a “debut performance from the 40 piece Kaleidoscope Orchestra, delivering an unmissable set featuring some of the biggest dance tracks like [listeners] have never heard them before.” Although Creamfields’ tweet does not explicitly name the artist to whom the performance will pay homage, the Kaleidoscope Orchestra will presumably recognize the impact and influence of the late Avicii.
Those interested in attending can purchase tickets to Creamfields, here.
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Nicky Romero has “two folders” of unreleased Avicii music, but fans of the late producer shouldn’t expect the unfinished material to gain a posthumous release.
“I don’t know if it morally feels right to me to work on songs that the original composer have not approved,” Romero said of the unfinished productions during a recent interview at Ultra Singapore. “I know that Avicii was really a perfectionist,” Romero added, “and I kind of feel bad if I put something out not knowing if he really wants to put it out, So that’s kind of what holds me back, out of respect for him.”
In the time since Avicii‘s passing, fans have scoured the web for new music the producer might’ve been working on before his death at the end of April.
Avicii fans have uncovered an unreleased collaboration between the producer and Chris Martin: “Heaven.” The two powerhouses were seen working together and were featured in a scene in Avicii’s documentary, “True Stories.”
The song’s cheery vibe is bittersweet in the wake of Avicii’s passing, featuring a lighthearted melody and emotive vocals from the Coldplay singer.
The SoundCloud user who uploaded the song says he found it on an Avicii Reddit page.