Tomorrowland honors Avicii through 24-hour stream

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Tomorrowland honors Avicii through 24-hour streamSean Eriksson Avicii

The electronic community felt widespread sorrow on April 20, 2018 when news came out that Avicii had passed away that morning. Though he’d only been 28 at the time of his passing, the icon already had a long history of electronic music innovation with tracks like his breakout, “Levels,” to becoming one of the genre’s first crossover superstars with fusion cuts like “Wake Me Up” and more recently, Stories. His impact on the scene is indescribable, and as a tribute, mega festival Tomorrowland will be donating the entirety of its April 20, 2019 programming to the artist’s music to pay tribute to his career.

All 24 hours of the day will be Avicii’s best music, with an hour-long “Best Of” set being included. The stream will take place on Tomorrowland’s One World Radio online station. The star and the festival have a long and close history; “Levels” got its first major play in Tomorrowland’s 2011 iteration, and the star also made history with his 2013 and 2015 sets.

H/T: DJ Mag

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One year after Avicii’s passing, the void in dance music remains

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One year after Avicii’s passing, the void in dance music remainsAvicii

Saturday, April 20 marks the one-year anniversary of Avicii‘s untimely passing. Avicii, born Tim Bergling, died of an apparent suicide in Muscat, Oman, ending a career-long battle with depression and addiction. News of the Swedish superstar’s sudden death sent tremors well beyond the international dance music community, and now, a year later, it’s clear that shock hasn’t fully subsided. The empty space where Avicii’s generation-defining talent once stood hasn’t narrowed much in the last year—in fact, Bergling’s newly released, posthumous Aloe Blacc collaboration, “SOS,” arguably widened it. One year later, it still hurts just as bad.

That’s because those close to the “Wake Me Up” star understood that he was in a period of unbridled creativity, working on what they believe could be some of the greatest material that Stockholm’s favorite son has ever written. Luckily, Avicii’s family has taken all the right steps to ensure their son’s legacy lives on in a meaningful, impactful way. A foundation created in his name and the promise of TIM, Avicii’s posthumous album due later this summer, have helped close the wound somewhat. But ultimately it’s safe to say dance music will never fully recover from Avicii’s death—he was unequivocally the genre’s brightest star and most beloved torch-carrier at the time of his passing.

More comforting, however, is the fact that Avicii’s death has helped catalyze a much wider discussion about the ineffable importance of mental health and entertainment’s intersection. In the wake of his passing, Bergling has helped to dissolve the stigmas commonly pinned to mental health issues, though there’s still plenty of work to be done there.

Or perhaps it’s still so painful because dance music as a global phenomenon is still relatively young. Before Bergling’s death, EDM felt too young to have real factotums. By comparison, rock ‘n’ roll history is rife with fallen visionaries, from Jim Morrison to Janis Joplin. Hip-hop, sadly, is no different, with Nipsey Hussle, Big L, Tupac and the Notorious BIG all rushing to mind. But before Avicii, the EDM community didn’t really have many canonized saints yet; no Kurt Cobain to assume the role of champion taken too soon. That all changed last April, and perhaps the reason it still hurts so badly is because electronic dance music is still fighting through the growing pains of establishing its history.

Love it or hate it, EDM now runs on a 24-hour news cycle. But news of Bergling’s death brought it to a grinding halt within minutes—really for the first time. The news blanketed the weeks that followed in a grief-stricken, melancholy silence, as tributes continued to pour in, dance music consumers collectively mourning together. The news cycle eventually recovered, but largely it feels like the fans did not. A year later, and things aren’t quite as quiet as they were last April 20, but the void in dance music Avicii behind still undoubtedly remains—Long Live Avicii.

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NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + more

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NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + moreLSD Photo Credit JUCO Dancing Astro

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth have unleashed their debut album as LSD, featuring infectious tracks like “Angel in Your Eyes.” Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers for the breezy “Summer Lover,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge an emotive new collaboration, “Amber Sun.” Avicii fans rejoiced a few days ago with the release of a posthumous song, “SOS,” with Aloe Blacc (and there may be more on the way!) Claptone thrills with a grooving remix of Purple Disco Machine‘s “Body Funk,” and Adventure Club, Krewella, and Crankdat deliver the powerful “Next Life.” Fox Stevenson follows February’s “Out My Head” with “Go Like,” and Galantis reveal a summer-primed remix of Kygo and Valerie Broussard‘s “Think About You.” Tame Impala leads us into the weekend with a smooth new single, “Borderline,” and Matrix & Futurebound reveal their first LP in 12 years with tracks like “Spellbound.” Cassian has released a take on RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s iconic “Treat You Better,” and Armin van Buuren kicks off Trilogy with Shapov with “La Résistance De L’amour.” Robotaki debuts a new EP, featuring songs like “Beaches,” and The Chemical Brothers kick off their latest album with tunes like title track “No Geography.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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New video featuring Avicii’s ‘SOS’ co-producers and Aloe Blacc give fans insight into the story of the song

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New video featuring Avicii’s ‘SOS’ co-producers and Aloe Blacc give fans insight into the story of the songSean Eriksson Avicii

Avicii‘s first posthumous release is now out. “SOS” has been more than worth the anticipation around it. Kristoffer Fogelmark and Albin Nedler, co-producers and co-songwriters of the release “SOS,” give fans the story behind the song in a new Youtube video posted on Avicii’s channel. Both Nedler and Fogelmark previously worked with the artist, whose real name is Tim Bergling, on hit release”Pure Grinding.”

Fogelmark and Nedler spend the first part of the video reminiscing on Bergling as a person, and the different traits that made him so good at what he did in the studio. Notorious for his intense attention to detail, a particular memory they both reminisce on when working on the release is a moment that came after they mastered the production backdrop of “SOS.” All three of the producers started singing various vocal lines that could potentially fit with the track, but Bergling was very particular about how the melody sounded. He proceeded to make Nedler repeat the same line 50 times in a row until they found the perfect intonation for the chorus. Originally they were quite confused as to why Bergling would mandate the same exact line be sung over and over again, but once the intonation was variably changed, it transformed the entire song for them.

Unfortunately, they were not able to record the vocals for the track before Bergling’s passing, but Fogelmark and Nedler set out to create the track in a way that carried out all of Bergling’s original intentions for the song. This included having Aloe Blacc become the lead vocalist for the track.

“I feel like ‘SOS’ was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it,” Blacc mentions while discussing working with Bergling and singing on the release.

Fogelmark and Nedler continue to explain that “SOS” is a song that was written in parts, and the listener can actually discern the parts when listening to it very closely. “SOS” is the first single off of Bergling’s forthcoming posthumous album, TIM.

Photo Credit: Sean Eriksson

Red Comet & Caslow Release Stunning Remix Of Avicii’s “Without You”

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It’s been nearly one year since the world lost Avicii. The music community has shown tribute to Avicii since his death by releasing dedicated tracks, remixes, and sets in his memory. Denver producer Red Comet, along with Caslow, is among that group. The two have recently teamed up and released the remix of Avicii’s “Without

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Aloe Blacc reveals several new songs with Avicii recorded, “some just as big as ‘Wake Me Up’”

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Aloe Blacc reveals several new songs with Avicii recorded, “some just as big as ‘Wake Me Up'”Avicii Guitar

April 10 was an emotional moment collectively for dance music. Avicii‘s first posthumous material, “SOS” was officially released, the lead single from the late Swedish superstar’s forthcoming album, TIM. The new song features soul vocalist Aloe Blacc, who famously last lent his vocals to Avicii’s year-defining “Wake Me Up” in 2013, coincidentally also the lead single on Avicii’s True LP. Just ahead of the global release of “SOS,” Seattle radio station C89.5 aired a short interview clip with Blacc, in which the vocalist makes some exciting revelations about additional collaborations with Avicii to come.

“It was a special moment for me. I had the opportunity to go into the studio with [Avicii] and work on several songs that haven’t come out. Some are just as big as ‘Wake Me Up,’” says Blacc in the short audio clip.

For frame of reference, “Wake Me Up” peaked at number four in the U.S., topped the UK singles chart, claimed the top spot on Australia’s chart. The track managed to top charts in nearly every country that tracks such stats, and currently boasts nearly a billion streams on Spotify. If “SOS” is any indication of what Blacc and Avicii managed to accomplish before his passing, Tim Bergling may be a fixture atop the charts for a long time to come… and that would be quite the way to keep his memory alive. Hear “SOS” below.

Via: C89.5

BLACKPINK’s All-Out K-Pop Onslaught Reaches American Shores

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Avicii’s First Official Single Since His Passing Has Been Released With Haunting Lyrics – ‘SOS’ Featuring Aloe Blacc

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Avicii passed away nearly a year ago. April 20th of 2018 will live on as a haunting day in the world of music. Avicii was an incredibly talented musician and touched countless lives as a producer, DJ, and humanitarian. While there have been many tracks released in memorial and remixes created in the wake of

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Listen to Avicii’s first posthumous release, emotional Aloe Blacc-assisted ‘SOS’ [Stream]

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Listen to Avicii’s first posthumous release, emotional Aloe Blacc-assisted ‘SOS’ [Stream]Avicii True Stories Documentary Limited Theatrical Run

In the summer of 2013, Avicii was preparing to release his debut LP, True. The album’s lead single, “Wake Me Up” featuring soul vocalist Aloe Blacc, would eventually go on to become a chart-topping crossover anthem that would ultimately serve as the resounding snapshot for that entire year in pop music. Now, more than half a decade later, as the lead single for Avicii’s anxiously anticipated posthumous album TIM is finally ready to be heard, history may repeat itself, this time with the Aloe Blacc-assisted “SOS.” Though, whereas the atmosphere around “Wake Me Up” was triumphant and empowering, Avicii’s first posthumous release lands with an unmistakable air of melancholy and heartache. Avicii is gone—and with the first listen to his latest material, it’s clear that fact is still a profoundly painful swallow for everyone.

“SOS” finds Blacc’s stirring, heartfelt delivery gliding over Avicii’s instantly recognizable foundation. The tune’s uplifting melody and soulful lyrics come together in a poignantly complementary blend, making for an emotional lead single between two respected collaborators—one still here, and the other only in sound. Hear Avicii’s “SOS” below.

Avicii’s father: ‘It was like the profession kidnapped our son’

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Avicii’s father: ‘It was like the profession kidnapped our son’Avicii Live With Guitar

On April 5, Tim Bergling’s team confirmed that they would be releasing a posthumous album that the producer, globally known as Avicii, had been working on up until the day of his sudden passing in April of 2018. A video was released the same day of the album announcement, giving insight into the decision-making process that went into the posthumous album release. Fittingly titled TIM, the compilation will feature 16 songs that have been selected by Universal Music Group alongside the co-producers of each track. Avicii’s family has also played a big part of the decision-making and the song selection process.

Swedish media outlet Dagans Nyheter spoke with Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, as well as the co-producers of the upcoming album, giving fans even more insight into the hardships the beloved artist faced in life. The lengthy piece details Bergling’s foray into dance music, and the journey that ultimately led him to take his own life at the age of 28.

The article details many moments that have previously remained undiscussed in the media, including an apparent pain killer addiction that Avicii suffered through beginning in 2014, which landed him in rehabilitation in 2015. In rehab, Avicii took the first steps to what was ultimately the realization that in order to be healthy, he would have to discontinue touring.

After he discontinued touring, which Klas Bergling notes “was so brave,” Avicii turned his phone off, traveled the world, and slowly regained the strength he had physically and mentally lost throughout his eight years of rigorous touring. He even started producing the new music that will be featured on TIM in 2018, working with Universal Music Group to put a plan in place for the release of his new music.

On April 10, 2018 Avicii wrote to Universal Music Group, ”Think of features only in terms of what will be interesting for listeners and not what is ‘big’ and will bring attention.” His intentions for his new music were far from commercial and focused in on the innovation of sound as he became so well known for throughout his career. Avicii, and the team around him truly believed the music he was working on at the time of his death was his best work to date.

Collaborators on Avicii’s single “SOS,” Albin Nedler who together with Kristoffer Fogelmark composed three of the songs on the album, note that the artist was doing the best he ever had been when they saw him last and worked on the music with him prior to his trip to Oman. However, the lyrics of the forthcoming single haunt them as they question if they could have done more for the artist while he was still alive.

“I don’t want to be seen in this shape I’m in, I don’t want you to see how depressed I’ve been,” goes the new Aloe Blacc-assisted single.

The elder Bergling ultimately reflects on his son’s career, “It was like the profession kidnapped our son. He was pushing himself pretty far.”

Avicii’s parents now spend their days working on the Tim Bergling Foundation, a foundation geared towards helping prevent suicide as well as informing and educating people about the proper ways to deal with mental health issues. TIM will be released in full on June 6.

Via Dagans Nyheter