As an extremely famous DJ and record producer, Avicii earned a huge amount of money from his profession. By the time of his untimely death, he had a net worth of $85 million.
During his career, he won several awards. Including iHeartRadio Music Award, Electronic Dance Music National/International, and Top Dance/Electronic Song. He also earned Awards Nominations twice for “Levels” and “Sunshine.”
But, as can be seen, through his tragic death, life is highly unpredictable. And no matter how many elaborate plans we make about the future, no one truly knows what is coming next. The sudden and untimely death of some prominent personalities only proves the same.
The news of Avicii – Tim Bergling’s death knocked everyone to the ground with disbelief. From the jmexclusives, heartfelt agency, may their Souls Rest in Eternal Peace!
Who was Avicii?
Tim Bergling better known by his stage name Avicii was a Swedish musician, DJ, Remixer, and Record Producer. Avicii “means the lowest level of hell, it’s just cool.”
But, indeed, in Buddhism, Avīci is a hell where dead who have sinned will, after enduring punishment, be reborn. Tim was of white ethnicity and Swedish nationality and followed staunchly the Christian religion.
During his time on Earth, he created music that brought people together with timeless memories from all over the world. Unfortunately, it was so untimely and sudden that he kicked the bucket. Before even realizing his full potential and capacity in the music industry.
Now he is not in an affair with anyone after death robbed us of him. But, his music and memories are forever.
Where was Avicii born?
Avicii was born Tim Bergling, on 8 September 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden, to Klas Bergling and Anki Lidén. And as can be seen, from his date of birth, as of 2020 his age would be 31 years. His mother was a small-time actor who had appeared in more than 50 Swedish films and TV series.
Within a few months, he started posting his music on various online electronic music forums. He remixed a number of classic songs in his early years. This allowed his work to reach the right people. And he soon started getting approached by well-known music labels.
His music resembled that of the popular group ‘Swedish House Mafia,’ and that helped him earn a huge fan following. He was also inspired by the music of Daft Punk and Steve Angello. Whereby, he blended deep bass house sounds with melodic sounds.
As a matter of fact, his music was appreciated by DJ Tiësto and Pete Tong. Tiësto introduced Avicii to a number of professional DJs and also set up live shows for him, at small venues.
And by 2010, Avicii had started working as a small-time DJ, remixing for artists such as Little Boots and Robyn.
His First Breakthrough
Meanwhile, Tim continued to release his own singles, such as ‘Bromance’ and ‘My Feelings for You.’ ‘Seek Bromance,’ the remixed version of his single ‘Bromance,’ with vocals by Amanda Wilson, was a huge success. His initial successes got Avicii acquainted with the right people in the music industry.
By 2011, he had already finished working on his breakthrough single, ‘Levels.’ The song included vocals from the famous gospel-inspired 60s song ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’ by Etta James.
‘Levels’ made waves nationally and internationally and established Avicii in the mainstream music arena.
The song made its place among the top 10 hits of many European countries and also made waves across the US.
His Music Collaboration
Riding high on the success of ‘Levels,’ Avicii received the surprise of his life when he was approached by superstar DJ David Guetta, who suggested a collaborative track. The collaboration resulted in the single ‘Sunshine,’ which became an instant international success.
The same year, he also faced a slight controversy. A portion of his single ‘Fade into Darkness’ was allegedly used without his permission by Leona Lewis, on her single ‘Collide.’ Leona did not credit Avicii, and the entire matter went to court. Subsequently, Leona’s lawyer offered Avicii a collaborative album with his client.
A World Of Music Festivity
At the 2012 ‘Ultra Music Festival’ in Miami, Avicii released his new track, ‘Girl Gone Wild’ with Madonna. At the same event, he released another single, ‘Superlove’ with Lenny Kravitz.
The same year, he gained two million likes on his ‘Facebook’ page. Following this, he released a track titled ‘Two Million’ and made it free for download on the music-streaming platform ‘SoundCloud.’
Over the next few months, he released some more successful singles, such as ‘Silhouettes,’ ‘Dancing in my Head,’ ‘Stay with You,’ and ‘Let it Go.’ The last two songs were from his debut studio album, which he announced he would release in 2013.
Meanwhile, his success streak continued in 2012, with several new collaborations. He collaborated with Nicky Romero for the single ‘I Could Be the One,’ which became a major hit with the American audiences.
Wake Me Up Single Release
In early 2013, Avicii released ‘Wake Me Up,’ one of his most meaningful and most successful singles to date. The song topped the charts in more than 20 countries across the world and is known as his most successful single.
In mid-2013, he announced in an interview that his debut studio album, ‘True,’ would be available for sale by the end of that year. He also gave a glimpse into the album by saying that he had heavily used the new genre “folktronica,” a blend of folk music and electronic music.
‘Wake Me Up’ became the fastest-selling single in the UK by the end of July. The single also made a record for staying on the top of ‘Billboard’s ‘Dance/Electronic’ music chart for 14 weeks. He released more singles from the album in the following months, only increasing the curiosity about his album.
His True Music Album
The album ‘True’ was released in late 2013 and featured several established artists. Such as Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert. A few more songs from the album, such as ‘Hey Brother’ and ‘Addicted to You,’ became successful, and the album was certified “platinum” by the ‘Recording Industry Association of America’ (RIAA).
The following year, Avicii released the club remix version of the album, ‘True: Avicii by Avicii.’ The same year, he collaborated with Chris Martin from the legendary rock band ‘Coldplay,’ for the single ‘A Sky Full of Stars.’
In late 2015, Avicii released his second album, ‘Stories,’ and merged pop music with electronic sounds. The album reached the top of the ‘Billboard’ dance chart. Some of his other successful singles from this period were a remix of Nina Simone’s classic jazz song ‘Feeling Good,’ ‘Tracks of My Tears,’ ‘Divine Sorrow,’ and ‘Heaven.’
Due to frequent live tours, he became exhausted. In 2016, he announced that he would be retiring from live shows. His last live performance was in Ibiza.
Was Avicii married?
Late EDM sensation, Avicii was an unmarried man. Previously, Tim was known to have two girlfriends whom he had dated in his life.
Back in 2011, he started dating Emily Goldberg. They continued their relationship for almost two years and separated in 2013. Soon after breaking up with Emily, he started going out with a Canadian model named Raquel Bettencourt.
Eventually, they were even spotted several times in the public and media. But, just after a year of dating each other, they split up in 2014.
How did Avicii die?
Avicii was known to be a heavy alcoholic, and the habit had impacted his health. In 2012, he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and had his gall bladder and appendix removed.
By 2017, he started talking about depression and suicidal thoughts openly. Depression is highly prevalent in artists, and Avicii became one of its latest victims. The pressure and the lack of privacy that fame brought, perhaps, contributed to his failing mental health.
On April 20, 2018, his lifeless body was found in the Muscat hotel room, Oman. A few days later, his family revealed that he had cut himself and bled to death. With Avicii’s suicide, another bright star of the music industry dimmed forever.
The concept of the “tortured artist” had once again made its presence felt. He was 28 years old at the time of his death, but his music shall always remain ageless and immortal.
Top 10 of the Most Celebrated Songs by Avicii
It’s important to realize, Tim even won the American Music Award for favorite EDM artists in 2013. However, it’s definitely shocking and unimaginable because only three days prior to his death, he had expressed his greatest excitement.
By thanking Billboard especially for nominating him for the year’s Billboard Music Awards (BBMA). Particularly, in the ‘Top Dance/Electronic Album‘. However, today, he’s not there anymore to do his deeds. It’s hard to argue with great, catchy pop music and he’s made some of the dance world’s best.
In reality, the world mourns the loss of this exceptional musician. But, on the contrary, let’s take a look at some of his popular tracks that will continue to take his legacy forward.
1. Wake Me Up
Released in 2013 as part of his debut album ‘True‘, this song till date continues to rule our hearts and is the biggest party anthem one could ever ask for. The popularity and rage among the people can be figured out from the fact that the song has garnered more than 1.8 billion views on YouTube.
Another popular number by Avicii, ‘Levels‘ reached number four in the UK singles chart after its release and reached the Top Ten in nearly 15 countries.
3. You Make Me
A follow up to ‘Wake Me Up‘, this song successfully managed to come out from the shadows of the hit number and create an identity of its own. It turned out to be a commercial success both in the UK and the US.
4. Waiting For Love
Released in 2015, this song was from the lead single album ‘Stories’ and earned appreciation for the music and the fantastic video.
5. Hey Brother
‘Hey Brother’ is from his debut album ‘True‘ and features vocals by American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski. Written by Avicii, Ash Pournouri, Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare, and Veronica Maggio, the song sees Avicii giving advice to his brother.
6. The Days
Avicii co-wrote this beautiful song, which was released in 2014 and features vocals by Robbie Williams.
7. I Could Be The One
This hit number was a collaboration between Avicii and the Dutch DJ Nicky Romero. It went on to rank No.3 at the Swedish Singles Chart and was in the top 10 in various countries.
8. The Nights
‘The Nights‘ is a ‘progressive house’ song that contains elements of folk-rock. It features vocals by Nicholas Furlong, who also co-wrote the song.
9. Addicted To You
Featuring vocals of Audra Mae, the music video is inspired by the story of Bonnie and Clyde and set in the 1930s.
10. Broken Arrows
This is a dance track that contains elements of country music. This song perfectly blends the sounds of “thumping bass and twinkling synth lines” with the vocals of Zac Brown.
Notably, Avicii – Tim Bergling may have kicked the bucket, but his music continues to ring and find a place in the hearts of his fans worldwide. Not only has his music been toping high on the Music Charts and Billboards, but it has also seen massive downloads on the Mainstream Platforms.
Born and Nicknamed Avicii – Tim Bergling is the only DJ who could mix Country-Western styles with EDM and not just get away with it but find smashing success. He took Etta James‘ already iconic “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” vocals on and turned them into a generational anthem for “Levels.”
He’s released bunches of international hits, but even his deeper cuts resonate across the spectrum of listeners. Even when he’s being cheesy, it’s the kind of cheese you wanna cover your fries in.
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