The legacy of the pride of Sweden, Tim Bergling (AVICII), is one of groundbreaking performances that set the gold standard for timeless electronic music. It defined the sound and structure of the globally captivating EDM movement. Before his passing, he completed several of the 12 tracks on a new album being released, TIM, including featured single, “Heaven”. Tim and Chris Martin wrote and recorded “Heaven” in 2014, with Tim producing the final version in 2016 – it hasn’t been touched since. With the exception of the last verse which was added after Bergling’s death, “Heart Upon My Sleeve (feat. Imagine Dragons)” was also finished.
At his peak, Avicii was playing sets anywhere between an average of 44 weeks per year consecutively for 5 years. He described his perfectionism working up to 60 hours straight on his albums. The pressures and demand of an intense schedule led to him announcing retirement from touring and live events two years before his untimely demise.
When announcing his retirement from touring, he wrote: “I will however never let go of music. I will continue to speak to my fans through it.” And most assuredly, that is what he is doing on TIM.
The new album is as fresh and inventive as ever and continues his mastery as one of the most beloved and respected figures in music. Other tracks were 90% complete and final work on them was performed by a trio of production teams who had collaborated with Bergling through his career, co-wrote many of the new songs with him, and closely followed the detailed instructions he had left behind.
“SOS (Feat Aloe Blacc)”, has amassed 250 million streams globally since release last month, peaked at #3 on the Spotify Global Top 200 chart and tops the BBC Radio1 A-List chart and Billboard’s Dance/Electronic songs chart, as well as reaching #1 airplay in Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden.
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