The world has been left stunned by the sudden passing of one of the world’s finest DJs, Avicii.
The producer, real name Tim Bergling, first rose to international prominence in 2011 via his breakout smash ‘Levels’.
It hit No.1 in his homeland Sweden and the top 30 here in Australia. But despite its absence from our top ten, it easily surpassed sales of more than 280,000 copies and was certified four times platinum as a result.
Further success was quick to follow, with singles ‘Silhouettes’ and ‘I Could Be The One’ (with Nicky Romero) also peppering charts across the planet.
But it was his 2013 anthem ‘Wake Me Up’ which would prove to be his biggest smash.
The track hit No.1 across the planet and smashed through platinum barriers virtually everywhere. Here in Australia, we sent the track screaming through the nine times platinum barrier (630,000 copies).
Successive singles ‘You Make Me’, ‘Hey Brother’ and ‘Addicted To You’ also did the business, as did his pair of 2014 sibling tracks ‘The Days’ and ‘The Nights’.
He was back again in the past few years with hit singles ‘Waiting For Love’, ‘Without You’ and ‘Lonely Together’.
Avicii’s massive global success enabled him to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the pop business, among them Rita Ora, Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis, along with Aussies Sia and Conrad Sewell.
As a result of his worldwide success on the commercial and club charts, tickets for his massive global tours were always in hot demand.
But in late 2016, still dealing with the after-effects of major surgery in 2014, Avicii announced he was retiring from touring at the tender age of just 24.
“My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me,” he said in a statement.
“I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
Sadly, that life was cut all too short overnight, with confirmation of his sudden death during a trip to Oman.
Avicii was just 28 years old.
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