Tim Bergling (born 8 September 1989), better known by his stage name Avicii (stylized as ɅVICII), is a Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer. Avicii ranked 3rd on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award for his work on "Sunshine" with David Guetta in 2012 and for his song "Levels" in 2013. His other hit singles are "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother".
2007–09: Career beginnings
In May 2007, Avicii signed to At Dejfitts Plays.
2010–2013: Focus on electronic music
In 2010, Avicii released the song "Seek Bromance", which reached the top 20 in several countries including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden. He also remixed Nadia Ali's classic single "Rapture" for her album Queen of Clubs Trilogy: Onyx Edition. In October 2010, Avicii signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing.
In 2011, Avicii released "Levels" that became a huge mainstream hit. The song was produced and written by Tim Bergling and contains a vocal sample from the 1962 gospel-inspired "Something's Got a Hold on Me" by Etta James. The same vocal sample was used first by Pretty Lights in his 2006 song "Finally Moving". This sample was also used by Drum and Bass producer Logistics on "Call Me Back" and by Flo Rida in his single "Good Feeling", which was produced by DJ Prak and Cirkut. Levels reached the top ten in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and topped the charts in Hungary, Norway, and Sweden
In 2012, his collaboration track "Sunshine" with David Guetta was nominated for a Grammy award under the category for Best Dance Recording. His track "Fade into Darkness" was sampled by Leona Lewis on her single "Collide". The sampling was not accredited and led to controversy as Avicii attempted to block the single's release. However, the matter was resolved outside of court with representatives stating "that Leona Lewis and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single of Collide".
On 23 March 2012, Avicii's unsigned single "Last Dance" was previewed on Pete Tong's show on BBC Radio 1. The song was later released on 27 August 2012. At Ultra Music Festival 2012 in Miami, he premiered two tracks, "Girl Gone Wild" (Avicii's UMF Remix) with Madonna and "Superlove" with Lenny Kravitz. Avicii's UMF Remix of "Girl Gone Wild" was released on 20 April 2012, and "Superlove" with Kravitz was released on 29 May 2012. After reaching two million followers on Facebook, Avicii released a new song titled "Two Million". It was put out as a free download on his official Soundcloud page. On 27 April 2012, Avicii released "Silhouettes". The song featured vocals from Salem Al Fakir and peaked at number 5 on the UK Dance charts and number 4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
Avicii was a featured performer on 4 August 2012 at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago's Grant Park. On 12 August 2012, Avicii released "Dancing in My Head" (Avicii's 'Been Cursed' Mix) on Beatport. The track features vocals from Eric Turner. A radio edit of the track, titled "Dancing in My Head" (Tom Hangs Mix) was released on 14 August 2012 on iTunes, and a remix EP was later released on 30 October 2012 featuring remixes from Charlie Bernardo and Michael Woods.
On 26 September 2012, Avicii made history by being the first DJ to headline the world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He performed two sold out shows on 26 and 27 September. He was supported by Matt Goldman and Cazzette at the two shows. At his Radio City Music Hall shows, he played a preview of his new track with Mike Posner titled "Stay with You".
On 29 December 2012, Avicii released "I Could Be the One" with Nicky Romero. After first being debuted at his shows almost a year earlier, the track finally got released via Avicii's record label LE7ELS. The new vocal version was released along with an instrumental version, a radio edit, and remixes from Audrio and Didrick.
2013–present: True, Avicii By Avicii and Coldplay
On 9 January 2013, Avicii launched the Avicii X You project, a partnership with Ericsson designed to create the world's first "crowdsourced" hit song. The project enabled fans to send in basslines, effects, melodies, rhythms and vocals to Avicii as sound files over the Internet. The song features sequences from Kian Sang (melody), Naxsy (bassline), Martin Kupilas (beat), ВАНЯ ХАКСИ (break), Jonathan Madray, Mateusz Kolata, and Christian Westphalen (effects). Avicii acted as executive producer and created the finished song officially titled "X you", which was released on 26 February 2013.
On 30 January 2013, Avicii released "Three Million" featuring Negin to mark the three millionth fan on his Facebook page.
Avicii was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording with "Levels" at the 2013 Grammy Awards. He was nominated alongside Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and John Martin, and Al Walser. The award show took place on 10 February 2013 and the award was won by Skrillex.
From late February to early March 2013, Avicii toured Australia as one of the headline acts in the Future Music Festival alongside The Prodigy and The Stone Roses. In late February 2013, Avicii made his first South American Tour including concerts in Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and Chile.
In March 2013, Avicii announced and premiered many new tracks from his new album, which would later be set to be released in September, during his Main Stage set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The new tracks were experimental in nature, and received mixed critical reviews.
On 11 April 2013, Avicii released his new album promo mix on SoundCloud.
The EBU and SVT announced on 15 April that Avicii, along with ex-ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, had composed the anthem for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The song was performed for the first time in the Final on 18 May.
On 14 June 2013, the world premier of Avicii's new single, "Wake Me Up!" was previewed by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc. The song was later released on iTunes and radio on 25 June 2013. It is the first single from Avicii's album, True, which was released on 16 September 2013. "Wake Me Up!" was number 1 on the Spotify Global Chart and Avicii was at 2 in most streamed artist worldwide.
The Official Charts Company announced on 21 July that "Wake Me Up" had become the UK's fastest selling single of 2013 after overtaking Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", to sell 267,000 copies in its first week on sale in the UK. "Wake Me Up!" subsequently became a major hit, topping the charts in over 20 countries including Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
On 19 October 2013, the DJ Mag 2013 Top 100 DJs List was announced, with Avicii ranking No.3 on the list. Hardwell became the new World No.1 displacing Armin Van Buuren. On 28 October 2013, Avicii released the single "Hey Brother". On 10 November, Avicii won his first award "Best Electronic" at the MTV EMA's. On 24 November 2013 he won the American Music Award for favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist. In December 2013, Avicii released his fourth single off the album, Which reached no. 1 in Australia, with vocals from Audra Mae, who also sings on Shame On Me and Long Road to Hell, both tracks on the album. Avicii's latest released single is called Lay Me Down, featuring guitar playing from Nile Rodgers who plays on many songs from Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories, and Adam Lambert
In January 2014, the French hit music radio station NRJ released a new web radio station called "", which plays songs only by Avicii. On 8 March 2014, Avicii's Instagram account confirmed a collaboration with pop artist Madonna. The extent of the collaboration is unknown.
On 21 March 2014, Avicii released a remixed edition of his album True titled True: Avicii By Avicii containing remixes by himself of all the tracks excluding Heart Upon My Sleeve for unknown reasons. The promotion of this album was supposed to begin at the 2014 Ultra Music Festival, but unfortunately Avicii announced he had been hospitalised on 28 March, and was unable to play his closing set at the festival.
On 7 April 2014, Avicii released the single "Addicted to You".
Avicii also produced and collaborated with Chris Martin from Coldplay, on the track "A Sky Full of Stars" from the band's upcoming album Ghost Stories, set to release 19 May of 2014. He also played and recorded the piano parts on the track. A Sky Full of Stars was released on 3 May, as the second single from "Ghost Stories".
Avicii's influences include Daft Punk, Laidback Luke and former Swedish House Mafia trio Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Axwell and also Eric Prydz.
Since achieving widespread commercial success, Avicii began working with his manager and executive producer Ash Pournouri to start House for Hunger in 2011, a charity dedicated to alleviating global hunger. The pair wanted to showcase the giving spirit fostered by the house music community. Avicii explained, "You have to give something back. I am so fortunate to be in the position where I can actually do that. I feel lucky every day when I wake up and am able to do what I love and make a living." In addition to donating $1 million to Feeding America, a charity founded by Lauren Bush, House for Hunger has helped fund the efforts of The Feed Foundation, allowing it to distribute over two million school meals throughout Africa.
DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs Rankings
- 2010: No. 33 (New Entry)
- 2011: No. 6
- 2012: No. 3
- 2013: No. 3
- True (2013)
- True Tour (2014)
American Music Awards
The American Music Awards is an annual American music awards show created by Dick Clark in 1973, which air on ABC. Avicii received one nomination.
|2013||Avicii||Favorite Electronic Music Artist||Won|
Billboard Music Awards
The Billboard Music Awards are an annual awards show from Billboard Magazine, Avicii received four nominations.
|2014||Avicii||Top Dance/Electronic Artist||Pending|
|True||Top Dance/Electronic Album||Pending|
|"Wake Me Up" (with Aloe Blacc)||Top Radio Song||Pending|
|Top Dance/Electronic Song||Pending|
The Grammy Awards is awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Avicii received one nomination.
|2013||"Levels"||Best Dance Recording||Nominated|
|2012||"Sunshine" (David Guetta & Avicii)||Best Dance Recording||Nominated|
iHeartRadio Music Awards
The iHeartRadio Music Awards is an awards show created by iHeartRadio. Avicii received two nominations.
|2014||"Wake Me Up" (with Aloe Blacc)||Best Lyrics||Pending|
|EDM Song of the Year||Won|
- Swedish popular music