Avicii Single Released Almost A Year After His Death

OMG April 12, 2019 By Hugo

The lead single from Avicii's posthumous album, TIM, has been released.

Featuring Aloe Blacc, the singer who lent his vocals to the global hit Wake Me Up, the song is called 'SOS' and contained a message below the YouTube video which read: 

"After Tim's passing, fans from all over the world shared messages and personal stories on Avicii.com. This video is our way of saying thank you for all of your love and support."

The upcoming album will contain 16 songs that the DJ was close to releasing before his death.

President of Universal Music Nordic region Peter Sundown said: "We tried to keep it as close what to Tim would've loved, or what Tim would've done.

"We're not trying to create the biggest hits ever made. We're trying to be as close to what Tim would've wanted."

Aloe Blacc, whose own hits include I Need A Dollar and I'm The Man, described the track as 'ahead of its time' and believed it offered a unique insight into the mind of the troubled star shortly before his death.

"He wrote these lyrics obviously about some of his battles and I think it's a really important topic to approach and to share," Blacc said. "Especially with his visibility and his access to ears and hearts. To give people the words to be able to say 'I need help.'"

Echoing Blacc's powerful words, a statement from his family added: "When Tim Bergling passed away on April 20, 2018, he was close to completing a new album. He left behind a collection of nearly finished songs, along with notes, email conversations and text messages about the music.

"The songwriters that Tim was collaborating with on this album have continued the process to get as close to his vision as possible.

"Since Tim's passing, the family decided not to keep the music locked away - instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world.

"All proceeds from the album will go to the Tim Bergling Foundation, the new non-profit organisation set up in Avicii's name to help treat mental illness and prevent suicide, which his family launched at the end of March."

The late DJ was considered a leading pioneer in modern-day electronic dance music and was the first EDM star to embark on a worldwide arena tour.

At the peak of his success, Avicii notched up two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and two Grammy nominations for his output, and regularly featured on various  DJ rich lists, including Forbes, who placed him at number 10 on their annual rich list with takings of $7m when he was just 22-years-old.

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