Thursday, 13 Dec 2018

Music: Death at 28: colleagues and fans mourn for DJ Avicii

“Wake Me Up”, “Levels” or “Hey Brother”: His hits are on many radio stations up and down. Now the Swedish musician Avicii has died – at just 28 years old.

With dismay, colleagues and fans of the Swedish DJs and producers Avicii (“Wake Me Up”) responded to the death of the 28-year-old. “I miss the words,” wrote about the German DJ Felix Jaehn (23) on Twitter.

Of the Frenchman David Guetta (50) tweeted that the world had lost an incredibly talented musician. Madonna also expressed her grief – as did hundreds of thousands of fans in the social networks.

Tim Bergling, as Avicii by real name, died on Friday in the capital of the Oman , Muscat ( English Spelling: Muscat), as his spokeswoman Ebba Lindqvist announced. “The family is devastated and we all ask to respect their need for privacy during this difficult time.” There will be no more information.

Avicii landed a summer hit in 2013 with “Wake me Up”. According to GfK it is the song with the second most downloads ever in Germany – behind pop singer Helene Fischer , who holds the download record in Germany with her hit “Atemlos durch die Nacht”.

Avicii was considered one of the most successful music mixers in the electropop industry. He worked with Chris Martin (Coldplay), Jon Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams and Madonna together. The British “DJ Magazine” named him the third best disc jockey in 2012 and 2013. He was still ranked 28th on the top 100 list in 2017.

Numerous colleagues and companions expressed their dismay after the news of the 28-year-old’s death. “So sad … so tragic. Good-bye, charming Tim, “wrote superstar Madonna. The North German-born DJ Felix Jaehn (“Cheerleader”) wrote that he would not be where he is now without Avicii. His song “Levels” from 2011 had made him to make his own music. “Peace in peace,” he tweeted. One will always remember Avicii. Besides “Wake Me Up” and “Levels”, “Hey Brother” was one of his big hits.

David Guetta said, “Thanks for your beautiful tunes, the time we spent in the studio, playing together as DJs or just enjoying life as friends.” British DJ Calvin Harris also described Avicii on twitter as a “wonderful soul, passionate and extremely talented”.

The Dutch DJ and music producer Martin Garrix (“Animals”) posted a photo on Twitter showing him and Avicii. “I can not put into words how sad I am right now,” Garrix wrote. And further: “Thank you for inspiring me and millions of others.”

In 2014, Avicii won two trophies at the most important German music award Echo: “Wake Me Up” as “Hit of the Year”, and he also won in the category “Artist Electronic Dance Music”. Several months later, he canceled his tour due to health problems.

With great regret, his fans responded in 2016 to Avicii’s announcement that they would withdraw from the stage. “I’m very interested in different things, but too little time to investigate,” he had said then. However, he remained in the music business.

On his homepage is an earlier statement read in which it is said that he does not perform live – but: “The live end never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where everything made sense – the studio. ”

Only a few days ago he joined Facebook written, he is honored to be nominated for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. In no case should you miss the show in May. Thousands of fans commented on this last Facebook post and showed their sorrow. Since 1990, the Billboard Music Awards are awarded annually by the same magazine, they are based largely on chart placements.

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