Posthumous Avicii album in the works, includes collaborations with Coldplay’s Chris Martin
Almost a year ago, the profilic Swedish DJ and music producer known as Avicii died of apparent suicide. Now, his family has announced the release of a third artiste album, TIM. Frequent collaborators like Carl Falk, Albin Nedler, and Kristoffer Fogelmark have confirmed that this posthumous record, slated to release on June 6, contains near-complete songs that Tim Bergling aka Avicii was working on.
“He left behind a collection of nearly-finished songs, along with notes, email conversations and text messages about the music,” reads a statement released by the artiste’s family. “The songwriters that Tim was collaborating with on this album have continued the process to get as close to his vision as possible,” the statement added.
Besides, SOS sporting the vocals of soul singer Aloe Blacc, the release will also feature the much-awaited collab with Coldplay’s Chris Martin called Heaven. Profits from the upcoming album—touted to be a mix of psychedelia, Arabian music, sounds of the Caribbean and more—will go to the musician’s eponymous charitable foundation.
The musician’s family recently set up the Tim Bergling Foundation, to honour his memory. The non-profit organisation focusses on supporting people and institutions working in the field of mental illness and suicide prevention. Those who’ve seen his officially-sanctioned Netflix documentary, Avicii: True Stories, know that the Levels DJ has long struggled with social anxiety. He committed suicide at age 28 reportedly by using a broken wine bottle while on vacation in Oman.
The youngster, who admittedly struggled with alcoholism and a failing gall bladder, was dealing with insane deadlines to keep producing hits. The fact that he quit touring in 2016 despite being paid upwards of `1.7 crore per performance is proof of this. Still, Avicii was churning out back-to-back chart-toppers like Wake Me Up, which has over 1.8 billion views and counting.