A lot has been said about Avicii since the announcement of the release of his posthumous album ‘TIM‘. Shortly after the Grammy-nominated superstar passed away while vacationing in Oman in April 2018, a wealth of unreleased material was found, with several tracks, email conversations, and text messages that were available to friends and collaborators.
The decision about what to do with that material was then left to the family. Klas Bergling, Tim’s father, stated that they felt the music should be released: “we don’t want it to be locked in”. To honor him, they also created the Tim Bergling foundation, a new non-profit dedicated to helping treat mental illness and prevent suicide. All proceeds from the album will go to the foundation, and Klas Bergling has become an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention for artists and people working in the music industry.
The tracklist of the album, that includes collaborations with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who previously worked with Avicii on ‘A Sky Full of Stars‘, Aloe Blacc, the vocalist of ‘Wake Me Up‘, Imagine Dragons, Bonn and Vargas & Lagola among others, got both the music industry and his fans clearly excited.
On top of that, the single ‘SOS‘ featuring Aloe Blacc, just topped Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated on June 1st). An extraordinary case, being the first posthumous #1 in the chart’s nearly 16-year history. Even after his passing, Avicii’s music continues to unite people all around the world, and the release of the album on June 6th is surely one of the highlights of this year.
You can preorder the album here and listen to ‘SOS’ below.