Avicii’s First Song Since His Death Has Been Released
The first song from Avicii's posthumous album, titled TIM, has been released.
It's called 'SOS' and features Aloe Blacc, the man who gave the vocals for the incredibly viral 'Wake Me Up'. Accompanying the single is a music video which features messages from his fans.
The YouTube page says: "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, which will be released on June 6, will have 16 songs on it, which Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was close to finishing before his death last year.
Per Sundan, the president of Universal Music Nordic region 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 has described the track as 'ahead of its time' and reckons the song revealed what was going on in Avicii's mind.
"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.'"
A statement from his family said: "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."
Following the tragic news of Avicii's death, people paid homage to the star in a number of poignant ways, with one church in Utrecht even playing three of his songs on the bells, ringing out the hits from what is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands.
Many of his songs also took over the Spotify charts, with 10 of his songs quickly entering the global top 50.
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