15 Facts You Should Know About Avicii
The 28-year-old DJ died earlier today.
Earlier today, Avicii (born Tim Bergling)
tragically died at 28 years old. The world-famous DJ was behind such electronic hits as "Levels," "Wake Me Up," and "Hey Brother." Here are some other facts you may not have known about Avicii.
House for Hunger
His 2012 House for Hunger tour raised awareness for world hunger, as well as donated $1 million in gig fees to Feeding America.
He was the first DJ to ever headline Radio City Music Hall.
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His show was on September 26, 2012.
Bergling stylized it as "Avicii" after the MySpace account name "Avici" was already taken, adding the extra 'i'.
His first big hit was "Levels" back in 2011.
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You either have some serious party memories to this song, or you've heard it randomly somewhere else. It is, quite honestly, INESCAPABLE.
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He was nominated for Best Dance Recording for
"Levels" in 2013.
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Here he is with his former manager Ash Pournouri at a pre-Grammys gala in 2013.
He brought out a stomping bluegrass band for his performance of
"Wake Me Up" at Ultra Music Festival in 2013.
The bluegrass band comes in at
In the song, Posner sings "I took a pill in Ibiza / to show Avicii I was cool." Posner had been cowriting "Stay With You" with Bergling that same week. He later told
Billboard: "I was working with Avicii in Sweden, and it was ice cold — so when he had a gig in Ibiza, I flew down there. He played a song he had written that week, and people liked it. I'm an artist — I'm insecure and a bit narcissistic, so I'm feeling a little jealous. Then these people recognized me. People don't usually know who I am, so that felt good. When they were like, 'You want one of these?,' and offered me this plastic baggie, I said, 'Sure, man.'"
He had a dog named Liam who he loved very, very much.
He frequently posted doppelgängers of himself on his
He retired from performing in 2016 for health reasons.
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