Legends Never Die : 7 Of Avicii’s Biggest Singles

He was one of EDM’s most praised and most loved deejay and producer so it makes sense that the world now mourns the untimely passing of Tim Bergling aka Avicii.

The 28 year old passed away this past week (Friday) in Oman and the world received the news via one of his representatives who did not disclose any cause of death and only asked that we respect the star’s family’s privacy.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Avicii made his big break onto the world wide scene close to a decade ago, rising to ‘superstardom’ in the years that followed, even appearing a few times in Forbes Magazine’s list of highly acclaimed deejays.

Most known for notable hits such as ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Hey Brother’, here are 7 songs by Avicii that prove that he’ll be living on through his music.

Wake Me Up

Released as part of Avicii’s 2013 album ‘True’, this jam quickly became a hit, charting at no. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100, going platinum six times.

Levels 

With over three hundred million views on YouTube, ‘Levels’ was Avicii’s breakout hit that showcased his musical prowess by his use of soul music icon Etta Jame’s vocals from her hit single ‘Something’s Got a Hold On Me’. The video featured dance theatrics that included a man in a suit who couldn’t seem to stop himself from dancing and who is seen scribbling the name Avicii in the earlier parts of the video.

I Could Be The One

Released in 2012, this Avicii single was a collaboration with Dutch deejay Nicki Romero and featured one of his most iconic music videos that embodied the message of ‘being truly free’. In the video, we follow the life of a middle aged woman, living a painfully monotonous life, until she wakes up in her dream life.It’s currently enjoying over two hundred million views on YouTube.

Hey Brother

From the same album as ‘Wake Me Up’, Avicii continues to show his musical ability to turn any genre into dance, by collaborating with country artist Dan Tyminski to create this country-edm jam that got radio success and earned over one million likes on YouTube.

Waiting For Love

Working alongside other EDM deejay, Martin Garrix, Avicii created yet another timeless hit with ‘Waiting For Love’ which like most of his other singles was a definite sing along!

The Nights

Probably one of Avicii’s most prolific songs to live on, ‘The Nights’ was co-written with American singer Nicholas Furlong and preaches the message of escapism and always striving to live our best life.

Friend of Mine

By now it’s clear that Avicii loved to make music that held within it, an impactful life message. ‘Friend of Mine’ is a single off of his last released EP ‘Avicii’, and speaks of the value of friendship with a music video that even features an awareness call to Alzheimer’s .

Avicii’s untimely death caught the whole world by surprise but as is evident from those jams, it’s clear that he’ll be living on through his music.

So what was YOUR favourite Avicii single?

‘Lean On’ Producer DJ Snake Is In The Country! (Pic)

DJ Snake has given us countless hits including 2013 release ‘Turn Down For What‘ featuring Lil Jon and this French star is currently on Kenyan soil.

If his instagram account is anything to go by, DJ Snake jetted into Africa and posted this serene photo of him sited in what appears to be open Savannah-like grounds which could be anywhere from the Maasai Mara to the Tsavo, with his location text reading ‘Kenya’.

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DJ Snake famously collaborated with dance music trio Major Lazer on the world wide banger ‘Lean On‘ and his 2016 album ‘Encore’ played host to some of music’s biggest tunes to date like Justin Bieber’s ‘Let Me Love You‘, George Maple’s ‘Talk‘ and ‘Bipolar Sunshine’s ‘Middle‘.

Rumor has it that this house music deejay may be in the country to play at the upcoming Earth Dance Festival and while we are yet to confirm how truthful that could be, DJ Snake now joins the list of other famous stars to have come to Kenya recently including ‘Sorry, Not Sorry‘ artist Demi Lovato and Pop music icon Madonna.

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Whether for charity, for Earth Dance or just for vacation, DJ Snake is definitely a force to reckon with and he is currently promoting his latest hit ‘A Different Way’ (a collaboration with an artist called Lauv). 

This producer even made sure to have it feature in this minute long video of his incredible view of the skyline while out in the wild. 

 

 

How Epic Are These Two EDM Remixes To Tetu Shani and Mayonde’s ‘Chemistry’? (Listen)

The EDM culture in Kenya is alive and these two EDM remixes to Tetu Shani and Mayonde’s ‘Chemistry’ are proof of that!

They were the jams on this weekend’s Under Cover feature that plays out exclusively on Weekend Breakfast With Rae, a feature where two renditions to the same song are pitted against each other and the one that garners the most votes is crowned Under Cover winner.

Produced by Kenyan born and raised deejays/ producers DJ Fita and Hendrick, these remixes are the epitome of divine and are definitely worlds apart from the original, which sounds like this.

It was a tough run for both jams that it even became the first Under Cover in Weekend Breakfast History to flow over into the next edition!

Couldn’t tell which one won so to help you prepare to vote with us this weekend on Saturday (6am to 9am), here are both remixes.

 

DJ FITA Remix

 

HENDRICK Remix

Both of these jams were part of a call out competition where Tetu got deejays to post up their most creative re-makes of the single.

Avicii Announces Retirement from Music Scene

It’s a sad day for music as ‘Wake me up’ deejay Avicii has decided to retire from music.

At only 26 years of age, Avicii wrote a heartfelt message to his fans via his official website saying;

“I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life.”

That’s true. He was only pretty young when he started out within which time he has had considerable success, charting in the Top 5 of DJ Mags Top 100 Djs in the world and being named as world’s highest paid deejay.

In that heartfelt message, Avicii said leaving the scene has been a choice he’s been struggling with but that he’ll keep putting out hits.

He posted;

“I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!”

This decision came after the ‘Hey Brother’ deejay went on a trip across America during which he realized he needed more time for himself and not just for the artist within him. 

“I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”

Well at least we’ll be able to play his jams on the radio. Avicii has so far released two album, his debut album ‘True’ which had hit singles ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘You Make Me’

and his sophomore album ‘Stories’ which featured ‘Waiting for love’ and ‘The Nights’.