Tim Bergling, known by his stage name Avicii, was a Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer, musician, singer, and songwriter. At the age of 16, Bergling began posting his remixes on electronic music forums, which led to his first record deal. He rose to prominence in 2011 with his single "Levels".
Early Life & Career
Avicii was born Tim Bergling, in Stockholm in 1989. Avicii's big breakthrough in music came when he was just 18 years old. The breakthrough was in the form of a remix of a Commodore 64 video game called Lazy Jones. The buzz that this recording generated led to his first record deal with record company Strike! Recordings and subsequently his first release which was titled "Lazy Lace." From that point on, Avicii's star rose very quickly. He was nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy for his track with David Guetta, "Sunshine". His touring career began in 2010, and stopped in countries all over the world. His most popular song to date "Levels", features a prominent sample of Etta James' 1962 soul hit "Something's Got a Hold on Me." The song has gone on to be remixed by some very notable figures in the world of electronic dance music, including Skrillex, Cazzette and Noise inc. His debut studio album True was released in 2013 on Universal records. The album reached #1 in Sweden and Australia and the Top 5 in the US, Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. He released the album Stories in 2015 which reached #1 in Sweden. Avicii's single "Levels" reached #1 in Sweden where it was certified 8x platinum. His single "I Could Be the One" (featuring Nicky Romero) reached #1 in the UK and his hit "Wake Me Up" reached #1 in nine countries. His singles "Hey Brother", "Addicted to You", "The Days", "The Nights", and "Waiting for Love" was also highly successful.
Avicii was an extremely popular and highly-paid Swedish-born DJ and music producer who had a net worth of $50 million dollars at the time of his death in 2018.