April 20 is when the great Avicii (born Tim Bergling) tragically died at just 28 years old. This world-famous DJ was behind the epic electronic hits like “Levels,” “Wake Me Up,” and “Hey Brother.” Make sure you’ve got those singles on repeat, they’re insanely catchy. We’ve decided to compile a list of 15 facts you didn’t about about this star.
Avicii had a heart of gold, his charity work knew no bounds. He is the co-founder of the the charity House for Hunger. This 2012 House for Hunger tour went on to raise awareness for world hunger, as well as donating $1 million in gig fees to the charity, Feeding America.
You’re looking at the first ever DJ to ever headline at Radio City Music Hall. September 26, 2012 is when he performed, and if you were in the audience, you felt his energy at every turn. The show was sold out within a matter of days, and understandably so.
Avicii’s most recent album, Avīci (01), was naturally nominated for the Top Dance/Electronic Album category at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards this year. A month after his passing, the Billboard Music Awards are set to air, set your calendars for May 20 – we’re sure his name will be called.
The Meaning Behind Avicii
As mentioned briefly, his real name is Tim Bergling. However how did he settle on his stage name? Turns out that a friend told him that “Avīci” means the lowest tier of Buddhist hell. This was something befitting for the artist. He told VEVO, “The name Avici, it means ‘lowest level of Buddhist hell.’ I think a friend of mine told me about it first for something completely different, and I was kind of choosing my MySpace page at the time. Everything else was taken, my real name was taken. I really like it now, though. I’ve really gotten accustomed to it.”
The Extra Letter
Going off the last fact, the word is actually spelled “Avīci,” so where did the extra ‘i’ come from? Well the MySpace account for “Avici” was already taken, therefore he added the extra letter and just like that, he was on his way to becoming a massive star. Okay, maybe not quite but you get what we mean.
Avicii’s success didn’t just stop at being a “musician”. He also went on to co-write and co-produce Coldplay’s hit song “A Sky Full of Stars”. The song is from the band’s sixth studio album titled Ghost Stories, released back in 2014.
It didn’t stop there with Coldplay though. He went on co-produce their hit “Hymn for the Weekend” as well. Moreover he co-produced the “Lovers on the Sun” hit with David Guetta. His talent was truly remarkable and the artists he worked with have only said amazing things about him since his passing.
In 2011, Avicii released his first big hit, “Levels.” Either you have some intense party memories associated with the song, otherwise you’ve heard it played elsewhere! I mean, it is inescapable.
On his Facebook fanpage, when he hit the landmark of one, two and three million fans, he did something unorthodox. Okay, that’s pushing it. He did something pretty cool! For one million fans Avicii announced that there would be a look-alike competition where the prize included a flight, hotel, and VIP tickets to see him perform at his next show. At two million, Avicii gave away the song “Two Million.” With three million fans, he gave away a previously unreleased tune, “Three Million (Your Love is Amazing).”
A Grammy Nomination
At the 2013 Grammy’s, Avicii was nominated for Best Dance Recording for his hit single “Levels”. Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and John Martin, and Al Walser were his competitors in the category.
At the 2013 Ultra Music Festival, Avicii again did something out of the box. During his performance of “Wake Me Up”, he brought out a stomping bluegrass band to the stage. It only made the song that much better.
No doubt you know that Mike Posner, who co-wrote the song “Stay With You” with Bergling, gave him a neat little shoutout in his hit song “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” In the song, Posner sings out, “I took a pill in Ibiza / to show Avicii I was cool.” Posne 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.'”
One look at Avicii’s Instagram, or any of his social media accounts, would have shown you that he loves his dog, Liam. Fans are hoping that Liam will find a good home to stay in now. We’re hopeful as well!
So why did Avicii wear a lot of caps? He didn’t used to! Well he told Us magazine the real reason. “I started wearing caps because my hair looked ridiculous after every show from all the sweat and the onstage fans blowing on me.” I mean, that’s a pretty solid reason.
In 2016, Avicii retired from performing due to health reasons. Apparently he suffered from severe performance nerves which he self-medicated with alcohol. This directly led to his hospitalization of acute pancreatitis. Fans were hoping he’d make a quick comeback.