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Swedish DJ/Producer Avicii Dies At 28
GRAMMY-nominated "Wake Me Up" and "Levels" producer dies; however, a cause of death has yet to be revealed
GRAMMY-nominated Swedish DJ/producer Tim Bergling, best known by his stage name Avicii, has died at age 28. According to Billboard, the news has been confirmed by Avicii's publicist Diana Baron. However, no official cause of death has yet to be revealed.
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," Baron said via statement. "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."
Bergling began his production career uploading homemade deep house productions to a dance music forum run by famed DJ/producer Laidback Luke, where he garnered early attention under the alias Tim Berg. He achieved his first hit release under the moniker with "Seek Bromance," released in 2010, one month after his 21st birthday.
The ranking was based largely on the strength of Bergling's early productions under his new alias Avicii — which he first used for a 2011 collaboration with GRAMMY-winning DJ/producer David Guetta titled "Sunshine," and then for a solo release sampling the great Etta James titled "Levels" that became one of, if not the, biggest hit in global dance music in 2012. The pair of tracks, respectively, earned Bergling back-to-back GRAMMY nominations for Best Dance Recording at the 54th and 55th GRAMMY Awards.
In 2013, when at the top of his game as a big room and progressive house producer, Bergling shocked the EDM world when he unveiled his new sound at the 2013 Ultra Music Festival — a new track titled "Wake Me Up" featuring GRAMMY-nominated soul and roots singer Aloe Blacc. While the sudden departure from the sound that made him famous was called "bizarre" and "thoroughly puzzling" by publications such as Spin magazine at the time, the track went on to become a massive summer hit, and in many ways opened the floodgates of the EDM world to a whole variety of crossovers now considered business as usual on pop radio.
Bergling announced in early March 2016 that he would be retiring from touring and live performing, citing ongoing health complications stemming from a March 2014 hospitalization while on tour. He gave his last public performance in Ibiza in August 2016.
Despite retiring from the public eye, Bergling continued to produce and release music, putting out a six-track EP in August 2017 titled Avīci (01), which he told DJ/producer and host Pete Tong during a radio interview was to be the first of three consecutive EPs that would collectively serve as his third studio album. Ultimately, however, this EP was to be his final music release.
Shortly after releasing Avīci (01), Bergling released a documentary titled Avicii: True Stories, which chronicles his final months of touring, wherein he can be seen striving to perform at the top of his game despite being in apparent physical pain.
Bergling explained the context of the documentary to Rolling Stone shortly after its release, saying, "Why didn't I stop the ship earlier? … The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn't getting any happiness anymore. Now that I have more time in the studio, I want to learn as much about other genres as possible. That's what I love the most — having a session with Nile Rodgers, for instance, and getting an understanding of music that's invaluable."
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.