7 songs that cemented DJ Avicii as King of EDM

DJ Avicii is a legend of our time

King of Electronic Dance music DJ Avicii died this Friday in Muscat, Oman at 28, and we are still in our feels. When I first heard Avicii had passed at such a young age, I was saddened, then I remembered his hit Wake Me Up and Levels, and a smile came to my face, he may be gone, but as cheesy as this sounds, ‘he will live forever through his music’. Avicii, did the damn thing, he came and slayed us with his music. His impact will forever remain.

Earlier today I went through my playlist, listening to some of my favorite songs from Avicii, followed the posts on social media about him, realizing the huge crossover impact the star had was heartwarming.

According to Nielsen Music, Avicii’s song catalog has 1.7billion on-demand streams, for both audio and video. He sold 11.6 million digital copies of his song catalog.

To honor the late hitmaker, here are seven songs from DJ Avicii you need to add to your playlist;

Wake Me Up

Levels

Hey Brother

Broken Arrows

Seek Bromance

The Nights

Silhouettes

The Days

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Renowned Swedish musician Avicii has died at 28

The artist had previously been nominated for two Grammys.

Musician Tim Bergling, better known by his DJ stage name Avicii, was found dead Friday afternoon in Muscat, Oman, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Bergling had a storied career, working with collaborators such as Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Wyclef Jean. He’d also produced several songs on Madonna’s most recent album, Rebel Heart. His work netted him two Grammy nominations for Best Dance Recording, in 2012 for his song “Sunshine” and in 2013 for “Levels.”

The news was confirmed in a statement released by Bergling’s publicist: “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.”

[Via GQ]

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Fellow musicians and celebrities share tributes to Avicii

AviciiSwedish DJ Tim Bergling, known by his stage name as Avicii, passed away at the age of 28 on Friday. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” said his publicist Diana Baron in a statement, according to Billboard. “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.”

According to Billboard, Avicii started releasing music on the Laidback Luke Forum in the late 2000s, before breaking through with his debut studio album, True. In 2016, he decided to retire from touring, citing numerous health issues. “Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way,” he wrote on his website, per Billboard. “It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.”

Then, last year, he posted a letter on his website announcing his return to recording in the studio. “WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US. For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do,” he wrote last year. “Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.”

Following news of Bergling’s passing, numerous celebrities including Liam Payne, Ellie Goulding, and deadmau5 penned moving tributes in memory of the late DJ on Twitter. “Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x,” wrote producer Calvin Harris, while Dua Lipa tweeted, “Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x.”

His longtime friend, fellow DJ Laidback Luke, also wrote a message in his memory. “OH MY GOD 😭 wow… I’m speechless. May you Rest In Peace my dear Tim 💔,” he tweeted, along with a link to a news article about his passing.

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Adele wrote the nicest essay about her ‘goofball’ friend Rihanna

AdeleRihanna and Adele are two music queens in their own rights—and their love for each other is palpable. In 2012, RiRi said Adele didn’t “know the depth of [her] affection” toward her and that she became “so attached” to her album, 21. Adele’s said similar things about Rihanna—but none are more wonderful than the tribute she just wrote for the “Diamonds” singer in light of Time magazine dubbing Rih one of its 100 most influential people.

“I actually can’t remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it,” the “Hello” singer wrote in her blurb. “Whenever I’ve met her, she’s been the most gracious, loyal, and funny goofball of an icon. She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after. But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a f-ck; she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever.”

Adele went on to describe Rihanna’s song “Pon de Replay” as an “absolute banger” (accurate) and praised the Fenty maestro for blazing her own trail in the industry. “She has designed and conquered an entire lane of her own. The innovative and groundbreaking world of Rihanna that no one else will ever be safe in and get away with copying,” Adele wrote. “She makes her own rules and bends ours.”

So…does all this love mean a collaboration is in the works? Take my money now, if so.

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Mafikizolo is leading the pack at this year’s SAMA nominations

20 years on and Mafikizolo is still killing it.

Afro pop duo Mafikizolo is proving that slayage is their portion, as they are one of the leaders of the pack at this year’s South African Music Awards with three nominations. The duo is currently celebrating their 20 years in music, and even though it’s been two years there seems to be no stopping them.

The dynamic duo’s video for their single Love Portion released in September 2017, has over 8 million views on Youtube, proving their star status. Their new single Don’t Go ft Harmonize from their latest album Mafikizolo 20, is also owning the charts.

Mafikizolo is ecstatic about the nomination. ‘We are honoured and speechless. We haven’t had time to really push the album after the release of it’s first single Love Portion, so to get this honour is humbling. This is all God’s plan.’

Songbird Simphiwe Dana bagged the Best Live Audiovisual, Best Jazz Album and Best African Artist nods for her album The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience.

Trio Micasa was nominated for the Best Dance Album, Best Produced Album and Best Engineered Album.

The SAMAs which are South Africa’s biggest and most prestigious music awards will be held on the 2nd of June.

Here’s a look at the full list of nominations:

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

Joe Nina Time II Time

Siseko Pame Ilanga

Serame Sediti Based on a True Story

Siphokazi Siphokazi

Tribute Birdie Mbowenu Tribute Birdie Mboweni

Best African Artist Album

Niniola This Is Me

Wizkid Sounds from the Other Side

Zoe Modiga Yellow The Novel

Simphiwe Dana The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience

Moreira Chonguica & Manu Dibango M&M;

Best Alternative Music Album

Loui Lvndn Your Princess Is In Another Castle

Jack Parow Afrika For Beginners

Francois Van Coke Hierdie Is Die Lewe

Josh Kempen The Morning Show

Bongeziwe Mabandla Mangaliso

Best Classical And/Or Instrumental Album

CH2 Insomnia

James Grace Chilled

University of Limpopo Choristers and The Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Matimba Ya Vuyimbeleri

Kinsmen Window To The Ashramt

Charl Du Plesis Trio Baroqueswing Vol III

Best Contemporary Faith Album

Bongani Nchang Wonders of Mercy

Benjamin Dube Victorious In His Presence With Benjamin

Swazi The Alabaster

Sicelo Moya Solid Rock

Nqubeko Mbatha Heaven’s Ways

Best Hip Hop Album

Riky Rick Stay Shining

Rouge The New Era Sessions

Shane Eagle Yellow

Emtee Manando

Fresh 2 Def Productions F2D Presents Hall Of Fame

Best African Indigenous Album

Believer In Christ Yala Nkosi

Vuma Zion Samson Aphi Amandla

Futhi Shongwe Bonke Abamethembayo

Amadodana AseWesile Soloko Intliziyo Yami

Barorisi BaMorena Ntjhafatso

Best Jazz Album

Simphiwe Dana The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience

The Blue Notes Tribute Okestra Live At The Bird’s Eye

Zoe Modiga Yellow The Novel

Tune Recreation Committee Voices Of Our Vision

Nduduzo Makhathini Ikhambi

Best Kwaito Album

Mashabela Galane Bona That Rural Dream

Team Mosha Sofa Silahlane

Chomee Do More Squats

Busiswa Highly Flavored

Trendsetters Ska Ba Hemisa

Best Live Audio Visual Recording/DVD

Krone Krone For Live

Benjamin Dube Victorious In His Presence With Benjamin

Simphiwe Dana The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience

The Parlotones The Parlotones Orchestrated

Donald Red Mic Experience

Best Maskandi Album

Uqhosha Ngokwenza Kwakhe Miss South Africa

Shwi Nomntekhala Emkhathini

Khuzani Isixaxa Samaxoki

Abafana BakaMgqumeni 6 To 6

Mbuzeni Wavuma

Best Pop Album

Craig Lucas Restless

Connell Cruise Barely Breathing

Tresor The Beautiful Madness

Monark Monark

Shekhinah Rose Gold

Best Rock Album

Shortstraw Those Meddling Kids (TMK)

Prime Circle If You Don’t You Never Will

Lost & Found Snakes & Ladders

Willim Welsyn Blitzkriek

Fokofpolisiekar Selfmedikasie

Best Traditional Music

Dinonyane Cultural Group Pitsi

Bomshell Uthando

Complete Isiqalo—The Beginning

Jessica Mbangeni Jessica Mbangeni Sings Igoli Live @Lyric Theatre Johannesburg

University of Pretoria Camarata Indodana Symphony

Best R&B;/ Soul/ Reggae Album

Cici Busiswe

The Nameless Band The Greatest Hits

Thabsie Songs About You

Afrotraction Relationships

Thami Never Lost

Beste Kontemporce Musiek Album

Saarkie Queen Van Die Toorbos

Die Heuwels Fantasies Okay!

Joe Black Skepe

Luna Paige, Nick Turner, Jamie Jupiter Korreltjie Kantel

Chris Chameleon Jy En Ek En EK En Jy

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Josie Field Indie Soul

Swing City Now Listen Properly

Wouter Kellerman Symphonic Soweto

Charlie Finch Life’s Journey

Janie Bay Miscellany

Best Dance Album

DJ Merlon Pure Black Album

DJ Ganyani Ganyani’s House Grooves 10

Lady Zamar King Zamar

Prince KayBee I Am Music

MiCasa Famila

Best Engineered Album

Kahn A Noise In The Void

MiCasa Famila

Mafikizolo 20

Nduduzo Makhathini Ikhambi

Distruction Boyz Gqom Is The Future

Best Collaboration

Distruction Boyz ft. Benni Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi “Omunye”

Kwesta ft. Wale “Spirit”

Heavy K ft. Bucie & Nokwazi “Inde”

SJava ft. Howard & DJ Maphorisa “Ngempela”

Music Video of The Year

Shane Eagle “Let It Flow”

Nadia Nakai “Naaa Mean”

Kwesta ft. Wale “Spirit”

Nasty C “Don’t Do It”

Rouge “Arumtumtum”

Remix of the Year

“Faith Alive” by King Bayaa

“I Got You” by Mobi Dixon

“Free” by Household Funk

“Buy It Out” by Riky Rick feat. Youngsta CPT, KLY, Da Les, Frank Casino, J Molley & Stilo Magolide

“Lake By The Ocean” by Mobi Dixon

 

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Trevor Noah is TIME’s most influential person of 2018

Trevor Noah named in the TIME 100’s most influential individuals in the world’s list of 2018.

The South African funnyman is continuously making his home-country proud up there in the un-united United States.

He teaches the Americans about Africa in the most humourous way possible. The Daily Show host also lifts up his industry peers.

Noah, who announced a film adaptation of his memoir earlier this year recently launched a foundation which aims to assist SA orphaned youth with education, life skills and social capital for tertiary education-related needs.

 

TIME 100 lists individuals or groups of people who are changing the status quo and pioneering initiatives that help change the world. Chosen by TIME 100 alumni and the magazine’s editorial staff.

So, in truth, his feature on this prestigious list is just a confirmation of what we already know.

Lupita Nyong’o, who chose Noah to be part of the list says: ‘He is uncannily skilled at holding up a mirror to whatever room he is in. Trevor is always reaching out: across cultures, continents and boundaries. He makes us laugh with each other and brings us that much closer to under­standing one another.’

The list also includes Emmerson Mnangagwa, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jasmyn Ward, Ryan Cooglar, Sterling K. Brown, Kehinde Wiley, Lena Waithe, Meghan Markle, Chadwick Boseman, Tarana Burke, Rihanna, Maxine Waters, Virgil Abloh, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Durant and many more others.

Check the full list here.

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Nicole Richie re-created her early 2000s looks, and it’s too good

The Daily Front Row Fashion In Media Awards 2016 Red CarpetI distinctly remember uncovering a brown Juicy velour hoodie in a South Carolina discount store 12 years ago and telling my sister to buy it because Nicole Richie had the same one. Those comfy, monochromatic confections were the pinnacle of capital S Style between 2001 and 2006. If you wore one, you were practically just a Blackberry message away from scoring a guest spot on The Simple Life — which, let’s be real, was everyone’s dream back in 2003.

Richie was a Juicy velour trailblazer in many ways; she made it the must-have item of the early aughts. In fact, she — and Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen twins, and Ashlee Simpson — defined that whole era of fashion. Big sunglasses, scarves as hats, maxi dresses: All those items harken back to a simpler time, when we lied about our ages on MySpace and Nickelback ruled the charts.

But sadly those days are long gone. Yes, early 2000s fashion is making a comeback, but it’ll never be the same. Never again will we see Lohan wear a bucket hat and talk about her feud with Hilary Duff. Or watch Hilton text on her sidekick while wearing head-to-toe Von Dutch. Or see Richie drink a big Starbucks latte while rocking even bigger sunglasses.
Actually, we can see that last one. Richie teamed up with Paper magazine to re-create some of her most iconic 2000s looks, and the photos are so good that I feel compelled to sing “Stars Are Blind” to strangers on the street.

“Just as I was prepared to lock up the early 2000 Nicole & throw away the key, @papermagazine asked me to re-create some of my looks for the most fun photo shoot I’ve done in a long time,” Richie posted on Instagram, alongside some pics from the shoot. “I got to play with wigs, small dogs, and laughed for about 8 hours straight. So here she is, in all her glory… minus the Percocet. Love you! 💅🏿”

Seriously, I’m screaming. I’m crying. I’m attempting to sign back into my AIM account (DUDE ITS CDAWG 7—I was pretending to be straight). Check out the pics for yourself, below:

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