Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, died 2 days ago. Beloved by many, fans and people from the music industry have been mourning and paying tribute to him.
Geffen Records president Neil Jacobson said that Avicii has been hard at work on his next album. He even recalled talking to the Swedish DJ and producer only 2 days before his passing. So what will happen to Avicii’s new music?
“We were working on it and it was his best music in years, honestly. And I know because I (A&R’d) all of his albums. He was so inspired. He was so psyched. We had done a month of grinder sessions. We had to actually put end times on the sessions because Tim would just work for 16 hours straight, which was his nature. You had to pull him out. Like, ‘Tim, come on. Go to bed. Get some rest.’ … It’s just a tragedy. We have this incredible, magical music,” Jacobson told Variety.
Although Jacobson confirmed that there are “a few” features on the unreleased album, he didn’t name any singers. “Tim had a list of people he was hoping we could reach out to for this album. That was actually the last communication I had from him two days ago, and that’s haunting,” he added.
When asked whether the new Avicii album will be released posthumously, Jacobson replied, “I have no idea“. He continued, “I’m going to sit down and talk to the family once everybody has a chance to take a breath. I’ve never actually had this happen with an artist I’ve worked with before and this closely. So, I don’t know. We’ll try to get some advice from the family and everybody’s going to put their heads together and try and do what we think Tim would want us to do.”
There’s no doubt that listening to Avicii’s new music – should it be released to public – will be bittersweet.