Avicii was gearing up to release new music.
On Friday, April 20th, Swedish DJ Avicii was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Oman at the age of 28. It was later revealed that he had died from suicide.
The music industry, as well as his fans around the world, were shaken by the sudden passing of such a young and prolific talent. Fans gathered in Sweden the weekend after the news spread to celebrate his work as tributes poured in from around the world.
In addition to Kygo’s onstage tribute during the second weekend of Coachella, two more live tributes occurred this past weekend at the Kingsland Festival in the Netherlands. First, singer Rita Ora had an emotional moment as she asked for a minute of silence before launching into the duo’s track “Lonely Together.”
Danish DJ Nicky Romero also paid tribute to his late colleague by debuting a new song during the festival called “Heaven.” The song, which has not been formally released but was recorded by an attendee, also seems to feature vocals from Chris Martin of Coldplay.
About a month before the EDM world’s tragic loss, Nicky Romero was still sharing files with Avicii. The two DJs had still been discussing future work and creating new songs, including “Heaven.” Billboard describes the track as “a big, bold anthem with a cheerful melody in line with Avicii’s style.”
As it is, the track would have made a splash on the summer charts, but fans can only imagine what “Heaven” would sound like had Avicii been able to finish it.
As he was a major player in the music industry despite his young age, Avicii will be sorely missed and the tributes will likely continue throughout festival season.
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Watch: Nicky Romero ft. Chris Martin Heaven