hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #6 Avicii
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally come out (we’re looking at you Adele…). We continue with Avicii, the crown prince of EDM, what will his follow-up to True be like?
A little background…
Swedish DJ Aviici spent pretty much all of the last five years conquering each and every area of the planet, riding the wave of cash that the rise of EDM has offered up for all its worth. His debut album True shifted five million copies and its follow-up looks set to continue this story of success.
The only thing holding it up, it turns out, was the DJ’s health. He shelved quite a few tour dates in September after contracting a nasty illness, but has spent the last few weeks recuperating back in Sweden and putting the finishing touches to the album, which will drop in the early part of the year it seems.
What It's Called?
Stories. Simple. To The Point. Easy to put in a Twitter hashtag.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Keen to capitalise on True’s success, Avicii has called in the big guns. First up we have Robbie Williams, who provides vocals on ‘The Days’, the album’s first single, a single co-written by The Killers’ mainman Brandon Flowers no less.
The DJ has also recorded collaborations with the likes of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Jon Bon Jovi, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian and Coldplay's Chris Martin, as well as Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu, who have recorded a duet.
Do those count as big names? Probably...
What Will It Sound Like?
So far we’ve heard two tracks ‘The Days’ and ‘The Nights’, both of which retain the sound Avicii showcased on his hits ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Hey Brother’, a mixture of bluegrass and big beat EDM pop. It’s a cocktail he’s mixed very successfully so far, he just has to be careful nothing slips into ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ territory’...
We’ve not had the tracklisting yet so there’s no formal word on whether either track will feature on the album, but it would seem crazy to leave them off, especially given one features the biggest pop star these shores have ever produced.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Yup. He’s got a big tour already booked to coincide with it, starting in February, seems likely it will be out in time for the summer...