Music News: Avicii fans mourn, celebrate legacy with massive outdoor dance party


Avicii fans at a memorial dance party.
Avicii fans at a memorial dance party in Stockholm on April 21, 2018. (FREDRIK PERSSON/AFP/Getty Images)

As Prince fans know, sometimes the most meaningful way to mourn an artist is to celebrate his legacy. That was on the minds of Avicii fans who filled the streets of his native Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday for a massive dance party featuring the music of the late DJ.

Avicii, one of this decade's biggest pop stars, was found on Friday, dead of undisclosed causes at age 28. Peers and collaborators including Calvin Harris, Diplo, Skrillex, and Madonna paid tribute on social media to the hugely popular artist who was best-known for "Wake Me Up," a 2013 single that hit the top five in the U.S. and number one in 22 countries. (Billboard)

You set the precedent for the rest of us producers/ opened doors and set the trends . A real groundbreaker and influencer to all your peers . You should have lived to be 150.. but your music is gonna live forever . I'm not just saying that.. but you are the only one to always make timeless songs. You were the gold standard . You made me want try and make dance music when i first heard "seek bromance" . And then u kept making feel like shit cause you kept gettin better and i couldn't even mix a snare right .. you were the best of this generation . A real superstar 🌟 I know you had your demons and maybe this wasn't the right place for you sometimes , but we need to protect true artists like you at all costs because there are not enough left and we are losing too many .. be good Tim

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The remix I did of Levels hasn’t left my set since I made it back in 2011. All though we weren’t “close friends” I feel this deep sadness through the connection we had through this song. Tim was a truly a genius and an innovator, yet sensitive and humble. This industry can be rough and from a far I saw it take a tole on him. I just wish I could have hugged him more and told him it would be okay .You’re music will forever be apart of mine and so many other lives. Maybe that’s the closest thing we have to immortality. I really hope you’re essence , wherever it may be in the universe is now at peace. And if in some miracle you can see this , I hope you know that as long as human beings are alive on this planet , you will forever remain an inspiration. Thank you Tim. RIP

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So Sad....... So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. 💙 Gone too Soon. #avicii

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Prince investigation data released

A day after announcing they would not be filing criminal charges related to Prince's death, Carver County authorities released a vast trove of data from their investigation. Among the documents are "photos from every nook and cranny" of Paisley Park, notes MPR News, and transcripts of painful interviews with Prince's associates and collaborators including Sheila E., Judith Hill, Larry Graham — and even Sinéad O'Connor.

Meanwhile, Prince's estate is reportedly planning to publish a book of Prince's unreleased lyrics and poetry — a separate project from the unfinished memoir also expected to be published this year. (Billboard)

Heartbreakers reunite

At a Saturday night concert in Austin, Texas to benefit advocacy for individuals with autism, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Steve Ferrone of the Heartbreakers reunited onstage for the first time since Tom Petty’s death.

"Among other moments," notes Pitchfork, "they did 'Guess I'm Doing Fine' and 'Where It's At' with Beck, 'Because the Night' with [Patti] Smith, and played their hit 'I Won't Back Down' with [Stephen] Stills." (Technically, the latter was a Petty solo hit, though Campbell played on the recording.)

Kanye to produce new Nas album

In addition to his own new album and the Kid Cudi collaboration he's seemingly planning to release this summer — as well as the philosophy book he's writing in real time on Twitter — Kanye West says he's producing albums for other artists, the most notable of which is an LP by rap legend Nas that Kanye says we can expect on June 15. (Billboard)

Queen's birthday concert to feature all-stars

Tom Jones is 77 years old, but he's still just a toyboy to Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her 92nd birthday with a Saturday night concert at the Royal Albert Hall featuring Jones, Kylie Minogue, and Sting (with, inevitably, Shaggy), among others. (NME)

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