EDM star also taps Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and System of a Down singer Serj Tankian for what could be another collision of dance and guitar music
After briefly confusing then enrapturing dance and pop fans with his country-EDM smash Wake Me Up, Avicii now looks set to continue his genre splicing on his second album, featuring a host of big-name collaborators from the worlds of rock, punk and reggae.
Following Avicii's production on the song A Sky Full of Stars, which featured on Coldplay's most recent album, Chris Martin will return the favour and guest on one of the EDM artist's new tracks. "Chris has been like a brother," Avicii, AKA Tim Bergling, told Rolling Stone. "He helps out with my nutritionist."
Perhaps most surprisingly on Avicii's recruitment list is the appearance of two big names from the worlds of punk and metal: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and System of a Down's Serj Tankian. Jon Bon Jovi meanwhile is set to bring some classic rock pedigree to the record.
Finally, in what will surely be a new definitive anthem for backpackers, Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu have collaborated on a reggae duet. "I love it, but I don't know what to do with it yet," Bergling said of the track.
The artist first found success when he was just out of his teens with Levels, an Etta James-sampling track which went top five in 2011 and underpinned Flo Rida's hit Good Feeling. He launched his 2013 single Wake Me Up during Miami dance festival Ultra, bewildering the audience with its blend of Aloe Blacc's soulful vocals, hoe-down guitar from Incubus's Mike Einziger, and pounding techno drums. The song became a gigantic hit, reaching No 1 in 22 countries, including the UK.
Wake Me Up appeared on his debut album, True, which also featured Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers, American country songwriter and Elvis collaborator Mac Davis, and a banging trance version of the Antony and the Johnsons' track Hope There's Someone.
Currently one of the most in demand artists in the world, Avicii's schedule is intense, featuring a weekly residency at glitzy Ibiza club Ushuaia as well as big festival appearances around which he fits recording sessions. He's worked on around 70 tracks for the new album, which he'll whittle down ahead of its release later this year. "It's going to be a lot more song-oriented," Bergling told Rolling Stone. "True was an attempt at that, getting electronic music in a song format."
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