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One day Avicii, aka Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, had a eureka moment. Imagine the extraordinary sonic alchemy one would release by combining dance music with older pop genres! Too young to remember the horror of “Doop” (the Charleston-dance-goes-techno 1994 hit), he proceeded to make “Wake Me Up”: an Ibizan country hoedown with soul singer Aloe Blacc on vocals that has unlocked a remarkable global hunger for the Avicii code – the song has topped charts in over 60 countries.
Now comes the DJ’s debut album, featuring a guest turn from “In the Ghetto” songwriter Mac Davis, the 71-year-old co-writing the Adele pastiche “Addicted to You”, and a Jive Bunny-style swing number with Nile Rodgers and what sounds like a synthesised kazoo solo; the song is aptly entitled “Shame on Me”.