The music world was shocked to hear about the passing of Swedish DJ, musician and producer Avicii on Friday afternoon, a prominent performer that, in his short life, left a big impact on the global EDM market and the landscape of pop music. As expected, millions of fans picked up their phones and computers to open their service of choice to remember Avicii, who now has plenty of albums and tracks filling up the sales and streaming charts. At iTunes, notable hits like “Wake Me Up!” (#3) and “Hey Brother” (#9) were the strongest performers, leading a half-dozen singles by the artist within the top 100 on the day following his death. (Only “Wake” is still inside the top 100 at Apple Music.) Also, during the day on Saturday, five of his tracks reached the top ten on Spotify’s Global list, again led by “Wake” (#4, 4.471 mil.) and early hit “Levels” (#5, 4.413 mil.), with a total of 18 songs ranking in the top 200. With that in mind, “Wake” is now sitting well over 600 million plays at the service and coupled with the 1.5 billion views for its music video on YouTube, it’s clear that this song, and other material from his catalog, will continue to endure for years to come. How might a posthumous set add to these totals, should one happen? We’ll see. (Images courtesy of Universal Music AB / photo credit: Sean Eriksson)
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