Stories Album is by Avicii, who was a Swedish electronic music producer. His second and last studio album was released on the 2nd of October 2015 under the record labels PRMD Music and Island Records.
Avicii worked on production with the help of Salem Al Fakir, Alex Ebert, Carl Falk, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Martin Garrix, Dhani Lennevald, Ash Pournouri, Albin Nedler and Vincent Pontare.
The Stories album generally received positive reviews in the music press. Michaelangelo Matos, writing for Billboard magazine said it was ” more playful and easeful than the debut, ” adding that the album was ” decidedly upbeat and lively. ” Reviewing for AllMusic, David Jeffries awarded the Stories album four out of five stars, commenting that ” The pleasing, alive, and diverse Stories is a fine reason to think of Avicii as a producer of attractive music, with EDM, pop, and all other genres on a sliding scale. ” Jim Carroll, in his review for The Irish Times was not impressed with Avicii’s second album saying he was ” trying to look as if he’s doing something different while all the time sticking rigidly to the middle of the road. ” He thought that the Stories album, compared with Avicii’s debut, True, was ” as flat as a pancake and nowhere near as appealing, the new album from megastar DJ and producer Avicii is a piece of work with absolutely no redeemable qualities. ”
Avicii worked with several recording artists on the album from different music genres including Wyclef Jean, Zac Brown, Robbie Williams, Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost and Chris Martin of Coldplay.
The Stories album had notched-up worldwide sales of one million copies and was the world’s fourth most-streamed album of 2015 on music streaming platform, Spotify.
The lead single, ” Waiting for Love “, was released on the 22nd of May 2015. The song was produced by Avicii and Martin Garrix, the Dutch record producer, DJ and founder of Stmpd Rcrds. The track features the uncredited vocals of Simon Aldred, who was the lead vocalist with English music group Cherry Ghost, who split in 2016.
” Waiting for Love ” became a successful release for Avicii. The single topped the charts in Austria, Hungary, Norway and Sweden. In the United States, it reached number ten on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and seven on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs charts.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 6th of June 2015 and peaked at number six. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and twenty-four weeks in the Top 100.
The single also reached the Top Ten in the Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Slovenia and Switzerland.
The Stories album became a commercial success for Avicii. In the United States, the album reached a peak of number seventeen on the 24th of October 2015 and spent five weeks on the Billboard 200. Other Billboard Chart positions were Number One on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums and eight on the Digital Albums Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 15th of October 2015 and reached number nine. It spent two weeks in the Top Twenty and seven weeks in the Top 100.
In Avicii’s native Sweden it topped the chart and also took the top spot in Norway. Elsewhere, the album peaked inside the Top Twenty in Austria, Belgium ( Flanders / Wallonia ), Norway, Holland, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Tim Bergling was born on the 8th of September 1989 in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. His stage name of Avicii was chosen because Tim Bergling was already in use on the social networking site, Myspace. He explained the meaning of Avicii as ” the lowest level of Buddhist hell ( Avici ) “.
He started producing EDM ( Electronic Dance Music ) music at the age of sixteen. Avicii musical influences were Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz, with his previous work focusing on deep house and progressive house.
His debut album, True, which featured a blend of different music styles, including folktronica ( Folk and electronic music ), was released on the 13th of September 2013 to positive reviews in the music press. The lead single, ” Wake Me Up ” became a hugely successful release, hitting the Number One spot in many countries.
Due to health problems, Tim Bergling retired from touring in 2016 due to ill health and stress. On the 26th of October 2017, a documentary was released called Avicii: True Stories. Directed by Levan Tsikurishvili, it followed his troubled personal life and also his career as a DJ and producer. The documentary featured appearances from David Guetta, Wyclef Jean, Nile Rodgers, Tiësto and Chris Martin.
Tim Bergling was found dead in Muscat, the capital city of Oman, in the Persian Gulf, on the 20th of April 2018. He was buried on the 8th of June 2018 in his birth city of Stockholm, Sweden.
To date, Avicii’s Album releases are two studio, one compilation, one Remix and one Mix album. He has also released four Extended Plays, forty-eight singles, one promotional single and twenty-nine music videos.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Avicii has won many awards including one American Music, one Billboard Music, two Echo Music ( Germany ), one International Dance Music, four MTV Video Music and World Music Awards.
Stories Album Track Listing:
1. Waiting for Love
2. Talk to Myself
3. Touch Me
4. Ten More Days
5. For a Better Day
6. Broken Arrows
7. True Believer
8. City Lights
9. Pure Grinding
10. Sunset Jesus
11. Can’t Catch Me
12. Somewhere in Stockholm
14. Gonna Love Ya