Avicii’s fortunes mirrored the money-spinning rise of electronic dance music

Dance music pioneer Tim Bergling, known by the stage name Avicii, was found dead yesterday (April 20) in Muscat, Oman. The Swedish superstar DJ was 28.

Avicii’s rapid rise to fame mirrored coincided with an explosion of interest in electronic dance music (EDM), fueled by streaming and live performances—revenue streams that the music industry increasingly relies on as album sales wane. Avicii’s 2011 hit “Levels” pushed the young DJ into the international spotlight, and 2013’s...

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