The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Entertainment & Events

September 23, 2013

Avicii fuses electronic music, country on debut

NEW YORK (AP) — When Avicii debuted his electronic-country fusion at the Ultra Music Festival in March, he was met with criticism. Months later, he said the controversy helped him.

“People’s expectations were just lowered so much. Country and house? This has got to be a joke,” the DJ-producer said in a recent interview. “Once you get over the fact that it’s country and house, just listen to it as music, a lot of people realized it’s pretty good.”

“Wake Me Up” is Avicii’s proof. The upbeat folk tune has topped the charts around the world. It has peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, where the song is platinum.

Avicii, born Tim Bergling in Sweden, fuses many genres on his debut album, “True,” released this week. The 24-year-old prefers the term folk over country, and believes folk and electronic music aren’t so different.

“(Folk is) really stripped down and it’s not as complicated as a lot of other things, so to put a 4/4 beat under it and play around and add synths, it really wasn’t hard,” he said. “I never felt like I was forcing anything at all, it just felt completely natural, otherwise, I never would have done it.”

His next single, “You Make Me,” is following in the footsteps of the ultra-successful “Wake Me Up,” which was co-written with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and Aloe Blacc, who sings on the monster tune.

The back-to-back hits come as no surprise: Avicii has been one of the world’s top DJs since his song “Le7els” took off internationally in 2011. He’s constantly booked to headline festivals around the world, and he’s had success releasing singles like “I Could Be the One” and “Silhouettes” in various territories.

Text Only
Entertainment & Events
  • Bieber seeks delay in Fla. DUI trial

    Justin Bieber is seeking a delay in his trial currently scheduled to begin next month on Florida charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

    The 20-year-old pop singer's lawyers filed a motion Monday saying they need more time to prepare their case. Bieber's trial is set for May 5 in Miami.

    April 22, 2014

  • Cyrus Cyrus ill, postpones U.S. tour, resumes in August NEW YORK -- Miley Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August. Cyrus' representative tells The Associated Press that the singer will resume the U.S. tour Au

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Box Office 'Capt. America' tops box office LOS ANGELES -- Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp's new movie. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" added another $26 million to i

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prince reaches agreement with music label

    Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.

    Warner Bros. announced Friday it had reached an agreement with the pop icon, who was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, during which time he released key projects like "Purple Rain," ''1999," ''Diamonds and Pearls" and "Around the World in a Day."

    Financial terms weren't disclosed.

    April 19, 2014

  • Boondocks 'Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season NEW YORK -- The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact. A future episode even spoofs "Breaking Bad." The weekly episode

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marquez Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 MEXICO CITY -- Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Search for Chicago site for George Lucas museum

    As Yoda might say: A site for a museum you must find.

    Those are the marching orders Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving a dozen civic leaders as the city searches for a potential location for an interactive museum to house filmmaker George Lucas' collection of art and filmmaking memorabilia.

    April 17, 2014

  • Obit Phillip Hayes Dean [Duplicate] Playwright Dean dies NEW YORK -- Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. He w

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on 'The View'

    Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on "The View": She's engaged to Donnie Wahlberg.

    McCarthy raised her hidden left hand from behind the desk, revealing an engagement ring.

    April 16, 2014

  • All 'View' co-hosts will salute Barbara Walters

    ABC's "The View" will gather all 11 past and present co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters as she retires from daily television.

    The network said Wednesday the first-ever reunion will air live on the May 15 episode of "The View," the day before Walters says goodbye as series co-host.

    April 16, 2014

Facebook
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.