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28 AUGUST 2015 (Toronto, ON) Avicii, global superstar who helped redefined the boundaries of contemporary dance music with his debut, award-winning album TRUE in 2013, is set to release his much-anticipated follow-up album, STORIES on October 2 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Comprised of 14 new original tracks, including lead album single “Waiting For Love”, a track that peaked at #1 on iTunes in 22 countries earlier this summer, STORIES represents a natural progression in Avicii’s unique, ever-blossoming sound. An exciting new double single from the album, "Pure Grinding" / "For A Better Day”, was also released today.

“Pure Grinding” / “For A Better Day” on Spotify

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With TRUE boasting some incredible figures – selling over 5 million copies worldwide, charting at #1 on iTunes in a mammoth 84 countries, and featuring the fastest-selling single of 2013 with “Wake Me Up!”, Avicii has worked tirelessly to make STORIES an equally trailblazing record. “All the songs have a story I wanted to tell,” says the two-time Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and DJ (aka Tim Bergling). The new music on STORIES is informed by Bergling’s experiences since the release of TRUE; experiences which vary radically, from the elation of playing for 80,000 hometown fans in Stockholm and selling 500,000 tickets on his ‘True’ Tour, to having an illness that necessitated the cancellation of a year’s worth of tour dates. Rather than making a total departure from TRUE, the new album builds on it. Bergling says STORIES “refines what I didn’t feel was perfect last time. I think there are more layers to the songs than before, and every song has been written on acoustic guitar, so the structure is different.” Where much of his work on TRUE saw Avicii meld together acoustic instrumentation with contemporary electronic sounds, on STORIES he pushes this remit even further without sacrificing any of the anthemic, uplifting qualities that have come to define his music so resonantly. Lead single “Waiting For Love”, already an international chart hit, is a case in point, joining the dots between TRUE and STORIES perfectly. Big and bright on impact, the playful, dizzying melodies and emotive vocal hooks play to all Avicii’s strengths, while offering a glance at what the rest of the album has to offer. Avicii’s willingness to experiment is a defining influence right across STORIES too, none more so than on the soulful, jazz-slanted “Touch Me” and on the metallic, hip hop flavours of “Pure Grinding” – both a testament to how much his outlook has continued to evolve over the last two years. Guest vocals feature Coldplay’s Chris Martin, a standout collaborator on emphatic, feel-good single “True Believer”, and Wyclef Jean lending his trademark vocals to the heartfelt guitar melodies of “You Can’t Catch Me”. Tying together his own ‘stories,’ Avicii even pays homage to his hometown on the beautifully mellow, dreamy pop of “Somewhere In Stockholm” – a track that gives the album a strong, personal reference point. With “Waiting For Love” now having already amassed well over 135 million streams via Spotify since its release, STORIES feels well-positioned to be received as one of the defining albums of 2015. A triumph in every sense, it builds on the groundbreaking impact of TRUE and feeds into the buzz that has seen Avicii become the 10th most streamed artist on Spotify in history, confirming his status as one of the world’s most influential dance music artists of his generation. 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 13. Trouble 14. Gonna Love Ya For more information on Avicii, please visit: