Avicii Announces Retirement…At 26!
Avicii, the Swedish DJ best known for his hits "Wake Me Up" and "Levels", announced via his website that when his current tour wraps up, he's retiring from touring and live performances.
The 26-year-old, who's been making music since he was 18, composed a letter to the public, in which he said, “I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them. Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.”
He added, “I will however never let go of music — I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang. One part of me can never say never, I could be back ... but I won’t be right back.”
Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, has made Forbes' list of highest-paid DJs four years in a row, making an estimated $75 million over that time.