It’s been just over two years since the late electronic artist known as Avicii initially announced his retirement from touring, and just over two weeks since the industry was saddened with news of his untimely passing. In addition to releasing numerous chart-topping dance hits in both his native Sweden and here in the U.S. during his short career, he was also able to build an empire of earnings reportedly up to $100 million by the time of his death. Avicii, who’s real name was Tim Bergling, didn’t just give his millions of fans around the world with some really fun music to dance along to, but he also provided plenty of funds from his concert earnings to fight world hunger during his short time in the spotlight.
As the anti-poverty charitable organization Global Citizen reports, Avicii’s 2012 “House for Hunger” Tour earned enough to allow him to donate $1 million from the 27-show run. A year later he would go on to provide the Swedish organization Radiohjälpen with €1 million in hopes of fighting hunger and widespread malnutrition in his home country. An original promotional poster for the DJ’s tour can be seen below.
“I discovered when I started making money that I didn’t really need it,” Avicii once said about how earning a fortune didn’t deter his desire to help other. “When you have such an excess of money you don’t need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need.”
World hunger wasn’t the only humanitarian issue that Bergling looked to help during his short career. Page Six also points out that Acivii made his directorial debut back in 2015 with his music videos for "For a Better Day" and "Pure Grinding." Both featured themes that brought attention to child trafficking and gang violence. The video for the latter can be watched in full above.
“All the songs have a story I wanted to tell,” Avicii told Billboard upon the arrival of the two videos back in the fall of 2015. “The promise of a better life often traps families and children into being used as tools for some of the most despicable people on earth. It’s an issue about which I hope to start a louder discussion, especially now with the huge number of families on the move from war torn countries looking for safety and shelter.”