Avicii

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No matter whether you love all forms of house music or you're a purist who shies away from the mainstream, you have to admire Avicii. Five years ago, aged 18, he was in his bedroom in Stockholm, listening to Eric Prydz and Swedish House Mafia, being bugged by friends to upload his demos on to the internet. Luckily, he listened. Music bloggers took to his sound and he was picked up by legendary producers Tiësto and Pete Tong, bringing him both a residency in Privilege Ibiza and release of his first single ManMan under Tong's label.

By 2010, remixes for Dizzee Rascal and Robyn were in the bag and things were looking good for the Scandinavian sensation. Seek Bromance, a summery vocal-led single became his first mainstream hit, reaching the top 10 in various countries across Europe.

Avicii became a household name in 2011 with the release of hit single Le7els proving a master class in danceable house, with a divine sampling of Etta James' Something's Got a Hold on Me giving the song a euphoric and timeless quality. It also spawned a suspiciously similar song by Flo Rida (albeit with rap) – Good Feeling – the following year, which essentially boosted Avicii's popularity anyway. At least he was credited on Rida's song because it seemed to have eluded Leona Lewis' record company when it came to her 2011 single Collide, which sampled Avicii's Fade into Darkness without his permission. We doubt she's on his Christmas list this year.

Avicii now has a staggering 28 singles under his belt, including recent hits Silhouettes and his fan-sourced project X You. His US arena tour last year saw impressive visuals, smoke, fire and a 35ft flying head complete with LEDs aplenty. Ergo: expect to be entertained to the max this fortnight when the DJ hits our city with his tunes, his style and that face. Anna Cummins

Star Hall Fri June 14

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