DJ Avicii recorded 'at least 10' songs with Nile Rodgers before his death

Tim Bergling, AKA Avicii, onstage in California, 2014
Tim Bergling, AKA Avicii, onstage in California, 2014 Credit: FilmMagic

Nile Rodgers recorded an album's worth of unreleased songs with the late DJ Tim Bergling – who performed under the stage name Avicii – shortly before the Swedish artist's death in April.

"Between Avicii and me, there’s at least 10," Rodgers told The Sun.

Rodgers, the 66-year-old hitmaker who produced David Bowie's Let's Dance and Madonna's Like a Virgin, had previously worked with Avicii on his 2013 track Lay Me Down.

“We laughed all the time," Rodgers said. "I used to say, ‘You put Tim and I in a room and we can do the entire Top 20 in, like, two or three weeks’.

“I’ve just been contacted about putting out my stuff, but I’ve got to see how it is because I was very close to Tim and the music we didn’t put out was extraordinary. He was blown away, as was I.

“But, because of what I know, which I will not talk about, I want to make sure that whatever work I do would be to the benefit of the people Tim would want that project to benefit.”

Bergling was just 28 years old when he died on April 20. In a statement issued later that month, his family said: "He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace."

Rodgers today releases a new album with his rock-funk band Chic, 26 years on from the group's last record.

Speaking to The Telegraph earlier this month, Rodgers said he felt his contribution to other artists' hit records had sometimes been overlooked.

"You make a record with someone like Bowie, who has got this mega-talent, this super-persona, but has never sold more than a couple of million records [for an individual album], then you come in and sell 11 million records," he said. "All of a sudden you see Nile's name get smaller and smaller."