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Visit Studio with Avicii, Alex Ebert in Uplifting ‘For a Better Day’ Video

Swedish DJ presents new take on single from second LP, ‘Stories’


Avicii presents a second video to accompany "For a Better Day," a track from his new album, 'Stories.'

Sean Eriksson

Avicii‘s sophomore LP Stories, out today, is gearing up to be more genre-defying than his 2013 debut, True. The Swedish DJ, born Tim Bergling, is now taking fans behind the scenes with a new clip for single “For a Better Day” featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes frontman Alex Ebert.

While the original clip for the track gave the piano-driven tune a more ominous overtone as it addressed child trafficking, “For a Better Day Part 2” shows a more upbeat side. From Ebert and Bergling writing and recording the song in a studio to Avicii playing it for massive festival crowds, the clip traces the song’s evolution.


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“For me, when I hear a song and [it’s] burrowed into my brain — I go to sleep humming it and can’t get it out or I wake up humming it and can’t get it out, and I want to curse the artist for putting it in my head — then that’s a good sign,” Bergling tells Rolling Stone. “I think that’s what this song and the piano part does to people. As you can see from the video, Alex was a blast to work with in the studio, and we had a lot of fun.”

Ebert is not the only special vocalist on Stories. Zac Brown sings on the country fried “Broken Arrows” and Chris Martin appears on “True Believer.” Other guests include Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost and Zak Abel.

In early September, Avicii postponed all remaining 2015 performances, citing “an overloaded summer schedule, the pressures of delivering his sophomore album Stories and his directorial debut on two music videos for new singles ‘For a Better Day’ and ‘Pure Grinding'” as impetuses for the cancellation, according to Billboard. In September of 2014, the DJ had cancelled all remaining tour dates for health reasons.

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