Fans of Avicii who were looking forward to seeing him perform live before the year is out are going through different levels of disappointment. The 25-year-old Swedish DJ announced Wednesday he won't be performing live again until 2016, but he followed up this announcement by releasing two new music videos.
Citing the need for a "well-deserved break," Avicii (born Tim Bergling) postponed his remaining 2015 tour dates, Billboard reports. The "Levels" artist was set to appear at XS and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas, Storm Festival in Shanghai and Japan's Fuji-Ku Conifer Forest and Maishima Special Stage.
Avicii reps told Billboard that an overloaded summer schedule, the pressures of putting out his sophomore album "Stories" and directing two music videos for the first time are what contributed to the decision. A day after postponing the remainder of his 2015 tour dates, Avicii released new videos for the songs "Pure Grinding" and "For A Better Day."
"I look forward to keep being innovative with my team in leading a bigger change than just with my music. In moving my tour promotional responsibilities to next year, I have a great opportunity to focus on myself and spend time trying to grow up in a way I never got the chance to – normal, or as normal as it could get," Avicii said in a statement to Billboard.
Avicii will release his new album "Stories" on Oct. 2. "Stories" will be his second full-length album, following 2013's "True." It will have 14 tracks and feature several big artists, including Chris Martin of Coldplay, the Zac Brown Band and Martin Garrix, according to Music Times. The Swedish DJ finished more than 130 new tracks before picking the 14 for the album. Some of these tracks could be used for another new record at a later date.
This isn't the first time he has had to cancel live shows. According to Rolling Stone, Avicii was hospitalized for 11 days with acute pancreatitis in 2012, and in March 2013, he had to cancel his Ultra Music Festival appearance in Miami to have his gallbladder and ruptured appendix removed. He also had to cancel the remainder of his shows in September 2014 due to lingering effects from the surgery.
You can see both of Avicii's new music videos, which he also directed, below: