Meet Aloe Blacc, The Voice Behind Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”

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International DJ Avicii teamed up with formerly unknown artist, Aloe Blacc, for a song that has gone on to become the number one song in 102 countries.

“Wake Me Up” was released in the UK in July and in 45 minutes of its release was number one on iTunes. Today the single is the fastest selling single of 2013 knocking the record breaking “Blurred Lines” to number 2.

This morning, Aloe Blacc released the timely video for the acoustic version “Wake Me Up,” in which the singer’s soulful voice is overlaid upon the story of a day laborer family striving for a better life and struggling to be united across borders. Blacc teamed up with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network which comprises of more than 40 organizations across the country working to improve the lives of day laborers. The video already has close to 30K views on YouTube.

Blacc recently announce his new album “Lift Your Spirit” will be released in the US in early 2014.

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NCLR)