Over 4000 artists from more than 100 countries working together to create one song may sound like the next step towards world peace. Although that may be the case, what we are really talking about is the Avicii X You Collaboration. The project garnered over 12000 sound submissions over the course of seven weeks, making it the world’s largest music collaboration. Avicii sifted through those submissions to pick weekly finalists, and the public then voted amongst those people to choose which sounds would be included in the final song.
The project is a true testament to how interconnected the world is today and the power of crowd-sourcing. Entries came from countries ranging from Iceland to Botswana to Venezuela. “It’s so cool that people will be able to hear this track on the radio and know that they’ve all been part of creating it” Avicii said. “Five years ago, this would not have been possible and now we have the whole world collaborating. Thanks to everyone for joining in!”
The best part of the song isn’t even the extensive collaboration. All of the royalties from “X You” will go towards House for Hunger. Co-founded by Avicii and his business manager Ash Pournouri in 2011, the charity donates money to organizations throughout the world that directly help people who are battling hunger.