NERVO Is Remaking Its Unreleased Avicii Collab Without ‘Tim’s Chords or Parts’

Liv Nervo explains the duo is reworking its Avicii collaboration "Let Me Show You Love (Don't Give Up On Us)" to remove Avicii's parts, due to clearance issues.

NERVO Is Remaking Its Unreleased Avicii Collab Without ‘Tim’s Chords or Parts’

Liv Nervo, one half of the NERVO sisters, recently revealed in an interview that the Australian duo was in motion to complete a decade-old Avicii collaboration called “Let Me Show You Love (Don’t Give Up On Us).” But due to rights holdings, she tells Billboard, the project in motion appears to be more a remake of the song than a release of the known version, and will not include any of Avicii’s contributions.

“It’s a completely new track,” Liv Nervo says. “None of Tim’s chords or parts are being used.”

This explanation adds context to a May 8 interview between Liv Nervo and Mexico-based DJ and journalist Trino Treviño, who asked about plans for the old Avicii collab’s release.

Liz Nervo confirmed that the duo — she and her sister Mim — are currently working on “Let Me Show You Love (Don’t Give Up On Us),” noting that the, “We’re still working on the production, because we can’t get it right. It’s really difficult to get right, but it’s going to be amazing though.”

She continued by noting that there’s “so much pressure” involved in regards to working on “a record with so much history.”

A representative of the Avicii estate tells Billboard that the song in question is “absolutely not an Avicii track” and has not been approved for release by the late producer’s estate. A representative for NERVO confirms that the duo owns the song’s topline lyrics and melody, which they wrote for Avicii, while the Avicii estate retains ownership of the underlying composition.

“It isn’t an Avicii collab,” Liv Nervo explains to Billboard, “because his family won’t allow us so, we’re just remaking an old song we wrote which Tim did a track to. He called it ‘Enough Is Enough,’ but the original song is called ‘Let Me Show You Love.’”

Bootleg versions of the urgently bombastic EDM track exist under both names online, with a video of Avicii performing the song at Tomorrowland 2011 listed under “Enough Is Enough (Let Me Show You Love).” Both Liv and Mim Nervo can be seen singing along in the video.

The Avicii estate has previously confirmed that there is a large amount of unreleased Avicii music, although whether or not it will ever be released remains to be seen. The work on the 2019 posthumous Avicii album, Tim, was completed by several of producer’s closest collaborators who had been involved with the making of the music before the artist born Tim Bergling committed suicide on April 20, 2018.

“I get sad every time I work on it,” Liv Nervo continued in the May 8 interview with Treviño, “because to think what happened to him and what a genius he was — I wish he was alive and we could release it together.”

NERVO’s representative adds that “Let Me Show You Love (Don’t Give Up On Us)” will be a NERVO release “at some point in the future yet to be determined.”

Additional Reporting by Alexei Barrionuevo

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Sony Music Diversifies Digital Distribution in China With Tencent, NetEase Deals

Sony Music extended its distribution agreement with streaming platform Tencent Music, while entering into a new distribution deal with NetEase Cloud Music.

Sony Music Diversifies Digital Distribution in China With Tencent, NetEase Deals

Sony Music is making moves to diversify its digital distribution in China.

The major label has extended its distribution agreement with streaming platform Tencent Music Entertainment, while entering into a new distribution deal with NetEase Cloud Music, one of Tencent’s biggest competitors.

The distribution agreements come as Chinese regulators are reportedly planning to crack down on Tencent’s dominance in China and possibly force it to divest some of its streaming assets. Among regulators’ concerns have been exclusive catalog deals Tencent struck with major labels, which allowed the Chinese company to grow rapidly at the expense of its rivals.

Those deals have become less common in recent years. Tencent said Monday that the two companies extended a multi-year agreement in which TME will continue to make Sony’s music available across all its online platforms in mainland China, including QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music. The deal extends to Tencent’s live-streaming platforms and to WeSing, its online karaoke platform.

The Chinese company said that TME’s online platforms will also make Sony Music content available on connected devices such as smart speakers, televisions and in-car audio systems throughout mainland China.

Sony and Tencent did not comment on the length of the extension to their previous agreement. Sony and Tencent have had a distribution relationship in China since 2014.

“Extending our cooperation with SME was a natural next-step for us,” Cussion Pang, TME’s executive chairman, said in a statement. “We look forward to leveraging our strong distribution channels to explore new ways of music marketing and the promotion of new artists, as well as deepening our reach to Japanese pop culture fans in China.”

Also Monday, NetEase Cloud Music, another leading music streamer in China, said it was partnering with Sony, for the first time, to distribute to NetEase’s over 800 million registered users in mainland China. The deal’s “in-depth cooperation” also includes online karaoke and music vlogs.

Through the new partnership, Hangzhou-based NetEase said it was enhancing its selection of music from a range of global superstars and renowned artists in China, including G.E.M., Karen Mok, Jolin Tsai, A-Lin, Nana-Ouyang, Sophia Huang, Eric Chou and Evan Lin. Sony Music is also working to expand the reach of its catalog in China by working with NetEase to drive engagement from the users of its platform.

“We are pleased to be partnering with NetEase Cloud Music to further grow the availability of our music in China and increase the level of global investment in our roster of world class artists,” said Dennis Kooker, Sony’s president, global digital business and U.S. sales. “China is one of the most dynamic music markets in the world.”

NetEase Cloud Music, part of internet and video game giant NetEase Inc., has raised over $1.3 billion in the past two years. After completing a $600 million funding round in October of 2018 — investors included Baidu and Boyu Capital — the platform sold a minority stake to Chinese retail giant Alibaba last September for about $700 million.

Last year, NetEase Cloud Music partnered with Alibaba’s Xiami music streaming service to share their libraries, a move seen as a way for both platforms to strengthen themselves against Tencent. But in January, amid regulatory scrutiny of Alibaba and its billionaire founder Jack Ma, Alibaba said it was shuttering Xiami Music.

Tencent Holdings, TME’s parent, could be forced to pay more than 10 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) as part of a sweeping anti-trust action by China’s competition regulator, has reported. The government is looking to loosen the company’s stranglehold on the streaming market, which has tightened since Tencent acquired competitors Kuwo and Kogou in 2016.

TME’s three music services had 60.9 million paying users at the end of March (up 43% from the first quarter of 2020) and 615 million monthly active music users (down 6.4%), the company said Monday.

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