Aloe Blacc Explains Why He Didn't Receive Billing For Avicii's Hit 'Wake Me Up'

Before Aloe Blacc was acting in the new James Brown biopic "Get On Up," he both wrote and provided vocals for the ubiquitous 2013 EDM song "Wake Me Up."

Despite the song's exorbitant popularity, the only artist credited is Avicii, the record's producer. In a HuffPost Live interview on Thursday, the singer clued us in on why his name is noticeably absent from the platinum hit's billing.

"I came in with the lyrics and I just developed a melody, and we all thought it was something very strong," he recounted. "We finished the song that night as the acoustic version, then Avicii made the dance mix in a couple of days, and that's what we released to the world, and that was his release."

While Blacc admitted that it's "not advisable" for anyone to forego receiving credit -- and that "everyone deserves" it for their respective contributions -- he expressed joy for how well the song's been received by the masses.

"The song matters more than I do, and that's evident by how many people love the song," he said. "At the end of the day, when I'm dead and gone, the song will still live on. It doesn't matter -- I'm just lucky enough to be able to be the person to bring it into the world."

Watch more of Aloe Blacc's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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