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