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Bjork

Björk is a mononym of Björk Guðmundsdóttir (b. 21 Nov 1965), an Icelandic singer-songwriter, composer, music producerandoccasionalactress, whose work includes eight solo albums and two film soundtracks.

She is known for including elements of rock, jazz, electronic, classical, industrial, ethereal wave and trip-hop music in herwork. Hervoice hasalso been acclaimed for its distinctive qualities. In 2010, she won the Polar Music Prize in recognition ofher "deeply personalmusic and lyrics,her precise arrangements and her unique voice".

Her record label, One Lit ...read more

Björk is a mononym of Björk Guðmundsdóttir (b. 21 Nov 1965), an Icelandic singer-songwriter, composer, music producerandoccasionalactress, whose work includes eight solo albums and two film soundtracks.

She is known for including elements of rock, jazz, electronic, classical, industrial, ethereal wave and trip-hop music in herwork. Hervoice hasalso been acclaimed for its distinctive qualities. In 2010, she won the Polar Music Prize in recognition ofher "deeply personalmusic and lyrics,her precise arrangements and her unique voice".

Her record label, One Little Indian, reported in 2003 that she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She hasbeennominated for 13Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards (including one for acting). For herperformancein Dancer in the Dark,Björk won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. She was ranked #36on VH1’s "The 100Greatest Women in Rock and Roll"and #8 on MTV’s "22 Greatest Voices in Music".

Björk was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her musical career began when she was eleven with her study of classicalpianoinelementary school. One of her instructors sent a recording of Björk singing Tina Charles’ song 'I Love to Love to RÚV',then the onlyradiostation in Iceland. The recording was broadcast on national radio - after hearing it, a representative of theFálkinn labelcontactedGuðmundsdóttir, to offer a record contract, and Björk was recorded and released in 1977. In November1979, hereponymous first album wasreleased; the record contained covers of several pop songs, including 'The Fool on theHill' and boastedartwork from her mother and guitarwork from her stepfather. Björk became a hit within Iceland and was notreleased in any othercountry.

Björk’s musical tastes were changed by the punk revolution of the late ’70s; in 1979, she formed a post-punk group calledExodusand, in thefollowing year, she sang in Jam 80.

In her teens, Björk was influenced by punk; at 14 she formed the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot, shortly followed by thejazz fusiongroup,Exodus in 1979. In 1980 she graduated from music school. In 1981 she and bassist Jakob Magnússon formedanother bandcalled Jam-80,which later became Tappi Tíkarrass (which means "Cork the Bitch’s Ass" in Icelandic), andreleased an extended single,'Bítið Fast í Vítið' in thesame year. Their next album, Miranda, was released in 1983.

Afterward, Björk collaborated with Einar Örn Benediktsson and Einar Melax from Purrkur Pillnikk, and GuðlaugurÓttarsson,SigtryggurBaldursson, and Birgir Mogensen from Þeyr. After writing songs and rehearsing for two weeks, the newband, KUKL("sorcery" in Icelandic),developed a sound described as gothic rock. Björk began to show indications of hertrademark singing style,which was punctuated by howlsand shrieks.

KUKL toured Iceland with anarchist UK punk band, Crass, and later visited the UK in a series of performances with Flux ofPinkIndians. Theyproduced two albums as a result of these collaborations: The Eye in 1984, and Holidays InEurope in 1986,both on Crass Records.

The band was eventually dissolved, in part due to the closure of their label, Gramm. In mid-1986, several members of KUKLand thesurrealistgroup, Medusa, got together to create the arts collective Smekkleysa (Bad Taste). They created a musicaldivision, a bandagain called KUKL,but soon changed the name to The Sugarcubes.

Björk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the avant-pop Icelandic sextet the The Sugarcubes, but whenshelaunched asolo career after the group’s 1992 demise, she quickly eclipsed her old band’s popularity. Instead of following intheSugarcubes’ arty guitarrock styles, Björk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggestnames in thegenre, including Nellee Hooper,Underworld, and Tricky. Debut, her first solo effort (except for an Icelandic-only smash releasedwhen she was just 11 years old), notonly established her new artistic direction, but it became aninternational hit, making her one ofthe ’90s most unlikely stars.

The Sugarcubes became one of the rare Icelandic bands to break out of their native country when their debut album, Life'sTooGood,became a British and American hit in 1988. For the next four years, the group maintained a successful cultfollowing in theU.K. and the U.S.while they were stars within Iceland. During 1990, Björk recorded a set of jazz standardsand originals with anIcelandic bebop group calledBjörk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar. The album, Gling-Gló, was released only inIceland. By 1992, tensions betweenBjörk and Einar had grown substantially, which resulted in theband splitting apart.

Following the breakup of the group, Björk moved to London, where she began pursuing a dance-oriented solo career. Thepreviousyear, shehad sung on 'Ooops', which sparked her interest in club and house music. She struck up a workingrelationship with NelleeHooper, a producerwho had formerly worked with Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. The first result oftheir partnership was HumanBehaviour which wasreleased in June of 1993. The title track became a Top 40 hit in theU.K., setting the stage for the surprisingnumber three debut of the full-length album, Debut. Throughout 1993, Björk hadhit U.K. singles — including 'Venus as a Boy','Big Time Sensuality', and the non-LP'Play Dead', a collaboration with DavidArnold taken from the film Young Americans — as wellas modern rock radio hits in the U.S. She earnedrave reviews in bothcountries. At the end of the year, NME magazine namedDebut the album of the year. Additionally, she won BRITAwardsfor both International Female Solo Artist and Newcomer.Debut went gold in the U.S. and platinum in the U.K.

During 1994, Björk was relatively quiet as she recorded her second album with Nellee Hooper, Tricky, 808 State’s GrahamMassey,and Howie Bof Mo’ Wax Records. She also released a remix EP, co-wrote the title track for Bedtime Stories, andperformed on MTVUnplugged that sameyear. 'Army Of Me', the first single from Björk’s forthcoming album, Post, wasreleased as a teaser singlein the spring of 1995. Itdebuted at number ten in the U.K. and became a moderate alternativerock hit in the U.S. Post, hersecond full-length solo album, wasreleased in June of 1995 and garnered positive reviews.It peaked at number two in the U.K. andnumber 32 in the U.S. Post matched itspredecessor in terms of sales andpraise, going gold in the U.S. and helping her earnher second BRIT Award for Best International FemaleArtist. It yielded theBritish hit singles 'Isobel' (#23), 'It's Oh So Quiet' (#4) and'Hyperballad' (#8). Despite her commercial success in theUK, hersingles failed to make much headway on American radio or MTV.

In late 1996, she released Telegram, an album of radically different remixes of the entire Post album, in the U.K.ItsAmericanrelease followed in January 1997.

Homogenic was released on 23 September 1997 and spawned many remix releases in the next few years to follow.

In the spring of 2000, she was named Best Actress by jurors at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in Lars von Trier’s Palmed’Or. winningDancer in the Dark. Selmasongs, her score for the film, reunited Björk with her Homogeniccollaborator, Mark Bell,and arrived inFall of 2000, just in time for Dancer in the Dark’s U.S. release.

The full-length follow-up, Vespertine, was released one year later. Verspertine featured collaborations withelectronic duoMatmos,who handled intricate micro-beats while Björk layered her voice in melodic, lyrical passages.

She released a Greatest Hits collection and the Family Tree box set late in 2002.

After performing a few dates in 2003, Björk worked on her all-vocals and vocal samples-based album, Medúlla, andaperformance of itsfirst single, 'Oceania', at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

The soundtrack to Drawing Restraint 9, a film by multimedia artist Matthew Barney, arrived in 2005 and also featuredcontributionsfrom WillOldham. Bjork also starred in the film, which would never see a DVD release and is only viewable inselect art museums.

Her next album, Volta, was released on 8 May 2007. Volta features collaborations with Timbaland, Mark Bell, andAntonyHegarty ofAntony and the Johnsons. The album’s first single, 'Earth Intruders', was released digitally on 9 April 2007.

Her most recent album, Biophilia, was released on the 5th of October, 2011, with Björk and 16bit producing.

She also sang on the contemporary classical composer John Tavener’s piece Prayer Of The Heart. « hide

Similar Bands: Portishead, The Sugarcubes, K.U.K.L., Kate Bush, Bjork and Trio Gudmundar Ingolfssonar

LPs
Vulnicura
2015

3.9
544 Votes
Biophilia
2011

3.7
620 Votes
Volta
2007

3.3
589 Votes
Medulla
2004

3.7
712 Votes
Vespertine
2001

4.3
1,098 Votes
Homogenic
1997

4.4
1,617 Votes
Post
1995

4.1
1,190 Votes
Debut
1993

3.9
1,026 Votes
Bjork
1977

2.3
85 Votes
EPs
Earth Intruders
2008

3.6
16 Votes
Live Albums
Vulnicura Live
2015

4.6
8 Votes
Biophilia Live
2014

4.4
20 Votes
Voltaic
2009

4
39 Votes
Live Box
2003

4.1
28 Votes
Live at the Royal Opera House [DVD]
2002

4.8
14 Votes
MTV Unplugged / MTV Live [DVD]
2002

4.6
10 Votes
Compilations
Vulnicura Strings
2015

4.2
10 Votes
Bastards
11/19/2012

3.3
30 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part Eight
11/12/2012

3
2 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part Seven
07/09/2012

3.6
4 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part Six
06/25/2012

3.5
4 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part Five
06/11/2012

3.6
4 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part Four
05/28/2012

3.4
4 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part Three
05/14/2012

3.5
5 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part Two
04/30/2012

3.6
6 Votes
Biophilia Remixes - Part One
04/16/2012

3.4
4 Votes
Innocence
2008

3.5
6 Votes
(____surrounded):
2006

4.1
8 Votes
Drawing Restraint 9
2005

2.8
65 Votes
Army Of Me: Remixes and Covers
2005

2.4
6 Votes
Greatest Hits
2002

4.3
92 Votes
Family Tree
2002

3.6
15 Votes
Selmasongs
2000

3.6
176 Votes
Joga
1997

4
31 Votes
Telegram
1997

3.4
67 Votes

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