You need flash!
no cover -  

Björk

electronic alternative experimental female vocalists icelandic

    Björk Guðmundsdóttir, (born 21 November 1965 in Reykjavík, Iceland) known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and occasional actress. Her musical career began when she was eleven with her study of classical piano in elementary school. One of her instructors sent a recording of Björk singing Tina Charles' song I Love to Love to RÚV, then the only radio station in Iceland. The recording was broadcast on national radio - after hearing it, a representative of the Fálkinn label contacted Guðmundsdóttir, to offer a record contract, and Björk was recorded and released in 1977. In November 1979, her eponymous first album was released; the record contained covers of several pop songs, including the The Fool on the Hill and boasted artwork from her mother and guitar work from her stepfather. Björk became a hit within Iceland and was not released in any other country.

    Björk's musical tastes were changed by the punk revolution of the late '70s; in 1979, she formed a post-punk group called Exodus and, in the following year, she sang in Jam 80.

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

    Afterward, Björk collaborated with Einar Örn Benediktsson and Einar Melax from Purrkur Pillnikk, and Guðlaugur Óttarsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson, and Birgir Mogensen from Þeyr. After writing songs and rehearsing for two weeks, the new band, KUKL ("sorcery" in Icelandic), developed a sound described as . Björk began to show indications of her trademark singing style, which was punctuated by howls and shrieks.

    KUKL toured Iceland with anarchist UK punk band, Crass, and later visited the UK in a series of performances with Flux of Pink Indians. They produced two albums as a result of these collaborations: The Eye in 1984, and Holidays in Europe 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 KUKL and the surrealist group, Medusa, got together to create the arts collective Smekkleysa (Bad Taste). They created a musical division, a band again called KUKL, but soon changed the name to The Sugarcubes.

    Björk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the Icelandic sextet the The Sugarcubes, but when she launched a solo career after the group's 1992 demise, she quickly eclipsed her old band's popularity. Instead of following in the Sugarcubes' arty guitar rock styles, Björk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggest names in the genre, including Nellee Hooper, Underworld, and Tricky. Debut, her first solo effort (except for an Icelandic-only smash released when she was just 11 years old), not only established her new artistic direction, but it became an international hit, making her one of the '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's Too Good, became a British and American hit in 1988. For the next four years, the group maintained a successful cult following in the U.K. and the U.S. while they were stars within Iceland. During 1990, Björk recorded a set of jazz standards and originals with an Icelandic bebop group called Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar. The album, Gling-Gló, was released only in Iceland. By 1992, tensions between Björk and Einar had grown substantially, which resulted in the band splitting apart.

    Following the breakup of the group, Björk moved to London, where she began pursuing a dance-oriented solo career. The previous year, she had sung on Ooops, which sparked her interest in club and house music. She struck up a working relationship with Nellee Hooper, a producer who had formerly worked with Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. The first result of their partnership was Human Behaviour which was released in June of 1993. "Human Behaviour" became a Top 40 hit in the U.K., setting the stage for the surprising number three debut of the full-length album, Debut. Throughout 1993, Björk had hit U.K. singles – including Venus as a Boy, Big Time Sensuality, and the non-LP Play Dead, a collaboration with David Arnold taken from the film Young Americans – as well as modern rock radio hits in the U.S. She earned rave reviews in both countries. At the end of the year, NME magazine named Debut the album of the year. Additionally, she won BRIT Awards for 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 Graham Massey, and Howie B of Mo' Wax Records. She also released a remix EP, co-wrote the title track for Bedtime Stories, and performed on MTV Unplugged that same year. Army of Me, the first single from Björk's forthcoming album, Post, was released as a teaser single in the spring of 1995. It debuted at number ten in the U.K. and became a moderate alternative rock hit in the U.S. Post, her second full-length solo album, was released in June of 1995 and garnered positive reviews. It peaked at number two in the U.K. and number 32 in the U.S. Post matched its predecessor in terms of sales and praise, going gold in the U.S. and helping her earn her second BRIT Award for Best International Female Artist. It yielded the British hit singles Isobel (#23), It's Oh So Quiet (#4) and Hyperballad (#8). Despite her commercial success in the UK, her singles 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. Its American release 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 Palme d'Or-winning Dancer in the Dark. Selmasongs, her score for the film, reunited Björk with her Homogenic collaborator, Mark Bell, and arrived in Fall 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 with electronic duo Matmos, 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, and a performance of its first 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 featured contributions from Will Oldham. Bjork also starred in the film, which would never see a DVD release and is only viewable in select art museums.

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

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

    Her latest album, Vulnicura, was released on January 20, 2015, to rave reviews.

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

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


    Björk 8d2d5238fd8eb55cb51e915df66419fb Björk 4997929a3d1b04b09b3c46674a7cc19b Björk d52a790656bf4094a57828fc4b822fe5 Björk 7eeb8b451d9a4c089e6ea540a308c030 Björk 3e49f9af1352669affa6c12727de183c Björk fb7276f52fd34ccb9de21f4b81637604 Björk 21008de6ecef8d9b8abcf7b93cead416 Björk 89eb2719e32a4e2bce357ce702878ba2 Björk 2952e27f7c5f48d4c8a38c42c0500a5a Björk a33c82a4c6eb4d6babded772ab18cfba Björk 649c94b2aa8d47098cf6c370bea8821d Björk ba212d52466a4298af5b4dfce2c05a28 Björk a18e9f0f7ca64da9aa8724b39e6b350c Björk df94d71f4e709b26a73fe87eb794f13b Björk 0e5f181dbc154642a583b54a0bdf429f Björk 07d94396d0e041f6bf5215877849d3f5 Björk ada89716cef149a08a19596792008e06 Björk b8797d65836c4e56b5ed13b63e97c0bf Björk ce1e2fdd894b42fa93414efe896fd1db Björk fddc32b3cc664d20af7ad86a504d6e00 Björk 1e45bbeae33f4968b4474fbbb3c6bc84 Björk 648e0ec8800642a0b483c794dd33fe66 Björk cd237e511d7c416b85018830ee38ea81 Björk a0dc1e0e0dd84c2587b1616daa2a22b2 Björk c8b3c5696e054ab6a90c5d52244490c9 Björk cc1f05fcb79a4d37b7a6496c4181f86b Björk ff6c982d989247ef9aa4b065572c94b1 Björk ac7ef95802acd261b2a873124a6731f2 Björk 9207460ccfdc41da91bc18c30ab51933 Björk 61396b1f645b4c0eaf2117e5029060b7 Björk e2e879dc128a4c529edf454c8fe3338c Björk 06f40ac9d7b84ff8a7c605ddc83d0dc2 Björk 571f025052ae4a41bf74aec482edb097 Björk 45705a702d3147bcbb320fbbea4c2302 Björk 4efbc0cb96544d1bcd49a236bb284104 Björk f27e195ef17d4d5fcd2b02b021335b3b Björk cceb5e2983fc4cc7af23cbb810389d4b Björk 061e0a0d9435491593f12c6682babdc8 Björk 80972fd3b27c4df1b8e5b8dd4e7d91cd Björk 7e572e60e3096a8555d8d881643ba571
    TOPlist