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Happy birthday Björk!

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Björk (born November 21, 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. She became popular in the 1990s after emerging with the Icelandic goth rock band KUKL and then pursuing a solo career. Her experimental music has taken root internationally, with some of her best known songs including "Human Behaviour" and "All Is Full of Love."

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Björk was born Björk Guðmundsdóttir in Reykjavík, Iceland to Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir and Guðmundur Gunnarsson. Bjork studied classical piano as a young child and earned national attention when a teacher sent a recording of her singing Tina Charles' hit "I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" to the only national radio station, RUV. This led to a recording contract with Fálkinn record label and her debut album, Björk (1977). It was a compilation of traditional Icelandic folk songs and Björk was only 11 years old.

During her teens, she formed a series of bands including punk band Spit and Snot, jazz fusion group Exodus, and later the band Jam-80, which became Tappi Tíkarrass.

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Eventually she began rehearsing with a goth rock band that came to be known as KUKL. This band toured Iceland and parts of the UK before collecting new members transforming into The Sugarcubes.

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The Sugarcubes' first hit was "Ammæli" ( "Birthday" in Icelandic). They soon signed with labels One Little Indian in the UK and Elektra Records in the United States. In 1988, they recorded their first album, Life's Too Good.

 

By 1993, The Sugarcubes split up and Björk moved to London to pursue her solo career. Her first solo hit was "Human Behaviour."

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Her second solo album, Post (1995) featured collaborations with trip-hop artist Tricky. Two incidents following this led her to leave the public eye briefly: first was when she assaulted a television reporter for trying to ambush her and her son for a live interview; the second was when she narrowly missed receiving a letter bomb from an obsessed fan which also included a videotape of the fan's suicide.

After a short hiatus, she returned with the albums Telegram (1997) and Homogenic (1997).

She appeared in the film Dancer in the Dark (2000), earning her the award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Her soundtrack to the film Selmasongs (2000) debuted at #41 on the charts. Her song "I've Seen It All" went on to be nominated for an Academy Award.

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Since then, she has produced the albums Medúlla (2004), Volta (2007) and Biophilia (2011). To this day, she is considered one of the foremost experimental musicians, criss-crossing in numerous genres, including alternative rock, jazz, electronic dance music, classical, and avant-garde.

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Additional Info

  • Birthday Date: Friday, 21 November 2014
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