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Bjork

Björk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the avant pop Icelandic sextet 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 pretensions, 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 most unlikely stars of the '90s.

Though the title of Debut implied that it was Björk's first-ever solo project, she had actually been a professional vocalist since she was a child. When she was in elementary school in Reykjavik, she studied classical piano and, eventually, her teachers submitted a tape of her singing Tina Charles' "I Love to Love" to Iceland's Radio One. After "I Love to Love" was aired, a record label called Falkkin offered Björk a record contract. At the age of 11, her eponymous first album was released; the record contained covers of several pop songs, including the Beatles' "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 1981, Björk and Exodus bassist Jakob Magnusson formed Tappi Tikarrass, which released an EP, Bitid Fast I Vitid, on Spor later that year; it was followed by the full-length Miranda in 1983. Following Tappi Tikarrass, she formed the goth-tinged post-punk group KUKL with Einar Orn Benediktsson. KUKL released two albums, The Eye (1984) and Holidays in Europe (1986), on Crass Records before the band metamorphosed into the Sugarcubes in the summer of 1986.

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 Trio Gudmundar Ingolfssonar. 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 808 State's "Ooops," which sparked her interest in club and house music. Björk 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., and in both countries she earned rave reviews. At the end of the year, NME magazine named Debut the album of the year, while she won International Female Solo Artist and Newcomer at the BRIT Awards; 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 Madonna's "Bedtime Stories," and performed on MTV Unplugged that same year. "Army of Me," the first single from Björk's forthcoming album, 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 album, was released in June of 1995 to 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. Post yielded the British hit singles "Isobel" (number 23), "It's Oh So Quiet" (number four), and "Hyperballad" (number eight), yet her singles failed to make much headway on American radio or MTV. Late in 1996, Björk released Telegram, an album comprising radical remixes of the entire Post album, in the U.K.; Telegram was released in America in January 1997.

Homogenic, her most experimental studio effort to date, followed later that same year 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 the 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. She released a Greatest Hits collection and the Family Tree box set late in 2002. After performing a few dates in 2003, Björk geared up for a busy 2004, which included the release of her all-vocals and vocal samples-based album Medúlla and a performance of one of its songs, "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. Released in 2007, Volta returned to the more playful, percussive side of Björk's music and included collaborations with Timbaland, Toumani Diabaté, Antony Hegarty, and an all-female Icelandic choir. Her tour supporting the album was a lavish affair, as chronicled in the 2009 set Voltaic, which was released in sets ranging from a CD/DVD to limited multi-disc and vinyl editions.

While she was touring the world in support of Volta, Björk began work on her most ambitious project to date: Biophilia, an interactive exploration of humanity's relationships to sound and the universe that would also educate listeners/viewers about music theory and science. Initially envisioned as a musical house, then an IMAX film directed by Michel Gondry, Biophilia -- which took shape with the help of engineers, scientists, and video game designers -- was eventually released as a suite of apps for the iPad and iPhone. The album, which was also released on CD, arrived in October 2011. B**tards, a collection of Biophilia remixes, was released in Europe in late 2012 and in the U.S. in early 2013. Around that time, Björk launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund translating the Biophilia app for Android and Windows 8 platforms. Though the campaign was canceled after ten days, the app was translated to Android in July 2013. That month, she also appeared in When Björk Met Attenborough, a BBC Channel 4 documentary with Sir David Attenborough and scientist Oliver Sacks that related Biophilia to humanity's relationship with music.

In 2014, Björk contributed vocals to Death Grips' album N**gas on the Moon. She also continued the Biophilia project with a live concert film, Biophilia Live. Filmed at London's Alexandra Palace and featuring spectacular visuals, it was released theatrically and as DVD and Blu-ray sets that also included the live audio on CD. Late that year, it was announced that producers Arca and the Haxan Cloak collaborated on her upcoming album. Vulnicura, which traced the aftermath of Björk's relationship with Matthew Barney and harked back to the sounds of Vespertine and Homogenic, arrived in January 2015 after it was leaked ahead of its scheduled March release date. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Biophilia Remixes Part Five

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Track List: Cocoon (II)

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Track List: Biophilia Remixes Part Four

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Track List: Biophilia Remixes Part Two

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Track List: Cosmogony (Serban Ghenea Mix) - Single

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Track List: Crystalline (Radio Single)

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Track List: Earth Intruders (Radio Single)

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Track List: Moon (Single)

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Track List: Nattura (Radio Single)

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Track List: Pagan Poetry (I)

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Track List: Virus (Single)

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sleepiecat
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now that you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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Bjork is a former xmas buddy of mine. We would celebrate xmas on youtube.
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I remember watching The Professional in SF in 1994 with this song playing - the most prescient moment of my life! Thank you Bjork for capturing a moment in life that reminds us how precious we are in simply living and loving
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This is the artist page, by the way. Now look at MartyH's comment to see how it is done.
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No one asked you, Bryant. Who the hell put a T on the end of your first name?
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Love her
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Bjork has always been one of favorite artists. Her lyrics give a voice to my feelings and I admire her for her ability to select music elements that give her songs so much heart and soul.
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Best song to f**k too… actually this whole album is good to listen to after having sex for 7 hours.
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Musically like an old friend. The beautiful adventure of the Björk years... Queen envelope pusher, queen trailblazer. Acts like The Knife, MGMT, Florence & The Machine and Lady Gaga owe it to her. The music world is richer just because of her.
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Her music played a major roll in my life. Love you Bjork!
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I absolutely love Bjork. She does her own thing artistically and makes no apologies for it. It a world of conform or be an outsider she makes being an outsider not a bad thing. I can't get enough of Bjork.
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I've probably been listening to her since I was 7. I still love her, she goes down her own path and doesn't care about appealing to the masses.
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She is love for the cosmos... mmm!!! ♥♡♥
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Everything Bjork does is magick.
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Love her voice❤️❤️❤️
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Björk's just fantastic. Her music is so expressive and powerful! And that's not even covering her beautiful voice. Björk is truly one of the greatest musical artists in recent years.
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Ahhhhhhhh Joga........ . .
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Bjork puts me in a happy place!
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Dat hair doe
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Such an Angelic-Incl i n e d work of Absolute & Whimsical Beauty! She's the Greatest. Love All, MPSD
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As I have said before, in limited doses Bjork kicks a**!
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Omg
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Bjork is awesome
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Ya
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Love Bijork
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Yaaaa
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Love this song so much yaaaaaaaaa!
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OMG!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love Bjork, her work is ingenious.
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Very unique and profound style. A gorgeous artist
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oooohhh..Bjo r k . . . g o t it goin' on...origina l . . i n t e n s e . . a r t , baby, whether you like it or not.
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A tear falls, a star shoots across the sky, the moon sinks over the horizon
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Shut this twit up
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who is Ellie goulding??
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she's brilliant, a genius. she operates on another plane.
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alohakghi
Innovative and deeply emotional, Bjork operates on a level few can understand. Her creative perspective is lightyears ahead of the herd.
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She is simply Beautiful don't judge until you go to a show...made me a believer
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ttoups7
Awesome awesome awesome artistic and talented singer!!!!
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SHE IS HOT
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Ellie Goulding would not be here without Bjork. Two completely different styles, if you ask me. But you're not.
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People underestimat e Bjork! She really has some awesome pipes!
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beneamata
One of the most original and exhilarating musicians I have ever heard. Music that is always from the other side of the tracks and is always spot on wonderful.
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babyanaelisa
Ellie goulding is way better than bjork
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Elli Goulding has nothing on Bjork. Great musician.
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jeremymiguel 0
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually work
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I can't believe the album recorded when she was 11 is here! Unbelievable . It had always been this mythical album.
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pbrepholz
genius
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i love you Bjork always have
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Been a fan of Bjork for many years but never saw her in concert until recently. Even if you are a casual fan do your self a favor and go see her. I had an legitimate religious experience. Thank you Bjork.
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I had a time w it
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