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Björk

Born 21 November 1965.
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Bjork - Aeroplane (Later Archive 1993)

Bjork performs Aeroplane on Later... with Jools Holland in 1993.

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Biography

Björk (born 21 November 1965 as Björk Guðmundsdóttir) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. She initially became known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Sugarcubes, whose 1987 single "Birthday" was a hit on US and UK indie stations and a favorite among music critics. Björk began her career as a solo artist in 1993. Her first album, Debut, was rooted in electronic dance music, house, jazz, and trip-hop, and is widely credited as one of the first albums to introduce electronic dance music into mainstream pop. Now in the third decade of her solo career, Björk has developed an eclectic musical style that incorporates aspects of dance, rock, jazz, electronic, classical, and avant-garde music.

Björk has had 30 singles reach the Top 40 on pop charts around the world, with 22 Top 40 hits in the UK (including the Top 10 hits "It's Oh So Quiet" (#4), "Army of Me" (#10), and "Hyperballad" (#8)), 11 in Ireland, eight in Italy, four in France, and two in Australia. Additionally, "Big Time Sensuality", "Hyperballad", and " I Miss You" were number one Dance Hits in the US. Björk's record label, One Little Indian, reported that she had sold more than 15 million albums by 2003, and prior to the release of Biophilia in 2011, media outlets reported that Björk's first six studio albums had sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. In 2013, NME reported that Debut alone had sold 4.7 million copies worldwide.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Bastards

    Bastards 2012

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Bastards’ crew of contemporary producers turn in 13 commendably original remixes.
  2. Review of Biophilia

    Biophilia 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    An amazing, inventive and wholly unique eighth album from an artist without peer.
  3. Review of Volta

    Volta 2007

    Reviewed by Louis Pattison
    Joyful, expressive, brave, intelligent: in short, another great Bjork album.
  4. Review of Medúlla

    Medúlla 2004

    Reviewed by David Hooper
    Whereas previous albums like 'Vespertine' were real growers, some people may lose...
  5. Review of Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits 2002

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    Relive the snapshots of Björk's confessionals, quirks like throwing things off...
  6. Review of Vespertine

    Vespertine 2001

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    The effect throughout is unapologetically beautiful, totally immersive and often...
  7. Review of Post

    Post 1995

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Post’s imperially audacious design qualifies it as a timeless classic.
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