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 Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965), known as Björk, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Her musical style is eclectic and she has achieved recognition in alternative rock, jazz, electronic dance music, classical, and avant-garde.

Three of Björk's 1990s singles charted in the UK Top 10 ("It's Oh So Quiet" reached number 4, "Army of Me" number 10, and "Hyperballad" number 8). Her record label, One Little Indian, reported that by 2003, she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has won four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, one MOJO Award, three UK Music Video Awards, and, in 2010, the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her "deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice."

Björk has also been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards (plus two for art direction on her album sleeves, done by others), one Academy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. She won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Dancer in the Dark. She was ranked twenty-ninth in VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Music", eighth in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music", and sixtieth in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".

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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.