Björk Biography (Wikipedia)
Björk Guðmundsdóttir ( (listen); born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, composer, actress, record producer, and DJ. Over her four-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning electronic, pop, experimental, classical, trip hop, IDM, and avant-garde music.
Born and raised in Reykjavík, she began her music career at age 11 and first gained international recognition 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 favourite among music critics. After the band's breakup, Björk embarked on a solo career in 1993, coming to prominence as a solo artist with albums such as Debut (1993), Post (1995), and Homogenic (1997), while collaborating with a range of artists and exploring a variety of multimedia projects.
Several of Björk's albums have reached the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, the most recent being Vulnicura (2015). Björk has had 31 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", "Army of Me", and "Hyperballad". She is reported to have sold between 20 and 40 million records worldwide as of 2015. She has won the 2010 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 was included in Time's 2015 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She was ranked both sixtieth and eighty-first in Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers and songwriters lists respectively. Björk also won five BRIT Awards, and has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards.
- How the arts can combat climate changehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0601kl6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0601kl6.jpg2018-03-04T10:01:00.000ZMary Anne is joined by Alison Tickell of Julie's Bicycle, a global charity that works to bridge the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0601k6p
How the arts can combat climate change
- Five music recommendations from Björkhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nd3wl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nd3wl.jpg2018-01-04T14:26:00.000ZFrom Anohni to Rihanna, here's who the legendary musician has been listening to recently.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05nlvp8
Five music recommendations from Björk
- Björk talks album titles, music consumption and more with Lauren Lavernehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ns66n.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ns66n.jpg2017-11-21T18:14:00.000ZThe Icelandic singer talks about her Utopian vision, amongst a range of other topics.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05nryxf
Björk talks album titles, music consumption and more with Lauren Laverne
- Björk has had a great idea for your new favourite dating apphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nnvln.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05nnvln.jpg2017-11-20T20:45:00.000ZThe singer explains why her new album has been described as 'a Tinder situation'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05nnsf9
Björk has had a great idea for your new favourite dating app
- Björk: "The generic concert is convenient but it's not the only way"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05n15s9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05n15s9.jpg2017-11-14T15:10:00.000ZBjörk ponders how she'd best like to hear a favourite singer's new material. Unsurprisingly, her preference is not for a common or garden radio play or gig.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05n14f6
Björk: "The generic concert is convenient but it's not the only way"
- Björk: “I thought I’d be doing your job”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05n14y0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05n14y0.jpg2017-11-14T15:02:00.000ZBjörk reveals her career back-up plan to Lauren Laverne: in an alternate universe, where she’s not a multi-award winning artist, she’d be hosting the 10am-1pm slot on BBC 6 Music.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05n14fv
Björk: “I thought I’d be doing your job”
- The day Björk met Sir David Attenborough…https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mt4v6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mt4v6.jpg2017-11-12T09:16:00.000ZBjörk talks to Mary Anne about her love of broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and her fascination with voices in general.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05mt44k
The day Björk met Sir David Attenborough…
- Björk shares what she's listening tohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mphkr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mphkr.jpg2017-11-10T16:17:00.000ZThe Icelandic singer also speaks about her new record in an interview with Nick Luscombe.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05mpb9j
Björk shares what she's listening to
- Björk on sex and musichttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m98bc.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m98bc.jpg2017-11-07T12:23:00.000ZThe Icelandic icon discusses Utopia, her "Tinder album". She is interviewed on Late Junction on Thursday 9 November at 11pm.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05m97m0
Björk on sex and music
- Bjork having a David Attenborough momenthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05h9psl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05h9psl.jpg2017-09-26T15:03:00.000ZA wonderful clip from 20 years ago where she compares herself to the great man from a musical perspective.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05h8vby
Bjork having a David Attenborough moment
- Mandy Parnell: What is it like to work with Björk?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05gxzdt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05gxzdt.jpg2017-09-23T08:00:00.000ZMastering engineer Mandy Parnell speaks to us about working on Björk's 2011 'Biophilia' albumhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05gv402
Mandy Parnell: What is it like to work with Björk?
- Why does Miranda Sawyer love Björk?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02lbg3b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02lbg3b.jpg2015-03-05T15:09:00.000ZFind out here..https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02lbkk9
Why does Miranda Sawyer love Björk?
- Bjork joins Jo Whiley for a chathttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kc72c.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kc72c.jpg2015-02-19T13:50:00.000ZBjork spends an evening with Jo and talks about her new album, Vulnicura. She talks candidly about the emotions that led her to write it, following a recent heartbreak.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kc93l
Bjork joins Jo Whiley for a chat