07 October 2016

Biography: Ace of Base

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Ace of Base was originally comprised of vocalists Jenny Berggren and Malin “Linn” Berggren; and keyboardists Ulf “Buddah” Ekberg and Jonas “Joker” Berggren. The Swedish quartet became a phenomenally popular international act with their 1993 debut album, The Sign, one of the highest-selling debuts of all time. Their simple, melodic Euro-disco was equally popular on radio and in the clubs, earning the quartet three U.S. Top Ten singles •• “All That She Wants,” “Don’t Turn Around,” and “The Sign,” which spent six weeks at number one. At the height of their popularity, they were the third most successful Swedish band after ABBA and Roxette.

The group released their second album, The Bridge, in the fall of 1995. Although it went platinum in its first six months of release, the record failed to duplicate the remarkable multi-platinum success of The Sign. After a three-year-hiatus, the duo returned with Cruel Summer (titled Flowers in Europe), which suffered a similar fate. At this point, citing vocal strain and a growing weariness of the spotlight, founding vocalist Linn began to take a step back from the group, making Jenny the primary singer. In 1999, the group released a singles collection, followed by an official Greatest Hits album in 2000. By the time they released their fourth album, Da Capo, the original lineup had fractured, with only Jenny and Ulf participating in promotional touring. When Ace of Base reunited in 2007 after a five-year hiatus, the band announced that Linn had officially left. The remaining trio performed over the following years around Europe and Asia before releasing another hits collection with re-recorded “2009” versions. At the end of 2009, Jenny left Ace of Base to pursue a solo career, leaving Jonas and Ulf the only remaining original members

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