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29 December 2016

Biography: Aqua

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Members:

Lene Nystrøm (Vocalist)

René Dif (Vocalist)

Søren Rasted (Keyboardist)

Claus Norreen (Guitarist)

Aqua (allegedly, this name was derived from a poster featuring an aquarium hanging in their rehearsal room) is a Danish euro dance group, best known for their 1997 breakthrough single “Barbie Girl”, which aroused controversy when Mattel (The Barbie Doll makers) filed a lawsuit against them for the sexual overtones inherent in the song. The lawsuit was finally dismissed by a judge in 2002, who ruled “The parties are advised to chill”.

The group formed in 1989 and achieved huge success around the globe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group released three albums: Aquarium (1997), Aquarius 2000 and Megalomania (2011). The group sold an estimated 33 million albums and singles, making them the most successful Danish band ever. In their prime, Aqua’s singles managed to chart top ten in a number of countries where European pop acts would not normally succeed, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Japan. The group managed to top the UK Singles Chart with three of their singles. During their split, Nystrøm, Dif and Rasted all achieved solo chart success, and Norreen continued in the music industry remixing other artists’ material.

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