[艺人介绍]Ace of Base(翻译自www.allmusic.com)

Comprised of vocalists Jenny Berggren and Linn Berggren, and keyboardists Jonas “Joker” Berggren and Ulf “Buddah” Ekberg, the Swedish quartet Ace of Base became a phenomenally popular international act with their 1993 debut album, The Sign. Ace of Base’s simple, melodic Euro-disco was equally popular on radio and in the clubs, earning the quartet three U.S. Top 10 singles — “All That She Wants,” “Don’t Turn Around,” and “The Sign,” which spent six weeks at number one.
由主唱Jenny Berggren、Linn Berggren,键盘手Jonas “Joker” Berggren和Ulf “Buddah” Ekberg组成的四人乐团Ace of Base于1993年发行的处女作专辑《The Sign》,创造了全球乐坛的奇迹。Ace of Base的作品旋律简洁明快,这种欧洲迪斯科的风格无论是在电台还是在夜总会,都十分流行,有三支单曲打入了美国排行榜的前十名,这就是 “All That She Wants”、 “Don’t Turn Around”以及 “The Sign”,它们雄踞排行榜冠军位置更是有6周之久。

Before the quartet formed in 1990, sisters Jenny and Malin Berggren sang in local church choirs in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their brother, Jonas, played synthesizers and wrote songs with Ulf Ekberg. Eventually, Jonas and Ulf recruited Jenny and Linn to sing with them, and the quartet began playing dance music at local clubs in the late summer of 1990. Within a year, the group signed with Mega Records and released their debut single, “Wheel of Fortune,” in 1992. By that time, the quartet had joined forces with John Ballard, who produced their recordings and wrote the majority of their songs; occasionally, Ballard co-wrote with Jonas Berggren. “Wheel of Fortune” became a hit across Scandanavia, and soon the German-based record label Metronome signed a European distribution deal with the group. “All That She Wants” was Ace of Base’s first single in Europe and, thanks to heavy exposure on MTV, the song became a number one hit in ten different countries. In the spring of 1993, Ace of Base released their European debut album, Happy Nation.
这支四人组合于1990年成军,在此之前,两个姐妹Jenny和Malin曾在哥德堡的一家唱诗班唱歌。哥哥Jonas和好友Ulf Ekberg一起玩合成器、创作歌曲。最终,Jonas和Ulf将姐妹两人拉进来一块唱歌,并从1990年仲夏起在当地的俱乐部表演舞曲。此后不到一年,乐队便同Mega唱片公司签约,于1992年发行了首张单曲 “Wheel of Fortune”。从那以后,Ace of Base开始与John Ballard展开合作,后者是他们的制作人,乐队大部分歌曲都是出自他的手笔。Ballad有时还同Jonas一起写歌。 “Wheel of Fortune”成为了红遍斯堪的那维亚的热门单曲,不久以后德国的一家唱片公司Metronome签下了与Ace of Base欧洲区的发行生意。 “All That She Wants”是Ace of Base的首张单曲,这还要感谢MTV的大力推介,使得这首歌在十个国家荣登排行榜首位。1993年春天,乐队发行了他们在欧洲的首张专辑 “Happy Nation”。

“All That She Wants” was released in America in the fall of 1993 and quickly went platinum, beginning a string of platinum Top 10 singles in the US. Released in the fall of 1993, Ace of Base’s American debut album The Sign — a reconfigured version of Happy Nation, featuring four new songs — quickly sold nearly two million copies in the US. Throughout 1994, Ace of Base dominated radio in America and Europe as “All That She Wants,” “Don’t Turn Around,” and “The Sign” received heavy airplay on a number of radio formats, including Top 40, adult contemporary, urban, and, bizarrely, modern rock. By the end of the year, The Sign had sold over eight million copies in the US alone. Ace of Base was nominated for three Grammys that year, including Best New Artist.
“All That She Wants”于1993年秋在美国发行,并迅速获得了白金销量,揭开了他们一系列美国十大白金唱片的序幕,Ace of Base的首张专辑《The Sign》于同期发行,是《Happy Nation》的改动版本,包含了四首新歌,专辑在美国迅速售出了两千万张,整个1994年,Ace of Base的歌曲 “All That She Wants”、 “Don’t Turn Around”、 “The Sign”统治着欧美各大电台,并在TOP 40,adult contemporary,urban以及bizarrely和modern rock拥有相当高的电台版本的播放率。截至1994年年末,《The Sign》仅在美国就已售出800万张,他们也获得了当年格莱美的三项提名奖,其中包括最佳新人奖。

Ace of Base 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, which suffered a similar fate. 2000 saw the release of Greatest Hits, a blend of original singles and remixes.
Ace of Base在1995年秋季发行了他们的第二张专辑《The Bridge》,虽然发行仅六个月就获得了白金销量,但已无法重现昔日多白金的辉煌。蛰伏三年之后,他们重返乐坛,并带来了新专辑《Cruel Summer》,但作品得到了与先前相似的命运。2000年,乐队发行了一张精选集,收录了先前发行的一些单曲的原版以及混音版本。

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