Bjork (born Bjork Guomundsdottir on November 21, 1965 in Reykjavik, Iceland) is a
multi-award winning, singer/songwriter and composer, as well as an occasional actress. She was
formerly the lead singer of alternative rock band The Sugarcubes.
Bjork is best known for her expressive range and an interest in many kinds of music including pop, alternative rock, jazz, ambient music, electronica, folk, and classical music. Her record label, One Little Indian, reported in 2003 that she has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Some of her more popular songs include "Human Behaviour", "It's Oh So Quiet" and "Oceania". Order your Bjork Tickets online today!
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Bjork's musical career began when she was 11, studying classical piano in elementary school. One of her instructors sent a recording of Bjork singing Tina Charles' song "I Love to Love" to RUV, then the only radio station in Iceland. The recording was broadcast on radio nationally; after hearing it, a representative of the record label Falkinn contacted Bjork with a record contract offer. She recorded her eponymous debut in 1977, with the help of her stepfather, who played guitar. This album featured several Icelandic children's songs and covers of popular songs such as the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill", sung in Icelandic. The album went platinum in Iceland, and is now a highly sought-after collectors item. In her teens and early 20s, Bjork worked with a number of groups, most famously The Sugarcubes, before persuing a solo career.
In 1992, Bjork moved to London and began thinking about a solo career; to this end, she began working with producer Nellee Hooper, who had produced for Massive Attack, among others. Their partnership produced Bjork's first international solo hit, "Human Behaviour". Her solo debut album, Debut, was released in June 1993 to positive reviews; it was named album of the year by NME, and eventually went platinum in the United States. At the 1994 Brit Awards, Bjork won the awards for Best International Female and Best International newcomer. Debut was a mix of songs Bjork had written since she was a teenager as well as newer lyrical collaborations with Hooper. Since the release of Debut, Bjork has recorded numerous albums with considerable success.
Bjork's sixth full-length studio album Volta, a follow-up to 2004's Medulla, will be released in May 2007. It was written and produced entirely by Bjork herself and features ten new tracks.