Bjork Biography

Bjork (born 21 November 1965 as Bjork Gu?mundsdottir ;) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. She initially became known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Sugarcubes, whose 1987 single "Birthday" was a hit on UK indie stations and a favorite among music critics. Bjork began her career as a solo artist in 1993. Her first album, Debut, was rooted in electronic dance music, house, jazz, and trip-hop, and is widely credited as one of the first albums to introduce electronic dance music into mainstream pop. Now in the third decade of her solo career, Bjork has developed an eclectic musical style that incorporates aspects of dance, rock, jazz, electronic, classical, and avant-garde music.

Bjork has had 30 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" (#4), "Army of Me" (#10), and "Hyperballad" (#8)), 11 in Ireland, eight in Italy, four in France, and two in Australia. Additionally, "Big Time Sensuality", "Hyperballad", and " I Miss You" were number one Dance Hits in the US. Bjork's record label, One Little Indian, reported that she had sold more than 15 million albums by 2003, and prior to the release of Biophilia in 2011, media outlets reported that Bjork's first six studio albums had sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. In 2013, NME reported that Debut alone had sold 4.7 million copies worldwide.

Bjork has won four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, one MOJO Award, three UK Music Video Awards, 21 Icelandic Music Awards and, in 2010, the 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." She has also been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards (plus two for art direction on her album sleeves, done by others), one Academy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. She won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Dancer in the Dark. Her 2011 album, Biophilia, was the first album to be released as a series of interactive apps, and in 2014 these apps were the first ever to be inducted into the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.

Music critics have consistently championed Bjork's body of work, praising her innovative approach to singing and composition, her pioneering use of electronic beats, her groundbreaking music videos, and, above all, her singular voice, describing her as "the most important and forward-looking musician of her generation" and "the best non-pop female vocalist of the last 30 years." Bjork has been ranked twenty-ninth in VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Music", eighth in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music", sixtieth in Rolling Stones "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", and was recognized in NPR's "50 Great Voices" feature for her "[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/celestial celestial] voice." Based on a survey of reviews and critic's lists from around the world, the website Acclaimed Music concludes that Bjork is the sixty-third most critically acclaimed musical artist of all time, and the fifth most acclaimed female artist (behind Aretha Franklin, PJ Harvey, Joni Mitchell, and Madonna).

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Bjork News

Major Björk exhibition to open in New York next year

The retrospective at MoMA will cover the Icelandic musician's entire solo career

  • Jun 18, 2014

Björk's 'Biophilia' becomes the first app to be inducted into the Museum of Modern Art in New York

The app was released alongside the Icelandic musician's 2011 album of the same name

  • Jun 13, 2014

'When Björk met Attenborough' documentary gets DVD release

'The Nature of Music' originally aired last summer on Channel 4

  • Mar 31, 2014

Björk, Patti Smith, Lykke Li and more to play concert for Icelandic conservation

Event takes place on March 18 in Reykjavik

  • Mar 4, 2014

Channel 4 to air Björk and David Attenborough documentary this Saturday (July 27)

'Attenborough and Bjork: The Nature of Music' will see pair discuss humans and animals unique relationship with music

  • Jul 23, 2013

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Bjork Music Videos

Crystalline Play Video

Crystalline

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Dull Flame Of Desire by Bjrk Play Video

Dull Flame Of Desire by Bjrk

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Bjork Who Is It

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Violently Happy

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Sun In My Mouth

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Bjork Reviews

Bjork - 'Thunderbolt' (Death Grips remix)

Bjork - 'Thunderbolt' (Death Grips remix)

Resembles cries of terrified children

  • May 1, 2012

Album Review: Björk - 'Biophilia'

Look past the techno wizardry, the grand designs and the brainy philosophy to find an album that's intimate, playful and beautiful

  • Oct 7, 2011

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week

Bjork, Nicola Roberts, Jamie XX

  • Jun 15, 2011

Bjork featuring Thom Yorke

Nattura

  • Nov 7, 2008

Bjork

Declare Independence

  • Jan 15, 2008

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