August 5, 2010

Sweden Trivia



Did you know that Sweden is one of the world's largest exporter of... music? By some accounts, Sweden is third after the USA and UK. Of course, everyone has heard of ABBA whose name and music is synonymous with Sweden. This group is one of the world's most successful music acts and, though they've been disbanded since 1983, their music is still played/sold worldwide thanks to the recent success of the musical and film "Mamma Mia". But Swedish music is much more than ABBA... several groups had immense popularity on the international scene in the '80's and '90's like Roxette, Ace of Base, Europe and The Cardigans. These days there are many Swedish acts enjoying success in the pop, alternative music and indie-rock lists. Keep your eyes (and ears) open for Robyn, Kent, Agnes, The Hives, The Ark, Infinite Mass among others...
If it is not a Swedish artist singing, then chances are there is a Swede who has either written and/or produced the song. Two of the more famous "behind the scenes" Swedes are Max Martin and the late Denniz Pop, who have written some of the biggest hits for acts like The Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, N'Sync and Britney Spears (Martin was responsible for her debut hit "Baby One More Time" among others). So there is a chance that you are listening to Swedish music as you read this!

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