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Ace of Base

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
1990

Genre:
Pop

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Ace of Base

Biography

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 Ten singles — "All That She Wants," "Don't Turn Around," and "The Sign," which spent six weeks at number one.. Before the quartet formed in 1990, sisters Jenny and Linn 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 Scandinavia, 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.

"All That She Wants" was released in America in the fall of 1993 and quickly went platinum, beginning a string of platinum Top Ten singles in the U.S.. 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 U.S.. 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 U.S. alone. Ace of Base was nominated for three Grammys that year, including Best New Artist.

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.

Top Albums


1. Da Capo (Rem..
Flowers (Remastered), Ace of Base
2. Flowers (Rem..
Cruel Summer (Remastered), Ace of Base
3. Cruel Summer..
Happy Nation (U.S. Version) [Remastered], Ace of Base
4. Happy Nation..
Happy Nation (Remastered), Ace of Base
5. Happy Nation..
The Bridge (Remastered), Ace of Base
6. The Bridge (..
Happy Nation - U.S. Version, Ace of Base
7. Happy Nation..
The Bridge, Ace of Base
8. The Bridge
Da Capo, Ace of Base
9. Da Capo
Ace of Base: Classic Remixes Extended, Ace of Base
10. Ace of Base:..
Flowers, Ace of Base
11. Flowers
The Golden Ratio, Ace of Base
12. The Golden R..
Ace of Base: Classic Remixes (Bonus Track Edition), Ace of Base
13. Ace of Base:..
Cruel Summer, Rico Bernasconi
14. Cruel Summer
Happy Nation, Ace of Base
15. Happy Nation
Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry (The Remixes), Ace of Base
16. Never Gonna ..
All That She Wants (Remixed), Ace of Base
17. All That She..
The Sign (The Remixes) - EP, Ace of Base
18. The Sign (Th..
All That She Wants (The Remixes) - EP, Ace of Base
19. All That She..
Don't Turn Around (The Remixes) - EP, Ace of Base
20. Don't Turn A..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
SignAce of Base: Greatest Hits3:09$1.29
2.
All That She WantsAce of Base: Greatest Hits3:31$1.29
3.
Don't Turn AroundAce of Base: Greatest Hits3:48$1.29
4.
Beautiful LifeAce of Base: Greatest Hits3:39$1.29
5.
SignAce of Base: Singles of the..3:09$0.99
6.
SignHappy Nation - U.S. Version3:09$1.29
7.
Cruel SummerFlowers3:35$1.29
8.
All That She WantsAce of Base: Singles of the..3:31$0.99
9.
Don't Turn AroundHappy Nation - U.S. Version3:48$1.29
10.
Mr Ace (Demo 1991) [Bonus Track]Sign3:21$1.29
11.
All That She Wants (Banghra Version)Sign4:17$1.29
12.
My Mind (Mindless Mix)Sign4:11$1.29
13.
Voulez-Vous danserSign3:17$1.29
14.
Happy NationSign4:15$1.29
15.
Wheel of FortuneSign3:54$1.29
16.
Dancer in DaydreamSign3:41$1.29
17.
Living in DangerSign3:43$1.29
18.
SignSign3:11$1.29
19.
Young and ProudSign3:56$1.29
20.
Don't Turn AroundSign3:50$1.29
21.
All That She WantsSign3:31$1.29
22.
Sign (Ultimix)Sign (The Remixes) - EP6:48$1.29
23.
Sign (The Remix)Sign (The Remixes) - EP5:42$1.29
24.
Sign (Dub Version)Sign (The Remixes) - EP5:08$1.29
25.
Sign (Long Version)Sign (The Remixes) - EP4:44$1.29

Top Music Videos

The Sign, Ace of Base
1. The Sign
Cruel Summer, Rico Bernasconi & Ace of Base
2. Cruel Summer
Don't Turn Around, Ace of Base
3. Don't Turn Ar...
Beautiful Life (Remix), Ace of Base
4. Beautiful Lif...
Living In Danger, Ace of Base
5. Living In Dan...
Life Is a Flower, Ace of Base
6. Life Is a Flo...
Beautiful Morning, Ace of Base
7. Beautiful Mor...
Wheel Of Fortune, Ace of Base
8. Wheel Of Fort...


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