Björk

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Legal name: Björk Guðmundsdóttir

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Björk Guðmundsdóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈpjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtouhtɪr], born 21 November 1965), known mononymously as Björk (/ˈbjɜːrk/), is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and occasional actress. She initially became known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes, whose 1987 single "Birthday" was a hit on US and UK indie stations and a favorite among music critics. Björk embarked on a solo career in 1993, coming to prominence as a solo artist with her single "Human Behaviour" and her album Debut. She has since 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", "Army of Me", and "Hyperballad". Additionally, "Big Time Sensuality", "Hyperballad" and "I Miss You" were number one Dance Hits in the US.

Over her three-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a wide range of influences and genres spanning experimental, electronic, trip-hop, pop, underground dance, classical, and avant-garde styles. Critics have consistently praised Björk's work, praising her innovative approach to singing and composition, her musical experimentation, her music videos, and her distinctive voice; she has been described as "the most important and forward-looking musician of her generation" and "the best non-pop female vocalist of the last 30 years."

Björk's current record sales are claimed to range between 20 and 40 million records sold worldwide. Björk has won five 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, 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. A full-scale retrospective exhibition dedicated to Björk was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 2015.

Björk 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 Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", eighty-first in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time", and was recognized in NPR's "50 Great Voices" feature for her "celestial voice." In 2015, the singer was included in the prestigious Time 100 list in the "Icons" section, as one of the most influential people in the world, with Marina Abramović affirming that "[Björk] teaches us the courage to be ourselves."

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Björk Björk Guðmundsdóttir 3.25 2
1990 Gling‐Gló Björk Guðmundsdóttir & Tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar 4.5 4
1993 Debut Björk 4.3 16
1995 Post Björk 4.4 21
1997 Homogenic Björk 4.35 12
2001 Vespertine Björk 4.3 16
2004 Medúlla Björk 3.85 14
2007 Volta Björk 3 10
2011 Biophilia Björk 3.5 11
2015 Vulnicura Björk 3.35 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Family Tree Björk 2
2002 Greatest Hits Björk 4.5 4
2003 Greatest Hits: Volumen 1993–2003 Björk 1
2006 (____surrounded): Björk 2
2009 Voltaïc Björk 6
MTV History 2000: Björk Björk 1
The AUDIOPHILE Mix Björk 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Livebox Björk 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Shepherds Bush Empire Björk 1
2001 Cambridge Björk 1
2002 MTV Unplugged & Live Björk 2
2002 Vespertine Live at Royal Opera House Björk 1
2003 Debut Live Björk 3
2003 Homogenic Live Björk 4 4
2003 Post Live Björk 3
2003 Vespertine Live Björk 3
2003 Later Björk 1
2003 Vessel Björk 2
2014 Biophilia Live Björk 4
2015 Vulnicura Live Björk 1
2001-09-18: Frankfurt, Germany Björk 2
2001‐10‐12: Wang, Boston, MA, USA Björk 1
Acoustic 1994 Björk 1
Celebrating Wood and Metal Björk 1
Live at the Wireless Björk 1
The Live Debut Björk 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Telegram Björk 3.35 5
2012 Bastards Björk 3
2015 Vulnicura Strings Björk 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Selmasongs Björk 3.65 16
2005 Drawing Restraint 9 Björk 3 7

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Ooops 808 State feat. Björk 5
1993 Big Time Sensuality Björk 6
1993 Human Behaviour Björk 4 4
1993 Venus as a Boy Björk 5
1993 Play Dead Björk & David Arnold 3
1993 Violently Happy Björk 4
1995 Army of Me Björk 8
1995 Isobel Björk 6
1995 It’s Oh So Quiet Björk 4
1995 Hyper‐Ballad Björk 8
1996 Possibly Maybe Björk 4
1996 I Miss You Björk 6
1997 Jóga Björk 4 7
1997 Bachelorette Björk 8
1997 I Miss You / Cover Me Björk 1
1998 Jóga / Bachelorette Björk 1
1998 Hunter Björk 4
1998 All Is Full of Love Björk 5 7
1998 Alarm Call Björk 3 10
2001 Hidden Place Björk 5
2001 Pagan Poetry Björk 4 7
2002 Cocoon Björk 3 4
2002 It’s in Our Hands Björk 6
2004 Who Is It Björk 4
2005 Triumph of a Heart Björk 1 5
2007 Earth Intruders Björk 6
2008 Declare Independence Björk 1
2008 Wanderlust Björk 4
2008 Dull Flame of Desire Björk 4
2008 Náttúra Björk 5 2
2011 Crystalline Björk 7
2011 Cosmogony Björk 1
2011 Virus Björk 1
2011 Moon Björk 1
Simple Things Björk 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Enjoy / Possibly Maybe Björk 3
2005 Who Is It Bogdan Raczynski & Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remix Series Part One Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remix Series Part Two Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remix Series Part Three Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remix Series Part Four Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remixes Part Five Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remixes Part Six Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remixes, Part Seven Björk 1
2012 Biophilia Remix Series, Part 8 Björk 2
2015 Notget (Lotic Keptsafe version) Björk 2
2015 Stonemilker (Patten rework) Björk 1
2015 Family (Bloom's North remix) Björk 1
2015 Black Lake (Bloom remix) Björk 1
2015 Lionsong (Juliana Huxtable remix) Björk 1
2015 Family (remix by Katie Gately) Björk 1
2015 History of Touches (Krampfhaft remix) Björk 1
2015 History of Touches (Rabit Naked mix) Björk 1
2015 Lionsong (Choral mix feat. Untold) Björk 1
2015 Lionsong (Kareokieijd remix by Mica Levi) Björk 1
2015 Mouth Mantra (The Haxan Cloak mix) Björk 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Mount Wittenberg Orca Dirty Projectors + Björk 3

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Best Mixes From the Album – Debut for All the People Who Don’t Buy White‐Labels Björk 6

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 iTunes Originals Björk 2

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