Björk (born November 21st 1965) is an Icelandic singer/songwriter, whose famous hits include "Army of Me" and "It's Oh So Quiet".
Net worth: Bjork has a net worth of $45 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2015).
Musical Career: Björk first became known through her original group, The Sugarcubes. Her solo career kick started with her album 'Debut', which was infused with a mixture of electronica, house, jazz, and trip-pop. She was actually one of the first artists who mixed electronic dance music with mainstream pop. Björk's musical style has set her aside, combining an array of genres such as dance, rock, classical, electronic, and avant-garde. Björk's success is reflected through 30 of her singles reaching the top 40 around the world. These included "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army Of Me", and "Hyperballad". By 2003, Björk sold over 15 million albums, according to her record label, The Little Indian. Björk's first 6 albums proved a huge success, selling more than 20 million copies world wide. Brit, MTV Video Music, Icelandic Music, and Polar Music, are among the awards won by Björk. The first of its kind; Björk's album 'Biophilia' was released as a series of apps, offering an interactive experience, and her unique creation got a place in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Björk ranked 29th in the 100 greatest women in music (VH1), 8th in 22 greatest voices in music (MTV), and 60th in 100 greatest singers of all time (Rolling Stones).
Personal life: Bjork grew up in Reykjavík, Iceland with her activist mother Hildur Rúna, who divorced Bjork's electrician father Guðmundur at her birth. She went to Barnamúsíkskóli school to study piano and flute, and was broadcast singing on the RÚV radio station. Björk has two children; Sindri Eldon Þórsson, whose father is ex-Sugacubes bandmate Þór Eldon, and Ísadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney, whose father is her current partner, Matthew Barney.
I doubt that 2015 will be remembered for being dominated by one particular musical genre. It seems the culture of digital downloads has made it more difficult for a movement to coalesce in a marketplace brimming with choice.
I'd argue though that the last twelve months has seen the strongest showing from female artists across the board for many years. Many acts would easily have made my year-end list on a different day, and many of them cantered on a strong female voice. Solo artists like Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling, and Lana Del Rey all presented strong albums. Even Florence Welch's third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which didn't quite live up to her previous efforts in my opinion, featured some glorious moments. I debated for a long time whether to include Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit in my ten best records list. Ultimately it sits just outside for me, although her unique delivery and kitchen sink drama approach is wonderfully endearing. That Adele's 25 closed the year on a strong note, just underlined the trend that had been building all year. It's not just solo artists though; the likes of: Best Coast, Girlpool, Bully, and Wolf Alice, all demonstrated that women were back in the spotlight.
Other bands made welcome returns, Blur in particular were my live highlight of the year, thanks to Graham Coxon's master class on stage. Their album The Magic Whip didn't quite make the cut for my list in the end, compared to most other years it would have. Interestingly it was also a year where side projects came to fruition for well-known artists. Dan Auerbach's The Arcs produced their first studio material, as did Matt Berninger's El Vy. Both albums had their moments, but didn't quite feel fully realised in their own right. Elsewhere the likes of Lucero, Jason Isbell, and Ben Folds produced albums that matched their finest work. My love of bands from Philadelphia also continued thanks to Beach Slang's debut The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us and Hop Along's third album Painted Shut. If there were disappointment's I had, it was those records that were simply good and not as great as you'd hoped. The Decemberists, Frank Turner, Wilco, and Death Cab For Cutie's albums all fell into that category for me. By no means bad, the material on those albums struggled to compete with their high watermarks of previous years. I was especially curious about Ryan Adams' ambitious reinterpretation of the entirety of Taylor Swift's 1989, the result didn't quite live up to the promise it had on the drawing board though. It may have introduced a different audience to some excellent songs, but Adams managed to strip some of the fun out of the arrangements in the process. By the time there were Father John Misty covers of Adams' recordings on the Internet, it felt like the Swift fan club didn't need any more famous members.
Then there were the records you felt you should love, but for whatever reason they just didn't connect on a personal level. Drake and Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman produced records that despite the hype I just didn't manage to fall in love with. Tilman's 'Bored In The USA' was astute social commentary with it's tongue firmly in its cheek, but it didn't hook me into the album as a whole. Perhaps the biggest record in this category for me is Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. It's technically brilliant, ambitious, has great rhymes, and straddles so many genres that it shouldn't be as cohesive as it is. The problem was, it left me cold. It almost felt as if Lamar wanted to prove he could produce something that ticked all the boxes he thought he should, rather than writing the record he wanted to. Perhaps with time I'll grow to love these albums, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Continue reading: Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2015
Icelandic Pop Star Bjork Is Urging Politicians Attending The Climate Change Conference In Paris, France To Push Through With Negotiations And Strike A Deal To Help Save The Planet.
Politicians and experts from across the world have descended on the French capital to attend the United Nations' 2015 Paris Climate Conference, known as COP21, this month (Dec15) to agree on legally-binding proposals to limit damage to the environment.
The talks between 195 nations reportedly stalled, but it is hoped a deal will eventually be agreed by Saturday (12Dec15), a day after COP21 was due to wrap up.
Singer and environmental campaigner Bjork has now spoken out to urge the world leaders involved in the talks not to give up.
Continue reading: Bjork Urges Politicians To Finalise Paris Climate Change Deal
Quirky Pop Star Bjork Has Released Her Most Intimate Video, Which Features A Journey Into Her Mouth.
The Jesse Kanda-directed promo for Mouth Mantra was filmed using a tiny camera placed on the singer's tongue.
Continue reading: Bjork Gives Fans A Good Look Inside Her Mouth In New Video
Stars Including David Bowie, Bjork And Damon Albarn Have Signed An Open Letter Urging World Leaders To Make "An Ambitious Commitment" To Slow Global Warming.
The musicians have made the plea to leading politicians ahead of COP21, a United Nations conference on climate change which begins in Paris, France on Monday (30Nov15).
An extract from the letter, which has been published online, reads, "We are deeply concerned that our global economic and industrial systems are accelerating rates of extinction, desertification and soil depletion, degrading ecosystems, acidifying and littering our rivers and oceans, and resulting in a relentless rise in greenhouse gas emissions driving irreversible climate change.
"In short, we are overwhelming the planet's life support systems. The outcomes of COP21 and the political decisions taken over the next months will determine many of the long-term conditions that will affect us today and for many generations to come."
Continue reading: Stars Sign Climate Change Letter
Bjork Stunned Fans At The Iceland Airwaves Festival On Friday (06nov15) After Pulling The Plug On A Headlining Performance At The Event Earlier This Year (15).
The 8 November (15) gig was scrapped when the Play Dead singer inexplicably cancelled the final dates of her 2015 tour, but she still showed up on Friday and staged a press conference to promote plans for a national park in her homeland's central highlands.
Protect the Park activists are hoping to keep the area green as government officials plan to build power plants and dams.
Wearing a floral-stocking mask and joined by environmentalist Andri Snaer Magnason, Bjork told reporters, "I would rather be at home writing songs."
Continue reading: Bjork Stuns Fans With Surprise Press Conference At Icelandic Festival
Bjork Has Called On Fans' "Tourkarma" After Cancelling A String Of European Dates Last Week (05aug15), Insisting The Decision Was "Beyond Our Control".
The Icelandic singer scrapped the remainder of her tour dates in Europe due to a "scheduling conflict" and on Sunday (09Aug15) she took to Facebook.com to offer up a further explanation.
She wrote, "Singing this album (Vulnicura) has been intense and the internal clock of it different to the other ones. It has sort of had to behave in its own little way. both the urgency of the leak (of the album) and now this sudden closure (of dates) for reasons beyond my control is characteristic of that.
"I hope through the years i have earned enough tourkarma points to get your support for this."
Continue reading: Bjork Calls On Fans' Support After Cancelling European Tour Dates
Icelandic Singer Bjork Has Pulled Out Of A Number Of Tour Dates Due To A "Scheduling Conflict".
The eccentric star was due to perform at Iceland Airwaves festival twice in November (15), but event organisers announced she had axed her sets and the rest of her tour in a post on Facebook.com, writing, "We're very sorry to announce that Bjork has had to cancel her live shows scheduled for this autumn, which will sadly include the two shows at Iceland Airwaves."
Bjork has also cancelled appearances at La Route Du Rock festival in France, scheduled for 15 August (15), and Pitchfork Music Festival Paris in France in October (15).
Her representative writes, "Due to a scheduling conflict beyond our control, Bjork is not going to be able to play the summer and autumn tour as planned... Bjork had been really been looking forward to the concerts and we will work on rescheduling the cancelled dates as soon as possible."
Bjork wants to make a ''3 note Shaman redwine album (sic)'' in an attempt to explore her voice.
Bjork wants to make a ''3 note shaman redwine album (sic).''
The 49-year-old singer has revealed she wants to explore the changing nature of her voice by recording an LP on which she channels her access to the world of malevolent spirits, while only singing three different notes.
When asked how she feels about her voice - having previously revealed it became deeper after having vocal surgery in November 2012 - she said: ''i like how it is changing !!! it is interesting to try to document all the different periods ..... i feel some quirky ones might be coming up : my 3 note shaman redwine album (sic).''
Continue reading: Bjork Wants To Make 'shaman' Album
Miley Cyrus' label has warned her against making a ''weird'' album because they don't want her to lose her trademark sound.
Miley Cyrus' label has warned her against making a ''weird'' album.
The 22-year-old musician is currently working on the follow-up to her chart-topping third studio album, 'Bangerz', and has revealed her record label are concerned she might make an ''avant-garde'' LP which sounds like experimental singer Björk.
She said: ''They're like, 'Don't make it too weird, don't make it avant-garde; you can't go from Miley to Björk!'''
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus Warned By Label Over 'weird' LP
Bjork had a polyp removed from her vocal cords in November 2012, but rather than damage her voice the Icelandic singer believes the procedure has extended her range.
Bjork claims surgery has given her a deeper voice.
The enigmatic singer had a polyp removed from her vocal cords in November 2012, but rather than limit her abilities she believes the procedure has had a huge impact on her voice because it has extended her range.
She revealed: ''Since the operation, I have some of the high notes better than I have had for a while, but also I've got some deep notes that I didn't have before. And I haven't used them.''
Continue reading: Bjork: Surgery Changed My Voice
Bjork and (Volta) - I am both, a musician called Lone Taxidermist and a make up artist, so Record store Day seemed like a good way of merging both of my passions. One of the reasons why I love vinyl is because of its true long playing physical format. I decided to listen to each album in full from start to end over and over again until the face was complete. Every time the album finished I would have a glass of wine! But I was getting too drunk especially after Human League!" - London, United Kingdom - Friday 24th April 2015