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.
Aphex Twin and (Ambient Works 85–92) - 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
The Icelandic singer joins the growing list of artist keeping their music off the streaming service.
You may have noticed that Bjork’s latest album Vulnicura, which landed in January, is yet to appear on streaming services such as Spotify and it doesn't appear the singer is about to change this anytime soon.
Bjork's Vulnicura, not on Spotify
Explaining her decision to withhold the record from streaming services, Bjork told Fast Company, "We're all making it up as it goes, to be honest. I would like to say there's some master plan going on [with the album release], but there isn't. But a few months ago I emailed my manager and said, "Guess what? This streaming thing just does not feel right. I don't know why, but it just seems insane.”
Continue reading: So Wy Can You Not Listen To Bjork's 'Vulnicura' On Spotify?
The singer is joined by Ben Howard and George Clinton on the line-up.
Bjork has become the latest headline announcement for Wilderness Festival 2015, set to hit Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, UK from August 6th to 9th following the release of her acclaimed ninth album 'Vulnicura' early this year. She'll appear as the main act on the Friday.
Bjork to headline Wilderness 2015
Having released the follow-up to her 2011 record 'Biophilia' in January, the popular avant-garde Icelandic singer is taking to the road in support of it in the coming months. Among the handful of dates so far announced this year, she'll be topping Friday's bill at Wilderness in the Summer, alongside previously announced headliners for Saturday and Sunday, Ben Howard and George Clinton, the latter of whom will be rocking both his bands Parliament and Funkadelic.
Björk has always navigated a delicate balance between genius and whimsy. The 49-year-old's ninth solo album certainly falls pretty close to the former category, making it all the more disappointing that an internet leak has overshadowed the release of 'Vulnicura'. While certainly not pop in the most traditional sense, this is a bold, accomplished and intensely personal artistic statement. Indeed, for Björk's standards, this is quite a conventional sounding record, but as you'd expect, her interpretation of conventional is gloriously off the map if it were to be applied to other artists.
Drawing back from the envelope-pushing multi-media experience of 2011's 'Biophilia', Björk has chosen to channel her inner torment following the breakdown of her relationship with Matthew Barney. Despite the epic soundscapes, it's actually quite an emotionally claustrophobic album, which has a sonic narrative that escalates to a dramatic climax. That may all sound rather highbrow, verging on pretentious, but when an artist is so obviously using their art for cathartic purposes, it's difficult not to be pulled into the minutia.
Constraining herself to string arrangements and pre-programmed beats, there's a strange clash of old and new musical disciplines here that make the project rather unique. It's reminiscent of some of her previous work, but the raw emotion on display makes this a compelling, if not entirely comfortable, album. Lyrically, 'Vulnicura' is surprisingly direct, by the second track 'Lionsong' it's pretty easy to spot the motivation behind these nine songs. For example, Björk sounds incredibly vulnerable when she sings: "Once it was simple, one feeling at a time. It reached its peak, then transformed. These abstract complex feelings, I just don't know how to handle them". It almost makes me wonder whether there was an unconscious decision to score everything with strings here, as they would quite literally provide moments that tug on the heartstrings.
Continue reading: Bjork - Vulnicura Album Review
Bjork said her 2013 breakup was the most painful thing she had ever experienced.
Bjork's new album Vulnicura, which was rush-released this week after an online leak, is "complete heartbreak album" and features a 10-minute diss track aimed at her ex-boyfriend, the American multimedia artist Matthew Barney. Much of the album focuses on the relationship though 'Black Lake' is a 10-minute song in which the Icelandic singer-songwriter throws the proverbial darts at Barney.
Bjork called her 2013 break-up the most painful thing she had ever experienced
The song focuses on the events 2 months after the breakup. As Billboard notes, Bjork is "pissed" cannot deal with things and feels wronged.
Continue reading: You Do Realise Bjork's 'Vulnicura' Has A 10-Minute Diss Track?
The Icelandic indie icon follows in the footsteps of Beyonce and U2 by instantly releasing her new album ‘Vulnicura’ today.
Bjork’s new album Vulnicura has unexpectedly been released on iTunes less than one week after its announcement. Just six days ago, the singer posted a handwritten note on her Facebook page unveiling details of her ninth record, but the release date has been pushed forward by over two months.
The surprise decision may not have been made for fully artistic reasons, after Stereogum reported over the weekend that the new album had been leaked. The rushed release would therefore almost certainly be a response to that. The CD and vinyl editions of Vulnicura are still scheduled for their original March 23rd release dates, we understand.
Distinctive singer Bjork has rushed out the release of new album 'Vulnicura' after online leaks
Continue reading: Bjork Surprise Releases New Album 'Vulnicura' On ITunes
The distinctive Icelandic singer will release her ninth album in March, her first new material in nearly four years.
Legendary singer Bjork has announced the release of a new album in March this year. The Icelandic songstress took to her Facebook account to post a handwritten note which unveiled some details of the new record, which will be called Vulnicura.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am very proud to announce my new album is coming out in March. It is called: Vulnicura,” she wrote. She also announced its full tracklisting, which consists of nine songs. The running sequence is ‘Stonemilker’; ‘Lionsong’; ‘History of Touches’; ‘Black Lake’; ‘Family’; ‘Notget’; ‘Atom Dance’; ‘Mouth Mantra’ and ‘Quicksand’.
Bjork, pictured here at the Webby Awards in 2012, is releasing her ninth album in March
Continue reading: Bjork Announces New Album 'Vulnicura' For Release In March
Bjork's fans will adore this film, which captures the last night of her Biophilia world tour with remarkable artistry and an attention to detail. Those who don't know her work might find it somewhat hard-going. Bjork's music is thematically deep and aurally complex, but the songs are often atonal. None are very easy to hum along with. Still, the creative filmmaking offers some ideas for future concert documentaries.
In September 2013 at Alexandra Palace in North London, Bjork gave the final live performance of her Biophilia song cycle about the elements and nature. So it's only natural that the film is introduced with narration from David Attenborough. On-stage, Bjork interacts with musicians Manu Delago and Matt Robertson, as well as a large choir of women from Iceland walking barefoot around her as they sing in eerie harmony. Filmmakers Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland then take the imagery from her video screens and layer it onto the movie. So for much of the film it looks like Bjork is performing on a stage floating in outer space, alongside a gigantic squid or erupting volcano. Then eventually the crowd resolves around her, participating in this celebration of the natural world.
With that Attenborough opening and Bjork's cheeky expressions, there's a nicely witty undercurrent to the whole film. And the cameras capture the performance from askance angles that reveal unexpected things about the amazing instruments Bjork has created with her musicians. Not only do they sound beautiful, but they are just as fascinating to explore with our eyes as the outrageous plasticky onion-white dress she's wearing. Accompanying this is an unusually sharp audio mix that lets us hear every sound. Although this only makes us wish we could understand the lyrics of the songs, which are often strange and moody and hardly seem like songs at all.
Continue reading: Bjork: Biophilia Live Review
Bjork brought her Biophilia tour to London this week.
Bjork's 2011 album Biophilia, exploring the relationship between nature, technology and music, was considered one of the better efforts of that year, though the supporting live show appears to have eclipsed it. The show - launched two years ago alongside a series of short-lived apps for iPad and iPhone - arrived at London's Alexandra Palace this week.
It began with a recorded preamble from broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who told the audience they are "on the brink of a revolution that will reunite humans with nature through new technological innovations." Anyone who caught the unlikely duo's Channel 4 documentary exploring music and how it exists in the natural world will have known they were in for a treat.
Despite the complex song structures, thrilling stage design and Bjork's signature delivery, one thing was missing from Ally Pally, camera phones.
Continue reading: Bjork Rocks London's Alexandra Palace, A Camera Phone-Free Zone
Here's what to expect from Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend (19th - 21st July 2013).
Every summer this globally loved festival presents some 40 plus artists from all parts of the music spectrum, including both classic chart-toppers and new emerging talent, to 50,000 indie fans. They have been praised over their seven year existence for their cheap ticket prices and friendly atmosphere and that's not about to go any time soon. Apart from great live music on show for three days, there's some of the best indie vinyls for sale at the CHIRP Record Fair, some excellent posters and art-pieces about, as well as a craft fair and an array of musical books and magazines. It's not just for Stateside music fans though, the festival hits Europe for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris on October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd.
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Mumford and Sons were forced to pull out of the Bonnaroo Festival following concern for bassist Ted Dwane's health. Dwane has recently undergone surgery to remove a blood clot. Jack Johnson stepped in to fill their two hour slot at the Tennessee festival.
Jack Johnson stepped in at the last minute to cover Mumford and Son's slot. Not only did the singer have to find a band, learn a whole host of new and old and quickly practise, he also made the time to compose a short acoustic song about the festival.
The four day festival which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee was first held in 2002 and has been hugely popular and influential. Johnson has a history with the festival, having performed at the first one and headlined in 2008. Johnson was, conveniently, already at the Bonaroo Festival when he received a call on Thursday (13th June 2013) as he was appearing as a special guest, performing alongside Animal Liberation Orchestra.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said he was expecting 'a train wreck' owing to the short time he had in which to prepare. Johnson has recently been out of the limelight, working on his new album entitled 'From Here To Now To You', due to be released on 17th September. The singer paid homage to the British folk band, singing his version of 'The Cave' which was greeted with vast audience participation and applause.
Continue reading: Jack Johnson Replaces Mumford And Sons At Bonnaroo Festival
Lineup announced for this year's Bonnaroo Festival, 2013: featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons and Sir Paul McCartney
This year’s Bonnaroo Festival takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 13-16 and the lineup is boasting some pretty heavyweight talent, with the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons and Sir Paul McCartney stealing the headline slots. Beyond the draw of the top billing, though – who should you go and see if you manage to bag a ticket to Bonnaroo 2013? Here’s our Top 5 Bonnaroo Bets.
1. Bjork – We can’t remember the last time there was an opportunity to see Bjork in such a superb festival setting (okay, we probably could, if we cast our minds back a little but it’s far from a frequent occurrence). The eccentric Icelandic songstress always puts on a fabulous show, both visually and sonically, setting fire to all of your senses, whether you are a hardened Bjork fan or simply wandering past the stage, wondering what the hell might be going on.
2. Cat Power – OK. This one comes with a warning. When she’s on form, Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) will provide you with one of the most emotionally charged, cathartic live music experiences that you’re likely to experience. On a bad day, though, it can be torturous to witness. All part of the Cat Power charm, of course, but a gamble, nonetheless.
Date of birth
21st November, 1965