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Reykjavík, Iceland (1977 – present)

Björk is a mononym of Björk Guðmundsdóttir (b. 21 Nov 1965), an Icelandic , , music and occasional actress, whose work includes eight solo albums and two film soundtracks.

She is known for including elements of , , , , , and music in her work. Her voice has also been acclaimed for its distinctive qualities. In 2010, she won the Polar Music Prize in recognition of her “deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice.”

Her record label, One Little Indian, reported in 2003 that she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards (including one for acting). For her performance in Dancer in the Dark, Björk won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. She was ranked #36 on VH1’s “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” and #8 on MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”.

Björk was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her musical career began when she was eleven with her study of classical piano in elementary school. One of her instructors sent a recording of Björk singing Tina Charles’ song I Love to Love to RÚV, then the only radio station in Iceland. The recording was broadcast on national radio - after hearing it, a representative of the Fálkinn label contacted Guðmundsdóttir, to offer a record contract, and Björk was recorded and released in 1977.

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  • thaynalmeida

    New album please

    Yesterday 8:40pm Reply
  • DomeAloud

    Of course some hipsters would bitch about pop music. God bless your music taste. I love Björk and I love "shitty mainstream music". This topic is getting boring. There are great pop artists (Beyonce, Gaga, Mariah, Madonna) just as there are great alternative artists.

    Yesterday 3:28pm Reply
  • electricmonster

    vai deletar a porra da pan no inferno sua putona

    12 Jul 1:45am Reply
  • YellaPaint

    yeah Bjork definitely incorporates pop music a lot

    10 Jul 7:38pm Reply
  • B-R-U-N-O-O

    love you so much i can't define

    10 Jul 6:02am Reply
  • alexpage13th

    Well said KevinWhatever! :)

    9 Jul 10:13pm Reply
  • KevinWhatever

    Musically speaking, 'Pop' is an incredibly broad term that can be used to describe a lot of musical styles, not necessarily mainstream shitty divas. I don't know why some people feel aversion to the term 'pop', as if everything under that genre is automatically less "artistic" or "complex". In fact, Kate Bush is pop, The Beatles are pop, Róisín Murphy is pop, Kraftwerk are pop too, as well as many other artists/groups that make very interesting and/or innovative music. To me, the greatest achievement and contribution that Björk has done is actually, apart from her wonderfully unique creativity and personality, blending pop melodies with experimental, cutting-edge electronic music (I think Homogenic, Medúlla and Biophilia are the greatest examples of that). Then again: pop =/= mainstream shit.

    9 Jul 10:04am Reply
  • butt-plugsuit

    Make an album and use Death Grips samples for each track

    9 Jul 3:38am Reply
  • chesko-r

    Björk feat. Miley Cyrus 'Shake Dat Pu$$y' COMING SOON.

    8 Jul 5:28pm Reply
  • WitchUp

    "I truly, with a hand on my heart, feel that I am doing music for the everyday person. I could have so easily gone and become a composer and done some avant-garde music in some corner for the chosen eleven and half person. But I’ve never wanted to do that."

    8 Jul 11:58am Reply
  • WitchUp

    I am so done with Bjork's pretentious fanbase. Just enjoy the damn music and stop fighting.

    8 Jul 11:52am Reply
  • chesko-r

    I'm not angry, I'm just trolling. Love me some hipsters, and I do like pop music (Mostly older stuff). But really, I wouldn't classify Björk as 'pop'.

    7 Jul 9:45pm Reply
  • NyBlueberry

    Just ''pop'' is sufficient to describe Debut but ok whatever makes you happy

    7 Jul 9:09pm Reply
  • sponda_it

    Experimental and pop are a sort of antithesis. The only thing I recognized as 'pop' by her, is at least Venus as a Boy. For example the rest of Debut is made by alternative dance, chillout and house. Post is trip-hop, jazz and industrial influenced, and with many things which made it so ahead of its time. I mean, there's no need to continue with this thing just because Bjork has a 'mainstream fame'. I love pop genre as well, but what someone here calls pop, actually is not!

    7 Jul 7:46pm Reply
  • Ppneumonia

    sadcum

    7 Jul 6:08pm Reply
  • NyBlueberry

    So what's causing your anger here chesko-r? Calling Björk pop? In that case I wouldn't be so quick to label people 'stupid hipsters'. ^_^ Pop music is amazing by the way

    7 Jul 3:18pm Reply
  • NyBlueberry

    @handcuter It was just an awful joke :p

    7 Jul 3:05pm Reply
  • Cylob

    What are the essential albums of the Madchester era? Join the debate!

    6 Jul 9:32pm Reply
  • darkmatter0

    Both pop and experimental terms are relative. Some think everything with clear structure is "pop". Still, majority of music lovers find her melodies unconventional and for general public she may be just unlistenable. So i would not call her pure pop, she is kind of experimental pop. Sure, for elitists she may not sound that interesting, but that's not her goal. Bjork likes to experiment still she wants to write emotional melodies. She does that good hence the popularity. At the same time, most of avantgarde music press likes her and does not see a "problem" in her fame. Btw, for every "true" experimental artist there's ever more experimental and less known artist :)

    6 Jul 7:01pm Reply
  • chesko-r

    So, apparently, Björk is a pop musician now... Man, stupid hipsters are everywhere. Nobody likes you, STFU.

    6 Jul 4:56am Reply
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