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Björk was born on 21st November 1965 and is from Reykjavik in Iceland. In the early days Björk first found fame through her band The Sugarcubes, before launching her solo career in 1993.

Famed for her arts, fashion and music; Björk found international fame through her big worldwide hits "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army of Me" and "Hyperballad", and has achieved several prestigious accolades, including 13 Grammy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards.

Björk first began her musical career at the tender age of 14, where she formed several bands with relative success. Her next move was to spread her wings and forge a highly successful solo career, where she incorporated songs from her band days, and experimented with sounds which were considered extremely daring and progressive for the time.

Her second studio album ‘Debut’ was released in 1993 and featured many singles which rocked into international stardom and put her name on the map. "Human Behaviour", "Venus as a Boy", "Play Dead", "Big Time Sensuality" and "Violently Happy" were all in the top 50 on the UK Singles Chart and the album went platinum in the US and 2x platinum in the UK.

The second studio release ‘Post’ focused on a more electronic and techno sound; with Björk working with the likes of 808 State and Tricky, amongst others. Her most well-known single “Army of Me” was to become one of her most prolific songs from the album and achieved worldwide recognition, topping the ‘best of’ charts and achieving platinum status in the UK and the US.

In the late ‘90s Björk changed her signature pixie style look, which she had become accustomed for, and also her style of music.

Moving away from the dance and techno sounds from the early ‘90s, Björk went on to incorporate sounds of her native Iceland, and produced the album Homogenic which marked the beginning of her new transition into an experimental style of music. The Homogenic tour also featured an Icelandic string octet on her Björk tour London, where she performed at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Manchester Carling Apollo, Symphony Hall, the London Palladium and Cambridge Corn Exchange during 1998.

In 2001, Björk continued her new transitional phase, and produced her fifth album Vespertine which again continued the journey into her Icelandic upbringing, and delved deeper into themes of love and sex, which most of her songs were derived from.

Björk tour dates UK for her Vespertine shows were held at St. John’s Smith Square and Royal Opera House in 2001, which resulted in a DVD release ‘Live at Royal Opera House’. The “Oh So Quiet” singer toured with a 70 piece orchestra and travelled across Europe, the US and Asia.

Three years later, as Björk reached the pinnacle of her career; Björk announced her Greatest Hits Tour in 2003 which featured of an array of indie, dance and fellow Icelandic acts including Sigur Ros, Aphex Twin, Peaches and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

A year later the Icelandic super star went on to release her sixth album to date. Medulla reached #1 in the US and the top 10 in the UK. Medulla was recorded as a pure vocal album with only a few instruments used in the recording.

The single “Oceania” was used in the 2004 Olympic Games and during the performance Björk’s dress was transformed into a ginormous map of the world, and was especially written for the momentous occasion.

After 10 years of continuous involvement in the music industry and giving birth to her daughter, Björk took some time out from recording new material, and went onto remaster her first three studio albums in 2006.

Having produced music for over 10 years and achieving worldwide fame with her experimental sound; Björk decided to change her musical style again in 2007 and went on to release her seventh studio album, Volta.

Björk worked with Sonic Youth collaborator Chris Corsano and Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale, and recorded Volt with an international band; as well collaborating with top hip-hop producer Timbaland on a couple of tracks. Björk included many brass instruments and focused on rhythm and instruments, as opposed to her full vocal albums from before.

As part of her album tour Björk embarked on an 18 month world tour which saw her perform at a number of festivals across the world. In 2011, Björk took a different direction and collaborated with long-term music partner Michael Gondry and announced her new 3D musical Biophilia.

As well as a new tour and album, a special iPad app was created as part of the nature and science theme. After debuting some of her Biophilia tracks at the Manchester International Festival in 2011 and at Bestival; Björk announced her Biophilia show at Alexandra Palace in London on 3rd September 2013.
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