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Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled in the early 1970s by Udo Dirkschneider. They played an important role in the development of speed metal and Teutonic thrash metal, being part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 80s along with bands such as Helloween, Running Wild, Grave Digger, Sinner, and Rage. The band's 1983 album, 'Balls to the Wall', subsequently became their most successful release, featuring its well-known hit of the same title.
Early years (1976-1982)
Accept was originally founded in 1968 by Udo Dirkschneider and Michael Wagener under the name Band X. For many years after its founding, Accept went through constant chang...
Icona Pop are a Swedish duo who were formed in 2009, with electro house, punk and indie pop music influences. The two members, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, who grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, wanted to create music "which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time". They signed to TEN Music Group in 2009.
In late 2010, their song "Manners" was featured on Kitsuné Maison Compilation 10. "Manners" was later released as their debut single in 2011. It managed to peak at number 15 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. "Manners" was followed that year by their debut EP Nights Like This. They released their second EP the year after, titled Iconic EP. The 2012 EP included their hit single "I Love It". The song was written by Pa...
Rita Sahatçiu Ora, better known as Rita Ora, is an Albanian-British singer-songwriter from London, UK. Born in Prishtina in 1990, Ora's family moved to London where she was raised. According to the Hot Right Now Songfacts, during her early teens Ora attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, whose other notable alumni include Emma Bunton and Amy Winehouse.
Her first UK exposure came after several collaborations with British singer Craig David. In 2009, she also auditioned for BBC talent competition 'Your Country Needs You' - to select the United Kingdom's entrant for the the Eurovision Song Contest - but withdrew her application.
In 2009, she signed a recording contract with Jay-Z's label Roc Nation and relocated to...
Lena Philipsson (born Maria Magdalena Filipsson on January 19, 1966, in Vetlanda) is a Swedish singer and media personality. Her career started with the single Boy/You Open My Eyes in 1984 and with her Melodifestivalen entries Kärleken är evig in 1986, Dansa i neon in 1987, and Om igen in 1988. In the early 1990s her fame increased in Sweden, and she continued to release albums until 1997. In 2001, she had a stage comeback with the successful "Lena Philipsson Show," which was sold out for two and a half years around Sweden. In 2004, she entered Melodifestivalen for the fourth time as a solo artist, with the song Det gör ont composed by Thomas Eriksson (Orup). She won Melodifestivalen and represented Sweden at the 2004 Eurovision Song Con...
Alice Kristina Ingrid Gernandt (born 23 July, 1982), better known by her stage name Ace Wilder, is a singer and songwriter from Stockholm, Sweden. Ace is best known for taking part in Melodifestivalen 2014. She made it to the final on 8 March in Friends Arena, progressing from the third semifinal in Scandinavium with her song Busy Doin' Nothin'. She placed second in the final two points behind the eventual winner Sanna Nielsen.
Ace grew up in several places around the world, and for a long time she lived in Miami, Florida, USA. Nowadays she resides in Stockholm. Along with two friends she started the music group Paper Moon Dragon. They released a single in 2006 called Betty. Ace has also written songs for other artists. She has plac...