Greatest Hits (2008 Ace of Base album)
Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by the Swedish group Ace of Base. It is their second compilation with this title, the first being Arista's 2000 US release Greatest Hits, it was released under Playground Music on 14 November 2008, is the last album to be released under the original contract of 5 original albums. The compilation was released in multiple formats, including a single disc edition and a 2CD+DVD compilation which includes 16 of their hits, 13 released remixes, 17 music videos; the set includes four newly recorded remakes of hit songs. This is the last Ace of Base album to date with new material to feature vocalist Jenny Berggren; the project was conceived as Ace of Base's fifth studio album, to consist of seven new songs and seven re-recordings of hit songs. The remakes were created to give the songs a more modern feel. According to Ulf Ekberg, the compilation was a contract obligation and halted plans for the band's then-upcoming album. Though Linn's image appears on the cover of the compilation, she is not featured on any of the new material.
The set includes re-recorded versions of the songs "Wheel of Fortune" and "Don't Turn Around", while the version released internationally on iTunes includes a remake of "Lucky Love", the Japanese edition includes a new version of "The Sign". An expanded version of the remixes portion called "Classic Remixes Extended" was released to iTunes, consisting of 44 released remixes. Greatest Hits Classic Remixes Notes^ signifies a remixer ^ signifies an assistant producer ^ signifies a vocal producer ^ signifies a co-producerClassic Remixes Extended The Sign – Ultimix – 6:48 The Sign – Dub Version – 5:08 All That She Wants – 12" Version – 6:46 Lucky Love – Frankie Knuckles Classic Club Mix – 7:23 Lucky Love – Amadin Remix – 5:43 Lucky Love – Armand's British Nites Remix – 11:22 Lucky Love – Vission Lorimer Funkdified Mix – 6:04 Lucky Love – Lenny B's Club Mix – 7:09 Happy Nation – Gold Zone Club Mix – 5:41 Everytime It Rains – Soul Poets Club Mix – 4:22 Life Is a Flower – Absolom Short Edit – 5:19 Life Is a Flower – Milk Long Edit – 5:14 Life Is a Flower – Sweetbox Mix 1 – 6:16 Wheel of Fortune – 12" Mix – 5:27 Hallo Hallo – Hitvision Radio Edit – 3:06 Hallo Hallo – Dub – 4:46 Beautiful Life – Junior's Circuit Bump Mix – 8:20 Beautiful Life – Vission Lorimer Club Mix – 7:01 Beautiful Life – Uno Clio Mix – 8:23 Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Lenny B's Club Mix – 8:25 Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Lenny B's Organ-ic House Mix – 7:15 Don't Turn Around – Turned Out Eurodub – 7:26 Don't Turn Around – Groove Mix Extended – 5:19 Cruel Summer – Cutfather & Joe Mix – 3:341 Cruel Summer – Hartmann & Langhoff Short Mix – 3:21 Cruel Summer – KLM Club Mix – 10:29 Cruel Summer – Hani Num Club Mix – 8:13 Cruel Summer – Blazin' Rhythm Remix – 3:21 Whenever You're Near Me – Strobe's Radio Remix – 3:23 Whenever You're Near Me – Strobe's Lollipop Mix – 3:27 Whenever You're Near Me – Nikolas & Sibley Dance Mix – 8:55 Living in Danger – Old School Mix – 4:49 Living in Danger – Principle Mix – 8:53 Living in Danger – Buddha Mix – 3:38 Beautiful Morning – Spanish Fly Radio Edit – 2:57 Beautiful Morning – Groove Radio Edit – 2:47 Unspeakable – Junk&Function/M12 Club Mix – 3:05 Unspeakable – Fairlite Radio Mix – 3:18 Unspeakable – Filur Radio Mix – 3:28 Travel to Romantis – Josef Larossi Mix – 5:35 Travel to Romantis – Love to Infinity Mix – 7:22 Travel to Romantis – Wolf Mix – 4:03 Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Long Version – 6:34 Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Rock Version – 4:021Cruel Summer – Cutfather & Joe Mix is the album version of the song All That She Wants Wheel of fortune Happy Nation The Sign Don’t Turn Around Living in Danger Lucky Love Beautiful Life Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry Life Is a Flower Cruel Summer Travel to romantis Always Have, Always Will C’est la vie Beautiful Morning Lucky Love 1 UnspeakableNotes DVD is in NTSC format only.1This is not the US version of the video.
Instead, it is an alternate edit of the original European video featuring the acoustic version of the song
Singles of the 90s
Singles of the 90s is a compilation album by Swedish pop music group, Ace of Base. Singles of the 90s was released on November 15, 1999 in Europe and Africa; the band had begun work on their fourth studio album when they were approached by their label to put out a greatest hits release. Jonas Berggren, the band's main composer refused the offer, claiming the idea for a singles package was premature. In the end, the band relented and offered three songs titled "Hallo Hallo", "C'est La Vie," and "Love in December", co-written by all four band members. An American counterpart, Greatest Hits, was released the following year on April 18, 2000, included only "C'est La Vie" of the three new tracks; this release sold poorly. Singles of the 90s was released in the US via iTunes in 2007 despite the Greatest Hits release; the album sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide, including 114,010 units sold in Japan
All That She Wants
"All That She Wants" is a song by Swedish group Ace of Base. It was released in 1992 as the second single from their first studio album, Happy Nation, and, in the following year, it was released as the first single from the 1993 album The Sign in North America. Produced by Denniz Pop, Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg, the song was inspired by the Kayo song "Another Mother". "All That She Wants" is a reggae-pop song that describes a sexually promiscuous woman, with the word "baby" being synonymous with "boyfriend". The song was first recorded in 1991, but went through many renditions before it was released; the song was a commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in many countries, including Denmark, the UK and Australia. The single was certified platinum in the United States, where it peaked at number two, behind Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love"; the single sold over 1 million copies in 1993 in the United States alone, became one of the best-selling singles of that year. On 7 July 2014, the single was re-released with new remixes as a digital EP.
While the group's predecessor single, "Wheel of Fortune", was a modest success, "All That She Wants", led Ace of Base to take off internationally. After hearing Swedish top 20 hit "Another Mother" by Kayo, the band decided that this was the sound they wanted to create. In 1991, the group produced a demo version of "All That She Wants", titled "Mr. Ace", which featured different lyrics, Linn on lead vocals, rap vocals performed by both Jonas and Ulf; the song was in major key, but was changed to minor upon Linn Berggren's insistence. Jenny explained that changing the key to minor allowed the song to portray a greater level of sadness and increased its relatability; some of the other material on the Happy Nation album stemmed from "All That She Wants", leading the album to have a darker sound. Jonas and Ulf contacted the producer of "Another Mother", Denniz PoP, sent him a demo tape featuring the song. Though Denniz was unimpressed with the song, the tape got stuck in the cassette tape player in his car.
Because of this, he was forced to listen to it over and over again, which helped him decide to help produce the track. Denniz introduced many changes to the song. Denniz was not fond of the rap vocals on the original demo, these were subsequently replaced with short spoken word sections. A new second verse was added. Though vocals were recorded by all four members for this version, Jenny's vocals were cut on the final release; the final version of the song evolved into a dark fusion of dub-reggae with pop which became the band's trademark sound. The song is performed in the key of C♯ minor with a tempo of 94 beats per minute in common time; the vocals span from G♯3 to C♯5. Ekberg described the song as being about "a typical girl in Sweden or Norway or Germany" who "meets a lot of guys". Jenny noted that it was about "a woman, always leaving and, because the woman is not whole in herself."Denniz would go on to co-produce all released versions of the song that were available at the time, notably a more uptempo version of the song, dubbed the "Madness Version".
This version features different vocals and more spoken-word sections. Ace of Base would collaborate with Denniz Pop on "The Sign" and multiple tracks on the band's sophomore release, The Bridge. Following its release in October 1992, the song climbed to number one on the Danish chart while "Wheel of Fortune" was still sitting at number two. Keen to rush out an album for the Christmas market, Mega Records pressed the band for an album and it was hastily recorded and released within a few weeks. In 2007, the song was re-recorded by the band as a three-piece with new lyrics in a first-person perspective, but was never released; this re-recording was leaked online in June 2016 in a collaboration version of the song that features new Ace of Base vocals alongside Britney Spears's vocals from her own 2007 demo version. Billboard wrote about the song: "Swedish quartet wears its Abba influences proudly on this shuffling, reggae-splashed ditty."Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented on the song: "The last time a new act from Sweden came on this strong it was Roxette with "The Look."
Since we got hold of the import several months ago, the word about this release has spread. Not every song that reaches #1 in the U. K. like this one did succeeds in America. Can't imagine it would take more than one listen to be convinced." "All That She Wants" reached the number-one position in thirteen countries: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Spain and United Kingdom. The song peaked at top three positions in most other places, it was released as the band's first single from The Sign in the United States, where it peaked at number two and was certified platinum. The song was a successful radio hit in the United States, sustaining the number one position on the US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream chart for nine consecutive weeks. "All That She Wants" was listed at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts and at number 70 on the 1990s decade-end charts. In Germany, the song was the best-selling single of 1993. According to Mega Records, the single sold 3.7 million copies worldwide as of May 1998.
A music video directed by Matt Broadley was produced in November 1992 to promote the single. The video had a low budget, was filmed in Copenhagen in one day with only two takes; the music video was meant to serve as an explanation for the song. It depicts the band members performing in a cramped apartment, interlaced with shots of a woman getting ready to go out, she goes to a bar where she meets a m
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The Recording Industry Association of America launched its first lawsuits on 8 September 2003, against individuals who illegally downloaded music files from the Kazaa FastTrack network. Two years after it began, the campaign survived at least one major legal challenge; the RIAA said it filed 750 suits in February 2006 against individuals downloading music files without paying for them in hopes of putting an end to Internet music piracy. The RIAA hopes their campaign will force people to respect the copyrights of music labels and minimize the number of illegal downloads; the Official Charts Company began to incorporate downloads in the UK Singles Chart on 17 April 2005, at which time Radio 1 stopped broadcasting the separate download chart, although the chart is still compiled. This was on condition that the song must have a physical media release at the same time. Music downloads have been measured by the Official Charts Company since 2004 and included in the main UK Singles Chart from 2005.
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The Golden Ratio (album)
The Golden Ratio is the fifth and final album by Swedish pop music group, Ace of Base. It was recorded in early 2009 through mid-2010, it is the only album to feature two new vocalists: Julia Williamson. Production on this album began with former band member and lead vocalist, Jenny Berggren in which the resulting sessions were shelved; the Golden Ratio marks the band's first album of new material since their 2002 album, Da Capo. The album entered the German album charts at number 100 in Switzerland; the band have said of the album “The Golden Ratio” is the end result of three years of work in the studio for Ulf and Jonas. Their main challenge was to find what the Ace of Base sound would be in the second decade of the twenty-first century. After a year of experimenting, they realized they wanted to embrace and preserve the original Ace of Base sound and make it contemporary at the same time." Following the release of the album, an acoustic version was in talks but never eventuated. The sole single released from the album was "All for You".
The song was serviced to European radio stations in mid-July 2010, was released as a single in digital and physical formats on September 10, 2010. The music video for the song was released on August 27, 2010. "Mr. Replay" was released as the first promotional single from the album prior to its release and was the first Ace of Base release to feature Clara and Julia; the song appeared on a promotional DJ disc, released in early July 2010. "Mr. Replay" was described as an "amalgamation of every song Ace of Base has recorded" and features guest vocals on verses by Lex Marshall; the song received mixed reviews from critics, who felt it was too similar to their previous material. The song appears in a different format on the album in comparison with the promotional release; the title track from The Golden Ratio was planned as a future single in Sweden. The Golden Ratio received positive reviews from critics. Rock&Review gave the album a positive review, stating, "Sonically, The Golden Ratio is everything you expect in an Ace of Base album and it's quite hard to tell that Jonas Berggren's sisters are absent as the new vocalists do a great job of filling in where Malin and Jenny left off."ScandiPop gave the album high praise, saying "It’s a jaw droppingly good album.
They’ve gone back to everything that made them so brilliant when they first started out in the early nineties." ^ "The Sign" on this record refers to Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg as a production team. Ace of Base official web site
Jonas Saeed known by his artist name KONO, is a Swedish record producer, DJ and Songwriter known for his work with producing and writing tracks for pop stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Robin Thicke. Jonas Saeed notably co-wrote and produced Wisin & Yandel single "Follow the Leader", which topped charts around the world. Now based in Los Angeles, Saeed is self-releasing music under his alias KONO. DiscographiesJonas Saeed at Allmusic Jonas Saeed at Discogs