New Björk Album, Feat. Production By Arca, Coming 2015!
It’s been three years now since Björk released the skittering, science-inspired album Biophilia, and lately we’ve been hearing rumblings that she’s working on its follow-up. A few weeks ago, there were reports that she was working with Arca, the Venezuelan-born and New York-based producer. Arca, who specializes in dessicated deconstructions of apocalyptic dance music and who worked with Kanye West on Yeezus, issued a clarifying statement on Twitter: “rather than “sole producing,”@bjork and I are coproducing music together! just a quick correction to phrasing !! *curtsie*” And now Björk’s camp has effectively confirmed that she’s got a new album coming out next year, posting on her Facebook that she’s skipping the Biophilia Live premiere at this week’s London Film Festival so that she can work on the album, which is due next year. Björk tends to do amazing work when she’s paired up with a bleeding-edge electronic producer, and Arca is absolutely that, so this is a good time to start getting excited.
[Reported via Stereogum]
Björk Guðmundsdóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈpjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtoʊhtɪr]) (born November 21, 1965), known mononymously asBjörk (/ˈbjɜrk/), is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and occasional actress. She initially became known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Sugarcubes, whose 1987 single “Birthday” was a hit on US and UK indie stationsand a favorite among music critics. Björk began her career as a solo artist in 1993. Her first album, Debut, was rooted in electronic dance music, house, jazz and trip-hop, and is widely credited as one of the first albums to introduce electronic dance music into mainstream pop. Now in the third decade of her solo career, Björk has developed an eclectic musical style that incorporates aspects of dance, rock, jazz, electronic, classical, and avant-garde music.
Björk has had 30 singles reach the Top 40 on pop charts around the world, with 22 Top 40 hits in the UK (including the Top 10 hits “It’s Oh So Quiet” (#4), “Army of Me” (#10), and “Hyperballad” (#8)), 11 in Ireland, eight in Italy, four in France, and two in Australia.Additionally, “Big Time Sensuality“, “Hyperballad“, and “I Miss You” were number one Dance Hits in the US. Björk’s record label, One Little Indian, reported that she had sold more than 15 million albums by 2003, and prior to the release of Biophilia in 2011, media outlets reported that Björk’s first six studio albums had sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.In 2013, NME reported thatDebut alone had sold 4.7 million copies worldwide.
Björk has won four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, one MOJO Award, three UK Music Video Awards, 21 Icelandic Music Awards and, in 2010, the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her “deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice.” She has also been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards (plus two for art direction on her album sleeves, done by others), one Academy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. She won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Dancer in the Dark. Her 2011 album, Biophilia, was the first album to be released as a series of interactive apps, and in 2014 these apps were the first ever to be inducted into the Museum of Modern Art‘s permanent collection.
Music critics have consistently championed Björk’s body of work, praising her innovative approach to singing and composition, her pioneering use of electronic beats, her groundbreaking music videos, and, above all, her singular voice, describing her as “the most important and forward-looking musician of her generation” and “the best non-pop female vocalist of the last 30 years.” Björk has been ranked twenty-ninth in VH1‘s “The 100 Greatest Women in Music”, eighth in MTV‘s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”, sixtieth inRolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, and was recognized in NPR‘s “50 Great Voices” feature for her “celestial