Knowledge Identifier: +Bjork



Icelandic singer-songwriter add

Category: Music

Born in 1965.

Countries: United States (28%), United Kingdom (26%), (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Volta (album), Dancer in the Dark, Iceland

Linked to: Chicago Film Critics Association, Nonesuch Records, Alcoa, Audur Capital




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Björk was born in 1965 add something


An album, "Björk", was recorded and released in 1977 add something


In her teens, Björk was influenced by punk; at 14 she formed the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot, shortly followed by the jazz fusion group Exodus in 1979 add something


In 1980 she graduated from music school add something


Their album, "Miranda", was released in 1983 add something


Einar Orn Benediktsson - After Purrkur Pillnikk's demise, in 1983 Einar became a member of the anarcho-punk KUKL along with the already notable Icelandic singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir


Björk's intermittent acting career began in 1986, when she appeared in "The Juniper Tree", a tale of witchcraft based on the Brothers Grimm story of the same name add something


Björk has a son, Sindri Eldon Thórsson, born 8 June 1986, with Thór Eldon, who was her band mate in the Sugarcubes add something


Einar Orn Benediktsson - In June 1986 Einar, Björk and other KUKL members founded the Sugarcubes, with Einar sharing vocal duties with Björk


The Sugarcubes signed a distribution deal with Elektra Records in the United States and recorded their first album, "Life's Too Good", in 1988 add something


Nellee Hooper - Between 1989 and 1992 he produced the debut albums for Soul II Soul , Massive Attack and Björk , which in 1995 Mixmag magazine ranked the 31st, 1st and 3rd best dance albums of all time


Leila has gone on to release three international solo albums throughout the 1990s and appears on the influential electronica labels Rephlex Records, XL Recordings, and Warp Records add something


Three of Björk's 1990s singles charted in the UK Top 10 add something


Brigitte Fontaine - In the 1990s, Brigitte Fontaine moved closer to the musical worlds of Björk and Massive Attack by testing new, more electric musical forms and, especially, more electronic forms than before


MTV - By late 1991 going into 1992, MTV began frequently airing videos from their heavily promoted "Buzz Bin", such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Tori Amos, PM Dawn, Arrested Development, Björk, and Gin Blossoms


Leila was initially recruited to play keyboards and provide backing vocals on Björk's first international solo tour in 1993 in support of "Debut" add something


She worked with David Arnold on "Play Dead", the theme to the 1993 film "The Young Americans" , collaborated on two songs for Tricky's "Nearly God" project, appeared on a track on the 1997 album "Not For Threes" by Plaid , and co-wrote the song "Bedtime Story" for Madonna's 1994 album "Bedtime Stories" add something


Her solo debut album, "Debut", was released in June 1993 to positive reviews; it was named album of the year by "NME" and eventually went platinum in the United States add something


At the 1994 BRIT awards, Björk won the awards for Best International Female and Best International Newcomer add something


Björk had an uncredited role in 1994's "Prêt-à-Porter" add something


To Bring You My Love - Harvey made only one public appearance in 1994, performing The Rolling Stones' " Satisfaction" with Björk at the annual BRIT *awards


Guy Sigsworth - Sigsworth subsequently contributed to Zazou's 1994 album Songs From The Cold Seas accompanying Björk


Björk contributed to the 1995 Hector Zazou collaborative album "Chansons des mers froides", singing the traditional Icelandic song "Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu add something


In 1995, Björk recalled Leila to be part of her second touring band for her next tour in support of "Post" add something


This project recruited fans and musicians from around the world to either cover or remix the 1995 track, "Army of Me." From over 600 responses Björk and her co-writer Graham Massey picked the best twenty to appear on the album add something


Released in June 1995, the album was produced in conjunction with Nellee Hooper, Tricky, Graham Massey of 808 State, and electronica producer Howie B add something


Hussein Chalayan - Also in 1995 Chalayan worked with avant-garde star Björk


It's Oh So Quiet - The song was covered by Björk in 1995


Hussein Chalayan - Björk's Post tour featured several creations by Chalayan and Björk modeled for Chalayan in October 1995 for London Fashion week


In 1996, Björk (Björk_(album)) arrived at Bangkok International Airport with her son Sindri after a long haul flight when Julie Kaufman, a female reporter, greeted Björk with "Welcome to Bangkok," which was followed by Björk's attacking her and knocking her to the ground add something


On 12 September 1996, obsessed fan Ricardo López mailed an acid-spraying letter bomb to Björk's London home and killed himself, but the package was intercepted by the Metropolitan Police Service add something


Tubular Bells - It began during the 1996 Dew Drop Inn Tour where she let "Father Lucifer" segue into "Tubular Bells" on the piano while singing words from Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" as well as playing it on the harpsichord during songs "Love Song" and "Bells for Her" , usually while mixing in lyrics from a third song such as Björk's "Hyperballad" or "Blue Skies"


In 1997, the album "Homogenic" was released add something


You Only Live Twice (film) - In 1997, Icelandic singer Björk recorded a cover version


In 1998, Björk established her own short-lived record label, Ear Records, which operated under the One Little Indian Records umbrella add something


Ray of Light - Writing for "Melody Maker" in February 1998, Mark Roland drew comparisons with the music of St Etienne and Björk's "Homogenic" album, highlighting "Ray of Light"s lack of cynicism as its most positive aspect: "It's not an album turned on the lathe of cynical pop manipulation, rather it's been squished out of a lump of clay on a foot-powered wheel


Filming began in early 1999, and the film debuted in 2000 at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival add something


In 1999, Björk was asked to write and produce the musical score for the film "Dancer in the Dark", a musical drama about an immigrant named Selma who is struggling to pay for an operation to prevent her son from going blind add something


Dancer in the Dark - "'Dancer in the Dark"' is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Icelandic singer Björk, Catherine_Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Joel Grey


At the time, "Vespertine" was Björk's quickest selling album ever, having sold two million copies by the end of 2001 add something


Björk and the Brodsky Quartet recorded a composition written, especially for her, by composer John Tavener called "Prayer Of The Heart" in 2001, and it was played for a slide show presentation in 2003 for the American photographer, Nan Goldin add something


In 2001, Björk released the album "Vespertine" add something


The album features a duet with Thom Yorke of Radiohead titled "I've Seen It All," which was nominated for an Academy award for Best Song and was performed at the 2001 Oscars, while Björk was wearing her celebrated "swan dress," which was recently auctioned off for charity on eBay add something


The album was certified gold in the US in 2001 add something


E. E. Cummings - The Icelandic singer Björk set Cumming's poem "I wade out into their song sun in my mouth" to music for her 2001 album Vespertine


Chris Cunningham - "Monkey Drummer" debuted as part of Cunningham's installation at the 49th International Exhibition of Art at the 2001 Venice Biennale, which consisted of a loop of "Monkey Drummer", "Flex", and his video for Björk's "All Is Full of Love"


In 2002, the clip finally enjoyed unedited American airing as part of a late night special on MTV2 titled, "Most Controversial Music Videos add something


Björk and her partner, artist Matthew Barney, have a daughter, Ísadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney, born 3 October 2002 add something


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - In 2002 the event returned to a two-day format, featuring the reunited Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as headlining acts Björk and Oasis


Economy of Iceland - In addition, Icelandic singer Björk was a notable early opponent to the plan; protesting the proposed construction, the singer's mother, Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, went on a hunger strike in 2002


Her record label, One Little Indian, reported that by 2003 she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide add something


In 2003, Björk released a box set called "Live Box", consisting of four CDs containing live recordings of her previous albums and a DVD featuring a video of one track from each CD. Each of the four CDs was later released separately at a reduced price add something


In 2003, the album was ranked number 373 on "Rolling Stone" magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time add something


Zoey (singer) - Upon Zoey's return to Japan she signed with Columbia Records and released her first single "Venus as a Boy", a Björk cover sung in Japanese, on 3 September 2003


Alexander McQueen (brand) - On 15 October 2003, Alexander McQueen collaborated with Björk at Fashion Rocks where the Fall 2003 collection was presented at the Royal Albert Hall


A video for the potential next single, "Where Is the Line," was filmed in collaboration with the Icelandic artist Gabríela Fridriksdóttir in late 2004 add something


In 2004, Björk announced HK119 as her favourite act of 2004 and cited her as "The Perfect Blonde Woman add something


In 2004, Björk took part in the "Hætta" concert in Reykjavík, organised in protest against the building of Alcoa aluminium smelters in the country, which would make Iceland the biggest smelter in Europe add something


In 2004, Leila discovered the work of Finnish multimedia artist Heidi Kilpeläinen, who had taken her combination of Lo-fi, homemade electro pop with her own self-produced music videos and combined them under the alter ego character, HK119 add something


In 2004, Tagaq was invited to collaborate on the a cappella album, "Medúlla", in which the duet "Ancestors" was recorded add something


In August 2004, Björk performed the song "Oceania" at the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens , Greece add something


In August 2004, Björk released "Medúlla" add something


Olivier Alary - He went on to co-write the song "Desired Constellation" with Björk on her 2004 album "Medúlla"


Mike Patton - In 2004, Patton worked with Björk and the beat boxer Rahzel on her album, "Medúlla"


Björk and Barney both appear in the film, which was released in 2005 add something


Björk appeared in the 2005 documentary "Screaming Masterpiece", which delves into the Icelandic music scene add something


It originally appeared on the promotional "Oceania" single released to radio stations and later became available to the public as a B-side of the "Who Is It" single, which charted at number 26 in the UK. This was followed in early 2005 by "Triumph of a Heart," charting at number 31 add something


The album was released in April in the UK and in late May 2005 in the US. By January 2006, the album had raised around £250,000 to help UNICEF's work in the southeast Asian region add something


On 2 July 2005 Björk took part in the historic Live 8 series of concerts, headlining the Japan show with Do As Infinity, Good Charlotte, and McFly add something


She was awarded the Inspiration award at the Annual "Q Magazine" awards in October 2005, accepting the prize from Robert Wyatt, with whom she collaborated on "Medúlla" add something


In Rainbows - In December 2005, Radiohead asked producer Mike "Spike" Stent, who had worked with U2 and Björk, to help them work through their material


Luke Busby - Temposhark's first UK single out in December 2005 is a collaboration with producer Guy Sigsworth, best known for his work with Madonna and Björk


HK119 and Björk (Björk_(album)) appeared in a joint interview in Dazed & Confused magazine in 2006, where Björk stated about HK119's work, "It's unique add something


HK119 was soon signed to Björk's parent label One Little Indian Records, which released her debut album in 2006 add something


In 2006, Björk remastered her first three solo studio albums and her two soundtrack albums in 5,1 surround sound for a re-issue in a new box-set titled "Surrounded", released on 27 June add something


In 2006, Arnalds released her debut solo album "Við Og Við" in Iceland, which Björk citied as one of her favourite recent new acts of the last few years during a radio interview, and encouraged One Little Indian Records to reissue the album in the UK and Europe in 2009 add something


Björk visited Banda Aceh in February 2006 to view some of UNICEF's work with the children who were affected by the tsunami add something


Björk's former band, "The Sugarcubes," reunited for a one-night-only concert in Reykjavík on 17 November 2006 add something


Barbara Gladstone - Gladstone has produced many of Barney's movies, including four films from "The Cremaster Cycle" and the 2006 movie "Drawing Restraint 9", a collaboration between Barney and Björk


Antony Hegarty - In 2006, he collaborated with Icelandic musician Björk in recording sessions in Jamaica and Iceland


Björk starred in Gunar Karlsson's 2007 animated film "Anna and the Moods", along with Terry Jones and Damon Albarn add something


The first single from the album, "Earth Intruders," was released digitally on 9 April 2007 and became her second-ever Billboard Hot 100 entry in the United States add something


Björk contributed a cover of Joni Mitchell's song "The Boho Dance" to the tribute album "A Tribute to Joni Mitchell", released on 24 April 2007 add something


Björk's sixth full-length studio album, "Volta", was released on 7 May 2007 add something


The second single from the album, "Innocence," was digitally released on 23 July 2007, with an accompanying music video chosen from a contest conducted through her official website add something


In November 2007, the band covered the song as part of a live webcast add something


Damon Albarn - Albarn was featured in Gunar Karlsson's 2007 film "Anna and the Moods", along with Terry Jones and Björk


Brian Chippendale - Chippendale performed drums on Björk's 2007 album "Volta"


Chris Corsano - Corsano has been a touring musician with Björk, having featured on her 2007 studio album "Volta"


Erol Alkan - Erol was working on remixes for Björk and Interpol in summer 2007, but lost them due to a hard drive failure


Leon Milo - His transcription of the song "I Miss You" by Björk for piano and electronics was recorded on the Solo CD "ICELAND" by Susanne Kessel in 2007 as well


Michel Ocelot - In 2007, he gained some further recognition within the English-speaking world by directing a music video for the Icelandic musician Björk, the lead single from her album "Volta"


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Organizers extended the 2007 festival to three days and featured Red Hot Chili Peppers, the reunited Rage Against the Machine and Björk, all of whom headlined for the second time


Joni Mitchell - Prince's version of "A Case of U" appeared on "A Tribute to Joni Mitchell", a 2007 compilation released by Nonesuch Records, which featured Björk , Caetano Veloso , Emmylou Harris , Sufjan Stevens and Cassandra Wilson , among others


Volta (album) - On April 3, 2007 it was reported that the Björk section of the Rhino Records online ringtone store had been removed


Volta (album) - On April 21, 2007, Björk appeared as musical guest on an episode of the US comedy-variety show "Saturday Night Live" in promotion of the album


Reactable - Björk's 2007 world tour supporting her 2007 release "Volta" used the instrument in several songs including "Declare Independence"; Björk's live inaugural use of the instrument took place at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 27, 2007


Reactable - Björk's 2007 world tour supporting her 2007 release "Volta" used the instrument in several songs including "Declare Independence"; Björk's live inaugural use of the instrument took place at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 27, 2007


Volta (album) - "'Volta"' is the seventh studio album by Icelandic musician Björk, released in May 2007


Volta (album) - On June 8, 2007 , Björk performed on the contemporary UK music show "Later With Jools Holland" for the fifth time in her solo career


HK119 later released her second album, "Fast, Cheap And Out Of Control", in 2008 on One Little Indian Records and is currently recording her third album add something


She returned to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 12 years in January 2008, touring the nations with the Big Day Out Festival add something


On 13 January 2008, Björk attacked a photographer who had photographed her arrival at Auckland International Airport in New Zealand for her scheduled performance at the Big Day Out festival add something


Upon its 27 September 2008 digital release, it topped the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales chart and reached number three on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart add something


According to an October 2008 interview with Pitchfork magazine, Björk plans to take the next three to four years to record her next album add something


Björk's official website later confirmed that the single would be released on October 27, 2008, through iTunes, however the track was eventually made available at nattura add something


On October 28, 2008, Björk wrote an article for the Times discussing the state of the Icelandic economy and her thoughts on the proposed use of natural resources to get the country out of debt add something


Thom Yorke - Yorke and Björk worked together again in 2008 on the charity single "Náttúra"


Owen Pallett - In March 2008, Owen Pallett under the alias Final Fantasy, collaborated with Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste on a cover of Björk's "Possibly Maybe" as part of Stereogum's tribute to Björk's album, "Post"


Volta (album) - EXIT - On March 7, 2008 EXIT festival organiser Bojan Boscovic changed his position and told NME that Björk has an "open invitation" to play at the festival


Audur Capital - In December 2008 Audur announced the launching of BJÖRK, a private equity fund, established by Audur Capital and the renowned musician Björk Guðmundsdóttir, who is an active supporter of entrepreneurship, creative thinking and increased diversity in the Icelandic economy


In 2009, Björk used her website and various radio interviews throughout the year to express her enthusiasm for two more new acts add something


In a statement released by, a limited edition boxset titled "Voltaïc" from One Little Indian Records was announced, with a release date in North America of April 20, 2009 add something


Volta (album) - One manufacturing error led to 20,000 copies of the box-set having to be destroyed, and with a remanufacture necessary, Björk decided to make changes to the track listing resulting in four songs being cut from the live DVD. Towards the end of April 2009 Universal Europe accidentally shipped their copies of "Voltaïc" early


She collaborated with SHOWstudio and founder Nick Knight in 2010 by providing music for an Alexander McQueen tribute add something


She has won four BRIT awards, four MTV Video Music awards, one MOJO award, three UK Music Video 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 add something


In May 2010, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music announced that Björk was to receive the prestigious Polar Music Prize alongside Ennio Morricone add something


On May 21, 2010, Björk wrote an open letter in the newspaper Reykjavík Grapevine, calling on the Icelandic government to "do everything in its power to revoke the contracts with Magma Energy," the Canadian company which now has complete ownership of Icelandic geothermal company HS Orka add something


In September 2010, Björk released "The Comet Song" as part of the soundtrack for the movie "Moomins and the Comet Chase" add something


On 20 September 2010, Björk performed her version of "Gloomy Sunday" at designer Alexander McQueen's memorial in St. Paul's cathedral in London add something


On 7 December 2010, a previously unreleased song was released by Björk (Björk_(album)) soundtracking a film made by Nick Knight as a tribute to McQueen, with whom Björk collaborated on multiple occasions add something


Alterra Power - On May 21, 2010 Icelandic singer Björk wrote an open letter in the newspaper Reykjavík Grapevine, calling on the Icelandic government to "do everything in its power to revoke the contracts with Magma Energy"


On 17 February 2011, Pitchfork reported that Björk would release a collaboration with Syrian musician Omar Souleyman add something


The episode aired on February 27, 2011 add something


On 17 March 2011, Björk confirmed details about her next project, "Biophilia" add something


In June 2011, the first single off "Biophilia", "Crystalline," was released add something


In a June 2011 interview with Stereogum, Björk stated that her contract with her international record labels had ended since all promotions for "Volta" concluded and that she has signed with both National Geographic and Nonesuch for "Biophilia" add something


Two of the apps, "Crystalline" and "Cosmogony," were released on 19 July 2011, along with a music video for "Crystalline," directed by Michel Gondry add something


However, the album was released in usual form as a series of 10 music tracks as well, including a CD release, on 10 October 2011, and Bjork said it is designed to work as music just as any of her other albums is add something


Singing Tesla coil - A singing Tesla coil was used in Björk's 2011 performance piece "Biophilia", during a song called "Thunderbolt"


Icelandair - Biophilia, Björk's 2011 album, had earlier been released on Icelandair's fleet in the same way


Bjork had surgery to remove a vocal cord polyp in 2012 add something


Bastards (Bjork album) - Remix album - "'Bastards"' is the third remix album by Icelandic artist Björk, it was released on 19 November 2012


In July 2013, she featured in a Channel 4 documentary programme along with Sir David Attenborough called "When Björk Met Attenborough", as part of their "Mad4Music" season of programmes, in which each episode features musicians from across the musical spectrum giving an alternative take on music and what it means to them and others around them, for example the first episode featured pianist James Rhodes add something


Le Zenith - On 5 and 8 March 2013 Björk performed


In 2014, Björk helped to organize "Stopp, Let's Protect the Park", an event that aimed to raise money and awareness towards the preservation of Icelandic nature add something


In June 2014, Björk was featured on all 8 songs of the first part of Death Grips double LP titled "The Powers That B" add something


On October 7, 2014, Björk stated that the album would be released in 2015 add something


A full-scale retrospective exhibition dedicated to Björk will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 2015, one of the few musicians to land one add something


On 18 January 2015, just days after being publicly announced, and two months ahead of its scheduled release, a supposed full version of the album leaked online add something


ITunes - When the album leaked online shortly after its announcement, it was made available for sale early on 20 January 2015 on iTunes Store add something


New York's MoMA is preparing a retrospective exhibition starting in March 2015 that will chronicle Björk's career from "Debut" to "Biophilia" add something


On 6 June 2015, a 360 Degree Virtual Reality music video for Björk's song "Stonemilker" was released add something


After completing its New York residency, the tour traveled to Europe before ending in August 2015 add something


It is set to be released on 6 November 2015 on CD and digital and 4 December 2015 on vinyl add something


The CD was released on 13 November 2015 with the LP set to follow on 4 December 2015, the same day as the vinyl release of "Vulnicura Strings" add something


On 21 December 2015, the "Stonemilker VR App" was released for iOS devices, featuring an exclusive strings mix of the song add something


On 7 March 2016, Björk announced in an interview that she and Arca were working on her next full length studio album add something


On 3 June 2016 Björk debuted Björk Digital, a virtual reality exhibit showcasing all the VR videos completed for "Vulnicura" thus far, including the world premiere of "Notget", directed by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, at Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney 2016 in Sydney, Australia add something


On 15 June 2016, a standard "commercial" edition of "Vulnicura Live" was released, featuring the same performances but newly mixed and with different artwork add something


On 15 July 2016, a standard "commercial" edition of "Vulnicura Live" was released, featuring the same performances but newly mixed and with different artwork add something


Dancer in the Dark - In 2016, David Ehrlich ranked "Dancer in the Dark" as one of the best films of the 21st century, hailing Björk's performance as the "single greatest feat of film acting" since 2000


On 10 April 2017, a special box set of 7" records was announced entitled "7-inches for Planned Parenthood" add something


The news broke just a day after "Dazed and Confused" magazine released details of their August 2017 issue with the singer on the cover add something


On 2 August 2017, Björk announced her still unnamed new album on social media with few details other than it "will be out very soon add something


On 5 September 2017, Björk announced on social media that "The Gate", the lead single off her upcoming album, is due for release on 18 September add something


In October 2017, Björk posted on her Facebook page that she had been sexually harassed by a "Danish film director she worked with" add something


The collection was released digitally on 20 October 2017 add something


It is scheduled for release on November 24, 2017 add something


Dancer in the Dark - In October 2017, Björk posted on her Facebook page that she had been sexually harassed by a "Danish film director she worked with"


On 12 November 2018, Björk announced her new concert production, "Cornucopia", "where the acoustic and digital will shake hands" add something


On 7 December 2018, "Utopia" was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 61st Annual Grammy awards, making her fifteenth nomination at the Grammys add something


Thom Yorke - He has collaborated with artists including PJ Harvey, Björk, Flying Lotus, and Modeselektor, and has composed for film and theatre; his first feature film soundtrack, "Suspiria," will be released in October 2018


On 14 March 2019, Björk announced the upcoming re-release of her 9 studio albums in limited edition multi-colored cassettes add something


"Cornucopia" opened in May 2019 at The Shed and it is Björk's "most elaborate staged concert to date add something