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Björk is playing select venues in 2015 after the release of her latest album Vulnicura, which chronicles her breakup with artist Matthew Barney. The album is more traditional for Björk, having been described as raw and emotional. Her performances will take place in intimate New York venues, following the premiere of the MoMa's highly-anticipated multimedia Björk exhibition. Don't miss out on these rare concerts; buy your Björk tickets today!About Björk
Björk Guðmundsdóttir is an Icelandic singer/songwriter with an eclectic range of music that has spanned from rock to jazz to electronic dance music to classical to folk to artistic expression. Born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland, Björk began studying classical piano at the age of eleven. A record label offered Björk a record contract after an instructor sent a recording of Björk singing to an Icelandic radio station. The album Björk was released in 1977. Björk formed an all-girl punk group as a teenager and later joined a jazz fusion group. Björk and bassist Jakob Magnússon created a band called Jam-80 (later named Tappi Tíkarrass) and released the album Miranda in 1983. Björk joined a new Gothic Rock band, KUKL, and toured Iceland with the UK punk band Crass and later performed in the UK with Flux of Pink Indians. They produced two albums together, 1984’s The Eye and 1986’s Holidays in Europe.
In 1986, a few members of KUKL and Medusa started a band that later became The Sugarcubes. The Sugarcubes' first single, "Ammæli" became a hit in the UK and they were immediately signed by One Little Indian, a label set up by the former bass player of Flux of Pink Indians. Björk is still signed to this label today. The Sugarcubes also signed a distribution deal with Elektra Records in the United States and recorded their first album Life’s Too Good in 1988. The Sugarcubes became international stars and Björk participated in several side projects including recording a jazz collection and contributing vocals to other artists’ albums.
After the Sugarcubes split up in 1992, Björk moved to London to pursue a solo career. Björk’s first international hit, “Human Behavior,” was a dance track based on a guitar rhythm sample, and the song was played frequently on MTV. Björk released her solo album Debut in 1993. The album was dance-oriented, including the singles "Venus As a Boy", “Like Someone in Love," and "The Anchor Song.” It was named album of the year by NME and went platinum in the United States. Björk won the awards for “Best International Female” and “Best International Newcomer” at the 1994 BRIT Awards. Debut’s success led to collaborations with other artists, and Björk co-wrote Bedtime Story for Madonna’s 1994 album Bedtime Stories. Madonna tickets are flying off the shelves this year as she embarks on her 2012 MDNA tour.
Björk's second album Post was released in 1995. The album had a trip hop/electronic sound with singles like “Possibly Maybe” and “Enjoy.” It also featured jazz and orchestral influenced arrangements in other tracks. The album ranked 7th in Spin’s “Top 90 Albums of the 90’s” and number 75 in their “100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005” and was eventually certified platinum in the United States. Björk released her third album Homogenic in 1997, a departure from her earlier albums and more experimental, featuring songs like “Joga” with big beats and strings. Homogenic was certified gold in the United States in 2001. Björk's music videos received plenty of airtime, and she released the first DVD single ever in the US, “All is Full of Love.”
Björk released the album Vespertine in 2001, featuring chamber orchestras and choirs. She also released a self-titled coffee table book of prose and photographs simultaneously. Björk toured theatres and opera houses in Europe and North America to support the album. Vespertine sold two million copies by the end of 2001. The album included the singles “Hidden Place,” “Pagan Poetry,” and “Cocoon.” Her music videos, especially for “Pagan Poetry,” created much controversy and were eventually aired uncensored late at night by MTV2’s “Most Controversial Music Videos.” In 2002 Björk released Family Tree, which included unreleased versions of some of Björk's songs, and a Greatest Hits album. A new single “It’s In Our Hands,” charted at 37 in the UK.
In August 2004, Björk released Medulla, an album in which she tried to make completely vocal based, although the final version included electronic programming. The album featured vocal performers like throat singer Tagaq, beatboxer Rahzel, Japanese beatboxer Dokaka, avant-rocker Mike Patton, Soft Machine drummer/singer Robert Wyatt and several choirs. The album charted at 14 in the United States, her highest charting at the time. Björk released her sixth studio album, Volta, in 2007, featuring hip hop producer Timbaland and a wide range of other collaborators. The first single off the album, “Earth Intruders,” became Björk's second ever Billboard Hot 100 entry in the US and the album debuted at 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Other singles included "Innocence", "Declare Independence" "Wanderlust" and "The Dull Flame of Desire.
Björk’s accolades include four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, one MOJO Award, three UK Music Video Awards, and the 2010 Polar Music Prize in recognition of her “deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice.” Björk has also been nominated for an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and 12 Grammy Awards. In 1999, Björk wrote and produced the musical score for the film Dancer in the Dark, and at the request of the director, agreed to play the starring role, eventually receiving the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. In August 2004, Björk performed the song “Oceania” at the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Björk was ranked number 36 on VH1’s “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll,” number 8 on MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music” and number 60 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers.”
In 2011, Björk released Biophilia, which combines music with technological innovation, science and nature, including an "app album," educational collaborations with children and specialized live performances. The first single off Biophilia, “Crystalline,” uses complex breakbeats along with several specialized custom-built instruments. The one-of-a-kind album is sure to delight the millions of Björk fans, so Björk tickets will be high demand in 2016!