Artist Name: The Cardigans

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The CardigansThe Cardigans are a Swedish band that formed in Jönköping, Småland, Sweden in 1992. The band's musical style has varied greatly from album to album; encompassing their early indie-leanings passing through '60s-inspired pop and more band-based rock. Their current lineup is Nina Persson on vocals, Peter Svensson on lead guitar, Magnus Sveningsson on bass guitar, Bengt Lagerberg on drums and Lars-Olof Johansson on keyboards and guitar.

The five-piece met as teenagers in Jönköping, Sweden, a town whose only distinguishing feature is its 52 churches. In October 1992, bonded by their mutual love of hard rock and folk music (they listed Nick Drake and Iron Maiden as their two biggest influences by 1994), guitarist Peter Svensson and bassist Magnus Sveningsson conceived The Cardigans. As their hometown was hardly a Mecca of musical enterprise, the group packed up and moved to the somewhat more central fishing port of Malmö, Sweden's third largest city, to seek their fortune. With Peter writing most of the music and the band as a whole composing the lyrics, the quintet set out to find a deal.

After an early recording of "Rise & Shine" appeared on a local independent label in 1994, The Cardigans were swiftly signed to Stockholm Records. The same year the band made their debut for the label with Emmerdale and later won the accolade of "Best Album of 1994" from Slitz, at the time Sweden's leading music magazine. The rise of The Cardigans has since been gradual, allowing them the time to develop naturally as their sales and positive exposure grew with each release. Their second long-player, Life, which followed in 1995, featured the hit singles "Carnival" and the re-recorded "Rise & Shine", and witnessed the band's first international chart success. Prior to the First Band on the Moon album in September 1996, The Cardigans released "Lovefool". Although the first response to the single was very positive and landed them in the Top 40, it achieved nowhere near the impact that awaited it the following Spring.

It was in 1997 that The Cardigans were first catapulted towards international superstardom. "Lovefool"'s inclusion on the blockbuster Romeo and Juliet film soundtrack that Spring pushed them past the boiling point. The single not only reached No. 1 on both the United Kingdom and United States airplay charts but also debuted at No. 2 on the United Kingdom national chart, where it remained top five for five weeks. All in all, the album reached more than 2.5 million sales worldwide, achieving Platinum status in the United States and Japan, but only achieving Gold in the United Kingdom. The promotional activities supporting the worldwide success of "Lovefool" and First Band On The Moon were never ending. The band not only performed a year long world tour complete with endless radio sessions and press and television interviews, but even ended up making guest appearances on Beverly Hills 90210 and the David Letterman Show.

It was because of the sheer exhaustion resulting from such a schedule, that The Cardigans since took some well deserved time off at home in Malmö to recuperate their artistic juices and write new material. During their time off, however, the band was by no means dormant. In the beginning of 1999 they contributed a new track, "War", to the A Life Less Ordinary soundtrack, a live recording of "Been It" to the Lilith Fair compilation and "Deuce", featured on The X-Files: The Album, an X-Files soundtrack album. Their break also included experimentation with various solo projects.

In June 1998, the group, who are very loyal to their roots, once again joined long-time producer Tore Johansson at his studio, Country Hell, located beside the picturesque Svaneholm Castle in Malmö and recorded the album, Gran Turismo.

The first single "My Favourite Game", was a major hit in many territories. The video for "My Favourite Game" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The song was also included in the soundtrack of the hit Playstation racing game, Gran Turismo 2, were it was the intro theme. The second single "Erase/Rewind" was released in January 1999, and this single also turned out to be a major hit around the world.

Gran Turismo reached more than 2.5 million sales worldwide.

The album Long Gone Before Daylight was released in February 2003 and from the album the singles "For What It's Worth" and "You're The Storm" were taken. The album received great reviews and the band spent most of 2003 touring Europe and North America.

In Fall 2005, the band released, Super Extra Gravity.

Official site: http://www.cardigans.com

Top Track of Atist: The Cardigans

Lovefool - The Cardigans

Lovefool

645,715
3,499,660
My Favourite Game - The Cardigans

My Favourite Game

553,337
3,546,267
Erase/Rewind - The Cardigans

Erase/Rewind

278,150
1,625,111
Lovefool - Radio Edit - The Cardigans

Lovefool - Radio Edit

168,451
606,433
Carnival - The Cardigans

Carnival

161,769
815,494
For What It's Worth - The Cardigans

For What It's Worth

156,952
880,200
You're the Storm - The Cardigans

You're the Storm

155,652
810,203
Hanging Around - The Cardigans

Hanging Around

142,032
606,049
Live and Learn - The Cardigans

Live and Learn

136,377
659,718
Communication - The Cardigans

Communication

128,011
688,317
Higher - The Cardigans

Higher

122,387
480,640
Explode - The Cardigans

Explode

110,812
458,230
Paralyzed - The Cardigans

Paralyzed

101,867
428,492
Been It - The Cardigans

Been It

101,822
375,749
Starter - The Cardigans

Starter

98,489
395,468
Do You Believe - The Cardigans

Do You Believe

97,981
384,566
Losers - The Cardigans

Losers

89,034
302,990
Rise & Shine - The Cardigans

Rise & Shine

86,673
353,232
Junk Of The Hearts - The Cardigans

Junk Of The Hearts

85,720
321,133
Godspell - The Cardigans

Godspell

85,248
391,161
Sick & Tired - The Cardigans

Sick & Tired

85,122
341,376
Marvel Hill - The Cardigans

Marvel Hill

83,079
307,263
Iron Man - The Cardigans

Iron Man

81,448
328,346
Nil - The Cardigans

Nil

77,240
257,468
Daddy's Car - The Cardigans

Daddy's Car

76,273
258,208
Your New Cuckoo - The Cardigans

Your New Cuckoo

71,146
251,279
My Favorite Game - The Cardigans

My Favorite Game

71,030
471,990
Great Divide - The Cardigans

Great Divide

70,980
230,050
Please Sister - The Cardigans

Please Sister

68,597
323,818
A Good Horse - The Cardigans

A Good Horse

67,872
306,347
Erase-Rewind - The Cardigans

Erase-Rewind

67,528
354,890
Feathers And Down - The Cardigans

Feathers And Down

66,050
308,689
Losing A Friend - The Cardigans

Losing A Friend

64,890
277,597
Couldn't Care Less - The Cardigans

Couldn't Care Less

64,275
306,570
Heartbreaker - The Cardigans

Heartbreaker

62,383
202,193
After All... - The Cardigans

After All...

61,084
216,935
Little Black Cloud - The Cardigans

Little Black Cloud

60,152
256,249
Drip Drop Teardrop - The Cardigans

Drip Drop Teardrop

59,216
246,943
In The Round - The Cardigans

In The Round

59,008
259,503
Good Morning Joan - The Cardigans

Good Morning Joan

58,506
263,086
Never Recover - The Cardigans

Never Recover

57,510
189,940
Overload - The Cardigans

Overload

56,873
228,788
Step On Me - The Cardigans

Step On Me

55,769
187,429
Choke - The Cardigans

Choke

54,927
179,715
War - The Cardigans

War

54,781
189,454
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