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

645,683
3,499,372
My Favourite Game - The Cardigans

My Favourite Game

553,269
3,545,546
Erase/Rewind - The Cardigans

Erase/Rewind

278,095
1,624,691
Lovefool - Radio Edit - The Cardigans

Lovefool - Radio Edit

168,320
605,771
Carnival - The Cardigans

Carnival

161,737
815,341
For What It's Worth - The Cardigans

For What It's Worth

156,934
880,073
You're the Storm - The Cardigans

You're the Storm

155,633
810,093
Hanging Around - The Cardigans

Hanging Around

142,024
605,986
Live and Learn - The Cardigans

Live and Learn

136,368
659,639
Communication - The Cardigans

Communication

127,995
688,220
Higher - The Cardigans

Higher

122,380
480,594
Explode - The Cardigans

Explode

110,805
458,174
Paralyzed - The Cardigans

Paralyzed

101,864
428,438
Been It - The Cardigans

Been It

101,817
375,721
Starter - The Cardigans

Starter

98,484
395,410
Do You Believe - The Cardigans

Do You Believe

97,979
384,527
Losers - The Cardigans

Losers

89,029
302,971
Rise & Shine - The Cardigans

Rise & Shine

86,661
353,189
Junk Of The Hearts - The Cardigans

Junk Of The Hearts

85,714
321,071
Godspell - The Cardigans

Godspell

85,244
391,114
Sick & Tired - The Cardigans

Sick & Tired

85,112
341,327
Marvel Hill - The Cardigans

Marvel Hill

83,074
307,218
Iron Man - The Cardigans

Iron Man

81,432
328,302
Nil - The Cardigans

Nil

77,236
257,430
Daddy's Car - The Cardigans

Daddy's Car

76,263
258,177
Your New Cuckoo - The Cardigans

Your New Cuckoo

71,137
251,239
My Favorite Game - The Cardigans

My Favorite Game

71,028
471,980
Great Divide - The Cardigans

Great Divide

70,976
230,019
Please Sister - The Cardigans

Please Sister

68,592
323,762
A Good Horse - The Cardigans

A Good Horse

67,865
306,290
Erase-Rewind - The Cardigans

Erase-Rewind

67,528
354,886
Feathers And Down - The Cardigans

Feathers And Down

66,044
308,630
Losing A Friend - The Cardigans

Losing A Friend

64,888
277,557
Couldn't Care Less - The Cardigans

Couldn't Care Less

64,269
306,515
Heartbreaker - The Cardigans

Heartbreaker

62,381
202,184
After All... - The Cardigans

After All...

61,075
216,908
Little Black Cloud - The Cardigans

Little Black Cloud

60,151
256,230
Drip Drop Teardrop - The Cardigans

Drip Drop Teardrop

59,214
246,909
In The Round - The Cardigans

In The Round

59,005
259,468
Good Morning Joan - The Cardigans

Good Morning Joan

58,505
263,061
Never Recover - The Cardigans

Never Recover

57,507
189,923
Overload - The Cardigans

Overload

56,871
228,751
Step On Me - The Cardigans

Step On Me

55,764
187,409
Choke - The Cardigans

Choke

54,923
179,703
War - The Cardigans

War

54,776
189,420
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