on 14 March 2011, after a preview of the song was posted onto the band's official Facebook page on 10 March 2011. Tracks such as "Cartoon Heroes" and "Bumble Bees" preserved the pop sound of their debut album. 80s Music Video Of The Day … The song, at first glance, appears to be about the Barbie doll. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! On 8 September 2011, it was announced that "Like a Robot" would also be released as a single on 12 September, and would battle against "Playmate to Jesus" in the charts. It looked like they were 60 or 70 years old. The group formed in 1989 and achieved crossover success around the globe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Aqua released their follow-up single "Around the World" in June 2000, although it was not as successful as "Cartoon Heroes", peaking at #26 in the UK and #35 in Australia. Where are they now? I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. At a press event on 26 October 2007, the group announced a reunion tour, as well as the release of a compilation album featuring new material. She’s from Australia…! The single far surpassed all expectations set by the label, though, and stayed in the charts for over two months, eventually selling enough copies to be certified platinum. Offers were received by the record company from locations in Denmark, Canada, United States and United Kingdom. Aqua. Titled "My Oh My", the single again featured catchy lyrics paired with a soft, melodic beat. On 29 May 2018, Aqua announced "The Rewind Tour" in Canada, with fellow '90s acts Prozzäk and Whigfield. For some of the songs they hired Dif. Aqua's follow-up to "Barbie Girl" in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom was "Doctor Jones", although another single, "Lollipop (Candyman)", was released in the United States through MCA Records. The four were disappointed and canceled their contract with the record label (although the label wanted to keep the group on for further releases). It was released in Denmark in September 1996, and was expected to break into the Danish top ten. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. I got here, and I saw a restaurant selling fried pies in waxy sleeves. Jun 21, 2017. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. Catching up with Ocean Bridge alum Aira Sarmiento. It has since been certified platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for sales of 30,000 copies in Denmark. Aqua definition at Dictionary.com, a free online dictionary with pronunciation, synonyms and translation. With a new manager and no record deal, the group started over, and began to develop their famous bubblegum pop sound. Aquarius contained several different musical styles. “Piling up in my office right now are nature things – acorns and pine cones. Mission Group. A small Swedish record label signed them in 1994, and their very first single "Itzy Bitzy Spider" was released in Sweden. The group also released a documentary on 1 December 1998 containing several live performances of songs from the Aquarium album and interviews with the members. The formation of Joyspeed was on the basis that both Norreen and Rasted would do the production for the group, with Dif rapping and Nystrøm performing the main vocals.  Aqua released the album's lead single, "How R U Doin?" As of 2005, only a handful of other artists have managed to achieve that kind of initial success in the UK (acts that have included Westlife and the Spice Girls). The recording of the soundtrack began in 1993. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music! "We Belong to the Sea" followed as a fourth single in even fewer nations, failing to chart in most countries. Aqua's second Danish single, "My Oh My", was resurrected in August 1998. ), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! Danish pop band Aqua.  On 7 September 2011, Aqua released a preview of their new single, "Playmate to Jesus", on their official Facebook page, which was released on 12 September 2011. Universal Music Group had by now begun to market the group in other countries, releasing "Roses Are Red" in Japan in February 1997 and in various countries across Europe in late 1996. The song became their third single to make it to number one in the United Kingdom. In 2004 the couple moved to Denmark from London. Oh, and they have two kids together, India and Billy. In 2008, Aqua reunited and promised a 25-concert tour that was to have commenced in the summer. You may have missed . In 1997, Danish quartet Aqua lit up the charts with their hit song "Barbie Girl." They formed in 1996 and by 1998 had treated us to the wonder that is We Like To Party, then they went on ‘hiatus’ in 2002 after their single Forever As One bombed in the charts. The group formed in 1989 and achieved crossover success around the globe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After a tour in 2012, they split again but reunited in 2016, this time without Claus Norreen and have continued as a trio, touring in their ‘home’ country as well as guest starring in a number of 90’s festivals in Australia and Canada. Norreen said in a statement that his "musical focus" has changed and that he no longer desires to tour with Aqua, but still considers the remaining members of Aqua "his family".. However, at a second glance, the song contains several sexual overtones, such as "You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere", "You can touch, you can play", and "Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky-panky." Rene Dif, the slightly pervy Ken to Rene’s Barbie is now married to a health coach and has a daughter named Mabel. Now a trio Aqua have returned with a brand new single entitled “Rookie”. They were originally called Joyspeed. The group also performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, collaborating with the Safri Duo and providing the music during the voting stages of the competition.  "Back to the 80s" debuted at number one in Denmark where it stayed for six weeks, becoming the band's fifth number-one single. Aqua are best known for the dance tracks such as "Barbie Girl", "Doctor Jones", "Lollipop (Candyman)", and "My Oh My"; however, they also made slower tracks such as "Turn Back Time", "Good Morning Sunshine", and "We Belong to the Sea". Aqua are the most successful music act in Denmark. The group released three albums: Aquarium in 1997, Aquarius in 2000 and Megalomania in 2011. Judge Alex Kozinski writing for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the district court finding the use of Mattel's trademark in "Barbie Girl" fell within the noncommercial use exemption to the Federal Trademark Dilution Act. Aqua's second album, Aquarius, which was released in 2000, suffered middling chart success as a result. But unfortunately the solo success the … Well it’s all about the music! "Lollipop (Candyman)" became the group's second Top 40 hit in the US, peaking at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The quartet was made up of Simon Webbe, now 38, Antony Costa, now 35, Duncan James, now 38, and Lee Ryan, now 33. Hyungeun also helps manage Krazy Entertainment’s project girl group Aqua and participated in the company’s latest project D.A.N. Aqua is a Danish-Norwegian Europop music group, best known for their 1997 multi-platinum crossover single "Barbie Girl". The single had proven popular everywhere it was sold, convincing Universal that the group should not just focus on the Danish market, but instead on the general European market. They performed a slower tempo acoustic version of "Barbie Girl" and it was revealed that Lene had pneumonia, but the concerts would proceed as the group pride themselves on never having cancelled a show. 29th September 2019. In 1997, Danish quartet Aqua lit up the charts with their hit song “Barbie Girl.” The song peaked at No. The song, unlike all other previous releases, dropped the bubblegum pop sound in favour of a slow, mainstream rhythm. 7 and their album “Aquarium” sold 3 million copies.  Aqua were originally set to release their third studio album on 14 July 2011, however the release was pushed back to 5 September 2011 with the record label citing bad timing. There are also differences between the first album Aquarium and the second album Aquarius; Aquarium had many similar tracks whereas Aquarius experimented with acoustic instruments and genres like country and Latin music. Judge Kozinski concluded his opinion by writing, "The parties are advised to chill.". The songs were said to have incorporated a rock sound into their music. Ocean Wise. In 2003, he began Magellan Aqua Farms Inc., with his wife Ann, in Passamaquoddy Bay, employing sustainable techniques for the culture of bivalves and plants. Tel: 250.448.8810 The greatest hits album was released in North America and many European countries on 22 September 2009 and in the UK on 29 September 2009. Although not expected at the time, "Around the World" would be Aqua's final UK single release. Featured Articles. Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. 7 and their album "Aquarium" sold 3 million copies. He approached her and hired her as the lead singer of Joyspeed, later renamed Aqua. The band originally formed in 1988. In Japan both songs were released as a double A-side, and achieved reasonable success in the singles chart. In September 2016, it was announced that Aqua will perform "at least 10 concerts" as part of the Vi Elsker 90'erne ("We Love the '90s") music festival. Whatever hair metal band you might be, there's no denying that it was an era of flamboyance and Aqua Net. The single was also released in several other European countries where it had not been released initially. Aqua In 1997, Danish quartet Aqua lit up the charts with their hit song “Barbie Girl.” The song peaked at No. Consider yourself haunted by … The Cheetah Girls once claimed they would remain both sisters and friends for life, but a full 17 years after the film premiered, we can't help but wonder if the iconic foursome even stays in touch anymore. The ladies of B*Witched The group announced a reunion in March 2017 and have performances planned throughout the year. Although the album sold well, many still wrote the group off as a one-hit wonder. Feeling extra nostalgic, we did an extensive deep dive to see what each member from the fictitious Disney band has been up to these last few years, and — well — now we feel super old. Upon its release in February 1997, "My Oh My" broke all Danish sales records by being certified gold within six days. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), FRESH: ‘In The Rain’ – DSM feat. So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. The group released their second album Aquarius in February 2000. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. All of this glam excess had us wondering about what these dudes look like now. The group's first release under their new name was "Roses Are Red", a dance song with a distinct pop sound. The release was highly successful, making number one in the United Kingdom for four weeks, in Australia for three weeks, and making the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, something rarely achieved at the time by European pop acts. Aqua's history together dates back to 1989. #90sPopBandGoals While Lene's Instagram doesn't make it super obvious what her occupation is now, she does do Super Cool Instagram Girl things like leaning on vintage cars and wearing leather jackets with tassles. Aqua finally performed 8 concerts around Denmark as part of the "Grøn koncert" festival. B oth teams are out of Wisconsin. Rank 34 – Kim Juna Juna debuted as a soloist in the summer of 2017. After the moderate chart success of Megalomania in Denmark, an expanded version of the band featuring all four original members (Lene Nystrøm Rasted, René Dif, Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen), plus new additions Niels Lykke Munksgaard Rasmussen (guitar) Frederik Thaae (bass) and Morten Hellborn (drums), toured Australia in March 2012. July 24, 2020. But still their comeback didn’t really work out and they disbanded again. Landmark Six - 10th Floor 1000-1631 Dickson Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 0B5. According to his Wikipedia page, he lives a quieter life in London and has a son called Eliot. After getting along well, the trio decided that they would work together again on a future project. PLAYLIST! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(! but I was hooked. The album contained 11 tracks, including their first two singles and their then upcoming third single "Barbie Girl". At that time, René Dif was working in the Netherlands as a club DJ, and Rasted and Norreen were starting out as producers. Co-written by Thomas Troelsen, the song peaked at number four in Denmark, becoming the band's tenth top-ten single. The Aqua Splash is an upright detangling brush created for use in the shower. Find information on all of AQUA’s upcoming concerts, tour dates and ticket information for 2020-2021. "Doctor Jones" was followed up by "Turn Back Time", a song which proved to be accepted well by both Aqua fans and critics. Where are they now?  Aqua followed a more traditional verse-chorus structure. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Artists for Ocean Wise – new colouring app in support of Vancouver Aquarium. So what’s he collecting now? 80s Hard Rock And Heavy Metal ’80s Movies ’80s Memes ’80s Toys. Aqua then decided that they would concentrate on starting work on their third album, as opposed to releasing further singles from Aquarius. Aqua commenced the recording of Megalomania at the beginning of 2010, scheduled for a release in the spring of 2011. 6. , Mattel, Inc. v. 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In 2011, the group released a third album called Megalomania . Ocean Wise is celebrating ‘World Oceans Day’ for the entire month of June! , The group managed to top the UK Singles Chart with three of their singles. Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! The group also caused controversy with the double entendres in their "Barbie Girl" single, with the Barbie doll makers Mattel filing a lawsuit against the group. AQUA is not due to play near your location currently - but they are scheduled to play 9 concerts across 4 countries in 2020-2021. "Cartoon Heroes" was released as the first single, and sold well across Europe and Australia, reaching #1 in Denmark, #7 in the United Kingdom, and #16 in Australia. Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. This performance also caused controversy, as a number of offensive phrases and gestures were added during the performance of "Barbie Girl" (which was involved in a major lawsuit). Aqua were relatively quiet during 1999, deciding to concentrate on recording Aquarius. Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. Streaming Forward, Powered By The Past – if you love 80s music, new music, Eurovision, cheesy pop and awesome playlists then let's get this pop party started! Following the release of "Good Morning Sunshine", which achieved limited success, Aqua decided to concentrate on their second album, and on touring around Australia. The success of the single was further proven when Aqua received a nomination for "Best Danish Dance Act", although the group did not win. On 25 August 2001, Nystrøm-Rasted married fellow Aqua band member Søren Rasted, with the ceremony being held in Las Vegas. Rasted and Norreen had won a contest and were hired to produce a soundtrack. Want to see AQUA in concert? They renamed themselves Aqua, choosing the name seen on a poster for an aquarium in their dressing room, and eventually accepted Universal Music Denmark's offer of a recording contract in 1996. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. The song peaked at #3 in Australia. They initially announced six concerts but quickly added three additional shows to Melbourne, Sydney and Perth (Fremantle) due to popular demand. Click through to check out what MTV's original veejays -- Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, JJ Jackson and Nina Blackwood -- have been up to since they signed off. Aqua Dragons are fun for kids, and animal lovers who will choose the exact moment they will bring to life their beloved pets! Ben Davidson, STOP! LOOK! They have two children together. 29k Followers, 16 Following, 226 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from AQUA (@aqua.dk) In 2001, Aqua started work on a third album and made a controversial half-time appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, then abruptly announced they were going on hiatus. Aqua spent the first few months of 2001 touring around the world, and working on material for their third album. They released their second greatest hits album on 15 June 2009, which includes 16 old remastered tracks and three new songs: "My Mamma Said", "Live Fast, Die Young", and their first single in eight years, "Back to the 80s", which was released in Denmark on 25 May 2009. The four began to produce and write melodic, catchy European pop songs, attracting the attention of major label Universal Music Denmark. In 2004 the couple moved to Denmark from London. This isn't the first time Aqua have reunited: in 2008 they joined forces again for a tour followed by a greatest hits album in 2009. 80s Music Artists New Releases. At one stage, "Freaky Friday" was planned as a potential follow-up single for release in early 2001, but it was cancelled. Despite this, it reached the top spot in Denmark. A few months after the film was released, Dif spotted Lene Nystrøm singing on the Norway–Denmark ferry, M/S Peter Wessel. Emma Devlin. After leaving the Big Brother House, they released their cover of Aqua hit Barbie Girl which entered the charts at number 26. In 2014, the band announced a tour in Australia and New Zealand. Aqua appeared on Sunrise, an Australian morning TV show on the Seven Network. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! 7 and their album “Aquarium” sold 3 million copies. The first two singles proved to Universal Music Denmark that Aqua was a very marketable group, and as a result the label looked to start marketing their music across the continent. The lawsuit was finally dismissed by a judge in 2002, who ruled "The parties are advised to chill.". She and two other former Bulldok members are now under Krazy Entertainment where they debuted as Peace. There's no word on what they've been up to since the release of that single, but based on their track record, Aqua isn't going anywhere anytime soon. July 22, 2020. View all concerts. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the film Sliding Doors, and unlike many other Aqua releases achieved a large amount of radio and video airplay. In December 2000, Mattel filed a lawsuit against the group's record label Mattel v. MCA Records, 296 F.3d 894 9th Cir. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. The band's members are vocalists Lene Nystrøm and René Dif, keyboardist Søren Rasted, and guitarist Claus Norreen. They have performed with both teams at the Wisconsin State Competition and at the Division 1 … Following the 2001 release of their album “Aquarius,” the group took a break. Internationally Recognised Awards The unique designs and international success made Tangle Teezer a well-loved and highly recognised brand and as a result Shaun and his team was awarded a … Lene married Soren in 2001 in Las Vegas. During a couple of low-key events in Denmark the group performed live versions of songs intended for inclusion on the third album, including "Couch Potato" and "Shakin' Stevens Is a Superstar", the latter a tribute to the 1980s performer Shakin' Stevens. Their third album, Megalomania, was released on 3 October 2011. Aqua released "Bumble Bees" as a single in Scandinavia, Europe and Australia, achieving reasonable success. The three were brought in to make part of the soundtrack for a little-known film titled Frække Frida og de frygtløse spioner. Elsewhere, the song also performed well, including reaching #10 in Australia, however it would not be a success in the US and thus marked the end of Aqua's involvement Stateside. You may know of her. The group released three albums: Aquarium in 1997, Aquarius in 2000 and Megalomania in 2011. But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. This marked the end of a period Aqua's fans dubbed the "Aquarium age". They then appeared on the Seven Network's The Morning Show, performing "Doctor Jones". According to promotional interviews with the group, over 30 songs were recorded for the album, although eventually only twelve made it onto the final version. Hatching and growing Aqua Dragons helps children learn important values like caring for a living being, being responsible by remembering to … Aqua is a Danish-Norwegian Europop music group, best known for their 1997 multi-platinum crossover single "Barbie Girl". After the tour, the band split again. @emmafollows. I’ve also started picking up sleeves for food products — vintage restaurant packaging, graphics on waxy paper. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Aqua released their third single "Barbie Girl" in May 1997. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! Little is known about Claus - the other member of Aqua. Despite this, and much criticism from the media, Aqua had made their international breakthrough, and were now known around the world. The single failed to become popular, and after one week at the lower end of the Swedish charts, it disappeared completely. The song is often best remembered for its music video. Aqua released their debut album Aquarium in Denmark on 26 March 1997. AQUA tour dates and tickets 2020-2021 near you. Aqua has also toured Scandinavia between May and August 2009 and performed at several gigs in Germany, United Kingdom and France. The boys went their separate ways in 2005 after Elton John suggested they concentrate on their solo careers.  In June 2018, Aqua released a brand-new single called "Rookie". It will be the first time Aqua has performed live in Denmark since 2011. The song peaked at No. The instant success of "Roses Are Red" proved to Aqua that their new sound was popular with the public, and as a result their follow-up single followed the same formula. "Doctor Jones" entered at number one in several countries, including the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the top spot for two weeks, and Australia, where it spent seven weeks at #1.  On 20 September 2016, Aqua announced that Claus Norreen would not return to the group. Look it up now! Waterfuls Aqua Games From The 80s 4 weeks ago The Wild 80's ... Where Are They Now? The single went straight to number one in Denmark, and made Aqua a household name in the country. Claus Norreen and Sóren Rasted met in 1989, and throughout the early 1990s, they wrote songs together. The group sold an estimated 33 million albums and singles, making them the most profitable Danish band ever. Gary and Lindsey Geer – They have skied with the Rock Aqua Jays and are currently skiing with the Beaverland Must-Skis with their 5 daughters. The album instantly proved popular with their fan base, despite some changes to their sound. During their split, Nystrøm, Dif and Rasted all achieved solo chart success, and Norreen continued in the music industry remixing other artists' material. The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Usually, the verse would consist of Lene starting and finishing, while René would sing in the middle. Despite complaints about the double meanings in "Barbie Girl", Universal Music released the single around the world in 1997. The group sold an estimated 33 million albums and singles, making them the most profitable Danish band ever. Left to right: Rene Dif, Lene Nystrom, Soren Rasted and Claus Norreen (Photo by Michel Linssen/Redferns) You have been singing Aqua’s Barbie Girl for 19 years now… Their influences include ABBA, Ace of Base, and C+C Music Factory. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) 2002, claiming that "Barbie Girl" had damaged the reputation of the Barbie brand. They reunited in 2007, released the album “Megalomania” in 2011 and broke up again. I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s.  The album, titled Megalomania, was then further rescheduled to be released on 3 October 2011. It has since been certified gold by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for sales of 15,000 copies in Denmark. Ocean Wise. In his spare time, he enjoys community volunteering and is a member of several community groups, as well as being the current President of the Charlotte County Hospital Foundation. Aqua released their album Aquarium around the world in the autumn of 1997. 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