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

646,123
3,503,249
My Favourite Game - The Cardigans

My Favourite Game

554,939
3,558,944
Erase/Rewind - The Cardigans

Erase/Rewind

279,341
1,632,073
Lovefool - Radio Edit - The Cardigans

Lovefool - Radio Edit

171,343
623,166
Carnival - The Cardigans

Carnival

162,374
818,348
For What It's Worth - The Cardigans

For What It's Worth

157,132
881,677
You're the Storm - The Cardigans

You're the Storm

155,828
811,625
Hanging Around - The Cardigans

Hanging Around

142,208
607,218
Live and Learn - The Cardigans

Live and Learn

136,545
660,746
Communication - The Cardigans

Communication

128,155
689,435
Higher - The Cardigans

Higher

122,508
481,367
Explode - The Cardigans

Explode

110,961
458,946
Paralyzed - The Cardigans

Paralyzed

102,054
429,298
Been It - The Cardigans

Been It

101,939
376,308
Starter - The Cardigans

Starter

98,628
396,127
Do You Believe - The Cardigans

Do You Believe

98,119
385,221
Losers - The Cardigans

Losers

89,130
303,412
Rise & Shine - The Cardigans

Rise & Shine

86,789
354,026
Junk Of The Hearts - The Cardigans

Junk Of The Hearts

85,840
321,641
Godspell - The Cardigans

Godspell

85,309
391,567
Sick & Tired - The Cardigans

Sick & Tired

85,245
342,100
Marvel Hill - The Cardigans

Marvel Hill

83,206
307,796
Iron Man - The Cardigans

Iron Man

81,641
329,193
Nil - The Cardigans

Nil

77,343
257,849
Daddy's Car - The Cardigans

Daddy's Car

76,356
258,593
Your New Cuckoo - The Cardigans

Your New Cuckoo

71,349
251,978
Great Divide - The Cardigans

Great Divide

71,098
230,608
My Favorite Game - The Cardigans

My Favorite Game

71,057
472,252
Please Sister - The Cardigans

Please Sister

68,658
324,182
A Good Horse - The Cardigans

A Good Horse

67,934
306,770
Erase-Rewind - The Cardigans

Erase-Rewind

67,535
355,028
Feathers And Down - The Cardigans

Feathers And Down

66,138
309,249
Losing A Friend - The Cardigans

Losing A Friend

64,958
277,898
Couldn't Care Less - The Cardigans

Couldn't Care Less

64,340
306,986
Heartbreaker - The Cardigans

Heartbreaker

62,461
202,510
After All... - The Cardigans

After All...

61,152
217,277
Little Black Cloud - The Cardigans

Little Black Cloud

60,201
256,459
Drip Drop Teardrop - The Cardigans

Drip Drop Teardrop

59,277
247,164
In The Round - The Cardigans

In The Round

59,064
259,760
Good Morning Joan - The Cardigans

Good Morning Joan

58,568
263,360
Never Recover - The Cardigans

Never Recover

57,587
190,287
Overload - The Cardigans

Overload

56,931
229,001
Step On Me - The Cardigans

Step On Me

55,851
187,822
Choke - The Cardigans

Choke

55,006
180,035
War - The Cardigans

War

54,826
189,769
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