Emilia Rydberg

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Emilia Rydberg
Also known as Emilia Mitiku, Emilia
Born (1978-01-05) 5 January 1978 (age 36)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop, soul
Occupations Singer
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal Music
Bonnier Music
Website Official website

Emilia Rydberg, also known as Emilia Mitiku or more simply Emilia (born 5 January 1978, Stockholm, Sweden)[1] is a Swedish pop music and soul singer, mostly known for her worldwide hit single, "Big Big World".[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

As a student Rydberg attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm.

Rydberg was discovered in 1996 by Lars Anderson, son of ABBA's manager, Stig Anderson.

Rydberg's father is the Ethiopian singer Teshome Mitiku, and her mother is Swedish. She used an alias of Emilia in the first years of her career, but more recently she has started to perform under the name of Emilia Mitiku, using her father's surname.

In 2009 she competed in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "You're My World". She advanced directly from her heat; however, she placed ninth in the final. She released her album My World in 2009. Her single "Teardrops" was released to radio stations on 2 June 2009.[4][5] Her duet with Ákos Dobrády, "Side By Side" (Szerelemre hangolva), was recorded in both Hungarian and English languages and issued the same year.[6]

Emilia recorded a cover version of Rihanna's "We Found Love" for a studio session in Stockholm which was published on YouTube.[7] On June 25, 2012, she released the single "Lost Inside".[8]




Year Title Chart positions[9]
1998 "Big Big World" 1 17 1 2 1 4 2 1 3 3 1 1 1 5 92 26
1999 "Good Sign" 27 44 28 52 21 32 16 27 54
1999 "Twist Of Fate" 37
2000 "Sorry I'm In Love"
2001 "Kiss By Kiss" 52 56 52
2001 "When You Are Here" (with Oli. P)
2002 "Everybody" (with DJ BoBo)
2006 "Var minut" 2
2007 "En sång om kärleken" 14
2008 "I Won't Cry"
2008 "I Can Do It"
2009 "You're My World" 11
2009 "Teardrops"
2012 "Watch The Stars" (feat. Bryan Rice) 91
2012 "Lost Inside" (as Emilia Mitiku)
2012 "So Wonderful" (as Emilia Mitiku) 131
2013 "You're Not Right For Me" (as Emilia Mitiku) 79
2013 "You're Breaking My Heart" (as Emilia Mitiku)


  1. ^ Emilia Rydberg Charts, Allmusic
  2. ^ One Hit Wonder: Emilia: "Big Big World" | Musik-Center | BAYERN 3 | BR. Br-online.de. Retrieved on 2011-05-30.
  3. ^ Billboar. Google Books (12 December 1998). Retrieved on 2011-05-30.
  4. ^ Jönköping | Jnytt.se | Nöje | Melodifestivalen | Emilia är tillbaka i hetluften igen. Jnytt.se. Retrieved on 2011-05-30.
  5. ^ Melodifestivalen 2009. svt.se (4 November 2008). Retrieved on 2011-05-30.
  6. ^ Dobrády Ákos feat Emilia – Szerelemre hangolva (official, HD)‏. YouTube (12 November 2009). Retrieved on 2011-05-30.
  7. ^ "Emilia Mitiku | We Found Love (Live)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Ones to watch: Emilia Mitiku - Music Blog". Digital Spy. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  9. ^ GER chart positions AUT AUS FIN FRA NZ SWI NL BE SWE NO chart positions chart positions UK chart positions US chartr positions

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