Erik Hassle

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Erik Hassle
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Erik Hassle in 2010
Background information
Birth name Erik Hassle
Born (1988-08-26) 26 August 1988 (age 26)
Katrineholm, Sweden
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 2005-present
Labels TEN Music Group (Sweden)
Roxy (Sweden)
Island (UK)
Universal Republic (U.S.)
Associated acts Ellie Goulding, Shakira
Website www.erikhassle.com

Erik Hassle (born 26 August 1988 in Katrineholm, Sweden) is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter. He signed with TEN Music Group in 2007 and through TEN Erik also signed with Roxy Recordings for Sweden, Island Records for Europe and Universal Republic for North America.[2]

Biography[edit]

Hassle was raised in a rural village two hours south of Stockholm and originally aspired to be a professional footballer. He grew up listening to soul music and realised his love of music early after listening to Wilson Pickett.[1] He attended Rytmus, a musical secondary school in Stockholm where famous Swedish singer Robyn trained. He signed a deal with the Swedish music company TEN Music Group. Later Erik also signed to Roxy Recordings for Sweden, Island Records for Europe and Universal Republic for North America.[2]

Music career[edit]

Swedish career[edit]

Hassle released his first single, "Hurtful" in September 2008. It went to reach #11 in his native Sweden and peaked at #2 in Denmark. He later released his second single "Don't Bring Flowers" which peaked at #25 in Sweden, and his album Hassle which debuted at #2 and stayed in the Swedish charts for 10 weeks.[3]

International career[edit]

On 23 August 2009 Hassle released "Don't Bring Flowers" his first international single. In late 2009 he embarked on touring outside of Sweden and released "Hurtful" in the UK on 2 February 2010. It debuted at #59 and fell off the charts the following week. He altered a few songs his Swedish debut album and re-released the album as Pieces in the UK. It failed to chart in the UK Albums Chart.

He has been written up as a hot new act in The Guardian and other major newspapers, and on 19 January 2010, he was awarded the prize for "Newcomer of the Year 2009" at the P3 Guld gala.

Hassle visited Lynn Grove High School and Capital City Academy playing Don't Bring Flowers, Amelia and his own cover of In for the Kill

He toured with Mika in the UK in early 2010 as the supporting act and was very well received by Mika's fans. He also supported Mika at the closing night of the iTunes Festival in June 2009.

In 19 May 2010 his single, "Hurtful" was picked as "Single of the Week" on iTunes Store, in which people could download his song free.[4]

Hassle released an extended play (EP) entitled The Hassle Sessions: Volume One consisting of cover songs, on 12 August 2010 in the United Kingdom.

In 2010, Erik Hassle featured the English version of the single "Alors on danse", from the album of the same name by Stromae. The track was made available through Spotify.

“Are You Leaving” was the first single from Erik Hassle’s mini-album Mariefred Sessions. The album was the result of a collaboration between Erik Hassle and Jocke Berg & Martin Sköld from the Swedish band Kent. Mariefred Sessions was released in Sweden on March 23, 2011.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[5]
DEN
[6]
UK
[7]
Hassle 2
Pieces
  • Released: February 22, 2010
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 154
We Dance
  • Released: July 4, 2012[8]
  • Label: Roxy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
30
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[5]
DEN
[6]
UK
[7]
iTunes Festival: London 2009
The Hassle Sessions: Volume One
  • Released: August 15, 2010[10]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: Digital download
Taken EP
  • Released: October 4, 2010[11]
  • Label: Roxy
  • Formats: Digital download
Mariefred Sessions
  • Released: March 23, 2011[12]
  • Label: Roxy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11
Somebody's Party
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[5]
DEN
[6]
UK
[7]
2008 "Hurtful" 11 2 59 Hassle /
Pieces
2009 "Love Me to Pieces"
"Don't Bring Flowers" 25 11
2010 "Standing Where You Left Me" 32 Taken EP
"Taken (Still in My Blood)" 55
2011 "Nothing Can Change This Love" The Hassle Sessions: Volume One
"Are You Leaving" Mariefred Sessions
"Stay Away"
2012 "Stay" We Dance
"Back Under Water"
"Grace"
2013 "Talk About It" Somebody's Party EP
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Alors on danse" (feat. Erik Hassle)[17] 2010 Stromae N/A

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 Danish GAFFA-priset – International Newcomer of the Year
  • 2009 Swedish Grammis – Newcomer of the Year
  • 2009 Swedish P3 Guld – Newcomer of the Year

References[edit]

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