Ilse DeLange

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Ilse DeLange
Ilse de Lange BFO 2011.jpg
Ilse DeLange in 2011
Background information
Birth name Ilse Annoeska de Lange
Also known as Ilse DeLange
Born (1977-05-13) May 13, 1977 (age 38)
Almelo, Netherlands
Genres Country, pop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Warner (1998–2003)
Universal (2006–present)
Associated acts The Common Linnets
Website Official website

Ilse Annoeska de Lange (born 13 May 1977) is a Dutch country and pop singer, better known as Ilse DeLange (English spelling).[1] As a member of The Common Linnets (together with singer Waylon), she finished second at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Biography[edit]

Ilse Annoeska de Lange was born on May 13, 1977 in Almelo, Netherlands. She started her career at the age of 8 as a lip-synching artist, which won her several contests. DeLange drew greater attention after switching to a live repertoire in both regional and national talent shows in Hilversum (Dutch city where most TV-programs are recorded). This helped her book some live-performances on national television. She formed a duo with guitarist Joop van Liefland, who introduced her to country music.

In 1994, DeLange performed at the Dutch Country Music Awards. Despite positive reviews, nothing happened with her career. She did get in touch with representatives of Warner Music but it took several years of negotiation before they decided to offer her a contract. That same year, she participated in the "Zangfestival der Onbekenden" ("Song Contest of the Unknown") in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. With her implementation of Daddy's Hands by Holly Dunn and The Song Remembers When by Trisha Yearwood, she won the contest and got the opportunity to record a demo. In 1996, DeLange drew the attention from the A&R-manager of Dutch record company BMI Music, Henk-Jan Smits. He persuaded her to join the occasional popgroup Wij and they released the single "De Oorlog Meegemaakt" ("Experienced The War"). However the single did not chart the Dutch Top 40.

1998-1999: Breakthrough with World of Hurt and Dear John[edit]

In 1998 while being a member of the group Cash On Delivery, she traveled to Nashville, U.S. to record her debut album World Of Hurt with top producer Barry Beckett. She became well known in the Netherlands, because her album was recorded in the capital of country music. Partly because of that, her debut single I'm Not So Tough charted and peaked at #35 in the Dutch Top 40. Her album received big success in her home country, going 5x Platinum. In the Netherlands, Ilse received a TMF Award and an Edison Award for her musical success in 1999. Although the album was a huge success, next singles "World of Hurt, I'd Be Yours and When We Don't Talk didn't chart. Unfortunately World of Hurt wasn't released in the States, despite some interest due to guest vocals from Vince Gill, and Ilse's cover of Beth Nielsen Chapman's song "World of Hurt", and Patty Larkin's song "Lonely Too".

A year after DeLange released live-album Dear John, an album full of covers by John Hiatt, after a very successful performance at the "Marlboro Flashbacks". Tobacco brand Marlboro organised the tour in a manner of promotion and asked famous Dutch singers to cover their favourite artist. She even went on a mini-tour in support of the album, which lasted several months during 1999. The album went platinum in the Netherlands (with sales of 80,000 copies).

2000-2002: Livin' on Love and fatigue[edit]

Rumours of a new album were heard mid-2000. The first single of the album, Livin' on Love (written by Craig Fuller and Gary Nicholson), was released in October and peaked at #37 in the Dutch Top 40. November saw the release of her sophomore studio album Livin' on Love, which was a musical departure from her debut, leaning more toward pop/rock. The country music-scene wasn't as excited by this album. Although there was a good amount of promotion for the album, it could not compete with the success of World of Hurt, hitting it's peak at #5 but still going platinum. Second single I Still Cry didn't chart. In 2001 DeLange started her Livin' on Love Tour, performing in many theaters and concert halls throughout her home country.

Meanwhile, Warner Music attempted to promote this release as her "breakthrough" release in the United States. Although "World Of Hurt" was planned to be released in the States, the record labels in America thought the album was too old-fashioned for the zero's. Ilse set her hopes on the release of "Livin' on Love", but once again the album was not released for unknown reasons. There were rumours that the American label didn't like the pop/rock-sound of the album. Due to all the business problems and a heavy tour schedule, DeLange became physically exhausted. During a performance in Paradiso, (Amsterdam), she experienced vocal problems and emotionally told her fans that she couldn't continue the performance. On doctor's advice she took a few weeks rest.

2003: Clean Up and small decline in success[edit]

Ilse DeLange at Parkpop in 2006

In 2002, DeLange and her partner Bart Vergoossen, who is the drummer of her live band, went to America for nine months to work on a new album. During the recording sessions DeLange took a greater creative role in her music, including receiving songwriting credit for the entire album. Her writing on was autobiographical. In April 2003 she released Clean Up, her third studio album. This album continued with the pop/rock-sound she experimented with on Livin' on Love. The album debuted at #1 in the charts and got certified gold. Although of the success, the first single No Reason To Be Shy was a commercial failure and the record company decided not to release any further singles, but rather focus on a compilation album. This album was releases in October of that same year and was called Here I Am. The album spawned two singles, Wouldn't That Be Something and All The Answers, which both were a commercial failure.

2004–2007: Search for new record company and The Great Escape[edit]

At the beginning of 2004, the Dutch section of record company Warner Music was disbanded and Ilse lost her contract.[2] A few months later, she collaborated on the song Blue with Italian singer Zucchero. The song was a moderate success in the Netherlands, reaching #23 in the Dutch Top 40. There was no information about a new record deal, but Ilse stated that she was working on her future.

In the end of 2005 she went on tour, without releasing a new album or even having a record company. Every concert sold out. She began working with producer Patrick Leonard on a new album, which stirred up the fire that she signed a new record deal. Later that year, it was confirmed Ilse signed a new contract with Universal Music.[3]

Her first release on the new label was the single The Great Escape, peaking at #11 in the Dutch Top 40. Her fourth studio album The Great Escape, was released on June 16, 2006. It went gold only a week after its release and went 2x Platinum only months later. In September the second single The Lonely One was released, which peaked at #18. Third single, I Love You, was released in February 2007 and peaked at #23. The song was included on the soundtrack for the Dutch movie adaptation of Steel Magnolias. Then the song Reach For The Light was released as a promo-only single, nevertheless it charted at #51. In October 2007 she released a live album, simply called Live.

2008–2010: Incredible and Next To Me EP[edit]

In 2008 Ilse stated she was writing and recording a new album in Swedish city Gothenburg.[4] Before that, she went to England to work with the same songwriters which were working on the debut album of James Morrison. The first single of her forthcoming album was So Incredible, which peaked at #6. The album Incredible was released at October 17, 2008 and went platinum in less than a month. It eventually got 5x Platinum. Next single Miracle came to be her biggest hit to date, reaching the top spot of the Dutch Top 40. It was written as the title track for the Dutch movie Bride Flight. Third single Puzzle Me peaked at #5 and radio-only release We're Alright peaked at #21, in spite of it not being released as a single.

After releasing another live album, Ilse went on and started working on new material. The single Next To Me was released in July, 2010 and reached a #9-spot. Her first EP Next To Me, was released at August 27, 2010. The album only included eight tracks, Ilse explaining that "...she wanted to release new material more often, but due to a heavy touring schedule and contractual obligations didn't have the time to record a whole album".[5] Second single Beautiful Distraction charted at #18 and third single Carousel peaked at #32. In early 2011, Next To Me has been certified 2x Platinum.

2011–2012: Shelved album DoLuv2LuvU and Eye Of The Hurricane[edit]

Ilse DeLange at the Zwarte Cross Festival 2011

In November 2011 DeLange released her new single DoLuv2LuvU. The song was the theme song of Serious Request 2011, a big charity-event held yearly by Dutch radio station 3FM. While promoting the single, DeLane heard her father was incurably ill. She immediately stopped all kinds of promotion and postponed the recording process of her new album DoLuv2LuvU. Though the song wasn't promoted, it still charted at #14. A day after her father's death, at January 10, 2012, she posted an acoustic version of her song Without You on Twitter, which featured on her 2007 live album. Later that year, Ilse revealed that the DoLuv2LuvU-album was shelved and she started recording a new album. This is because she didn't feel the flow of the album anymore after her father had died.[6] She doesn't rule out the possibility it's going to be released in the future. In June 2012, the first single from her sophomore album, Hurricane was released. It charted at #23 in the Dutch Top 40. Her seventh album Eye Of The Hurricane, was released September 14, 2012 and got Platinum in only a few weeks. Second single Winter of Love rose to #20 and third single We Are One got to #33.

2013-present: The Voice of Holland and The Common Linnets[edit]

In 2013, DeLange replaced Nick & Simon as a coach on The Voice of Holland for its fourth season alongside Marco Borsato, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Ali B (who replaced Roel van Velzen). When the live shows started, DeLange released her second compilation album, called After The Hurricane. The first single Blue Bittersweet was written as a soundtrack for the Dutch movie "Het Diner" ("Dinner") and charted to #8.

DeLange represented the Netherlands, with singer Waylon as The Common Linnets, during the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. They took second place after the winner Conchita Wurst from Austria. She returned to The Voice of Holland as a coach for its fifth season in August. On January 15, 2015, it was announced that DeLange would be replaced as a coach for the sixth season of The Voice of Holland by Miss Montreal. DeLange decided she wanted to spend more time on her international career with The Common Linnets.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
NL
[8]
BE
[9]
NL
[10]
1998 World of Hurt 1 17 5x Platinum
2000 Livin' on Love 5 36 Platinum
2003 Clean Up 1 31 Gold
2006 The Great Escape 1 59 2x Platinum
2008 Incredible 1 35 5x Platinum
2010 Next to Me 1 46 2x Platinum
2012 Eye of the Hurricane 1 101 Platinum

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
NL
[8]
BE
[9]
NL
[10]
1999 Dear John 3 20 Platinum
2007 Live 4 - Gold
2009 Live in Ahoy 1 - -
2011 Live in Gelredome 1 - -
2012 Live in Gelredome, the second - - -

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
NL
[8]
BE NL
[10]
2003 Here I Am 5 - Gold
2013 After The Hurricane - Greatest Hits & More 2 - Platinum

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NL
Top 40
NL
Top 100

[11]
1998 "I'm Not So Tough" 35 35 World of Hurt
"World of Hurt" - 58
"I'd Be Yours" - 52
1999 "When We Don't Talk" - 76
2000 "Livin' on Love" 37 44 Livin' on Love
2001 "I Still Cry" - 70
2002 "Shine" (with Rosemary's Sons) 34 33 -
2003 "No Reason To Be Shy" - 61 Clean Up
"Before You Let Me Go" (with Kane) 4 3 -
"Wouldn't That Be Something" - 87 Here I Am
2004 "All The Answers" - 65
2005 "Blue" (with Zucchero) 23 10 Zu&Co (Dutch Edition)
2006 "The Great Escape" 11 11 The Great Escape
"The Lonely One" 18 12
2007 "I Love You" 26 35
"Reach for the Light" - -
2008 "So Incredible" 6 1 Incredible
2009 "Miracle" 1 2
"Puzzle Me" 5 9
"We're Alright" 21 -
2010 "Next to Me" 9 4 Next to Me
"High Places" (with Kane) 13 12
"Beautiful Distraction" 18 43
2011 "Carousel" 32 -
2011 "DoLuv2LuvU" 14 7 non-album single
2012 "Without You (Acoustic)" - 92 Eye of the Hurricane
"Hurricane" 23 7
"Winter of Love" 20 13
2013 "We Are One" 33 32
"Blue Bittersweet" 8 16 -

Awards[edit]

Year Category Genre Recording
TMF Awards
1999 Best New Artist General N/A
2006 Best Album Pop The Great Escape
Edison Awards
1998 Best Female Singer Pop World of Hurt
2001 Best Artist of The Year Pop Livin' on Love
2001 Best Female Singer Pop
2004 Best Female Singer Pop Clean Up
2009 Best Female Singer Pop Incredible
3FM Awards
2009 Best Song Pop Incredible
2009 Best Album Pop
2009 Best Female Singer Pop
2010 Best Artist Pop
2013 Best Female Singer Pop

References[edit]

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  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Ssst! Geheim! Ilse de Lange tekent bij Universal". NLpop.blog.nl. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Ilse DeLange werkt in Zweden aan nieuw album | nu.nl/muziek | Het laatste nieuws het eerst op". Nu.nl. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Interview Ilse DeLange: centraal in TV Portret". Muziek.nl. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Ilse DeLange gooide album weg na dood vader | nu.nl/muziek | Het laatste nieuws het eerst op". Nu.nl. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Anouk to become The Voice of Holland coach". escXtra.com. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  8. ^ a b c "Dutch album chart archive". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  9. ^ a b "Belgium charts archive". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  10. ^ a b c "Dutch certification database". NVPI. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  11. ^ "Dutch singles chart archive". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 

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