Lena Philipsson

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Lena Philipsson
Lena Philipsson 5.jpg
Lena Philipsson during Allsång på Skansen in August 2004
Background information
Birth name Maria Magdalena Filipsson
Born (1966-01-19) 19 January 1966 (age 48)
Origin Sweden
Genres Pop, Schlager
Years active 1984–present
Labels Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Website Lena Philipsson.se

Maria Magdalena "Lena" Philipsson (also known as Lena Ph; born January 19, 1966) is a Swedish singer[1] and media personality. She represented Sweden in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing fifth.

Career[edit]

Philipsson was born in Vetlanda, Sweden. She participated in the Swedish New Faces in 1982. Her career started with the single Boy/You Open My Eyes in 1984 and with her entries at Melodifestivalen in 1986, 1987 and 1988. In 1987 she released the song "Aquarius 99" by duet with the Russian composer Igor Nikolaev. In 1989 she had great success with the album My Name that included top hits "Standing In My Rain", "Why" and "Leave A Light". In 1991 she recorded a concept album and show about a female secret agent, 'Agent 006'. In the early 1990s her fame increased in Sweden, and she continued to release albums until 1997. In 2001 she had a stage comeback, the Lena Philipsson Show was sold out for two and a half years around Sweden. In 2004, she returned after a seven year hiatus from the album charts.[2]

In 2004, she entered Melodifestivalen for the fourth time as a solo artist, with "Det gör ont". She made it through the semifinal process and emerged as the winner on 20 March 2004, going on to representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 with the translated English language version "It Hurts". The song composed by Thomas Eriksson and combined up-tempo and disco themes. Philipsson's stage appearance caused much controversy in Swedish press and media because her performance, in a short fuchsia pink dress and high heels, consisted of dancing with the microphone stand in a fashion similar to Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

Despite being the third favourite to win the competition, she finished in joint 5th place. The album, Det gör ont en stund på natten men inget på dan, sold gold in nine days, with "Det gör ont" as its lead single. It also spawned the singles "Delirium", "Lena Anthem" and "På gatan där jag bor".

The Swedish radio show Tracks voted her best female artist, best Swedish artist, and artist of the year for 2004, and "Det gör ont" was voted best song.

She released her new album Jag ångrar ingenting in 2005. After one day in Swedish shops it had sold over 30,000 copies. A one-hour TV special featuring new songs as well as old hits and some interviews aired in November the same year.[citation needed] In January 2006, Philipsson announced she was to host the 2006 Melodifestivalen. Because Melodifestivalen is a family show, her appearance as host was met with some controversy due to numerous jokes considered inappropriate to the audience.[citation needed]

In early 2007, she released her new version of her greatest hits, "Lena 20 år". The album included hits from all albums except "Fantasy" album. Also included new song "Jag måste skynda mig på". Lena and Orup set up their own show on China Teatern in Stockholm at the same time as the album release. The show was a critical and public success.[citation needed] Over 113,000 saw it 2007 and a new premiere of the show is in Gothenburg in early 2008. After the success in Stockholm and Goteborg, the show Lena+Orup go on tour across Sweden late 2008. At the same time, Lena and Orup will release a duet album called "Dubbel", released in November.

She sewed her own stage clothes during her early career. She has said that she no longer has the time. In the early 1990s she was one of three pop stars who were portrayed on stamps in Sweden; the others were Roxette and Jerry Williams. In the 1980s she did a TV duet with American singer Michael Bolton.

Melodifestivalen[edit]

Philipsson has participated in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest six times: four times as a performer and twice as a songwriter.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Chart placings below are from Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish top 60 singles and top 60 albums charts.

  • 12 Lena Philippson albums, including one with Orup and two compilations, have reached the Swedish top 20.
  • 16 singles have reached the Swedish top 60 (11 top 20), including both Swedish and English versions of Det gör ont.
Album Information
Kärleken är evig
  • Released: 1986
  • Producer: Torgny Söderberg & Rutger Gunnarsson
  • Label: Mariann Records
  • Chart positions: #20
  • Singles:
    • 1986 "Kärleken är evig" #6
    • 1986 "Åh Amadeus"
    • 1986 "Jag känner (Ti Sento)"
Dansa i neon
  • Released: 13 April 1987
  • Producer: -
  • Label: Mariann Records
  • Chart positions: #19
  • Singles:
    • 1987 "Dansa i neon" #9
    • 1987 "Cheerio"
    • 1987 "Saknar dig innan du går"
    • 1987 "Den ende"
Talking in Your Sleep
  • Released: 5 May 1988
  • Producer: -
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Chart positions: #9
  • Singles:
    • 1987 "I'm a Fool/Teach Me Tiger"
    • 1988 "Om igen" #10
    • 1988 "Talking in Your Sleep"
    • 1988 "I Varje spegel/Ain't It Just the Way"
My Name
  • Released: 1989
  • Producer: Torgny Söderberg & Lena Philipsson
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Chart positions: #10
  • Certification:2x Platinum (+ 130 000)
  • Singles:
    • 1989 "Tänd ett ljus" #12
    • 1989 "Standing in My Rain/Blue Jeans"
    • 1990 "Why"
A Woman's Gotta Do What a Woman's Gotta Do
  • Released: 10 April 1991
  • Producer: -
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Chart positions: #7
  • Certification: Gold(+ 56 000)
  • Singles:
    • 1991 "The Escape"
    • 1991 "006/Hard to be a Lover"
    • 1991 "The Preacher"
    • 1992 "Are You in or Are You Out?"
Fantasy
  • Released: 1993
  • Producer: Torgny Söderberg och Rutger Gunnarsson
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Chart positions: -
  • Singles:
    • 1993 "Fantasy"
    • 1993 "Give Me Your Love"
    • 1993 "Baby Baby Love"
Lena Philipsson
  • Released: 22 November 1995
  • Producer: Torgny Söderberg och Rutger Gunnarsson
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Chart positions: #10
  • Singles:
    • 1994 "Månsken i augusti" #38
    • 1995 "Kärlek kommer med sommar"
    • 1995 "Stjärnorna" #29
    • 1995 "Moder Swea"
Bästa vänner
  • Released: 1997
  • Producer: -
  • Label: EMI
  • Chart positions: -
  • Singles:
    • 1997 "Bästa vänner"
    • 1997 "Tänk om jag aldrig mer"
    • 1997 "Av och på"
Det gör ont en stund på natten men inget på dan
  • Released: 4 August 2004
  • Producer: Anders Hansson
  • Label: Columbia
  • Chart positions: #1
  • Certification: 2x Platinum (+120.000)
  • Singles:
    • 2004 "Det gör ont" #1 (spent seven weeks at #1)
    • 2004 "Delirium" #5
    • 2004 "Lena Anthem" #4
    • 2004 "På gatan där jag bor" #26
Jag ångrar ingenting
  • Released: 26 October 2005
  • Producer: Anders Hansson
  • Label: Columbia
  • Chart positions: #2
  • Certification: 1x Platinum (+60.000)
  • Singles:
    • 2005 "Unga pojkar och äldre män" #4
    • 2005 "Han jobbar i affär" #9
    • 2006 "Jag ångrar ingenting"
    • 2006 "Det ringer på min dörr"
Lena and Orup: Dubbel
  • Released: 12 November 2008
  • Producer: Anders Hansson, Peter Månsson
  • Label:
  • Chart positions: #2
  • Certification: 1x Platinum (+60.000)
  • Singles:
    • 2008 "Nu när du gått" #1
    • 2009 "Fem minuter i himlen"
Världen snurrar
  • Released: 15 February 2012
  • Producer:
  • Label: Universal Music Sweden
  • Chart positions: #4
  • Singles:
    • 2012 "Du Följer Väl Med?"
  • 2001 single Spell of Love reached #53
  • 2004 single It Hurts (English version of Det gor ont) reached #4
  • 2011 single Dancing in the Neon Light featuring Dead by April reached #50

Other albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Boy" / "You Open My Eyes" (As Lea, 1984)
  • "Kärleken är evig" / "Om kärleken är blind" (1986)
  • "Åh Amadeus" (1986)
  • "Jag känner (Ti Sento)" (1986)
  • "Dansa i neon" (1987)
  • "Cheerio" / "Det går väl an" (1987)
  • "Saknar dig innan du går" (1987)
  • "Den ende" (1987)
  • "I'm a Fool" / "Teach Me Tiger" (1987)
  • "Om igen" / "Vem skall sova över" (1988)
  • "Talking in Your Sleep" (1988)
  • "I varje spegel" / "Ain't it Just the Way" (1988)
  • "Tänd ett ljus" / "What Can I Do?" (1989)
  • "Standing in My Rain" / "Blue Jeans" (1989)
  • "Why (Så lätt kommer du inte undan)" / "strong man" (1989)
  • "Blue jeans/How does it feel" (1990)
  • "The Escape" (1991)
  • "006" / "Hard to Be a Lover" (1991)
  • "The Preacher" (1991)
  • "Are You in or are You Out" (1992)
  • "Fantasy" (As Lena Philipson, 1993)
  • "Give Me Your Love" (As Lena Philipson, 1993)
  • "Baby Baby Love" (As Lena Philipson,1993)
  • "Månsken i augusti" (As Lena Philipssson (yes, three s:es!), 1994)
  • "Kärlek kommer med sommar" / "Vila hos mig" (1995)
  • "Stjärnorna" (1995)
  • "Moder Swea" / "Underbar" (1995)
  • "Bästa vänner" (1997)
  • "Tänk om jag aldrig mer" (1997)
  • "I Believe in Miracles" (2000) (radio)
  • "Fly Me Over the Rainbow" (2001) (radio)
  • "Spell of Love" / "Lady Star" (2001)
  • "Det gör ont" (2004)
  • "Delirium" (2004)
  • "Lena Anthem" (2004)
  • "På gatan där jag bor" (2005)
  • "Unga pojkar & äldre män" (2005)
  • "Han jobbar i affär" (2005)
  • "Jag ångrar ingenting" (2006)
  • "Det ringer på min dörr" (2006)
  • "Nu när du gått (with Orup)" (2008)
  • "Fem minuter i himlen (with Orup)" (2009)
  • "Dancing in the Neon Light (with Dead By April)" (2011)
  • "Idiot" (2011)
  • "Live Tomorrow" (2011)

Other appearances[edit]

  • Schlagertimmen (1986)
  • Jacobs stege (1988) performing "Aquarius" with Igor Nikolayev
  • Melodifestival special (1999)
  • Barn 2000 (2000)
  • Schooldays (2000)
  • Livet är en schlager soundtrack (2000)
  • Kopparbärs-Rock Vol.5 (2001)
  • Melodifestivalen 2003 (as co-host) (2003) performing "Flickorna i Småland" with Charlotte Perrelli.
  • Melodifestivalen 2006 (as host) (2006)
  • Konstkuppen 2013 (as host) (2013)
  • Performing at Julgalan (2014)

Svensktoppen songs[edit]

  • Om kärleken är blind - 1986
  • Kärleken är evig - 1986
  • Åh Amadeus - 1986
  • Det går väl an - 1986
  • Dansa i neon - 1987
  • Saknar dej innan du går - 1987
  • Om igen - 1988
  • I varje spegel - 1988
  • Månsken i augusti - 1994
  • Stjärnorna - 1995
  • Det gör ont - 2004
  • Delirium - 2004
  • Lena Anthem - 2004-2005
  • På gatan där jag bor - 2004-2005
  • Unga pojkar & äldre män - 2005
  • Han jobbar i affär - 2005-2006
  • Jag ångrar ingenting - 2006
  • Nu när du gått - 2008 (with Orup)

Failing to enter the list[edit]

  • Bästa vänner - 1997
  • Det ringer på min dörr - 2006
  • Jag måste skynda mig på - 2007 (with Orup)

Songs on Radio P3 Tracks Top 20 Chart[edit]

  • Dansa i neon - 1987
  • I'm a Fool - 1988
  • Om igen - 1988
  • Talkin in Your Sleep - 1988
  • Tänd ett ljus - 1989
  • Standing in My Rain - 1989/1990
  • Why (så lätt kommer du inte undan) - 1990
  • The Escape - 1991
  • 006 - 1991
  • Are You in, or are You out - 1992
  • Fantasy - 1993
  • Månsken i augusti - 1994
  • Stjärnona - 1995
  • Det gör ont - 2004
  • Delirum - 2004
  • Lena Anthem - 2004
  • På gatan där jag bor - 2005
  • Unga pojkar & äldre män - 2005
  • Han jobbar i affär - 2005-2006
  • Jag ångrar ingenting - 2006

Just outside the list[edit]

  • Blue Jeans, 1989
  • Give Me Your Love, 1993
  • Spell of Love, 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs
  2. ^ Lucas, John. "Biography: Lena Philipsson". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Fame
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
2004
Succeeded by
Martin Stenmarck
Preceded by
Sweden Arja Saijonmaa
OGAE Second Chance Contest winner
1988
Succeeded by
Denmark Lecia Jønsson