Lene Nystrøm

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Lene Nystrøm Rasted
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Lene Nystrøm Rasted performing in July 2008
Background information
Birth name Lene Grawford Nystrøm
Also known as Lene
Born (1973-10-02) 2 October 1973 (age 40)
Tønsberg, Norway
Genres Pop, dance-pop, eurodance, Europop, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels Polydor (2002–2004)
Associated acts Aqua

Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted (born 2 October 1973), better known by her stage name Lene, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist of the Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua.[1]

Early life[edit]

Nystrøm was born on 2 October 1973 in Tønsberg, Norway. When she was a teenager, she became interested in performing.[clarification needed] She began modeling and also worked as a bartender.[clarification needed] From 1990–1993, she appeared on the Norwegian game show Casino which aired on TVNorge.[clarification needed] On her final appearance for the show, she sang "Almaz".[importance?]

Music career[edit]

Aqua (1994–2001)[edit]

In 1994, Nystrøm was working as a singer on the Norwegian cruise ship MS Peter Wessel, and was spotted by musician René Dif. He recruited her as lead singer for the music group Joyspeed, later renamed Aqua. The group consisted of Nystrøm, Dif, Søren Rasted, and Claus Norreen. In 2001, the band split up.[further explanation needed]

Solo career (2002–2006)[edit]

After the breakup of Aqua, Lene continued as a soloist. In 2003, she released her first album, Play with Me. It marked a change in her musical style, from the bubblegum sound of Aqua to a more R&B-influenced style. It reached number 30 on Denmark's chart and 74 on Norway's chart.[specify] The album single "Virgin Superstar" was given some radio airplay, but did not chart. Her next single, "It's Your Duty", was released on 8 September. It peaked at number 3 on Denmark's chart and number 9 on Norway's chart.[specify] In 2004, she released the single "Pretty Young Thing", which did not chart. She released a limited vinyl promo of "Here We Go" to DJs and radio, and a limited CD promo of "Scream".

Several songs on Lene's album have been covered by other artists, most notably the Popstars: The Rivals-formed girl group Girls Aloud. "Here We Go", which was originally performed by Miranda Cooper (Moonbaby), appeared on the Girls Aloud album What Will The Neighbours Say?. "We Wanna Party", which Lene co-wrote with Xenomania, appeared on their 2008 album Out of Control. "Pretty Young Thing" was covered by singer Tina Cousins and became a top 20 hit in Australia.

Lene and Xenomania co-wrote two Girls Aloud songs, and although they did not appear on Lene's own album, the tracks "No Good Advice" and "You Freak Me Out" appeared on the Girls Aloud debut album Sound of the Underground. "No Good Advice" became a breakout hit for the group.

Aqua reunion (2007–present)[edit]

On 26 October 2007, Lene and Soren Rasted reunited with the other members of Aqua, and solicited opportunities for a summer concert tour. After fielding offers by record companies in Denmark, Canada, United States, and United Kingdom, they settled with an eight concert tour in Denmark as part of the 2008 Grøn Koncert festival.

Lene continued with work with Aqua; they released a new track, "Back to the 80's", on 25 May 2009. They released their greatest hits album on 15 June, which featured the track, along with sixteen remastered tracks and two other new songs, "My Mamma Said" and "Live Fast, Die Young". From May to August, they toured Scandinavia and performed at several gigs in Germany, the UK, and France.[2] The greatest hits CD was released in North America and many European countries on 22 September, and in the UK on 29 September.

On 14 March 2011, Aqua released the single "How R U Doin?". They released the album Megalomania, on 3 October.

Acting and television[edit]

Lene had a major role in the 2009 film Deliver Us from Evil under Danish director Ole Bornedal.[specify] She is one of the judges for Voice – Danmarks største stemme (Denmark's version of The Voice) which aired from November 2011 to February 2012 and also a judge in The Voice of Norway. Lene was acting in the movie Varg Veum - Cold Hearts (2012 film) as the girl friend of Veum and a social worker.

Personal life[edit]

On 25 August 2001, Lene married Søren Rasted. The ceremony was held in Las Vegas. The couple moved from London to Denmark in 2004. They have a daughter named India and a son named Billy.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Aqua discography

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Promotional singles[edit]

  • "Here we go" (2004)
  • "Scream" (2004)

Collaborations[edit]

  • "Hvor Små Vi Er" (2005) (Giv Til Asien)
  • "I Love N.Y." (2005) (LazyB feat. Lene)
  • "Vi ka alt vi to" (2008) (Hej Matematik feat. Lene)
  • "2012 (Shift happens)" (2012) (LazyB feat. Lene)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Director(s) Notes
2003 "It's Your Duty" Lene Harvey & Carolyn for Alchemy Films In her solo debut video, Lene plays a sexy seducer in four different dominant roles: a massagist, an executive woman, a dancer and a dominatrix.
2004 "Pretty Young Thing" Lene Harvey & Carolyn for Alchemy Films Lene changes her clothes and poses in a photo session for magazine articles and covers.
2005 "Hvor små vi er" Giv Til Asien Poul Krebs & Remee A charity single performed by a big number of Danish artists (singers, actors and musicians) under the name Giv Til Asien (translated as Give to Asia). A small number of artists from other European countries also joined in. The single with lyrics by Remee and music by Nicolai Seebach and Rasmus Seebach, was released in aid of various charities for tsunami relief as a result the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
"I Love N.Y." LazyB feat. Lene Søren Rasted for Ding Dong Productions The LazyB video features street interviews and footage in New York City, and can be found on the Danish Limited Edition of the Lazyboy TV DVD.[3]
2008 "Walkmand" Hej Matematik Various The video footage is from Hej Matematik's 2008 tour. It features a cameo appearance of Lene.[where?]
2012 "2012 (Shift happens)" LazyB Alan Smithee Lene provides vocals for this video.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AskMen.com – Lene Grawford Nystrom pics". AskMen.com. United Kingdom. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Aqua indspiller nyt album" (in Danish). GAFFA. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Lazyboy (2) - Lazyboy TV (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2004-11-02. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  4. ^ Smithee, Alan (2012-12-09). "LAZYBOY - 2012 Shift Happens" (YouTube). 

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