Linnéa Handberg Lund

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Linnéa Handberg Lund, (born Linnéa Handberg 22 October 1980 in Hillerød, Denmark)[citation needed] also known as Papaya, Miss Papaya, or Lynn, is a Danish Eurodance musician. She specialized in bubblegum dance music, in the same vein as Aqua, Bambee, Smile.dk, and Toy-Box. In addition to her own music, Papaya has also written songs for other artists producing similar music, such as the aforementioned Bambee and Smile.dk.

Several of her songs, including "Operator", "Hero", and "Pink Dinosaur", have appeared in the wildly popular Dance Dance Revolution video games. Papaya has also contributed the songs "No Princess" and "Spaceman" to In The Groove 2.

History[edit]

Papaya was born in Copenhagen,[citation needed] Denmark, where she currently resides.

She began her music career in the early 1990s, signing with record labels Maverick, Warner, and Scandinavian Records. After Aqua's success in influencing other artists with their upbeat, dancy music, Papaya decided to try it for herself (after teaming up with producers Honeycutt), using the same happy style as Aqua. The resulting "Miss Papaya Project" was at first a bit of a joke, intended to be quite silly and childish, as Papaya later admits "nobody expected Miss Papaya to get the success she did". Papaya released her first single, "Jingle Bells" in 1997. It was a small hit, but nothing extremely encouraging. Producers decided to release another single, "Hero" originally written by Ms. Handberg and Honeycutt. To everyone's surprise, "Hero" was a smash hit, and Papaya was cemented as a bubblegum artist in the same style as Aqua.

Pink[edit]

Her first album, Pink, was released in 1998 at the peak of the bubblegum boom after the success of "Hero", and was worked on by Papaya and Honeycutt. Containing 11 sugar-coated tracks and one ballad (something all bubblegum albums seemed to require), the album was an instant success. Miss Papaya soon became a household name throughout Denmark. In 1998, "Hero" went across the pond to the U.S., something few bubblegum artists get to achieve. The single was quite a success, attracting many fans outside of Scandinavia. Even Madonna's daughter was a fan, Madonna inviting Papaya over to meet her child and praising Papaya on her songwriting skills.[citation needed] While in America, Papaya was given a shopping spree for her American music video of "Hero". She says it was one of the most fun things she had ever done, getting to pick out brightly colored outfits for the shoot. Her album was never actually released in the U.S., and her singles failed to chart due to bad promotion.


Dancemania series have strongly featured Papaya.

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Two singles were released after Pink, "Supergirl" in 1998 and "Operator" in 1999, and were received with the same amount of success. However, by that time, Ms. Handberg was beginning to tire of the bubblegum scene, moving on to more "mature" projects. In 1999 she quit her contract with Scandinavian Records & Honeycutt, and abandoned the Miss Papaya Project. She began on a solo career and in 2000 released an album, This Is Who I Am, under her real name. The album was a success, being well received by critics. Fans proclaimed it "one of the most complete pop albums of all time".[citation needed] Papaya still works as a songwriter and backup singer for current artists (including CH!PZ, from the Netherlands) and still writes some bubblegum tunes, though she doesn't spread that around.

Papaya was an artist behind Bambee, writing many of Bambee's songs along with Honeycutt. As Bambee's third album was being planned, however, Papaya was tiring out of the bubblegum genre, and Bambee Project was dropped along with the Miss Papaya Project. Papaya released some songs under the pseudonym Lynn including "Are You Online?" and "No Princess", for Bambee and In The Groove 2, respectively.

Music[edit]

Albums

Pink (as Papaya) (1998)

  1. "Operator"
  2. "Hero"
  3. "Pink Dinosaur"
  4. "Supergirl"
  5. "Teddy Bear"
  6. "Sugarboy"
  7. "Sweet Senorita"
  8. "Casanova"
  9. "Cinderella"
  10. "Mr. Macho Man"
  11. "Party Song"
  12. "Please Don't Leave Me Tonight"
  13. "Hero" (Joyworx Hi Octane Club Mix)*
  14. "Supergirl" (Team 33 Club Mix)*
*bonus tracks

This is Who I Am (as Linnea) (2000)[1]

  1. "This Is Who I Am"
  2. "I'll Believe It When I See It"
  3. "Why You Doin' Like That"
  4. "I've Had Enough"
  5. "Letter In My Heart"
  6. "No Good For Me"
  7. "You & Me"
  8. "Show Me What You Got"
  9. "Friends Like That"
  10. "Will You Be Mine"
  11. "Make Up My Mind"
  12. "Every Time"

Japanese Edition (2001)[2]

  1. "No Good For Me"
  2. "This Is Who I Am"
  3. "Make Up My Mind"
  4. "I'll Believe It When I See It"
  5. "Friends Like That"
  6. "Letter In My Heart"
  7. "Why You Doin' Like That"
  8. "Show Me What You Got!"
  9. "I've Had Enough"
  10. "You & Me"
  11. "Will You Be Mine"
  12. "Every Time"
  13. "No Good For Me" (Joy Worx Hi Motion Edit)
  14. "No Good For Me" (DJ SOMA Grow Sound Remix)

Singles[edit]

  • "Jingle Bells" (1997)
  1. 2size Radio Edit (3:00)
  2. Honeycutt's Original Radio Mix (3:11)
  3. 2size Club Mix (5:28)
  4. Instrumental 2size Radio Edit (3:00)
  • "Hero" (1997)
  • "Supergirl" (1998)
  • "Operator" (1999)
  • "Hero" (2001) (re-release)

Dancemania[edit]

  • Main series : 8 (1998), X1 (1999), X2 (1999), X3 (1999)
  • Delux : 3 (1999), 4 (2000)
  • Speed : 4 (2000), Best 2001 (2000)
  • Bass : #6 (2000), #10 Super Best 1998-2001 (2001)
  • Zip Mania : II (1999), Best (2001)
  • Others : Extra (1998), Diamond Complete Edition (2000) Best Red (2002), Treasure (2006), Hime Trance 2 (2006), Trance Paradise The Best (2008), Summer Story 2008 (2008),

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