Pandora (singer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other uses, see Pandora (disambiguation).
Pandora
Pandora (artist).JPG
Background information
Birth name Anneli Magnusson
Also known as Pandora (stage name)
Born (1970-06-20) June 20, 1970 (age 44)
Origin Västerås, Sweden
Genres Pop, eurodance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–present
Website www.pandora.se

Anneli Magnusson (born June 20, 1970, in Västerås), known by her stage name Pandora, is a Swedish eurodance artist. She was most popular during the mid-1990s in the Nordic countries, in Asia and Australia in the end of 1990s to mid-2000s but is still active and releasing material more recently as United DJs vs. Pandora.

Musical career[edit]

Pandora's commercial career finally began in the winter of 1993/94. In autumn 1993 she signed a contract with a Swedish record company and released her debut single "Trust Me", which went straight into the Swedish charts.Written and produced by Sir Martin & The Dr. Maxx Family, "Trust Me" became the best-selling local single of the year and went gold, thereby exceeding the achievements of Ace of Base, among others. The corresponding album, One of a Kind, was released in October 1993, bringing the singer further fame and achieving gold status in both Sweden and Finland - making Pandora the best-selling dance act in Scandinavia (Fennoscandia). Two years later Pandora landed yet another gold disc with her follow-up album Tell the World. In Scandinavia sales of the album again exceeded the 100,000 mark. In addition, Japanese audiences turned out to be very enthusiastic about Pandora. Tell the World selling more than 1 million albums in Asia alone.

Her third album Changes was Pandora's worldwide debut release with her new record company Universal Music. Sticking to the motto "never change a winning team", Pandora once again collaborated with her creative trio of Ankelius/Andersson/Johansson and the result was this brilliant album, packed full of great dance tunes, which sold more than 500,000 copies in Japan and went platinum there.

Pandora went on tour through Scandinavia in the spring and summer of 1997 and did her first 2-week live tour through the main cities of Japan, where she always played to sell-out venues. Then along came the next long-player This Could Be Heaven, a collection of fourteen dance and up-tempo tracks, which went platinum in Japan within six weeks. Produced mainly by her long-term partners, Hit Vision, "Metro Productions", and this time also Mats Nyman. This Could Be Heaven set a new course in Pandora's career. For the first time, she had written three of the songs herself, arranged and produced by songwriter Mats Nyman, the keyboarder with Pandora's live band. At the beginning of 1999 there followed the next studio album Breathe, which due to unforeseen circumstances was only released in Japan. Her seventh album entitled No Regrets, was recorded between August and November 1999 and was released in end of 1999 in Japan. The album A Little Closer was born during the fall 2000 and it was released on Universal in Japan in February 2001.

Won’t Look Back was Pandora’s eighth album. She presented her material for EMI in Finland and they agreed on a deal. It was released in Scandinavia and Germany, Austria and Switzerland to start with “I’m sure the fans will recognise me but hopefully they will feel that I’ve grown as a singer and as a person." She said: "This album contains songs from Brian Rawling (Metro Production), Kee Marcello, Diane Warren, Mats Nyman and Art Garfunkel. You can hear a pretty different version of his wonderful song Bright Eyes. Enjoy!"

On March 28, 2007, Pandora accused British Eurovision act Scooch of having plagiarized her 1999 song "No Regrets", and planned to file a complaint with the EBU. In response to the plagiarism claim, BBC issued a statement saying that Scooch's song is "an original" and the writers "were never aware of Pandora or her songs". BBC confirmed that there had been no duplication of her work.[1] The album, titled Celebration, was released on November 7, 2007 in Finland and November 28, 2007 in Sweden.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • One of a Kind (1993)
  • Tell the World (1995)
  • Changes (1996)
  • Best of Pandora (1997)
  • This Could Be Heaven (1998)
  • Hitbox (1998, Red Title)
  • Hitbox (1998, Blue Title)
  • Breathe (1999)
  • Pandora Nonstop (1998)
  • Blue (1999)
  • No Regrets (1999)
  • A Little Closer (2000)
  • Won't Look Back (2002)
  • 9 Lives (2003)
  • Greatest Hits and Remixes (2004)
  • 9 Lives (2005)
  • Celebration (2007) - as United DJs vs. Pandora
  • Head Up High (2011)

Singles[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
SWE
[2]
FIN
[3]
NOR
[4]
AUS
[5]
1993 "Trust Me" 3 2 8 82 One of a Kind
1994 "Come On and Do It" 5 4
"One of a Kind" 33 19
"Something's Gone" 18
"Tell the World" 5 3 Tell the World
1995 "Don't You Know" 7 1
"Naked Sun" 29 3
"One of Us" 13 1
1996 "A Little Bit" 28 3 10 Changes
1997 "The Sands of Time"
"Smile 'n' Shine" 45 15 17
"Show Me What You Got" This Could Be Heaven
"Single Life"
1998 "Spirit to Win"
"This Could Be Heaven" 100
"Bright Eyes"
"Mr. Right"
"You Drive Me Crazy" 10
1999 "You'll Be Alright" Breathe
"You Don't Want to Know"
"No Regrets" No Regrets
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
SWE
[2]
FIN
[3]
2001 "I Need to Know" / "Every Second Beat"
"Don't Worry"
2002 "I Won't Look Back"
"When I'm Over You"
2003 "You" 56
"Don't Worry" (re-release)
2004 "I'm Confused" 6
2006 "Don't Worry" (re-release)
"A Love Like This"
"Trust Me"1 2
2007 "Don't You Know"1 1 2
"Tell the World"1 7 12
"On a Night Like This"1 3
2008 "Call Me" (DeeJay Jay feat. Pandora) 5
2009 "Kitchy Kitchy" (Pandora feat. Bloom 06) 7
2010 "You Believed" (Pandora feat. Matt Hewie) 3
2011 "You Woke My Heart" (Pandora feat. JS16)
2011 "WHY - Magistral" (Pandora feat. Stacy)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1Credited as United DJ's vs. Pandora

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "'There is no plagiarism' We never heard of Pandora". esctoday.com. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b Swedish peaks
  3. ^ a b Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  4. ^ Norwegian peaks
  5. ^ Australian peaks

External links[edit]