|Genres||Bubblegum pop, bubblegum dance, Eurodance|
|Labels||EMI Music Japan
|Members||Veronica Almqvist (1998-present)|
|Past members||Hanna Stockzell (2008-2010)
Malin Kernby (1998-2008)
Nina Boquist (1998)
Cecilia Reiskog (2010-2013)
Smile.dk (pronounced Smile D-K) is a Swedish bubblegum dance group with Veronica Almqvist as the only current member. The band is well-known around the world partly due to their many songs in Dance Dance Revolution, including "Butterfly", "Golden Sky", "Boys", "Mr. Wonderful", "Petit Love", "Koko Soko", "A Geisha's Dream" (with Naoki Maeda), and "Dancing All Alone".
They marketed their album in Denmark, hence the ".dk" tag.
Veronica Almqvist and Nina Boquist first formed their group named as Smile, and published their first album Smile in 1998. It received wide attention, especially in Japan. The popular song "Butterfly" was licensed by Konami and featured in the first release of Dance Dance Revolution, a popular dance video game. They have also regularly appeared on the albums of the popular dance compilation Dancemania series since its tenth issue, including many of its sub-series such as Dancemania Speed. Smile.dk has been one of the most featured bubblegum/Eurodance acts in the Dancemania series, along with the likes of Captain Jack and E-Rotic.
After the first album, Boquist left Smile and started a solo career and Malin Kernby replaced Boquist in Smile. The band name was also changed from Smile to Smile.dk.
On many online sources, the song "Butterfly" is wrongly attributed to Japanese pop singer, Ayumi Hamasaki - more than likely due to its "oriental" themes, and more-than-passing similarity to contemporary Japanese pop music.
The video for "Boys" pays homage to Sabrina Salerno's hit "Boys" in that Almqvist is seen performing in a crystal-clear swimming pool, as did Salerno in her own video, as well as the song sounding similar to Sabrina's "Boys".
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In 2005, according to their manager, Smile.dk had begun a hiatus due to both Almqvist and Kernby having become married; Kernby with a child on the way. However, he did not believe that Smile.dk would become defunct, which proved correct with their return, albeit without Kernby.
In early 2008, Smile.dk's producers Jamie Thompson (J-Mi/DJ Slash/MC Jay) & Dick Örnå (Mr. Dee) announced at the BubblegumDancer.com Forums that Smile.dk would be returning in 2008 with a worldwide single, "Doki Doki", and a soon to be released album, Party Around The World. The Panik Mix of "Doki Doki" appears in the video game Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3. It was also announced that Kernby would be leaving the group, and Hanna Stockzell later joined. Then-new singer Stockzell performed in all of the songs on Party Around The World except for "Doki Doki" which featured only Almqvist and Kernby, despite Kernby no longer being an active member.
Smile.dk (with Almqvist and Stockzell) performed live at San Japan, an anime convention located in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on August 9, 2008. This was the first time they have ever performed in North America.
In April 2010, it was announced that Stockzell would be leaving Smile.dk and that a new member would be joining who turned out to be Cecilia Reiskog. They are currently recording a new album with an expected release date of 2013.
In 2011, Smile.dk released their first single from The Make-Up Collection called "Moshi Moshi" and confirmed another single via Facebook called "Baby Boom".
On October 6th, 2013, Cecilia Reiskog announced on Smile.dk's official Facebook page that she would be leaving Smile.dk to focus on her personal life. It has since been announced that Veronica will continue Smile.dk as a solo project rather than a duo. The planned upcoming album is also still in the works, according to Veronica.
- "Mr. Wonderful"
- "Circuit Girl"
- "Dancing All Alone"
- "Kissy Kissy"
- "Domo Domo Domo"
- "Doki Doki"
- "A Geisha's Dream" (NAOKI Feat. SMiLE.dk)
- "Butterfly '09 (United Forces Airplay Edit)"
- "Koko Soko"
- "Butterfly (Upswing Mix)"
- "Moshi Moshi"
- Smile (1998)
- Future Girls (26 July 2000)
- Smile Paradise (31 January 2001)
- Golden Sky (4 December 2002)
- Party Around The World (13 October 2008)
- The Make-Up Collection (2013, working title)
- 10 (1998), X1 (1999), X5 (2000), X7 (2000), X8 (2001)
- Delux : 3 (1999), 4 (2000)
- Speed : 2 (1999), 3 (1999), Best 2001 (2000), 6 (2001)
- Speed G : 1 (2003), 2 (2003)
- Happy Paradise : 1 (2000), 2 (2001)
- Best Red (2002)
- Ex : 2 (2003), 4 (2003)
- Hyper Delux (2003)
- Treasure (2006)
- All Stars 2000 (1999)
- Lato - The CD Edition (1999)
- Erocawa Trance Luxury (2006)
- Hime Trance : 1 (2006), 2 (2006), Himetra Speed (2008)
- Hard Times Vol. 1 (2008)
- Super Eurobeat Vol. 198: Queen Of Eurobeat (2009)
- Almighty The Definitive Collection 6 (2009)
Video game discography
|Butterfly||Dance Dance Revolution||Arcade||Japan||1998.11.21|
|Boys||Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix||Arcade||Japan||1999.1.19|
|Butterfly (Upswing Mix)||Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix||Arcade||Japan||1999.10.30|
|Mr. Wonderful||Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix||Arcade||Japan||1999.10.30|
|Boys (Euro Mix)||Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
Dance Maniax 2ndMix
|Petit Love||Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix Plus
Dance Maniax 2ndMix
|Dancing All Alone||Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix||Arcade||Japan||2001.3.27|
|Golden Sky||Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova||Arcade||Europe||2006.4.28|
|Kissy Kissy||Ez2Dancer UK Move Special Edition||Arcade||UK||2003.4.??|
|Butterfly (Delaction Mix)||Pop'n Music Carnival (13)||PS2||Japan||2006.??.??|
|Doki Doki (Panik Mix)||Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3||Xbox 360||US||2008.11.??|
|Koko Soko||Dance Dance Revolution X||Arcade||Japan||2008.12.24|
|A Geisha's Dream||Dance Dance Revolution X||Arcade/PS2||Japan||2009.01.29|
|A Geisha's Dream (Ruffage remix)||Dance Dance Revolution S||iPhone||Japan/US||2009.02.25|
- "Smile.dk Discography". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- "Song Lists and Difficulties". DDRFreak. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- Discogs, Smile.dk
- Smile.dk The Official Web Site | Doki Doki Retrieved 13 October 2008.
- AnimeCons.com: News: Article
- Sakura-Con 2008
-  Smile.dk Myspace Blog
- Song "Butterfly (Upswing Mix)" in YouTube. Certain cuts of this song were used in Dance Dance Revolution, third mix.