Star Pilots

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Star Pilots
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Star Pilots performing at Melodifestivalen 2009
Background information
Origin Sweden
Genres Pop, dance
Labels Hard2Beat
Website www.starpilots.se

Star Pilots is a Swedish pop group with Johan Becker, a contestant on Swedish television show Fame Factory and former member of the Swedish duo The Wallstones[1] as lead singer.

The group's debut single, "In the Heat of the Night", was released in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2009, having already peaked number 2 in the group's home country in Sweden, in 2008.[2] The song's video features the band dressed as pilots with similarities from the 1980s film Top Gun (halfnaked beach volleyball) and with five female dancers, including Playboy model Louise Glover.[3]

The group took part in the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2009 with "Higher" written by Johan Becker with songwriters and producers Johan Fjellström and Joakim Udd. The national competition is used for selecting the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Although reaching the "second chance" stage in the competition, they failed to make it to the Final 11. The song was still successful commercially reaching number 6 in Sweden.[4]

Their latest single is entitled "Heaven Can Wait" and features Petter Isaksson as main singer.

Members[edit]

Band members are:

  • Mathias Singh
  • Michael J:son Lindh
  • Emilio Perrelli
  • Petter Isaksson

Earlier members included

  • Johan Becker
  • Patrick Riber
  • Daniel Gill
  • Patrick Saxe
  • Albin Sandqvist
  • Daniel Wohlin

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Certification
SWE
[5]
NED
Dutch
Top 40

UK
2008 "In the Heat of the Night" 2 15*
(Tipparade)
21
2009 "Higher" 6
2010 "I'm Alive" 22
2011 "Heaven Can Wait"

*Did not chart in main Dutch 40 chart, but in "bubbling under" Dutch Tipparade chart

Various band members had solo charting hits

Individual member bios[edit]

Johan Becker[edit]

Johan Henrik Peter Becker born in Helsinki on 27 March 1971 and brought up in Närpes, Finland. He took interest in music and in his teens played the drums as part of a metal band in Finland. He moved to Sweden in 1997 aspiring to become a songwriter.

Now a Finnish-Swedish singer, in 2004, he took part in Fame Factory wining the show. He found chart success with "Let Me Love You", one of his performances in Fame Factory reaching number on the Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart. Other performances during the show included "She's So High" and "Learning to Live" but without appearing in the charts. His song "As Long as We're Together" had a brief appearance in local Swedish charts.

Also in 2004, he also wrote the song "Här stannar jag kvar" for Sandra Dahlberg for Melodifestivalen 2004 and appeared with her during the show.

In 2004-2005, he was part of the pop duo The Wallstones with Karl Martindahl. They had initial success with the 2004 hit "Good Old Stonecake". The song reached #3 in Swedish Singles Chart. In 2005, The Wallstones took part in Melodifestivalen 2005 with "Invisible People" The song also reached number 6 on the Swedish Singles Chart. The duo had one more release entitled "C'mon Julie". All appeared in the duo's 2005 album Pleasure and Pain before they split up.

Johan Becker joined Star Pilots in 2005.

In September 9, 2006, he married Carola Szücs and has two daughters Bianca and Olivia.

He has cooperated with various artists like Girls Generation, Exile, A-Teens, Peter Jöback. Exile's song "Rising Sun" written by Becker was a big hit for them in 2011 in Japan reaching number 1 in Japanese Oricon chart. The song was the official charity anthem after the tsunami disaster of 2011. He was one of the winners at the Japanese JASRAC Foreign Work Award alongside Sharon Vaughn and the Thott Brothers.

With Fredrik Thomander, he co-wrote the Girls Generation single "Paparazzi" that also reached number 1 on Oricon charts in 2012.

Year Title Peak positions Certification
SWE
[6][7]
2004 "Good Old Stonecake"
(as part of The Wallstones)
3
2005 "Invisible People"
(as part of The Wallstones)
6
2005 "Let Me Love You"
(as Johan Becker)
3

Petter Isaksson[edit]

Besides being a main vocalist with Star Plots, Petter isaksson has co-directed with Jonas Rosin and Roland Möhle a 2011 Swedish version of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also plays the role of Judas in the musical.

Albin Sandqvist[edit]

Albin Sandqvist also known by the mononym Albin besides Star Pilots was a solo electronic / dance pop act who in 2005 had a solo hit single "I'll Be Waiting". The maxi single included backing vocals by Marcus Öhrn and Sussie Ottebring with Lee Farmer on guitar. The maxi single also had a remix of the track by Punkstar.[8]

Year Title Peak positions Certification
SWE
[9]
2005 "I'll Be Waiting" 10

Mathias Singh[edit]

Mathias Singh, born 1977, is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher at Danscenter in Stockholm. besides Star Pilots, he was involved in a production of a Swedish version of the musical West Side Story. He was the host of the children's program Lattjo Lajban. With Sandra Dahlberg, he has hosted the program Prinsessan Sandra och Prinskörven and has long cooperated with other Star Pilot member Emilio Perrelli with artists like EMD, Linda Bengtzing, Darin, Carola Häggqvist, Rebound, Jasmine Kara, Ola Svensson, Danny, September, Elin Lanto, Lovestone and Sibel. He also runs the dance magazine 5678.

Emilio Perrelli[edit]

Emilio Perrelli born April 18, 1975 in Spångavägen besides his membership in Star Pilots is a choreographer and together with Mathias Singh has worked with EMD, Danny Saucedo, September, Rebound, Carola Häggqvist and Darin. With Matias Singh, he also runs dance magazine 5678. Emilio Perrelli's cousin Sebastian Ingrosso is a member of the Swedish House Mafia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scandipop: The Star Pilots Interview
  2. ^ Swedishcharts.com - Swedish Singles Chart Archive - In the Heat of the Night
  3. ^ Lou's plane hot landing strip The Sun, 17 April 2009
  4. ^ Swedishcharts.com - Swedish Singles Chart Archive - Higher
  5. ^ "Star Pilots discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Johan Becker discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Wallstones discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  8. ^ SwedishCharts.com Alvin - "I'll Be Waiting"
  9. ^ "Albin discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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