The BlackSheeps

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The BlackSheeps
The BlackSheeps MGP 2011.jpg
Nikolaj Nordbakk Gloppen, Emelie Nilsen and Agnete Kristin Johnsen at MGP 2011
Background information
Origin Nesseby, Norway
Genres Pop, punk, rock
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels MBN
Website www.myspace.com/theblacksheepsss
Members Agnete Johnsen
Emelie Nilsen
Nikolaj Gloppen
Simon Stenvoll
Past members Alexander Touryguin
Viktoria Eriksen

The BlackSheeps is a Norwegian band from Nesseby. Their breakthrough came following their participation in the MGP jr, a song contest for children organised by Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. Having won MGP jr 2008 with the song Oro jaska, beana (Be Quiet, Dog) the group went on to represent Norway in the MGP Nordic 2008.[1] They also won this competition after receiving more than half the votes. The band was recently the subject of a legal dispute over the dismissal of two band members, unpaid royalties, and the right to use the band name.[2] However, it was ruled that the band still holds the right to the name, and former band members Alexander Touryguin and Viktoria Eriksen are not owed any money.[3]

History[edit]

The group was formed in 2008 by singer Agnete Johnsen, guitarist Emelie Nilsen, bassist Alexander Touryguin, and drummer Viktoria Eriksen. On June 2, 2007, the group participated in Melodi Grand Prix Junior 2008 with their song "Oro, Jaska, Beana." The group won the contest and went on to represent Norway in MGP Nordic 2008. On November 29, 2008, the group won MGP Nordic 2008 after receiving more than half of the votes. "Oro, Jaska, Beana" reached #1 in the Norwegian Singles Charts afterwards.

In June 2010, Touryguin and Eriksen were dismissed from the band and were replaced by Nikolaj Gloppen and Simon Stenvoll Pedersen respectively.[4]

In 2011, the band participated in Melodi Grand Prix 2011, with their song "Dance Tonight." They ultimately came 2nd place, losing out to the song "Haba Haba" by Stella Mwangi. The band became the subject of a legal dispute over the dismissal of Touryguin and Eriksen, unpaid royalties and the right to use the band name.[5] However, it was recently ruled that the band still holds the right to the name, and Touryguin and Eriksen are not owed any money.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Current members[7][edit]

  • Agnete Johnsen (born July 4, 1994) – Vocals
  • Nikolaj Gloppen (born 1992) - Bass
  • Simon Stenvoll Pedersen (born 1992) – Drums
  • Emelie Nilsen (born March 29, 1993) – Guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Alexander Touryguin (born October 16, 1993) – Bass
  • Viktoria Eriksen (born July 6, 1993) – Drums

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Oro jaska, beana" (2008)
  • "Edwin" (2009)
  • "Gold Lion" (2009)
  • "No Milk Today"
  • "Dance Tonight" (2011)

Albums[edit]

  • BlackSheeps (2009)

Trivia[edit]

In a live chat on the website of Norwegian newspaper VG, the group was confronted with the grammatical incorrectness of their name. The group said they were aware that “sheeps” was not the correct plural form but contended that this did not matter. “Many bands have spelling mistakes in their name, such as The Beatles. Remember it’s just a band name, so anything works,” was their reply.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hætta, Mathis (2009-11-10). "The BlackSheeps geasuhii" [The BlackSheeps a popular draw] (in Northern Sámi). Ávvir. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  2. ^ "- Jeg klarer ikke å se henne lenger" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  3. ^ "- BlackSheeps frifunnet i retten" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  4. ^ "http://www.nrk.no/kanal/nrk_sapmi/1.7684681/" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  5. ^ "- Jeg klarer ikke å se henne lenger" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  6. ^ "- BlackSheeps frifunnet i retten" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Bittert brudd for BlackSheeps" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  8. ^ "MGP Jr-vinnerne The Black Sheeps" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-11-30.