Toy-Box

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Toy-Box
Origin Denmark
Genres Pop, bubblegum dance, Eurodance
Years active 1995–2003
Members Anila Mirza
Amir El-Falaki

Toy-Box was a Danish pop group, consisting of vocalists Anila Mirza and Amir El-Falaki. Mirza was born on October 8, 1974 in Hillerød, Denmark to a half-Pakistani, half-Iranian mother, and a Parsi father. El-Falaki was born August 12, 1973 in Copenhagen, Denmark to Moroccan parents. In 1999, they had some success in the Scandinavian music charts with a bubblegum dance song from their album Fantastic, named "Tarzan & Jane".

History[edit]

"Tarzan & Jane" was championed by Smash Hits magazine in the United Kingdom in 1999, but their UK label Edel decided to hold back the release until later on in the year, to coincide with the release of Disney's Tarzan. They elected to release "Best Friend" first; although it received a lot of rotation on the television channel The Box, it only reached number 41 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] and plans to release "Tarzan & Jane" were cancelled. However this was released in other European countries, with some success (e.g. it reached the 2nd place in the Dutch hit lists). In the United Kingdom "Tarzan & Jane" was only released on the Smash Hits Compilation CD.

Toy-Box's first album, Fantastic, included the hits "The Sailor Song", "Best Friend", "Super-Duper-Man", "Teddybear" and "Tarzan & Jane". It was released in September 1999 and followed in 2001 by a second album, Toy Ride, which included fan-favorite songs "www.girl", "Prince of Arabia" and "Wizard of Oz".

After the group broke up, El-Falaki worked as a dance teacher, music video choreographer and trainer to F.C. Copenhagen's cheerleading team. Mirza later changed her first name to Aneela and began a solo career, with limited success.[citation needed] When asked about another Toy-Box release, Aneela said, "I don't know, anything's possible."[2]

On November 13, 2012, Aneela announced via her Facebook page that new releases would not occur under Toy-Box name, as they were unable to reach an agreement with their label. However, Aneela did mention that it's possible Toy-Box could return under a new name in the near future.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
AUS
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AUT
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DEN
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GER
[5]
NED
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NOR
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NZ
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SUI
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SWE
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UK
[1]
1998 "Tarzan & Jane" 41 28 2 37 2 3 27 34 8 Fantastic
1999 "Best Friend" 39 6 1 13 23 41
"The Sailor Song" 9
"Teddybear"
2001 "Superstar" 41 Toy Ride
"www.girl" 35
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 563. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Bubblegum Dancer
  3. ^ Mirza, Aneela (November 13, 2012). "Dear friends...". facebook. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h International peaks
  5. ^ German peaks

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