Whigfield, October 2013
|Birth name||Sannie Charlotte Carlson|
11 April 1970 |
|Occupations||Singer, actress, songwriter, record producer|
Sannie Charlotte Carlson (born 11 April 1970), best known as Whigfield and also as Naan, is a Danish Eurodance singer best known for the song "Saturday Night" which was a worldwide hit during the summer of 1994. Singles from her following albums were also very popular across Europe and Asia in the mid '90s and were produced by Italian producer Larry Pignagnoli.
Sannie Charlotte Carlson was born in Skælskør, Denmark. She spent several years in Africa as a child before returning to her native country. Before singing Sannie worked as a very successful model and studied music. When she met the producer Larry Pignagnoli, who also produces Benny Benassi, Katla, In-Grid, Ally & Jo, Ann Lee, Spagna, J.K., Dhany and others, the artist "Whigfield" was born. The name "Whigfield" is a tribute to her piano teacher.
She rose to prominence when her single "Saturday Night" became the summer smash hit of 1994, thanks to extensive play in the clubs of the Mediterranean and the fact that it had a dance which many found easy to learn. It was also the single which prevented Wet Wet Wet from reaching a record-equalling 16th week at number 1 in the UK. She became the first ever non-UK or American artist to debut at No.1 in her first week in the UK Singles Chart. Her music was also very successful in Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Canada, Italy, France, India, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries and the Philippines where it became a smash hit song in the middle of 1994. Along with Ace of Base and Los del Río it is one of the most commercially successful songs of the 1995 Eurodance phenomenon. Her role in the Eurodance scene has been very significant and has played an important role in music coming from Italy and Scandinavia.
Later singles include "Think of You", "Close To You", "Last Christmas", "Gimme Gimme" and "Sexy Eyes". "Gimme Gimme" and "Sexy Eyes" reached #14 and #6 in Australia, respectively, and they were the only two significant charting hits in that country.
Like the group Milli Vanilli, Whigfield was accused of not singing her own songs. This was because she did all her live performances lip synching (miming to a backing track). "Saturday Night" was produced by Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva, two Italian producers known for a variety of Eurodance projects, who usually worked with vocalists such as Daniela Galli (better known as Dhany), Annerley Gordon (aka Ann Lee) and Sandy Chambers. Another Pignagnoli project, Ally & Jo, featured a similar voice to Whigfield's but different faces in the CD cover and led to the accusations.
In October 2007, Whigfield released All In One, a greatest hits album with past hits being resung with newer, modern beats. The album included updated versions of "Think Of You", "Gotta Getcha", "Sexy Eyes", "Givin All My Love", "No Tears To Cry", "Was A Time", "Close To You", "Out Of Sight", "Another Day", and her biggest hit, "Saturday Night". The album also includes two new songs, "Rainbow" and "Right in the Night", a cover version of Jam & Spoon's track. On 18 December, she released her first single in three years, "Think of You", which contains mixes from Mathieu Bouthier & Muttonheads and Gabry Ponte. A second single "Right In The Night" was released in May 2008, which peaked at #4 on the Eurodance.com Interactive Chart. A third single was released "Saturday Night (Klm Mixes)" in late 2008 which contains 20 new mixes.
However successful Whigfield became on the international marketplace, the only place where she has yet to achieve major commercial success, is the United States. Although she placed both "Saturday Night" and "Another Day" on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1995, with "Night" peaking at #19 and "Day" coming in at #21, respectively. In the years 1994-1997 Whigfield sold more records than Oasis and Blur combined, although in a 1998 interview she accepted that she was not a bigger influence on mainstream music than either band.
Whigfield has since written and performed many dance songs for groups such as Benny Benassi, changed her performance name to Naan, and is still involved in the industry. In 2005, Whigfield appeared on the Benassi Bros album Phobia, writing and singing on two songs, "Feel Alive" and "Rocket In The Sky". Whigfield choose to record these under the name Naan, and also used that name to record "Come A Little Closer" with Malomodo, and "Yes U R" and some vocals in "People Of The Night" with the European DJ Favretto. Whigfield also wrote the lyrics for "It's Summertime", performed by the Spanish singer Katla, which was released in October 2005.
Whigfield is still currently involved in songwriting, producing and recording. More recently she wrote the lyrics for the hit "Who's Your Daddy", performed by Benny Benassi. "Feel Alive" was also released in 2006, however, the vocals on the single release are performed by Sandy. Also vocals were re-recorded by Dhany for the single release of "Rocket In The Sky". She also wrote "Put 'Em Up" for singer Edun, which was a hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart, where it peaked at number 3 in August 2007.
"C'est Cool" (which is French for "This is Cool") was released in June 2011, and had Top 10 success by reaching No. 9 in Denmark.
Whigfield released a new single on iTunes 7 September 2012 called "4Ever".
A new album made up of entirely new tracks, entitled "W", was released as a digital download on 28 September 2012. It includes the two singles "C'est Cool" and "4Ever". The 'W' album is also available on CD format via the CreateSpace website (CreateSpace is owned by Amazon).
A special edition of the album entitled "W - Pro" was released digitally on 5 October 2012 and it includes extended versions and extended instrumentals of all the tracks contained on the original 'W' album.
On 23 October 2012 Whigfield commented on her official Facebook page that she is currently working on the next "W" music video and is also writing/composing for new future projects.
The 30 November 2012, saw the release of the single "Jeg Kommer Hjem" ("I'm Coming Home" in Danish). This is the third track taken from the 'W' album. The music video for the song was released to the public on 7 December 2012 and can be viewed via the YouTube and Vimeo websites.
A new version of the 'W' album entitled "W - Extra Edition" containing the original arranged mixes of the same tracklist was released on 14 December 2012. It has been released digitally on iTunes, junodownload.com and Beatport.com. Just like the original 'W' album the 'Extra Edition' is also available on CD format from the CreateSpace website.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|All In One||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|W Extra Edition||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|W Extra Edition Pro||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Best Of - XMas Edition||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1995||"Think of You"||66||4||25||4||4||7||3||—||11||7|
|"Close to You"||—||18||90||18||—||—||19||—||—||13|
|"Gimme Gimme"||—||12||—||—||—||84||4||—||—||—||Whigfield II|
|"No Tears to Cry"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||60||—||—|
|1998||"Givin' All My Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999||"Be My Baby"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Whigfield III|
|2002||"Gotta Getcha"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Whigfield 4|
|2003||"Saturday Night 2003"||—||19||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Single only|
|2004||"Was a Time"||—||—||74||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Whigfield 4|
|2007||"Think of You 2007"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Singles only|
|2008||"Right in the Night"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012||"Jeg kommer hjem"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012||"C'est Cool (XMas Mix)"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Single Only|
|2013||"Saturday Night 2013 (Feat. Carlprit)"||—||—||83||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Number 1 Singles of the 1990s". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
- "Sexy Eyes" and "Gimme Gimme" on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Chart. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- "Naan | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
- International peak positions
- German Album peak position
- UK chart positions
- Canada peak positions
- Billboard October 29, 1994. Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- Billboard Magazine: 17 June 1995, Page 57
- German peak positions
- Irish peak positions
- Italian 1994 peak positions
- Dutch Top 40 peaks
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- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved 17 January 2009)
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Whigfield; 'Saturday+Night')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
- Norwegian certifications Ifpi.no (Retrieved 17 January 2009)
- UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 17 January 2009)
- Whigfield's official website
- Whigfield's second official website
- Whigfield on Myspace
- Whigfield's official fanclub website
- Whigfield's official fansite
- Discogs Profile