Addis Black Widow
Addis Black Widow was a Swedish band. Their songs include "Innocent", "Wait in Summer", and "Goes Around Comes Around", which reached #2 on the Swedish Tracks Chart in 2001. The single "Innocent" reached #42 in the UK Chart in 1996. Two years later they, under the moniker Bus 75, reached #69 in the UK Chart guesting on the song "Four Big Speakers" by Swedish rock band Whale.
In 2007, the group entered Melodifestivalen's first semifinal with the song "Clubbin". The group finished last and failed to make it to the finals. Band member "Cream", who lives in London, did not participate. From 2008 Addis Black Widow has been a Hip Pop artist led by Pigeonmun one of the founders. He is the main producer and composer from the beginning. Other bands associated to Addis Black Widow are Bus75, Raw Meat Productions Hb and Surreal entertainment Db. The music is a mixture of hip hop, rap, and pop music pigeonmun calls Hip Pop.
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The Black Widow started with the original members from the rap group Puffy MC & Jah Rock combined with Da Cream. Although their backgrounds stretch from Ethiopia to Iran to Oakland, California, the band recorded their first album (The Battle of Adwa) in their early teens in Sweden. They were the first Swedish based underground hip hop band to reach gold and platinum sales outside the Scandinavia. Also called gay hip hop pioneers (Cream is a lesbian), in 1996, Addis Black Widow was the first rap act to take a controversial lesbian themed music videos such as ("Innocent") to MTVs top 5 most played video list. "Innocent" peaked at #42 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1996.
In 2001, they released the second album (ABW) with hit singles "Goes Around Comes Around" and "Wait in Summer". Because of musical differences and clash of artistic interest, Cream left the band in 2005.
- The Battle of Adwa (1996)
- ABW (2001)
- Happy (2004)
- Sveriges Radio P3 - Tracks Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Addis Black Widow bidrar med förnyelse - Nyheter - Expressen.se - Sveriges bästa nyhetssajt!
- Aftonbladet: Cream ställer in schlagern
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 15. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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