Aura Dione

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Aura Dione
Birth name Maria Louise Joensen
Also known as Aura Dione
Born (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 31)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Origin Bornholm, Denmark
Genres Pop, folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2007–present
Labels Music for Dreams, Island, Universal

Maria Louise Joensen (born January 21, 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark), professionally known as Aura Dione, is a multi-platinum selling Danish recording artist of Faroese, Spanish, French and Danish origin.[1][2][3][4] In 2008 she released her debut album, Columbine. The album spawned the hit single "I Will Love You Monday (365)" which reached number one in Germany, achieved over 80 million video views and was certified platinum. After winning the European Border Breaker Award in 2011, Aura won Best Female Artist and Hit of the Year for Geronimo in the Danish Music Awards 2012 and Female Artist of the Year in 2013; she is one of Denmark's top two female recording artists and one of Germany's top three.

Now living in LA, Aura is currently in the studio recording new material with some of the world's most prestigious producers. Her new album is set for release in 2014 and will be the first release available outside central and Eastern Europe.

Musical career[edit]

Early life (1985–2006)[edit]

Aura Dione was born Maria Joensen on January 21, 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her Faroese/French mother and Danish/Spanish father introduced her to music, and the first song was written when she was as young as 8 years old.[5] Her parents were hippies and sailed around of the oceans of the world with her as a child until the 7-year-old was given residence on Bornholm. Here she began her schooling and was enrolled as a teenager in high school, but in the middle she chose to move to Australia where she sought inspiration from the Aborigines. This resulted later in the song "Something From Nothing".

Columbine and international breakthrough (2007–2010)[edit]

She debuted in summer 2007 with the single "Something From Nothing", but has also gained success with the track "Song for Sophie" - both from the album Columbine, which was released in 2008. The single "I Will Love You Monday" a No.1 hit in Europe, where it was issued in an expanded version titled "I Will Love You Monday (365)".

Before the Dinosaurs (2011–present)[edit]

Aura released her second international studio album "Before the Dinosaurs" on November 4, 2011. The first single release "Geronimo" was produced by David Jost and went straight to the #1 in the official German Media Control Charts.[6] In the very same year Aura Dione won an European Border Breakers Award for her international breakthrough.[7] Aura Dione recently released the second single "Friends" of her international hit album Before the Dinosaurs. The song is written and produced by Dione, David Jost and Rock Mafia and recently reached the official German Radio Charts #1. "Friends" is Dione's third Radio #1 single.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She was engaged to Danish billionaire Janus Friis but the couple split up in April 2015 [9]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
Columbine 3 31 44 30
Before the Dinosaurs
  • Released: November 4, 2011
  • Label: Island, Universal, Koolmusic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 30 14 36
  • AUT: 10,000


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2007 "Something from Nothing" (as Aura) 7 Columbine (Danish Edition)
2008 "Song for Sophie" (as Aura) 16
"I Will Love You Monday" (as Aura) 20
"Stay the Same" (as Aura)
2009 "Only Here For a Moment" Non-album single
"I Will Love You Monday (365)" 2 1 58 14 3 2 Columbine (International Edition)
2010 "Song for Sophie (I Hope She Flies)" 18 12 83 68
"Something from Nothing" 90
2011 "Geronimo" 1 1 95 1 17 7 Before the Dinosaurs
2012 "Friends" (featuring Rock Mafia) 6 3 4 29 1 10
"In Love with the World" 5 13 52
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ Staun, Simon (12 August 2010). "Aura svævede over Clinton" (PDF) (in Danish). Fyens Stiftstidende. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Winther, Anne (28 January 2008). "Aura: Mobbeofferet der fandt strutkjolen frem -". Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Eriksen, Jan. "En aura af succes". B.T. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Rune Langhoff, "Aura af Verden", Berlingske Tidende (23 January 2008). Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  6. ^ "BILD Newspaper Article about Aura Dione and David Jost" Retrieved February 22, 2012
  7. ^ "Winners of the 2011 European Border Breakers Awards", Retrieved February 20, 2012
  8. ^ "Universal Music Press Release" Retrieved April 24, 2012
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  10. ^ a b " - Discography Aura Dione". IFPI. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Discographie Aura Dione -". Ö3 Austria Top 40 (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche -". Media Control Charts (in German). PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Aura Dione -". Swiss Music Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Guld og platin i august |". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Christensen, Jeppe Krogsgaard (3 November 2011). "Med en guldfugl i brystet". Berlingske Tidende. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Aura Dione – Before the Dinosaurs" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Aura Dione in the field Interpret. Enter Before the Dinosaurs in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
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  18. ^ Peak positions in Germany:
  19. ^ " - Aura Dione - I Will Love You Monday (365)". MegaCharts (in Dutch). Hung Medien / Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  21. ^ Peak positions in Poland:
  22. ^ "Guld og platin i marts" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Aura Dione – I Will Love You Monday (365)" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Aura Dione in the field Interpret. Enter I Will Love You Monday (365) in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('I%20Will%20Love%20You%20Monday%20(365)')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  25. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Aura Dione; 'I Will Love You Monday')". Hung Medien. 
  26. ^ "Danish single certifications – Aura Dione – Geronimo". IFPI Denmark. 
  27. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Aura Dione – Geronimo" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Aura Dione in the field Interpret. Enter Geronimo in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  28. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Aura Dione; 'Geronimo')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  29. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Aura Dione; 'Geronimo')". Hung Medien. 
  30. ^ "Danish single certifications – Aura Dione – Friends". IFPI Denmark. 
  31. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Aura Dione – Friends" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Aura Dione in the field Interpret. Enter Friends in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  32. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Aura Dione feat. RockMafia; 'Friends')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  33. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Aura Dione; 'Friends')". Hung Medien. 
  34. ^ "Danish single certifications – Aura Dione – In Love With The World". IFPI Denmark. 

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