Erik Hassle

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Erik Hassle
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Erik Hassle in 2010
Background information
Birth name Erik Hassle
Born (1988-08-26) 26 August 1988 (age 28)
Katrineholm, Sweden
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2005-present
Labels TEN Music Group (Sweden)
Roxy (Sweden)
Island (UK)
Universal Republic (U.S.)
Website www.erikhassle.com

Erik Hassle (born 26 August 1988 in Katrineholm, Sweden) is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter. He signed with TEN Music Group in 2007 and through TEN Erik also signed with Roxy Recordings for Sweden, Island Records for Europe and Universal Republic for North America.

Biography[edit]

Hassle was raised in a rural village two hours south of Stockholm and originally aspired to be a professional footballer. He grew up listening to soul music and realised his love of music early after listening to Wilson Pickett.[1] He attended Rytmus, a musical secondary school in Stockholm where famous Swedish singer Robyn trained. He signed a deal with the Swedish music company TEN Music Group. Later Erik also signed to Roxy Recordings for Sweden, Island Records for Europe and Universal Republic for North America.[2]

Music career[edit]

Swedish career[edit]

Hassle released his first single, "Hurtful" in September 2008. It went to reach #11 in his native Sweden and peaked at #2 in Denmark. He later released his second single "Don't Bring Flowers" which peaked at #25 in Sweden, and his album Hassle which debuted at #2 and stayed in the Swedish charts for 10 weeks.[3]

International career[edit]

On 23 August 2009 Hassle released "Don't Bring Flowers" his first international single. In late 2009 he embarked on touring outside of Sweden and released "Hurtful" in the UK on 2 February 2010. It debuted at #59 and fell off the charts the following week. He altered a few songs his Swedish debut album and re-released the album as Pieces in the UK. It failed to chart in the UK Albums Chart.

He has been written up as a hot new act in The Guardian and other major newspapers, and on 19 January 2010, he was awarded the prize for "Newcomer of the Year 2009" at the P3 Guld gala.

Hassle visited Lynn Grove High School and Capital City Academy playing Don't Bring Flowers, Amelia and his own cover of In for the Kill

He toured with Mika in the UK in early 2010 as the supporting act and was very well received by Mika's fans. He also supported Mika at the closing night of the iTunes Festival in June 2009.

On 19 May 2010 his single, "Hurtful" was picked as "Single of the Week" on iTunes Store, in which people could download his song free.[4]

Hassle released an extended play (EP) entitled The Hassle Sessions: Volume One consisting of cover songs, on 12 August 2010 in the United Kingdom.

In 2010, Erik Hassle featured the English version of the single "Alors on danse", from the album of the same name by Stromae. The track was made available through Spotify.

“Are You Leaving” was the first single from Erik Hassle’s mini-album Mariefred Sessions. The album was the result of a collaboration between Erik Hassle and Jocke Berg & Martin Sköld from the Swedish band Kent. Mariefred Sessions was released in Sweden on March 23, 2011.

Songwriting[edit]

Hassle's new EP entitled Somebody's Party was released on March 4, 2014 after returning from a two year hiatus. Hassle's EP includes a collection of 6 tracks heavily influenced by an R&B sound. Hassle released "Talk About It," featuring Chicago based rapper Vic Mensa, as his comeback single. Other featured artists on the EP include Tinashe in the song "Innocence Lost." The EP was inspired by the hardships of being in a relationship and Erik's own personal heartbreak. Overall, Hassle's EP received high praises, Neon Gold Records even called the single "Talk About It" as "one of the fiercest comeback singles of the year."

While visiting his home country, Sweden, Hassle began working on "No Words." In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Hassle shared that he wrote the song while he was experiencing a heartbreak. The song channeled a missed opportunity to express his love to a girl that didn't share similar feelings. The single was released on April 10, 2015 and received positive reviews from music critics and peers from the industry calling it the next song of the summer. Taylor Swift mentioned the single under a list she made of "Songs that would Make your Life more Awesome" generating more attention from the public.

Erik Hassle was a co-writer for Shakira's top hit single "Can't Remember to Forget You" featuring Barbardian pop-singer Rihanna. The Reggae-rock inspired single was also co-written by Shakira, Rihanna, John Hill, Tom "Kid Harpoon" Hull, and Daniel Alexander. The song was from the Colombian's tenth studio album, entitled, Shakira, and was released worldwide on January 5, 2014. Overall, the song reached the top ten charts in various countries such as Spain, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The single also debuted in the U.S. at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2015, Hassle worked on the single "Emergency" by fellow label mates and Swedish pop-duo Icona Pop where he layed down a few vocals. The hit single was officially released on May 26, 2015 and co-written by Hassle along with the duo and several other writers. The track successfully reached the number one spot in the U.S. Dance Club Songs and was also featured on FIFA 16.

In 2016, Hassle worked on the hit single "My Girl" by Swedish boyband The Fooo Conspiracy. He co-wrote the song alongside Daniel Ledinsky, Samuel Kvist and Timothy Caifeldt.The single was re-recorded and released in Spanish while featuring fellow Swedish and Bolivian singer Danny Saucedo.

Most recently, Hassle worked on "Cruel" by English Electronic/R&B duo Snakehips. The track was written and composed by Hassle alongside Snakehips, Cass Lowe, and Zayn Malik. It was released as a single on July 15, 2016 via Sony Music UK.

Hassle's latest single "Natural Born Lovers" that he co-wrote with Daniel Ledinsky and Stargate was released in 2015. The song as Hassle mentioned in an interview with Fader said, "The song is about free love, a simple celebration of life!" In the following year he released "If Your Man Only Knew" which was a tribute to the late Aaliyah. The song was co-written by Hassle as well as Daniel Ledinsky and Alexander Shuckburgh.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[5]
DEN
[6]
UK
[7]
Hassle 2
Pieces
  • Released: February 22, 2010
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 154
We Dance
  • Released: July 4, 2012[8]
  • Label: Roxy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
30
Innocence Lost
  • Released: January 27, 2017
  • Label: Record Company Ten, RCA
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[5]
DEN
[6]
UK
[7]
iTunes Festival: London 2009
The Hassle Sessions: Volume One
  • Released: August 15, 2010[10]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: Digital download
Taken EP
  • Released: October 4, 2010[11]
  • Label: Roxy
  • Formats: Digital download
Mariefred Sessions
  • Released: March 23, 2011[12]
  • Label: Roxy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11
Somebody's Party
  • Released: March 3, 2014[13]
  • Label: Record Company TEN, RCA
  • Formats: Digital download
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[5]
DEN
[6]
UK
[7]
2008 "Hurtful" 11 2 59 Hassle /
Pieces
2009 "Love Me to Pieces"
"Don't Bring Flowers" 25 11
2010 "Standing Where You Left Me" 32 Taken EP
"Taken (Still in My Blood)" 55
2011 "Nothing Can Change This Love" The Hassle Sessions: Volume One
"Are You Leaving" Mariefred Sessions
"Stay Away"
2012 "Stay" We Dance
"Back Under Water"
"Grace"
2013 "Talk About It" Somebody's Party EP
2015 "No Words" 83 Innocence Lost
"Natural Born Lovers" Non-album singles
"Smaller"
2016 "If Your Man Only Knew" Innocence Lost
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Alors on danse" (feat. Erik Hassle)[17] 2010 Stromae N/A

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 Danish GAFFA-priset – International Newcomer of the Year
  • 2009 Swedish Grammis – Newcomer of the Year
  • 2009 Swedish P3 Guld – Newcomer of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erik Hassle's Visa Problems Turned Out to be, Well, a Hassle". InternationalMagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Erik Hassle Signs To UNI Republic". CrazedHits.com. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Erik Hassle - Hurtful - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Altsounds.com News | Erik Hassle - Single of the Week on iTunes". Altsounds.com. 19 May 2010. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c swedishcharts.com - Discography Erik Hassle. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  6. ^ a b c danishcharts.com - Discography Erik Hassle. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  7. ^ a b c Chart Log UK - 2010 - Weekly Updates. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  8. ^ http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/pressroom/universalmusic/pressrelease/view/erik-hassle-slaepper-sitt-andra-album-we-dance-4-juli-765447
  9. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/itunes-festival-london-2009/id327306188
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-hassle-sessions-vol.-1-ep/id385708240
  11. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/taken-ep/id394135295
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/mariefred-sessions-ep/id421764150
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/somebodys-party-ep/id826728415
  14. ^ "Guld & Platina - År 2009" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Certificeringer marts - maj 2010" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Guld og platin i juni/juli" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Alors on danse - EP by Stromae". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 

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