Ian Campbell (rapper)

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Ian Campbell
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Background information
Birth name Ian Campbell
Born (1965-03-22) 22 March 1965 (age 51)
Hyson Green, Nottingham, England
Origin Italy[1]
Genres Eurodance, electronica, hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter, painter
Years active 1989–present
Labels DWA Records
Polydor Records
Website http://www.icemc.co.uk/

Ian Campbell aka ICE MC (born 22 March 1965) is an English Eurodance rapper who started his professional music career in Italy when he got signed to Robyx.[1]

Early life[edit]

Campbell's parents were from Jamaica, and he grew up in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham. When he was in high school his initials IC quickly got him a nickname Ice (lately he interpreted it as Ian Campbell Esquire). In 1983, he joined a group of breakdancers and started touring Europe with them.[1]


The first albums[edit]

In 1989 in Italy, he met singer and artist Roberto Zanetti (also as composer known as Savage and producer as Robyx). Their first single called "Easy", made in a hip-house style, came out in 1989. It became successful all over Europe, reaching the top 5 in Italy and the top 3 in Germany. The two next singles, "Cinema" and "Scream", and the subsequent debut album, Cinema (released later in 1990), were also successful. In 1992 his second LP, My World, came out but failed to achieve the success of its predecessor.

The most successful hits[edit]

His third album, Ice'n'Green, was released in 1994 and featured Alexia on vocals. Three of his most successful songs, "Think about the Way", "It's a Rainy Day" and "Take Away the Colour", made the charts all over the world. Campbell got a new look and new style, known as raggamuffin. The album was also released in the US, where the two biggest singles saw substantial club play and moderate dance music radio airplay. In 1995, Ice'n'Green – The Remix Album was released. This contained various remixes of previous hit singles.

Collaboration with Masterboy[edit]

In 1996, ICE MC decided to leave Zanetti and Alexia due to some disagreement between them. Shortly after that a new album, Dreadatour, (produced by Masterboy) was released. The hit from the album was "Give Me the Light", but the album itself was not very successful. During that period, ICE MC worked on an unreleased song with Masterboy titled "Busy Body". Later on in 1997, the same team followed with the promotional track "Energy".

At the end of 2002, he decided to return to Italy and to contact Zanetti again. Together they started writing some new material and, at the beginning of 2004, they began recording a new album, Cold Skool. Campbell is also a painter, and sells his paintings via his website.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Release date: 19 March 1990
  • Label: Galaxis
  • Formats: CD
My World
  • Release date: 24 November 1991
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD
  • Release date: 5 September 1994
  • Label: DWA (Dance World Attack)
  • Formats: CD
34 4 5 41 31 31
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: Club Zone
  • Formats: CD
Cold Skool
  • Release date: 19 April 2004
  • Label: DWA (Dance World Attack)
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Easy" 1989 7 17 3 4 Cinema
"Scream" 1990 14
"Cinema" 36 21
"OK Corral!" 43
"People" 1991 My World
"Happy Weekend"
"Rainy Days" 1992
"Take Away the Colour" 1993 19 11 15 31 18 Ice'n'Green
"Think About the Way" 1994 3 22 3 18 14 14 11 13 10 38
"It's a Rainy Day" 1 13 2 9 6 14 8 25 15 73
"Take Away the Colour ('95 Reconstruction)" 1995 16 31 25 Ice'n'Green – The Remix Album
"Give Me the Light" 1996 23 30 44 19 23 48 56 42 Dreadatour
"Music for Money" 12
"Let's Take It Easy" 1997
"It's a Miracle" 2004 39 Cold Skool
"My World"
"Out Tonight" 2012 Non-Album Single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  2. ^ a b "Discographie Ice MC" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Peak positions for Finland:
  4. ^ Peak positions for France:
  5. ^ a b "Charts.de: Charterfolge von Ice MC". Media Control (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com: Ice MC". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Ice MC (albums)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "SNEP: Les certifications (Ice MC)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia: Indice per Interprete: I". FIMI (in Italian). Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ultratop: Ice MC". Ultratop. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Peak positions for Finland:
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com: Ice MC". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Media Marks Top 40: Ice MC". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Ice MC (singles)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official Charts Company: Ice MC". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Infodisc: Les Certifications depuis 1973". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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