Ida Maria

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Ida Maria
Maria performing in 2009
Maria performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameIda Maria Børli Sivertsen
Born (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 39)
Nesna, Norway
GenresPunk rock, indie rock, alternative rock
Instrument(s)Guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsNesna Records, Waterfall Records, Mercury Records, Lava Records

Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen (/ˈdə/ EE-də; born 13 July 1984), better known simply as Ida Maria, is a Norwegian musician and songwriter.


Early life[edit]

Maria was born and raised in Nesna. She taught herself to play guitar and began performing at local concerts at age 14.[1]


Maria gained considerable success in Norway in 2007 after winning two national competitions for unknown artists - Zoom urørt 2006 and Urørtkonkurransen 2007 - and playing successful shows at the annual Norwegian music industry festival By:Larm 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Maria released her first singles "Oh My God", "Drive Away My Heart", "Stella" and "Queen of the World".

Her debut album, Fortress Round My Heart, was released on 28 July 2008 and reached #5 in the Norwegians record chart, #38 on the Irish Albums Chart and #39 on the UK Albums Chart. The single, "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked", entered the UK Singles Chart at #18 on downloads alone in July 2008 and peaked at #13. It also reached #18 in the Norwegian singles chart. In August 2008 the song entered the Irish Singles Chart at #34. The song was also featured on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2008 in Australia. A deluxe version of her debut album containing unreleased tracks was released in February 2009. Fortress Round My Heart was finally released in the United States in March 2009 with "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" appearing on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in April 2009. In July 2009, "Oh My God", Maria's debut single in 2007, was re-released as a single along with a music video. In September 2009, a remix version and music video for "Oh My God" featuring punk rock icon Iggy Pop singing backing vocals was released.[2]

Having performed at various festivals, including the Glastonbury Festival[3] and Reading festival, and being nominated for Best Rock/Indie Artist category at the BT Digital Music Awards 2008, Ida Maria has toured in Scandinavia, the UK, the United States and Australia.[4] She performed her song "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2009.[5]

Her second album, Katla, was released in Norway on 8 November 2010 (where it reached #14 on the album chart) and eventually in the United States in July 2011.[6] and internationally on 7 June 2011.

Her third studio album, Love Conquers All, was released in August 2013 and was followed in February 2014 by her first EP release, Accidental Happiness.

Scandalize My Name, her fourth album, was released on 18 April 2016 and consists of a collection of American spirituals.[7]

She competed in the Melodi Grand Prix 2018, attempting to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song 'Scandilove'. Her song was not one of the four songs that progressed to the Gold Final, and was eliminated.

Maria will release the 5 song EP, Dirty Money, in June 2021.[8][9]


Maria's song "Queen Of The World" was used as the outro for season 3 episode 1 of The Inbetweeners.

Maria's song "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" was used in episode 8 of My Life As Liz entitled "A Prom to Remember Part 2". It was played during the dancing sequence at the prom. The song was also included in the soundtrack of the film Lesbian Vampire Killers.[10] Her song "Louie" is being used for some commercials for the FX TV show Louie. It was again used as the inspiration for the title of episode 12, season 6 of Grey's Anatomy

The song "Oh My God" was one of the first songs announced to be used in Rock Band 3.[11]

Maria's song "Keep Me Warm" was used in the season 4 finale of the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy and during some Nivea commercials during fall 2009.[citation needed] It has also been used in the UK drama show Skins, in series 4, episode 1.[citation needed]

Maria's song "Oh My God" was in the trailer for It's Kind of a Funny Story and The Virginity Hit.[12]

Maria was one of the co-headliners of the 2009 Perez Hilton Presents tour. On 17 September 2009, after a Boston show, she pulled out of the tour, citing exhaustion.[13]

Her song "Bad Karma" from Katla was used in the 2011 film Scream 4 and episodes of Gossip Girl, Teen Wolf, Royal Pains and Being Human together with the song "Quite Nice People", both from the album Katla.

Ida Maria's song "Oh My God" was used in a Finnish film, Sisko tahtoisin jäädä (Sister, I wanted to stay), released in 2010.[citation needed]

Ida Maria's song "Oh My God" was also used in American Netflix show, Big Mouth Season 2 Episode 2, released in 2018.

The song "Cold Blooded" has been featured on the soundtracks for the Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy and the musical drama Jem and the Holograms.

The song "I eat boys like you for breakfast" was used in the first episode of Season 10 of Jenter (Girls), a Norwegian TV and web series directed at children and teenagers on NRK Super.[14]

The song “Devil” is featured on the trailer for Vampyr.[15]


In 2007, Maria sang vocals for the track "I Love You, You Imbecile" by Pelle Carlberg.[16]

In 2008, she sang backing vocals for the track "Words" on Guillemots' album Red.[17]

In 2009, she collaborated with the Norwegian band DeLillos for the track "Flink" on their album Huskeglemme.[18]

Maria has collaborated with the Norwegian rapper Joddski on two occasions, first on the track "Sannhetsserum" on his 2010 album Krig & Kjærlighet,[19] and secondly on the track "Hold Ut" on is 2011 album Bensin På Bålet.[20]

In 2012, she did a duet with Anthony Green for the track "Can't Be Satisfied" on his 2012 album Beautiful Things.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Maria is reported to experience synesthesia, which leads her to see colours when she hears music.[22] She said:

I don't know what life's like without it, as I've always had it. As I've gotten older, I've seen that it has definitely been a bonus in terms of what I do. When I started to play guitar, I made this colour sheet for all the chords. I didn't know what they were called, but I knew exactly what colours and shades they were. So I made songs with colour palettes, which was really cool.[23]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Fortress Round My Heart
  • Released: 28 July 2008
  • Label: Nightliner
  • Format: Digital download, CD
5 39
  • Released: 8 November 2010
  • Label: Waterfall Records, Universal Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Love Conquers All
  • Released: August 2013
  • Label: Nightliner
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Scandalize My Name
  • Released: 8 April 2016
  • Label: Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  • Format: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Accidental Happiness
Dirty Money
  • Released: June 2021
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital download, CD


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Oh My God"[A] 2007 Fortress Round My Heart
"Drive Away My Heart"
"Stella" 185
"Queen of the World"
"I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" 2008 19 55 13
"Oh My God (re-release)" 2009 85
"Bad Karma"[B] 2010 Katla
"Cherry Red" 2011
"69" 2013 Accidental Happiness
"Boogie With the Devil's Soul" 2014
"Scandalize My Name" 2016 Scandalize My Name
"I'm Gonna Tell God All Of My Troubles"
"You" 2017 Non-album singles
"Fy faen"
"Scandilove" 2018
"The Comfort Song" (with Vamp) 2019
"Underneath A Stranger's Eye" 2020
"Sick of You" Dirty Money
"I'm Busy" 2021
"Dirty Money"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Drive Away My Heart" 2007
"Stella" 2008
"Queen of the World"
"Keep Me Warm" (live)
"I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"
"Oh My God" 2009
"Oh My God" (Remix ft. Iggy Pop)
"Louie" (live)
"Bad Karma" 2010
"Quite Nice People" 2011
"69" 2013
"Last Vice" 2014
"Boogie With the Devil's Soul"
"I'm Gonna Tell God All Of My Troubles" 2016
"Sick of You" 2021 Santiago D.A.
"Dirty Money" Per Heimly


For her first album, Fortress Round My Heart, Maria's backing band included:[28]


  1. ^ "Oh My God" was re-released in the UK on 26 January 2009.
  2. ^ Norwegian release 11 September 2010. International release 3 May 2011.[27]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ Peter Gaston, "Exclusive Song: Ida Maria Rocks with Iggy Pop!", Spin, 17 August 2009
  3. ^ "Ida Maria kicks off Glastonbury Other Stage", NME, 27 June 2008
  4. ^ Ida Maria (Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen) at (Norwegian)
  5. ^ Ida Maria Soundtrack,; accessed 17 July 2015.
  6. ^ TweedaMaria "Featuring a new collection of musicians, Katla has an eclectic mix of sounds. In places you can hear Ida Maria sing (and speak) in her native Norwegian. The strongest tracks are the heavy rock song "Bad Karma" and the Hispanic-influenced "I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast"." Twitter tweet from Ida Maria, 07:20, 9 August 2010
  7. ^ [1] at Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  8. ^ "Ida Maria Releases New Single 'I'm Busy'".
  9. ^ "Punk rock sensation IDA MARIA shares new video "Sick of You"".
  10. ^ Lesbian Vampire Killers soundtrack at IMDb
  11. ^ "ROCK BAND 3 FEATURES, SETLIST, AND MORE!" Archived 2010-06-14 at the Wayback Machine, Harmonix website, 11 June 2010
  12. ^ It's Kind of a Funny Story - Trailer at YouTube, posted 14 July 2010
  13. ^ William Goodman, "Ida Maria Drops Off Perez Hilton Tour" Spin magazine, 18 September 2009
  14. ^ NRK TV - Se Jenter Sesong 10 (in Norwegian), retrieved 2017-12-01
  15. ^ "Vampyr E3 2017 Trailer". YouTube.
  16. ^ "I Love You, You Imbecile" by PELLE CARLBERG on YouTube
  17. ^ "Guillemots – Red". Track listing. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  18. ^ Madeleine Schyen, "Du er så flink, flink, flink!" posted on, 13 February 2009 (Norwegian)
  19. ^ "Joddski – Krig & Kjærlighet". Track listing. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  20. ^ "Joddski og Ida med «Hold Ut» for Utøya",, 3 August 2011 (Norwegian)
  21. ^ Yancey, Bryne (2012-01-10). "Anthony Green streams new song feat. Ida Maria, "Can't Be Satisfied"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  22. ^ Dan Cairns (24 February 2008). "Times Online interview". The Times. London. Retrieved 24 July 2008. (subscription required)
  23. ^ Doug Johnstone, Ida Maria - She’s a rainbow, The List, 22 May 2008
  24. ^ a b "Discography Ida Maria". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  25. ^ a b Peak chart positions in the UK:
  26. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 176.
  27. ^ "New single out in Norway today!!!!!" 11 September 2010
  28. ^ "RCA Label Group (UK) Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart". RCA Label Group. 28 July 2008. Archived from the original on 16 August 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2008.

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