Susanne Sundfør

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Susanne Sundfør
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Sundfør performing in Stavanger, 2010
Background information
Birth name Susanne Aartun Sundfør
Born (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 30)
Haugesund, Rogaland
Origin Norway
Genres Art pop, synthpop, baroque pop, electropop, jazz, dance-pop, dream pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Röyksopp, M83

Susanne Aartun Sundfør (Norwegian pronunciation: [sʉˈsan̪ːə ˈɔʁ̞tun ˈsunføʁ̞]) (born 19 March 1986) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. She is the granddaughter of linguist Kjell Aartun. She was born in Haugesund and later moved to Oslo.[1] She has released six studio albums. Three of which, The Brothel (2010), The Silicone Veil (2012) and Ten Love Songs (2015), have reached number one in Norway. Her sixth, Ten Love Songs, was released on 16 February 2015.


When Sundfør was 12, she started taking singing lessons.[2] After attending a music high school, Sundfør began making music as a hobby.[3] Her first release was the 2006 single "Walls", which peaked at number three in the Norwegian singles chart. Her debut self-titled album was released in 2007 and peaked at number three in the Norwegian album chart. The album's second and last single "I Resign" was released in 2007.

In January 2008, Sundfør covered Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" at Store Studio, NRK.[4] The following month, she was awarded Spellemannprisen for best female performance. She spurred nationwide debate when she, upon receiving the prize, said, "I am first and foremost an artist, not first and foremost a woman". By this, she was referring to a chauvinist introduction of the 2008 female nominees in the context of an ongoing debate whether having a gender-differentiated "artist of the year" prize was archaic or not.[5] That same month, Sundfør appeared with a track on Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway's album Sorgen og Gleden (The Sorrow and the Joy). Sundfør's contribution was the Norwegian folktune/psalm "Ingen Vinner Frem til Den Evige Ro" (No One Reaches the Eternal Calm), by Lars Linderot and Gustav Jensen.[6]

In 2010, her third album The Brothel was released to great acclaim in Norway, and ended up becoming the second bestselling album of the year, grossing over 40,000 copies. Dagbladet, a daily Norwegian newspaper, wrote that Sundfør was so good that other young Norwegian artists would start crying when hearing her—both because she is several leagues above them, but also because her music is so moving and beautiful.[7][8][9] It was at this time that Sundfør decided to commit to music as a profession. She said in an 2013 interview, "I think I only decided that this is something that I wanted to spend my entire life doing after I released The Brothel, because that was the first time I really felt like I had 'found' a sound."[3]

Sundfør officially joined the band Hypertext in 2010 and appeared on Real Ones' single "Sister to All".

She provided vocals for the track "Baboon Moon" on Nils Petter Molvær's album Baboon Moon in 2011.

In 2012, The Silicone Veil, Sundfør's fifth album, was released, first in Norway then several months later in the United Kingdom. This was followed by an EP in 2013 also titled The Silicone Veil, featuring three songs.

On 6 December 2012, Sundfør released a collaboration with the Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp in Norway, "Running to the Sea", which reached No.1.[10] They performed the song at Lydverket on 28 November 2012, as well as a cover of "Ice Machine" by Depeche Mode.[11] The track is featured on the album The Inevitable End.[1]

Sundfør collaborated with French electronic/shoegaze band M83 on the soundtrack for the 2013 film Oblivion. The album was released on 9 April 2013 and features the title song "Oblivion" with Sundfør contributing the main vocals.[12] Later that month, Sundfør's back catalog was released for the first time in the United Kingdom to positive critical response.[13] In June 2013, Sundfør remixed Maps' single "A.M.A".[14] Sundfør also produced the single "Darkness" by Bow to Each Other, which was released on iTunes on 8 November 2013.[15]

Her sixth album Ten Love Songs was released in February 2015.[16] Sundfør began a European tour to coincide with the album in March at Scala, London.[17]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
2007 Susanne Sundfør 3
2008 Take One 32
2010 The Brothel 1
2011 A Night At Salle Pleyel
2012 The Silicone Veil 1
2015 Ten Love Songs 1 47 78


Year Single Peak
2007 "Walls" 3 Susanne Sundfør
"I Resign"
2010 "The Brothel" 2 The Brothel
"It's All Gone Tomorrow"
2011 "Turkish Delight"
2012 "White Foxes" 19 The Silicone Veil
"The Silicone Veil"
"Among Us"
2014 "Fade Away" 25 Ten Love Songs
2015 "Delirious"
2016 "Reincarnation"
Featured in
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Kapitulera"
(Timbuktu featuring Susanne Sundfør)
12 Sagolandet
2012 "Away"
(Morten Myklebust featuring Susanne Sundfør)
Morten Myklebust
2013 "Oblivion"
(M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør)
Oblivion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2014 "Running to the Sea"
(Röyksopp featuring Susanne Sundfør)
14 10 The Inevitable End
"Let Me In"
(Kleerup featuring Susanne Sundfør)
As If We Never Won
2016 "For the Kids"
(M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør)
2016 "Never Ever"

(Röyksopp featuring Susanne Sundfør)

22 Non-album Single


  1. ^ a b "Susanne Sundfør". Discography. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Susanne Sundfør - BTR Live Studio (ep271)". YouTube. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Malt, Andy (26 March 2013). "Q&A: Susanne Sundfør". Complete Music Update. UnLimited Media. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Store Studio". 21 January 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Aspaas, Kathrine (8 February 2008). "En egen musikk" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Selås, Jon (26 February 2008). "Mette-Marit refser det overfladiske" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Kydland, Eirik (28 January 2010). "Så bra at andre norske artister kommer til å begynne å grine" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kontorkonsert med Susanne Sundfør" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon 27 April 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Øyre, Torgrim (9 August 2012). "Suveren Susanne Sundfør" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Running To The Sea feat. Susanne Sundfør". Röyksopp. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør on Lydverket". Röyksopp. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion". 
  13. ^ Stovin, Jack (18 April 2013). "Watch Susanne Sundfør and M83 performing 'Oblivion' on Jimmy Kimmel Live". AltSounds. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Studarus, Laura (7 June 2013). "Premiere: Maps – "A.M.A. (Susanne Sundfør Remix)" – Stream". Under the Radar. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Susanne Sundfør". Facebook. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Day, Laurence (24 October 2014). "Susanne Sundfør details new record Ten Love Songs". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Susanne Sundfør - Timeline Photos". Facebook. 3 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Susanne Sundfør discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Susanne Sundfør discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Susanne Sundfør discography". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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Preceded by
Marit Larsen
Recipient of the best Female Pop Solo Artist Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Maria Mena