Toy-Box

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Toy-Box
Origin Denmark
Genres Pop, bubblegum dance, Eurodance, Eurohouse
Years active 1996–2003; 2017–present
Members Anila Mirza
Amir El-Falaki

Toy-Box are a Danish pop group, consisting of vocalists Anila Mirza and Amir El-Falaki. Mirza was born on October 8, 1974 in Hillerød, Denmark to a half-Pakistani, half-Iranian mother, and a Parsi father. El-Falaki was born August 12, 1973 in Copenhagen, Denmark to Moroccan parents. In 1999, they had some success in the Scandinavian music charts with a bubblegum dance song from their album Fantastic, named "Tarzan & Jane". Toy-Box have reunited and are scheduled to perform at the Vi Elsker 90'erne events in Denmark in 2017. [3]

History[edit]

"Tarzan & Jane" was championed by Smash Hits magazine in the United Kingdom in 1999, but their UK label Edel decided to hold back the release until later on in the year, to coincide with the release of Disney's Tarzan. They elected to release "Best Friend" first; although it received a lot of rotation on the television channel The Box, it only reached number 41 in the UK Singles Chart, and plans to release "Tarzan & Jane" were cancelled. It reached the 2nd place in the Dutch hit lists). "Tarzan & Jane" reached #15 on the Eurochart Hot 100. In 1999 the song peaked at №16 on MTV Europe[4].

Toy-Box's first album, Fantastic, included the hits "The Sailor Song", "Best Friend", "Super-Duper-Man", "Teddybear" and "Tarzan & Jane". It was released in September 1999 and followed in 2001 by a second album, Toy Ride, which included fan-favorite songs "www.girl", "Prince of Arabia" and "Wizard of Oz".

After the group broke up, El-Falaki worked as a dance teacher, music video choreographer and trainer to F.C. Copenhagen's cheerleading team. Mirza later changed her first name to Aneela and began a solo career, with limited success.[citation needed] When asked about another Toy-Box release in 2007, Aneela said, "I don't know, anything's possible."[1]

On November 13, 2012, Aneela announced via her Facebook page that new releases would not occur under Toy-Box name, as they were unable to reach an agreement with their label. However, Aneela did mention that it's possible Toy-Box could return under a new name in the near future.[2]

As of 2017, Toy-Box has returned to tour alongside Aqua, Vengaboys and many more for a series of 90s concerts this summer.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
DEN
[3]
NDL NOR SWE FIN
1999 Fantastic 3 1 9 17 28
  • DEN: Platinum[4]
  • NED: Platinum
2001 Toy Ride 22 91
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album Certifications
AUS
[5]
AUT
[5]
DEN
[5]
EUR [6] GER
[7]
NED
[8]
NOR
[5]
NZ
[5]
SUI
[5]
SWE
[5]
UK
[9]
1998 "Tarzan & Jane" 41 28 2 15 37 2 3 27 34 8 Fantastic
  • NED: Platinum
1999 "Best Friend" 39 6 11 1 13 23 41
  • NED: Gold
"The Sailor Song" 9
2001 "Superstar" 41 Toy Ride
"www.girl" 35
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
DEN
[5]
"Teddybear" 1999 Fantastic
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bubblegum Dancer Archived 2007-05-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Mirza, Aneela (November 13, 2012). "Dear friends..." facebook. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Chart positions in Denmark:
    • For Fantastic: "Listen - Danmarks Officielle Hitliste - Udarbejdet af AIM Nielsen for IFPI Danmark - Uge 25". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Copenhagen. 1999-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Listen - Danmarks Officielle Hitliste - Udarbejdet af AIM Nielsen for IFPI Danmark - Uge 28". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Copenhagen. 1999-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h International peaks
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 563. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ German peaks
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]

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