Sunday, July 17, 2005

Carola - I Believe In Love

Carola Häggkvist is one of Sweden's biggest popstars, and has been recording music for over 20 years. Born on tht 8th September 1966 in Stockholm, she took her first step on the road to stardom when she won Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selection for their Eurovision song entry in 1983 at just 16 years old with the song "Främling" (Stranger) and consequently went on to represent Sweden in that year's Eurovision in Munich, coming a respectable third. After that she released her debut album, also called "Främling", ehich went on to sell half a million copies in Sweden and to this day holds the record for the biggest selling album ever in Sweden!

Carola continued to release albums over the following years including "Runaway" in 1986, which was her first foray into the English language and was produced by the Bee Gees.

After a four year break, Carola then tried her luck in Melodifestivalen again in 1990, but could only come second with "Mitt I En Äventyr" ("In The Middle Of An Adventure"), but her biggest success was to come in 1991 when she won Melodifestivalen for the second time with "Fångad Av En Stormvind" ("Captured By A Lovestorm") and then won the Eurovision in Rome after a close contest with the French entry which received the same number of points, but Carola won as she had received more higher marks. Carola was now established as a massive star in Sweden and continued to release albums over the following years includong a gospel album "My Tribute" in 1994, and a Christmas album "Jul I Bethlehem" ("Christmas In Bethlehem") which is still a big seller in Sweden every Christmas. She returned to pop music in 2001, with the English language album "My Show", and celebrated her 20th Anniversary in music with the release of her greatest Hits album "Gold, Platina och Passion" in 2003. In May this year, her newest album "Störst Av Allt" ("Biggest Of All") was released, and once again was another big hit. Carola today is still a massive star in Sweden and with her albums covering a vast range of styles from pop to rock to gospel to hymns, and even children's songs she is also one of the most versatile.

"I Believe In Love" is taken from her 2001 album "My Show", and is probably one of her most poppiest tracks she has ever recorded. It reached #13 in the Swedish top 60 in May 2002. Since then her style has changed again, but this is a pretty good represenative of Swedish pop. The song has also recently been covered by Thai singer Tata Young, and it sounds as if she has used the same backing track as Carola's version!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This kinda reminds me of Da Buzz - I like it.

17 July, 2005 21:50  
Blogger Caress said...

I love Carola, you have to post Captured By A Lovestorm it's so Euro-camp-trash-fabulous!

18 July, 2005 21:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Agrre that too..........Coulçd The English Version of Fangad (I.e, "Captured By A Lovestorm") Be Posted? Thx In Advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 January, 2006 18:41  

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