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Alban Uzoma Nwapa (born August 26, 1957), known by his stage name Dr. Alban, is a Nigerian-born Swedish musician and producer with his own record label dr-records. His music can best be described as a Eurodance/hip-hop reggae with a dancehall style. He sold an estimated 16 million records worldwide and is most famous for his worldwide 1992 hit "It's My Life".

Biography

Dr. Alban was born as Alban Uzoma Nwapa into a middle-class family of 10 children in Oguta, Imo state, Nigeria. He had his secondary education at Christ The King College, Aba, Nigeria and spent most of his youth in his hometown Oguta. At age of 23, he traveled to Sweden to study dentistry. In order to be able to finance his studies, Dr. Alban became a DJ. He worked as a DJ at the Stockholm club Alphabet Street. Very quickly his name became widely known, especially since Dr. Alban often sang to the records he put on the turntable. DJ René Hedemyr couldn't help but notice him and so he was discovered. Alban finished his studies and even opened his own dentistry practice, keeping his disk jockeying as a lucrative sideline.

In 1990, he met Denniz Pop from the SweMix label and together with Denniz and Rap-Queen Leila K, they released his first record, "Hello Afrika". Alban Uzoma Nwapa took the stage name Dr. Alban, a nod to his dental studies. His debut album Hello Afrika included hits like "Hello Afrika" and "No Coke", both of which ended up being million-selling singles. The album itself was quite successful which earned Alban Gold-certification-awards in numerous markets including Germany (for sales of over 250,000 units), Austria (for sales of over 25,000 units) and Switzerland (for sales of over 25,000 units).

One year later this success was surpassed by the second album One Love. The album contained European hit singles such as "It's My Life" (which was used as background music for a Tampax advert) and "Sing Hallelujah". The single "It's My Life" reached No.1 in Israel, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and No.2 in Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom. While the song "It's My Life" reached Platinum status in Germany (for sales of over 500,000 units), in the Netherlands (for sales of over 75,000), it managed to sell over two million copies in Europe. The album in its turn reached the top of the album chart in Austria and entered the top-5 in Switzerland, also managed to reach No.6 in Germany. The album received a Gold-certification-award in Germany (for sales of over 250,000 units) and Platinum-award both in Austria and Switzerland (for sales of over 50,000).

Alban's third album Look Who's Talking! was released in 1994, which managed to enter the top-10 in numerous markets including Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The album was the first to earn Alban a Gold-certification-award at his home of Sweden for sales of over 50,000 units.

Dr. Alban founded his own record label Dr. Records, whereon he released his 1996 album, Born in Africa. The album was unable to match up with the success of the previous album releases. It only reached the No.12 position in Finland, while it peaked at No.37 in Switzerland and Sweden, No.52 in Germany, No.41 in Austria.

In 1997, Alban released a compilation album entitled The Very Best of 1990-1997 which only charted in Austria, Sweden and Germany. In 1997, Alban, also released a studio album entitled Believe which peaked at No.27 in Sweden, No.30 in Finland, and No.41 in Austria. In the end of 1998, Dr. Alban released a single with German-based artist Sash!, entitled "Colour the World" which experienced a moderate chart success in Europe.

In 2000, Alban released a single entitled "What Do I Do" which appeared on the album chart of Sweden only at the No.43, it spent only two week on the chart there. The album Prescription was a flop as it failed to chart anywhere.

In 2007, after years of disappearance from the music scene, Dr. Alban released a new studio album Back to Basics. It was sold on the Internet only, through Dr. Alban's . In Russia; however, both the physical CDs and cassettes were released.

In 2014, on February 15th, at the Scandinavium in Göteborg, Dr. Alban will team up with Jessica Folcker in the third heat of Melodifestivalen 2014 performing last with the song "Around the World" to win the chance to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
AUT
FIN
GER
NDL
NOR
SWI
Hello Afrika
  • Released: February 18, 1991
  • Label: Ariola Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
6 2 3 11 8
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
One Love
  • Released: May 4, 1992
  • Label: Ariola Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
15 1 1 6 15 3
  • AUT: Platinum
  • GER: Gold
  • SWI: Platinum
Look Who's Talking!
  • Released: March 25, 1994
  • Label: Ariola Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
11 7 1 7 28 13 8
  • SWE: Gold
Born in Africa
  • Released: April 9, 1996
  • Label: Ariola Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
37 41 12 52 37
I Believe
  • Released: October 1, 1997
  • Label: Metrovynil (EAMS Lesser)
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
27 41 30
Prescription
  • Released: November 26, 2001
  • Label: Rough Trade/Dr. Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Back to Basics
  • Released: November 13, 2008
  • Label: Haring Records/Dr. Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
AUT
GER
The Very Best Of 1990-1997
  • Released: June 30, 1997
  • Label: Ariola Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
38 38 66
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles (as lead artist)

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
AUT
FIN
GER
NDL
NOR
SPA
SWI
UK
US
"Hello Afrika"
(feat. Leila K.)
1990 7 1 2 25 7
  • SWE: Gold
Hello Afrika
"No Coke" 1 2 12 3 7 6 6 3
  • SWE: Platinum
"U & Mi" 1991 20 11 6 14 15 9
"(Sing Shi-Wo-Wo) Stop The Pollution" 36 16 3 13
"It's My Life" 1992 1 1 5 1 1 2 11 2 2 88
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Platinum
  • NVPI: Platinum
One Love
"One Love" 19 9 7 7 14 10 11 45
"Sing Hallelujah" 1993 6 7 2 4 6 8 4 16
  • GER: Platinum
"Look Who's Talking" 1994 2 3 1 3 4 4 2 6 55 Look Who's Talking!
"Away From Home" 24 12 2 25 45 5 26 42
"Let the Beat Go On" 17 23 3 18 19 1
"Sweet Dreams"
(feat. Swing)
1995 12 4 44 59 Non-album Track
"This Time I'm Free" 3 23 1 27 35 11 32 Born in Africa
"Born in Africa" 1996 11 31 1 47
"Hallelujah Day" 30 35 12
"It's My Life '97"
(feat. Sash!)
1997 18 The Best of 1990-1997
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" 6 I Believe
"Mr. DJ" 21 8 70 3
"Long Time Ago" 55 15 15
"Feel the Rhythm" 1998 56 13
"What Do I Do" 2000 43 Prescription
"Because of You" 2002
"Work, Work" 2003 13 19 Non-album Track
"Habibi"
(feat. Melissa)
2008 Back to Basics
"We Love The 90's"
(feat. Haddaway)
Non-album Track
"Freedom" 2012
"Loverboy"
"It's My Life 2014" 2014 39 29
"Around the World"
(feat. Jessica Folcker)
52
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles (as featured artist)

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SWE
FIN
GER
NDL
SWI
UK
"Papaya Coconut"
(Kikki Danielsson feat. Dr. Alban)
1998 22 Non-album Track
"Colour the World"
(Sash! feat. Dr. Alban)
1999 54 39 69 39 15
"Sing Hallelujah (New Version)"
(Yamboo feat. Dr. Alban)
2005 12 Okama de Mapouka
"Chiki Chiki"
(Starclub feat. Dr. Alban)
2006 Non-album Track
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

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