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This article is about the Swedish musician. For other uses e.g. the Australian Band "Etype" or "etypejazz", see E-Type (disambiguation).

Bo Martin Erik Eriksson (born August 27, 1965 in Uppsala, Sweden), better known by his stage name E-Type, is a Swedish Eurodance musician.

Biography

Early years

His father is Bo ("Bosse") G. Eriksson, known for the science TV-show Vetenskapens Värld (World of Science). His mother's name is Elisabeth and he has one sibling, a sister Erika.

In his teens, E-Type and his family moved to Bromma, a borough in the western part of Stockholm, and he is currently living in the heart of Stockholm. He started his musical career in the 1980s as a drummer in the speed metal bands Maninnya Blade and Hexenhaus. In 1991 he met up with Stakka Bo with two singles as a result of the partnership: "We Got the Atmosphere" in 1991 and "Numania 1" in 1992. This earned E-Type a job as a VJ on ZTV. His first solo single, "I'm Falling" was released in mid-1993 but did poorly commercially.

Success

E-Type's breakthrough came in 1994 with the collaboration with the producers from Cheiron (Denniz PoP, Max Martin, and Amadin) on his debut album Made in Sweden. A single from this album, "Set the World on Fire", reached gold status in Sweden, #1 on the Swedish dance chart, #2 on the Swedish sale chart, and #4 in Israel. Eventually four other singles were released from the album: the ballad "Do You Always (Have to Be Alone)", "This Is the Way" and "Russian Lullaby" (co-written by Jonas Berggren from Ace of Base). "This Is the Way" reached #15 on the Billboard Club Chart in the United States and #6 on the UK Club Chart. Most of the tracks feature the female vocalist Nana Hedin, who is featured on nearly all of E-Type's albums. The album itself was released on October 31, 1994 and made it up to #2 on the album-chart. Over 100,000 copies were sold in Sweden and the album was listed for 26 weeks.

During 1996, E-Type and the producer-team spent their time working on a second album The Explorer, which was released in Sweden on October 23. The album sold more than 20,000 copies. His third album, Last Man Standing, was released on the November 27, 1998 and went to #1 in Finland and Sweden, going double platinum and platinum respectively. The album remains E-Type's best-selling album with sales of 3 million copies worldwide and includes hit singles like "Angels Crying" and "Here I Go Again".

E-Type recorded the official song, "Campione 2000" for Euro 2000. "Campione 2000" is played every time the English football team Bolton Wanderers take to the field. In 2001, he released his new single "Life" on November 12. The forthcoming album release, entitled Euro IV Ever, was postponed until the end of 2001 and finally released on November 21. An album release party was held on the November 25.

Max Martin, Rami and E-Type produced the album Loud Pipes Save Lives in 2004, and released it on March 25. It's so far the last E-Type album to feature Nana Hedin on vocals. At the beginning of April, "Paradise" reached #11 in Finland and entered the Finnish Dance chart at position #28. On May 14, 2007, E-Type released a new single called "True Believer". There was also a new album in 2007, Eurotopia, released on October 31. It's an album that mainly features E-Type's new female vocalist, Sanne Karlsson.

In the spring of 2008, E-Type appeared in Melodifestivalen 2008 and performed the song "Line of Fire" together with the rock band The Poodles. They advanced to a second chance heat, which was held in Kiruna on March 8 where they lost to Sibel.

The UK record label All Around the World released "True Believer" to the UK market in late 2008, and in mid-2009, "Rain" from Loud Pipes Save Lives was unexpectedly released as a single and music video. In August 2009, a promo single and a new music video for "Life" was released, with newly shot scenes of Nana Hedin intermixed with the original 2001 video.

E-Type released the single "Back 2 Life" in January 2011. "Back 2 Life" was written by E-Type & Johan "Shellback" Schuster and Savan Kotecha (Usher, Celine Dion, Leona Lewis and more) who wrote the lyrics. The producers are Max Martin & Shellback, Serban Ghenea (Eminem, Kesha, Justin Timberlake and more) who mixed the track.

For gym-goers, E-Type's music has become synonymous with Les Mills International's group fitness class BodyPump. The structure, lyrical content and soaring crescendos suit well the "back track" of the class. E-Type tracks used in this context include "Africa", "Set the World on Fire", "Eurofighter", "True Believer" and "The Tide".

Vocalists

The music of E-Type follows the typical eurodance formula of synthesizer music built up to a dance floor crescendo, accompanied by his own vocals, and a chorus sung by Nana Hedin (who appeared in the music videos for "Set the World on Fire", "Paradise" and the 2009 re-release of "Life"). Hedin provided vocals for more than half of all E-Type's songs. She made her last appearance on record with E-Type on his 2004 album Loud Pipes Save Lives. In 2009 she was told by doctors that she has cancer in her tongue and she is therefore currently not performing. E-Type's 2007 album, Eurotopia, featured his new vocalist, Sanne Karlsson.

Much of E-Type's success in the 1990s was built on dancer Dilnarin "Dee" Demirbag, who lip-synched to Hedin's vocals in several of E-Type's music videos such as "This is the Way", "Angels Crying", "Here I Go Again" and "Life", and appearances on TV shows and concerts. "Dee" left the band in 2001 to pursue a solo career. However, she got back together with E-Type in December 2006 for a concert in Russia, and is still touring with the band occasionally. She also appeared in the 2007 music video for "True Believer".

Awards

E-Type participated in the Swedish Dance Music Awards in March 1995. He won three awards: Best Song, Best Artist and Newcomer. In 1999, E-Type was nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the category 'Modern Dance', along with Dr. Bombay, Richi M and Black Moses.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
FIN
NOR
1994 Made in Sweden
  • Released: October 31, 1994
  • Label: Stockholm Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
2
  • SWE: Platinum
1996 The Explorer
  • Release: October 23, 1996
  • Label: Stockholm Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
5
  • SWE: Platinum
1998 Last Man Standing
  • Release: November 27, 1998
  • Label: Stockholm Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
1 1 2
  • SWE: 2x Platinum
  • FIN Platinum
  • NOR: Platinum
2001 Euro IV Ever
  • Release: November 21, 2001
  • Label: Stockholm Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
2 3 7
  • SWE: Gold
  • FIN: Gold
2004 Loud Pipes Save Lives
  • Release: March 25, 2004
  • Label: Stockholm Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
2 13 17
  • SWE: Gold
2007 Eurotopia
  • Release: October 31, 2007
  • Label: Lulubelle Records
  • Formats: CD
10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
FIN
NOR
1999 Greatest Hits
  • Released: October 1999
  • Label: Stockholm Records
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
12 25 6
  • SWE: Gold
  • NOR: Gold
2006 Euro IV Ever in America
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Airus Entertainment LLC/Stockholm Records
  • Formats: CD
14 Hits With E-Type
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Universal Music AB
  • Formats: CD

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
FIN
FRA
NDL
NOR
UK
1991 "We Got the Atmosphere" (featuring Stakka B) Non-album tracks
1992 "Numania 1" (featuring Stakka B)
1993 "I'm Falling"
1994 "Set the World on Fire" 2 13 48
  • SWE: Gold
Made in Sweden
"This Is the Way" 1 14 34 53
  • SWE: Gold
1995 "Do You Always (Have To Be Alone)?" 13
"So Dem a Com" (France only)
"Russian Lullaby" 45 35
1996 "Megamix" 15 Non-album track
"Free Like a Flying Demon" 1
  • SWE: Gold
The Explorer
"Calling Your Name" 4
  • SWE: Gold
1997 "Back in the Loop" 10 20
"I Just Wanna Be With You" 10 15
"You Will Always Be a Part of Me" 30
1998 "Angels Crying" 2 2 45 2
  • SWE:Platinum
  • NOR: Platinum
Last Man Standing
"Here I Go Again" 1 1 25 72 3
  • SWE: Platinum
  • NOR: Platinum
1999 "Princess of Egypt" 9
"Hold Your Horses" 26
2000 "Es Ist Nie Vorbei" (featuring Blümchen) 28 Für Immer und Ewig
"Campione 2000" 2 66 4 9 58
  • SWE: Platinum
Euro IV Ever
2001 "Life" (featuring Na Na) 1 16 3
  • SWE: Platinum
  • NOR: Gold
2002 "Africa" (featuring Na Na) 5 13
"Banca Banca" 32
2004 "Paradise" 2 11 11
  • SWE: Gold
Loud Pipes Save Lives
"Olympia" 4
2005 "The Predator / Far Up in the Air" 43
2007 "True Believer" 1 3
  • SWE: Gold
Eurotopia
"Eurofighter" 17
2008 "Ding Ding Song" (Asia only)
"Rain" (UK only)
"Line of Fire" (featuring The Poodles) 3 Non-album tracks
2011 "Back 2 Life" 53
"Det Löser Sig" Så mycket bättre - Timbuktus dag (Säsong 2)
2012 "Campione 2012" Non-album track
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also

  • List of Eurodance artists
  • Swedish Singers
  • Music of Sweden

References

External links

  • - Official Web Site (in English)
  • - Official Facebook page
  • - Official Twitter page
  • at the Internet Movie Database
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