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“With a sure instinct and sensitivity, he is a Royal Court provider of music hits. As a pioneer of the Swedish music export sensation, Jörgen Elofsson receives SKAP’s honourary award.”

 

The Swedish interest group for professional songwriters, composers, lyricists and adaptors of all genres, SKAP, on Thursday announced its laureates. Honurary Award recipients were Jörgen together with artist Barbro “Lill-Babs” Svensson (next to Jörgen in the picture).

About the “Royal Court provider” reference in the motivation above
On Saturday June 19th, 2010, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and H.R.H. Prince Daniel were wed in the Church of St. Nicholas, the Stockholm Cathedral. Almost two years earlier, Jörgen was promted in composing a song exclusively for the wedding. The title turned into “When You Tell the World You’re Mine”.

When I heard the track, I went ballistic because I knew I could sing it. It comes from the ’80s! That’s where I have my big hits, it’s the music I organically love.

Published on Tuesday, David Hasselhoff  in this comprehensive interview for Billboard tells the story behind recording Jörgen’s True Survivor, the theme song for the upcoming Swedish short film Kung Fury to compete in Cannes next month.

Hasselhoff continues:
So I flew to Sweden and got into the studio with one of these writers and heard the track and I thought, “Wow, this is terrific.” It’s definitely a throwback to those Kenny Loggins ’80s tracks that I love.

The guy who wrote this, Jorgen Elofsson, is awesome. His track record is sick. From Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” to songs with Celine Dion. I kept looking at his wall going, “Boy, am I with one of the master writers of all time.”

When I heard the track, I went ballistic because I knew I could sing it. It comes from the ’80s! That’s where I have my big hits, it’s the music I organically love. It was the days of Queen, Prince, and Michael Jackson’s heyday.

Thanks for all your kind words, David! /Jörgen

Tove Lo became the Most Promising Artist of the Year at the 2014 Denniz Pop Awards. Who will win this or other prizes this year? Apply, nominate or vote.

Instituted in 2013, the Denniz Pop Awards were initiated by the former Cheiron members, co-workers, friends and family. Each year four awards are presented at a ceremony held in Stockholm, this year on June 11.

And you can be a part of deciding who will be the winner in each of the four categories:
Songwriter/producer
Artist/band
Most Valuable Person
The Grand Prize

For more information, please visit the official Denniz Pop Awards website >>

Cannes Film Festival’s sidebar, The Directors’ Fortnight, selects Swedish “Kung Fury” for the short films section. The theme song is co-written by Jörgen.

Already becoming a viral success with its first trailer, the upcoming 30 minute action comedy Kung Fury, an homage to the 1980′s martial art and police action films, is created by the Swedish director David Sandberg.

True Survivor, the theme song, is written by Jörgen and synthwave producer Mitch Murder. It was recorded in September 2014 in Jörgen’s music studio just outside Stockholm.

The film’s trailer, starring David Hasselhoff, includes explosions, gun fire, a white Lamborghini Countach as well as Hasselhoff riding a Tyrannosaurus Rex together with the main character Kung Fury, played by the director David Sandberg.

About Kung Fury

After spending $5,000 producing the initial film trailer back in 2012, Sandberg in December 2013 decided to turn to Kickstarter for crowdfunding. Closing the campain a month later, on January 25 2014, the director had raised more than $630,000.

On Tuesday it became official that Kung Fury will compete in La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, also known as The Directors’ Fortnight, a sidebar of the annual Cannes Film Festival held from 13 to 24 May.

World premiere of the film is set for May 28 on YouTube, on Swedish Television
SVT Channel 2 and SVT Play.

Kung Fury – External links

Official website >>
Facebook >>
Twitter >>
IMDb >>

Denniz Pop Awards 2014

June 13, 2014

“The idea of this music award is to help new songwriters, producers and artists continuing the legacy of Denniz.”

The annual Denniz Pop Awards were held in Stockholm last night. This year’s recipients, selected by the former members of Cheiron Studios in the jury, were in the four respective categories:
Rookie Artist: Tove Lo, Rookie Songwriter/Producer: Salvatore Ganacci.
The Grand Prize-winner was Avicii and The Most Valuable Person, Arash “Ash” Pournouri:

The Denniz Pop Award statue “Encapsulated sound” (below) is displayed at the Swedish Music Hall of Fame in Stockholm.

Together with Max Martin and Avicii’s award-winning manager Arash “Ash” Pournouri.´

With Jonas Holst, publisher at Universal Music Publishing and co-jury member Per Magnusson.

The Denniz Pop Awards’ Jury

Andreas Carlsson, David Kreuger, Jacob Schulze, John Amatiello, Jörgen Elofsson, Kristian Lundin, Max Martin, Per Magnusson and Rami Yacoub.

About Denniz Pop Awards

Instituted in 2013, the Denniz Pop Awards were initiated by the former Cheiron members, co-workers, friends and family. The idea of the non-profitable music award is to help new songwriters, producers and artists to continue the legacy of Denniz Pop. Also to recognize the Swedish international success-of-the-year, through the Grand Prize Award.

The second intent is to raise money for the Denniz Pop Foundation, founded in 1998, with its main purpose to financially support:
– Study trips abroad for nursing staff at Radiumhemmet (Sweden’s first cancer treatment facility)
– Improvements of patients’ healthcare environment at Radiumhemmet

Denniz Pop Awards; Official Website >>

Denniz Pop Awards on Facebook >>

Released almost exactly a year ago, on May 13, 2013, Agnetha’s album “A” still keeps rising up the charts.

Last Saturday night the BBC documentary “Agnetha: ABBA and After” was broadcast on Dutch television. Only moments later, her album “A” rose to No 1 on iTunes and on the e-tailer Bol.com. On this week’s albums chart Agnetha has re-entered at No 5.

All songs are written or co-written by Jörgen, this one together with Agnetha:

Agnetha; Official Website >>

Nominated in the category “Pop Work of the Year” with Samantha Jade’s #1 hit “What You’ve Done to Me”

The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) today released its nominees. Jörgen is together with Tania Doko, David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii nominated for the “Pop Work of the Year” award for Samantha Jade’s song “What You’ve Done to Me”. The 2014 APRA Music Awards will be held on Monday June 23 at Brisbane City Hall.

 

Samantha Jade,  facts:
– Winner of season 4 of X Factor Australia on November 20, 2012
–  Jade’s winning-song “What You’ve Done to Me” was released the same night
– It immediately went to #1 on both iTunes’ and the ARIA Singles chart
– In October 2013, Jörgen and his Australian co-writers were nominated for ARIA’s “Song of the Year” award.

Samantha Jade’s self-titled debut album, including a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, also co-written by Jörgen and for which he was GRAMMY “Song of the Year” nominated, was released on December 7, 2012.

And the nominees are … >>

Samantha Jade; Official Website >>

The country referred to is Sweden. Jörgen is Swedish, consequently responsible.

In this article for PolicyMic.com, published on April 2, 2014, the writer Alex Suskind takes a look at 14 of the biggest U.S. hits over the last 15 years.

Here is the list >>

After a stage appearances hiatus which would last for more than two decades, at 11PM yesterday the former ABBA member was back in front of an amazed live audience.

The annual Children in Need Rocks concert was held at London’s Hammersmith Apollo venue last evening. Together with Gary Barlow, the event’s host, Agnetha performed their duet “I Should’ve Followed You Home” taken from her album “A”.

The full concert will be aired on BBC One tomorrow, Thursday, at 8PM.

The duet “I Should’ve Followed You Home” is written by Jörgen and Gary Barlow and was recorded in the spring of 2012.

Other artists performing this evening were Barry Manilow, Kings of Leon, Jeff Lynne, Tom Jones, The Wanted, Little Mix, Dizzee Rascal, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow’s former Take That band colleague Robbie Williams.

Below a three picture gallery:

In Jörgen’s recording studio in Stockholm, on April 26, 2012. 

In London, promoting the album “A”, on May 4, 2013. 

At Hammersmith Apollo, November 12, 2013,
only moments after Agnetha and Gary’s performance.

Agnetha’s upcoming new single “I Should’ve Followed You Home” is released worldwide (except for the UK) on Monday, November 18. One week later, on November 25, “The One Who Loves You Now”, also co-written by Jörgen, will hit the UK stores.

 Agnetha Fältskog; Official Website >>

“It’s so easy to communicate today, I mean, you talk to people across the world, you write songs with people across the world in a heartbeat. Before you couldn’t.”

Watch the interview recorded last week >>