This episode goes back the last three decades to examine how Sweden became the most important country in pop music composition and production. The home of the Nobel Prize, IKEA, swedish meatballs, Ice hotels, H&M, Minecraft, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’; the birthplace of young activist Greta Thunberg, the most-subscribed YouTuber PewDiePie, and international athletes like the former No. 1 tennis player in the world Björn Borg and soccer egocentric star Zlatan Ibrahimovic; it’s also the home of important music artists in history like ABBA, Roxette, Europe, Eagle–Eye Cherry, Swedish House Mafia (obviously), Avicii and Ace of Base.
But Sweden is also responsible for the most popular pop music from American and Canadian artists like Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, or Justin Bieber, and the country that gave birth to the teenage pop sensation of the late 1990s and early 2000s when Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and more started their careers in Stockholm and became pop music icons for years to come.
We’ll take a look at how two prolific Swedish men, Denniz Pop (R.I.P.) and Max Martin, have become the most successful producers and songwriters in pop music since The Beatles. This is Uncovering the Cover: Don’t Turn Around, and why Sweden is so Good at Pop Music.
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On today’s very special segment at the end of the episode, #UncoveringRecommends, we’re recommending you a young German artist with a very fascinating voice, Anna Pape and her song “I Got My Own”.