Basically, it's Ace of Base without the Queens of the Aces--the really recognizable voices of the group. The use of the name Ace of Base without all four original members has caused a rift between Jenny and the boys.Wheel of Fortune" on Sweden's Mega Records in 1992.
Being a Swedish band, most of their albums saw two releases, a U.K. version and a U.S. version, sometimes having different titles. Happy Nation was released as The Sign in the U.S. in 1993, and produced most of their U.S. top 10 hits with "The Sign," "Don't Turn Around," and "All That She Wants." This album was internationally huge--and, personally, was worn out on a tape deck in an old Buick.
Cruel Summer was originally titled Flowers in the U.K. and was released in 1998. It featured a cover version of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" that hit No. 8 in the U.K. and No. 10 in the U.S., and was the last big U.S. hit for the Swedish pop group. Singles Of the 90s (U.K.)/Greatest Hits (U.S.), released in 2000, featured one new song, "C'est La Vie (Always 21)," but it didn't top any charts. The two albums with only one name are The Bridge, released in 1995, which featured "Beautiful Life"--a top 15 hit on the Billboard Hot 100--and 2002's Da Capo, which failed to produce any No. 1's and didn't see a formal release in the USA.Wheel of Fortune 2009"--their Official YouTube channel stated, "Pop phenomena Ace of Base is back on the international music scene, this time as a trio consisting of Jenny and Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg."
However, it now appears Ekberg and Jonas plan to release a new album without Jenny, who hasn't been in the studio with Ace of Base in two years--or Linn, who hasn't been with the group in over a decade. In fact, little is known about Linn's personal life or current whereabouts. In May 2010, Jenny released the digital download "Free Me" to launch her solo career; her first album, My Story, is set to drop on September 15, 2010.
A story regarding the current name dispute was published July 7, 2010, in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Though Jenny Berggren did not comment on the name dispute in the article, she'd previously said on TV program Förkväll that her wish was for the original members call themselves something else when they do not work together.
"Ace of Base, we are four original members, it is on paper," she said in May.
Ekberg says that the label determines what happens--and it seems he has a few ideas of getting around the dispute, such as putting periods in ".Ace.of.Base." or adding "2.0" to the end. Also, as recently as June and July 2010, the "new" .Ace.of.Base. have created official Facebook, Myspace and Twitter pages, and the promise of an updated official website (which, as of press time, was not working).
Even though Ace of Base has not yet released an album of new work or a new single since 2008's Greatest Hits, they are still very much adored and regarded as one of the greatest groups from the '90s. Today's artists are very much inspired by, and ripping off, Ace of Base. Take Lady Gaga, for example. Her song "Alejandro" sounds just like "Don't Turn Around," and even NPR agrees. And it's one of the only decent songs she's got. Last year Katy Perry told MTV, "I'm kind of thinking I want to do my record like a mesh between 'Lovefool' by the Cardigans and 'The Sign' by Ace of Base."
But now, Ace of Base takes on their young rivals with new youthful members of their own. Their new "demo" single, "Mr. Replay feat. LEX," was leaked online July 2, appearing on YouTube. The style is just like old Ace of Base, although the female vocals are breathy and lacking the power the sisters Berggren possess.
On July 12, there was a Twitter post that said, "Hi there! Our brand new single is called 'All For You'. More details will follow." Also that day, their Facebook post was, "The new .Ace.of.Base. single ''All For You'' will be officially serviced to radio stations in Europe on Friday, July 16th - we will post a clip of the new single as soon as we get the go-ahead from our record labels - we're doing it 'All For You' ACERS! /.Ace.of.Base."
It is time for Ace of Base to do what they do best -- fun, slightly dark pop with a tinge of reggae that is fun to dance to. It will be interesting to see if they can do it amidst the drama and without half of the family.
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