Dr. Alban

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Dr. Alban
2018-08-12 ZDF Fernsehgarten Dr. Alban-1248.jpg
Dr. Alban in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlban Uzoma Nwapa
Born (1957-08-26) 26 August 1957 (age 63)
Oguta, Imo, Federation of Nigeria
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician
Years active1980s—present
Labels
Associated acts
Website dralban.net

Alban Uzoma Nwapa (born 26 August 1957), better known by his stage name Dr. Alban, is a Nigerian-Swedish recording artist and producer with his own record label, Dr. Records. [1] His music can best be described as Eurodance/hip-hop reggae in a dancehall style. [1] He has sold an estimated 16 million records worldwide [2] [3] [4] and is most famous for his worldwide 1992 hit "It's My Life", from the album One Love . [1]

Contents

Life and career

Early life

Alban was born Alban Uzoma Nwapa into a middle-class family of 10 children in Oguta, Imo state, Nigeria. He is Igbo. [1]

Education

He got his secondary education at Christ The King College and spent most of his youth in his hometown of Oguta. At age 23, he traveled to Sweden to study dentistry. [1] To finance his studies, Dr. Alban became a DJ at the Stockholm club Alphabet Street. [1] Very quickly, his name became widely known, especially since he often sang to the records he put on turntables. DJ René Hedemyr discovered him. Alban finished his studies and even opened his own dentistry practice, keeping his DJ-ing as a lucrative sideline.

Denniz Pop and achieving success: 1990s

In 1990, he met Denniz Pop from the SweMix label and, together with Denniz and rap artist Leila K, released his first record Hello Afrika . At this point, he took the stage name Dr. Alban, a nod to his dental studies. His debut album included hits like "Hello Afrika" and "No Coke", both of which ended up being million-selling singles. [1] The album itself was quite successful and earned him gold certification awards in numerous markets including Germany (for sales of over 250,000 units), Austria (25,000), and Switzerland (25,000). [5] [6] [7]

One year later, this success was surpassed by his second album One Love . The album included 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, and Germany, and No.2 in Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. [8] [9] [10] The song "It's My Life" went platinum in Germany (for sales of over 500,000 units), in the Netherlands (75,000), and it sold over two million copies overall in Europe. [1] [11] [12] The album in turn reached the top of the album chart in Austria and entered the top five in Switzerland, also reaching No.6 in Germany. [13] [14] It went gold in Germany (for sales of over 250,000 units) and platinum both in Austria and Switzerland (both 50,000). [6] [15] [16]

Alban's third album Look Who's Talking! , released in 1994, hit the top 10 in numerous markets including Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. [14] [17] The album was the first to earn Alban a gold certification award in his home country of Sweden for sales of over 50,000 units. [18]

Dr. Alban founded his own record label Dr. Records, whereon he released his 1996 album Born in Africa . The album was unable to match the success of his previous releases. It only reached No.12 in Finland, while it peaked at No.37 in Switzerland and Sweden, No.52 in Germany, and No.41 in Austria. [14] [19] The single "Born in Africa" went to number 1 in Finland.

In 1997, Alban released the compilation album The Very Best of 1990–1997, which only charted in Austria, Sweden, and Germany. The same year, the artist also released the studio album Believe, which peaked at No.27 in Sweden, No.30 in Finland, and No.41 in Austria. [20] In late 1998, Dr. Alban released a single with German-based artist Sash!, entitled "Colour the World", which experienced moderate chart success in Europe. [21]

Decline and return to music: 2000s

In 2000, Alban released the single "What Do I Do", which charted only in Sweden at No.43; it spent only two weeks on the charts there. [22] The album Prescription was a flop as it failed to chart anywhere.

In 2007, after years of absence from the music scene, Dr. Alban released the studio album Back to Basics. It was sold on the internet only through Dr. Alban's official website. In Russia however, both the physical CDs and cassettes were released.

Later activities: 2010s–present

In 2010, Alban collaborated once again with Sash! to produce a remake of "Hello Afrika", "Hello South Afrika", dedicated to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was followed by a single consisting of 16 remixes. [23]

On 15 February 2014 at the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg, Dr. Alban teamed up with Jessica Folcker and arrived in fifth place in the third heat of Melodifestivalen 2014, with the song "Around the World", to win the right to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 2015, he released the single "Hurricane", which failed to enter the European charts.

In May 2020, Alban released the song "Hello Sverige" (in Swedish) to encourage the population of Sweden to respect social distancing measures put in place to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic. The next month, he released an English version titled "Hello Nations". The song is another remake of his classic hit "Hello Afrika".

In June 2020, Alban released the single "Drama", also in Swedish, in collaboration with singer Folkhemmet. The song talks about Alban's long-running acrimonious relationship with Swedish tabloid journalists.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
SWE
[24]
AUS
[25]
AUT
[26]
FIN
[27]
GER
[28]
NL
[29]
NOR
[30]
SWI
[31]
Hello Afrika 62311438
One Love
  • Released: 4 May 1992
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
1511620153
  • BVMI: Gold [32]
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum [6]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum [16]
Look Who's Talking!
  • Released: 25 March 1994
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
119871728138
Born in Africa
  • Released: 9 April 1996
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
3741125237
I Believe
  • Released: 1 October 1997
  • Label: Metrovynil (EAMS Lesser)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
274130
Prescription
  • Released: 26 November 2001
  • Label: Rough Trade/Dr. Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Back to Basics
  • Released: 13 November 2008
  • Label: Haring Records/Dr. Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilations

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
SWE
[24]
AUT
[26]
GER
[28]
The Very Best of 1990–1997
  • Released: 30 June 1997
  • Label: Ariola
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
383866

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[33]
AUS
[25]
AUT
[26]
FIN
[34]
GER
[35]
NL
[36]
NOR
[30]
SPA
[37]
SWI
[38]
UK
[39]
US
[40]
"Hello Afrika"
(featuring Leila K.)
19907180122573 Hello Afrika
"No Coke"121237663
"U & Mi"19912011614159
"(Sing Shi-Wo-Wo) Stop the Pollution"3616313
"It's My Life"199214315112112288 One Love
"One Love"1997714101145
"Sing Hallelujah"19936572468416
"Look Who's Talking"19942313442655 Look Who's Talking!
"Away from Home"2492122254552642
"Let the Beat Go On"1718623318191
"Sweet Dreams"
(featuring Swing)
19951244459Non-album single
"This Time I'm Free"323127351132 Born in Africa
"Born in Africa"19961131147
"Hallelujah Day"303512
"It's My Life '97"
(featuring Sash!)
199718 The Very Best of 1990–1997
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Carolina)"6 I Believe
"Mr. DJ"218703
"Long Time Ago"551515
"Feel the Rhythm"19985613
"What Do I Do"200043Prescription
"Because of You"2002
"Work, Work"20031319Non-album single
"Habibi"
(featuring Melissa)
2008Back to Basics
"We Love the 90's"
(featuring Haddaway)
Non-album singles
"Freedom"2012
"Loverboy"
"It's My Life 2014"20143929
"Around the World"
(featuring Jessica Folcker)
52
"Hurricane"2015
"Drama"
(Dr. Alban & Folkhemmet, in Swedish language)
2020
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
SWE
[42]
FIN
[43]
FRA
[44]
GER
[35]
NL
[45]
SWI
[46]
UK
[47]
"Papaya Coconut"
(Kikki Danielsson featuring Dr. Alban)
199822Non-album singles
"Colour the World"
(Sash! featuring Dr. Alban)
19995439693915
"Sing Hallelujah (New Version)"
(Yamboo featuring Dr. Alban)
200512Okama de Mapouka
"Chiki Chiki"
(Starclub featuring Dr. Alban)
2006Non-album singles
"It's My Life (Don't Worry)"
(Chawki featuring Dr. Alban)
2014187
"Good to You"
(Basic Element featuring Dr. Alban)
2016
"It's My Life"
(Popek featuring Dr. Alban)
2020
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

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