Johan Åberg

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Johan Åberg
Birth nameJohan Ludvig Åberg
Born (1972-04-17) 17 April 1972 (age 46)
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop, pop rock, rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, producer
Years active1985present

Johan Åberg (born 17 April 1972) is a Swedish music producer, songwriter, and manager. In the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade), he wrote and produced several international hit songs with artists like Christina Aguilera ("Come on Over Baby") and Cher ("A Different Kind of Love Song"). Aside from writing and producing music he was also the manager of, among others, Swedish singer/songwriter Ulrik Munther. Ulrik placed third in the Swedish qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2012, with the song "Soldiers" which Åberg co-wrote and co-produced.

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.

A talent manager is an individual or company who guides the professional career of artists in the entertainment industry. The responsibility of the talent manager is to oversee the day-to-day business affairs of an artist; advise and counsel talent concerning professional matters, long-term plans and personal decisions which may affect their career.


Musical career

Åberg grew up in the northern Stockholm suburb Stocksund and started his musical career as a guitarist in rock bands as a teenager. He attended music high school (gymnasium) at Södra Latin and later studied fine arts at Konstskolan and Konstskolan Basis in Stockholm. Parallel to his education he left his band and started focusing more on songwriting for other artists, and started the production company Eclectic Music with Anders Hansson in 1998.

Södra Latin

Södra Latin, officially Södra Latins gymnasium, is an upper secondary school ("gymnasieskola"), situated in Södermalm, Stockholm. The current school building was inaugurated in 1891.

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When he was paired up with the songwriter Paul Rein the two co-wrote songs that would become international hits and best-sellers with then largely unknown artists Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Come On Over Baby became the fourth single from Aguileras self-titled debut album and hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked Christina Aguilera at number 23 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade and the album has sold over 17 million copies worldwide. They also co-wrote "I've Got My Eyes On You" which was released on Jessica Simpson's debut album Sweet Kisses that peaked at #25 on U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified 2x Platinum in the U.S.

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Jessica Simpson American singer-songwriter and actress

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In 2002 he co-wrote and co-produced "A Different Kind of Love Song" that was released by Cher on her 2002 album Living Proof. The song reached #1 on Billboards Hot Dance Club Songs, and as of May 2007, the album Living Proof sold 500,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. [1] In the early 2000s he also co-wrote hit songs recorded by artists such as French girl band L5 and Chinese pop star Wei Wei.

A Different Kind of Love Song song

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Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett in 1991. SoundScan is a method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Data is collected weekly and made available every Sunday and every Monday to subscribers, which include record companies, publishing firms, music retailers, independent promoters, film and TV companies, and artist managers. The Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts, making it the largest source of sales records in the music industry.

Åberg worked as the manager of young Swedish singer/songwriter Ulrik Munther who he discovered in Lilla Melodifestivalen. Under the management of Åberg, Ulrik Munther came in second in Metro Music Challenge 2009, made a well-known cover of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and came third in Melodifestivalen 2012 with "Soldiers" which was also co-written and co-produced by Åberg.

Ulrik Munther Swedish singer, songwriter, musician

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Current business

Åberg is currently running the digital agency A26 Media AB since three years.

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