|Birth name||Johan Ludvig Åberg|
|Born||17 April 1972|
|Genres||Pop, pop rock, rock|
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.
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.
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, officially Södra Latins gymnasium, is an upper secondary school ("gymnasieskola"), situated in Södermalm, Stockholm. The current school building was inaugurated in 1891.
Anders Hansson is a Swedish singer-songwriter and music producer. He has been in the music industry for twenty years and has collaborated with artists and bands like Molly, Alcazar, Lena Philipsson, Tommy Nilsson, Agnes Carlsson, Kate Ryan and BWO. Also, he released an album which titled Love Conquers All in 1993 under his stage name Love CA.
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.
Paul Rein is a leading Swedish songwriter based in Stockholm. He was also a singer in the 1980s. He released italo disco singles such as "Lady-O", "Hold Back Your Love", "Stop " and "Touch".
Christina Aguilera is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer Christina Aguilera. It was released on August 24, 1999, by RCA Records. After recording "Reflection", the theme song for Mulan, RCA laid the foundation for the album immediately and started presenting Aguilera with tracks for her debut album, which they later decided would have a January 1999 release. Its music incorporates dance-pop and teen pop genres, with a few songs featuring strong elements from soul and R&B. Contributions to the album's production came from a wide range of producers, including David Frank, Ron Fair, Guy Roche, Robin Thicke, Diane Warren, Matthew Wilder, and Aaron Zigman.
Jessica Ann Johnson is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. Simpson signed a recording contract with Columbia Records when she was sixteen, and released her debut studio album Sweet Kisses in 1999. It sold over four million copies worldwide, and spawned the top three song "I Wanna Love You Forever" (1999). Hoping to achieve further success with her second album, Simpson adopted a more mature image for the release of Irresistible (2001). The album's title track, which served as the lead single, became her second top twenty entry on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Simpson married singer Nick Lachey on October 26, 2002 after four years of dating. The couple starred in the reality television series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica (2003–2005) on MTV, chronicling their marriage and careers. The show became a pop culture phenomenon and made Simpson and her husband household names. The marriage did not last, however, and by November 2005 Simpson and Lachey confirmed they were separating; Simpson filed for divorce the following month citing irreconcilable differences.
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.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" is a song by American recording artist Cher, taken from her 24th studio album, Living Proof (2001). The song was written and produced by Sigurd Rosnes and Johan Aberg, with additional writing done by Michelle Lewis, and was co-produced by Anders Hansson. The dance-pop song alludes to themes of tragedy, heroism and brotherhood, and was released as a double A-side single with "The Music's No Good Without You" in July 2002 through Warner Bros. Records and WEA.
Living Proof is the 24th studio album by American singer Cher. It was first released on November 6, 2001 by WEA and distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Records. After the commercial success of Believe (1998), Cher began work on her twenty-fourth studio album in 2000. Rob Dickins was chosen as the executive producer for the album, enlisting producers such as Johan Åberg, Chris Cox, Tony Moran, Bruce Roberts, Wayne Rodriguez, Stargate, Chicane, Ray Hedges, and Mark Taylor. Its music incorporates dance-pop, disco and house styles.
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.
Jens Ulrik Munther is a Swedish singer-songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist signed to Universal Music Sweden. His debut studio album Ulrik Munther, was released on 24 August 2011 and peaked to number 1 in Sweden. His second studio album Rooftop, was released on 6 March 2013 and peaked to number 4 in Sweden.
Lilla Melodifestivalen was the Swedish national final that selects the entry to represent Sweden in the annual Melodi Grand Prix Nordic junior singing competition. Between 2002 and 2005, Sweden sent its winners to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC), when MPG Nordic was not active. In 2006, Sweden withdrew itself from JESC, along with Denmark and Norway, continued to participate in Melodi Grand Prix Nordic instead.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative work, and visual experimentation. She began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21, through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, before dropping out to pursue a music career. When Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, the electropop record The Fame, and its chart-topping singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro", was also successful.
Åberg is currently running the digital agency A26 Media AB since three years.
Martin Sandberg, known professionally as Max Martin, is a Swedish songwriter, record producer and singer. He rose to prominence in the second half of the 1990s after making a string of major hits such as Britney Spears's "...Baby One More Time" (1998), The Backstreet Boys's "I Want It That Way" (1999) and NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" (2000).
Christopher Alan "Tricky" Stewart is an American record producer, record executive, songwriter, entrepreneur, and music publisher. In a career spanning over 20 years, Stewart, at the helm of his company RedZone Entertainment, has won 5 Grammys and is responsible for over 10 million records sold. He is noted for producing many hip hop, R&B and pop chart topping singles, often with The-Dream. Some of Stewart's record breaking singles are: Beyonce's Single Ladies " (2008), Rihanna "Umbrella" (2007), Justin Bieber "Baby" (2010), Britney Spears "Me Against the Music" (2003), Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine" (2007), Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" (2008) and "Obsessed" (2009), Ciara's "Ride" (2010), Mýa's "Case of the Ex" (2000), Karina Pasian's "16 @ War" (2008), Nicole Scherzinger's "Your Love" (2014).
Sibel Redžep is a Macedonian-born Swedish pop singer of Turkish descent. She is known from the Swedish television show Idol 2005, where she was the second runner up. She was also a semifinalist of Idol 2004, where she placed fourth in her group but didn't make it to the finals.
Lucas Secon, also known by the stage name Lucas, is a record producer, songwriter, DJ, rapper, and singer. He has written and produced for The Pussycat Dolls, Alesso, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Toni Braxton, Mos Def, The Wanted, The Saturdays, JLS, Alesso, Snoop Dogg, Olly Murs, Boyz 2 Men, Cheryl Cole, Steve Aoki, Sean Kingston, Sugababes, Blonde and Travie McCoy. Secon has won a BMI Award and has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards and an MTV Award.
Linda Perry is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She was the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, and has since founded two record labels and composed and produced hit songs for several other artists. They include: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera; "What You Waiting For?" by Gwen Stefani; and "Get the Party Started" by P!nk. Perry has also contributed to albums by Adele, Alicia Keys, and Courtney Love, as well as signing and distributing James Blunt in the United States. Perry was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.
Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers are New York-based songwriters and record producers who are business partners and friends. They have produced hits for Ruben Studdard, Wild Orchid, Christina Aguilera, Evelyn Champagne King, and Rihanna. They helped build the career of Rihanna, and are the principals of her production company named SRP Music Group. As songwriters and record producers, Rogers and Sturken have achieved more than twenty top 40 hits, twelve top 5 hits and six BMI Awards. Their songs have sold more than 60 million albums around the world.
Matthew David "Matt" Morris is an American producer and songwriter. He has released solo projects on Tennman/Interscope Records, but is best known for his work as a songwriter and producer for a variety of artists, including Joy Williams, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Sarah McLachlan, Kimbra, and Cher.
Tony Nilsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter. He is signed to Peermusic. A prolific composer of songs, he has contributed to a string of hits by well-known Swedish artists. Many of his songs have featured in Melodifestivalen and in the Swedish Singles Chart. Nilsson lives with artist and fellow songwriter Mirja Breitholtz.
Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the film of the same name by American singers Christina Aguilera and Cher. Screen Gems, Inc and RCA Records released it on November 19, 2010.
Ulrik Munther is the self-titled debut album of young Swedish singer-songwriter Ulrik Munther. It was released on 24 August 2011 in Sweden under the Universal Music record label and hit the #1 position on the Swedish Albums Chart on its first week of release, staying at #1 for one week. All of the songs are composed by Munther himself.
Rooftop is the second studio album of the Swedish singer songwriter Ulrik Munther released on Universal Music Sweden. Released on 6 March 2013 to coincide with his performance during Melodifestivalen 2013, it includes his rendition during the competition titled "Tell the World I'm Here" first performed on 23 February 2013 reaching the final stage of the competition finishing third in the finals held on 9 March 2013.
"Tell the World I'm Here" is a pop song released in 2013 by the Swedish singer songwriter Ulrik Munther. He took part in Melodifestivalen 2013 on 9 March that year, in a bid to represent Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The song came third overall after Robin Stjernberg won with "You" and Yohio was runner-up with "Heartbreak Hotel".
"Soldiers" is a pop song released in 2012 by the Swedish singer songwriter Ulrik Munther. He took part in Melodifestivalen 2012 on 11 February that year, in a bid to represent Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The song came third overall after Loreen won with "Euphoria" and Danny Saucedo was runner-up with "Amazing".
Pamela Sheyne was born in New Zealand. She is a songwriter, producer, mentor and singer best known for co-writing Christina Aguilera’s global smash debut single “Genie In A Bottle”. She has achieved 50+ million record sales and over 100 RIAA Platinum, Gold and Silver Certified sales awards worldwide, an Ivor Novello Award along with 7 BMI citations for USA radio plays.
Linnea Deb, née Linnéa Mary Hansdotter Deb, is a Swedish singer, songwriter and producer. She has worked with artists such as Fifth Harmony, JoJo, MiC Lowry and Akon.
Joy Neil Mitro Deb, is a Swedish songwriter and producer. He has worked with artists such as Fifth Harmony, JoJo, MiC Lowry and Akon.
Allt jag ville säga is the third studio album of the Swedish singer songwriter Ulrik Munther released on Universal Music Sweden. The album was Munther's first one, with the lyrics written in Swedish. He collaborated with the Swedish novelist Jonas Gardell who wrote the lyrics meanwhile Munther composed the music.