Marie Serneholt

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Marie Serneholt
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Serneholt at the 48th Guldbagge Awards
Background information
Birth nameMarie Eleonor Serneholt
Born (1983-07-11) 11 July 1983 (age 35)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop, Europop
Years active1998–present
Labels Planet Six, Sony BMG
Associated acts A*Teens

Marie Eleonor Serneholt (Swedish pronunciation:  [maˈriː ²sæːɳɛˌhɔlt] ; born 11 July 1983) is a Swedish singer and model. She was a member of the Swedish pop band A*Teens [1] from 1998 to 2004, and went on to pursue a solo career after the band dissolved.

Swedes are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Sweden. They mostly inhabit Sweden and the other Nordic countries, in particular Finland, with a substantial diaspora in other countries, especially the United States. Swedes are an officially recognized minority in Finland and Estonia.

A-Teens Swedish band

A-Teens were a Swedish pop music group from Stockholm, Sweden, formed by Niklas Berg in 1998 as an ABBA tribute band called ABBA★TEENS and later renamed A★TEENS. The band members were Marie Serneholt, Amit Sebastian Paul, Dhani Lennevald and Sara Lumholdt. The band's debut album became a success around the world. In 2001, it was reported that the band had sold 6 million albums worldwide.



A*Teens (1998–2004)

In 1998, Serneholt signed a recording deal with Stockholm Records (part of Universal Music Group) along with her bandmates Sara Lumholdt, Dhani Lennevald, and Amit Sebastian Paul. Together they performed as the A*Teens. In 1999, they released their first single, a cover of Swedish pop group ABBA's Mamma Mia . The single topped the charts in Sweden for eight consecutive weeks, and achieved international success. [2]

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Stockholm Records is a Swedish subsidiary of Universal Music Group, founded in 1992, and known for signing musicians such as Army of Lovers and E-Type.

Universal Music Group American music corporation

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By 2000, the A*Teens' first album, The ABBA Generation , had sold two million copies, and they became one of the most internationally successful Swedish pop bands. [3] By 2001, the group had sold more than six million albums. In 2004, it released a Greatest Hits album, and in 2006 the group broke up. [4]

<i>The ABBA Generation</i> 1999 studio album by A★TEENS

The ABBA Generation is the debut studio album by Swedish group A★TEENS, consisting of well-known ABBA songs in modern and upbeat versions.

<i>Greatest Hits</i> (A-Teens album) 2004 compilation album by A-Teens

Greatest Hits is A-Teens' last album. It is a compilation including their biggest worldwide hits, such as "Mamma Mia", "Upside Down", "Halfway Around the World", "Floorfiller", and many others. Every track included on the album reached the Top 20 in at least one country.

Music hiatus (2005)

With the A*Teens split, it was rumored that Serneholt would be the first to pursue a solo career. This proved to be unfounded when Lennevald released his debut single in September 2004. In 2005, Serneholt was picked as the face of the Maybelline cosmetics line in Scandinavia. She also gave her voice for the Swedish versions of the movies Robots and Herbie: Fully Loaded . [5]

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<i>Herbie: Fully Loaded</i> 2005 American comedy film directed by Angela Robinson

Herbie: Fully Loaded is a 2005 American sports-comedy film directed by Angela Robinson and produced by Robert Simonds for Walt Disney Pictures. It stars Lindsay Lohan as the youngest member of an automobile-racing family, Justin Long as her best friend and mechanic, Michael Keaton as her father, Breckin Meyer as her brother, and Matt Dillon as a competing racer. The film features cameos by many NASCAR drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. It is the sixth and final installment of the Herbie franchise, following the television film The Love Bug (1997) and the only theatrical Herbie film since Herbie Goes Bananas (1980). This film serves as a direct sequel to the original films and ignores the events from the fifth film The Love Bug. The film was released on June 22, 2005 and grossed over $144 million worldwide.

Enjoy the Ride (2006–2008)

In 2005, Serneholt called Jörgen Elofsson, who had written music for Britney Spears and Céline Dion. Elofsson was busy with other artists at the time, but Serneholt was adamant to have him produce an album for her. When she contacted him again later that year, he had just started collaborating with two relatively young and unknown producers, Richard Brandén and Pär Westerlund.[ citation needed ]

Jörgen Elofsson Swedish musician

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Serneholt at Gatufesten in Sundsvall, Sweden, in July 2006 Marie Serneholt ff adjusted.jpg
Serneholt at Gatufesten in Sundsvall, Sweden, in July 2006

Elofsson created the label Planet Six (a part of Sony BMG), and Serneholt signed her first recording deal as a solo artist. In February 2006, Serneholt's first single, "That's The Way My Heart Goes", premiered on Swedish radio with decent reviews and good response from the public. The single debuted at No. 2 on the Swedish Charts and reached No. 1 on the official Swedish Digital Downloads Chart, ensuring Gold Status on physical sales alone on 19 May 2006. [6]

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The album Enjoy the Ride was released on 29 March 2006, debuting at No. 9 in her home country but dropping off the charts quickly, while the single's success was growing around the world with releases throughout Europe along with the album and with plans to release it in South and North America in 2007. In May 2006, Serneholt started a promotional tour in Germany coinciding with the German release of her album. She embarked on a Radio Station's Concert Tour of Sweden and Finland. In June, Serneholt released her second single, "I Need a House", which debuted at No. 2 on the Swedish Digital Downloads Chart, but failed on the physical sales as it reached only No. 40 in Sweden. The single was released in Europe in September 2006. On 19 August 2006, Serneholt performed at Voice '06 in the Kungsträdgården park in Stockholm.[ citation needed ]


Serneholt in 2009 hosting Sveriges Television's broadcast of the National Day of Sweden Marie Serneholt.jpg
Serneholt in 2009 hosting Sveriges Television's broadcast of the National Day of Sweden

On 3 December 2008, SVT confirmed Serneholt as the third of four wildcard artists for Melodifestivalen 2009. On 7 February 2009, during the first semi-final heat, she performed her new single, "Disconnect Me". She placed sixth of eight and did not advance to the finals. "Disconnect Me" (which also served as the first single from Serneholt's second album) was released on 25 February 2009.[ citation needed ]

She worked with Filip Cederholm on the album photoshoots and artwork. She co-hosted Sveriges Television's broadcast of the National Day of Sweden celebrations in 2009 alongside André Pops. [7]

In October 2009, it was announced that she would appear in a Swedish-language version of the musical Grease , resulting in fans questioning whether a follow-up to Enjoy the Ride would ever be released. [8]

Alongside Rickard Olsson, she co-hosted the semi-finals and finals of the Melodifestivalen 2011 contest. [9] In December 2011, she released a new single, "Himlen I Min Famn", under Warner Music Sweden. [10] She participated in the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2012 which was held on 4 February 2012 in Vida Arena, Växjö. Serneholt presented the Sjuan's channel bingo show Bingolotto for two seasons in 2013–14. [11] She sang the song "Salt & Pepper", composed by Lina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson, and Figge Boström. She finished sixth in the first round of voting and so was disqualified from the competition. [12]

Serneholt was announced as one of the judges of the Swedish version of popular talent show The X Factor , which premiered on 9 September 2012. She competed as one of the celebrity dancers in Let's Dance 2015 , broadcast on TV4, [13] where she was the runner-up. [14] In August 2015, she co-hosted the Swedish game show Fångarna på Fortet (alongside Gunde Svan) at Fort Boyard for TV4, [15] after Agneta Sjödin was injured in a bicycle accident. [16] In October 2015 it was announced that Serneholt would host the baking show Det stora tårtslaget on Sjuan in 2016. [17] [18]



Albums as part of A*Teens

Solo albums

Marie Serneholt studio albums
TitleDetailsPeak chart
Enjoy the Ride 97578


Marie Serneholt singles
YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
2006"That's the Way My Heart Goes"246191924Enjoy The Ride
"I Need a House"404972
2009"Disconnect Me"46Non-album release
2012"Salt & Pepper"

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