Tigerdrottningen

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Tigerdrottningen
Kent Tigerdrottningen.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 30, 2014 (2014-04-30)
Recorded Conway Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, United States)
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length48:42
Label Sonet, Universal
Producer Kent, Daniel Alexander, Stefan Boman
Kent chronology
Jag är inte rädd för mörkret
(2012)
Tigerdrottningen
(2014)
Då som nu för alltid
(2016)
Singles from Tigerdrottningen
  1. "La Belle Epoque"
    Released: March 12, 2014
  2. "Var är vi nu?"
    Released: July 25, 2014
  3. "Mirage"
    Released: September 3, 2014
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Tigerdrottningen (Swedish for The Tiger Queen) is the eleventh studio album by Swedish alternative rock band Kent. It was released on April 30, 2014 by Sonet Records (Universal Music). [11] The album was preceded by the lead single "La Belle Epoque" on March 12, 2014. [12] "Var är vi nu?" was released as the album's second single on July 24, 2014. [13] The music video was released on May 21, 2014. [14] The third single "Mirage" was released on September 3, 2014, with an accompanying video released on the same date. [15]

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1980s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as The Velvet Underground.

Kent (band) Swedish alternative rock band

Kent was a Swedish pop band, formed in Eskilstuna in 1990. With members Joakim Berg, Martin Sköld, Sami Sirviö and Markus Mustonen, the band has had numerous radio hits throughout Sweden and Scandinavia and consecutive number-one studio albums on the Sweden top list (Sverigetopplistan) beginning with the release of Verkligen (1996) and led by the single "Kräm ". With origins rooted in distorted rock, they found mainstream success through their alternative rock albums of the mid-1990s, 2000s and 2010s, the latter decades during which they adopted elements of synthpop. With eleven number-one albums, five number-one singles, 23 Swedish Grammy Awards, and over 3 million record sales, Kent is considered the most popular rock/pop group within Sweden and throughout Scandinavia. Vapen & ammunition (2002) topped the Swedish charts for 95 weeks. Kent is often compared to bands like U2, Coldplay and Depeche Mode.

Sonet Records Swedish record label

Sonet Records is a jazz/pop record label operating as an imprint of Universal Music Sweden. It was founded in Sweden in 1956.

Contents

Lyrically, Tigerdrottningen is more politically charged than previous albums. Lead singer Joakim Berg told Gaffa that the album was inspired by the events leading up to the 2014 Swedish election where far-right party Sweden Democrats doubled their support: "Exactly the things you were terrified of happened. The shift towards right [wing politics] followed by nationalism. It is a pattern we are seeing again and again. It also affects the Swedish music scene." [16]

Joakim Berg Swedish singer, songwriter and musician

Herbert Joakim "Jocke" Berg is a Swedish singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of Swedish Rock/Pop band Kent. Berg rarely gives interviews, saying in one: less is more. Berg has tended to write lyrics in Swedish because he wants to avoid the use of cliché-ridden English lyrics, which often happens when Swedish artists sing in English. Kent’s lyrics contributed to their development from indie band to broad mass appeal as songs in Swedish are preferred among the slightly older population that Kent has attracted, according to an academic who has studied the band in their sociological and national context.

<i>Gaffa</i> (magazine) Danish music magazine

Gaffa is a free Danish music magazine distributed in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

2014 Swedish general election 2014 election for the Swedish parliament

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Promotion

Three promotional singles were released from Tigerdrottningen through Spotify preceding the album's release: "Skogarna" on April 25, "Godhet" on April 26, and "Din enda vän" on April 27, 2014. [17]

Spotify Music streaming service

Spotify Technology S.A. is a Swedish media-services provider founded in 2006. The company's primary business is its audio streaming platform that provides DRM-protected music and podcasts from record labels and media companies. As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements or automatic music videos, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality, are offered via paid subscriptions.

Commercial performance

Tigerdrottningen debuted at number one on the Swedish Albums Chart on the chart dated May 9, 2014, becoming Kent's tenth consecutive number-one album. [18] The same week the album was certified gold for 20,000 copies sold. [19] On the chart dated June 5, 2014 the album was certified platinum for 40,000 copies sold. [20]

Track listing

All music and lyrics written by Joakim Berg, except "Den andra sidan" music written by Berg and Martin Sköld. [21]

Martin Sköld is a Swedish musician who plays bass and keyboards in the Swedish alternative rock band Kent. Alongside lead singer Joakim Berg he is responsible for writing the band's music.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Mirage"Berg5:35
2."Var är vi nu?" (Where Are We Now?)Berg4:20
3."Skogarna" (The Forests)Berg3:51
4."La Belle Epoque"Berg3:58
5."Svart snö" (Black Snow)Berg4:08
6."Allt har sin tid" (There Is a Time for Everything)Berg5:12
7."Innan himlen faller ner" (Before the Sky Falls Down)Berg3:52
8."Din enda vän" (Your Only Friend)Berg4:19
9."Godhet" (Goodness) (with Beatrice Eli)Berg4:22
10."Simmaren" (The Swimmer)Berg3:55
11."Den andra sidan" (The Other Side)Berg, Sköld5:04
<i>Bonjour Tristesse</i> (film) 1958 American film by Otto Preminger

Bonjour Tristesse is a 1958 British-American Technicolor film in CinemaScope, directed and produced by Otto Preminger from a screenplay by Arthur Laurents based on the novel of the same title by Françoise Sagan. The film stars Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg, Mylène Demongeot and Geoffrey Horne, and features Juliette Gréco, Walter Chiari, Martita Hunt and Roland Culver. It was released by Columbia Pictures. This film had colour and black and white sequences, a technique unusual for the 1950s but widely used in silent movies and early talking films.

Personnel

Credits adapted from album liner notes. [21]

Charts

Chart (2014)Peak
position
scope="row"Danish Albums (Hitlisten) [22] 3
scope="row"Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [23] 6
scope="row"Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [24] 1
scope="row"Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [25] 1

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Sweden (GLF) [20] Platinum40,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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