One of the most popular pop bands of the late 20th century and beyond was established in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990. The original band members were Ulf Ekberg, Jonas Berggren, Linn Berggren, and Jenny Berggren. Just as many Swedish musicians, Ace of Base wrote their songs in English in order to get worldwide recognition.
Jonas “Joker” Berggren and Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg are considered the founders of the group. At first, they called themselves Kalinin Prospect, then they changed the name to CAD (Computer-Aided Disco), then to Technoir. Eventually the name Ace of Base came up. Apparently, it stood for “aces of the basements” since the first recording studio of the group was located in the basement. Jonas asked his sisters, who sang in the local church choir to join, and the band was formed.
The first single “Wheel of Fortune” wasn’t a big hit. The band didn’t give up and embarked on a search of a recording company that would help them on their rise to popularity. In 1992, they found Mega Records. In the same year “Wheel of Fortune” got to the 2nd place of the Danish charts. The next song the band recorded was “All That She Wants”. The single became an instantaneous hit in Europe and the USA. Right after the single, Ace of Base recoded “Happy Nation”. In 1993, More than 8 million albums were sold in the USA. Less than a year after the release of the “Happy Nation”, Ace of Base got six World Music Awards.
In 2007 and 2009, Berggren sisters were replaced with Julia Williamson and Clara Hagman. It’s hard to say when the group stopped working completely. Some say it happened when the 2 original members left. Others believe that the end came when their website stopped functioning in 2013.
Throughout their impressive career, Ace of Base released 5 studio albums. They hold 16 music awards. This group influenced many contemporary artists, including Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.