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Friday, January 18, 2008

Ace Of Base Officially A Trio, Working With "Famous American Producers"

True story: I was at a bar about six years ago and told this guy that Ace Of Base would end up being one of the most respected bands of the '90s. He walked away from me laughing. Just misunderstood in my time, I suppose.

So here's an update to the news that Ace Of Base are staging a full return to pop music this year. Jenny Berggren (the brunette broad) wrote on the band's MySpace blog in August that she was in Nashville writing new songs. According to Wikipedia, Jenny confirmed in an interview with Danish Mag Se & Hor that her sister Linn (the blonde broad) "hasn't been part of Ace Of Base in years," while Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg (the hot blond guy) said in an interview in November that Linn definitely doesn't feature on the new album they're recording.

Now, I haven't bothered to look all to look all this up, because I've got cereal to eat, folks. But it's on Wikipedia, so it's gotta be true, right?

Anyway, after a December 14 concert in Lithuania, Jonas "Joker" Berggren (the hot-in-a-weird-way stocky guy) apparently told fans the band is working with "famous American producers," but did not reveal who they were. The album has an apparent September release date.

Of course, as my pal Steve said yesterday, "it just won't be the same without Linn standing about three feet behind the other three, faded and staring off into the distance in the background." Sigh. So true. But the good news is that a new album is in the works. And, hey, maybe they're working with Timbaland! With 23 million copies sold worldwide of Happy Nation/The Sign alone, they've certainly got the cash to afford him.

Plus, come on -- Timbaland? That'd make everyone happy, right? (Ho! Ho!)

It all goes a bit sketchy, though, with the upcoming plans for earlier in the year, before the new studio album is to come out:
The plan is to release a remix album in 5 different editions worldwide; each edition will be released in different territories according to whom has remixed the tracks (for example, the Asian edition will contain remixes only by Asian DJs, etc). This is quite unusual for the band in comparison with previous releases. Other plans mention that a first [remix] single is to be released in February or March 2008, followed by a second single in May.
Oh, why do they have to go the "safe" route? This just smacks of a whole "reminding people of who Ace Of Base are" marketing plan. And, remix album? To quote fellow Swedes Roxette, don't bore us, get to the chorus.

Nonetheless, exciting news about the new studio album!