First things first, I am neither from Norway, nor do I speak the language or have any connection to the country. The only thing I did, I spend 2 summer vacations there and went to places like Oslo, Lillehammer, Bergen. Have seen the Nigardsbreen, Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord. Took the Flamsbana to Myrdal discovered a lemming, saw many waterfalls, met nice people, …
Hope that one day I will be able to go there for another visit.
Here is some music I heard over the years either from a Norwegian artist or band. If you listen to something from Norway or did in the past, share it …
This woman was my first Norwegian singer I encountered as a kid, without even knowing at first where she came from, I liked her accent and the funny songs she sang.
The next artists I came in contact with was A-ha in my teenager days. I was into art back then so this song in combination with that voice and the video, … Sorry, I am just a girl …
One band that didn’t make it that big, but was played on MTV back in the days Fra Lippo Lippi
Another musician who is far older than all of them together, I guess everyone has listened to this music before Edvard Grieg and his famous piece Peer Gynt.
On my journey in Norway I found out about this singer Sissel here in a duet with Espen Lind.
And last but not least the band I kind of always want to say they come from Finland, but are actually from Norway, the reason why I often get confused as there was a band of the same name before spelled slightly different.
Ah, yes Norway likes to take part on the Eurovision Songcontest, and they won a few times.
I don’t think k-pop is very popular in Norway, but BTS and Blackpink are on the radio at least. Small, incremental steps of progress.
But Norwegians are often producers for others. Sort of behind the scenes.
Edit: on the Norwegian Wikipedia page I found the following:
I Norge er det særlig tre aktører som er sentrale i produksjonen av K-pop: Dsign music, DeepFrost, og Ingrid Margrethe Skretting/Jan Lysdal. Av disse har Dsign Music produsert klart flest låter, har høyest salg, og de har også har vunnet flere priser. Sistnevnte har skrevet låter for artister som Girls’ Generation, EXO, og Super Junior.
I 2002 produserte låtskriverne Håvid Engmark, Alf Gunnar Nilsen, og Bjørnar Løberg det som kan klassifiseres som den første norskproduserte K-pop-låta – uten å selv være klar over det på det tidspunktet. De hadde skrevet “Perfect Tragedy” for Don Ramage og den norske finalen i Melodi Grand Prix, men etter å ha kommet nest sist ble låta plukket opp i Sør-Korea og nyinnspilt av gruppa TVXQ. Den nye versjonen ble sluppet i 2005 med tittelen “Hi Ya Ya on a Summer’s Day.”
They mention three producers/song writers, but particularly Dsign music who composed for GG, EXO and SuperJunior