Sven Anders Bagge (Swedish pronunciation: [svɛn ˈânːdɛʂ ˈbǎɡːɛ]; born 16 January 1968) is a Swedish composer, lyricist, musician and record producer.

Anders Bagge
Anders Bagge in 2022
Born (1968-01-16) 16 January 1968 (age 56)
Occupation(s)Songwriter, music producer

Bagge is a member of the songwriter and producer duo Bagge & Peer, together with Peer Åström. He is also known for his frequent appearances as a judge on the TV series Idol on the Swedish TV4 channel, and for being a co-founder of the Stockholm-based music production company Murlyn Music Group.

Early life edit

Bagge grew up in a family of musicians. His father, Sven-Olof Bagge, also worked as a producer and songwriter during the 20th century.[1] Looking up to his father, Anders began practicing the trumpet and piano as a child.[2] At seventeen years old, he started producing. By his early twenties, he started discovering artists.[3] He also worked for some time with Cheiron before deciding to work independently.[3]

Music career edit

In the early 1990s, Bagge was a member of the group Legacy of Sound.[4] He formed Murlyn in 1997, and would have a big hit the following year, co-writing and co-producing the song Because of You, performed by the American boy band 98 Degrees, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum in the United States.[5]

He has written and produced songs for Westlife, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Madonna, Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Anastacia, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Samantha Mumba, Lara Fabian, Enrique Iglesias, Ace of Base and Ashley Tisdale, among others.[6] In 2005, he was awarded Best Pop Song at the BMI London Awards, for producing Janet Jackson's "All Nite (Don't Stop)."[7]

Bagge has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twice as a songwriter, both times representing Azerbaijan; in 2010 with the song "Drip Drop" performed by Safura Alizadeh,[8] and in 2012 with the song "When the Music Dies", performed by Sabina Babayeva.[9] In 2022, he participated as a solo performer in Melodifestivalen with the song "Bigger than the Universe", hoping to represent his native Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[10] In the final, the song received the highest number of audience points, but ultimately finished second to Cornelia Jakobs' "Hold Me Closer".

Other ventures edit

Bagge is known in Sweden for his many TV appearances, including as a judge on talent shows Idol[11] and Made in Sweden,[12][13] and as a contestant in Körslaget,[14] Hela kändis-Sverige bakar,[15] and Masked Singer Sverige.[16]

Personal life edit

Bagge was married to Laila Bagge Wahlgren between 1994 and 2001.[17] In August 2018, Bagge married Johanna Lind.[18][19] Their wedding was the subject of a reality TV series, Cirkus Bagge, on Sjuan.[20]

Bagge was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2013.[21]

Discography edit

Singles edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Bigger than the Universe" 2022 2 Non-album single

References edit

  1. ^ "Anders Bagge – Skrivstugan vid vattnet". Villalivet. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Wellobe: Gå ner i vikt på ett hälsosamt sätt". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Fyra musikstudios och spa – paret Bagge visar upp sitt lyxiga hem". Sköna hem. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Blyg Bagge var grodman". Expressen. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  5. ^ "HitQuarters: Interview with Anders Bagge". Archived from the original on 22 August 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Anders Bagge siktar mot Turin". Göteborgs-Posten. 16 February 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  7. ^ "BMI Honors Top European Writers, Publishers at 2005 London Awards; Steve Winwood Named a BMI Icon". BMI. 28 November 2005. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Anders Bagge bakom Azerbajdzjans låt". Expressen. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  9. ^ "BBC One - Eurovision Song Contest, 2012, Azerbaijan - "When the Music Dies" performed by Sabina Babayeva". BBC. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Melodifestivalen 2022 heat 3 results: Anders Bagge and Faith Kakembo qualify for final". wiwibloggs. 19 February 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Ny idoljury tog över 2008". Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Made in Sweden följer Laila, Anders och Andreas bakom kulisserna | expressen-TV". Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  13. ^ "Play får andra chans i "Made in Sweden"". 13 January 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2022 – via Svenska Dagbladet.
  14. ^ "Bagge lämnade Körslaget: Kände på mig det". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  15. ^ Sjögren, Helena (15 May 2017). "Anders Bagge nervös inför "Hela kändis-Sverige bakar"". Elle. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  16. ^ Rydberg, Alva (14 May 2021). "Sjöbjörnen och Draken tvingas lämna "Masked singer"". Expressen. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  17. ^ Fouchenette, Mimmi (26 July 2021). "Laila Bagge berättar om beslutet att behålla ex-maken Anders Bagges efternamn – verkliga orsaken". Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  18. ^ "Anders Bagge om bröllopsresan: "Vi vill träffa djur"". Aftonbladet. Archived from the original on 17 November 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Anders Bagge brast ut i tårar – när han fick se sin brud gå upp för altargången". Expressen. Archived from the original on 30 October 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  20. ^ Högström, Henrik (27 August 2018). "Anders Bagges bröllop blir tv-program – Cirkus Bagge!". Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  21. ^ Färsjö, Therese (18 August 2014). "Anders Bagge: "Jag har hittat mig själv"" [Anders Bagge: "I have found myself"]. Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  22. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 10". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 12 March 2022.

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