Anita Hegerland

Anita Hegerland (born 3 March 1961 in Sandefjord) is Norway’s most selling solo artist.[1] She is a singer and actress, most known for her childhood career in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and subsequent vocal contributions to Mike Oldfield's work, among others. She is one of Norway’s best-selling female artists in history.[2] In 1971, she was, along with Michael Jackson, the world’s best-selling child singers.[3]

Anita Hegerland
Born (1961-03-03) 3 March 1961 (age 60)
Sandefjord, Norway
GenresPop, pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1969–present
Associated actsMike Oldfield, Roy Black, Robin Millar, Björn Skifs, Benny Borg
Websitewww.anitahegerland.de

At age 10, she became Norway’s first artist to sell over a million copies.[4][5] She is one of the best-selling solo singers in Norway, with sales of more than 7 million albums and singles. Her songs have been released on nearly 30 million albums worldwide, most of which are with Roy Black and Mike Oldfield.[6]

She is also an actress and has appeared in Norwegian, German, Swiss, and Austrian films and television series.[7] She has participated in Melodi Grand Prix in 1971 («Gi meg en zebra»), 1972 («Happy Hippie»), 1983 («Nå er jeg alene»), and in 2009 («Party»). She came in as number four in 1971 and number three in 1972.[8][9]

Hegerland had the biggest hit in Germany of any Norwegian artist ever, in front of Lene Nystrøm (AQUA), Marit Larsen, Madcon, and A-ha.

For more than 20 years she had the record in Sweden as the singer who was the longest on Svensktoppen, the main music charts.

BiographyEdit

Hegerland was discovered at age 8 by Fredrik Friis during a Christmas show where she was performing.[10] Hegerland's musical career took off in 1970 with "Mitt sommarlov" performed in Swedish (transl: My Summer Vacation) in the Scandinavian countries. It spent 22 weeks on Norway's singles chart, with three weeks at #1,[11] and the song was also a #1 hit in Sweden during fives weeks. In 1971 she released a single with German artist Roy Black; "Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein (It's beautiful to be in the world)" in German-speaking countries. The song was recorded both with German and Norwegian vocals. It sold over 2 million copies (of which more than 1.3 million came from Germany),[10] and spent 30 weeks on the singles chart (top peak #3) in Norway.

In total, she had four different albums on the Norwegian chart as a child star. The last one was released in 1973 (when she was 12 years old). She participated in the Norwegian final (for entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1971), but did not win. She continued as a pop singer in Germany and Scandinavia for several years and then pursued an adult vocal career.

She met British musician Mike Oldfield while performing on his non-album single "Pictures in the Dark" in 1985. She also performed the songs "The Time Has Come", "North Point" and "When The Night's On Fire" on Oldfield's 1987 album Islands, and two of his biggest hit songs: "Pictures In The Dark" and "Innocent", from his 1989 album Earth Moving. She and Oldfield lived together from 1985-1991 and they have two children, Greta and Noah,[12][13] and until recently lived on Nesøya island near Oslo with her partner, Jock Loveband. In 1999, their daughter Kaja was born.

Hegerland released a new album called Starfish in 2011, a pop/rock album produced by Ronni Le Tekrø (TNT). This album was #1 for 39 weeks between November 2011 and November 2012, on Meteli.net, a Finnish downloading site.

Awards and nominationsEdit

At nine years old in 1970 she became the youngest person to ever appear in the Swedish Svensktoppen.[14] She has appeared on Billboard’s top ten in several countries, including Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and West Germany.[15][16][17] She was awarded the Norwegian gold record award for "Mitt sommarlov" (1970), which reached top rankings on VG-lista in Norway and Svensktoppen in Sweden. Another song, "Da er det skjønt å være til", appeared on VG-lista for 30 weeks in 1972.[18]

The German newspaper Bildzeitung awarded her song “Schön ist es auf der zu welt” to the Schlager of all time in Germany.[19]

On August 8, 2015, she was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.[20]

DiscographyEdit

  • 1970: Trollmannen Lurifiks Og Mange Andre
  • 1970: Trylletrall
  • 1980: Anita Hegerland
  • 1983: All the Way
  • 1985: Flørt
  • 1994: Voices
  • 2000: Anitas beste barnesanger
  • 2011: Starfish

She also appears on a number of other albums, including a number of albums with Mike Oldfield such as Islands (1987),[21] Earth Moving (1989) and Heaven's Open (1991). She is a vocalist on Oldfield’s single "In The Dark", which reached 50th in the United Kingdom in 1985.[22]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Ighanian, Catherine Gonsholt (March 14, 2020). “Anita Hegerland: − Klart man blir fortvilet”. Verdens Gang. Retrieved on August 26, 2021, from https://www.vg.no/rampelys/musikk/i/MRbXPE/anita-hegerland-klart-man-blir-fortvilet
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