Meja Returns with ‘Blame It on the Shadows’


In the ‘90s, Meja recorded the hit singles ‘All ‘Bout the Money’ and ‘Private Emotion’ and now she’s back. ‘Blame It on the Shadows’ precedes the upcoming EP ‘Stroboscope Sky,’ which is set to debut in mid-December. Written by Meja and Nicolas Gunthardt, production is handled by Ebbot Lundberg (former singer of The Soundtrack of Our Lives).

Née Anna Pernilla Torndahl in 1969, she re-named herself Meja at the age of three. It became a legal registered name in Sweden in 1976.

She was initially a background singer for the Swedish group Rob n Raz DLC in 1991.Moving to the US in the early 90s, she returned to Sweden forming the dance project Legacy of Sound.

The 1994 Legacy of Sound album Tour de Force included the track ‘The Woman in Me’ which was recorded by Jessica Simpson featuring Destiny’s Child on the former’s album Sweet Kisses (1999).

Legacy of Sound – Happy

‘All ‘Bout the Money’ International Breakthrough

Her eponymous debut album from 1996 was followed by the 1998 sophomore set Seven Sisters. Meja worked with famous industry gurus such as Billy Steinberg, Jörgen Elofsson and Douglas Carr. It included ‘All ‘Bout the Money,’ which became an international hit. The track was actually featured in the Chevy Chase movie Funny Money back in 2006.

Ricky Martin featuring Meja – Private Emotion

‘All ‘Bout the Money’ spent 24 weeks on the Swedish singles chart, peaking at No.4. The set was later issued in the US by the Columbia C2 label. In 1999, Meja hit the charts with the Ricky Martin collaboration ‘Private Emotion.’ The track was written by Rob Hyman and Eric Baziian, while production was handled by by Desmond Child.

Celebrating her 20th anniversary in the music business, Meja says on her home page that she will introduce new collaborators, new music and a new vibe.

Listen to Meja’s ‘Blame it on the Shadows’ via Spotify



Heated Sex Debate Divides Sweden

CHART REFLECTION. A heated debate has sparked in Sweden, following the most recent addition of the popular program Allsång på Skansen. With approximately 1.6 million viewers, the music program which is hosted by pop singer Måns Zelmerlöw featured two of this year’s most popular Swedish artists Eric Amarillo and Veronica Maggio.

Sex Controversy

So, what’s the fuss all about? Sex. Sex. And a little bit more sex. Eric Amarillo spent six wix atop the singles tally in May-June with his infectious “Om sanningen ska fram.” In English, the song says “Seriously, would you lay with me” exemplifying all kinds of sacrifices a man can do for sex. Veronica Maggio’s “Jag kommer” (I’m coming) entered the singles chart in February, yet it didn’t reach the summit until May.  It sits at No.4 on last week’s chart and covers where and how a woman can reach her climax.

Both songs have been frequently played on radio and while the lyrics might be daring, this heated debate was only heated when these artists appeared on Allsång på Skansen. According to an online poll made by leading news daily Aftonbladet, Sweden is divided. 50 percent voted against the two artists’ participation, while the other 50 percent voted for.

Ricky Martin Set the Record

As children were singing to these tunes in the audience, many viewers feared that this was far from prudent. Eric Amarillo admits that he is used to a mature audience having performed on night clubs and discos. While Veronica Maggio doesn’t really touch on the subject, only hints.

25,000 people had joined the show at Skansen which is situated at central Stockholm. The record is 32,000 people set by Ricky Martin in 2001.

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