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Swedish pop group Ace of Base was formed in Göteborg, Sweden in 1990.

The band’s original lineup consisted of Ulf Ekberg (Buddha), and siblings Jonas Berggren (Joker), Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren; the two Berggren sisters left in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and were replaced with Clara Hagman and Julia Williamson.

Ace Of Base broke through internationally in 1993 with the hit ‘All That She Wants’ and one year later with ‘The Sign’ worldwide. Their album ‘Happy Nation’ (released as ‘The Sign’ in the USA) went on to sell over 20 million copies.

Their second album, “The Bridge” released in 1995, was well received with the hit single ‘Beautiful Life’ breaking away from their reggae-pop sound into a more pop-dance sound. It seemed clear that with music tastes rapidly changing, the hype about the band died down, much to the relief of blonde singer Linn who decided to hand over power to her sister Jenny for their third album. “Flowers”, also known as “Cruel Summer” in America. It was released in 1998 and was not as popular as their first two albums.

Their fourth album, “Da Capo”, was released in 2002. Whilst well received by fans, Da Capo received little publicity from the new record company Universal after Mega Records ceased to exist in 2001.

Beautiful Life” is the title of a song by Swedish band Ace of Base, released in the Autumn of 1995. In North America it was the first single released from the band’s The Bridge; in Europe it followed “Lucky Love”.

The song was written on January 1, 1994 by band member Jonas Berggren while he was in the Canary Islands. His earlier song “The Sign” had just hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Berggren incorporated gospel elements into the song, and the single proved quite successful worldwide, reaching #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December, 1995 and on the UK Singles Chart. It also hit #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

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