Happy Nation

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Happy Nation
Happy nation.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 November 1992
Recorded1992
Length49:21
Label
Producer
Ace of Base chronology
Happy Nation
(1992)
The Sign
(1993)
Alternative cover
U.S. version (re-release)
U.S. version (re-release)
Singles from Happy Nation
  1. "Wheel of Fortune"
    Released: 1992
  2. "All That She Wants"
    Released: 1992
  3. "Happy Nation"
    Released: 1992
  4. "Waiting for Magic"
    Released: 1993
  5. "The Sign"
    Released: 1993
  6. "Don't Turn Around"
    Released: 1994
  7. "Living in Danger"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[1]

Happy Nation is the debut studio album by Swedish pop group Ace of Base. It was initially released in Denmark on 2 November 1992 by Mega Records. During development of the record, the group was heavily influenced by a Jamaican reggae band residing in a nearby studio.[2] For a release in North America, Japan and some Latin American countries, the album was retitled The Sign with a heavily revised track listing and three new tracks. To coincide with this, Happy Nation was reissued with the new tracks in other territories as Happy Nation (U.S. Version). In 1995, Guinness Book of World Records named the LP the best-selling debut studio effort in music history, at more than 19 million copies sold worldwide.[3] By 1998, Happy Nation/The Sign had sold approximately 21 million units including 9 million in the US alone.[4] Happy Nation/The Sign is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Background and release[edit]

Speaking with Music & Media magazine about the album, Metronome Records managing director Albert Slendebroek said of the album:

Everything was being driven by grunge or techno, then suddenly these people arrived and did something which was completely different and happy and simple. I just think they write brilliant pop tunes and it hit a nerve at the time. (...) I think they've developed their own style. If you listen to the radio and you hear a record, you immediately recognise that it's Ace of Base.

— Albert Slendebroek, [5]

Following its initial release in Denmark in November 1992, Happy Nation was gradually released across Europe throughout 1993; first in Norway in January, then in Sweden and Germany in February, and in the UK in June. It would also be released in Africa, and Latin America, and reached the number one position in at least 10 countries.

Happy Nation (U.S. Version) came on 22 November 1993 to coincide with the album's release in North America under the title The Sign. This edition included the new tracks "The Sign", "Living in Danger", and the Tina Turner cover "Don't Turn Around", along with a remix of "Waiting for Magic" and a version of "Voulez-Vous Danser" with revised vocals. It also included the new track "Hear Me Calling", which did not appear on The Sign. The songs "Münchhausen (Just Chaos)" and "Dimension of Depth" from the original album were removed altogether. The new version of the album was released in the UK on 14 March 1994, and climbed to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart on 26 June, beating the number 21 peak of the original release.

In 2016, Russian label Mirumir released an "Ultimate Edition" on vinyl containing the original track list from the 1992 release, the additional tracks from The Sign/Happy Nation (U.S. Version) releases and the iTunes bonuses from the three releases.

Track listing[edit]

Happy Nation – original version (1992)[6]
No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Voulez-Vous Danser"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:17
2."All That She Wants"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:30
3."Münchhausen (Just Chaos)"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:27
4."Happy Nation"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:11
5."Waiting for Magic"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
5:17
6."Fashion Party"JokerJoker
  • Joker
  • Johnny Lindén[a]
  • Martin Selwall[b]
4:10
7."Wheel of Fortune"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:52
8."Dancer in a Daydream"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:37
9."My Mind" (mindless mix)
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:09
10."Wheel of Fortune" (original club mix)
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:58
11."Dimension of Depth"N/AJoker
  • Joker
  • Buddha[b]
1:45
12."Young and Proud"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:54
13."All That She Wants" (Banghra version)
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Denniz Pop
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:14
Happy Nation – remastered standard version (bonus track)[7]
No.TitleLength
14."Moogoperator"3:31
Happy Nation – U.S. version[8]
No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."All That She Wants"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Denniz Pop
3:30
2."Don't Turn Around"
  • Hammond
  • Warren
  • Tommy Ekman
  • Per Adebratt
3:48
3."Young and Proud"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:56
4."The Sign"
  • Joker
Joker
  • Joker
  • Denniz Pop
  • Douglas Carr
  • Buddha[d]
3:08
5."Living in Danger"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Ekman
  • Adebratt
  • T.O.E.C.[d]
3:41
6."Voulez-Vous Danser"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:17
7."Happy Nation"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:13
8."Hear Me Calling"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Linn
  • Jenny
  • Buddha
  • Stonestream[a]
  • John Ballard[a]
3:48
9."Waiting for Magic" (total remix 7")
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Buddha
  • Stonestream
3:50
10."Fashion Party"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
Joker4:10
11."Wheel of Fortune"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
3:52
12."Dancer in a Daydream"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:37
13."My Mind" (mindless mix)
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:08
14."All That She Wants" (Banghra version)
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Denniz Pop
4:14
15."Happy Nation" (Remix)
  • Joker
  • Buddha[c]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:45
Happy Nation – remastered U.S. version (bonus track)[9]
No.TitleLength
16."Giving It Up" (Ace Version)3:29
Happy Nation - China edition[10]
No.TitleLength
1."All That She Wants"3:30
2."Happy Nation"4:11
3."Wheel of Fortune" (original club mix)3:58
4."Voulez-Vous Danser"3:17
5."Young and Proud"3:54
6."Dancer in a Daydream"3:37
7."Wheel of Fortune"3:52
8."Waiting for Magic"5:17
9."My Mind" (mindless mix)4:09
10."Fashion Party"4:10
11."All That She Wants" (Banghra version)4:14
Happy Nation – U.S. version (All That She Wants: The Classic Collection)
No.TitleLength
14."All That She Wants" (Banghra version)4:14

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies re-editing
  • ^[c] signifies rap lyrics
  • ^[d] signifies pre-production
  • ^[e] signifies a remixer

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Denmark 2 November 1992 Mega
Germany 22 February 1993 PolyGram
United Kingdom 7 June 1993 London Records 90
Europe (re-issue) 22 November 1993 Mega / PolyGram
United Kingdom (re-issue) 14 March 1994 London Records 90

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 9
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Belgian (Flanders) Album Chart 3
Danish Albums Chart 1
Dutch Albums Chart 2
Finnish Albums Chart 2
French Albums Chart 1
German Albums Chart 1
Greek Albums Chart 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[11] 1
Israeli Albums Chart 1
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Portuguese Albums Chart 1
Scottish Albums Chart 3
Spanish Albums Chart 5
Swedish Albums Chart 3
Swiss Albums Chart 2
UK Albums Chart 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[13] Platinum 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[14] 2× Platinum 197,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[15] Gold 82,715[15]
France (SNEP)[17] Diamond 1,295,500[16]
Germany (BVMI)[18] 3× Platinum 1,500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[19] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[22] Platinum 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[23]
Happy Nation (US version)
Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] 2× Platinum 600,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th Concise ed.). United Kingdom: Omnibus Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-84609-856-7.
  2. ^ "Ulf Ekberg (Ace of Base): The Interview". EuroMenTravel. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ Tortorici, Frank (2000-05-18). "Ace of Base's Jenny Berggren". MTV. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  4. ^ Ferro, Charles (30 May 1998). "Ace Of Base Sprouts 'Flowers'". Billboard. p. 70. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  5. ^ Stratton, Sally. "Radio Plays Key Role In New Ace Of Base Album" (PDF). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ The Sign (booklet). Ace of Base. Mega Records. 1992. MRCD 3206.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  8. ^ The Sign (booklet). Ace of Base. Mega Records. 1993. MRCD 3239.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  10. ^ "Cartula Trasera De Ace Of Base". Coveralia.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Archívum › Kereső - előadó/cím szerint". Mahasz. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Aria Albums Chart 1994". Aria Charts. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Ace of Base – Happy Nation" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  14. ^ Heick, Annette (1993-06-13). "Dobbelt platin". BT (in Danish). Copenhagen.
  15. ^ a b "Ace of Base" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  16. ^ "Les Albums Diamant :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  17. ^ "French album certifications – Ace of Base – Happy Nation" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Ace Of Base; 'Happy Nation')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  19. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Ace of Base – Happy Nation" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Happy Nation in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  20. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Ace of Base – Happy Nation". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  21. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 937. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  22. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Ace of Base; 'Happy Nation')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Ace of Base; 'Happy Nation (U.S. version)')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Ace of Base – Happy Nation". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Happy Nation in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.