Linn Berggren
Swedish singer
Linn Berggren
Malin Sofia Katarina Berggren is a former member of the band Ace of Base. Having been interested and involved in music since her childhood, she formed the band in 1987, along with her sister Jenny, her brother Jonas and their friend Ulf Ekberg. Before forming Ace of Base, Malin sang in her church's choir. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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  • 2015
    Age 43
    As of 2015, Jonas confirmed he still sees Linn regularly and that she is enjoying a peaceful life with no interest in fame or returning to music.
    More Details Hide Details Linn has contributed vocals for all original Ace of Base songs except: Linn's writing credits for Ace of Base tracks: Linn's production credits for Ace of Base tracks:
  • 2007
    Age 35
    However, on 30 November 2007, Ulf stated in an interview that Malin Berggren had left the band and she would not be featured on the band's new album.
    More Details Hide Details The group had already been performing mostly without Linn as a trio for a solid decade before her departure. Band-mate and sister Jenny confirmed Linn's departure in the Danish press: "She hasn't been part of Ace of Base for several years," she stated in Se & Hør magazine. Ulf remarked: "She has no craving to be famous, she loved her fans, but the fame factor was not for her." The remaining band members promised Linn that they would never ask her to rejoin the band ever again. Linn's image was removed from most material on the band's official website but was reintroduced upon the release of Hidden Gems. Linn is multi-lingual: her primary language is Swedish, but she speaks fluent English and German; she also speaks Spanish, Russian and French. Other details of Linn's life, such as those of her life outside the band, are completely unknown to the public—whereas the other band members have been open about their relationships (Jonas and Jenny both have spouses, each with children, and Ulf has three children with his long-time girlfriend).
    In 2007, Linn provided backing vocals on the track "High Life" in Jenny's secondary band, Arose.
    More Details Hide Details According to an interview given by Ulf Ekberg on 20 June 2006, Malin returned to University and would record vocals on the band's new album.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    In October and November 2005, the band made appearances at a series of 15 concerts at the Night of the Proms in Belgium; as usual, Linn was "unable to attend", and only Jonas, Ulf, and Jenny made appearances at these concerts.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, it was mentioned that Ace of Base had recorded six new songs featuring vocals by both Malin and Jenny. Some of these tracks later surfaced on the 2015 release Hidden Gems.
    In the spring of 2005, interviews with Linn's sister Jenny seemed to indicate Linn's desire to return to the spotlight again, but Linn still remained hidden from the public and has not granted an interview with any news agency or media organization since the release of the "Our Story" documentary in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The public has not caught a glimpse of her in several years.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    On September 24, 2003, Linn's profile on the band's official website was updated, and it was noted that her favorite song from the Da Capo album was "Ordinary Day".
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  • 2002
    Age 30
    Her final appearance with Ace of Base was in the Unspeakable music video which was filmed in December 2002.
    More Details Hide Details This video featured Linn in her first and only close-up shots in a music video since 1996. Linn has not been pictured since that year.
    Her last public appearance was during the promotion of Da Capo in September 2002, where she showed up to a German television performance and mimed playing the keyboards in the background.
    More Details Hide Details A fan snapped a picture of a calm, smiling Linn outside the studio.
    Linn co-wrote three tracks with her fellow bandmates for Ace of Base's 2002 release Da Capo.
    More Details Hide Details However, her vocals appeared on fewer than half of the album's tracks.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    In the "C'est la Vie (Always 21)" music video, filmed in 1999, Linn's image was no longer blurred or out of focus, and she appeared to be happy and an active participant.
    More Details Hide Details However, she did still not mime during her parts in the song and her screen time was significantly less than her bandmates. A photoshoot taken at the same time similarly shows her more in the spotlight.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    Linn granted one final radio interview on Mix FM in Lebanon in 1998, where she talked about new album plans and sang "All That She Wants" a capella.
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    Linn infrequently took part in group interviews with her other band members throughout 1998 for the promotion of the Flowers album, however, her participation was minimal.
    More Details Hide Details In one such interview, Linn expressed her desire to further her music production skills.
    The first official press photos released for the Flowers / Cruel Summer albums, released on March 21, 1998, feature Linn in equal or greater focus than that of her bandmates.
    More Details Hide Details However, many future promotional materials for the albums, as well as those used in the album booklets, feature blurred, unsmiling, distinctly unhappy photographs of her. The Flowers album in particular uses the infamous 'blue lines' photograph, where Linn's unhappy image is bizarrely hidden behind the booklet's blue line design.
    Jonas claimed that Clive Davis's insistence of Linn to record "Everytime It Rains" for the Cruel Summer album in 1998 was "the tipping point" for Linn's withdrawal from the band and that it "was the worst thing for her."
    More Details Hide Details Jenny had recorded a version of the song, but Arista Records was unhappy with this version and pressed the band for Linn to record a version featuring only her vocals. Some fans believe Linn's odd behavior is explained in the lyrics of "Strange Ways", a track that she wrote and produced for The Bridge. In Linn's last personal television interview, from 1997, she stated her wish to "try what Jenny has done" by no longer being the focus of the band. The eight videos filmed after this interview have mostly complied with her wishes.
    In 1998 when Linn walked off the set of the "Cruel Summer" video in Rome, her manager said it was because she did not wish to appear in the foreground of the video.
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  • 1997
    Age 25
    The band's management and record companies have explained Linn's odd behavior inconsistently over the years. In 1997, when Linn did not perform at the World Music Awards, Claes Cornelius at Mega Records said it was because she did not wish to wear the heavy make-up the performance would have required.
    More Details Hide Details The band performed "Ravine" with Linn pretending to play keyboards in the far background of the stage.
    From 1997 onwards, her appearance in the band's music videos became much less than it had been in previous videos.
    More Details Hide Details She no longer mimed her vocal parts in the videos and her screen time was drastically shortened. Her image in the videos became at times blurred ("Cruel Summer") or almost nonexistent ("Travel to Romantis"). Linn has not granted a personal television interview since that year. The other band members, too, have been somewhat reluctant to explain what has happened to Ace of Base's former lead singer.
    Beginning in 1997, Linn appeared at her band's concerts only to perform in the background behind keyboards.
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    In 1997, it was reported that Linn would venture into a solo project, releasing the song "Lapponia", which was previously submitted for inclusion on The Bridge and later for Flowers.
    More Details Hide Details The song was to be accompanied by a documentary about Samar culture. Despite this, the song never received an official release.
    On the contrary, in 1997 Linn said: "I wanted to sing; I never wanted to be a singer".
    More Details Hide Details Linn's vocal range is contralto; she is recognized by her distinguishable vibrato and expressive, unique voice. During the promotion for Ace of Base's first album, Linn was the principal lead vocalist for the majority of the singles and was generally the focus in the videos, although on some singles ("The Sign", "Waiting for Magic") and album tracks Jenny and Linn shared leads. Linn had a somewhat minor role in the composition of Happy Nation and The Sign, only having co-writing credits on one track on a re-release of the former. She was influential in the development of "All That She Wants", demanding that the track be changed from major key to minor. The focus in both vocals and media became more equal with her younger sister, Jenny, during the release of their second album, The Bridge. Linn had a bigger role in the composition of The Bridge and wrote and produced several songs for the album.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    The members of the band have stated that she has always been a shy and retiring person and was happy to let Jenny lead the band, although a knife attack on Jenny and her mother in 1994 was also said to be in part responsible for her reluctance to appear in public.
    More Details Hide Details The attacker was a German girl, later arrested, who claimed to be targeting Linn.
  • 1990
    Age 18
    When Ace of Base was signed to Danish label Mega Records in 1990, Malin, or Linn as she became known, chose to put her teaching career on hold.
    More Details Hide Details But while her sister Jenny has stated she always wanted to be a singer, Linn has never said anything similar.
  • 1970
    Age -2
    Born on October 31, 1970.
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