Lene Marlin

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Lene Marlin

I’m sitting down here, but hey you can’t see me? We can, Lene Marlin!

by Christopher Smith

Twenty years ago, nineteen year old Norwegian singer Lene Marlin Pederson had a big chart hit with her second single “Sitting Down Here”. She had topped the Norwegian singles chart the previous year with “Unforgivable Sinner”, but it was “Sitting Down Here” that would give her a top ten hit all across Europe, ‘down under’ and further afield. She would top the chart with her debut album “Playing My Game”, but what happened after that and where is she now?

With “Unforgivable Sinner”, Tromsø born singer and songwriter Lene Marlin got a number one single with her first release in her home country as well as reaching the top in Italy and the top five in Sweden (the song peaked at No.13 in the UK). Lene released her debut long player the following August (1999) which would receive a triple Platinum certification in Norway and a Platinum disc in both France and the UK. The album was a top ten hit across much of Europe and In New Zealand. The second single “Sitting Down Here” followed in September that year reaching No.2 in Norway, No.5 in the UK and becoming a sizable hit in over a dozen other countries globally.

Lene released just one more track from the album, “Where I’m Headed”, before taking some time to deliver her next project, entitled “Another Day”, some four years later. The album was preceded by the single “You Weren’t There”, which gave Lene her second chart topper in her home country and her third number one in Italy. It fared less well elsewhere, stalling at No.31 in the UK and missing the chart completely in Germany and many other parts of Europe. “Another Day” would top the Norwegian album chart and peak at No.3 in Italy, becoming a more moderate ‘hit’ elsewhere. The title track and “Sorry” were later released as independent singles but both sadly registered little support. A more conventional gap of two years existed between “Another Day” and her next album “Lost In A Moment”, which was delivered in June 2005. The album featured the single “How Would It Be?”, which made No.11 in Norway and No.16 in Italy. Neither “What If…” or “Sit Here” charted anywhere.

Lene made a return to the top ten in 2009 with the singles “Here We Are” and “Worth It”, a duet with fellow Norwegian singer Aleksander With, making No.3 that year. “Here We Are” was the first single from her fourth studio album “Twist The Truth”, which peaked at No.3 in Norway and completed a big comeback for her in her home territory. In 2013, Lene released a greatest hits album and achieved three more singles chart entries including “Engler i sneen” (Angels In The Snow) a duet with Kurt Nilsen, the winner of the 2003 Norway Pop Idol contest, which made No.7 and, to date, is Lene’s last Norwegian chart showing. Lene’s success in 2009 can perhaps be traced to her new found career as a songwriter. She wrote the title track to Rihanna’s 2007 album “Good Girl Gone Bad”, which has sold over nine million copies worldwide as well as writing songs for many home grown and emerging artists.

Lene has presented TV shows and given lectures about music in recent years as well as opening up about her struggles with depression and suicide as a result of her success and fame she had to contend with at the beginning of her career. Lene made a return this year (2019) to the public eye when she became a judge on the Norwegian series of The Voice, however, to date, there are no plans to record and release music for herself. Perhaps someday soon, Lene will bless us all with her sweet and angelic vocals, just as she did at the very end of the last century…

Lene Marlin 2019

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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