jrk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the avant-pop Icelandic sextet the Sugarcubes, but when she launched a solo career after the group's 1992 demise, she quickly eclipsed her old band's popularity.
Instead of following in the Sugarcubes' arty guitar rock pretensions, Bjrk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggest names in the genre, including Nellee Hooper, Underworld, and Tricky.
For the next four years, the group maintained a successful cult following in the U. The previous year, she had sung on 808 State's "Ooops," which sparked her interest in club and house struck up a working relationship with Nellee Hooper, a producer who had formerly worked with Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. singles — including "Venus as a Boy," "Big Time Sensuality," and the non-LP "Play Dead," a collaboration with David Arnold taken from the film Young Americans — as well as modern rock radio hits in the U. At the end of the year, NME magazine named Debut the album of the year, while she won International Female Solo Artist and Newcomer at the BRIT Awards; Debut went gold in the U. K.; Telegram was released in America in January 1997.
At the age of 11, her eponymous first album was released; the record contained covers of several pop songs, including the Beatles' "Fool on the Hill," and boasted artwork from her mother and guitar work from her stepfather.
Bjrk became a hit within Iceland and was not released in any other country.
Debut, her first solo effort (except for an Icelandic-only smash released when she was just 11 years old), not only established her new artistic direction, but it became an international hit, making her one of the '90s most unlikely stars.
Though the title of Debut implied that it was Bjrk's first-ever solo project, she had actually been a professional vocalist since she was a child.