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"Björk Guðmundsdóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: "[ˈpjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtoʊhtɪr], born November 21, 1965), known "mononymously as Björk ("/ˈbjɜːrk/), is an "Icelandic "singer-songwriter, "multi-instrumentalist, "producer and occasional "actress. She initially became known as the "lead singer of the "alternative rock band "the Sugarcubes, whose 1987 single ""Birthday" was a hit on US and UK indie stations and a favorite among music critics. Björk began her career as a solo artist in 1993. Her first album, "Debut, was rooted in "electronic dance music, "house, "jazz and "trip hop, and is widely credited as one of the first albums to introduce electronic dance music into mainstream pop. Now in the third decade of her solo career, Björk has developed an "eclectic musical style that incorporates aspects of "dance, "rock, "jazz, "electronic, "classical, and "avant-garde music.

Björk has had 30 singles reach the Top 40 on pop charts around the world, with 22 Top 40 hits in the UK (including the "Top 10 hits ""It's Oh So Quiet" (#4), ""Army of Me" (#10), and ""Hyperballad" (#8)), 11 in Ireland, eight in Italy, four in France, and two in Australia. Additionally, ""Big Time Sensuality", ""Hyperballad", and ""I Miss You" were number one "Dance Hits in the US. Björk's record label, "One Little Indian, reported that she had sold more than 15 million albums by 2003, and prior to the release of "Biophilia in 2011, media outlets reported that Björk's first six studio albums had sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. In 2013, "NME reported that "Debut alone had sold 4.7 million copies worldwide.

Björk has won four "BRIT Awards, four "MTV Video Music Awards, one "MOJO Award, three "UK Music Video Awards, 21 Icelandic Music Awards and, in 2010, the "Polar Music Prize from the "Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her "deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice." She has also been nominated for 14 "Grammy Awards (plus two for art direction on her album sleeves, done by others), one "Academy Award, and two "Golden Globe Awards. She won the "Best Actress Award at the "2000 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in "Dancer in the Dark. Her 2011 album, "Biophilia, was the first album to be released as a series of interactive apps, and in 2014 these apps were the first ever to be inducted into the "Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. A full-scale retrospective exhibition dedicated to Björk will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 2015, one of the few musicians to land one.

Music critics have consistently championed Björk's body of work, praising her innovative approach to singing and composition, her pioneering use of electronic beats, her groundbreaking music videos, and, above all, her singular voice, describing her as "the most important and forward-looking musician of her generation" and "the best non-pop female vocalist of the last 30 years." Björk has been ranked twenty-ninth in "VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Music", eighth in "MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music", sixtieth in "Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", and was recognized in "NPR's "50 Great Voices" feature for her "celestial voice." ("Full article...)

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""Matthew Herbert provided beat and programming for the song which he also remixed

""Mutual Core" is a song recorded by "Icelandic singer-songwriter "Björk for her seventh studio album "Biophilia (2011). It was written and produced by Björk herself, while programming and beats were made in collaboration with "Matthew Herbert and English dubstep band "16bit. "Mutual Core" is an "uptempo "experimental song. Its music includes "Pipe organ, "electronica-tinged sounds and features the "Choir Graduale Nobili, the choir featured on Biophilia. The song's lyrics are a metaphor for human relationships, compared to the structure of the "Earth and "Plate tectonics. The song was well received by contemporary "music critics, who compared its sound to the work of "The Chemical Brothers and praised its production and beats, moreover appreciating Björk's voice on the track.

As with all the songs on Biophilia, an app was made for the song, which features a video game in which the player have to move geological layers as an "accordion to play "chords. Though the song wasn't released as a single, a music video was produced, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang. Björk promoted the song by performing it throughout her "Biophilia Tour.

Three remixes by "Matthew Herbert, 16bit and "These New Puritans were released as part of "Biophilia Remix Series. The Matthew Herbert's and the These New Puritans remixes were later included on "bastards (2012). On July 2012, the "online music store "Beatport announced a fan contest in which "Mutual Core" had to be remixed, to be released afterwards on a remix package.

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""Björk performing at Big Day Out in Victoria, Australia in 2008, as part of the Volta Tour
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Björk performing at "Big Day Out in Victoria, Australia in 2008, as part of the "Volta Tour

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