One of the most successful pop groups ever in the planet, Ace of Base, has announced the worldwide release on 6 March 2015 of album titled Hidden Gems, consisting in previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1991 and 2006.
On Hidden Gems, ten previously unreleased songs are unveiled to the public for the very first time as well as five rare b-sides and bonus tracks so far only available in selected territories (rare alternative takes.) Most of the songs are full blown recordings, left out of the original albums for various reasons.
The release is in celebration of 20 years since being Nr 1 on the US Billboard charts with their debut album ‘The Sign’ by releasing a collection of previously unreleased tracks.
Ace of Base was formed in Sweden in 1990. They have sold almost 40 million copies worldwide of their first four studio albums. Since 2007 toured Asia frequently, including holding concerts in Singapore several times.
The rumors that spread through the fan chat-rooms that Jonas Berggren has been sitting on a mountain of unreleased material – are true, writes their record label Playground.
“Now we are proud to announce the release of Ace of Base – ‘Hidden Gems’. The album digs deep into their vault and pulls out tracks that have never been heard before – from varying eras in their extensive career, combining this with rare b-sides and rare bonus tracks. The tracks were chosen by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg of Ace of Base.”
The band’s original lineup consisted of Ulf Ekberg (Buddha), and siblings Jonas Berggren (Joker), Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren; the two Berggren sisters left in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and were replaced with Clara Hagman and Julia Williamson.