Friday, September 17, 2010

Tribute to M2M

Yesterday was a holiday for us Malaysians ~ Celebrating Malaysian Day

M2M was a Norwegian pop music duo formed by Marion Elise Raven and Marit Elisabeth Larsen. They released three albums under Atlantic Records and Warner Music: Shades of Purple, The Big Room, and The Day You Went Away: The Best of M2M, a greatest hits album released by their record label after M2M disbanded.

okay I cheated I Wikpedia them ~


Raven and Larsen had known each other since they were five. They formed a duet in the mid-1990s. Initially, they wanted to call themselves M&M, a combination of their initials. The name was already taken, though, by both a candy brand and the notable rapper Eminem, so the teenagers decided to call themselves M2M instead.[1] The group's first single, "Don't Say You Love Me", appeared in 1999, and was featured on the soundtrack of Pokémon: The First Movie (albeit with a small edit to the lyrics).[2]album, Shades of Purple, in 2000, which debuted at number one in Norway and several AsianTop 40 in most other countries. In September that year, they toured with Hanson, performing as the boys' opening act. Earlier in the year, they performed a concert special at Epcot in Walt Disney World, broadcast on April 29, 2002, under the name "M2M and BBMak in Concert", performing six songs with breaks in between of them walking around the park and seeing the sites. The movie helped the song to reach success worldwide and the duo released their first countries and in the
Four more singles were released from the album: "Mirror Mirror", "The Day You Went Away", "Pretty Boy" and "Everything You Do". Their trilingualism made them popular in Asia as they released several songs sung in Mandarin such as "Pretty Boy". However, they did not record a Mandarin version of their hit "The Day You Went Away", and Taiwanese singer Cyndi Wang recorded her own version.

In 2002, the duo returned with a more mature, less pop-oriented sound with their second album, The Big Room. In two years, their voices had changed, especially Raven's. The first single from the album was "Everything" followed by "What You Do About Me". They did not release a third single, even though "Don't" was released to U.S. and Latin America's radio stations and "Wanna Be Where You Are" was released in the Philippines. The promotion for their second record included TV appearances that year, such as a spot on the WB's Dawson's Creek, appearing in the 100th episode of the show towards the end of its fifth year. That year, they also took part in the Pantene Pro-Voice concert series that aired on the now defunct MuchMusic USA.[3] While on tour with Jewel,[4] M2M was dropped by Atlantic Records, who cited a lack of record sales, although the album did do well in Norway, Asia and Australia

[edit] Break up
Although M2M was the most popular Norwegian female band, the most successful, and the youngest artist to get an international career after a-ha, the duo eventually split in September of that year. They are currently performing as solo artists, now going by their own names.

Marion Raven 
 In 2005 Marion released her debut solo album Here I Am, which spawned singles 'End Of Me' and 'Break You'. They received massive radioplay and video rotation in Asia. She dropped Atlantic Records and signed to an indie label to release her Heads Will Roll EP, which she worked on with Nikki Sixx, and sang on Meatloaf's re-recorded 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now'. In 2007, she released Set Me Free and promoted it extensively around Europe. She is rumoured to release an album later this year under Universal Music.
Falling Away on Youtube

Marit's been keeping it on the down low and kept pretty local in Norway with the exception of a few international appearances. She released her debut solo record titled Under The Surface in 2006 in Norway (and later Thailand and India). It received positive reviews and won her several accolades. After a quiet lull, Marit has resurfaced with a brand new track on her MySpace, 'If A Song Could Get Me You'. It seems that Marit is set to unleash her second album The Chase on 13 October under EMI.

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