Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Music From The Edge: Meja

Meja (pronounced May-a) had her first chart success as a member of the HiNRG group Legacy of Sound and their dance hit "Happy" in 1993.

Chart Info:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play #20
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales #7
Billboard Hot 100 #68
Top 40 Mainstream #29

Music Video: HAPPY -Legacy of Sound

Wanting more, Meja (born Meja Anna Pernilla Beckman in Stockholm Sweden) broke out on her own hoping to capitalize on the success of her Swede-pop counterparts Ace of Base and The Cardigans. Success did happen.................IN JAPAN...........

But in the U.S. her carreer stalled. Meja released her debut CD "Seven Sisters" (1999) to little more than a Billboard mention. Though this album sold over a million copies in Japan, it failed to chart in the U.S., despite having a catchy lead-off single in "All 'Bout The Money."

Chart Info:
Top 40 Mainstream #37
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales #36

(interestingly, Meja had more success on the Latin Radio [Latin Pop Airplay #28, Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay #31], which helped Meja secure a duet with Ricky Martin called "Private Emotion" - produced by Desmond Child).

Meja - All 'Bout The Money (The Remixes)

Bitrate: 320 Kbps

Track Listing:
1) Album Version
2) Hector's Radio Mix
3) Galaxy Of Stars Remix
4) Pierre J's Extended Version
5) DJ Zeb & Sezam's Radio Mix

An artist truly talented and truly overlooked here in the U.S. - Meja continues to make music and delight fans overseas.

Check out her Official Myspace (as her website is currently under construction).

I actually dedicate this song to my Brother ....who constantly reminds me that it really is "All 'Bout The Money." (Love ya Jimmy!!)