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Madcon Biography

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Birth Place: Norway
Years Active: 1992–present
Genres: Urban, Pop, Electropop, Dance, Hip Hop

Madcon is a Norwegian dance/hip hop duo comprised of Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Tshawe Baqwa. Their musical style is a retro-urban mix with influences from funk, soul and hip hop with additional elements from reggae, Latin and African music.

Madcon released their first single, “God Forgive Me” in 2000 on Virgin Records, but their commercial breakthrough came with the hit single “Barcelona” in 2002 with long-time collaborators Paperboys. In 2004, Madcon released their first official album “It's All A Madcon” via AA-Recordings/Bonnier Amigo, for which they won a Norwegian Grammy and several other awards.

In 2005, Madcon appeared on “The Voice of Madcon” a behind-the-scenes look at the duo, on the Nordic music channel The Voice. The program was a great success for both Madcon and the network. At the end of 2007, Tshawe was invited to take part in the popular Norwegian version of “Dancing With The Stars.”

Their second album, entitled “So Dark The Con Of Man,” was released in 2007. The album featured soul singer Noora Noor and Paperboys on two of its tracks. In 2008, Madcon issued a cover version of a 1967 Four Seasons Song “Beggin',” earning the group several # 1 chart positions in Europe and a # 2 position on the European Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. In addition, they achieved 9x platinum certification in Norway, and were #1 on the official Norwegian charts for 12 weeks, making “Beggin'” one of the biggest hits of all time in Norway.

After several negotiations, Madcon's label Bonnier Amigo signed a licensing agreement with Sony BMG for Central Europe, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, Universal Republic in the U.S., Warner Music in Spain, and Just Music in South Africa. Their third album, “An InCONvenient Truth” was released in 2008. It peaked at #8 on the Norwegian Albums chart.

“Contraband,” their fourth studio album was released in 2010. It peaked at #2 on the Norwegian Albums chart, becoming the group's highest-charting album. The album was preceded by the Element-produced lead single, “Glow” which became a Top 20 hit in nine countries.