Scandinavian studio gurus such as GRAMMY nominees Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin and Shellback, and GRAMMY winners RedOne and Stargate are the masterminds behind hits for global artists such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Pink, and Taylor Swift, among others. In 2012 Martin and Shellback ranked onBillboard's Top 10 Songwriters Airplay chart. And Martin alone is responsible for selling more than 135 million singles, with more than 38 songs topping 1 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The success of these writer/producers marks a change from the late 20th century when Sweden was better known for its performing artists, including ABBA, Ace Of Base, Europe, and Roxette. But recently, Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop (featuring DJs Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo) have bucked the writer/producer trend, earning fame for their inescapable hit “I Love It,” which was certified double platinum in the United States and has spent more than six months on the Billboard Hot 100.
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