Jonas Erik Altberg
(born 22 December 1984), better known by his stage name Basshunter
/'be?s.h?n.t?r/, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, record producer, and DJ. He is best known for his number one hits "Boten Anna", "Dota", "Now You're Gone" and "All I Ever Wanted". Basshunter has so far released a total of six albums, two of which have been released in the United Kingdom. His UK single, "Saturday", was released in July 2010, and he also competed in hit reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother
in January 2010. His song "Sverige" was also used as Sjölunden's International Day song in 2008.2006–2008: LOL <(^^,)>
Basshunter's debut album, LOL <(^^,)>
, was released on 1 September 2006 through Warner Music. A Christmas/International edition was released on 22 December 2006, with the same Swedish songs from the original album, but with English translated names, in a slightly different track order, and with bonus tracks, including the never-before-released "Jingle Bells". The song "Sverige" has been omitted from the international edition.
2008–2009: Now You're Gone: The Album
Basshunter's second studio album, Now You're Gone – The Album
, was released on 14 July 2008. The album features English remakes of older Basshunter hits, and entered the UK Albums Chart at number one. As well, the album has sold an excess 300,000 copies in the U.K., making it certified Platinum. In New Zealand, the album peaked at number one in its fifth week, and was certified Gold after six weeks, selling over 7,500 copies. The album was then certified Platinum after 10 weeks, selling over 15,000 copies. The album spent a total of two weeks at number one.The album produced several hit singles, including "Now You're Gone," "All I Ever Wanted," and "Angel in the Night." It has bonus tracks and there is a deluxe edition.
2009: Bass Generation
His third studio album, Bass Generation
, was released on 28 September 2009. In early September 2009, before the album was released, the song "Numbers" was released to the public as a free download via Basshunter's official Bebo profile. The album release date was eventually moved up a week for unknown reasons to 28 September 2009, along with the single "Every Morning," which was released on 21 September 2009. To promote the album, the Basshunter Album Artwork Competition
was set up on 10 August 2009 in which fans designed and uploaded their own cover art for the "Bass Generation" album to Basshunter's Bebo profile, with the winner being awarded their signed, framed artwork presented by Basshunter at the Bass Generation Tour. The winning entry was revealed on 11 September. Basshunter also set out on the Bass Generation Tour in October 2009 in support of the album. The ten-date U.K. tour was announced on 1 July 2009, with Fugative supporting Basshunter. Tickets went on sale 3 July 2009.
Celebrity Big Brother 7
On 4 January 2010, Basshunter entered Channel 4's seventh and final
series of Celebrity Big Brother
as a housemate and finished in fourth place in the Finalé on 29 January 2010.
2010–present: Calling Time
On 14 May 2010, it was announced that the first single from Basshunter's forthcoming fourth studio album, titled "Saturday," would have a worldwide premier live on BBC Radio 1 with Scott Mills that same night. The track was co-written by Thomas Troelsen, Engelina, and Cutfather, and produced by Troelsen and Cutfather. The melody of the song is based on Reel 2 Real's "I Like to Move It." Basshunter performed "Saturday" on 4 July 2010 as part of T4 on the Beach
, as well as performing it on Big Brother's Little Brother
on 3 July 2010.In April 2011 Basshunter entered the Swedish Big Brother house to produce a song along with the remaining housemates. Additionally, a new song entitled "Calling Time", was recently performed live in Magaluf.Also June 2011 Basshunter exclusive to Den Glade Viking club in Sunny Beach as he performs "Dream on the Dancefloor" for the first time.On 9 April 2012, Jonas stated on his official Twitter page that his new single is to be titled "Northern Light" and will be released in August. At midnight on 28 April 2012, Basshunter linked the official video for "Northern Light" on his Facebook page. On 29 September 2012, Jonas linked the official video for his newest single, "Dream on the Dancefloor" on his Facebook page. Basshunter released a collection of songs from The Old Shit
and The Bassmachine
entitled The Early Bedroom Sessions
on 4 December 2012. On 5 March 2013 Basshunter posted a link on his Facebook page to two new songs from his new album in addition to a demo of a third.On 13 May 2013 album Calling Time
was released in South Africa. Calling Time
was released on 23 July in United States and Great Britain and other countriesOn 1 March 2014, Jonas performed his newest single "Elinor," a song in Swedish, during his appearance at The New Ice House in McAllen, TX.
On 15 December 2010, Altberg was charged by police over an alleged sexual assault on two female fans at a gig at a nightclub in Fife, Scotland. He was released on bail and returned to Sweden. His manager has insisted at the time that the allegations were "totally untrue". Attending a hearing at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on 12 January 2011, Altberg denied two charges of sexual assault against two women. It was alleged that he grabbed the first by the hair and pushed her head toward his groin, while the second he pushed toward his groin and then bent over. He was further accused of pulling up the second woman's skirt. On 14 June 2011 he was found not guilty at Kircaldy Sheriff Court with the sheriff describing the two accusers as "neither credible or reliable" and their testimony as "riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities".