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    Miss Papaya

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    Cinderella lyrics
    2Casanova lyrics
    3Mr. Macho Man lyrics
    4Party Song lyrics
    5Hero lyrics
    6Please Don't Leave Me Tonight lyrics
    Pink Dinosaur lyrics
    8Operator lyrics
    9Supergirl lyrics
    10Sweet Señorita lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Pink [1998]


    Miss Papaya (real name Linnéa Handberg Lund) was born on October 22 in Hillerød, Denmark. Named after the sweet and delicious tropical fruit, Miss Papaya is a Danish eurodance musician specialising in the Traditional Bubblegum dance genre. Several of her songs, including "Operator", "Hero" and "Pink Dinosaur", have appeared in the wildly popular Dance Dance Revolution video games.

    Linnéa has always been interested in music, ever since she was young. It was no surprise then when, in the early 1990s, she began her career as a recording artist, signing up with record labels Maverick, Warner and Scandinavian Records. It was in 1997, when famous bubblegum group Aqua was influencing musicians with their widely popular happy dance style, that Linnéa decided to create a a bubblegum dance project, and sing music in the same happy style. Linnéa, joining forces with producers Honeycutt, called her project Miss Papaya after the sweet and exotic tropical fruit.

    Surprising success
    The Miss Papaya project was intended to be very tongue-in-cheek, with extremely silly lyrics, catchy hooks, and child like concepts. At first the project was just a joke, and Linnéa later admitted that "nobody expected Miss Papaya to get the success she did". In 1997, Miss Papaya released her first single "Jingle Bells". The single was a minor hit, but nothing overly encouraging. The producers decided they would release a second single, "Hero", an original dance song written by Linnéa and Honeycutt. Much to everyone's amazement, the single was a huge success, and Miss Papaya was recognised as a bubblegum dance artist, with music in the same vein as Aqua.

    Debut album
    Encouraged by the success of Hero, Honeycutt and Linnea began work on an album release. The result was Pink, released in 1998, at the peak of bubblegum dance production. The album contained 11 super-sugary dance tracks, and one ballad (something that all bubblegum albums seemed to need). The album was an instant success, and Miss Papaya soon became a household name throughout Denmark. In 1998, Miss Papaya's single "Hero" was released in the USA, a feat that not many bubblegum dance artists manage. The single was very successful, and attracted the interest of many fans outside of Scandinavia. Madonna, whose daughter was a big fan of Miss Papaya, invited Linnéa to America to see her child, and Madonna praised Linnéa on her music writing.

    While in America, Linnéa was given a shopping spree, just in time for the new American music video for "Hero". Linnéa later admitted that the shopping spree was one of the funnest things she has ever done, and it was a lot of fun picking out brightly coloured shoes and clothes for the shoot.

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