Emilíana Torrini

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Emilíana Torrini live in June 2005
Emilíana Torrini live in June 2005
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Fisherman's Woman
  DE 64 02/11/2005 (4 weeks)
  CH 73 02/13/2005 (3 weeks)
  UK 94 02/12/2005 (1 week)
Me and Armini
  DE 19th 
09/19/2008 (24 weeks)
  AT 32 06/26/2009 (12 weeks)
  CH 71 05/10/2008 (6 weeks)
  UK 96 09/20/2008 (1 week)
  DE 51 09/20/2013 (1 week)
  CH 36 09/22/2013 (1 week)
  UK 86 09/21/2013 (1 week)
  UK 63 06/10/2000 (1 week)
Unemployed in Summertime
  UK 63 09.09.2000 (2 weeks)
To Be Free
  UK 44 02/03/2001 (2 weeks)
  UK 82 03/05/2005 (1 week)
Jungle drum
  DE 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link
06/05/2009 (35 weeks)
  AT 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 06/05/2009 (26 weeks)
  CH 11 03/22/2009 (31 weeks)

Emilíana Torrini (born May 16, 1977 in Reykjavík , Iceland ) is an Icelandic singer , composer and music producer .


Emilíana Torrini grew up as the daughter of an Italian restaurateur and an Icelandic woman in Kópavogur , Iceland's second largest city. At the age of seven she sang in a choir. She learned German during vacation stays with her uncle and aunt in Mörfelden-Walldorf . She processed the impressions gained on her travels in self-composed songs. From the age of 15, she was trained at an opera school. In 1994 she recorded the album of the same name with the band Spoon .

Torrini was a member of the band GusGus and took part in the vocal part of Polydistortion (1997). The song Why from this album can still be heard at their concerts.

In 1999 she attracted worldwide attention with the album Love in the Time of Science , which was produced by Tears-for-Fears guitarist Roland Orzabal. Because of her origins and the timbre of her voice, critics have often compared her to Björk , her label colleague at One Little Indian Records . Torrini distanced himself from this comparison from the start.

In 2000, the CD Stuck Between Rock and a Hard Place was released - a project with four other artists under the name NUD. In 2001, her song To Be Free was used for the feature film Crazy / Beautiful . In 2002 she sang the theme song Gollum's Song for the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and was guest singer on the album The Richest Man in Babylon by Thievery Corporation .

In 2004 she was nominated for a Grammy for the composition and production of Kylie Minogue's hit Slow . In 2005 her fifth album Fisherman's Woman was released , on which Emilíana Torrini presented herself from a completely different musical side. Most of the songs are only accompanied by an acoustic guitar, without any electronic aids. In the same year Torrini was a member of the jury of the Venice Film Festival .

Her album Me and Armini , which differs from its predecessor in its more pop-oriented orientation, was released in 2008. From this album comes Torrini's most successful song in Germany, Jungle Drum , which was released in March 2009 in Germany. After the title was played on May 21, 2009 in the final episode of the TV show Germany's Next Topmodel , she achieved her big breakthrough: One day after the show, the song rose to number 1 on the iTunes charts, and a short time later through the download Sales at number two in the German single charts , after appearing on CD at number 1. Torrini was finally awarded platinum in September 2009 for the sale of 300,000 jungle drum units and made it to number two in the German annual charts. Torrini was also nominated for the Echo 2010 in the “Hit of the Year” category.

In 2013 the album Tookah and the single Speed ​​of Dark were released.

Emilíana Torrini lives in England, after two years in Bath since 1999 in Brighton .

In 2016 Torrini was part of the jury for the ANCHOR - Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award .



  • 1994: Spoon
  • 1995: Crouçie d'où là
  • 1996: Merman
  • 1999: Love in the Time of Science
  • 2005: Fisherman's Woman
  • 2008: Me and Armini
  • 2009: Me and Armini EP
  • 2009: Rarities
  • 2013: Tookah
  • 2016: The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini
  • 2017: Music to Draw To: Satellite


  • 1999: Baby Blue
  • 1999: Dead Things
  • 1999: To Be Free
  • 2000: Easy
  • 2000: Unemployed in Summertime
  • 2005: Sunnyroad
  • 2005: Heartstopper
  • 2009: Jungle Drum
  • 2009: Me and Armini
  • 2013: Speed ​​of Dark

Web links

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  1. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK
  2. Awards: DE
  3. Emilíana Torrini at Allmusic (English)
  4. http://www.stuttgarterzeitung.de/stz/page/2121308_0_2343_-emiliana-torrini-der-star-des-sommers.html  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.stuttgarterzeitung.de  
  5. https://www.swr3.de/musik/poplexikon/-/id=927882/did=69894/53g17/index.html , accessed on April 26, 2020
  6. http://www.mediabiz.de/musik/news/beggars-und-emiliana-torrini-veredeln-tourauftakt-mit-platin/280174
  7. http://www.einslive.de/musik/charts/2009/12/jahrescharts.jsp
  8. http://www.echopop.de/
  9. Anchor Award Jury 2016