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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2251

Swedish Government's Music Export Prize for 2012 awarded to Johan 'Shellback' Schuster - Special Prize to Refused

Stockholm, 23 February, (

Minister for Trade Ewa Björling presented yesterday the Government's Music Export Prize for 2012. The winner was the producer Johan 'Shellback' Schuster. This year's Special Prize for outstanding services to Swedish music abroad over many years went to the hardcore band Refused.

"The interest in Swedish music and the important role played by Swedish musical successes in the international arena cannot be overestimated," says Dr Björling. This makes it a special pleasure to award the Government's Music Export Prize to music creators who help to increase both awareness and curiosity about Sweden abroad."

The citation for the Music Export Prize for 2012 reads:

"Johan 'Shellback' Schuster has quickly become established at the top internationally as a songwriter and producer. After his major breakthrough in 2011 as co-composer and co-producer of Maroon 5's international hit Moves Like Jagger, featuring Christina Aguilera - which topped not only the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, but also charts in 21 other countries - Johan 'Shellback' Schuster continued to produce hits in 2012 , with new international successes for Maroon 5, Pink, Taylor Swift, One Direction and Sean Paul. Along with his colleague, Max Martin, Shellback was nominated for three GRAMMY awards in 2013 and has been ranked as today's hottest music producer in the world by Billboard magazine."

"It feels unreal to be receiving the Government's Music Export Prize. Now I bet mum and dad are happy they let me hammer away at my drum set in my bedroom for 15 years," says Johan 'Shellback' Schuster.

The other nominees were Loreen, First Aid Kit, Anders Hillborg and Swedish House Mafia.

Dr Björling also presented a Special Prize to the hardcore band Refused. The Special Prize is awarded to a person or group that has contributed to Swedish music export success and the promotion of Sweden abroad over an extended period of time.

The citation reads:

"Fifteen years ago Refused translated their revolutionary political ideas into music on the album 'The shape of punk to come'. The quartet broke new ground by using jazz and electronica in their hardcore punk as no one had done before. Then the group broke up. The album has since been hailed as one of the most historically important ever and many major artists and bands are among their fans. Their reunion tour in 2012 showed their continued power. It was greeted with unanimous applause worldwide. The major US festival Coachella paid millions to put the group in pride of place on its poster, alongside Swedish House Mafia. Refused have taught many people around the world how to spell Umeå and are perhaps the Swedish group that has exercised the greatest musical influence internationally next to ABBA."

- Asian Tribune -

Johan 'Shellback' Schuster.
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