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Where Are They Now? 1994’s Biggest Pop Acts

Catch up with the Cranberries, Coolio, Ace of Base, Lisa Loeb and All-4-One

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Nobody realized it at the time, but 1994 was a real transitionary year for popular music. Kurt Cobain‘s suicide in April effectively put an end to the grunge revolution, and new acts like Green Day and Weezer were breaking very big. A massive gig celebrating Woodstock’s 25th anniversary was held that summer, introducing artists like Sheryl Crow and Nine Inch Nails to a mass commercial audience for the first time. Some of these acts went on to have long careers, while others crapped out with stunning speed. Here’s a look at some of the artists that broke in 1994 but didn’t quite make it out of the Nineties in one piece. 

Ace of Base

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Ace Of Base

Then: There was a time when Ace of Base seemed poised to become the next Abba. The parallels were striking: Both were Swedish foursomes made up of two guys and two women (a blonde and a brunette). They both made instantly catchy pop songs that seemed to transcend all cultural boundaries. Near the height of grunge in America, Ace of Base's songs "The Sign," "All That She Wants," "Don't Turn Around" and "Living In Danger" were absolutely everywhere. When Full House's Stephanie Tanner formed a band with her friend Gia it was a no-brainer they'd cover "The Sign" during their set at the Smash Club. Ace of Base's debut LP The Sign sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Now: Ace of Base never lived up to the huge success of The Sign, but later in the Nineties they returned to the charts with "Beautiful Life" and a cover of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer." Linn Berggren left the band in 2002, and her sister Jenny left about seven years later. Original members Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg have recruited two new female singers in an effort to carry on. Their website currently lists a series of 2011 gigs as "upcoming," so things don't seem to be going so well at the moment. 

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