Ian Campbell (rapper)
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Ian Campbell Rapper

Ice MC (born Ian Campbell, March 22, 1965) is a British rapper best known for the '90s eurodance hits "Take Away the Colour", "Think About the Way" "and "It's a Rainy Day." The dance hits from Ice MC are most notable for being the first songs in the eurodance genre to blend raggamuffin style rap with female singing choruses. Italian producer Roberto Zanetti (a.k.a Robyx) and his music team produced all of Ice MC's major hits while simultaneously producing other major '90s artists like Double You, Alexia, and Corona.

Career

The first albums

In 1989 in Italy, Ice MC met singer and artist Roberto Zanetti (also as composer known as Savage and producer as Robyx). Their first single called "Easy", made in a hip-house style, came out in 1989. It became successful all over Europe, reaching the top 5 in Italy and the top 3 in Germany. The two next singles, "Cinema" and "Scream", and the subsequent debut album, Cinema (released later in 1990), were also successful. In 1992 his second LP, My World, came out but failed to achieve the success of its predecessor.

The most successful hits

His third album, Ice'n'Green, was released in 1994 and featured Alexia on vocals. Three of his most successful songs, "Think about the Way", "It's a Rainy Day" and "Take Away the Colour", made the charts all over the world. For the third album Ice MC adopted an all new dreadlocks look and utilized Jamaican style rap , known as raggamuffin. The album was also released in the US, where the two biggest singles saw substantial club play and moderate dance music radio airplay. In 1995, Ice'n'Green - The Remix Album was released. This contained various remixes of previous hit singles.

Collaboration with Masterboy

In 1996, Ice MC decided to leave Zanetti and Alexia due to some disagreements. Shortly after that a new album, Dreadatour, (produced by Masterboy producer Enrico Zabler) was released. The hit from the album was "Give Me The Light", the second Single-Release from "Dreadatour" was "Music For Money" also produced by Enrico Zabler from Masterboy also the Album-Tracks "Never Stop Believing" and "It's Up To You". The Album "Dreadatour" itself was not a commercial success.

Album Production again with Roberto Zanetti

At the end of 2002, he decided to return to Italy and to contact Roberto Zanetti again. Together they started writing some new material and, at the beginning of 2004, they began recording a new album, Cold Skool.

Some private Informations and Next Releases of Ice MC

Campbell is also a painter, and sells his paintings via his website. In 2012 a New Single "Out Tonight" featuring Giulia Gal was released and in 2013 the new Remixes by Enfortro & Dirty Disciples. 2017 the brand new Single featuring Nico Heinz and Max Kuhn including a official Video were released.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUT
[1]
FIN
[2]
FRA
[3]
GER
[4]
SWE
[5]
SWI
[6]
Cinema
  • Release date: 19 March 1990
  • Label: Galaxis
  • Formats: CD
- - - - - -
My World
  • Release date: 24 November 1991
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD
- - - - - -
Ice'n'Green
  • Release date: 5 September 1994
  • Label: DWA (Dance World Attack)
  • Formats: CD
34 4 5 41 31 31
Dreadatour
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: Club Zone
  • Formats: CD
- - - 89 - -
Cold Skool
  • Release date: 19 April 2004
  • Label: DWA (Dance World Attack)
  • Formats: CD
- - - - - -
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ITA
[8]
AUT
[1]
BEL (FLA)
[9]
FIN
[10]
FRA
[11]
GER
[4]
NLD
[12]
SWE
[5]
SWI
[13]
UK
[14]
"Easy" 1989 - 7 - - 17 3 - - 4 - Cinema
"Scream" 1990 - - - - - 14 - - - -
"Cinema" - - - - - 36 21 - - -
"OK Corral!" - - 43 - - - - - - -
"People" 1991 - - - - - - - - - - My World
"Happy Weekend" - - - - - - - - - -
"Rainy Days" 1992 - - - - - - - - - -
"Take Away the Colour" 1993 19 11 15 - 31 - - 18 - - Ice'n'Green
"Think About the Way" 1994 3 22 3 18 14 14 11 13 10 38
"It's a Rainy Day" 1 13 2 9 6 14 8 25 15 73
"Take Away the Colour ('95 Reconstruction)" 1995 - - - 16 31 - 25 - - - Ice'n'Green - The Remix Album
"Give Me the Light" 1996 23 30 44 19 23 48 - 56 42 - Dreadatour
"Music for Money" - - - 12 - - - - - -
"Let's Take It Easy" 1997 - - - - - - - - - -
"It's a Miracle" 2004 39 - - - - - - - - - Cold Skool
"My World" - - - - - - - - - -
"Out Tonight" 2012 - - - - - - - - - - Non-Album Single
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Other Singles:

- 1997: "Energy" (Original Soundtrack "Wilde Zeiten")

- 1997: "Bebop The Night" (Original Soundtrack "Wilde Zeiten")

- 1998: "Busy Body" (Unreleased Single produced by Gary Jones, one of the Co-Producer from E-Rotic)

- 2013: "Out Tonight" (Enfortro vs. Dirty Principle Edit)

- 2017: "Do The Dip" (feat. Nico Heinz & Max Kuhn)

References

  1. ^ a b "Discographie Ice MC" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Peak positions for Finland:
  3. ^ Peak positions for France:
  4. ^ a b "Charts.de: Charterfolge von Ice MC". Media Control (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com: Ice MC". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Ice MC (albums)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "SNEP: Les certifications (Ice MC)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hit Parade Italia: Indice per Interprete: I". FIMI (in Italian). Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop: Ice MC". Ultratop. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ Peak positions for Finland:
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com: Ice MC". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Media Marks Top 40: Ice MC". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Ice MC (singles)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "Official Charts Company: Ice MC". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014. 
  15. ^ "Infodisc: Les Certifications depuis 1973". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2014. 

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