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Swedish singer and DJ Basshunter might be an up-and-coming purveyor of some of the hottest dance music his country has to offer, but he's still a nerd. While American musicians who reference geek culture (artists like MC Chris, MC Frontalot, and Nerf Herder, for example) are often derisively shunned as "nerdcore" artists, Basshunter manages to avoid that distinction - though the lyrical content behind his catchy Eurodance tunes deals with topics like computer gaming and internet chat rooms. Unafraid of the social stigma, Basshunter took his nerdy interests and managed to turn them into wildly popular music.

Born Jonas Erik Altberg and raised in the coastal city of Tylosand, he adopted the name Basshunter at age 15 when he began to mix music digitally on his computer in between marathon gaming sessions. He released a number of early demo recordings over the internet while in high school, eventually finding work throughout Sweden as a performer and DJ. He independently released his first album The Bassmachine in 2004, attracting the attention of scouts from the the Warner Music Group (Gnarls Barkley, The Prodigy), always on the lookout for fresh talent.

Basshunter made his major-label debut with the release of his first album LOL (^^,) in late 2006, producing both a Swedish version and a slightly reworked English language version. Though the album made only a moderate impression on American audiences it was incredibly popular in Europe, reaching #5 in Sweden, #4 in Finland, and #3 in Denmark. Standout tracks include "Now You're Gone" and "DotA", a song about a popular online fantasy game called Defense of the Ancients.

2008 saw the release of Basshunter's sophomore album Now You're Gone - The Album, featuring English remixes of older Basshunter songs as well as newly recorded material. Now You're Gone - The Album climbed to the #1 spot in England, producing a whopping five singles including "Please Let Go" and "All I Ever Wanted".

From Discogs:

Swedish dance producer, born 1984 in Halmstad, Sweden. Made his breakthru' in 2006 with the hit "Boten Anna".

From Lastfm:

Jonas Erik Altberg (born 22 December 1984, Halmstad, Sweden) better known by the pseudonym Basshunter, is a Swedish producer and singer-songwriter, best known for his number one hits Boten Anna and Now You're Gone. He started to produce music under the stage name "Basshunter" in 2002 with the computer program Fruity Loops, and released his first albums, The Old Shit (2002) and The Bassmachine (2004), through his own website.

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From Wikipedia:

Jonas Erik Altberg (born 22 December 1984 in Halmstad, Sweden), better known by his stage name Basshunter, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, record producer, and DJ. He is best known for his number one hits "Boten Anna", "Dota", "Now You're Gone" and "All I Ever Wanted" and freedom. Basshunter has so far released a total of six albums, two of which have been released in the United Kingdom. His UK single, "Saturday", was released in July 2010, and he also competed in hit reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother in January 2010. His song "Sverige" was also used as Sj├Âlunden's International Day song in 2008. Basshunter is working on a fourth studio album to be released early 2013.

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