Euro-dance star Whigfield was born Sannie Charlotte Carlson in Skaelskør, Denmark, and spent some time in Africa as a child.Her debut single, “Saturday Night,” hit number one in Spain for 11 weeks in 1994, and soon became a smash all across Europe and Canada, selling over two million copies worldwide; she also became the first female artist to enter the British charts at number one with her debut single.

The song knocked Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around” off the top spot – it had been there for a crazy 15 weeks – and stayed there for four weeks. It sold 1.18million copies in the UK alone and achieved No 1 in six other countries.

The follow-ups “Another Day” and “Think of You” also became hits. All three were featured on her self-titled debut album, released in Europe in 1995 and America the following year. A fourth single contained on the album, “Sexy Eyes,” became another worldwide smash, topping the charts  in 1996.

After the remix album Mega Mixes, Whigfield issued her second album, appropriately titled Whigfield II, in late 1997; another stream of international hits followed, including “Gimme Gimme,” “Baby Boy,” “No Tears to Cry,” and “Givin’ All My Love to You.”

Whigfield III followed in late 2000, producing hits in a cover of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” the Spanish smash “Doo Whop,” and “Much More.”