24-year-old Norwegian rockHer Ida Maria is relatively unknown in the US. And that sucks because she wrote a song about me that’s really super awesome (“Queen Of The World”), and even sounds a little bit like a rock-n-roll Bjork voice. Her first album, Fortress Round My Heart (RCA UK), came out last year in the UK, and  singles “Oh My God” and “Stella” were both played regularly on Norwegian national radio stations. NME named Fortress the #48 Album Of The Year for 2008, though we would have given it a soild top 10 slot. She’s performed at various festivals, including Reading, and being nominated for Best Rock/Indie Artist category at the BT Digital Music Awards 2008.

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