One of the most successful production and songwriting units throughout the 2000s, Stargate originated in Trondheim, Norway as a partnership between Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (aka Mikkel SE), Tor Erik Hermansen, and Hallgeir Rustan. The trio made a splash in Europe with a 1999-2004 run that spawned hits for S Club 7, Billie Piper, Hearâ€™Say, Atomic Kitten, and Samantha Mumba. Eriksen and Hermansen set up business in New York -- Rustan opted to remain in Norway with his family -- and a chance meeting with Shaffer Smith (aka Ne-Yo) helped catapult Stargate to prominence in the U.S., where their biggest hit had been Mis-Teeq's â€œScandalous,â€� which peaked at number 35 on Billboardâ€™s Hot 100. After linking with Smith, Stargate rattled off a succession of moderately popular and ubiquitous hit singles. Stargate quickly became one of the premier pop-R&B production teams, successors to the likes of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Babyface and L.A. Reid. Stargate reached the Top Ten four times in 2006, with Ne-Yo's â€œSo Sickâ€� and â€œSexy Love,â€� Rihannaâ€™s â€œUnfaithful,â€� and BeyoncÃ©â€™s â€œIrreplaceableâ€� -- the last of which received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. From 2007 through 2009, Stargate notched an additional nine Top Ten songs, occasionally collaborating with other artists and songwriters instead of Smith; Jordin Sparks' â€œTattoo,â€� for instance, was written with Amanda Ghost and Ian Dench. Stargate's biggest year yet arrived in 2010, fostered -- somewhat ironically -- by reverting to their Euro-pop roots. Rihannaâ€™s â€œRude Boy,â€� â€œOnly Girl (In the World),â€� and â€œWhatâ€™s My Name?,â€� along with Katy Perry's â€œFirework,â€� all topped the Hot 100 with high-gloss dancefloor and radio appeal. These hits involved collaborations with the artists and a number of other songwriters, including Esther Dean, Traci Hale, and Crystal Johnson. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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