According to their record label releases, their sound is "the perfect balance of [a Scandinavian glow and the international pop song] that has been instrumental in forming the compelling sound of the band", though the lead singer and song writer Jascha Richter disagrees with this, maintaining that the music defies geographical categorization.History
A member of the contest jury, J.P. Andersen, became the band's manager. Michael Learns to Rock played live but did not release its eponymous debut album, Michael Learns to Rock, until September 1991. A single from the album, "The Actor," topped the Danish chart and also did well in Norway, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Paint My Love & Nothing to Lose (1993-1999)
The greatest hits album "Paint My Love" was released in 1996 and sold 3.4 million copies. The band was also chosen as the headliner for the "Celebrate Hong Kong" concert on July 6, 1997, marking the transfer of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China. Their fourth studio album, Nothing To Lose, was released in September 1997.
Soon after, Michael Learns to Rock's members took a break to spend time with their families and develop projects on their own or in collaboration with other artists. They also decided to rebrand the band under the simpler name of MLTR. During the lay-off, Richter wrote some new songs for the band, including "Strange Foreign Beauty" which was added to the 1999 greatest hits album "Greatest Hits - Strange Foreign Beauty". This album featured their previous hits, either remixed or refined in some way or the other.
Take Me To Your Heart/ Michael Learns to Rock (2000-2006)
In 2000, Søren Madsen decided to leave the group, to embark on a solo career. The three remaining members carried on and produced the album Blue Night, which almost went platinum in Denmark and sold well in Asia, logging in sales of close to one million. The following year saw the release of the MLTR biography, "Something You Should Know", authored by Poul Martin-Bonde, along with a few previously unreleased recordings. The English translation of the book was called "It Never Rains On Bali", a reference to an incident that took place during the band's 1995 Bali concert, where a no-rain forecast proved wrong and the unexpected rain indeed did stop the concert.
After the release of "Blue Night", the band took a prolonged hiatus, with Jascha Richter branching out to work on his solo album, "Planet Blue". Jascha and the band later admitted that they even considered disbanding during this time. They ultimately decided against it, following the success of their greatest hits album releases, including "19 Love Songs / Love Ballads" in 2002. By 2004, the band regrouped again for their sixth album, called "Michael Learns to Rock", released in Asia as "Take Me To Your Heart". At the same time, they decided to change their name once again, reverting from MLTR back to the original Michael Learns to Rock.
The album "Take Me To Your Heart" focused on the Asian market. The single "Take Me To Your Heart" was a remake of Jacky Cheung's "Goodbye Kiss", and was popular in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan. MLTR sang an English and Chinese duet of "Take Me To Your Heart" with Chinese singer Hu Yanbin at a 2005 New Year's Party in Guangzhou, China. The band also did a duet of the song with South Korean star Shin Hye-sung, of boy band Shinhwa. This album has been one of the major successes of MLTR in Asia, especially China.
The Best of Live album & Eternity (2007 - Present)
In 2007, MLTR released "The Best of Michael Learns to Rock Live" and in July toured Hong-Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. Elsewhere, this album was released as "The Live Musical Adventures of Michael Learns to Rock/ I Walk This Road Alone", and featured live recordings from their Take Me To Your Heart Asian Tour, mainly from the September 2005 concerts in India.
In November 2008, MLTR released their seventh studio album titled Eternity under their own independent label, MLTR Music, in association with the Danish label At:tack. The band mention on their website that the name is an indication of the fact that "the band plan to make music for as long as they still find joy in the process". Although the sales were slow (admittedly, according to the band), the second single from the album, "Sweetest Surprise", reached No. 1 in Thailand within a few weeks of release.
As of June 2010, the band have completed touring their home-country, Denmark, having played unplugged concerts in the months of February & March, with fair success. In a blog dated April 13 2010 on the band's website, the band announced that they have started working on their next album. The band shall set out on a three-city tour of India playing shows at Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to promote the latest album Eternity. More Unplugged shows in Denmark and possibly, in China, are lined up on the band's schedule for the later part of the year.
1992 The Actor"
1993 Sleeping Child"
That's Why (You Go Away)
1997 Paint My Love
Breaking My Heart
Nothing to Lose
2000 You Took My Heart Away
The Best Of Michael Learns To Rock
- Paint My Love
- Breaking My Heart
- Complicated Heart
- Take Me To Your Heart
- It's Make Gonna Sense
- 25 Minute
- That's Way (Yo Go Away)
- Nothing to Lose
- Sleeping Child
- The Actor
- Love Will Never Lie
- You Took My Heart
- Wild Women
- Eternal Flame
- I'm Gonna Be Around
- Strange For The Beauty
- Breaking The Rules
- I Still Carry On
- Out of The Blue
- Romantic Balcony
- How Many Hour
- Paint My Love (Accoustic Version)