Da Capo


In 2002, Ace of Base introduced their fourth studio album, "Da Capo." It debuted in Europe via Edel-Mega/Universal and in Japan through Toshiba EMI, with the latter version boasting a unique cover and extra songs. Despite its soft release in the UK by Polydor Records and scarce promotion, "Da Capo" embodies the group's signature sound, marking a noteworthy point in their discography.
Da Capo | Album Cover | Ace Of Base
Beautiful Morning
(Official Music Video)
Album fact sheet
Da Capo
  • around 2000
  • 30 September 2002
  • POP
  • Reggae Fusion 
  • Acoustic POP
  • Edel-Mega
  • Polydor
  • Universal
  • Toshiba EMI ltd
  • Chief 1
  • Jonas “Joker” Berggren
  • Axel Breitung
  • Nicklas von der Burg
  • Thorsten Brötzmann
  • Håkan Christoffersson
  • Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg
  • Martin Hedström
  • Kay Nickold
  • Nick Nice
  • Harry Sommerdahl
  • Pontus Söderqvist
  • Jeo

Da Capo the unforgettable Journey

"Da Capo," the fourth studio album, initially surfaced in the European music scene in 2002.

This album release was not a straightforward process. Initially targeted for a summer release in 2000, issues within the band's record label caused it to be delayed, proving that even in the music industry, not all plans go smoothly.

The Struggles Behind the Scenes

The band's record label demanded significant changes to many of the tracks on this album. They requested the songs be reworked with additional producers, a process that certainly added to the delay.

These behind-the-scenes struggles pushed back the release of the album until September 2002.

In retrospect, could these struggles have been a foreshadowing of the album's reception? It encountered quite low album sales in many European territories.

But does a decrease in sales truly reflect the quality of the art produced? Let's explore this question further.

The Unreleased Album in the US

The band planned for the album to hit the United States music scene in 2003, but this plan never came to fruition.

In an interview, Ulf indicated that the songs were being tweaked to have a more acoustic feel for the American audience. However, the album never saw the light of day in the American or Australian markets.

The "Soft Release" and Chart Performances

Despite the obstacles, this album was released in the UK with a "soft release" by Polydor Records on 21st October 2002. There was little to no promotion nor radio coverage. Was this a strategic move or simply a reflection of the tumultuous journey of this album's creation?

Although the album faced its share of challenges, it wasn't without its achievements. "Da Capo" made it onto several international charts. It achieved the 10th spot on the Hungarian Albums Chart, while also hitting the 40th spot on both the Japanese Albums Chart and the Japanese International Artists Albums Chart.

It certainly left a mark on the music scene, albeit not as resounding as one might expect for such a renowned band.


The journey of Ace of Base's album "Da Capo" was riddled with challenges and delays. Despite these setbacks, this album demonstrated the resilience of the band and the music they crafted.

Although not achieving high commercial success, this album still holds a unique place in the discography of Ace of Base and the hearts of their fans worldwide.

  • When was Ace of Base's album "Da Capo" released?

The album was released in 2002 in Europe and Japan.

  • Why was the release of "Da Capo" delayed?

The album's release was delayed due to issues with the band's record label, which demanded that many of the tracks be reworked with additional producers.

  • Did "Da Capo" ever release in the United States?

No, although there were plans for a U.S. release, this album was never officially released in the United States or Australia.

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