Aura Dione
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Dione onstage in Allinge, Bornholm, Denmark 26 July 2010
Birth name Maria Louise Joensen
Born (1985-01-21) 21 1985 (age 35)
Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Pop
  • folk
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2007–present
  • Music for Dreams
  • Island
  • Universal

Maria Louise Joensen (born 21 January 1985), formerly known as Aura Dione, now just Aura, is an Faroese-Danish singer and songwriter. In 2008 she released her debut album, Columbine. The album spawned the hit single "I Will Love You Monday (365)" which reached number one in Germany, achieved over 80 million video views and was certified platinum.

After winning the European Border Breaker Award in 2011, Dione won Best Female Artist and Hit of the Year for "Geronimo" at the Danish Music Awards 2012 and Female Artist of the Year in 2013; she is one of Denmark's top two female recording artists and one of Germany's top three.

Life and career

Early life

Aura Dione was born Maria Joensen on January 21, 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her mother is of Faroese and French descent, while her father is of Danish and Spanish descent. Her parents introduced her to music, and she began writing songs when she was as young as 8 years old. Her parents were hippies who with Aura as a child sailed all the world's oceans, until the 7-year-old was given residence on Bornholm. Here, she began her formal schooling and as a teenager enrolled to Secondary school, but in the middle of her education she chose to move to Australia where she sought inspiration from the Aborigines. This later resulted into a song "Something From Nothing".

2007–2010: Columbine and international breakthrough

Dione debuted in summer 2007 with the single "Something From Nothing", but has also gained success with the track "Song for Sophie" - both from her album Columbine, which was released in 2008. The single "I Will Love You Monday" a No.1 hit in Europe, where it was issued in an expanded version titled "I Will Love You Monday (365)".

2011–2015: Before the Dinosaurs

Dione released her second international studio album Before the Dinosaurs on November 4, 2011. The first single release "Geronimo" was produced by David Jost and went straight to the #1 in the official German Media Control Charts. In the very same year Aura Dione won a European Border Breakers Award for her international breakthrough. Aura Dione recently released the second single "Friends" of her international hit album Before the Dinosaurs. The song is written and produced by Dione, David Jost and Rock Mafia and reached the official German Radio Charts #1. "Friends" is Dione's third Radio #1 single.

2016-present: Can't Steal The Music

Personal life

Dione was engaged to Danish billionaire Janus Friis but the couple split up in April 2015.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
  • Released: January 28, 2008
  • Label: Music for Dreams
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 31 44 30
  • DEN: Gold
  • World: 100,000
  • DEN: 20,000
Before the Dinosaurs
  • Released: November 4, 2011
  • Label: Island, Universal, Koolmusic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 30 14 36
  • AUT: Gold
  • AUT: 10,000
Can't Steal the Music
  • Released: May 2017
  • Label: Island, Universal, Koolmusic
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2007 "Something from Nothing" 7
  • DEN: Gold
Columbine (Danish Edition)
2008 "Song for Sophie" 16
  • DEN: Gold
"I Will Love You Monday" 20
"Stay the Same"
2009 "Only Here For a Moment" -
"I Will Love You Monday (365)" 2 1 58 14 3 2
  • AUT: Platinum
  • GER: Platinum
  • SWI: Platinum
Columbine (International Edition)
2010 "Song for Sophie (I Hope She Flies)" 18 12 83 68
"Something from Nothing" 90
2011 "Geronimo" 1 1 95 1 17 7
  • DEN: Platinum
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Platinum
  • SWI: Gold
Before the Dinosaurs
2012 "Friends" (featuring Rock Mafia) 6 3 4 29 1 10
  • DEN: Gold
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
"In Love with the World" 5 13 52
  • DEN: Gold
2016 "Love Somebody" 27
  • DEN: Gold
Can't Steal the Music
"Indian Giver"
2017 "Can't Steal the Music"
"King Of Pain"
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


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