Europe is a Swedish rock band who formed in 1979 in Upplands Vasby, Stockholm (originally under the name Force). Their real, major claim to fame was in 1986 with the release of their third album, The Final Countdown, which sold over three million copies in the United States alone. The band also has two top singles on the Billboard Hot 100, which were "Carrie" and "The Final Countdown”. The current members of the band are Joey Tempest, John Norum, John Leven, Mic Michaeli, and Ian Haugland.
Name Change and The Start of Success
Although the band originally formed under the name Force, they never really took off with this name and just before going on to win 1982 Swedish rock talent contest, Rock-SM, they changed their name to Europe. The two songs they won the contest with were "In the Future to Come" and "The King Will Return" and their reward was a record deal with Hot Records. The band's first album, Europe, was released in 1983 which reached number 8 on the Swedish Album Chart and became a top 10 hit in Japan also. Europe's second album, Wings of Tomorrow was released just one year later but only peaked at number 20 on the Swedish Album Chart.
Their most successful moment came for them in 1985 when the band were approached by Epic Records who helped them produce their next album, The Final Countdown (1986). This was the album that made Europe international stars. Hitting triple platinum in the USA and reaching number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart this was the worldwide success they were hoping for. The single, "The Final Countdown" peaked at number 1 in 25 countries including the UK, Spain, and France.
In 1992, the band decided that they were ready for a break and after their tour of the same year the band split. Tempest and Marcello went on to record solo albums while other pursued other musical ventures. For years rumours circulated that the band would reform and eventually they did in 2003. Although not all the original members rejoined the remaining members still went on to complete a successful European tour. Still going strong today, Europe has produced five studio album since their return.