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Stargate

Photo: Haneli Mustaparta

Stargate is a Norwegian record producing and songwriting team, consisting Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, based in New York City. The team’s genres include R&B, pop and hip-hop. Stargate was established in Trondheim, Norway.

The duo broke into the American recording industry in 2006, with the release of the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, “So Sick”, produced and co-written by the team and performed by singer Ne-Yo. They also produced and co-wrote singer Beyoncé Knowles’ worldwide hit single “Irreplaceable”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten consecutive weeks. Throughout their career they have been noted for their extensive work with Rihanna, writing and producing three consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles with the Barbadian singer in 2010 and 2011.

The team has worked with various American artists and received mainstream awards including the Songwriters of the Year accolade at the 2007 ASCAP/PRS Awards and the 2009 ASCAP Pop Songwriters of the Year. They have also been named the Number One Producers of the Year on the Billboard Hot 100 Year End Chart in 2006 and 2008, and Hitmakers of the Year in Rolling Stone magazine in 2008.