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Donkeyboy performing in 2009
Background information
Origin Drammen, Norway
Genres Pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels Warner Music Norway
Associated acts Linnea Dale
Members Cato Sundberg
Kent Sundberg
Peter Michelsen
Thomas Drabløs
Alexander Garborg Ågedal

Donkeyboy is a pop band from Drammen, Norway, formed in 2005. The band consists of Cato Sundberg (vocals, rhythm guitar), Kent Sundberg (synth, vocals), Peter Michelsen (guitar, backing vocals), Thomas Drabløs (drums), Tom Enright (triangle),and Alexander Garborg Ågedal (bass guitar).


Donkeyboy were signed to Warner Music after an employee came across their music on MySpace.[1] Their debut single, "Ambitions" was released on 26 March 2009 and was put into heavy rotation by NRK P3.[2] The song's chorus is built around a bassline similar to those used on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and some of Madonna's 1980s songs.[1] The song features guest vocals by Linnea Dale. "Ambitions" debuted on the Norwegian singles chart at number seven on 6 April 2009,[3] and reached the number one spot on 29 June, after 13 weeks on the charts. "Ambitions" remained at the number one spot for 12 consecutive weeks, before being replaced by the band's second single "Sometimes" on September 22. This was the first time ever for a Norwegian artist to occupy the top two spots on the singles chart.[4] Guitarist Peter Michelsen described the situation as "completely absurd".[4]

Donkeyboy's debut album Caught in a Life was released on 19 October 2009. It was produced by Simen & Espen at Livingroom Studios in Oslo. Sven Ove Bakke of Dagbladet gave the album four out of six, and described it as "revolving around its already established hits with a combination of self-assured conviction and uneasy duteousness."[5] He concluded that the album was overshadowed by its hit single.[5] In 2011 Donkeyboy won an European Border Breakers Award for their international success.[6]

Donkeyboy's second album Silver Moon was released on March 2, 2012.

Donkeyboy released the single "Triggerfinger" on August 22, 2013.

The band supported fellow Norwegians A-ha in the UK and Oslo legs of their Foot of the Mountain tour in November 2009.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Caught in a Life 1 6
Silver Moon
  • Released: March 2, 2012
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 35
"—" denotes albums which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


Year Song Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2009 "Ambitions" 1 1 Caught in a Life
"Sometimes" 1
  • NOR: 3× Platinum[11]
"Broke My Eyes" 6
"Awake" 8
"Blade Running" 8
2010 "Stereolife"
2011 "City Boy" 1 1 7 Silver Moon
2012 "Pull of the Eye" 11
2013 "Triggerfinger" feat. Kiesza
"—" denotes singles which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


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