M2M were a female pop duo from Lorenskog, Norway that consisted of Marit Larsen (born Marit Elisabeth Larsen on July 1, 1983) & Marion Raven (born Marion Elise Ravn on May 25, 1984). Their name was chosen from a contest held for fans to give them a name for the band.
The girls have known each other since they were 5 years old. In 1996, they released a children’s music album in Norway called “Synger Kjente Barnesanger” under the name “Marit & Marion.”
In their teen years, the girls were discovered by Norwegian music producers Kai Robole & Kenneth M. Lewis and in 1998, they were signed to Atlantic Records.
In October of 1999, M2M’s debut single “Don’t Say You Love Me” was released to radio & was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Pokemon the First Movie.”
The song first received airplay on Radio Disney in the United States in November of 1999, but it wasn’t until early 2000 that it was officially released.
The song became a hit, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Singles Sales chart & #40 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay & Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart.
Internationally, the song peaked at #2 in their native Norway. It also topped the charts in South Korea & was moderately successful in the United Kingdom, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Germany & Switzerland. It was certified Gold in the United States & Australia.
In March of 2000, the duo released their debut album “Shades of Purple” which peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.
Internationally, the album was certified Gold in Norway & Chile and Platinum in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand & Taiwan.
M2M’s follow-up single “Mirror Mirror” peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 in Australia and #13 in Canada. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States.
The third single from the album “The Day You Went Away” (which was originally sung in 1992 by Australian singer Wendy Williams) didn’t appear to make much
impact on the charts.
Two more singles from the album “Pretty Boy” and “Girl in Your Dreams” failed to chart as well.
The last single from the album “Everything You Do” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
M2M performed a conert special at Epcot in Walt Disney World with boy band BBMak and on April 29, 2000, it was broadcast under the name “M2M and BBMak in Concert.” They also went on tour with Hanson as the opening act.
In 2002, M2M released their sophomore album “The Big Room” which managed to chart in Norway & Australia, but not in the United States. It was certified Platinum in Thailand, the Phillippines & Indonesia. It was released a year earlier in Asia where it received positive reception.
The first single from the album “Everything” peaked at #6 in Norway, #27 in Australia & #44 in New Zealand. It was released in the United States, but it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100.
The follow-up single “What You Do to Me” only peaked at #46 in Australia, but didn’t chart anywhere else (including their home country).
The third single “Don’t” was only released in the U.S., but it didn’t make the charts at all.
The last single from the album “Wanna Be Where You Are” was only released in the Philippines. It’s unknown how or if it charted there. During that same year, M2M participated in the Pantene Pro-Voice concert series.
Due to low record sales, the duo was dropped from Atlantic Records while they were on tour with Jewel and after that, M2M broke up.
While Marit went on to finish up high school, Marion was immediately signed to a solo record deal with Atlantic Records. She wrote songs for artists such as Tammin Sursok, Maria Arredondo & Lindsay Lohan. She released her debut album in 2005.
These days, Marion & Marit are pursuing separate solo music careers. Most recently, Marion released her sixth album “Scandal, Vol. 2.” Marit’s fourth album “When the Morning Comes” topped the album charts in Norway in 2014.
To see the music video for “Don’t Say You Love Me,” go to:
To see the music video for “Mirror, Mirror,” go to:
To see the music video for “Everything You Do,” go to:
To see the music video for “The Day You Went Away,” go to:
To see the music video for “Pretty Boy,” go to:
To see the music video for “Girl in Your Dreams,” go to:
To see the music video for “Everything,” go to:
To see the music video for “What You Do to Me,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Don’t,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Wanna Be Where You Are,” go to: