Welcome to Coverstory: The new Scandinavian blog about pop, rock and hip hop.

Owner of Coverstory, Michael Hartmann. Photo credit: Rune Hammerstad. www.fotorune.com

The blog is owned and operated by Michael Hartmann, a Norwegian freelance journalist and former editor-in-chief at Pink Planet Magazine.

Michael has interviewed some of the most popular artists in Norway and Sweden, like Tone Damli, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Bertine Zetlitz, Chris Holsten, Lars Vaular*,Peter Jöback and Eric Saade.

He has also interviewed celebrities from other countries, like

  • UK fashion advisors Trinny & Susannah,
  • American dancer Danny Tidwell (So you think you can dance, US), 
  • Brit Award winning pop group A1(Ben Adams, Mark Read, Christian Ingebrigtsen and Paul Marazzi).

Michael started his writing career in 2007 as a staff writer at Medium, a health- and lifestyle magazine.

Shortly thereafter, he was named editor-in-chief at Pink Planet, a free, culture guide for the gay community in Oslo. Michael revamped the magazine and expanded its distribution. This made Pink Planet available for readers in four major cities in southern Norway; Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger.

As readers turned to online publications, Michael started freelancing for Gaysir, Norways biggest gay web site. From 2010 to 2014, he wrote about Oslos culture- and entertainment scene. For two years, also at Gaysir, he edited a weekly column about gay rights issues.

After a three year hiatus, Michael made a comeback to the world of music and media. On May 31st 2017, he launched Coverstory, a blog about pop, rock and hip hop.


BACKSTAGE: Michael with British/Norwegian pop group a1.


Michael has photographed some of the most popular artists in Norway and Sweden:


Christian Ingebrigtsen, artist. producer and member of pop group a1:


Eric Saade is a Swedish pop star. Building his career, he was often referred to as “Swedens Justin Bieber”.


Tone Damli, one of Norways most popular singers for many years.



Tone Damli and Eric Saade:



One of Norways most well known rappers, Lars Vaular:


Norwegian electronica artist Bertine Zetlitz:


Danny Tidwell, (So You Think You Can Dance, US):


All photos: Copyright Michael Hartmann.


You can reach Michael at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Coverstory is independently owned and operated by Michael Hartmann.

* Tunes Magazine, 2009.