In 1998 Johnson released her Swedish full-length album debut, När Hela Världen Ser På, on BMG and performed a song from the album, the Top Five Swedish hit single "Kärleken Är," at that year's Melodifestivalen, ultimately winning the competition and advancing to the annual Eurovision Song Contest, where she represented her homeland. For her next two albums, Daughter of Eve (2000) and Good Girl (2002), Johnson sang in English and traveled to the United States to collaborate with various producers, songwriters, and musicians in both Los Angeles and Nashville. The American-fashioned results weren't especially popular in Sweden, spawning no major hits and failing to rival the commercial success of her Swedish breakthrough album, När Hela Världen Ser På.
Johnson returned to the upper reaches of the Swedish singles chart in 2003, however, with "Crazy in Love," a Top Ten hit single that she was elected to perform at that year's Eurovision Song Contest. The success of "Crazy in Love" inspired the release of Discography (2003), a career-spanning retrospective compilation. Later in 2003 Johnson released an album of new material, Roots and Wings, which spawned a pair of charting singles ("Can't Get Enough of You," "God's Gift") and itself became a Top Five hit on the Swedish albums chart. Subsequent albums including Being Who You Are (2005), The Christmas in You (2005), The Woman I've Become (2006), and Music Row (2007) all broke into the Top Five of the Swedish albums chart while, additionally, there was a series of Top 40 hits including "God Bless a Girl in Love" (2005), "Heartbreak Hotel" (2006), "Cowboy Up" (2006), and "Angel of the Morning" (2007). ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi