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Tove Lo (born October 29, 1987 as Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson) is a Swedish Singer and songwriter. She was born and raised in the affluent Djursholm district of Danderyd Municipality, just north of Stockholm, where she graduated from musical magnet school Rytmus Musikergymnasiet. She formed the Swedish rock band “Tremblebee” in 2006. Following the disbanding of Tremblebee, she pursued a career in songwriting and earned a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music in 2011. Working with producers Alexander Kronlund, Max Martin, and Xenomania, she became a successful songwriter recording and independently releasing her own compositions. In 2014, she was signed to Max Martin’s songwriting collective Wolf Cousins and was offered a recording deal. She signed to the American label Island and Polydor Records in the UK.
Lo rose to fame with the release of her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, which opened at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in October 2014. The album spawned the sleeper hit single, “Habits (Stay High)”, which peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to her solo work, Lo has cowritten a number of songs for other singers, including Hilary Duff‘s “Sparks” and Ellie Goulding‘s “Love Me like You Do”, a song that garnered her first Grammy Award nomination for the 58th Grammy Awards. She has collaborated with Coldplay, Flume, Alesso, Nick Jonas, Adam Lambert, Years & Years, Seven Lions, Broods, Lucas Nord, Urban Cone, Disclosure, and Wiz Khalifa.
Deemed “Sweden’s darkest pop export” by Rolling Stone, Tove Lo is known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop Music. Her characteristically honest, complex and autobiographical lyrical content has led to her being dubbed “the saddest girl in Sweden” by a number of media sources.
2006–2013: Career beginnings and collaborations
“I think I started to write for others because I didn’t know who I was. I was too Lost at the time to know who the fuck I was and what I wanted to sing about.” —Lo on her choice of a career in songwritingIn 2006, Lo began writing songs with Christian Bjerring, a guitarist from Rytmus. The pair then formed a math rock band, Tremblebee, with three other male students from the school. Tremblebee played together for “a few years” in bars across Sweden, independently releasing some of their songs, before breaking up. During her time with the band, Lo developed a passion for performing on stage, and was introduced to Swedish production duo The Struts. After the dissolution of Tremblebee, Lo’s musical focus turned toward pop. She then decided to focus on her own tracks, spending six months in her shed studio producing a demo, while doing session singing as a means of income. She also learned how to play the drums and garnered knowledge about Music programming and record production during this time. Lo later spent time living with Icona Pop, in a suburb near Stockholm.
Lo later met an A&R who she handed her demo to. Lo initially met him upon the occasion of a party in Stockholm celebrating Icona Pop’s first record deal, and later she met him by chance in a bar in London. The A&R liked Lo’s demo and subsequently introduced her to a songwriting group which included The Struts and Hjelt. In 2011, Lo decided to pursue a career in songwriting and earned a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. This new career path led her to travel to Los Angeles, and work with Swedish producer Max Martin. In 2012, she collaborated with British production team Xenomania and Swedish producer Alexander Kronlund, co-writing Girls Aloud’s “Something New”, Icona Pop’s “We Got the World” and tracks for the duo’s self-titled debut album.
Lo then decided to manage an “artist indie career on the side”, recording her more personal compositions and releasing them independently. She released her first single, “Love Ballad”, in October 2012, and her second single, “Habits”, in March 2013. The latter gained her a substantial online following. Lo was featured on Swedish disc jockey Lucas Nord’s single, “Run On Love”, released in June 2013 for his album Islands. She also featured on the single, “Strangers”, by Seven Lions and Myon & Shane 54 for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film soundtrack (2013), and Seven Lions’ extended play (EP), Worlds Apart (2014). Throughout 2013, Lo was mentored by Martin and his fellow Swedish producer Shellback. She also co-wrote Victoria Justice‘s “Gold”, and tracks for Tal’s À l’infini and Icona Pop’s This Is… Icona Pop.
2014–2015: Breakthrough with Queen of the Clouds
Due to the strength of her online following, Lo was offered a recording deal in 2014, signing with Island and Polydor Records. Lo then shifted her focus to an international singing career, earning critical acclaim for her first live shows in London and during South by Southwest in the United States. Lo’s debut EP, Truth Serum, was released on 3 March 2014. It became her first charting release in Sweden where it peaked at number 13. The EP was also a critical success, and led to several news media sources referring to Lo as “a pop star in waiting”. The EP spawned two singles; “Out of Mind” and a re-release of “Habits”, re-titled “Habits (Stay High)”. A remix of the latter by American duo Hippie Sabotage, re-titled “Stay High”, marked Lo’s international breakthrough into mainstream success, peaking at number 13 in Sweden and at number six in the United Kingdom. Lo was later named VH1’s ‘You Oughta Know’ and iHeart Radio’s On the Verge artist. She made her live television debut, performing “Habits (Stay High)” on the Late Night with Seth Meyers in June 2014. Lo’s debut album, Queen of the Clouds, was released on 24 September 2014, to generally positive reviews. It debuted at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 19,000 copies in its first week. The album peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom and at number six in Sweden where it was certified platinum by Swedish Recording Industry Association (GLF) for sales of 40,000 units. Queen of the Clouds has since spawned four singles. Serving as the album’s lead single, a United States release of “Habits (Stay High)” became a sleeper hit. The single was Lo’s commercial breakthrough in the country, peaking at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The album’s second single “Talking Body” peaked at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number 16 in Sweden, and number 17 in the United Kingdom. The following singles were “Timebomb” and “Moments”.
Lo was also featured on Swedish DJ Alesso’s single “Heroes (We Could Be)” for his debut album, Forever. The single was a commercial success, peaking at number five in Sweden, number six in the United Kingdom and number 31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Lo served as the opening act for the third leg of American Singer Katy Perry‘s Prismatic World Tour in November 2014. She recorded the song “Scream My Name” for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 film soundtrack released that month. In late 2014, she was signed to Max Martin’s songwriting collective Wolf Cousins. Tracks co-written by Lo were featured on the 2014 album releases of Cher Lloyd’s Sorry I’m Late, Lea Michele‘s Louder, and Zara Larsson’s 1. She also co-wrote “What Are You Waiting For?” by The Saturdays. In December 2014, Lo announced that she was taking time off to undergo surgery on her vocal cords which had developed cysts. The surgery successfully took place on 3 January 2015. At the 2015 Grammis, Lo won in the categories for Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Habits (Stay High)”. Lo was featured on Swedish group Urban Cone’s single “Come Back to Me”, released in March 2015 for their album Polaroid Memories. In May 2015, it was announced that she will be featured on a song for Adam Lambert’s upcoming album The Original High. Lo also co-wrote the 2015 singles “Love Me like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and “Sparks” by Hilary Duff. She went on to write other two tracks of Duff’s fifth album Breathe In. Breathe Out., “Stay In Love” and “One in A Million”. “Love Me Like You Do” earned Lo her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. On 2 October 2015, a repackaged version of Queen of the Clouds was released as the Blueprint Edition. It features all tracks from the original release, as well as “Over”, “Out of Mind”, and “Paradise”, Taken from the 2014 Truth Serum EP, and Tove Lo’s collaboration with Alesso, “Heroes (We Could Be)”.In support of the repackaged edition of Queen of the Clouds, Lo completed a 16-date tour over September and October 2015 across North America.
In late 2015, she won the STIM platinum guitar prize. Lo was featured on Coldplay’s “Fun”, a track from their seventh album A Head Full of Dreams released on 4 December 2015. Tove Lo was also featured on the lead single to Nick Jonas’s third studio album, Last Year Was Complicated, titled “Close”. The song was released on 25 March 2016. Tove Lo is the featured artist on Australian artist Flume’s single ‘Say It’, which was released on 20 April 2016.
2016–present: Lady Wood
In an interview during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Lo confirmed that she had finished recording her “darker and dreamier” second studio album.
On 4 August 2016, Lo released the lead single from her second album, “Cool Girl”. The following day, it was revealed that the title of her upcoming album would be Lady Wood, and its release date was announced as 28 October 2016.
Five days prior to the album release, Lo announced an upcoming European and North American solo tour entitled the Lady Wood Tour that will take the Singer across twenty-one cities across the two continents to further promote the new release. More tour dates were later announced after the release of the album.
In February 2017, Lo was featured in the song, “Lies in the Dark”, from Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. On February 16, 2017, it was announced that Lo would be opening for British band Coldplay on their A Head Full of Dreams Tour from June to October 2017 across Europe, United States, and Canada.
Tove Lo (age: 31) is a Swedish Singer known for Queen of the Clouds, singles Habits (Stay High), Cool Girl, Talking Body, True Disaster and her short film Fairy Dust.