Tove Lo: The Rise and Journey of the Swedish Singer-Songwriter
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Who is Tove Lo?
Just weekends before the world shut down due to the COVID -19 pandemic, I had the absolute pleasure of spending a Friday night at the Palladium Concert Hall in Los Angeles. I attended Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo’s last performance of her North American “Sunshine Kitty” tour with enthusiasm. While Tove Lo may have had a broken foot during her set, she put on an unforgettable performance and really sent my last weekend of freedom off with a bang. Originally born as Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson, the artist has won a slew of obsessed fans with her grunge-soaked pop anthems, addictive electronic beats and truthful lyrics.
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Lo explained to her fans in a YouTube interview where the shortened version of her name, Tove Lo, was born. It all started with his fascination with a lynx from his local zoo whose name was Tova. She was so obsessed that her family started calling her Tove Lo, “Lo” is Swedish for Lynx. Growing up in the suburbs of Stockholm in a pleasant and humble home, the artist entered her teenage years wishing for a change. In an interview with BBC, Lo recalled her rebellious moments when she dyed her hair pink and went out of control, and what or who was to blame, you might ask?
Kurt Cobain. “I fell in love with Kurt and Courtney’s story, even though I was only 12. I had all the posters on my bedroom wall – the black and white one of him with lots of eyeliner on. I was fascinated by grunge and it started there. Having grown up so safe, I think I was looking for something else. Perhaps a life filled with a little more danger, excitement and perhaps a touch of sex, heartache and parties, the subjects often of many of his songs. Keep reading to go through Lo’s timeline as a musician and her major career highlights to date.
Fans can arguably say that Tove Lo really blew up after the release of her breakup anthem, “Habits,” which was released in March 2013. This track caught the attention of many and had people all over the world buzzing. about his lyricism. What fans might not know is that the song was originally written as a poem she wrote during a low (no pun intended) period in her relationship. In an interview with Paste Magazine, recalls the singer, “I wrote this song just before we finished it. It was over, but not over. I knew what I wanted to sing in the chorus and I tried to write it with tons of different people, but they never got it. Finally, I was like, okay, I’m just going to be honest and vulnerable, and just tell it like it is.
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Everyone’s been there, just numb. The chorus was probably a few months after we broke up, but I was still in that zone where I was going crazy and hiding my tears with substances of different kinds. You can see it in the recording – we tried to re-record the vocals, but it had to be the demo, because you could tell it really came from the heart. This song was also called a “sleeper hit”, meaning it became even more popular a year after its release. It topped several charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100.
2014- 2015: ‘Queen of the Clouds’
Lo released her debut album “Queen of the Clouds”. The theme of the album is based on the phases of a relationship: sex, love and pain. Due to the major success of “Habits”, Universal Music offered the singer a recording contract. Billboard reported that this album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 14 and sold 19,000 copies in the first week of release. She was also featured on famed Swedish DJ Alesso’s single “Heroes” from his own debut album, which also received positive reviews. She opened for Katy Perry’s tour in 2014 and went on to do her very first headlining tour the following year.
2016-2018: Featured works and album releases
These two years were full of famous feature films and the release of his second and third studio albums. Tove Lo was featured in Nick Jonas’ intimate single “Close,” as well as Flume’s electric anthem “Say It.” In 2016, Lo released her second album “Lady Wood” with Island Records in October 2016, which featured a dark techno sound. In an interview with Weekly entertainment the artist reported that “Lady Wood” was “the first installment of a double album about hunting down all kinds of rushes”. A year later, a follow-up album was released by the artist, ‘Blue Lips’ in 2017 which “continued the story with two more chapters of climaxes and comedowns”.
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2019: ‘Sunshine Kitty’
Lo’s latest studio album, “Sunshine Kitty”, debuted in late September 2019. The music video for the lead single, “Glad He’s Gone”, received a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video and was Lo’s first name. at the Grammys for his solo work. Lo also had the privilege of working with singer-songwriter/producer Finneas (Billie Eilish’s older brother) on his singles “Bikini Porn” and “Passion and Pain Taste the Same When I’m Weak”, which both appeared on the ‘Sunshine Kitty’ deluxe album.
Today: quarantine, new music and acting debut
After wrapping up her North American Sunshine Kitty Tour, the world essentially shut down due to the pandemic, and like all of us, Tove Lo was left in isolation. In mid-2020, she announced on social media that she had married a longtime boyfriend. She also hinted on Instagram that she spent time in quarantine with friend and fellow songwriter, Charli XCX at a house in Palm Springs. Fans can assume the two were working on new music and can only hope to receive another collaboration between the two leading ladies. Also in the final months of 2020, Lo began her acting debut in the SF Studios feature ‘The Emigrants’, a film based on Vilhelm Moberg’s 1949 novel about a group of individuals emigrating from Sweden to America in the 1840s and 50s. This reimagined adaptation is told from a female perspective, and I look forward to more details from the film.
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I can certainly speak for myself when I say that I admire Tove Lo and her candor in her art. She’s extremely body positive, her songs are incredibly honest, her style is impeccable, and she’s one of the only pop stars I can think of who’s really not afraid to bend the rules and make her own. his. I can’t wait to hear whatever music she decides to release next and can only hope to see her back on tour once the world gets (semi) normal again.
By Alexa Sutherland
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