Tove Lo

Tove Lo
A woman with brown hair wearing a black top and holding a microphone.
Lo performing at Gröna Lund in Stockholm during July 2014
Background information
Birth nameEbba Tove Elsa Nilsson
Born (1987-10-29) 29 October 1987 (age 31)
Stockholm, Sweden
OriginDjursholm, Sweden
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • piano
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson (born 29 October 1987), known professionally as Tove Lo (Swedish pronunciation: [²tuːvɛ luː]; lo is Swedish for lynx), is a Swedish singer and songwriter. Called "Sweden's darkest pop export" by Rolling Stone,[1] she is known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop music. Her honest, complex and autobiographical lyrical content has led to her being dubbed "the saddest girl in Sweden".[2]

Raised in the Djursholm district of Danderyd, a northern suburb of Stockholm, Lo is an alumna of the music school Rytmus Musikergymnasiet. She formed the rock band Tremblebee in 2006. After it disbanded, Lo 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 releasing her own compositions independently.

In 2013, Lo was signed to Universal Music, Island and Polydor. The following year, Lo rose to fame with her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, which opened at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 chart in October 2014. It spawned the sleeper hit single "Habits (Stay High)", which peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her second album, Lady Wood, was released in October 2016 and debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200; "Cool Girl" was its lead single. Her third album, Blue Lips, was released in November 2017, peaking at number 138 on the Billboard 200.

In addition to her solo work, Lo has co-written songs for other artists, including: Lorde's "Homemade Dynamite" (2017) and Ellie Goulding's "Love Me like You Do" (2015), a song that garnered her first Grammy Award nomination for the 58th Grammy Awards. She has collaborated with many artists like Alesso, Flume, Nick Jonas, Seven Lions, Broods, Urban Cone and Coldplay.

Early life

Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson was born on 29 October 1987 in Stockholm, Sweden.[3][4] Her mother is a psychologist and her father is a businessman. She has one older brother.[5] Her lifelong nickname and adopted stage name, Tove Lo, was given to her at age three by her godmother because of her love for lynxes (singular: "lo" in Swedish).[3] She explained; "There was this lynx at a zoo that was called Tove, and that I totally fell in love with. It was my dear godmother who decided to call me Tove Lo, after that lynx. It stuck."[6] Lo grew up in the affluent Djursholm district of Danderyd Municipality, just north of Stockholm.[3][7] She describes her childhood as being "very protected" and her family as "pretty posh".[3][5] The singer excelled in social sciences at school and grew fond of literature, writing poetry and short stories.[4][8] In an interview with the BBC, Lo explained, "Growing up so safe, I think I was looking for something else."[3][9]

Lo developed a love for music and formed a girl band with her friends.[10] She wrote her first song with them at age 10 or 11.[7][11] By age 15, Lo had written "all these lyrics that nobody ever saw" and had performed twice on stage, before enrolling at Rytmus Musikergymnasiet, a Stockholm music school.[4][5] During her time at Rytmus, Lo developed a friendship with Caroline Hjelt, who would later form the Swedish duo Icona Pop.[12] After two years, she graduated from the school and felt assured that her career would be in music despite her parents preferring she do something else.[9][13][14][15]

Other Languages
العربية: توف لو
български: Туве Ло
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فارسی: تو لو
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한국어: 토베 로
հայերեն: Թովե Լո
italiano: Tove Lo
עברית: טובה לו
Basa Jawa: Tove Lo
latviešu: Tūve Lū
magyar: Tove Lo
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русский: Туве Лу
Simple English: Tove Lo
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српски / srpski: Туве Лу
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Tiếng Việt: Tove Lo
中文: 托芙蘿