Tove Lo

Tove Lo
Tove Lo (2) By Daniel Åhs Karlsson.jpeg
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 30)
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] lit. "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]

She was born and raised in the Djursholm district of Danderyd, a northern suburb of Stockholm, and is an alumna of the musical magnet school Rytmus Musikergymnasiet. She formed the 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, Lo was signed to Max Martin's Wolf Cousins and offered a recording deal. She signed to Island US and Polydor. She rose to fame with 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 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her second album, Lady Wood, was released in October 2016, opening at number 11 on the Billboard 200. It was promoted by the single "Cool Girl". Her third album, Blue Lips, was released in November 2017, peaking at number 138 on the Billboard 200.[3]

In addition to her solo work, Lo has co-written a number of songs for other singers, including Lorde's "Homemade Dynamite" and Ellie Goulding's "Love Me like You Do", a song that garnered her 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.[4][5] Her mother is a psychologist and her father is a businessman. She has one older brother.[6] 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).[4] 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."[7] Lo grew up in the affluent Djursholm district of Danderyd Municipality, just north of Stockholm.[4][8] She describes her childhood as being "very protected" and her family as "pretty posh".[4][6] She excelled in social sciences at school and grew fond of literature, writing poetry and short stories.[5][9] In an interview with the BBC, she explained, "Growing up so safe, I think I was looking for something else".[10][4]

Lo then developed a love for music and formed a girl band with her friends.[11] With the band, she wrote her first song at age 10 or 11.[8][12] By age 15, Lo had written a compilation of lyrical content which "nobody ever saw" and had performed twice on stage, before enrolling at Rytmus Musikergymnasiet, a musical school in Stockholm.[5][6] During her time at Rytmus, Lo developed a friendship with Caroline Hjelt, who would later form the Swedish duo Icona Pop.[13] After two years, Lo graduated from the school and felt assured that her career would be in music despite her parents preferring otherwise.[10][14][15][16]

Other Languages
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български: Туве Ло
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한국어: 토베 로
Հայերեն: Թովե Լո
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עברית: טובה לו
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latviešu: Tūve Lū
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