Scandinavian pop-stars have been ruling the charts for decades now. Throughout time, there have been numerous Scandi superstars arriving on the music scene, from disco queens ABBA to female-led rock group Roxette and the likes of innovative pop-stars such as Robyn.
In recent years there seems to have been a Scandinavian pop takeover for sure! They obviously have been making music to worldwide audiences since forever but it seems that no new music list is complete without a Scandi on it these days. Musicians hailing from Norway to Sweden, to Denmark to Finland and Iceland have been making their presence felt on the air waves.
So, in honour of our Nordic sisters, we’ve come up with the ultimate rundown on who is absolutely running the music industry right now…
Hailing from Sweden, born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson , Tove Lo – who we know her better as – has been making a big impact on music since she dropped her debut EP Truth Serum. The success of her debut album Queen of the Clouds and hit singles Habits (Stay High) and Talking Body made her a worldwide success. Since then she has released a second studio album Lady Wood, completed two world tours and collaborated with Nick Jonas (the hot one from the Jonas Brothers ;). She also has writing credits on Ellie Goulding’s smash hit Love Me Like You Do and also has penned lyrics for other stars including Hilary Duff, Cher Lloyd, Girls Aloud and Years & Years.
What’s next for Tove Lo? More touring throughout 2017 and a release for Lady Wood (Phase 2).
Denmark native MØ, has a success story that had more of a gradual build up than her contemporaries. She started off supporting artists like AlunaGeorge on tour to build a following of fans before she dropped her debut album No Mythologies To Follow. Since then she has teamed up with Major Lazer, Snakehips and Justin Bieber to create worldwide smashes. Final Song is her signature solo single which went Gold in the UK and double platinum in Australia.
What’s next for MØ? A second studio album, and a new UK tour announced for October.
In 2009, Tove Styrke gained popularity when she appeared on Swedish Idol. She came third place and since then has had a successful pop career. Her self-titled debut album went top 10 and platinum in her home country of Sweden. Soon after her second studio Kiddo received critical acclaim allowing her to tour worldwide.
What’s next for Tove Styrke? A sold out headline show at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on June 12th and a new album to follow.
Sigrid’s big breakthrough was this year came from the release of her bold single Don’t Kill My Vibe which slays for absolute days. What an introduction to kick start your EP campaign?! She followed up with single Plot Twist before dropping her first EP and signing to Island Records. Ever since, Sigrid has been building a fan base slowly with headline shows and festival slots this year. And at only 20-years-old, Sigrid is tipped to be one of the next big things in music.
What’s next for Sigrid? More touring, more new music, hopefully an album this year and worldwide domination.
In 2013, at just 17-years-old, Alma was a contestant on Finnish Idol where she landed in fifth place. But just three years later she had signed to Universal Music where she released her first single ‘Karma’ which was a top 5 in her native Finland. She released Dye My Hair which was a follow up top 10 single and then released her first EP under the same name. Since then she has collaborated with dance giants Felix Jaehn and Sub Focus too.
What’s next for Alma? Merchandise, more music and a whole lot more of her crazy wild shows.
So, do you agree with our list? Did we miss any obvious names out? Tweet us @debutmaguk and let us know.
Words: Fabio Magnocavallo
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