When it comes to Europe, Scandinavia is not typically the first region that comes to mind as a producer of chart-topping music acts. With the UK getting most of the attention for the British invasion, it’s easy to forget that the ‘90s saw a Scandinavian sweep with everlasting hits from Ace of Base, Aqua and The Cardigans. Of course, some of the biggest acts to come out of the region — Denmark, Norway, and Sweden — include ABBA, Robyn and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.
While it seemed like 2014 was set to be another sweep for Brit acts, like YOK artist Sam Smith and John Newman, several Scandinavian artists are making a run at the top of the charts. Among them are July YOK artist Tove Lo with her buzzworthy “Habits (Stay High)” and Nico & Vinz’s runaway hit, “Am I Wrong.”
These two acts, plus three other new groups are the Scandinavian artists you oughta know.
You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo is one glamorous girl. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the singer is blessed with those modelesque Scandinavian genes. When Lo — born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson — spent the day at VH1, everyone was stunned by her natural beauty. It’s no wonder she’s ready to step into the spotlight. After writing hits for Icona Pop, Adam Lambert, and Cher Lloyd, Lo is turning her attention onto herself (and letting herself shine).
Thanks to the buzz surrounding her first single, “Habits (Stay High),” Lo isn’t just about looks. She’s has an ear for smart, pop music.
Check out the behind-the-scenes photos of Lo hanging out at the VH1 office, performing her single in less than 60 seconds, and showing off those hipster model looks.
“Habits (Stay High)” is July You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo’s newest single to hit the U.S. The song is all about making and living with bad choices. So we sat down with Tove Lo to get to know her a little better in a Speed Interview. Turns out her worst habit is falling asleep in the tub when she’s drunk.