Tove Lo rising on pop charts as singer, songwriter

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Tove Lo rising on pop charts as singer, songwriter

Lo, who toured with Katy Perry international, has written songs for Hilary Duff, Icona Pop, Lea Michelle and others.

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Published: Sun 17 May 2015, 9:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:20 PM

Tove Lo is having a sexy year, musically speaking. The Swedish singer is riding high off her recent hit, Talking Body, and she also co-wrote Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do from the ubiquitous 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack.

“I was basically a part of helping with the lyrics,” Lo said of Goulding’s multiplatinum, Top 5 hit. “I watched the movie and when it comes on in the movie, you’re like, ‘I was part of that!’”

“I’m not a Mr. Grey girl. He’s not my type at all,” she added. But Talking Body, which climbed to No. 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week, describes a guy Lo can’t get over.

“It was after a very good night and kind of when you’re thinking about when you’re stuck in an intimate phase with someone, and you never want to get out, never want to get in the real world,” she said. “It’s basically about intimacy. I hope people are making love to it.”

The song is the follow-up to Lo’s debut hit, Habits (Stay High), which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart.

“I don’t think I realised how many people were going to hear this very personal story about me -- that goes for all of my songs,” she said Friday after rehearsing at the Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas, where Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars are headliners. “A lot of people can relate -- that’s why I think it did so well because people were like, ‘That’s me. I feel that pain!’”

The songs appear on her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, released last year. It features honest lyrics about the rising 27-year-old’s life, from getting intimate to being insecure.
Lo hit a minor setback at the top of the year when she had surgery to remove a cyst from her vocal cord.

“January through March, I was like completely in my apartment, going crazy, being quiet,” she said. “It was so bad by the end of last year. I could barely sing.”

Lo, who toured with Katy Perry international, has written songs for Hilary Duff, Icona Pop, Lea Michelle and others. She has worked under pop powerhouse Max Martin (Britney Spears, Taylor Swift) and songwriter Shellbeck, and says collaborating with fellow singer-songwriter Sia would be a “dream.”

“I’m in love with everything that she does for herself because it’s so emotional and it has inspiration that I love, and her voice is just out of this world,” she said. “Big fan!”



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