50 facts about Swedish singer and songwriter, Tove Lo

With her parents being academics, Lo achieved good grades in school and became fond of literature, writing poetry and short stories. Learn 50 facts you had no idea about Tove Lo.

1. Her full name is Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson.

2. She is a Swedish singer and songwriter.

3. She was born and raised in Djursholm, a suburb north of Stockholm, where she graduated from musical magnet school Rytmus Musikergymnasiet.

4. Lo formed the Swedish rock band Tremblebee in 2006.

5. Following the disbanding of Tremblebee, Lo pursued a career in songwriting, earning a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music in 2011.

6. Working with producers Alexander Kronlund, Max Martin and Xenomania, Lo became a successful songwriter while recording and independently releasing her own compositions.

7. In 2014, she was signed to Martin's songwriting collective Wolf Cousins, and offered a recording deal, signing to Island and Polydor Records.

8. Lo rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Queen of the Clouds, which opened at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in October 2014.

9. Her debut album spawned the sleeper hit single, "Habits (Stay High)", which peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

10. She co-written Hilary Duff's "Sparks".

11. She also co-written Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do".

12. "Love Me Like You Do" garnered her first Grammy Award nomination on December 7, 2015.

13. Deemed "Sweden's darkest pop export" by Rolling Stone, Lo is known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop music.

14. Her characteristically honest, complex and autobiographical lyrical content has led to Lo being dubbed "the saddest girl in Sweden" by a number of media sources.

15. Her mother is a psychologist.

16. Her father is a businessman.

17. She has one older brother.

18. 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).

19. Lo describes her childhood as being "very protected" and her family as "pretty posh".

20. With her parents being academics, Lo achieved good grades in school and became fond of literature, writing poetry and short stories.

21. In an interview with the BBC, she explained, "Growing up so safe, I think I was looking for something else".

22. With her first band, she wrote her first song at age ten or 11.

23. 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.

24. During her time at Rytmus, Lo developed a friendship with Caroline Hjelt, who would later form the Swedish duo Icona Pop.

25. In 2006, Lo began writing songs with Christian Bjerring, a guitarist from Rytmus. The pair then formed a math rock band, Tremblebee, with three other male students from the school.

26. Tremblebee played together for "a few years" in bars across Sweden, independently releasing some of their songs, before breaking up.

27. During her time with the band Tremblebee, Lo developed a passion for performing on stage, and was introduced to Swedish production duo The Struts.

28. After the dissolution of Tremblebee, Lo's musical focus turned toward pop.

29. She learned how to play the drums and garnered knowledge about music programming and record production during this time.

30. Lo later spent time living with Icona Pop, in a suburb near Stockholm.

31. Lo met an A&R who she handed her demo to. Lo initially met him upon the occasion of a party in Stockholm celebrating Icona Pop's first record deal, and later she met him by chance in a bar in London. The A&R liked Lo's demo and subsequently introduced her to a songwriting group which included The Struts and Hjelt.

32. In 2011, Lo decided to pursue a career in songwriting and earned a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. This new career path led her to travel to Los Angeles, and work with Swedish producer Max Martin.

33. In 2012, she collaborated with British production team Xenomania and Swedish producer Alexander Kronlund, co-writing Girls Aloud's "Something New", Icona Pop's "We Got the World" and tracks for the duo's self-titled debut album.

34. Lo then decided to manage an "artist indie career on the side", recording her more personal compositions and releasing them independently.

35. She released her first single, "Love Ballad", in October 2012, and her second single, "Habits", in March 2013.

36. The single "Habits" gained her a substantial online following.

37. Lo was featured on Swedish disc jockey Lucas Nord's single, "Run on Love", released in June 2013 for his album Islands.

38. She also featured on the single, "Strangers", by Seven Lions and Myon & Shane 54 for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film soundtrack and Seven Lions' extended play (EP), Worlds Apart (2014).

39. Throughout 2013, Lo was mentored by Martin and his fellow Swedish producer Shellback.

40. She also co-wrote Victoria Justice's "Gold".

41. Lo grew up idolizing Courtney Love, inspired by grunge culture and the polarizing lyrics of Love's music and her band, Hole.

42. While in high school, Lo developed a passion for pop music and songwriting, influenced namely by the co-written output of Swedish singers Robyn and Lykke Li.

43. Her other musical influences include Amy Winehouse, Jeff Buckley, Mikky Ekko and Silverchair.

44. Lo insists that she created a media image for herself that is synonymous with her true identity.

45. She has a prominent tattoo along her left upper arm of a girl harnessed to the back of a bumblebee.

46. Frequently barefoot during her live performances, Lo sports only two footwear items in her public appearances: Dr Martens and her signature platform Candie's.

47. Her outfits primarily consist of denim or black Cheap Monday tight shorts with sheer crop tops or T-shirts and over-sized denim jackets.

48. Lo's look is often compared to that of her style icon Janis Joplin.

49. Her other style influences include hippie fashion, the fashion of older rock singers and the people of Stockholm, and Edie Sedgwick.

50. In 2014, Lo's first clothing line, which she also modelled for, was released based on the lyrics of her EP, Truth Serum.

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