Mø (singer)

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Background information
Birth name Karen Marie Ørsted
Born (1988-08-13) 13 August 1988 (age 26)
Odense, Denmark
Genres
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Website www.momomoyouth.com

Karen Marie Ørsted (born 13 August 1988 in Odense, Denmark), better known by her stage name (her second and third names initials), is a Danish singer-songwriter signed to Sony Music Entertainment. MØ has been compared to electropop artists such as Grimes and Twin Shadow.[1] Besides beeing Karen Marie Ørsted's initials the word means "maiden" or "virgin" in Danish.[2]

Career[edit]

2007–12: MOR[edit]

She and friend Josefine Struckmann formed the punk duo MOR in 2007, and released two EPs ("Fisse I Dit Fjæs" and "Vanvidstimer") in 2009 and 2011, respectively. MOR disbanded on 7 September 2012.[3]

2012–present: No Mythologies to Follow[edit]

In 2012, Ørsted began creating a cappella pop songs and began collaborating with producer Ronni Vindahl.[4] On 14 January 2013, MØ released her debut single "Glass".[5] On 15 March 2013 she released "Pilgrim" with B-side "Maiden".[6] Pilgrim was recognized as P3s Uundgåelige (P3 Unavoidable), a label given to rising artists by Danish radio station DR P3, as it peaked at number eleven on the Danish Singles Chart.[7][8] On 27 March 2013, she performed live on television for the first time at the Danish P3 Guld Awards.[9]

On 7 June 2013 she released the single "Waste of Time".[10] On 18 August 2013 it was confirmed through manager Ash Pournouri that MØ had co-written and provided vocals for Swedish DJ/producer Avicii's song "Dear Boy" which was later featured on his debut album, True.[11] On 30 August 2013 she released the single "XXX 88".[12] MØ's first extended play, Bikini Daze, was released on 18 October 2013.[13] In October 2010, she supported AlunaGeorge on UK tour dates.[14] The single "Don't Wanna Dance" debuted on BBC Radio 1 on 16 January 2014 as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record.[15]

MØ's debut studio album, No Mythologies to Follow, was released on 7 March 2014.[16] On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a Metascore of an 77 out of 100 indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[17] Music blog Pretty Much Amazing called the album "complex and euphoric", while The Guardian noted that "what [MØ] lacks in originality, she makes up for with warlike ardour".[18][19]

Ørsted began touring in Europe and the United States in support of the album, ending in June. On 2 June 2014, she made her US television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she performed the songs "Don't Wanna Dance" and "Pilgrim".[20] "Walk This Way" was released on 16 June 2014 as a single from No Mythologies to Follow.[21] On 23 June, MØ announced additional United States and Canadian tour dates beginning in September.[22]

Musical style[edit]

MØ's music has been described as "electro music with guts". Her work has been compared to various artists, including Siouxsie Sioux and Janet Jackson.[23]

Ørsted was seven when she became interested in music thanks to the Spice Girls.[24] As a teenager, she became interested in punk music and anti-fascist movements, listening to Black Flag, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and especially Sonic Youth, saying she looked up to Kim Gordon as a "big hero and role model".[25]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
DEN
[7]
BEL
(FL)

[26]
BEL
(WA)

[27]
FRA
[28]
IRE
[29]
UK
[30]
No Mythologies to Follow 2 107 83 161 76 58

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat.
[31]
Bikini Daze
  • Released: 18 October 2013[13]
  • Label: Chess Club, RCA Victor
  • Format: Digital download
11

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
DEN
[7]
BEL
(FL)

[26]
UK
[32]
"Glass" 2013 No Mythologies to Follow
"Pilgrim" 11
"Waste of Time"
"XXX 88" (featuring Diplo) [A]
"Don't Wanna Dance" 2014 25 [B]
"Say You'll Be There"[33] 170
"Walk This Way"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Dear Boy" 2013 Avicii True

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Glass" 2013 Casper Balslev[34]
"Let the Youth Go Mad" (Broke featuring Mø) Ian Isak Ploug Ochoa[35]
"Pilgrim" (MS MR Remix) Esben Weile Kjær[36]
"Waste of Time" Anders Malmberg[37]
"XXX 88" (featuring Diplo) Tim Erem[38]
"Don't Wanna Dance" 2014 Georgia Hudson[39]
"Walk This Way" Emilie Rafael[40]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "XXX 88" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 42 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.[26]
  2. ^ "Don't Wanna Dance" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 59 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lester, Paul (12 October 2012). "New band of the day: MØ (No 1,371)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Interview, MØ : A tomboy chasing dreams". Crumb Magazine. 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Facebook: MOR retirement announcement". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bitch Slap Magazine: Ronni Vindahl Interview". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Glass – Single by MØ". iTunes Store Denmark. Apple. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pilgrim – Single by MØ". iTunes Store Denmark. Apple. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Discography MØ". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "P3s Uundgåelige". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  9. ^ SR.dk: P3 Guld Prisen
  10. ^ "Waste of Time – Single by MØ". iTunes Store Denmark. Apple. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "XXX 88 (feat. Diplo) – Single by MØ". iTunes Store Denmark. Apple. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Bikini Daze – EP by MØ". iTunes Store Denmark. Apple. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Facebook: AlunaGeorge/MØ tour dates". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Whitehill, Gaby (17 January 2014). "Listen: MØ reveals new single 'Don't Wanna Dance' from debut album". Gigwise. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Mo – No Mythologies To Follow (CD)". Tower Records Ireland. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Metacritic: No Mythologies to Follow Reviews". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Pretty Much Amazing: No Mythologies to Follow Album Review". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Guardian: No Mythologies to Follow review – MØ goes to battle over love". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Geslani, Michelle (3 June 2014). "Watch: MØ make her American TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Youtube: Walk This Way Official Video". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Facebook: MØ Fall 2014 Tour Announcement". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Levine, Nick (5 July 2013). "MØ - Waste Of Time". Retrieved 5 August 2014. "she's like a cross between Siouxsie Sioux and '90s Janet Jackson" 
  24. ^ Amendt, Sander (24 June 2014). ""Society waits for nobody" – Pop's newest outsider MØ interviewed". Electronic Beats. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "MØ - Interview: DSCVR ONES TO WATCH". Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  26. ^ a b c d "Discografie MØ" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Discographie MØ" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "Discographie MØ" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Discography MØ". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "MO". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  31. ^ "Heatseekers Albums : Feb 01, 2014". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  32. ^ Peak chart positions for the pther charted songs in the United Kingdom:
  33. ^ "Say You'll Be There – Single by MØ". iTunes Store Denmark. Apple. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  34. ^ Knight, David (14 February 2013). "Mø 'Glass' by Casper Balslev". Promo News. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  35. ^ Hill, Sam (6 March 2013). "Broke feat MØ 'Let The Youth Go Mad' by Ian Isak Ploug Ochoa". Promo News. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  36. ^ "MØ – Pilgrim (MS MR Remix) (2013)". IMVDb. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  37. ^ "MØ – Waste Of Time (2013)". IMVDb. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  38. ^ Knight, David (17 September 2013). "Mø Feat. Diplo 'XXX 88' by Tim Erem". Promo News. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  39. ^ Brown, Jimmy (29 January 2014). "MØ 'Don't Wanna Dance' by Georgia Hudson". Promo News. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  40. ^ "mø, walk this way". i-D. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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