Tove Styrke

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Tove Styrke
Tove Styrke live in 2011.jpg
Tove Styrke performing in 2011
Background information
Birth name Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke
Also known as Tove Styrke
Born (1992-11-19) 19 November 1992 (age 22)
Origin Umeå, Sweden
Genres Electropop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sony Music, RCA Records

Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke[1][2] (born 19 November 1992[2]), known as Tove Styrke, is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She gained popularity as a contestant on Swedish Idol 2009, finishing in third place.[3] After Idol 2009, she started a solo career as an electropop singer and songwriter. She released her debut album Tove Styrke in 2010. The New York Post included Tove Styrke in its list of "10 Artists to Know in 2011".[4]


Tove Styrke was born in Umeå, Sweden. She has two sisters, one younger and one older.[2][5] Her father, musician Anders Östman, scored a number one hit on the Swedish radio chart, Svensktoppen, in 1975 with the song "Vindens melodi" performed by his dansband Max Fenders. Her mother was a ballet instructor and Styrke took classes from her at an early age.

Music career[edit]

Early career: 2009-2011[edit]

After competing on Swedish Idol 2009 and finishing in third place, Styrke was signed by Sony Music label in December 2009.[6] In June 2010, she released her first single, "Million Pieces" which was co-written by Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds and Lykke Li.[7]

On 12 November 2010, she released her debut album, Tove Styrke. The album has been produced by Patrik Berger, Lotus & 2manyfreckles, Peter Ågren, Janne Kask and Paw. It peaked at #10, spending 35 weeks on the top album charts in Sweden. It was first certified gold, then later received platinum certification in Sweden. The majority of the album was co-written by Styrke.[8] The album was later re-released in March 2012 in Germany with two new songs: "Call My Name" and "Sticks and Stones". Her second single, "White Light Moment", charted at number 5 on the Swedish top singles chart and received gold certification. It eventually peaked at #2.[9] "White Light Moment" was later nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at Grammisgalan 2012, the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

In January 2011, Styrke won the "Best Newcomer" award at P3 Guld.[10] At ceremony, she performed a remixed version by Familijen of "Million Pieces". At the end of February 2011, Tove Styrke issued her first EP, High and Low, featuring six remixes of the title track. In April 2011, Styrke featured in an IKEA commercial, where she performed the Swedish lullaby "Byssan Lull".[11] On 19 August 2011, the promotional single "Call My Name" was released on digital download. The song peaked at number 6 on the Swedish Singles Chart. "Call My Name" was later nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at P3 Guld.[12] Also in August 2011, the temporary band Kedjan that included Styrke and various Swedish artists, released in Sweden the charity single "Ringar på vattnet" ("Ripple Effect" in English).[13] In September 2011, the Swedish band Caotico collaborated with Styrke on their single released "Brains Out". She also appeared in the music video for the single.[14]

2013 to 2014[edit]

In 2013, Styrke signed a contract with Sony Music UK. On May 22, 2014, she released her comeback single, "Even If I'm Loud Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You", on iTunes in Sweden. On October 9, 2014, her new single Borderline, the first from her upcoming EP of the same title, was released worldwide on iTunes. A remixed version of Borderline was previously released for the Swedish compilation album, F! on April 22, 2014 on iTunes in Sweden and for online streaming on Spotify. Styrke performed songs from the EP and new material at two debut UK shows in London on November 5 and 6. The music video for "Borderline" was filmed in Svalbard in September 2014 and premiered exclusively on website, "Fader", on October 15, 2014.[15] The song, "Brag", premiered exclusively for Nylon on November 20, 2014.[16] The Borderline EP was released worldwide for digital download on November 23, 2014.[17][18][19] On November 17, 2014, RCA Records announced that Styrke had signed with the label. Styrke plans to release a her first US album via RCA and Sony Sweden in the spring of 2015.[20]

2015 to present[edit]

On January 23, 2015, Styrke premiered the lead single, "Ego", from her upcoming sophomore album, "Kiddo". The single was available for streaming via her official Soundcloud account. The album will be released via RCA on March 16, 2015. "Ego" was released on iTunes on January 23, 2015.[21]


According to Allmusic, Styrke combined "the bubbling electronica of Robyn with the hipster synth pop of Annie and the hook-laden Euro-disco of September".[22] The German Kulturspiegel, a monthly extra to Der Spiegel, called Styrke's music "nonchalant, catchy boom-pop" and compared it to Robyn and Lykke Li.[23]


Styrke performing at Granny Goes Street Festival 2011


Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Tove Styrke 10

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Extended play details Peak chart positions Notes
High and Low
Borderline EP
"—" denotes an EP that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album Certifications
2010 "Million Pieces" 18 Tove Styrke
"White Light Moment" 2[26]
  • SWE: Gold
2011 "High and Low"
"Call My Name" 6[27] 48
2012 "Bad Time for a Good Time"
2014 "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You" Borderline
"Borderline" Borderline
2015 "Ego" Kiddo

Other appearances[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "High and Low" (2011)[28]
  • "Call My Name" (2012)[29] (two versions)
  • "Ringar på vattnet" (with Kedjan) (2012)[30]
  • "Brains Out" (with Caotico) (2011)[31]
  • Bad Time for a Good Time feat. Gnucci Banana (2012)
  • Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You (2014)
  • Borderline (2014)


  1. ^ How is her name pronounced (click Listen on Google Translate page)
  2. ^ a b c "Frågestund – del 1" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  3. ^ Third place on Idol 2009
  4. ^ "10 Artists to Know in 2011: New Music Musts". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Tove Styrke hastigt sjuk" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Tove Styrke – Home". 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Sony Music – Sony Music presenterar stolt: Tove Styrke" (in Swedish). Mynewsdesk. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  8. ^ "Swedish Charts: Tove Styrke". Swedish Charts. 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Tove Styrke – White Light Moment" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  10. ^ "Best Newcomer" awards at P3 Guld
  11. ^ "Ikeazzz nya kampanj" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  12. ^ "Årets låt – P3 Guld 2012 | Sveriges Radio" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  13. ^ "Tove medverkar i Kedjans Ringar på vattnet" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  14. ^ " – Caotico & Tove Styrke: Brains Out". Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  15. ^ "Tove Styrke Travels To The End Of The World In "Borderline" Video". Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  16. ^ "Tove Styrke Is Sweden's Next Big Music Export". Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  17. ^ "Sweden’s Tove Styrke returns with ballsy new single "Borderline"". Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  18. ^ "Här är alla artister på vår valskiva "F!"". Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  19. ^ "Tove Styrke plays The Old Blue Last for sold out comeback show". Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  21. ^ "Tove Styrke announces sophomore LP Kiddo, streams new track “Ego”". Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  22. ^ "Tove Styrke – Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  23. ^ Dallach, Christoph (2012). "Wumms-Pop". Kulturspiegel (in German) (4): 34. Ihr... Debütalbum 'Tove Styrke', voller unterkühlt eingängiger Wumms-Pop-Songs... [Her debut album which is full of nonchalant, catchy boom-pop songs...] 
  24. ^ a b "Swedish Charts > Tove Styrke". Hung Medien. 
  25. ^ "Germany (Deutschland) Top 100 Hits". World Charts. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  26. ^ "Tove Styrke chart history". Billboard. 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  27. ^
  28. ^ "Tove Styrke – High And Low". Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  29. ^ "Tove Styrke – Call My Name". Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  30. ^ "Kedjan – Ringar på vattnet". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  31. ^ "Caotico & Tove Styrke – Brains Out (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". Retrieved 2011-12-21. 

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