Tove Styrke live in 2011
|Birth name||Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke|
|Also known as||Tove Styrke|
|Born||19 November 1992|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, model|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke (born 19 November 1992 in Umeå), known as Tove Styrke, is a Swedish singer, songwriter, pianist, and model. She rose to prominence as a contestant on Swedish Idol 2009, finishing in third place. 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".
Tove Styrke was born in Umeå, Sweden. She has two sisters, one younger and one older. Her father, musician Anders Östman, scored a number one hit in Svensktoppen in 1975 with the song "Vindens melodi" performed by his dansband Max Fenders. He opened a music store after he stopped touring. Anders Östman introduced Tove to guitar when she was a child, but she preferred the piano, being encouraged by her piano teacher grandfather.
Her mother, Anna, a former dancer and ballet instructor, is the manager of a ballet academy and enrolled Tove in dance classes at an early age. Tove Styrke began performing as a vocalist in a local jazz band in her high school years.
Tove Styrke modeled for various publications including Glamour and Cosmopolitan, before she was discovered by Anders Bagge during his tour for Swedish Idol 2009. On this competition, Styrke performed songs by Whitney Houston, The Killers, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, U2, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Katy Perry, Sandi Thom, Eurythmics, Russ Ballard, Ted Gärdestad, Bobby Darin and The Sounds. She finished third, after Calle Kristiansson and the winner Erik Grönwall.
After Idol 2009, Styrke was signed by Sony Music label in December 2009. In June 2010, she released her first single, "Million Pieces", co-written by Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds and by Lykke Li.
In 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. Most tracks have been written by Tove Styrke, Patrik Berger, Peter Ågren and Janne Kask. The album will be later released in March 2012 in Germany with two new songs: "Call My Name" and "Sticks and Stones".
The second single, "White Light Moment", charted at number 5 on the Swedish top singles chart and has been certified gold. "White Light Moment" has been nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at Grammisgalan 2012 (the Swedish Grammy Awards).
In January 2011, Styrke won the "Best Newcomer" award at P3 Guld. 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".
On 19 August 2011, the single "Call My Name" was released on digital download. The song has peaked to number 28 on the Swedish Singles Chart. "Call My Name" has been nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at P3 Guld. 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 September 2011, the Swedish band Caotico released the single "Brains Out", featuring Tove Styrke. She also appeared on "Brains Out" music video.
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". 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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Title||Extended play details||Peak chart positions|
|High and Low||—|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2010||"Million Pieces"||18||—||Tove Styrke|
|"White Light Moment"||5||—|
|2011||"High and Low"||—||—|
|"Call My Name"||28||48||—|
- "Hot n Cold" on Det bästa från Idol (2009)
- "Byssan Lull" (2011)
- "Ringar på vattnet" (with Kedjan) (2011)
- "Brains Out" (with Caotico) (2011)
- "High and Low"
- "Call My Name" (two versions)
- "Ringar på vattnet" (with Kedjan)
- "Brains Out" (with Caotico)
|Audition||"Greatest Love of All"||Whitney Houston|
|Qualification||"All These Things That I've Done"||The Killers|
|Qualification final||"Life on Mars"||David Bowie|
|Top 1||"Hot n Cold"||Katy Perry|
|Top 2||"Will You Be There"||Michael Jackson|
|Top 3||"Living in America"||The Sounds|
|Top 4||"Mack the Knife"||Bobby Darin|
|Top 5||"In the Ghetto"||Elvis Presley|
|Top 6 (I)||"I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)"||Sandi Thom|
|Top 6 (II)||"Kids" (duet with Erik Grönwall)||Kylie Minogue & Robbie Williams|
|Top 7 (I)||"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"||Eurythmics|
|Top 7 (II)||"Himlen är oskyldigt blå"||Ted Gärdestad|
|Top 8 (I)||"Pride (In the Name of Love)"||U2|
|Top 8 (II)||"Since You Been Gone"||Russ Ballard|
|Top 9 (I)||"Can't Get You Out of My Head"||Kylie Minogue|
|Top 9 (II)||"Greatest Love of All"||Whitney Houston|
- How is her name pronounced (click Listen on Google Translate page)
- "Frågestund – del 1" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Third place on Idol 2009
- "10 Artists to Know in 2011: New Music Musts". Nypost.com. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "Tove Styrke hastigt sjuk" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- "Tove Styrke - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "Tove Styrke - Home". Tovestyrke.weebly.com. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- sv:Tove Styrke
- "Sony Music - Sony Music presenterar stolt: Tove Styrke" (in Swedish). Mynewsdesk. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- Steffen Hung. "Tove Styrke - White Light Moment" (in Swedish). hitparad.se. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "Best Newcomer" awards at P3 Guld
- "Ikeazzz nya kampanj" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- "Årets låt - P3 Guld 2012 | Sveriges Radio" (in Swedish). Sverigesradio.se. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "Tove medverkar i Kedjans Ringar på vattnet" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Scandipop.co.uk - Caotico & Tove Styrke: Brains Out". Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- 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...]"
- "Swedish Charts > Tove Styrke". swedishcharts.com Hung Medien.
- "Germany (Deutschland) Top 100 Hits". World Charts. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
- "Tove Styrke - High And Low". Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Tove Styrke - Call My Name". Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Kedjan - Ringar på vattnet". Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Caotico & Tove Styrke - Brains Out (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". Retrieved 2011-12-21.
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