Zara Larsson

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Zara Larsson
Zara Larsson Poserar På Sommarkrysset 2013 By Daniel Åhs Karlsson.JPG
Zara Larsson at Sommarkrysset, Gröna Lund in July 2013
Background information
Birth name Zara Maria Larsson
Born (1997-12-16) December 16, 1997 (age 16)
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop, soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2008–present
Labels TEN Music Group
Epic Records
Website zaralarsson.se

Zara Maria Larsson (born December 16, 1997) is a Swedish singer.[1] She received national fame for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent. Zara signed with the record label TEN Music Group in 2012 and released her debut EP album Introducing, in January 2013. The single "Uncover" topped the charts in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Both the single "Uncover" as well as the album Introducing were certified triple platinum in July 2013 by Universal Music Sweden.[2] Zara also signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States in April 2013.[3] She lives with her mother, father and her younger sister.

Biography[edit]

Zara Larsson was born on 16 December 1997 in Stockholm, Sweden. She has one younger sister, Hanna (born 2000). She sang a lot as a child, which made her parents notice her talent. She was a finalist of the Swedish talent show Stjärnskott 2007 before appearing on Talang.[4]

During Talang 2008 she performed three songs: "The Greatest Love of All" and "One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston, at the audition and the semi final respectively; and "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion at the final. She won the competition at age 10, and received the prize money of 500,000 SEK as a result.[1][5] "My Heart Will Go On", the song Zara sang at the final, was released as her debut single. Her performance in the final has received over 14 million views on YouTube.[6]

Zara Larsson at Allsång på Skansen in June 2013.

Although very little news was heard for over four years following her Talang victory, Zara signed with TEN Music Group in 2012 to release her debut EP album. The album, named Introducing, was revealed on December 9, 2012 through a preview of the song "Uncover" on YouTube.[7]

The album was released on January 21, 2013, featuring five songs. "Uncover" was released as the album's lead single; it peaked at No. 1 on both the Sverigetopplistan and DigiListan charts,[8] as well as reaching No. 1 in Norway and peaking at No. 3 in Denmark,[9][10] and on February 25, 2013 the song was certified Platinum in Sweden as a result of the song receiving over 5 million streams.[11] The song also entered the Svensktoppen tracklists. The YouTube video for "Uncover" has received over 8 million views.[7] In July 2013, the song was certified triple platinum in Sweden by Universal Music Sweden.[2] At Sommarkrysset in Gröna Lund in July 2013, she also received a triple platinum award from Universal Music Sweden for her debut EP Introducing, for "sales in excess of 120.000 units in Sweden".

On March 27, 2013, Zara's next EP album was revealed through a preview of the song "She's Not Me (Pt. 1)".[12] The EP, Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself, was released on July 5, 2013, featuring five songs.[13] However, the double-single "She's Not Me" (consisting of "She's Not Me (Pt. 1)" and "She's Not Me (Pt. 2)"), from the album, was released on June 25, 2013.[13]

Zara revealed on her blog on April 3, 2013, that she had signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States (U.S.).[3][14]

Her next single, "Bad Boys", was released on October 28, 2013.[15]

Zara was one of the opening acts for Cher Lloyd during her I Wish Tour in North America in late 2013.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Album and details Peak positions Certification
SWE
[16]
NOR
[17]
1
  • Date released: 1 October 2014
  • Label: Record Company Ten / Universal Music
1 28

Extended Plays[edit]

Album title Album details Notes
Introducing Tracklist
  1. "Under My Shades" (3:29)
  2. "When Worlds Collide" (3:33)
  3. "In Love With Myself" (2:45)
  4. "Uncover" (3:34)
  5. "It's a Wrap" (3:11)

Certification: 3x Platinum

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself Tracklist
  1. "DarkSide" (3:51)
  2. "Love Again" (2:54)
  3. "She's Not Me (Pt. 1)" (2:52)
  4. "She's Not Me (Pt. 2)" (2:48)
  5. "Cash Me Out" (3:25)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certification Album
SWE
[16]
DEN
[10]
NOR
[17]
2008 "My Heart Will Go On" Non-album single
2009 "Super Girl"
2013 "Uncover" 1 3 1 3x Platinum Introducing
"When Worlds Collide" 26
"It's a Wrap" 43
"Under My Shades" 45
"In Love With Myself"
"She's Not Me (Pt. 1)" 21 Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself
"She's Not Me (Pt. 2)"
"DarkSide"
"Love Again"
"Cash Me Out"
"Bad Boys" 27 33 1
2014 "Carry You Home" 3 2x Platinum
"Rooftop" 6
"—" denotes song that did not chart or was not released.

Single certifications[edit]

Album Single Country Certification
Introducing (EP) "Uncover" Sweden Triple platinum[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zara Larsson" (in Swedish). TV4. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Holmberg, Joakim (7 July 2013). "Robin Stjernberg och Zara Larsson heta artister på Sommarkrysset". Aftonkuriren (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "I'M SO LUCKY" (in Swedish). zarish.blogg.se. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zara Larsson's Biography".  at Zara-larsson.com
  5. ^ Bergqvist, Mattias (1 December 2009). "Zara Larsson, 11: "Vill bli en legend"" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Zara Larsson My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion (Titanic Theme) - Final Talang 2008". YouTube. 31 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Zara Larsson - Uncover (Introducing EP / 2013)". YouTube. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Discography Zara Larsson". Hung Medien. swedishcharts.com/. 
  9. ^ "Discography Zara Larsson". Hung Medien. norwegiancharts.com/. 
  10. ^ a b "Discography Zara Larsson". Hung Medien. danishcharts.com/. 
  11. ^ "Zara Larsson säljer Platina" (in Swedish). Universal Music Sweden. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Zara Larsson - She´s Not Me (Pt.1)". YouTube. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Zara Larsson - "She´s Not Me"" (in Swedish). Universal Music Sweden. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Säll, Jonna (10 May 2013). "Zara Larsson får treårskontrakt i USA". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Söderlund, Frida (28 October 2013). "Zara Larsson: "Jag är ingen balladtjej egentligen"". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Zara Larsson discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Zara Larsson discography". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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