Zara Larsson

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Zara Larsson
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Larsson at Sommarkrysset in Gröna Lund in 2015.
Background information
Birth name Zara Maria Larsson
Born (1997-12-16) 16 December 1997 (age 19)
Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2008–present

Zara Maria Larsson (pronounced [²sɑːra ma²riːa ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born 16 December 1997) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She first gained national fame for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent, at the age of 10.[1] Larsson 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, Denmark, and Norway.[2] By February 2013, "Uncover" was certified platinum by Universal Music Sweden.[3] In July 2013, Introducing was certified triple platinum in the country.[4] Larsson also signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States in April 2013.[5] She performed at the opening and closing ceremonies in France for UEFA Euro 2016.[6]

Larsson's debut international album, So Good was released on 17 March 2017 and debuted at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart. It produced eight singles, including "Lush Life", "Never Forget You", "Ain't My Fault", "I Would Like" and "Symphony". All of the album's singles (except for the title track, "Don't Let Me Be Yours" and "Only You") reached top 15 in the UK. "Never Forget You" peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Larsson and MNEK their first entries on the chart. "Symphony" also became Larsson's first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart.

Early life[edit]

Larsson was born at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden, to Agnetha and Anders Larsson.[7][8] In an interview with Svenska Dagbladet, she said that she was born "dead" due to a lack of oxygen from nuchal cord.[8] She has a younger sister, Hanna, who is also a singer and a member of the band Hanna & Andrea.[9]

In a 2015 interview, Larsson said that she was accepted into the Adolf Fredrik's Music School, but declined because she did not want to sing in a choir.[10]


2008–11: Career beginnings[edit]

Larsson won the 2008 season of Talang, the Swedish adaptation of Got Talent, at the age of 10,[11] winning 500,000 kronor.[12][13] "My Heart Will Go On", originally sung by Celine Dion, was later released as Larsson's debut single.

2012–14: Breakthrough with 1[edit]

Larsson at Allsång på Skansen in June 2013

Larsson signed with TEN Music Group in 2012 to record her debut extended play. Larsson's debut EP, Introducing, was leaked on 9 December 2012 through a preview of Uncover on YouTube. The five-song album was released on 21 January 2013.[14] Uncover was released as the album's lead single. It peaked at No. 1 on both the Sverigetopplistan and DigiListan charts,[15] as well as reaching No. 1 in Norway and peaking at No. 3 in Denmark,[16][17] and by 25 February 2013 the song was certified platinum in Sweden by Universal Music Sweden.[3] The song entered the Svensktoppen track lists.[2] In July 2013, at Sommarkrysset in Gröna Lund, she received a triple platinum award for Introducing.[4][18]

On 27 March 2013, Larsson's next EP was revealed through a preview of She's Not Me (Pt. 1).[19] The five-song EP, Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself, was released on 5 July 2013.[20] The double-single She's Not Me (consisting of She's Not Me (Pt. 1) and She's Not Me (Pt. 2)) was released on 25 June 2013.[20] On 3 April 2013, Larsson revealed on her blog that she had signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States.[5][21] On 1 October 2014, Larsson released her debut studio album 1, including the songs Uncover, Bad Boys and She's Not Me (Part 1 & 2). The album went Platinum in Sweden. Larsson was an opening act for British singer Cher Lloyd's I Wish Tour.[22]

2015–present: So Good and international success[edit]

Larsson at Stavernfestivalen in Stavern, July 2016

On 5 June 2015, Larsson released the single "Lush Life" from her upcoming second studio album. The song became her second number one single and was certified four times platinum in Sweden. The song reached the top five in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.[23][24] [25]

On 22 July 2015, Larsson released her collaboration with British singer MNEK, the single "Never Forget You".[26] The song reached number one in Sweden, number three in Australia.[27] and number five in the United Kingdom,[28][29] The song was certified platinum in Sweden after two weeks.[30]

In February 2016, Tinie Tempah released "Girls Like" featuring Larsson.[31] Larsson was later featured in the official song of UEFA Euro 2016, David Guetta's "This One's for You".[32]

On 1 September 2016, Larsson released "Ain't My Fault", the third single taken from her upcoming album.[33] On 22 October 2016 Larsson was named one of Time Magazine's "30 Most Influential Teens of 2016".[34] She released "I Would Like", the fourth single from her upcoming album, on 11 November 2016.[35] It peaked at number two in the UK[36] and at number four in Sweden.[37]

In January 2017, Larsson released "So Good", featuring American rapper Ty Dolla Sign. The single served as the fifth single from her second album of the same name, which was released on 17 March 2017.[38] The album features new collaborations with WizKid and Clean Bandit titled "Sundown" and "Symphony" respectively.[39] The latter track was released as a single on the same date and became Larsson's fifth number one single in her home country[40] and first number one single in the UK.[41] The album became her second number one album in Sweden and peaked in the top ten in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway[42] and the United Kingdom.[43]

On 12 May 2017 Larsson released a music video for "Don't Let Me Be Yours", the sixth single from So Good.[44]

Personal life and views[edit]

Larsson, a self-proclaimed fan of Beyoncé, identifies as a feminist and models herself an "activist" after the singer.[45] She attributes her openness of opinion on social media and within interviews to her parents, claiming: "Both my parents are very educated when it comes to social issues and being woke about what's going on in the world, and they've been very supportive of me having a voice".[45] Larsson says she "has received a lot of hate" for her feminist opinions, including being called a "man hater". She responded that she "doesn't care" if people call her a man hater, because "it doesn't really hurt men if I hate them".[46]

Larsson has grown increasingly vocal with her impressions of other artists and industry workers with whom she works and admires. While she has high praise for performers such as Beyoncé,[45] she is equal in her opposing views of such artists like Dr. Luke[47] and Chris Brown.[48]

In an April 2016 interview, Larsson said that she was: "not really a bitter person. In my personal life, I would just feel like, I will always be cool with everyone."[49]

In 2017 she confirmed that she was in a relationship with British model Brian Whittaker, who she tweeted about in November 2015.[50]


Studio albums[edit]

Concert tours[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "10 year-old Zara Larsson Wins "Sweden's Got Talent"". Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  2. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. " – Zara Larsson – Uncover". Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Zara Larsson säljer Platina" (in Swedish). Universal Music Sweden. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Holmberg, Joakim (7 July 2013). "Robin Stjernberg och Zara Larsson heta artister på Sommarkrysset". Aftonkuriren (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
    Note: The source confuses the song Uncover and the EP Introducing, see photos from the event in which Zara Larsson holds a Triple Platinum disc for her debut EP Introducing.
  5. ^ a b "I'M SO LUCKY" (in Swedish). 3 April 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Evans, Joshua (2016-06-10). "Uefa Euro 2016: Opening ceremony at the Stade de France as it happened". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  7. ^ "Därför nobbade Zara Larsson Justin Bieber". 1 April 2016. 
  8. ^ a b, Harry Amster. "Zara Larsson: När hatvågen kom ville jag lämna Sverige". 
  9. ^ "Zara Larsson's Sister Starts a Band, Hanna & Andrea, With Very Good Debut Single | SPIN". Spin. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Matilda Gustavsson (15 May 2015). "Zara Larsson: Jag ska vara miljardär innan jag är 2" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Make Way For Zara Larsson, Sweden’s Latest Weapons-Grade Pop Export". Stereogum. 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  12. ^ "Zara Larsson" (in Swedish). TV4. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Bergqvist, Mattias (1 December 2009). "Zara Larsson, 11: "Vill bli en legend"" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Zara Larsson – Introducing". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  15. ^ "Discography Zara Larsson". Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ "Discography Zara Larsson". Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ "Zara Larsson discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  18. ^ Photos from the event.
  19. ^ "Zara Larsson – She's Not Me (Pt.1)". YouTube. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Zara Larsson – She's Not Me" (in Swedish). Universal Music Sweden. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Säll, Jonna (10 May 2013). "Zara Larsson får treårskontrakt i USA". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Svenska Zara Larsson turnerar i USA med Cher Lloyd!". Posh24 (in Swedish). August 27, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  23. ^ "never+forget+you | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  24. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". IRMA. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2017.  Note: Search for "Never Forget You" in the "Search by Song Title" bar. The first two results are for the correct song.
  25. ^ Hung, Steffen. " – Zara Larsson – Lush Life". Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  26. ^ "Never Forget You by MNEK & Zara Larsson Songfacts". Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  27. ^ Australian Charts-"Never Forget You" (song) Archived 22 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  28. ^ "never+forget+you | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  29. ^ Hung, Steffen. " – Swedish Charts Portal". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 2017-01-19. .
  30. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved January 23, 2016.  Note: Search for "Zara Larsson" and press "Sök" to see the seach results. Look for "Never Forget You" and press "VISA" to see selected chart positions and certification awards.
  31. ^ "Girls Like (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  32. ^ "This One's For You by David Guetta Songfacts". Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  33. ^ "Hear Zara Larsson's bold new single 'Ain't My Fault'". Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  34. ^ Staff, TIME. "The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  35. ^ "Listen to Zara Larsson's huge new anthem 'I Would Like'". Digital Spy. 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  36. ^ ""I Would Like"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  37. ^ "Zara Larsson - "I Would Like" (Song)". Swedish Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  38. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases – Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates". AllAccess Music Group. 2017-01-17. Archived from the original on 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  39. ^ "So Good by Zara Larsson on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  40. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  41. ^ "Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  42. ^ "Zara Larsson - So Good (Album)". Swedish Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  43. ^ "So Good". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  44. ^ "Zara Larsson - "Don't Let Me Be Yours" (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  45. ^ a b c Gonzalez, Erica (November 29, 2016). "Zara Larsson Sings Beyonce". Harpers Bazaar. Retrieved December 4, 2016. I listen to a lot of Beyoncé and a lot of male artists 
  46. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (3 June 2016). "Zara Larsson Interview on Feminism: 'It Doesn't Hurt Men If I Hate Them'". Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  47. ^ Mackay, Emily (September 21, 2016). "Zara Larsson – The Full NME Cover Interview". Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  48. ^ "Zara Larsson takes her feud with Chris Brown to the next level and his response was, erm, interesting". Digital Spy. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  49. ^ Castillo, Arielle (April 8, 2016). "Zara Larsson: From TV Star to EDM Pop Sensation". Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  50. ^ Min, Lilian (July 10, 2017). "Zara Larsson Tweeted About a Model Over a Year Ago, Now They're Dating". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 

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