Swedish vocalist and songwriter Zara Larsson has a penchant for crafting soulful electro-pop that falls somewhere between Rihanna, Lorde, and Robyn.
Born in Solna (a suburb of Stockholm), she first caught the public's eyes and ears in 2008 as the winner of the popular Swedish talent show Talang Sverige (the regional version of Got Talent). Following the success of the show, she inked a deal with Ten Music Group and issued her debut EP, Introducing, which featured the hit single "Uncover," in 2013. The song was certified triple-platinum in her home country, and after another EP, Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself, Larsson began work on her official debut long-player. The resulting 1 arrived in 2014 via Record Company Ten and Universal Music. Three additional singles reached the Swedish Top Ten: "She's Not Me," "Carry You Home," and "Rooftop."
A pair of 2015 singles proved to be her international breakthrough. First, "Lush Life" reached the Top Ten across Europe, then "Never Forget You" (featuring MNEK) hit the Top Ten in Great Britain and went gold in the United States. Those tracks would eventually appear on her sophomore LP. Before the release of that album, she collaborated with Tinie Tempah on "Girls Like" and David Guetta for the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup theme "This One's for You." By the time So Good was released in early 2017, four additional singles had been issued, including the Charlie Puth-penned "So Good" with Ty Dolla $ign, "Symphony" with Clean Bandit, and the MNEK-produced "Ain't My Fault." The set debuted atop the charts in Sweden and marked her chart debut across the world, including in the U.S., where it reached the Top 30. The following year, Larsson released the platinum-certified single "Ruin My Life" and entered 2019 with "Don't Worry Bout Me" and "Wow." ~ James Christopher Monger & Neil Z. Yeung