Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson (born 29 October 1987), known professionally as Tove Lo (Swedish pronunciation: [²tuːvɛ ˈluː] lit. "Lynx"), is a Swedish singer-songwriter. Called "Sweden's darkest pop export" by Rolling Stone, she is known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop music. Her honest, complex and autobiographical lyrical content has led to her being dubbed "the saddest girl in Sweden".
She was born and raised in the Djursholm district of Danderyd, north of Stockholm, and is an alumna of the musical magnet school Rytmus Musikergymnasiet. She formed the rock band Tremblebee in 2006. Following the disbanding of Tremblebee, she pursued a career in songwriting and earned a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music in 2011. Working with producers Alexander Kronlund, Max Martin, and Xenomania, she became a successful songwriter recording and independently releasing her own compositions.
In 2014, Lo was signed to Max Martin's Wolf Cousins and offered a recording deal. She signed to Island US and Polydor. She rose to fame with her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, which opened at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in October 2014. The album spawned the sleeper hit single "Habits (Stay High)", which peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her second album, Lady Wood, was released in October 2016, opening at number 11 on the Billboard 200. It was promoted by the single "Cool Girl". Her third album, Blue Lips, was released in November 2017, peaking at number 138 on the Billboard 200.
In addition to her solo work, Lo has co-written a number of songs for other singers, including Lorde's "Homemade Dynamite" and Ellie Goulding's "Love Me like You Do", a song that garnered her her first Grammy Award nomination for the 58th Grammy Awards. She has collaborated with many artists like Alesso, Flume, Nick Jonas, Seven Lions, Broods, Urban Cone, and Coldplay.