Icona Pop

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Icona Pop
Icona Pop - Way Out West 2014 (cropped).jpg
Icona Pop performing at Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2014
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website iconapop.com
Members
  • Caroline Hjelt
  • Aino Jawo

Icona Pop (English: /ˈkɒnə pɒp/) is a Swedish electropop duo that formed in 2009, with electro house, punk and indie pop music influences.[5] The two members Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, who grew up in Stockholm, create what has been described as music "you can both laugh and cry to at the same time".[6][7] They signed to TEN Music Group in 2009. Their biggest hit to date has been "I Love It". Since September 2012, the duo have been based in the United States, in Los Angeles and New York City.

Career

Beginning

Caroline Hjelt (born 8 November 1987) and Aino Jawo (born 7 July 1986, of a Finnish mother and Gambian father[8]) attended the same music school in Stockholm,[9] but met by chance at a party in February 2009 and formed the duo. Four weeks later, they had written songs for their very first performance as a duo. Two years later, the duo described their music as "classical pop melodies with drums and synths".[10]

The press, including NME, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork Media, have praised the duo.[11][12][13] The Guardian described the debut single "Manners" as "effortlessly cool".[14] The duo has worked in the studio with producers including Style of Eye, Patrik Berger (Robyn), Elof Loelv (Niki & The Dove) and Starsmith.[15]

In fall 2012, the duo released an extended play Iconic in the US and the album Icona Pop in Sweden. The duo have performed in Sweden, the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Hong Kong and have also been interviewed by Swedish and foreign press.

2012–13: Breakthrough with I Love It and This Is... Icona Pop

Icona Pop at Michalsky StyleNite of Berlin Fashion Week, August 2013
Icona Pop performing at Capital Pride in Washington, D.C. on 9 June 2013

In the summer of 2012, they took part in a number of festivals including electro music festival Summerburst in Gothenburg and also appeared at the Stockholm Stadium, at the start of an international festival and broadcast via Sveriges Television (SVT).

"I Love It", a pre-release of their self-titled debut album Icona Pop charted on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish singles chart. The song was also featured in the 2012 video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted, in a German television commercial for Coca-Cola Light in January 2013,[16] the theme song to the American reality-television series Snooki & JWoww, and in an episode of the American comedy-drama television series Girls and the popular vampire-teen drama television series The Vampire Diaries. The second single "Ready for the Weekend" was released on 11 September 2012. Both tracks appear on their second extended-play album, released on 16 October 2012. "I Love It" was also used in the advert for the Samsung Galaxy S4.[17]

Their EP Iconic EP reached a peak height of 21 on the U.S. iTunes dance chart.[18] In 2013, they embarked on a tour of the United States with Passion Pit and Matt & Kim. In January 2013, "I Love It" was featured in the third episode of the second season of Girls, an HBO show created by Lena Dunham. In March 2013, the duo was named one of Fuse television's 30 must-see artists at the South by Southwest festival.[19] In March 2013, "I Love It" was featured in the sixteenth episode of the fourth season, named "Bring It On", of The Vampire Diaries. On 26 March 2013, "I Love It" was performed on the week 2 results show of Dancing with the Stars. On 3 May 2013, the duo performed "I Love It" on the late-night talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on the Good Morning America morning news/entertainment show. On 6 May 2013, "I Love It" was featured in the FOX musical-comedy series, Glee. The song was performed by the "New Directions" in Glee's twenty-second and final episode of season four, "All or Nothing". This song is featured in a 2013 ShoeDazzle commercial. On 19 May 2013 the duo performed "I Love It" on the Billboard Music Awards, wearing custom light up garments by designer Geoffrey Mac.[20] The song also is featured in a commercial for the WNBA's upcoming season that was aired during the 4th quarter of Game 7 of the Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference Championship game on 3 June 2013. It was also featured in a commercial during the Spurs-Heat game on 9 June 2013.

On 4 June 2013, the duo released their new single "Girlfriend". Icona Pop revealed in one interview that they recorded their international album with all new songs. The duo said that "the new album isn't just going to be sixteen tracks like 'I Love It'" and that they are trying new genres and sounds. In July 2013, Icona Pop received two Teen Choice awards for Choice Music Breakout Group and Choice Single: Group.[21] On 28 July 2013, "All Night" was released as the official third single from the album. It gained moderate success in European charts.

On 4 August 2013, the duo visited Montreal, where they performed at the Osheaga Festival.[22]

2014–present: Upcoming third studio album and touring

On 23 June 2014 the duo released a new single called "Get Lost" which gained less international attention. In the same period, the duo also performed as the opening act for Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus tours. They also collaborated with Tiesto for the song "Let's Go" and with Cobra Starship for the single "Never Been In Love" which became a successful hit in Italy. On 26 May 2015, the duo released the single "Emergency", a collaboration with Erik Hassle. The song peaked a few weeks later on the Billboard Dance Chart, making their second single to top that chart after All Night. The song was also featured in the video game FIFA 16. In July the EP Emergency was released. It includes the critically acclaimed First Time and the smash-hit Clap Snap.[23] The duo was announced as an opening act for the North American leg of One Direction's "On the Road Again" tour in 2015. Also in 2015, their song "We Got The World" was featured in the movie Pitch Perfect 2. On 23 February 2016, Icona Pop performed a new single, "Someone Who Can Dance" at the Grammis in Stockholm.[24] On 20 October 2016, the duo released their new single "Brightside". On 16 June 2017, Icona Pop released a new single "GIRLS GIRLS", co-written by Tove Lo. In late December 2017, the duo released an EP called "Så mycket bättre 2017 – Tolkningarna" including 7 covered songs. In early March 2018, the duo collaborated with Avon on a music video called "All My Girls". In late April 2018, the duo was featured on a song called "Faded Away" by Sweater Beats. In late May 2018, Icona Pop said on their social media that they were currently working on their third studio album. They said the album would be released in early 2019.

Discography

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Trolls Satin and Chenille Voice role

Tours

As solo supporting act

Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2013 "I Love It" (with Charli XCX) Choice Single: Group Nominated
2015 Icona Pop Choice Music Group: Female Nominated
Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 "I Love It" (with Charli XCX) Top Dance/Electronic Song Nominated
Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 Icona Pop Best Swedish Act Nominated
Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 "I Love It" (with Charli XCX) Best Lyrics Nominated
Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 "I Love It" (with Charli XCX) Songwriter of the Year Won
Song of the Year Won
Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2013 "I Love It" Song of the Year Nominated [28]
Icona Pop Newcomer of the Year Won
Icona Pop Electronic/Dance of the Year Nominated
2014 Icona Pop Artist of the Year Nominated [29]
Electronic/Dance of the Year Won
  • Other awards
Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
Gaffa Icona Pop Swedish Breakthrough of the Year Won [30]
P3 Gold I Love It Song of the Year Won [31]
Elle Gala Icona Pop Best Dressed Duo Won [32]

See also

References

  1. ^ Patel, Puja (25 June 2012). "Icona Pop Talk Shop: Swedish Duo on Romance and Revenge". Spin. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ Stewart, Allison (20 August 2015). "Icona Pop got started at — where else? — a party". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ Sheffield, Rob (3 December 2012). "Icona Pop: Iconic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  4. ^ Kent, Chloe (11 May 2013). "On the Verge: Icona Pop crash-lands into public eye". USA Today. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  5. ^ Tweet Stockholm TT Spektra. "Icona Pop gör dansmusik med punkattityd" (in Swedish). Svd.se. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Icona Pop gör dansmusik med punkattityd". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Svenska Icona Pop hyllas världen över!" (in Swedish). Universal Music Sweden. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  8. ^ Nika, Colleen. "Meet Icona Pop: Sweden's Latest Stylish Dance Invaders". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  9. ^ Patel, Puja. "Icona Pop Talk Shop: Swedish Duo on Romance and Revenge". SPIN Magazine. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  10. ^ ""Tillsammans är vi odödliga" – Kultur" (in Swedish). SVT.se. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (3 December 2012). "Iconic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Icona Pop Know What's 'Good for You' – Premiere". Rolling Stone. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Rising: Icona Pop". Pitchfork Media. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  14. ^ Cragg, Michael (7 March 2011). "New music: Icona Pop – Top Rated". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Icona Pop | NEW! Artist – The Ace & TJ Show". Acetj.channel961.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  16. ^ Coca Cola Light startet Jubiläumsjahr mit neuer "Night-Boost"-Kampagne Archived 21 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine. – Press release of Coca Cola Company on 14 January 2013.
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66_VutLUSoc
  18. ^ "Ultimate Music Blog: Icona Pop premiere new single "Ready for the Weekend"". Josepvinaixa.com. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  19. ^ [1]. Fuse.
  20. ^ http://rollingout.com/2013/05/20/2013-billboard-music-awards-performance-photos/#6
  21. ^ "Teen Choice Awards Nominations: Choice Music Breakout Group, Choice Single: Group". Teenchoice.com. Retrieved 4 July 2013. [permanent dead link]
  22. ^ http://www.osheaga.com/lineup/#!programmation=participant$icona-pop/47 Archived 20 September 2013 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/iconapop
  24. ^ "Grammis". grammis.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  25. ^ https://twitter.com/MileyCyrus/status/400346567661867008
  26. ^ "Katy Perry To Be Joined By Special Guests Icona Pop On 'Prismatic' UK Arena Tour". Capital FM. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  27. ^ "Icona Pop to Support One Direction on North America Tour". billboard.com. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  28. ^ http://grammis.se/nominerade/2013/
  29. ^ http://grammis.se/nominerade/2014/
  30. ^ Video (n.d.). "Icona Pop tackar för GAFFA-Priset" (in Swedish). Gaffa. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  31. ^ Staff (18 January 2013). "Icona Pops "I love it" är årets låt!" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  32. ^ Staff (11 January 2013). "Årets Bäst Klädda (Duo): Icona Pop" (in Swedish). Elle (Sweden edition). Retrieved 7 March 2013.

External links

  • Official website
  • Icona Pop at AllMusic
  • Mark Savage (6 July 2013). "Icona Pop: The break-up behind I Love It". BBC News. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
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