When Caroline and Aino first met at a party in 2009, it was ‘love at first sight.’ Determined to create “the best band ever”, their musical collaboration started on the very next day, and they had their first gig three weeks later. They quickly released their first single “Manners” and the future wonder of Icona Pop was officially formed.
The duo’s big breakthrough can be described with one phrase: “I Love It.” The 2012 monster hit (which dominated many top lists in the Western World and appeared on several TV- and talk shows), became a milestone for Swedish pop music. The song had big success worldwide, especially in the US, where the single sold over 4 million copies and reached 4x Platinum sales.
Other great hits by Icona Pop are “All Night“, “We Got the World”, “Girlfriend” and “Let’s Go (ft. Tiesto)”. Icona Pop is greatly awarded for their musical brilliance. For instance, they’ve received prizes and titles like “Swedish Breakthrough of the Year”, “Group of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (‘I Love It’). On 26 May 2015, the duo released the single “Emergency.” 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.” The girls have toured with mega stars Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and One Direction.
Summer 2017 saw the act drop long anticipated single “Girls Girls.” Among the huge tastemaker support, Entertainment Weekly commented: “This buoyant, rosé-soaked tribute to throwing down with your gal pals will have you saying “I love it!” all over again.” 7 million streams later and setting the duo up for a marker appearance on Swedish TV show “Så Mycket Bättre” (So Much Better), Sweden’s leading female pop provocateurs have never looked stronger.
With countless awards and performances all over the world, Icona Pop has spent 2018 playing shows and featured on songs with artists like R3HAB, MOTi and Sweater Beats as well as writing new music. Now during 2019, the girls have been on a worldwide Pride tour and released a single together with Yves V & the renowned Dutch DJ Afrojack called “We Got That Cool” while they are preparing to release even more music.
Their latest single “Next Mistake” was released on July 26 – a dance-friendly pop tune who according the girls themselves is about that it’s okay to make mistakes. The girls own words about the song:” Next Mistake is about all those bad choices you made that was worth it, about all the mistakes you made in your life that make you human. How this loop keeps going on and on and you are perfectly fine with it.”
With performances at both Tomorrowland, Pride festivals around the world and some major TV-shows in Sweden, Icona Pop are more than ready to continue to release new music and keep spreading their powerful message about girl-power and their vibrant party pulse all over the world.
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