Zara Larsson has been popular in Europe for some time, but her popularity hasn’t reached the states until recently, which she says she believes is due to the fact that “the U.S. is actually very slow when it comes to everything. You just have to be patient and trust the marketing team, because America is so huge. It takes some time to break a record. [In Europe], you can release a song on Monday and it can be No. 1 on Friday.” However, her duet with British artist MNEK, is currently at number 2 in America on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronica songs.
The duet is called “Never Forget You.” They have worked on other pieces together, and have good chemistry writing songs together. Larsson says, “The song was done in two hours — it felt like it wrote itself. We had a great flow. It was supposed to be my song — it was my session.” But in the end, the record labels that they sent it to all loved it. Both of them wanted to take the song, so they decided to both take credit, making it a duet, “which is a win-win,” says Larsson.
Larsson got her start at age 10 in Sweden’s version of the Got Talent series. The Swedish electronica artist is currently 18 years old, but quite well known in Europe for her age. In 2013, she put out her first EP called Introducing and her first full album was released in 2014 titled 1. She has put out many singles that have been doing well both before and after her first album came out.
She is currently working on another album in LA, which she is excited about and looking forward to the final product. She feels like she is making a new start in the US, saying, “I’ve been waiting for a long time and I’ve been ready for a long time. It just is so nice because I’m basically doing the same things I’ve done years ago, but now I’m on the same stage, only there’s a lot more people in the audience.”
Despite the fact that she made her start at such a young age, she seems to be adjusting well to the fame that her musical career is bringing her. As she talks about her fame, she says, ” I still have the same friends, still have the same family, still have the exact same life I’ve been having for the last 10 years, so it’s hard to actually notice what’s going on. Success should go a little to my head but, especially not for my family, they keep me very grounded.” She also adds that for her, “Music is my life, basically.”