Sounds Like: A precocious vocal talent raised on diva vocals, but making electronic music through a darker Snapchat filter
For Fans of: The effervescent melodies and shadowy streak that runs through the best Scandinavian pop
Why You Should Pay Attention: "Never Forget You," featuring MNEK, boasts more than 160 million Spotify streams and more than 78 million YouTube plays to date. Larsson first emerged in her native Sweden as the breakout, 10-year-old star of Sweden's Got Talent in 2008. But after winning that show, she purposefully receded from the public eye, took five years to grow up a little and returned as an independent artist. Nursed on powerhouse vocal stylists like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin, Larsson — who writes her own material — brought serious singing skill to unapologetic pop. As she's matured, her new material's taken on a moodier and more personal bent. Signed to a co-deal with Epic and Ten, she released her U.S. debut, the Uncover EP, last January.
She Says: "['Never Forget You'] is really obviously about love, and about a guy I was with for a very long time. I just feel like it's very beautiful because it's very true to me and how I think. Because even though we're not together any more, I will always have that love for him, and that is very much who I am."
Hear for Yourself: On the mega-smash "Never Forget You," Larsson's hefty, alto trills build dramatically over spare piano before the whole thing releases cathartically into bassy trap-house. Arielle Castillo