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Tove Styrke
Tove Styrke på Malmöfestivalen 2018 13.jpg
Styrke performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameTove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke
Born (1992-11-19) 19 November 1992 (age 26)
Umeå, Sweden
GenresPop, Electropop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active2009–present
LabelsSony Music, RCA Records

Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke[1] (Swedish pronunciation: [tuva stierka]; born 19 November 1992[1]) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She gained popularity as a contestant on Swedish Idol 2009, finishing in third place.[2] After the show, she started a solo career in electropop. She released her debut album Tove Styrke in 2010. The New York Post included Styrke in its list of "10 Artists to Know in 2011".[3] In 2015, she released her second album, Kiddo. Three years later, in 2018, she released her third album, Sway.


Styrke was born in Umeå, Sweden. She has two sisters, one younger and one older.[1][4] Her father, musician Anders Östman, scored a number one hit on the Swedish radio chart, Svensktoppen, in 1975 with the song "Vindens melodi" performed by his dansband Max Fenders. Her mother was a ballet instructor and Styrke took classes from her at an early age.

Music career

Tove Styrke and "Call My Name" (2009–2011)

After competing on Swedish Idol 2009 and finishing in third place, Styrke was signed by Sony Music label in December 2009.[5] In June 2010, she released her first single, "Million Pieces" which was co-written by Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds and Lykke Li.[6]

Styrke in 2010.
Styrke in 2010.

On 12 November 2010, she released her debut album, Tove Styrke. The album has been produced by Patrik Berger, Lotus & 2manyfreckles, Peter Ågren, Janne Kask and Paw. It peaked at #10, spending 35 weeks on the top album charts in Sweden. It was first certified gold, then later received platinum certification in Sweden. The majority of the album was co-written by Styrke.[7] The album was later re-released in March 2012 in Germany with two new songs: "Call My Name" and "Sticks and Stones". Her second single, "White Light Moment", charted at number 5 on the Swedish top singles chart and received gold certification. It eventually peaked at #2.[8] "White Light Moment" was later nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at Grammisgalan 2012, the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

In January 2011, Styrke won the "Best Newcomer" award at P3 Guld.[9] At ceremony, she performed a remixed version by Familjen of "Million Pieces". At the end of February 2011, Styrke issued her first EP, High and Low, featuring six remixes of the title track. In April 2011, Styrke featured in an IKEA commercial, where she performed the Swedish lullaby "Byssan Lull".[10]

On 19 August 2011, the promotional single "Call My Name" was released on digital download. The song peaked at number 6 on the Swedish Singles Chart. "Call My Name" was later nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at P3 Guld.[11] Also in August 2011, the temporary band Kedjan that included Styrke and various Swedish artists, released in Sweden the charity single "Ringar på vattnet" ("Ripple Effect" in English).[12] In September 2011, the Swedish band Caotico collaborated with Styrke on their single released "Brains Out". She also appeared in the music video for the single.[13]

Borderline (2013–2014)

In 2013, Styrke signed a contract with Sony Music UK. On 22 May 2014 she released her comeback single, "Even If I'm Loud Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You", on iTunes in Sweden. On 9 October 2014, her next single "Borderline", the first from her upcoming EP of the same title, was released worldwide on iTunes. A remixed version of "Borderline" was previously released for the Swedish compilation album, F! on 22 April 2014 on iTunes in Sweden and for online streaming on Spotify. The music video for "Borderline" was filmed in Svalbard in September 2014 and premiered exclusively on website, "Fader", on 15 October 2014.[14]

Styrke performed songs from the EP and new material at two debut UK shows in London on 5 and 6 November. The song "Brag" premiered exclusively for Nylon on 20 November 2014.[15] The Borderline EP was released worldwide for digital download on 23 November 2014.[16][17][18] On 17 November 2014, RCA Records announced that Styrke had signed with the label. The label confirmed Styrke's plans to release her first US album via RCA and Sony Sweden in the spring of 2015.[19]

Kiddo and Sway (2015–present)

Tove Styrke at Malmöfestivalen 2018.
Tove Styrke at Malmöfestivalen 2018.

On 23 January 2015, Styrke premiered the single "Ego" from her upcoming second album, Kiddo. The single was available for streaming via her official Soundcloud account and later was released that same day on iTunes. The music video for "Ego" was filmed in Tokyo and premiered on Styrke's VEVO channel on 2 February 2015.[20]

Kiddo was released in digital, vinyl, and physical format on 8 June 2015.[21] The next single "Number One" was released for streaming on Spotify and digital download for iTunes on 13 May 2015 and was featured on the CW's Riverdale . To promote the album, Styrke attended the annual SXSW festival in March 2015; she later embarked on a small tour of the U.S. in May 2015.

Four days prior to its release, Kiddo exclusively streamed in its entirety for Spotify listeners in Sweden on 5 June 2015.[22][23][24][25]

On 23 July 2015, a cover version of "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears was released on iTunes as a single. A music video for the cover was filmed and premiered on Vevo the same day.

On 28 April 2017, Styrke released a lyric video for "Say My Name" to her YouTube Channel, which would serve as the first single off her third album, Sway. “Mistakes” followed as the second single on September 15, with “Liability (Demo)” being released as a promotional track on December 15. “Changed My Mind” was released as the third single alongside the album announcement on February 2, 2018. The song was released on Spotify on the same day. Sway was released on 4 May 2018 through Sony Music.


According to Allmusic, Styrke combined "the bubbling electronica of Robyn with the hipster synth pop of Annie and the hook-laden Euro-disco of September".[26] The German Kulturspiegel, a monthly extra to Der Spiegel, called Styrke's music "nonchalant, catchy boom-pop" and compared it to Robyn and Lykke Li.[27]


Styrke performing at Granny Goes Street Festival 2011
Styrke performing at Granny Goes Street Festival 2011

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Tove Styrke 10
  • Released: 8 June 2015
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
  • Released: 4 May 2018
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl

Extended plays

Title EP details
High and Low[29]
  • Released: February 2011
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: 23 November 2014
  • Label: Sony Music, RCA
  • Formats: Digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2010 "Million Pieces" 18 Tove Styrke
"White Light Moment" 5
  • SWE: Gold
2011 "High and Low"
"Call My Name" 28 48
2012 "Bad Time for a Good Time"
2014 "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You" Kiddo
  • SWE: Gold
2015 "Ego"
"Number One"
"...Baby One More Time" Non-album single
2017 "Say My Name" 85 Sway
"Mistakes" 42
"liability (demo)"
2018 "Changed My Mind"[31] 90
"On the Low"[33] [A]
"Sway" [B]


  1. ^ "On the Low" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 12 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[34]
  2. ^ "Sway" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number four on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[35]

Other appearances

  • "Hot n Cold" on Det bästa från Idol (2009)
  • "Byssan Lull" (2011)
  • "Ringar på vattnet" (with Kedjan) (2011)
  • "Brains Out" (with Caotico) (2 Sep 2011)
  • "Aftergold" (with Big Wild) (24 March 2016)[36]
  • "Allt & Ingenting" (with Hanna Järver) (28 June 2016)[37]
  • "Alan Walker Is Heading Home" Live in Bergen, Norway (22 Dec 2016)
  • "Good Vibes" (with Alma) (2 March 2018)
  • "Last Goodbye" (with Clean Bandit & Stefflon Don) (30 November 2018)[38]

Music videos

  • "High and Low" (8 Apr 2011)[39]
  • "Stalker In Your Speaker" (A Thousand Copies - Copy 8: Playground edition) (7 Jul 2011)[40]
  • "Ringar på vattnet" (with Kedjan) (25 Aug 2011)[41]
  • "Brains Out" (with Caotico) (8 Sep 2011)[42]
  • "Call My Name" (22 Sep 2011)[43] (two versions)
  • "Bad Time for a Good Time" feat. Gnucci Banana (8 Mar 2012)[44]
  • "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You" (10 Jun 2014)[45]
  • "Borderline" (15 Oct 2014)[46]
  • "Ego" (2 Feb 2015)[47]
  • "Number One" (6 Jul 2015)[48]
  • "... Baby One More Time" (24 Jul 2015)[49]
  • "Aftergold" (with Big Wild) (9 Jun 2016)[50]
  • "Allt & Ingenting" (with Hanna Järver) (28 Jun 2016)[51]
  • "Say My Name" (6 May 2017)
  • "Mistakes" (4 October 2017)
  • "liability (demo)" (9 January 2018)
  • "Sway" (21 May 2018)


  1. ^ a b c "Frågestund – del 1" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  2. ^ Third place on Idol 2009
  3. ^ "10 Artists to Know in 2011: New Music Musts". Archived from the original on 4 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  4. ^ "Tove Styrke hastigt sjuk" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  5. ^ "Tove Styrke – Home". 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  6. ^ "Sony Music – Sony Music presenterar stolt: Tove Styrke" (in Swedish). Mynewsdesk. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  7. ^ "Swedish Charts: Tove Styrke". Swedish Charts. 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Tove Styrke – White Light Moment" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  9. ^ "Best Newcomer" awards at P3 Guld
  10. ^ "Ikeazzz nya kampanj" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  11. ^ "Årets låt – P3 Guld 2012 | Sveriges Radio" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  12. ^ "Tove medverkar i Kedjans Ringar på vattnet" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  13. ^ "  – Caotico & Tove Styrke: Brains Out". Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  14. ^ "Tove Styrke Travels To The End Of The World In "Borderline" Video". Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  15. ^ "Tove Styrke Is Sweden's Next Big Music Export". Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  16. ^ "Sweden's Tove Styrke returns with ballsy new single "Borderline"". Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  17. ^ "Här är alla artister på vår valskiva "F!"". Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Tove Styrke plays The Old Blue Last for sold out comeback show". Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  20. ^ Feeney, Nolan (2 February 2015). "Meet the Swedish Pop Star You Need to Know This Spring". Time. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - Kiddo by Tove Styrke".
  22. ^ "Tove Styrke | Kiddo". Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  24. ^ "Tove Styrke announces sophomore LP Kiddo, streams new track "Ego"". Retrieved 2015-01-23.
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  27. ^ Dallach, Christoph (2012). "Wumms-Pop". Kulturspiegel (in German) (4): 34. Ihr... Debütalbum 'Tove Styrke', voller unterkühlt eingängiger Wumms-Pop-Songs... [Her debut album which is full of nonchalant, catchy boom-pop songs...]
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  30. ^ "Germany (Deutschland) Top 100 Hits". World Charts. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  31. ^ "Changed My Mind – Single by Tove Styrke on Apple Music". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  32. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
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  34. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 15, 13 april 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  35. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 19, 11 maj 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Big Wild feat. Tove Styrke – Aftergold". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  37. ^ "Hanna Järver feat. Tove Styrke – Allt & Ingenting (live-session)". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  38. ^ "What Is Love? (Deluxe) by Clean Bandit". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  39. ^ "Tove Styrke – High And Low". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  40. ^ "Tove Styrke: A Thousand Copies - Copy 8 (Playground edition)". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  41. ^ "Kedjan – Ringar på vattnet". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  42. ^ "Caotico & Tove Styrke – Brains Out". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  43. ^ "Tove Styrke – Call My Name". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  44. ^ "Tove Styrke feat. Gnucci Banana – Bad Time for a Good Time". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  45. ^ "Tove Styrke – Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
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