11 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2012, the Swedish EDM-pop duo Icona Pop (Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo) turned out one of the most empowering and brilliant tunes of the last decade: "I Love It." A rallying cry for young women everywhere, the track quickly found its way to videogames, commercials, and TV shows (including an episode of Girls). Written by English techno-pop artist Charli XCX, the song pounds with rebellious attitude and confident dismissal: "I crashed my car into the bridge/I don't care! I love it!" shout the duo with unbridled glee. A second single from their U.S. album, “All Night,” showed a slightly softer (albeit just as bouncy) side to Icona Pop, as they pined in slightly sweeter tones, “We could do this all night!” It’s a fairly sugary, crowd-rousing moment, but other songs show more depth: “Just Another Night" isn't as ebullient; it's a lament that features a single voice rather than the duo’s continual double whammy. The wistful “Just Another Night” also showcases some power-packed vocals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2012, the Swedish EDM-pop duo Icona Pop (Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo) turned out one of the most empowering and brilliant tunes of the last decade: "I Love It." A rallying cry for young women everywhere, the track quickly found its way to videogames, commercials, and TV shows (including an episode of Girls). Written by English techno-pop artist Charli XCX, the song pounds with rebellious attitude and confident dismissal: "I crashed my car into the bridge/I don't care! I love it!" shout the duo with unbridled glee. A second single from their U.S. album, “All Night,” showed a slightly softer (albeit just as bouncy) side to Icona Pop, as they pined in slightly sweeter tones, “We could do this all night!” It’s a fairly sugary, crowd-rousing moment, but other songs show more depth: “Just Another Night" isn't as ebullient; it's a lament that features a single voice rather than the duo’s continual double whammy. The wistful “Just Another Night” also showcases some power-packed vocals.

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About Icona Pop

Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop feature best friends Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt. The group first came to notice with the 2010 Kitsuné single "Manners," which was sampled on Chiddy Bang's 2011 song "Mind Your Manners"; the song reached number 19 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and appeared on the hip-hop duo's debut album, Breakfast. That year, Icona Pop also released the Nights Like This EP, which included "Manners" and "Sun Goes Down," a collaboration with the production team the Knocks, along with the title track. After performing on the European festival circuit and making their live U.S. debut in 2012, Icona Pop released their second EP, The Iconic, which featured the hit single "I Love It" that September as a digital download. The Iconic received a physical release in early 2013, and the duo's first full-length, This Is... Icona Pop, arrived that September. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • FORMED
    2009

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