Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-10-18
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Zara Larsson takes over music charts at 19
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson is ready to take over the United States.

At the young age of 10 she conquered Talang, Sweden's version of America's Got Talent, in 2008. She was then signed to a record label and dropped an EP in 2013. A single from the EP titled "Uncover" was certified platinum, with the album going triple platinum in her home country.

Her new album, So Good, was released this past March, and is already taking over the UK charts. She recently released a fashion collection for H&M to expand her empire.

This month Larsson played at the House of Blues in Chicago opening for Clean Bandit where she talked backstage about her plans for the future.

Windy City Times: Tell our readers about yourself.

Zara Larsson: I am 19 years old. I am a singer from Sweden. I enjoy long walks on the park. Is this for a date?

WCT: Maybe. What is your sign?

ZL: I'm a Sagittarius.

WCT: Are you single?

ZL: I'm very single, so holla!

WCT: Did you always want to be a singer back home in Stockholm?

ZL: Yes, my whole life I wanted to be a singer. There was nothing I wanted to do so much.

WCT: Did you study singing in school?

ZL: I am still in school actually. I never did study it. I have always been singing and using my voice, but I did not study music theory.

WCT: How did you get in the Swedish singing contest?

ZL: In 2008, I auditioned and was on a Swedish version of America's Got Talent. After that nothing really happened. It took about five years for me to release my first EP in Sweden. It became very successful. I am very happy about that. People did recognize me but a lot of things happened between the ages 10 to 15, when I was a teenage girl. I was no longer the girl from the show after that.

People liked my songs from the EP and it went number one in Scandinavia. I was really lucky. Now we are working Europe. I am finally here in North America.

WCT: How did the Clean Bandit "Symphony" collaboration come about?

ZL: Their people contacted my people. They wanted to work with me. They had spent a lot of time in the UK being British. They have respect for the music scene there.

I heard the song after they sent it to me I felt it was beautiful. I immediately said yes.

WCT: Was the video filmed in a music hall?

ZL: Yes, in the Royal Albert Hall. It was with a full symphony and orchestra. It was incredible to shoot that video. It came together so well.

It was everything I hoped it would be. I was so happy how it turned out. When I saw the treatment for the video my sister and I just cried. I think it is my favorite video that I have done so far.

WCT: Did you come up with the styling in the video?

ZL: We wanted something very classic and glamorous. The way we synched the song with my performance was that I was a part of his orchestra. I was the conductor.

The dress was from Armani, who I have a great relationship with. I thought it was gorgeous on camera. Back then I had my hair pink, because I felt like it.

It was very simple. We recorded my part in a few hours. It is not about me or Clean Bandit in the video, even though we are a part of it. It is about the love story.

WCT: What would you tell people about your album, So Good, [who haven't] heard it yet?

ZL: It is pop and fun. It is pretty positive and uplifting. The majority of the songs are extremely danceable.

The album has Wizkid on it, so there are some African beats. There is some R&B and ballads, of course. Hopefully, if you buy the album you will like at least one song.

WCT: How was working with Ty Dolla $ign on So Good?

ZL: He is one of my favorite artists, honestly. I have a huge amount of respect for him. He wrote the song "So Good." He wrote the verses and the chorus. He is a phenomenal writer.

He was already in the song so it was natural for him to be in it a bit more.

WCT: Chicago is the end of the tour with Clean Bandit. How has the tour been?

ZL: It has been amazing. I feel like I learned a lot. I am more comfortable on stage and can just have fun.

I am ready for the summer, because I am doing some festivals with a whole band and pickup singers. It will be a whole production.

WCT: Will you perform at the gay bars?

ZL: I would love that. I have actually never been to any in America. I have been to Heaven in London, but that is it. It was turned up.

WCT: What is the gayest thing in Sweden?

ZL: Well, if you want to be stereotypical there is a lot of fashion. We have great fashion brands.

Eurovision is a huge deal there, also. It celebrates gay culture and artists with big gay followings.

WCT: Are you friends with Swedish singers like Tove Lo?

ZL: We don't call each other every day, but the music scene is small in Sweden. When there is an event, even in LA, we always bump into each other.

Everyone is so nice and supportive. It is how it should be in the music industry. Swedish artists are happy for each other. We are all friends.

WCT: With the tour over soon, what are you doing with your free time?

ZL: I don't have any free time. I remember two years ago the label told me I wouldn't have anymore off days. I did have a day off in Detroit two days ago. Basically, I just watched Grey's Anatomy!

Larsson will be at Lollapalooza on Saturday, Aug. 5. See .

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Zombie Bathhouse: A Rock Musical 2017-10-18 - Music & Lyrics: Scott Free. Book: Brian Kirst. Directed by: Dan Foss At: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Tickets:; $20. ...

Gay News

Chicago Chamber Choir starting 22nd year 2017-10-18 - The Chicago Chamber Choir ( CCC ), a 40-voice ensemble, is marking its 22nd season with three programs: a commentary on our world ...

Gay News

NUNN ON ONE Bridget Everett bringing bawdy cabaret to Chicago 2017-10-18 - The talented performer Bridget Everett never ceases to amaze people. She has been performing in New York City for over a decade. Her ...

Gay News

Caring by Sharing concert to support those affected by HIV-AIDS 2017-10-18 - Professional singers from the musical worlds of cabaret, musical theater and opera will join forces to present the first annual "Caring by Sharing" ...

Gay News

Showbiz news: Anderson Cooper, Kelly Clarkson, Shaun T, Coming Out Day 2017-10-17 - Andy Cohen will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve celebration with Anderson Cooper, Deadline noted. Cohen—best known as host and EP of Bravo's Watch ...

Gay News

BENT NIGHTS The Hideout Block Party 2017-10-17 - It is a fact that summer this year officially ended Sept. 24. Never mind all that hoo-ha about Riot Fest being ...

Gay News

Five Worth Finding: Monteverde, Chicago Ideas Week and more 2017-10-11 - —Monteverde: Monteverde Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg won Best Chef Great Lakes at the James Beard Awards this year—and for good reason. Her West ...

Gay News

House-music DJs launch Chosen Few Management 2017-10-11 - House Music DJ and production collective the Chosen Few DJs announced its formation of Chosen Few Artist Management, Inc. ( CFAM ). ...

Gay News

National roundup: Rainbow flag, gay Vegas connections, HIV-exposure law 2017-10-10 - The rainbow flag—the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride—was unveiled in a special ceremony on Wed., Oct. 11, at the historic Stonewall ...

Gay News

Showbiz news: Jared Leto, Cher, Wanda Sykes, Weinstein fallout 2017-10-10 - Jared Leto has landed a new role: playing the late Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic, Just Jared noted. The Playboy icon passed ...


Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.