Zara Maria Larsson (/ˈzɑːrə ˈlɑːrsən/, Swedish: [²sɑːra ¹lɑːʂɔn] (About this soundlisten); born 16 December 1997) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. At the age of 10, she achieved national fame in Sweden for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of British TV’s Got Talent. Four years later, in 2012, Larsson signed with the record label TEN Music Group and subsequently released her debut EP album Introducing in January 2013. The single “Uncover” topped the music charts in Scandinavia: Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. In February 2013, “Uncover” was certified Platinum by Universal Music Sweden. In July 2013, her EP Introducing was certified 3× Platinum in the country. Larsson signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States in April 2013. In 2016, she performed at the opening and closing ceremonies for UEFA Euro in France.
Four years after her first album, Larsson’s debut international album So Good was released on 17 March 2017 and entered at number seven on the UK Albums Chart. It produced eight singles: “Lush Life”, “Never Forget You”, “Ain’t My Fault”, “I Would Like”, “So Good”, “Don’t Let Me Be Yours”, “Only You”, and “Symphony”, a collaboration with Clean Bandit. Almost all the album’s singles reached the top 15 in the UK. “Never Forget You” peaked in the United States at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving Larsson and English singer MNEK their first entries on the chart. Similarly, “Symphony” became Larsson’s first number one single on the UK Singles Chart.
In October 2018, Larsson released “Ruin My Life”, the lead single from her upcoming third album.
2017–present: Upcoming third studio album
In September 2017, Larsson announced that she had started work on her third studio album saying in an interview she had written two new songs with MNEK. On 11 December 2017, Larsson once again performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, this time alongside American singer John Legend.
In January 2018, Larsson was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Europe” list in the entertainment category. A year after she had first anticipated her third studio album, in September 2018 she announced via a tweet that she would be releasing a new single, “Ruin My Life” soon. The month after Larsson announced the artwork for the single and the release date of 18 October 2018.
In January 2019, she was featured on the song “Holding Out for You” by Italian rapper, singer and songwriter Fedez. On 29 March 2019, Larsson released, “Don’t Worry Bout Me” as the second single from her upcoming third studio album. “Wow” was released as the third single from the album on 26 April 2019. Larsson performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2019 at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. Her set included new song titled “All the Time”, which she confirmed will appear on her upcoming album. The song was released as the fourth single on 21 June 2019. Also in 2019, Larsson made a new cover of “My Heart Will Go On”, which also will be included on her upcoming third album.