MØ, AKA Karen Marie Ørsted, is one of the fastest rising pop stars on the planet. The co-writer and voice of the worldwide smash Major Lazer track Lean On - the most-streamed song ever on Spotify - is currently putting the finishing touches to her eagerly anticipated second album, due for release later this year.
Ørsted grew up on Funen, one of Denmark's largest islands, and wrote her first song when she was seven years old. A pop obsessive as a child, she became involved with politics, punk and the anti-fascism movement in her teens, leading her to form the “noisy, trashy electro-pop punk band” Mor aged 18. But already she was restless and writing new songs on her own, trying out a variety of sounds and styles on her laptop in her bedroom that, in 2009, necessitated her transformation into MØ. In 2014, she released her debut album No Mythologies To Follow - a unique blend of bedroom beats, soul-punk-electro-R&B and pop harmonies - to rave reviews. The record features singles Pilgrim, Waste of Time, Don’t Wanna Dance and XXX 88 feat. Diplo. In the two years since the album was released, MØ has played sold out tours solo and with Major Lazer, and won over festival crowds worldwide.
Now, MØ has debuted her massive new single, Final Song, produced by MNEK (Beyonce / Zara Larsson) and will play her biggest UK headline to date at London's Roundhouse.
"Whereas many of the country’s recent musical exports have been dark, gloomy and guitar-orientated (from the snarling gutter-punk of Iceage to Lust For Youth’s gothic tendencies), the music these newcomers make is far more linear. Brought up by parents who played them Stevie Wonder, Björk, Hendrix and Massive Attack on loop, they’re obsessed with the idea of soul in pop in modern music." - NME
"It’s safe to say there is no one out there quite like them: two tomboy schoolfriends who combine ecstatic guitar-and-dancefloor dynamics with lyrical intensity: La Roux fronting someone like Foals, at least on tonight’s set closer So Long." - Guardian