-Song title: ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’-
-Artist: Lykke Li-
-Featured in Trailer 2 for: “Carrie” (Opens: 10/18/13)-
Quick Bio – I would bet money that virtually anyone reading this has never heard of Lykke Li, which is precisely why I do this column. Otherwise, we would never be introduced to artists not currently playing on your local radio station; artists like Lykke Li (pronounced ly ke li), who come from a small town like Ystad, Sweden across the pond. Li, who actually came from a fairly talented family, gets her musical flavor naturally after listening to her Dad and his pop/reggae group Dag Vag. And maybe that’s also why she is so well travelled, having spent time in such places like Portugal, Stokholm, Morrocco, Nepal and India prior to moving to the U.S. for a few months when she was a teenager. And maybe that’s why when you listen to her, it sounds so real and uninhibited, given all the different kinds of places she has been in her young life.
That’s unique in itself, but for Li, it’s all about the music and this up and down journey she has been on since breaking onto the scene. And in an interview with Charlotte Cripps of the U.K.’s The Independent, she said “Everybody who took a chance. I think every big artist doubts themselves because it's a journey. But they had a message, a good soul and they wanted to give people something." If that doesn’t explain who Lykke Li is and why so many people across the pond adore her, I don’t know what does. Because it is rare to find an artist so free with her spirit and unaffected by whatever attention they have received, but Li appears to be that artist and probably why it was so easy for the producers of “Carrie” to feature her song 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ in the background of their trailer.
Swedish Pop – For those that thought Sweden was only famous for its marvelous coastlines and Absolut Vodka, think again. Of course, knowing that Absolut is the third largest brand of alcoholic spirits in the world is not too shabby, but this is about music and for Sweden, it has a rich history starting with ABBA. That’s right, the 70’s band all our parents love to remember and still play on occasion is probably the biggest artist to ever come out of Sweden, selling well over than 370 million albums worldwide. And while we haven’t quite seen that type of success from any other Swedish artists, that doesn’t mean the talent isn’t there. In addition to Lykke Li, Sweden has produced a host of pop and dance artists through the years like Ace of Base, The Cardigans, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Robyn and more recently September, Basshunter and Swedish House Mafia. So, it’s as if the country hasn’t done its part in the world of music, but more artists like Li can only make Swedish Pop even more relevant. Because as Li went on to say in that interview with The Independent, “This world consists of having to go to parties and talk about the weather. I can't do that and it is very hard and it can be very lonely for me. I struggle with myself every day – I am a lonesome person. I talk to my family – and I connect to some people deeply along the way – but I am a restless soul. Singing is the most immediate relief. It allows me to be free and you can touch people with your voice. It feels good – like crying, almost." ~ Excerpts taken from Wikipedia.com
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