When Caroline and Aino first met at a party in 2009, it was ‘love at first sight’. Determined to create “the best band ever”, their musical collaboration started on the very next day, and they had their first gig three weeks later. They quickly released their first single ‘Manners’ and the future wonder of Icona Pop was officially formed.
The duo’s big breakthrough can be described with one phrase: ‘I Love It’. The 2012 monster hit (which dominated many top lists in the Western World, and appeared on several TV- and talk shows), became a milestone for Swedish pop music. The song had big success worldwide, especially in the US, where the single sold over 2 million copies and reached US Platinum sales.
Other great hits by Icona Pop are ‘All night’, ‘We Got the World’, ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘Let’s Go’ ft. Tiesto. Icona Pop is greatly awarded for their musical brilliance. For instance, they’ve received prizes and titles like “Swedish Breakthrough of the Year”, “Group of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (‘I Love It’). On 26 May 2015, the duo released the single ‘Emergency’. The song peaked a few weeks later on the Billboard Dance Chart, making their second single to top that chart after ‘All Night’. The song was also featured in the video game FIFA 16. In July, the EP Emergency was released. It includes the critically acclaimed “First Time” and the smash-hit ‘Clap Snap’.
The girls have toured with mega stars Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and One Direction. On February 23rd, 2016, Icona Pop performed their single, ‘Someone Who Can Dance‘ at the Grammys in Stockholm. Caroline and Aino are though not only known as cool icons and great singers, they are also known for being talented songwriters that write the majority of their own songs.
Summer saw the act drop long anticipated single ‘Girls Girls.’ Among the huge tastemaker support, Entertainment Weekly commented: “This buoyant, rosé-soaked tribute to throwing down with your gal pals will have you saying “I love it!” all over again.” 7m streams later and setting the duo up for a marker appearance on Swedish TV show “Så Mycket Bättre” (So Much Better), Sweden’s leading female pop provocateurs have never looked stronger.
After touring the world during the summer of 2018 – now, Icona Pop has released a collection together with Swedish clothing brand Gina Tricot along with new pop-dance single – Rhythm In My Blood. A party anthem which will leave no one standing still. The entire collection has a vibrant party pulse, which is exactly what you need to boost energy on dark fall days, according to Icona themselves. Disco, glitter, pop, power and rock’n’roll – inspiration for the collection comes directly from Icona Pop’s sizzling music career, where the stage is their own catwalk. Now the girls are focusing on writing new music – planning on coming back with full-fledged power during 2019.