MØ is the Danish singer and songwriter featured on “Lean On,” that dance-inducing chart-topper you keep hearing on the radio. Before “Lean On,” she was also heard on Iggy Azalea’s track “Beg for It” and her debut album, “No Mythologies To Follow,” was released in 2014. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about MØ:
1. MØ (pronounced “mew”) is an acronym for Karen Marie Ørsted’s last two initials. The word “mø” also means “virgin” or “maiden” in Danish.
2. She was born and raised in Odense, Denmark.
3. When she was seven-years-old, MØ was obsessed with the Spice Girls. She says they are the reason she started making music.
4. Her biggest music inspiration is alternative rock band Sonic Youth. When she was a teenager, she’d print out the lyrics to all their songs and go through them before bed.
5. MØ was a politically active teenager. When she was 16, she attended rallies and held protests against the Danish rightwing party Dansk Folkeparti.
6. When she was 18, MØ formed the punk duo MOR with her friend Josefine Struckmann. They toured Europe and New York, not just playing music but campaigning about racism and women’s rights.
7. MØ’s music is described as “electro music with guts.” She has been compared to a variety of artists, from Janet Jackson to Siouxsie Sioux.
8. In October 2014, MØ and Iggy Azalea performed “Beg For It” on SNL. Unfortunately for MØ, many called it one of the worst performances on SNL ever; she appeared to be singing off-beat and out of tune.
10. Last month, MØ released “Kamikaze,” another collaboration with Diplo and Major Lazer. Check out the music video here: