Zara Larsson Talks ‘Ruin My Life’ & Taking Her Pop Career to the Next Level: ‘I Want People to Know Who I Am’

Swedish singer chats with Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast about her third album, whether or not she was invited to affix “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” & extra.

It's time for the world to satisfy Zara Larsson. Yes, Sweden has identified concerning the 21-year-old singer/songwriter since she received her residence nation's model America's Got Talent again in 2008 at age 10. And sure, she's had a string notable singles in America, together with a prime 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit ("Never Forget You" with MNEK). But she's prepared for the world to get to know her — not as a duet companion or as a featured vocalist or as only a voice in your radio.

Enter "Ruin My Life," Larsson's buzzy new single, which hits its No. 20 peak on Billboard's Pop Songs chart this week — her highest-charting tune on the tally since "Never Forget You." When she first bought wind the tune, it was supposed to be a male/feminine duet, however Larsson had different plans.

"I didn't need to do a duet, as a result of the final time I did a tune, my greatest one in America, that was a duet," Larsson tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast, referencing "Never Forget You" (hearken to her full podcast interview under). "I believed to myself, I simply wished to launch a tune, simply me. If it's going to be my single, I need folks to know who I’m. So much the occasions, folks have heard my tune, any the singles, however not essentially know who I’m. If they see an image me, they don't put two and two collectively. I wished to place my face on the market."

Not solely was "Ruin My Life" initially a duet, however its lyrics have been about an much more poisonous relationship than the one within the ultimate model.

"When I appeared on the lyrics, it felt actually tragic — this passionate back-and-forth virtually argument within the tune," she says. "And now that we took away the man, it was only a actually, actually unhappy woman. We switched up a couple of issues — it talks a few poisonous relationship, figuring out somebody isn't good for you, however you actually, really need this individual again. That and the unique] matter the tune was a bit an excessive amount of, and I'm very cautious about what I discuss. … I felt that it was an awesome tune, however I wished to make it extra emotionally unhappy than precise bodily violence."

Another manner Larsson is getting her title out there’s with the tune's ultra-luxe (and eerily voyeuristic) music video, which viewers received't quickly neglect. "It was arduous discovering an idea for this video that wasn't, like, me laying in mattress crying over this man," she says. "I didn’t need it to be that. I wished it to be extra glamorous."

"Ruin My Life" will probably be half a bigger undertaking for Larsson, who’s at the moment engaged on her third album, the follow-up to 2017's So Good. "I don’t assume I’ll be accomplished till somebody is like, 'Stop recording!'" she laughs the album course of. While she mentioned she's doing issues "the old style manner" and creating a correct album, she admires the best way Ariana Grande has been dropping music at her personal tempo.

"I actually love that she's form releasing songs like] a rapper," Larsson says. "She launched 'Imagine' prefer it was nothing, a tune that I believed was implausible. She was like, 'Here's a tune, by the best way.' … I'm into that."

We additionally chat with Larsson about doable collaborators for her new music ("I'd like to get within the studio with Khalid") and whether or not America's Got Talent: The Champions invited her to affix the sequence, given her Swedish connection to the franchise. Listen to that and extra within the podcast above.

Also on the podcast, we’ve information about Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper reuniting in Las Vegas for a reside efficiency "Shallow" from A Star Is Born and new chart-toppers on each the Hot 100 (Grande's "7 Rings") and Billboard 200 (Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD).

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