The two members Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, who grew up in Stockholm, create music “which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time”.
The duo received international attention following their debut single “Manners”, which was released by Neon Gold on French label Kitsuné, and the extended-play album Nights Like This on English Mercury Records.
Caroline Hjelt (born 8 November 1987) and Aino Jawo (born 7 July 1986, of a Finnish mother and Gambian father) attended the same music school in Stockholm, but met by chance at a party in February 2009 and formed the duo.
Four weeks later, they had written songs for their very first performance as a duo. Two years later, the duo described their music as “classical pop melodies with drums and synths”.
In fall 2012, the duo released an extended play Iconic in the US and the album Icona Pop in Sweden.
In the summer of 2012, they took part in a number of festivals including electro music festival Summerburst in Gothenburg and also appeared at the Stockholm Stadium, at the start of an international festival and broadcast via Sveriges Television (SVT).
The song was also featured in the 2012 video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted, in a German television commercial for Coca-Cola Light in January 2013, the theme song to the American reality-television series Snooki & JWoww, and in an episode of the American comedy-drama television series Girls and the popular vampire-teen drama television series The Vampire Diaries.
The second single “Ready for the Weekend” was released on September 11, 2012. Both tracks appear on their second extended-play album, released on October 16, 2012. “I Love It” was also used in the advert for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
In January 2013, “I Love It” was featured in the third episode of the second season of Girls, an HBO show created by Lena Dunham. In March 2013, the duo was named one of Fuse television’s 30 must-see artists at the South by Southwest festival.
In March 2013, “I Love It” was featured in the sixteenth episode of the fourth season, named “Bring It On”, of The Vampire Diaries. On March 26, 2013, “I Love It” was performed on the week 2 results show of Dancing with the Stars.
On May 3, 2013, the duo performed “I Love It” on the late-night talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on the Good Morning America morning news/entertainment show. On May 6, 2013, “I Love It” was featured in the FOX musical-comedy series, Glee.
The song also is featured in a commercial for the WNBA‘s upcoming season that was aired during the 4th quarter of Game 7 of the Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference Championship game on June 3, 2013. It was also featured in a commercial during the Spurs-Heat game on June 9, 2013.
The duo said that “the new album isn’t just going to be sixteen tracks like ‘I Love It‘” and that they are trying new genres and sounds.
On August 4, 2013, the duo visited Montreal, where they participated in the annual Osheaga Festival.
On June 24, 2014, the duo released a brand new single called “Get Lost”.
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