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Pop Star Zara Larsson On Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, 'So Good'
At only 19 years old, Swedish pop singer/songwriter Zara Larsson has set her sights on world domination with her latest album, So Good.
One of Larsson's biggest American buzzworthy hits from the album so far is "Symphony," her collaboration with Clean Bandit, which came to life after the GRAMMY-winning group heard Larsson's "Lush Life" and approached her.
"We just recorded it. It sounds great. We did the video and boom it was out, very easy and very effortless," said Larsson. "So hopefully I'm going to be in the studio with them to write some more."
A more recent single, "Don't Let Me Be Yours," also resulted from a collaboration, this time between Larsson, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, Steve Mac, and GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran.
"[Johnny] just basically told me, 'Well, tomorrow when we have the session Ed might swing by,'" said Larsson. "We were just jamming and … I was like, 'Whatever, he's not going to show up, like, why would he do that?' And then he showed up! On time actually, and he was just the nicest guy."
Believe it or not, "Don't Let Me Be Yours" was not set to be on the album initially, but Larsson fought for it to make the cut because she felt the vibe between her and Sheeran in the studio was so natural.
"That's how I feel collabs should be, you know? You should work with each other in the studio and it should just come easy and that's what happened."
Speaking of Sheeran, Larsson has even incorporated a cover of his hit "Shape Of You" into her live shows.
"I'm still starting off, and I think my biggest song to this day is definitely "Never Forget You" here in America, so I think I want that element of, 'Oh, you know this one,' to keep [the audience] interested and keep them singing along."
Larsson lists Beyoncé as part of a wide range of influences from various genres, but still understands that her music is undeniably pop. Most importantly, she is maintaining an open mind and letting her sound develop naturally.
"Honestly, I don't really know what I want, I don't have this vision where I want it to sound like this," Larsson said. "I'm super open to everything."