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TREASURE TO VOTE

On her new album, Lady Wood, Swedish singer/songwriter TOVE LO blends honest lyrics about sex and drugs with the catchiest hooks in pop music

I’M STARTING TO WORRY that the Swedish pop star Tove Lo might be my spirit animal. She might be yours, too, actually, especially if you’re prone to almighty benders and picking up men in play parks.

On the upside, the 29-year-old singer/songwriter from Stockholm is also talented, charming, clever and cute as a button when she arrives for our interview in the weird function room of an East London hotel wearing a woolly hat. But do not let adorable knitwear fool you. Tove Lo may be the brightest new female star in the pop firmament, but this is not a woman who simpers or trades in plastic sexuality to score chart positions and online followers. I suspect she’d much rather just have the sex — and then write a smart, perfectly constructed song about it.

Obviously, it’s no surprise that she’s Swedish. From Abba to Max Martin (who she used to work for), her birth nation is famous for its earworm chart toppers. Hers is the country of communal showering and Ace of Base, so naturally her amazing new album is called Lady Wood and features kick-ass lyrics such as ‘Dirty on the inside, damaged goods with nothing but pride’.

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On the cover, the new queen of pop Christine and the Queens talks sexuality, subversion, Michael Jackson… and Trump! Elsewhere in this issue: from courtroom battles to the Strictly ballroom with Judge Rinder; Sweden’s siren Tove Lo on sex, drugs and pop music; Do throuples work? Millennial sexuality in the spotlight; and The Pass star Arinze Kene on the taboo of gay footballers.