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Who Is Zara Larsson? 9 Facts In 90 Seconds On The 'Lush Life' Singer

She's about to make a splash in a BIG way.

24/03/2016 14:54 GMT | Updated 27/03/2016 12:03 BST

CORRECTION: This article initially stated that MNEK was a rapper, when in fact he is a singer/songwriter and music producer.

For those not already acquainted with Zara Larsson, allow us to bring you up to speed.

She’s already been kicking around in her home country of Sweden for the past few years now, but with the release of her slow-burner single ‘Lush Life’, which is slowly climbing the UK singles chart, she’s about to blow up in a big way internationally.

With fresh-sounding songs and an even fresher attitude, it’s clear that with the right tunes, Zara could very easily grow to be one of the biggest names in the music industry, sitting comfortably along with already-established stars.

But since she’s about to become one of your favourite popstars, we’re guessing you fancy learning a little bit more about her, right? Fair enough, here’s everything you need to know about Zara Larsson, in our easily-digestible 9 Facts In 90 Seconds guide:

  • 1. She's Got Something In Common With Paul Potts And Pudsey The Dog
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    Zara might just be on the cusp of stardom here in the UK, but in her homeland of Sweden, she's been a household name since the age of 10, when her rendition of Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' saw her crowned the winner of 'Sweden's Got Talent'.
  • 2. She's Been Performing A LONG Time
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    Things went quiet after 'Sweden's Got Talent', but Zara's dreams of making it as a singer prevailed, and she released her debut EP at the age of 15, back in 2012.

    That might seem young, but Zara admits she'd have done it sooner if she could, admitting to Idolator: "I was really stressed out... I thought we were waiting way too long."
  • 3. She Has Some Pretty Unusual Views On Voice Coaching
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    Despite her impressive vocal performances on tracks like 'Uncover' and 'Carry You Home', Zara admits she's not had any vocal training.

    She says: "I don’t think it works. I think it’s a waste of money.

    "Literally when I go to the vocal coach I’m like, 'You are teaching me nothing.' You know?"

    Tell that to Adele...
  • 4. She Tells It Like It Is
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    At a time in music when it seems so many rising stars are keeping their heads down and their eyes on the prize, afraid to say anything controversial, Zara does not mind saying exactly what she's thinking on Twitter.

    More specifically, as anyone who follows her will know, she speaks matter-of-factly about a range of social issues, from racism and homophobia to gender issues and inequality.

    Go Zara!
  • 5. Erm...
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    Case and point: she made a point on Instagram recently that no man should claim he's 'too big' to wear a condom, by stretching one over her entire leg.

    She told Pop-Buzz: "I was home alone and I remembered having girl friends tell me that boys would say, 'Baby, I can't wear condom my dick is too big.' I just looked at my leg and thought, 'It may be big but not like this!'"
  • 6. She Doesn't Want You To Mention Her Age, ALRIGHT?
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    She may be one of the youngest stars in the pop charts right now, but Zara doesn't need any reminders that she's just turned 18.

    In an interview with Notion last year, she admitted: "people say, ‘Oh you’re so good, and you’re so young!’ It’s like, ‘NO. I’m good. Period!’"
  • 7. She's From The Land Where Pop Music Is Basically Invented
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    Of course, it's no surprise that she's doing so well in the pop charts, given that she hails from Sweden, the land that gave us ABBA, Robyn and Max Martin (the hit-maker behind 'Baby One More Time', 'I Kissed A Girl' and literally countless others).

    Discussing her homeland, she joked: "Maybe we just have this aura about us of being great musicians, so we kind of believe it ourselves?

    "Also, in Sweden when someone says “I’m going to be an artist,” people are like, 'Okay, yeah!' But it feels like in America, peoples say 'No, you need to go to college, you need to do this and that'."
  • 8. She's Racking Up Some Impressive Collaborators Already
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    Her career may be in its early stages, but Zara has already collaboarted with big existing stars like Tinie Tempah on two different tracks, as well as music producer and singer/songwriter MNEK.

    Her dream collaborator, though? Beyoncé. She says: "she is the perfect package of an artist — she can dance, she has charisma, she’s present. It’s so many things in one person that it’s just un-human to me."
  • 9. She's Not Afraid To Ruffle Some Feathers
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    In February 2016, Zara was among the celebrities to come out in support of Kesha, tweeting: "Often I wonder what's wrong with the world #FreeKesha."

    This is particularly bold given that Zara has spoken about working with Dr Luke on her upcoming album, the same music producer Kesha is currently trying to break free from, after accusing him of sexual and emotional abuse.

Watch the video for ‘Lush Life’ - taken from Zara’s forthcoming second album, which is currently slated for UK release in 2016 - below.

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