Pop Shop Podcast: Tove Lo Talks 'Emotional Rollercoaster' That Led to Her New Album 'Blue Lips'

Eric Ryan Anderson
Tove Lo photographed Sept. 27 at Loosie Rouge in Brooklyn.

Plus: Chart chat about Taylor Swift's million-selling week with "Reputation," and who could sell a million next?

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, your one-stop-shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. In addition, you can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop.

Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard editorial director Jason Lipshutz every week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).

On the latest show, Tove Lo drops in to chat about her just-released album Blue Lips (Lady Wood Phase II), why she wanted to make a two-part concept album (the new set is the continuation to 2016’s Lady Wood), her new single “Disco T**s,” and filming its “bizarre” music video. Listen to the chat, below.

While she was working on Lady Wood, the singer-songwriter immediately knew that the songs she was writing and recording were very much part of an "emotional rollercoaster."

“There's a lot of songs that I wanted on (Lady Wood),” Tove Lo tells Billboard, “but I didn't want to cram in 20 songs... so I decided to divide it into a double album, and release the second half a little bit later on.” Lady Wood debuted and peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 19, 2016, and housed the Pop Songs chart hit “Cool Girl.”

As the year went on, Tove Lo began to tinker with the tracklist of what would become Blue Lips -- adding songs and rewriting tracks. Ultimately, the set turned into a whole new album, but still serves as a continuation of Lady Wood.

Blue Lips was led by the strutty, dancey single “Disco T**s,” which has a definite let’s-hit-the-roller-rink vibe.

“I know!” Tove Lo says, “A lot of people have said that. It really makes me happy. It kind of makes me think about Boogie Nights.”

As for the song’s video -- where the singer has a sex scene with a “fuzzy yellow furry little puppet” -- Tove Lo says the filming experience was “bizarre and weird.” Still, she says “It was fun. It was weird, but it was fun.”

In addition to the chat with Tove Lo, the Pop Shop team discuss P!nk's high-flying performance on the American Music Awards and her new video for "Beautiful Trauma," how Stone Temple Pilots is back with a new singer, and how Rihanna is the cover girl of both the new issues of Vogue Paris and Dazed -- does this mean a new album from the diva is on the horizon?

And, in charts news, we're talking all about Taylor Swift's big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her Reputation album -- and how it sold 1.216 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Further, Jason and Keith wonder who could be the next artist to sell a million copies of an album in a single week?

Lastly, the podcast features a flashback chart stat of the week about Billy Idol’s 1987 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Mony Mony.”

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