Swedish singer chats with Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast about her third album, whether she was invited to join "America's Got Talent: The Champions" & more.
It's time for the world to meet Zara Larsson. Yes, Sweden has known about the 21-year-old singer/songwriter since she won her home country's version of America's Got Talent back in 2008 at age 10. And yes, she's had a string of notable singles in America, including a top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit ("Never Forget You" with MNEK). But she's ready for the world to get to know her -- not as a duet partner or as a featured vocalist or as just a voice on your radio.
Enter "Ruin My Life," Larsson's buzzy new single, which hits its No. 20 peak on Billboard's Pop Songs chart this week -- her highest-charting song on the tally since "Never Forget You." When she first got wind of the song, it was intended to be a male/female duet, but Larsson had other plans.
"I didn't want to do a duet, because the last time I did a song, my biggest one in America, that was a duet," Larsson tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast, referencing "Never Forget You" (listen to her full podcast interview below). "I thought to myself, I just wanted to release a song, just me. If it's going to be my single, I want people to know who I am. A lot of the times, people have heard my song, any of the singles, but not necessarily know who I am. If they see a picture of me, they don't put two and two together. I wanted to put my face out there."