Tove Lo Says The Weeknd Is 'A Big Inspiration' for Her Second Album

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When Tove Lo releases her second album, don't be surprised if you hear a little bit of Beauty Behind the Madness on it.

"The Weeknd's been a big inspiration for me," says the Swedish singer, who has shared the staged with him on a few stops of the 2015 Jingle Ball. "I feel like his music is really sexy, and I like that. I could never pull off what he's doing but I can hear him in some of my songs, so there may be some songs that melodically have the same kind of vibe."

Once again working with the Swedish production duo of Ludvig Söderberg and Jakob Jerlström (The Struts), Lo says she'll start laying down tracks for the follow-up to Queen of the Clouds just after the new year. Despite earlier reports that she was in a sunnier place lyrically, the artist assures us there's plenty of angst on her next outing.

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"I was more upbeat, but I'm not anymore," she tells Billboard. "I've been on the road writing all these super happy dance jams but it's turned back into darker stuff lately. It's going to be a similar vibe to [Queen of the Clouds] where maybe the music feels happier than the lyrics actually are. There's that double thing I love to play with. It's my thing."

Having her own musical "thing" is important to Lo. It's a notion she shares with Chris Martin, who called personally to ask her to guest on the track "Fun" from Coldplay's new album A Head Full of Dreams. (Her answer? "Fuck yeah!") "I feel like he has a lot of integrity, which I really respect. He's so comfortable in what he's doing -- it's always so clear it's Coldplay," she says.

For her own project, she says, "There will be some new elements and now I'm a little worried it's going to sound schizophrenic because I've gone through so many different emotions this past year.

"I wrote the [current] album before anyone knew who I was, so now I'm just trying to make sure I still stay as personal," she adds. "That's the reason I write -- it's my outlet for everything I'm going through. Some of it may sound really extreme, and people hear those kind of lyrics and they don't get it. Because when they meet me they're like, 'You're a happy sunshine person and it doesn't go together.' I go through a million emotions a day. I've learned how to behave; I'm not crazy. I keep the crazy in the music."


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