MØ (real name: Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen) is a Danish singer, songwriter and record producer who is signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Her professional name comes from the initials of her middle and last name, but it also means “maiden” or “virgin” in Danish. She released her debut studio album, No Mythologies to Follow, in March 2014.
She has collaborated with several artists to come up with hit songs. An example is with the Australian rapper Iggy Azalea on the 2014 single “Beg for it” at no. 27 on the Us Billboard Hot 100 as her first entry on the chart. In 2015 she was featured on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s single “Lean On”, at no. 1 in Australia, no. 2 in the UK, no.4 in the United States as well as peaking highly on international charts.
She released her second studio album in October 2018 titled Forever Neverland, by Columbia Records.
The hit maker was born on 13 August 1988 in Ubberud, Denmark. She is 30 years old as of 2018.
MØ was born in Ubberud, near Odense, and grew up in Ejlstrup on the island of Funen, Denmark. Her father, Frans Ørsted, is a psychologist and her mother, Mette Ørsted, is a teacher.
She has an elder brother by the name Kaspar Ørsted. He is a doctor by profession.
MØ Music Career
She became interested in music at the age of seven thanks to the Spice girls (an English pop girl group formed in 1994). Her interest developed to punk music and anti-fascist movements when she was teenager. This was as a result of listening to Black Flag, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and especially Sonic Youth, saying she looked up to Kim Gordon as a “big hero and role model”.
In 2006, the singer released a side project titled The Edmunds. It included such tracks as “Garbage King” and “Polly Get Your Gun”. During 2008-10, she released several other side projects including titles such as “A Piece of Music to F*ck to” and “The Rarities”. The side-projects included songs that have been previously taken down due to an unknown reason, but has been re-released by a fan on YouTube.
The singer and her friend Josefine Struckmann Pedersen formed duo MOR in 2007, and released two EPs, Fisse I Dit Fjæs (“Pussy in Your Face”) and Vanvidstimer (“Madness Hours”), in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The duo however disbanded on 7 september 2012, due to personal reasons.
She then began creating a cappella pop songs and collaborating with producer Ronni Vindahl in 2012 and on 14 January 2013, she released her debut single, “Glass”. On 26 October 2017, MØ released her second extended play, titled When I Was Young, as a surprise. The EP is composed of songs that MØ wrote over the course of four years since the release of No Mythologies to Follow.
On October 30, 2017, MØ announced a co-headlining North American tour with Cashmere Cat titled the “Meøw Tour” in support of the EP. The tour will take place from January to April 2018. Over the years, she has written several songs and released even more of her songs.
- When I Was Young
- No Mythologies to Follow
- Bikini Daze
- Forever Neverland
19 October 2018
MØ No Mythologies to Follow
Genres: Pop music, Indie pop, Synth-pop
As lead artist
As featured artist
(Iggy Azalea featuring Ørsted)
(Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring Ørsted)
(Major Lazer featuring Ørsted)
(Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and Ørsted)
(Cashmere Cat featuring Ørsted andSophie)
(Diplo featuring Ørsted)
(Noah Cyrus featuring Ørsted)
(ZTAO featuring Diplo and Ørsted)
(Steel Banglezfeaturing Ørsted and Yxng Bane)
MØ Songs Download
To download her songs, click here.
MØ Final Song
MØ 2019 Tour
- Tuesday 15 January 2019
9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US
- Friday 18 January 2019
Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA, US
- Saturday 19 January 2019
Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY, US
- Sunday 20 January 2019
House of Blues – Boston, Boston, MA, US
- Wednesday 23 January 2019
Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
- Friday 25 January 2019
Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL, US
- Saturday 26 January 2019
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN, US
- Tuesday 29 January 2019
Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA, US
- Wednesday 30 January 2019
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Thursday 31 January 2019
The Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR, US
- Saturday 02 February 2019
Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA, US
- Tuesday 05 February 2019
The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA, US
- Thursday 07 February 2019
The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA, US
- Friday 08 February 2019
The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA, US
- Saturday 09 February 2019
Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, US
- Tuesday 16 July 2019 – Thursday 18 July 2019
U-Park Festival 2019
Sky Family Park, Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
For tickets to the concerts, click here.
MØ Major Lazer – Justin Bieber
Diplo & MØ
For merchandise on the songwriter, click here.
(shared with Ronni Vindahl)
Updated: April 9, 2018
Three years since Mø’s last Irish club show (and six months after the initial postponement of her return), Mø is sat slouched on a chair in the dressing room of the Olympia. She’s in good spirits – relaxed and chatty. It’s a night that’s been a long time in the making for the Danish star.
“I’m really excited,” she says. “I mean, I played Longitude and Electric Picnic, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done a club show.”
Simply put, the show was postponed originally because it wasn’t ready. Following a string of Top 40 dance hits and a list of collaborators stretching the length of her arm, the 29-year-old threw herself into work on her second album. In the end, neither were ready for public consumption.
“It just sucks so much,” she says on she felt postponing it. “There are no words to describe it. It’s just always like a fucking bummer to have to do it, y’know? I hate it.
“For two years, it’s been on my New Year’s Resolution to like, never postpone and never cancel […] It fucking sucks for everybody.”
You see, a lot of preparation goes into a ‘Mø show’ before it’s stage ready. She was adamant on starting from scratch, bringing something new to the table for her fans. She’s been writing her as-of-now untitled new album, ultimately taking up all her focus.
“You forget how much time these things take if you want to do it properly,” she says.
It’s an exciting time for her though – it’s evident even in her demeanour. She lights up talking about the new project, and the prospect of it finally being released, while admitting that her perfectionist nature has contributed to its delay.
“It’s been a fucking long time, so I’m excited for it to finally come out. It’s going to be like the end of an era … Or the start of one. I don’t know.”
Known as Karen to her mam, Mø (meaning “maiden” or “virgin” in Danish), love for music grew from a Spice Girls obsession developed at seven years-old. As she got older, her influences grew more varied – everything from Sonic Youth to Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Black Flag.
Those sounds are rife throughout her debut LP ‘No Mythologies To Follow’, but she’s more widely known now for lending her vocals for four-to-the-floor tracks like her wildly successful Major Lazer collaborations.
On Lean On – the track which made her a household name, notching up over 2 billion views on YouTube and number 1s internationally – she’d previously told iD Magazine about the runaway success of the song affected her career trajectory.
“So many people have opinions and try to guide you, and everyone has the best intentions, but it makes it harder to cut through the noise.”
However, she has no regrets about doing the song and she’s not concerned about being known as a featured artist. Confident in her artistry, she feels her decision to work with some many artists recently is justified.
“It was more of me finding my way back to my voice, but still embracing what you become after you get a big hit with an international band like Major Lazer. With Lean On, it kind of just opened so many new doors. All of a sudden […] the sound landscape changed and I changed as a person.
“Yeah, there’s pressure and I’m obviously nervous. I think the way I can eliminate myself from that pressure is by do something I’m honestly proud of, and that’s why it takes a long time. If you are very proud of something you have put out, then you have done your best.”
She’s prepared to face critique over what she puts out next, not that she’s a stranger to it – The Guardian are on record as saying she “lacks originality”. However, it’s a struggle to identify any artist who is comparable with Mo, especially when it comes to her vocal style.
There’s a depth to her voice not traditionally heard within pop. She takes her authenticity very seriously, saying that she would rather be criticised for staying true to herself than “faking it”. On her next album, she’s aiming to marry the “more relatable” pop sound with the punk elements she initially incorporated into her songs.
One of Mø’s longtime collaborators, Charli XCX, has turned her back on the traditional album release format in recent years, opting to drop two mixtapes instead. Given how popular this has been among her fans, was it ever a route that Mø would have considered for herself?
“I think one of the great qualities about Charli is that she’s very productive,” she says. “She makes so many songs and it’s all quality, and it’s fun and it’s very collaborative. I do write a lot of songs, but I’m way too obsessive about, y’know, is this right? I’m obsessed with the story-telling.
“I wish I was like Charli with that, I think it’s amazing. I put out that EP [‘When I Was Young’], in the fall, which was really nice for me to just put out a couple of tracks. But I’ve been wanting to do the album the old fashioned way for a long time.
“But then maybe afterwards I’ll put out like three mixtapes, who knows?” she laughs.
Herself and Charli XCX share some parallels – Charli found mainstream fame after featuring on the soundtrack for the movie The Fault In Our Stars, a track which threatened to become bigger than her as Lean On did to Mø. It gave them shared ground, and made working together on Charli’s most recent mixtape ‘Pop 2’ easy for the pair.
“It’s always fun working with her. It’s always so fun. She lets me be me […] She’s such a dope artist and person. It makes it more to work with them and collaborate with them.”
Along with Charli XCX, Mø found herself as part of pop’s new unofficial girl gang when she provided backing vocals for Dua Lipa’s Live Lounge performance of IDGAF. Her strong connections with her fellow female artists, as well as her friends back home in Denmark, have highlighted the importance of the #MeToo movement for her. However, she doesn’t consider herself to have much experience with it due to her own gender identity.
“I think it’s really great that these women have spoken up it’s so important that there’s focus on it and that people don’t feel scared about speaking up.
“In my own experience, for better or for worse, I don’t really pay a lot of attention to it [sexism]. I’ve never viewed myself as a girl, a vulnerable girl, because I’ve always had a lot of male friends. I’ve always just viewed myself as a person. So sometimes, even if people are being sexist to me, I don’t even fucking realise.
I think when people are being sexist, it’s such an old fucking fashioned thing to be. It’s just pathetic in a way. It doesn’t fit into this world. It’s pathetic.”
Mø turns 30 this year, a milestone age for some. More significant still is how she’s managed to stay afloat in a fickle industry where the saying goes something like, “if you haven’t made it by 20, you never will.” The main themes of her first album concerned being young and inexperienced. Now, as she releases new tracks with titles like Nostalgia and When I Was Young, it appears she’s not quite ready to let that part of her go for this album cycle.
“I think [‘No Mythologies To Follow’] was about all the confusion of what happened. I’m a slow grower, so it always takes me a little of time to digest what has happened
“In this industry, it pushes you to step up your game […] Not necessarily making you better, but it pushes you to do new things, for better or for worse. It’s funny, because I definitely do feel some kind of change, but at the same time I don’t.”
“It’s really hard for me to describe. It’s still very personal things that I write about, and about longing, and kind of melancholic […] I do feel a change. But I don’t know yet. Maybe it’s even more about escapism now then it was back then. It’s always been about that.
“Come back in two years. Then I’ll know,” she laughs.
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