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Li Lykke Timotej Svensson Zachrisson, also known as Lykke Li, is a singer, songwriter, model and actress born on March 18, 1986 in Ystad, Sweden. Her debut album, Youth Novels, was released in 2008, her second album, Wounded Rhymes, was released in 2011, and her most recent album, I Never Learn, was released in 2014. Her music often blends elements of indie pop, alternative, and electronic.

Her mother is a photographer and her father a musician. The family moved to Stockholm when Lykke was a toddler and when she was six moved to a mountaintop in Portugal where they lived for five years. The family also spent time in Lisbon and Morocco, and winters in Nepal and India. She moved to the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn in New York for three months when she was 19. She returned when she was 21 to record her album.

“It’s really interesting from a creative point of view. Before, I could only write a few sentences and I’d have to take a break for a few days before I could go back to it. All of a sudden, I could write and finish a song in one go – verse, verse, verse, chorus, the lot. And that would happen with song after song. Finally, I unlocked the gate.”

Lykke Li released her first EP, Little Bit, in 2007. Stereogum named her an artist to watch in October 2007 and described her music as a mix of soul, electro and “powdered-sugar pop”. Her debut album, Youth Novels, was released on LL Recordings in the Nordic region on 30 January 2008 and received a wider European release in June 2008. The album was produced by Björn Yttling and was reportedly inspired by a previous relationship of three years. It was released in the United States on 19 August 2008. The album was released in the UK in June 2008, promoted by a performance of “Little Bit” on Later… with Jools Holland on 25 May 2008.

She appeared on Swedish musician Kleerup’s self-titled album, contributing vocals to the track “Until We Bleed”. She also worked with Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp on their 2009 album Junior, contributing vocals to “Miss It So Much” and “Were You Ever Wanted”. Lykke appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly on 18 February 2009. She covered “Knocked Up”, originally recorded by Kings of Leon who had approached Lykke to cover a song of her choice, and “Gifted” in which she performs with Kanye West. Lykke performed at the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on 19 April and the 2009 Lollapalooza festival on 8 August as part of the promotional tour for Youth Novels.

A remixed version of her song “I’m Good, I’m Gone” was featured in the 2009 horror film Sorority Row. The song “Possibility” was written for the 2009 film The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Lykke had been asked to write a song to the film soundtrack but was reluctant to commit to the project. It was after she had seen an early screening of the film that she decided she wanted to contribute to the soundtrack. The soundtrack was released on 16 October 2009.

Her second album Wounded Rhymes was released in 2011. The album was featured on several lists of 2011’s best albums, including Q, Mojo, The Observer, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Rolling Stone. On 30 April 2011, she performed on Later… with Jools Holland in the UK, playing “Get Some”, “Sadness Is a Blessing” and “I Follow Rivers”.  Lykke played at the 2011 Latitude Festival, held between 14 and 18 July 2011 at Henham Park in Suffolk, England. She appeared with her band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in August 2011 and on the Late Show with David Letterman in November 2011.

Belgian DJ/producer The Magician’s remix of “I Follow Rivers” is featured in Jacques Audiard’s 2012 film Rust and Bone and the 2013 Palme d’Or-winning Blue is the Warmest Colour. Lykke contributed to the 2012 compilation “Volym 1” with the track “Come Near” released by the Swedish artist collective and record label INGRID where she is a founding member. She also contributed a cover of “Silver Springs” to a 2012 Fleetwood Mac tribute album, which included renditions from Best Coast, Marianne Faithfull, and MGMT.

In 2013, she was featured as a guest musician on David Lynch’s second studio album The Big Dream, performing vocals on the lead single “I’m Waiting Here”.

On February 27, 2014, Lykke released the video for the title track of her third studio album, I Never Learn. Following the release, Lykke released the video for the single “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” on March 4, 2014. On April 10, 2014, she released a video for the lead single, “No Rest for the Wicked”. On July 15, 2014, she also released a video for the single “Gunshot”.

Lykke officially released I Never Learn on May 2, 2014. Once again her album was featured on several lists of 2014’s best albums, including Billboard, Complex, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork Media, among others. In United States, I Never Learn debuted at number twenty-nine on the Billboard 200, making it Lykke’s highest-peaking album on the chart. Prior to the release, Lykke released a remix of “No Rest for the Wicked”, featuring ASAP Rocky, on April 21, 2014. On May 30, 2014, Li released a remix EP of “No Rest for the Wicked”. German electronic DJ Robin Schulz remixed “No Rest for the Wicked” and the edit was featured in Schulz’s debut album Prayer.

Lykke made her acting debut in the 2014 Swedish crime film Tommy, directed by Tarik Saleh and made a song for the movie, “Du är den ende”. She wrote “No One Ever Loved” for The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack. The soundtrack was released on May 19, 2014. Lykke was also featured as a guest musician on U2’s album Songs of Innocence, performing vocals on the last track “The Troubles”.

On November 14, 2014, Lykke gained considerable attention from Internet music publications regarding her cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, performed the night prior at London’s Eventim Apollo.

On January 5, 2015, Lykke posted a picture on her Instagram account, in which she announced her temporary retirement.

In 2015, Lykke was featured on Emile Haynie’s debut album We Fall on the track “Come Find Me”, which also features Romy Madley Croft from The xx. She also teamed up with Woodkid to create a song for the Divergent Series: Insurgent – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The song, “Never Let You Down” was released as a single on March 9, 2015.

On April 6, 2015, she released a video for “Never Gonna Love Again”, directed by Philippe Tempelman.

The song “Gunshot” was used in the television commercial for the Peugeot 108, which stars Lykke Li. She also stars in a short film for Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which features the song “Just Like a Dream”.

On October 30, 2015, Lykke published a photograph on Instagram announcing publicly her pregnancy.

On February 12, 2016, Lykke Li announced the birth of her son named Dion.

“I always feel like everyone is always taught to strive for happiness or fulfillment or the end or something, but it’s very interesting to be lost too, Tolkien says “those who wander are not lost” and it’s true. For me that’s not interesting, I’d rather bake a pie than make a happy song.”

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