Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen (born 13 August 1988), better known as Karen Marie Ørsted or by her stage name MØ (“pronounced like ‘mercy’ without the ‘cy'”, Danish pronunciation: [‘mø]), is a Danish singer and songwriter, signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Born in Ubberud. She has been compared to electropop artists. Such as Grimes and Twin Shadow. Besides being an acronym for her middle and last name initials. The word mø means “maiden” or “virgin” in Danish. Her debut studio album, No Mythologies to Follow, was released in March 2014.
MØ collaborated with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. On the 2014 single “Beg for It”, which peaked at number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Earning her first entry on the chart. The following year, she was featured on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s single “Lean On”. Which peaked highly on international charts. Including number one in Australia, number two in the United Kingdom and number four in the United States.
On 14 January 2013 she released her debut single, “Glass”. On 15 March 2013 she released “Pilgrim” with B-side “Maiden”. It peaked at number eleven on the Danish Singles Chart. On 7 June 2013 she released the single “Waste of Time”. 30 August 2013 she released the single “XXX 88” MØ’s first extended play. Bikini Daze was released on 18 October 2013. The single “Don’t Wanna Dance” debuted on BBC Radio 1 on 16 January 2014 as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record. Her debut studio album, No Mythologies to Follow was released on 7 March 2014. In 2014, MØ was featured on Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s song “Beg for It”, which was released as the lead single from Azalea’s reissue album, Reclassified.
MØ co-wrote and provided vocals for Major Lazer song “Lean On” with DJ Snake, which was released in March 2015. On 1 October 2015 it was announced that the first single from MØ’s upcoming second studio album, “Kamikaze”, produced by Diplo would be released on 15 October 2015. On 14 October the single made its world premiere on a BBC Radio segment hosted by Annie Mac before the studio version was released the following day. “Kamikaze” has charted in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia and Belgium.
On 13 May 2016, “Final Song” the second single from MØ’s sophomore album was released and also made its world premiere on the same radio segment hosted by Annie Mac. The song was co-written with Swedish singer-songwriter Noonie Bao and British singer-songwriter MNEK. It became MØ’s first top 40 hit as a lead artist in the United Kingdom, with the song reaching number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. Additionally, the song became a top 40 hit in more than 10 countries worldwide.
On 22 July 2016 American group Major Lazer released the single “Cold Water” which features Canadian singer Justin Bieber and MØ. It is the fourth time MØ has worked with Major Lazer. In the United States the song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming MØ’s second top 10 single and highest-charting single in the United States. In the United Kingdom the song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song became MØ’s first number-one single and she is only the fourth Danish act to reach number one in the UK. Additionally, it is the first time two Danish acts have reached number one in the same year (with the other being Lukas Graham’s “7 Years”).
“No Mythologies to Follow” (Released: 7 March 2014 Certifications: IFPI DEN: Gold).
“Bikini Daze” (Released: 18 October 2013 Label: Chess Club, RCA Victor).
As lead artist
“Drum” (2016 TBA), “Final Song” (2016 TBA). “Kamikaze” (2015 TBA). “Walk This Way” (2014 No Mythologies to Follow). “Say You’ll Be There” (2014 No Mythologies to Follow). “Don’t Wanna Dance” (2014 No Mythologies to Follow). “XXX 88” (featuring Diplo) (2013 No Mythologies to Follow). “Waste of Time” (2013 No Mythologies to Follow), “Pilgrim” (2013 No Mythologies to Follow). “Glass” (2013 No Mythologies to Follow).
As featured artist
“Cold Water” (Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ) (2016 Music Is the Weapon). “Lost” (Major Lazer featuring MØ), (2015 Peace Is the Mission). “Lean On” (Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ) (2015 Peace Is the Mission). “Beg for It” (Iggy Azalea featuring MØ) (2014 Reclassified). “One More” (Elliphant featuring MØ) (2014 Living Life Golden).
“Dear Boy” Avicii (2013 Album True).
“Final Song” (2016 Director: Tomas Whitmore). “Kamikaze” (2016 Director: Truman & Cooper). “Lean On” (Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ) (2015 Director: Tim Erem). “One More” (Elliphant featuring MØ) (2014 Director: Tim Erem). “Walk This Way” (2014 Director: Emilie Rafael). “Don’t Wanna Dance” (2014 Director: Georgia Hudson). “XXX 88” (featuring Diplo) (2014 Director: Tim Erem). “Waste of Time” (2013 Director: Anders Malmberg). “Pilgrim” (MS MR Remix) (2013 Director: Esben Weile Kjær). “Let the Youth Go Mad” (Broke featuring MØ) (2013 Director: Ian Isak Ploug Ochoa). “Glass” (2013 Director: Casper Balslev).