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Star stats: The 31-year-old Swedish singer has been generating buzz with her ebullient electronica album Body Talk Pt. 1, the first of a three-part series. For Pt. 2 (out Sept. 7), she recruited the superstar rapping skills of Snoop Dogg for the track U Should Know Better. She introduced her song Dancing on My Own to mainstream audiences in a July performance on Late Show With David Letterman.
Sound: Techno-heavy beats reflect her love of dance culture. "I loved '90s rave culture, when European techno mixed with U.K. hip-hop," she says. "Technotronic and Neneh Cherry are two of my favorites."
Signature style: The Stockholm native with a platinum blond swoosh is a product of the European rave scene, leaning toward futuristic fashion and sleek shapes in black and white. "My own body inspires me because it tells me what works for me. "
How she gets it: "I'm very interested in the Buffalo movement, which was street culture mixing with the arts," she says. "A lot people in the rave culture still dress that way. I still have my bomber jacket and Doc Martens."
Inspirations: "I've been doing this since I was 15, and I've run into the problem of getting too tired to go back to the studio after touring and being in clubs," she says. "Splitting the album into segments helped me to stay fresh when recording."
Check out the full article, with label mates La Roux also featured, over on the USAToday.com website.