Icona Pop are a Swedish duo who were formed in 2009, with electro house, punk and indie pop music influences. The two members Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo who grew up in Stockholm, create music "which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time". They signed to TEN Music Group in 2009. Their biggest hit has been "I Love It", written by Patrik Berger, Linus Eklw and Charlotte Aitchison.
The duo received international attention following their debut single "Manners", which was released by Neon Gold on French label Kitsun, and the extended-play album Nights Like This on English Mercury Records. Since September 2012, the duo have been based out of Los Angeles and New York City in the United States.
In the summer of 2012, they took part in a number of festivals including electro music festival Summerburst in Gothenburg and also appeared at the Stockholm Stadium, at the start of an international festival and broadcast via Sveriges Television (SVT).
"I Love It", a pre-release of their self-titled album Icona Pop charted on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish singles chart. The song was also featured in the 2012 video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted, in a German television commercial for Coca-Cola Light in January 2013, the theme song to the American reality-television series Snooki & JWoww, and in an episode of the American comedy-drama television series Girls and the popular vampire-teen drama television series The Vampire Diaries. The second single "Ready for the Weekend" was released on September 11, 2012. Both tracks appear on their second extended-play album, released on October 16, 2012. "I Love It" was also used in the advert for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Their EP Iconic EP reached a peak height of 21 on the U.S. iTunes dance chart. In 2013, they embarked on a tour of the United States with Passion Pit and Matt & Kim. In January 2013, "I Love It" was featured in the third episode of the second season of Girls, a HBO show created by Lena Dunham. In March 2013, the duo was named one of Fuse television's 30 must-see artists at the South by Southwest festival. In March 2013, "I Love It" was featured in the sixteenth episode of the fourth season, named "Bring It On", of The Vampire Diaries. On March 26, 2013, "I Love It" was performed on the week 2 results show of Dancing with the Stars. On May 3, 2013, the duo performed "I Love It" on the late-night talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on the Good Morning America morning news/entertainment show. On May 6, 2013, "I Love It" was featured in the FOX musical-comedy series, Glee. The song was performed by the "New Directions" in Glee's twenty-second and final episode of season four, "All or Nothing". This song is featured in a 2013 ShoeDazzle commercial. The song also is featured in a commercial for the WNBA's upcoming season that was aired during the 4th quarter of Game 7 of the Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference Championship game on June 3, 2013. It was also featured in a commercial during the Spurs-Heat game on June 9, 2013.
On June 4, 2013, the duo released new single Girlfriend. Icona Pop revealed in one interview that they recorded their international album with all new songs. The duo said that "the new album isnt just going to be sixteen tracks like 'I Love It'" and that they are trying new genres and sounds. In July, 2013, Icona Pop received two Teen Choice awards for Choice Music Breakout Group and Choice Single: Group.