Måns Zelmerlöw is heading to London.
The Swedish star, who released his seventh album ‘Chameleon’ in December last year, plays Islington Academy on 20 April as part of an eight-date European headline tour.
Recorded in part at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios, and produced by Phil Cook, Jez Ashurst, The Family, Moh Denebi, Nicki Adamsson, Fredrik Sonerfors, and Isac Herdegård, the new LP became Zelmerlöws fifth top 10 album in Sweden, featuring the singles ‘Fire in the Rain’, ‘Hanging on to Nothing’, and ‘Glorious’.
Perhaps best known throughout Europe for winning Eurovision 2015 with his rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, Zelmerlöw has been a star in his home country since he claimed his first Swedish #1 in 2007.
Growing up listening to Elton John and Michael Jackson, his dreams of a music career took an early knock at music school.
“There were 200 people in my grade alone who were just as talented as I was, or maybe even more so. I thought that what everyone had told me was true – it was a hard business and it was never going to work,” he remembers.
Nevertheless, as a 19-year-old he competed on ‘Idol’. “It was my first time in Stockholm, and it was so much fun to be able to go to the coolest clubs. I focused on that more than the competition, but I still came fifth despite often singing pretty badly.”
After winning another TV talent show, ‘Let’s Dance’, he landed a lead role in ‘Grease’, which led to a recording contract, his first appearance at national song contest Melodifestivalen (he came third), and that chart-topping single ‘Cara Mia’, which kicked off a recording career that’s now lasted a decade.