Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted (born 13 August 1988), known professionally as MØ (English: /muː/; Danish: [mœ], pronunciation audio here) is a Danish singer and songwriter, signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Born in Ubberud, MØ has been compared to electropop artists such as Grimes and Twin Shadow. Besides being the initials of her middle and last name, 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 MØ her first entry on the chart. The following year, MØ 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.
MØ was born in Ubberud near Odense, and grew up in Ejlstrup on the island of Funen, Denmark. Her father, Frans Ørsted, is a psychologist and her mother, Mette Ørsted, is a teacher. She has an older brother, Kaspar, who is a doctor.
In 2006, MØ released a side project titled (“The Edmunds”) which included tracks such as (“Garbage King”) and (“Polly Get Your Gun”). MØ also released several other side projects during 2008–10 including titles such as (“A Piece of Music to F*ck to”) and (“The Rarities”) The side-projects included songs that have been previously taken down due to an unknown reason, but has been re-released by a fan on YouTube.
MØ and her friend Josefine Struckmann Pedersen formed duo MOR in 2007, and released two EPs, Fisse I Dit Fjæs (“Pussy in Your Face”) and Vanvidstimer (“Madness Hours”), in 2009 and 2011, respectively. MOR disbanded on 7 September 2012.
In 2012, MØ began creating a cappella pop songs and began collaborating with producer Ronni Vindahl. On 14 January 2013, MØ released her debut single, “Glass”. On 15 March 2013, she released “Pilgrim” with the B-side “Maiden”. “Pilgrim” was recognised as P3s Uundgåelige (P3 Unavoidable), a label given to rising artists by Danish radio station DR P3, as it peaked at number eleven on the Danish Singles Chart. On 27 March 2013, she performed live on television for the first time at the Danish P3 Guld Awards. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%98