If you’re a hot girl with a semi-decent voice, you could probably become a pop star. That’s what happened to 29-year-old Swedish singer Tove Lo, and we bet you’d be astounded by how little it took for her to get to where she is today. A demo album recorded in a literal shed landed her a record deal. That deal led to studio time (and a trip to Los Angeles) with fellow Swede and producer-of-the-moment Max Martin. Lo released her second single, the breakup song “Habits (Stay High)” — about a relationship that ended after her boyfriend joined a Buddhist movement — one year later, and it attracted the attention of music blogs and praise from artists like Lorde and Marina and the Diamonds. In turn, it led to a record deal with Universal, which later segwayed into songwriting credits for the likes of Cher Lloyd and Ellie Goulding, as well as features on tracks by Coldplay, Nick Jonas, and Flume. And now, at least according to Spotify, Lo has more than 10 million monthly listeners, putting her at No. 86 on the list of the world’s most-listened-to artists. Moral of the story? You can go far in life if you have a pretty voice, especially if you’re a babe and like to sing about failed relationships.
Tove Lo with Phoebe Ryan, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Fox Theater. $35; thefoxoakland.com.