Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke (born 19 November 1992 in Umeå), known as Tove Styrke, is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She had her big breakthrough as a contestant on Swedish Idol 2009, finishing in third place. After Idol 2009, she started a solo career as an electropop singer and songwriter. She released her debut album Tove Styrke in 2010. The New York Post included Tove Styrke in its list of "10 Artists to Know in 2011".
Tove Styrke was born in Umeå, Sweden. She has two sisters, one younger and one older. Her father, musician Anders Östman, scored a number one hit in Svensktoppen in 1975 with the song "Vindens melodi" performed by his dansband Max Fenders.
After Idol 2009, Styrke was signed by Sony Music label in December 2009. In June 2010, she released her first single, "Million Pieces", co-written by Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds and by Lykke Li.
In 12 November 2010, she released her debut album, Tove Styrke. The album has been produced by Patrik Berger, Lotus & 2manyfreckles, Peter Ågren, Janne Kask and Paw. Most tracks have been written by Tove Styrke, Patrik Berger, Peter Ågren and Janne Kask. The album will be later released in March 2012 in Germany with two new songs: "Call My Name" and "Sticks and Stones".
The second single, "White Light Moment", charted at number 5 on the Swedish top singles chart and has been certified gold. "White Light Moment" has been nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at Grammisgalan 2012 (the Swedish Grammy Awards).
In January 2011, Styrke won the "Best Newcomer" award at P3 Guld. At ceremony, she performed a remixed version by Familijen of "Million Pieces". At the end of February 2011, Tove Styrke issued her first EP, High and Low, featuring six remixes of the title track. In April 2011, Styrke featured in an IKEA commercial, where she performed the Swedish lullaby "Byssan Lull".
On 19 August 2011, the single "Call My Name" was released on digital download. The song has peaked to number 28 on the Swedish Singles Chart. "Call My Name" has been nominated for "Best Song of the Year" at P3 Guld. Also in August 2011, the temporary band Kedjan that included Styrke and various Swedish artists, released in Sweden the charity single "Ringar på vattnet" ("Ripple Effect").
In September 2011, the Swedish band Caotico released the single "Brains Out", featuring Tove Styrke. She also appeared on "Brains Out" music video.
In May 2014, Tove made her first proper introduction to the US with comeback single "Even If I'm Loud Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You".
According to Allmusic, Styrke combined "the bubbling electronica of Robyn with the hipster synth pop of Annie and the hook-laden Euro-disco of September". The German Kulturspiegel, a monthly extra to Der Spiegel, called Styrke's music "nonchalant, catchy boom-pop" and compared it to Robyn and Lykke Li.