Tove Lo (pronounced Too-veh Loo) is the stage name of Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson (born 29 October 1987 in Stockholm, Sweden), a pop singer and songwriter. She has also written songs for a number of artists, including Icona Pop, Girls Aloud, Ellie Goulding, and Cher Lloyd. Her stage name is a combination of her real name and the Swedish word for "lynx", a childhood nickname. Tove grew up in the Stockholm suburb of Djursholm. She studied at the music school Rytmus Musikergymnasiet.