Ida Maria’s Scandilove

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Ida Maria's Scandilove

The Norwegian singer is back with an infectious anthem for the summer.

Ida Maria is the stage name of Norwegian singer Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen. She’s known for her guitar-driven pop with punk undertones that made her name, but since then she’s experimented with several genres as well as singing in both English and Norwegian.

Ida Maria
Ida Maria performing in 2009. Photo: Bryan Bruchman (Flickr CC)

She’s now back with a surprise release, Scandilove, a foot-tapping, singalong, happy party pop anthem. She had hoped to represent Norway with the song at this year's Eurovision Song Contest but lost out in the Melodi Grand Prix 2018 to Alexander Rybak.

Scandinavian Music blog Scandipop gave the song a thumbs up: “A massive name outside of the MGP bubble, but kudos to her for fully getting into the spirit of the circus, and contributing a song that is a whole lot of fun. She sounds like she’s having the time of her life, while tongue-in-cheek delivering a song that boasts of the sexual prowess of Scandinavians. Her commitment to it means that it never comes across as cringey.”

Listen to the song here:

She shot to fame in the U.K. in 2008 when the release of her hit single I Like You So Much Better When You’re… peaked at number 13 in the charts. The previous year, she’d won two contests for breaking artists in Norway.

Born in Nesna, she taught herself to play guitar and performed local shows as a teenager. Her breakthrough came by winning Zoom urørt 2006 and Urørtkonkurransen 2007, playing two successful shows at the annual Norwegian music industry festival By:Larm, and receiving regular airplay on NRK national radio.

Her first album is the sound most people outside Norway know her for. As well as the U.K. hit I Love You So Much Better When You’re…, Fortress Round My Heart opened up with Oh My God, the song that first gained her fame in her homeland.

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