Story of Song
“I Love It” was originally written by Charli XCX as a song for herself about a breakup with a boyfriend who was older than her, but she eventually passed it on to Icona Pop because the sound of the song did not go along with the style she was currently producing. When Aino Jawo from Icona Pop heard “I Love It”, she was reminded of her own memories of an older man from her past with the part of the song that says: “You’re from the ‘70s but I’m a ‘90s bitch.” Icona Pop’s other member, Caroline Hjelt, thought Charli XCX’s version of the song was “more cute, in a way”, and the duo brought on Style of Eye, a Swedish producer, in order to make the song was inline with the style of Iconic Pop stating “We want the punkiness. We want the ‘fuck it” feeling.” Aino told (Hollywire TV for SXSW 2013): “We wanted people to understand the anger we were singing against the person who hurt our feelings,” while Caroline said: “we felt that we want to show this to everybody now because we want people to feel like we feel when we sing it.” When talking to (CTV Conn Jackson), Caroline said: “When you’re tired of being sad after being dumped, tired of laying in the bed feeling like you’re never going to be happy again, and then one day you wake up and it turned into anger instead and you feel a little bit stronger again, and you’re like you know what I’m better than this, I deserve better and you get into that, step into that fuck it mood and you just I don’t care, I love it, and you start loving yourself again.”
Released on May 9, 2012
Charlotte Altchison – Patrik Berger – Linus Eklow
Big Beat Records
“I Love It” was declared a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart in July 2013, more than a year after the song had initially been released. The song was given a boost to the top after it was featured in the advertisements for Samsung mobile phones. “I Love It” was Icona Pop’s first US hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, entering the chart ten days after the song was played on an episode of the show Girls.
“I Love It” was originally released as a digital download in Sweden, peaking at number two on the singles chart and staying there for three consecutive weeks. The song also reached number one in Scotland, US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and the US Dance/Mix Show Airplay, and the top ten in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Europe, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, US Mainstream Top 40, and Venezuela. It was certified 4x Platinum in Australia, Canada, and the United States, 2x Platinum in Italy and Venezuela, and Platinum in Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. “I Love It” earned 3x Gold in Germany, and Gold in Austria, Belgium, Mexico, and New Zealand.
Artist’s age on release date
Caroline Hjelt was 24 years old when “I Love It” was released, and Aino Jawo was 25.
Cover versions for “I Love It” have made it to the UK Charts, with Loreen Harris reaching spot 74, Venus Palermo spot 71, Remix Junkies spot 49, Remix Chix spot 61, and New Music Masters spot 51. Alex G & Taryn Southern and Steam Powered Giraffe also released covers reaching over 1 million views on YouTube.
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