After Scoring a Breakout Hit About Growing Up, Lukas Graham Had To Do Just That

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Lukas Forchhammer by no means anticipated to be a Grammy contender. But after his band, Lukas Graham, dropped the sweeping midtempo ballad “7 Years” -- which turned the fourth top-selling digital tune within the United States in 2016, in response to Nielsen Music -- it earned three nods, together with document and tune of the yr, pitting the act towards Beyoncé and Adele.

Forchhammer was shocked by the popularity however nonetheless upset when he left the awards present empty-handed. “My girlfriend reprimanded me: ‘Get your act collectively and have a good time the actual fact you have been nominated,’” recollects the 30-year-old frontman. “She was, after all, fully proper. How may I be mad about one thing that [was never] mine?”

So when the band, which incorporates drummer Mark Falgren and bassist Magnus Larsson, regrouped to document its not too long ago launched third challenge, the soul-pop three (The Purple Album) -- the colour is a nod to Forchhammer’s daughter Viola -- it took an surprising method. “Instead of, ‘Can we do it once more?,’ we tried to deal with, ‘What are we good at?’” says Forchhammer.

He swapped songs about booty calls and crushes on intercourse employees, which seem on the group’s self-titled U.S. debut, for lyrics that cowl his present actuality as a father and fiancé in his 30s (“I want I might be a stay-at-home dad,” he sings on “Lullaby”). The method is working -- lead single “Love Someone,” an acoustic-pop observe, has risen to No. 20 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart.

“I’m extra assured on this second,” says Forchhammer. “No matter how good or dangerous [the reception is to the album], I’ve been a superb father by means of it. I’ve been good at caring for my household.”

But even together with his new perspective, Forchhammer hasn’t fully let go of the previous. “We nonetheless have lots to beat,” he says. “We by no means received that Grammy.”

This article initially appeared within the Nov. three subject of Billboard.