WMC Artist To Watch: Agnes Carlsson

By Adam Stewart

As the youngest winner in “Idol” (Sweden) history, Agnes Carlsson has spent the past year making waves in the world of electronic and dance music. The 22-year-old stunner has galvanized a worldwide fan base with her international smash hit “Release Me,” moving over 700,000 copies around the globe. Not bad for a girl from Stockholm who wasn’t even voted into the competitions’ Top 12 (the judges had to use their executive powers to put her through to the finals of the 2005 season).

Since then, her success has only blossomed. Singles from her third album Dance Love Pop have been released in 35 countries, and she scored a nomination for Sweden’s Best Act at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. Agnes will make her first trip to Winter Music Conference in Miami this week, taking the stage with established hitmakers like Estelle, Kelis and Macy Gray. She is being dubbed an artist to watch at this year’s event, and we’re looking forward to catching up with her later this week.

We had the chance to chat with vocal phenom this past Friday (March 19) as she was getting ready to perform and accept best new artist honors at Germany’s Radio Regenbogen Awards. Agnes shared some of her excitement about the success of “Relese Me,” her first trip to WMC and a chance encounter with fellow Swede Sebastian Ingrosso (of Swedish House Mafia) at the American Embassy in Sweden. Looks like everyone is getting their paperwork in order and heading to Miami!

We’ll be live at the 2010 Winter Music Conference, so stay tuned to MTV News for more dispatches and interviews from the biggest dance party of the year.