XOV (musician)

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XOV - Lucifer, Eskilstuna.jpg
XOV performing in Eskilstuna.
Background information
Birth nameDamian Ardestani
Born (1985-11-29) 29 November 1985 (age 36)
Tehran, Iran
  • Artist
  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Philanthropist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Vocals

Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Damian Ardestani, more known by the pseudonym and his artist name XOV is a Swedish Platinum-certified artist,[1] songwriter[2] and producer[3] scoring chart successes in Europe.[4] He has collaborated with Lorde on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack where his song "Animal" (curated by Lorde) is featured. He is also one of the two founders of I AM YOU, a renowned help organization with over 100 volunteers based in Lesvos, Greece. The organization is saving lives by providing rescue and relief teams to Europe's borders in the wake of the global refugee crisis.[5]

On New Year's Eve 2015/16, XOV was on stage in Berlin, Germany playing to an audience of more than a million at The Brandenburg Gate.[5] During the same year, he performed in multiple cities in Europe including Stockholm, Gothenburg, Berlin, London and Oslo.[6] In December, 2015 he had his first show in the United States playing in Brooklyn, NY.

His 2015 EP "Lucifer" and debut album Wild (2015) has been streamed over 45.000.000 times on Spotify.



Year Album Peak positions Certification
2015 Wild 42


Year EP Peak positions Certification
2015 Lucifer EP 20 Platinum


Year Single Peak positions Album
2015 "Lucifer" 46 32 Wild
  • 2014: "City of Lights" (with Lush & Simon)
  • 2014: "Boys Don't Cry"
  • 2014: "Animal"


  1. ^ "XOV, BROODS, Girls' Generation + More: 5 Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  2. ^ "From Fighting Neo-Nazis with Sawn-Off Shotguns to Becoming Lorde's Favourite New Popstar | NOISEY". NOISEY. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  3. ^ "lorde's protege xov is the dark horse of swedish pop | read | i-D". i-D. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  4. ^ a b c d "XOV". Swedishcharts. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b "XOV in Lesbos: The success story of a refugee in Sweden". Al Jazeera.
  6. ^ "XOV Official Website".
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