Caroline Furøyen (born 1989), also known by her stage name Caroline Ailin,[1] is a Norwegian singer and songwriter based in London. She co-wrote "New Rules", a single by Dua Lipa which reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and US pop radio in 2017. In 2019 Ailin, along with her collaborators Ian Kirkpatrick and Emily Warren, wrote the hit Dua Lipa song "Don't Start Now", for which they received nominations for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.[2] She has also worked with a variety of other acts including, Zedd, Katy Perry, Clean Bandit, Ellie Goulding, Ella Mai, Louis the Child, , and numerous others.

Caroline Ailin
Birth nameCaroline Ailin Buvik Furøyen
BornBodø, Norway
  • Songwriter
  • singer
Years active2011–present

Early life and education


Ailin was born and grew up in Bodø, Norway.[3] She began making music at age 12 after listening to Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor. At age 19, she moved to England to attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).[4][5] While still attending the school in 2011, Ailin performed at Parkenfestivalen, a music festival in her hometown, Bodø.[6] She graduated from LIPA in 2012 with a BA in music.[7] In May 2012, she was among five students to be given studio time with the school's founder, Paul McCartney.[4][5]



Ailin signed a publishing contract with Oslo-based Waterfall Music in May 2012. She also signed a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[3] In 2014, she wrote "Crocodile Tears" for the producer, Grades.[6] For her songwriting work in 2015, the Norwegian Music Publisher Association awarded Ailin with the 2016 "Breakthrough of the Year" award.[8] That year, she co-wrote a variety of songs, including Rachel Platten's "Hey Hey Hallelujah" and Olivia Holt's "History",[9] the last of which charted in Belgium,[10] the Netherlands, and other locales.[11]

In 2017, Ailin co-wrote Dua Lipa's single, "New Rules". The song was released in July 2017 and made it to the top of the UK Singles Chart by the following month.[7][12] It also peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 charts in the United States in 2018.[13][14] Ailin later co-wrote and was a featured performer on the Louis the Child song "Last to Leave" released in December 2017.[15] In 2018, the Norwegian Music Publisher Association honored Ailin with the Pop Song of the Year award for her work on "New Rules".[16]

Later in 2018, Ailin co-wrote Clean Bandit's "Mama" featuring Ellie Goulding,[17] which reached number 28 on the Billboard Dance chart.[18] In February 2019, the Katy Perry and Zedd song, "365" (which Ailin co-wrote), was released.[19] Over the course of her career, Ailin has worked with a number of other artists including Zara Larsson,[20] Hailee Steinfeld, Alex Adair,[9] Ella Mai,[21] Snakehips, Aanysa,[22] Four of Diamonds,[23] and numerous others. In 2019 Ailin, along with her collaborators Ian Kirkpatrick (record producer) and Emily Warren wrote the hit Dua Lipa song Don't Start Now.



Extended plays

Title Details
At My Worst[24]


Year Title Album
2014 "Begging for Amnesia"
(We Are Legends featuring Caroline Ailin)
Non-album single
2017 "Last to Leave"
(Louis the Child (DJs) featuring Caroline Ailin)

Guest appearances

List of guest backing appearances for other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Year Title Other artist(s) Album
2016 "Rockabye" Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie, Sean Paul What Is Love?

Songwriting credits

List of songwriting, production, and vocal credits on selected songs
Year Artist Album Role Notes
"Begging for Amnesia"[27] 2014 We Are Legends Non-album single Co-writer
"Crocodile Tears"[6] Grades
"London Road" 2015 Lucy Spraggan We Are
"Talk" 2016 Tiffany Young I Just Wanna Dance EP
"History" Olivia Holt Olivia BEL No. 21[10]
"What You Love"
"Hey Hey Hallelujah" Rachel Platten (feat. Andy Grammer) Wildfire
"Burn Break Crash" Aanysa (feat. Snakehips) Non-album single US Dance No. 35[28]
"Danger" JKAY
"Cover Up" 2017 Taeyeon My Voice
"Casual" Alex Adair Non-album single SCO No. 87[29]
"New Rules" Dua Lipa Dua Lipa UK No. 1[4]
"Last to Leave" Louis the Child Non-album single Co-writer, vocals
"Guilt Trip" 2018 Julie Bergan Turn on the Lights Co-writer NOR No. 18[30]
"One Shot, Two Shot" BoA One Shot, Two Shot EP
"It's You" Askling (feat. Gavin Mistry) Non-album single
"Blooming Days" EXO-CBX Blooming Days
"I Lied"[31] Tove Styrke Sway
"Mama" Clean Bandit (feat. Ellie Goulding) What Is Love? US Dance No. 28
"Gut Feeling"[32] Ella Mai (feat. H.E.R.) Ella Mai US R&B No. 11[33]
"Talking to Yourself" Olly Murs You Know I Know Co-writer, vocals
"Revival" Sigala (feat. Cheat Codes and MAX) Brighter Days Co-writer
"Don't Wreck My Holiday"[34] Black Saint (feat. Kelli-Leigh) Non-album single
"Stupid Things"[23] Four of Diamonds (feat. Saweetie)
"Starting Over" Niykee Heaton Starting Over EP
"365"[19] 2019 Katy Perry and Zedd Non-album single US No. 86[35]
"Speaker" Banx & Ranx (feat. ZieZie and Olivia Holt) Non-album single
"Hurt Again" Julia Michaels Inner Monologue Part 2
"Really Don't Like U" Tove Lo (feat. Kylie Minogue) Sunshine Kitty
"Bad Girlfriend" Olivia Holt Non-album single
"Don't Start Now" Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia UK No. 2[36]
"Kissing Other People" Lennon Stella Three. Two. One. CAN No. 60[37]
"Grey Area" Grey (feat. Sofia Carson) Non-album single
"Dance Again" 2020 Selena Gomez Rare CAN No. 96[38]
"Let Me Get Me" POR No. 178[39]
"Therapist" Mae Muller Non-album single
"Tell My Mama" Lauv How I'm Feeling
"Pretty Please" Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia POR No. 101[40]
"Games" Lennon Stella Three. Two. One.
"Fear of Being Alone"
"Since I Was a Kid"
"Small Things" JoJo Good to Know
"Pick Me" Wafia Good Things EP
"Silence" Fletcher The S(ex) Tapes
"Good Choices" Astrid S Leave It Beautiful
"Guess I'm a Liar" Sofia Carson Non-album single
"Fever" Dua Lipa and Angèle Future Nostalgia (French edition)
"Never Learn My Lesson" Four of Diamonds Non-album single
"The One" 2021 Rita Ora and Imanbek Bang EP
"Gray" Demi Lovato Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Starting Over
"Morning" Zara Larsson Poster Girl
"Live to Survive" Motordrome
"Mirror" Sigrid How to Let Go
"Burning Bridges"
"Nice" Elohim Journey to the Center of Myself, Vol. I
"Sweet Dream" Alessia Cara In the Meantime
"Good Ones" Charli XCX Crash
"Start Walking" Tove Styrke TBA
"Telepath" Conan Gray Non-album single
"Strange and Unusual" 2022 Years & Years Night Call
"Cool to Cry" Motordrome
"New Moon"
"Follow" Martin Garrix and Zedd Non-album single
"Sunset" 2023 Caroline Polachek Desire, I Want to Turn Into You
"Dance the Night" Dua Lipa Barbie the Album UK No. 1
"Houdini" Radical Optimism
"Training Season" 2024 Dua Lipa Radical Optimism


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