Infobox musical artist
Name = Robyn
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Robin Miriam Carlsson
Born = birth date and age |1979|06|12
Instrument = Vocals
Genre = Pop, dance, electronica, R&B, hip hop
Years_active = 1995–present (singer)
Cherrytree/Interscope (US) (2007–Present)
URL = [http://www.robyn.com/ Official website]
Robin Miriam Carlsson, better known by her
stage nameRobyn (born June 12, 1979) is a Swedish pop singer-songwriterand is widely known in her homeland. Robyn was known in the late nineties for her dance-pop hits "Show Me Love" and " Do You Know (What it Takes)". Robyn entered Melodifestivalen 1997as songwriter with the entry " Du gör mig hel igen". She has since started to gain mainstream success worldwide owing to the popularity of her single " With Every Heartbeat" and subsequent album release.
In 1991 and at the age of 13, Robyn recorded the theme song for the Swedish
television show Lilla Sportspegeln, named "Du kan alltid bli nummer ett" ("You can always be number one"). She also performed her first self-written song at this age in another TV show called Söndagsöppet.
Robyn was rediscovered by Swedish pop singer
Mejain the early nineties. Meja and her band Legacy of Sound visited Robyn's school and were involved with a musical workshop. Robyn's performances captivated the "All About The Money" singer; so much so that Meja contacted her management and a meeting was arranged with Robyn and her parents. Following the completion of her middle school education, Robyn signed to Ricochet Records Sweden, a subsidiary of BMG. She collaborated with producers Max Martinand Denniz Popwho provided the singer with a gritty yet popular sound. Writing duties were assisted by Ulf Lindstrom and Johan Ekhe, who also helped to produce the album, and they stayed on board with Robyn until the completion of her "Don't Stop The Music" opus in 2003.
1994-1997: "Robyn Is Here"
Robyn started out her career in the
pop musicscene at age 16. She signed a record deal with RCA Recordsin 1994 to release her debut single " You've Got That Somethin'" in Sweden. Later that same year, her Swedish breakthrough came with the single " Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)". These singles became part of the album " Robyn Is Here". Robyn entered Swedens pre-selection for Eurovision Song Contest 1997, as songwriter and producer of the song " Du gör mig hel igen" which was performed by Cajsalisa Ejemyr. In Melodifestivalen 1997the song ended up in 4th place.
Robyn's US breakthrough came in 1997 when the
dance-popsingles "Show Me Love" and " Do You Know (What it Takes)" were released. These singles both ended up in the top ten on the " Billboard" Hot 100. She performed on the kid's show All Thatin 1997, singing " Show Me Love", proving her growing popularity in the United States. The songs also performed well in the UK. She also re-released "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)" internationally but it did not fare as well as the other releases. It was ineligible to chart since there was no retail single available, but it reached no. 32 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
As Robyn's popularity grew across the globe, especially in the United States. Robyn was diagnosed with exhaustion and she quickly returned to Sweden to recover.
1998-2001: "My Truth"
Recording began on Robyn's second opus in 1998. The album "
My Truth" was released on May 17, 1999in Sweden, with releases elsewhere in the continent following. The single "Electric" was a huge smash across Europe, and propelled "My Truth" to no. 2 in Sweden. "My Truth" was a poignantly autobiographical release for Robyn, and included the tracks "Universal Woman" and "Giving You Back" which emotively explained her secret abortion. The album did achieve synonymous acclaim, and critics remarked on Robyn's seamless evolution as an artist.
Robyn's record company, RCA, publicised their intention to release her subsequent efforts in the United States. However, following the release of "My Truth" in Sweden, her record company reconsidered as they didn't feel the market would be receptive to her new sound. Following discussion between RCA Sweden and their American counterpart, there were plans for "My Truth" to be partially re-recorded with US-radio friendly production. Robyn was uncomfortable with the prospect and valued her artistic credibility above her record company's advice, and so "My Truth" was not released in the United States.
In 1999, Robyn contributed to
Christian Falk's debut solo album " Quel Bordel," She appeared on the tracks "Remember" and Celebration."
In 2000 Robyn appeared on the track "Intro/ Fristil" on
Petter's self-titled album.
In 2001, Robyn contributed the song "Say You'll Walk The Distance" to the soundtrack for the film On The Line. The song was later covered by fellow Swedish pop singer,
2002-2004: "Don't Stop The Music"
In November 2002, Robyn swapped labels at
BMG(from RCAto Jive Records) and released the album "Don't Stop the Music" in Sweden. It was set to see a pan-European release but only the singles were issued on the continent (excluding Britain). The title track was later covered by Swedish girl group Play and the lead single " Keep This Fire Burning" was also covered by British soul singer Beverley Knight. This demonstrates the strength of the material although Robyn was not able to showcase it. Understandably, the singer was discontent with her mismanagement and plans were underway for the termination of her record label contract.
In May 2004, the album "Robyn's Best" was released in America. It is essentially a shortened version of her first album and contains no other material from her latter albums. It is widely considered to be a poor attempt by her past record label to pass the album off as a
greatest hitsalbum. In Sweden, a different greatest hits album was released entitled "Det Bästa Med Robyn" (The Best of Robyn). Omitted from this release were the singles "Don't Stop the Music" and "Keep This Fire Burning", probably due to legal issues.
2005-2006: Konichiwa Records & "Robyn"
The decade long relationship between Robyn and her label ceased in 2004. When her bosses reacted badly to the sound of "Who's That Girl?", which showcased a new
electro-popsound, Robyn decided to do it alone. In early 2005, Robyn announced she would be leaving Jive Records to start her own record label. Konichiwa Recordswas created, with its aim firmly set on liberating Robyn artistically. Uncharacteristically for a musician, Robyn revealed on her website that her new album would be released earlier than anticipated, and noted several fabled collaborators on the album including Klas Åhlundfrom Teddybears STHLM, Swedish duo The Knifeand former Cheiron producer Alexander Kronlund.
Robyn released her new single "
Be Mine!" in March 2005, and a month later her fourth studio album "Robyn". The album became Robyn's first no. 1 album upon its release in Sweden. Sampling influences from electronica, rap, R&B and new age, "Robyn" received rave reviews for the Swedish soul star. It gained her three Swedish Grammy awards in 2006 for "Årets Album" (Best Album), "Årets Kompositör" (Best Writer, alongside Klas Åhlund) and "Årets Pop Kvinnlig" (Best Pop female). It also garnered Robyn interest on a global level. Robyn also gained recognition for writing the song "Money For Nothing" for Darin Zanyar, his debut single.
Robyn released three more singles "Who's That Girl?", "
Handle Me" and " Crash and Burn Girl" from the eponymous LP. The album proved immensely popular in Sweden.
Robyn also went on to feature on the
Basement Jaxxtrack "Hey U", taken from their album Crazy Itch Radio, released in 2006. 2006 also saw Christian Falk's second album " People Say" on which Robyn contributed the tracks " Dream On" and "C.C.C".
2006-2008: International comeback
In December 2006, Robyn released "
The Rakamonie EP" in the UK as a preview to her more recent material. This was followed by the release of " Konichiwa Bitches" in March 2007.The revised edition of " Robyn" was released in the UK on April 2, 2007. The UK release contained new tracks "With Every Heartbeat" and " Cobrastyle" (a cover of a 2006 single by Swedish rockers Teddybears) alongside slightly altered versions of two of the original songs. It was deleted from British stores to make way for an August re-release.
The second single from the UK release was the
Kleerupcollaboration " With Every Heartbeat". The song was A-listed by BBC Radio 1and was released in late July in digital format and early August physically, reaching number 1 in the singles chart in the UK on August 12 2007. Robyn has also been featured on Jo Whiley's popular Radio 1 showcase show, " Live Lounge" which is a reflection of her growing popularity on British shores. The track has now been receiving airplay at US pop and dance radio stations.
"With Every Heartbeat" has also been receiving a lot of attention in Australia. It is played often on radio networks such as Nova and its video is popular on Channel V. Her album reached the top ten of the Australian iTunes album chart.
Also in 2007 Robyn contributed vocals to
Fleshquartet's single " This One's For You" from their album " Voices of Eden"
Konichiwa Records also signed an international licensing deal with
Universal Music Groupin order to launch and distribute Robyn's music across the globe. Releases in the UK are issued under the Island Recordslabel. The Rakamonie EPwas released on 29 January 2008under Cherrytree Records, a subsidiary of Interscope, and The US edition of " Robyn" was released on April 29th, 2008. Robyn was also seen in the U.S. market in 2007 when Britney Spearsreleased the' single " Piece of Me" which was originally recorded as a demo for Robyn. The single contains Robyns backing vocals. She was also featured on the Fyre Department remix of " Sexual Eruption" by Snoop Dogg.
Robyn has built a strong American fan base after the release of her 2007 U.K. electro-heavy self-titled album. She has now completed a short U.S. tour to promote "
Robyn will be the supporting act for Madonna's
Sticky & Sweet Tourat select dates in Europe in 2008 and possibly throughout Australiain early 2009. [ [http://madonna.com/news/news.php?uid=257 Robyn To Support Madonna's 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour] Retrieved June 19, 2008 from madonna.com news.news]
Robyn's parents are
actors, and she was herself involved in acting at the age of 9, having an extra rolein Kronbrudenat the Swedish theatre Dramaten. She was discovered by the Swedish pop singer Mejawhile singing about her parents' divorce.Fact|date=August 2008
After the release of her second album in 1999, "My Truth", Robyn became a
UNICEF ambassadorand visited, among other countries, Kenyaand Tanzania. During her two years of dedicating herself to this work, she intended to draw attention to UNICEFand their worldwide work for children in need of aid. She was happy to emphasize the need of taking responsibilities to help, and tried to make herself a good example for the young generation.
Povel Ramelawarded her the Karamelodiktstipendiet; a scholarshipfor her musical achievements where most of the reward lies in the prestige and honour, and not financial incentives.
Top ten hits
"The following tables lists Robyn's singles which have charted in
Sweden, United Kingdom, United States Of America, Australia, Netherlandsand Norway. For a comprehensive list of Robyn's singles, please go to Robyn discography"
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* [http://www.robyn.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/robynmyspace Official Myspace]
* [http://www.ianroullier.com/interviews_and_features/robyn.htm Robyn interview, Clash magazine, March 2008]
* [http://www.buzznet.com/web/music/journals/entry/2240521/?t=music|lead-story Robyn interview on Buzznet.com]
* [http://www.musicomh.com/interviews/robyn_0208.htm Robyn interview on musicOMH.com]
* [http://www.ilikemusic.com/interviews/Robyn_Interview-4417 Robyn interview on ilikemusic.com]
* [http://www.360-x.co.uk/a_page.php?pid=1216 Robyn interview by Rashmi Shastri]
* [http://comfortcomes.com/?page=reviews&id=2305 Who's That Girl Review]
* [http://music.aol.ca/feature/robyn-sessions/ Robyn's AOL Music Session]
* [http://www.bellaboobabe.com/story/011107/229/celebrity-access-robyn Bellaboo interview with Robyn]
* [http://www.thestudentpocketguide.com/interviews/Robyn Robyn Exclusive Student Pocket Guide Interview]
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