Robyn at the 2011 P3 Guld
|Birth name||Robin Miriam Carlsson|
12 June 1979 |
Robin Miriam Carlsson (born 12 June 1979), known as Robyn, is a Swedish singer, songwriter and record producer. Robyn became known in 1997 for the worldwide dance-pop hit "Do You Know (What It Takes)" from her debut album, Robyn Is Here. The popularity of her UK number-one "With Every Heartbeat" and her 2005 album, Robyn, brought her international success. In June 2010 Robyn released the first album of a trilogy, Body Talk Pt. 1 (her first album since Robyn), which reached number one. Its lead single, "Dancing on My Own", was released several weeks before the album and was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Body Talk Pt. 2 was released on 6 September 2010 and debuted at number one on the Swedish chart. The trilogy's final album, Body Talk, was released on 22 November 2010 with "Indestructible" its lead single; "Call Your Girlfriend" was the album's second single. In May 2015 Robyn announced a new music project, La Bagatelle Magique.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
1989–1993: Career beginnings
Robyn voiced the character of Miranda in the 1989 Swedish-Norwegian animated film The Journey to Melonia. The film, directed by Per Åhlin, is very loosely based on William Shakespeare's The Tempest. She also did the Swedish voice of Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven. In 1991, at the age of 12, 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 performed her first self-written song[clarification needed] at this age on another television show, Söndagsöppet (Sundays). Robyn was rediscovered by Swedish pop singer Meja in the early 1990s. Meja and her band Legacy of Sound visited Robyn's school and were involved with a musical workshop. Robyn's performances impressed Meja so much so that she contacted her management and a meeting was arranged with Robyn and her parents. At age 14, Following the completion of her middle school education in 1993, Robyn signed with Ricochet Records Sweden  (which was acquired by BMG in 1994). She collaborated with producers Max Martin and Denniz Pop, who provided the singer with a gritty yet popular sound. Ulf Lindstrom and Johan Ekhé assisted with writing duties, helped to produce the album, and stayed on board with Robyn until the completion of her album Don't Stop the Music in 2003.
1994–97: Robyn Is Here
Robyn started her career in the pop music industry at the age of 16. She signed a record deal with RCA Records in 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, released in October 1995. Robyn contributed vocals to Blacknuss' 1996 single "Roll with Me." She entered Sweden's pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 1997, as co-writer and producer of the song "Du gör mig hel igen" ("You Make Me Whole Again"), which was performed by Cajsalisa Ejemyr. In Melodifestivalen 1997 the song ended up in fourth place.
Robyn's US breakthrough came in 1997, when the dance-pop singles "Show Me Love" and "Do You Know (What It Takes)" reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. She performed on the children's show All That in 1997, singing "Show Me Love," proving her growing popularity in the US. The songs also performed well in the UK. Robyn re-released "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)" internationally but it did not fare as well as the other releases. In the US, it was ineligible to chart because there was no retail single available, but it reached number 32 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. The song "Show Me Love" was used prominently in the 1998 Lukas Moodysson film Fucking Åmål, and the song's title was used as the film's title in English-speaking countries. As Robyn's popularity grew across the globe, and especially in the US, she was diagnosed with exhaustion and returned to Sweden to recover.
1998–04: My Truth and Don't Stop the Music
Recording began on Robyn's second album in 1998. The album, My Truth, was released in Sweden in May 1999 with subsequent releases elsewhere in Europe. The single "Electric" was a hit and propelled My Truth to the number two position in Sweden. My Truth's theme was autobiographical and included the tracks "Universal Woman" and "Giving You Back". Despite her success in the US market with Robyn Is Here, My Truth was not released there. In 1999, Robyn contributed to Christian Falk's debut solo album Quel Bordel (What a Mess), appearing on the tracks "Remember" and "Celebration". In 2000, she appeared on the track "Intro/Fristil" on Petter's self-titled album. In 2001, Robyn performed the song "Say You'll Walk the Distance" for the soundtrack of the film On the Line.
In July 2001, Robyn signed a worldwide deal with Jive Records moving from BMG after being "disillusioned with the lack of artistic control" she had there; a year later Jive was acquired by BMG when it bought Zomba Records. She later said "I was back where I started!" In November 2002, Robyn released the album Don't Stop the Music in Sweden. Singles "Keep This Fire Burning" and "Don't Stop the Music" graced playlists in Scandinavia and mainland Europe. The title track (a subsequent single) was later covered by Swedish girl group Play, and the lead single, "Keep This Fire Burning," was covered by British soul singer Beverley Knight. In May 2004, the album Robyn's Best was released in the US. It was essentially a condensed version of her debut album containing no material from her later releases. In 2006, following her departure from BMG, Det Bästa Med Robyn (The Best of Robyn) was released in Sweden. It included material from her first three albums. Notable omissions from this release were the singles "Don't Stop the Music" and "Keep This Fire Burning".
2005–08: Konichiwa Records and Robyn
The decade-long relationship between Robyn and BMG ended in 2004. When the label reacted negatively to "Who's That Girl?"'s electropop sound, she decided to release music on her own. In early 2005 the singer announced that she would found her own record label, Konichiwa Records.
The second single from the UK release, "With Every Heartbeat", was released in late July 2007 and reached number one on the UK singles chart. Robyn appeared on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 1 show, Live Lounge, and her follow-up singles "Handle Me", "Be Mine!", "Who's That Girl?" and "Dream On" were top 30 hits. In Australia, Robyn reached the top 10 on the iTunes Store album chart. She completed a short US tour to promote Robyn, and supported Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour at some European dates in 2008.
2009–present: Body Talk, Do It Again and Love Is Free
In January 2009, Robyn won a Swedish Grammis Award for Best Live Act 2008. She released the first album of the Body Talk trilogy, Body Talk Pt. 1, on 14 June 2010 in the Nordic countries on EMI and on 15 June in the US on Interscope Records. The album was preceded by the single "Dancing on My Own" on 1 June 2010. It was Robyn's first number-one hit in Sweden and her fourth top-ten hit in the UK and the US, peaking at number eight on the UK Singles Chart and number three on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart. In July 2010 she sang a minimalist, electro cover version of Alicia Keys' "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart" in a live performance on iheartradio. Robyn made the All Hearts Tour in July–August 2010 with American singer Kelis to promote the Body Talk albums, and a four-date UK tour at the end of October.
On 6 September 2010, Body Talk Pt. 2 was released in the UK. It was preceded by the lead single, a dance version of "Hang with Me" from Body Talk Pt. 1, on 5 September. The album includes a duet with American rapper Snoop Dogg, "U Should Know Better". Robyn performed "Dancing on My Own" with deadmau5 at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on 12 September. In a BBC Newsbeat interview, Robyn explained her decision to release three albums in one year: "It was just something I felt like I needed to do. I just never thought about selling records or not, making this decision. I just did it for myself. It's a way of, for me, to stay inspired and to be able to do the things I like to do". She said that she would not do it again: "When you do 16 or 13 songs in one go, you kind of empty yourself, and it takes a while to fill back up and have new things to talk about, so I think it's good for everyone".
Robyn announced the release of the single, "Indestructible", on 13 October 2010; an acoustic version appeared on Body Talk Pt. 2. The song was released on 17 November in Scandinavia and 22 November in the UK. Co-written by Klas Åhlund, it was described as a "pulsating full power version [that] takes every ounce of that emotion and wraps it up in another exceptional disco-pop record worthy of any dance-floor or passion-laden sing-a-long." Robyn planned to collaborate with Swedish producer Max Martin on the song, "Time Machine"; Martin produced Robyn's US hits "Do You Know (What It Takes)" and "Show Me Love", both of which peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard 100 in 1997. Combined, the Body Talk albums have sold 91,000 copies in the US
In 2010 Robyn guest-starred on "War at the Roses", an episode of Gossip Girl, in which she performed the acoustic version of "Hang With Me". "Dancing on My Own" was also featured at the end of the episode. In November, she said she would return to the studio in January 2011 with enough material to release a new album later that year. Robyn supported Coldplay on their 2012 tour as the opening act in Dallas, Houston, Tampa, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. In mid-2013, Robyn appeared with Paul Rudd and Sean Combs in "Go Kindergarten" on the Lonely Island's The Wack Album.
On 21 and 22 June 2013, Robyn posted two videos of the Snoop Dogg collaboration: "U Should Know Better" and "Behind The Scenes", and a game, Mixory. That year she received the Stockholm KTH Royal Institute of Technology Great Prize for "artistic contributions and embrace of technology", a prize of 1.2 million Swedish kronor (£117,197), which she planned to donate to a cause of her choice.
In 2014 Robyn announced the Do It Again Tour with Röyksopp and a collaborative mini-album, Do It Again. The tour ended prematurely upon the death of Robyn's longtime friend and collaborator, Christian Falk. An EP of their final collaboration, Love Is Free, was released soon after. In 2015 Robyn appeared at the Popaganda Festival in Sweden performing songs written with Falk, but announced that subsequent performances would have to wait because she was still grieving.
Robyn's parents helmed an independent theatre group; growing up in that environment had a strong influence on her sense of style. "I was around people who dressed up for work every day, and so the concept of how you can use clothes to change your personality or communicate who you are is very interesting to me." 
Robyn started dating Olof Inger in 2003, and they were engaged until 2011. She has since become engaged to videographer Max Vitali, referring to him in a 2013 interview with Collection of Style magazine as her fiancé: "We became friends when we made the video for 'Be Mine', and now we work together a lot. He made all the videos for the last album [Body Talk]." Robyn has two younger siblings, Jac and Effie.
- Robyn Is Here (1995)
- My Truth (1999)
- Don't Stop the Music (2002)
- Robyn (2005)
- Body Talk Pt. 1 (2010)
- Body Talk Pt. 2 (2010)
- Body Talk Pt. 3 (2010)
- Body Talk (2010)
- Do It Again (with Röyksopp) (2014)
- Love Is Free (as Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique) (2015)
Awards and nominations
- "Today in history". ABC News. Associated Press. 12 June 2014.
- Blake, Meredith. "Katy Perry Rocks a Sweet Tooth". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 July 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- "Robin Miriam Carlsson LiljeholmsvДgen 8 A 2 tr Stockholm". Ratsit.se. 12 June 1979. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- O'Donnel, Kevin (27 July 2011). "Robyn Turns Coldplay Cover into Disco Party". Spin. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- Steffen Hung. "Robyn – Body Talk Pt 2". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- 20 weeks ago (15 January 2011 – 2:09 am) (15 January 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Robyn Talks Grammys, 'Gossip Girl' and Next Single!". Hollywire.com. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- "Robyn premieres 'Love Is Free' track from new La Bagatelle Maqique project LP". NME. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- "Resan till Melonia (The Journey to Melonia) (1989)". Fandango. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- "Robyn flydde till Norge och gjorde nya skivan" [Robyn flew to Norway and made a new album]. aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- Taylor, Chuck (1997-07-19). "Hit Singles Catapult Colvyn, Robyn". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- bell, Carrie (8 Nov 1997). "RCA Looks Beyond Top 40 Base for Sweden's Robyn". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- taylor, Chuck (2001-07-21). "Sweden's Robyn Returns With Zomba/Jive Deal". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Robyn Signs Worldwide Deal With Jive". billboard.com. 2001-07-15. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- Lewis, Pete. "Reliant Robyn". bluesandsoul.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- Holson, Laura (2002-06-02). "BMG to Buy Rest of Zomba, The Home Of Pop Stars". The New York Times (New York: NYTC). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- Wortham, Jenna. "Maverick Swedish Pop Star Reveals What Britney Could Have Been". wired.com. Condé Nast. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- Vincentelli, Elisabeth (30 January – 5 February 2008). "Swede Relief". Time Out. New York.
- "Robyn To Support Madonna's 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour". Madonna.com. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Lindström, Anna. "Robyn årets liveakt – tackade Madonna". Expressen. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- "Robyn joins EMI in the Nordic region". EMI. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "New Album Body Talk Pt. 1 Available June 15th in the US!". robyn-us.com. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "Two New iheartradio Videos: Robyn Strips Down Alicia Keys, K'naan Goofs Around for U2". Covermesongs.com. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- "All Hearts Tour". Idolator.com. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- Gregory, Jason (23 June 2010). "Robyn Announces October UK Tour And New Album Release Date". Gigwise.com. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- "New Robyn Album Gets a Release Date". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- McLean, Craig (14 September 2009). "Swedish Pop Sensation Robyn Brings 'Body Talk' To United States". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- "Robyn". TV Guide. 9 September 2010.
- Hocking, Caroline (14 September 2010). "Newsbeat – Robyn: Triple album release is 'gamble'". BBC. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- "Indestructible Release!". Robyn.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Music – News – Robyn streams new single on web – Digital Spy". Digital Spy. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "ROBYN COMPLETES TRILOGY OF 2010 RELEASES WITH BODY TALK, SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 22nd – Cherrytree Records". Cherrytreerecords.com. 20 October 2010. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Robyn Chart History", billboard.com, retrieved 10 December 2015
- Graff, Gary (14 February 2011). "Robyn to Continue Working in Mini-Album Format". Billboard. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
- "Chatting With Robyn! – PerezTV". Perezhilton.com. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- Sepinwall, Alan (24 February 2012). "Robyn among acts to open for Coldplay on North American tour". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "The Lonely Island – "Go Kindergarten" (Feat. Robyn)", Stereogum, retrieved 10 December 2015
- "Robyn – U Should Know Better ft. Snoop Dogg". YouTube. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "U Should Know Better (Behind The Scenes) Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg". YouTube. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "U Should Know Better – Mixory". Mixorygame.com. Archived from the original on 18 August 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "Robyn wins Swedish university prize for 'embracing technology'". NME.COM.
- "Listen: Neneh Cherry Shares Title Track From Four Tet-Produced Album Blank Project", Pitchfork, retrieved 10 December 2015
- "Robyn and Röyksopp announce collaborative album Do It Again". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- "Unfortunately, it’s with great regret that Robyn has to cancel her appearances". Robyn. 14 September 2015.
- "2016 Robyn Setlist at City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA, USA". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- "Last Best Show: Boston Calling Day Two 2016". Boston Herald and Herald Media. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- Symonds, Alexandria (2010-07-06). "Robyn". papermag.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Robyn calls off engagement". Starlounge UK. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- "Robyn To Evolve". cosstores.com. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Robyn.|