Music / Robyn
"Konnichiwa, bitches."

Describe Robyn here.

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Robyn Miriam Carlsson (born 12 June 1979), known by her stage name Robyn, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, who is mostly famous in Europe for her hit single "With Every Heartbeat".

In the 1990s, Robyn was hailed as a typical pop act, with no quirks or otherwise. Her 1995 album, Robyn is Here, even saw two top ten songs on America's Billboard top ten. After this, she released two further albums, My Truth in 1999, and Don't Stop The Music in 2002, to moderate acclaim in her native Sweden, but to lukewarm success in America and elsewhere.

When she wanted to branch out into her own creative styles, her record label refused, causing her to split ties with them. With help from Karin Dreijer-Andersson of The Knife, she formed her own record label, and produced a self-titled album, with a much more... well, let's just say that Robyn was very influenced by Karin's musical style. What was created is best described as snarkily danceable synthballads... or something like that.

Although she is still largely mainstream only in Europe, Robyn has been gaining recognition in North America due to her 2010 album, Body Talk.


  • Robyn is Here (1995)
  • My Truth (1999)
  • Don't Stop the Music (2002)
  • Robyn (2005)
  • Body Talk (2010) note 
  • Do It Again (2014) note 
  • Love is Free (2015) note 

Robyn provides examples of:

  • Badass Boast: "Curriculum Vitae", and "You Should Know Better" are two of the most badass you will ever hear (if slightly exaggerated).
  • Boastful Rap: "Konichiwa Bitches", bordering on Affectionate Parody.
  • Break-Up Song: "Call Your Girlfriend" (which takes the uncommon form of the Other Woman's advice to the breaker-upper), "Dancing On My Own", "With Every Hearbeat", and "Be Mine!".
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Averted in her cover of Prince's "Jack U Off".
  • Wham Line: Her collaborative song with Röyksopp, "Do It Again", sounds like an innocuous dancefloor filler ("Wait for the build up / And then let's do it again") until the middle eight comes and the context of the full song is laid bare:
    "We can not be friends. We'll just do it again. If you stay around, we'll just do it again."