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An international pop star -- despite label problems that halted her career's momentum several times -- Sweden's Robyn blends the gritty sound of American R&B with the sunny pop of her homeland. Robyn's first global hit was 1997's Do You Know (What It Takes), which hit the Top Ten around the world, including the U.S. Born Robyn Carlsson in Stockholm in 1979, she traveled around the Continent with her parents' traveling theater group, also listening to classic American soul on the hi-fi. She wrote her first song at the age of 11 about her parents' divorce; at 12, she recorded the theme for the Swedish television show Lilla Sportspegeln. Her big break came at 13, however, when the pop star Meja held a workshop at Robyn's school and heard her sing her song about her parents. In 1994, Meja got her a record contract with Sweden's Ricochet Records, which released her debut single, You've Got That Somethin' and the hit Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect). Though she was still only 16, Robyn began recording her debut album in 1995 with producers Max Martin and Denniz Pop and co-songwriters Ulf Lindström and Johan Ekhé. The results, Robyn Is Here, quickly topped the Swedish charts. When the album was released in the U.S. almost a year and a half later, the single Do You Know (What It Takes) hit the Top Ten, as did Show Me Love. She was set to support the Backstreet Boys on their 1997 tour, but she had to pull out of the shows due to exhaustion. In 1998 Robyn began work on her second album, My Truth, which was released the following year in Europe, where Electric was a smash hit single. However, Robyn's U.S. label didn't feel that America would respond to My Truth as it was, and suggested that she re-record parts of the album. She refused, and the album was not released in the States. Robyn also became a UNICEF ambassador in 1999 and traveled the world for two years. She returned to music by contributing "Say You'll Walk the Distance" to the On the Line soundtrack, and moved from RCA to Jive for her 2002 album, Don't Stop the Music, which ended up being a Swedish-only release; only the album's singles were released in Europe. Despite the album's limited release, other artists covered songs from it, including Beverley Knight, who released a version of "Keep This Fire Burning." Disheartened by her continuing label troubles, Robyn returned to Stockholm in 2003, where she heard the Knife's debut album, Deep Cuts. She was so impressed by the duo's experimental, futuristic synth pop that she collaborated with them on her next single, Who's That Girl. However, her label didn't like the track and instead released 2004's Robyn's Best in the U.S. and another compilation in Sweden. Robyn bought herself out of the rest of her contract, formed her own label, Konichiwa, in 2005, and collaborated with the Knife, the Teddybears STHLM's Klas Åhlund, and Alexander Kronlund. The single Be Mine and her self-titled fourth album arrived later that year and earned several Swedish Grammys, including Best Album, Best Female Pop Artist, and Best Songwriter (which she shared with Åhlund). Robyn continued to gain momentum in 2006, appearing on Basement Jaxx's Crazy Itch Radio and releasing the Rakamonie EP, a collection of covers and alternate takes. Robyn was released in the U.K. in 2007, as was the single Konichiwa Bitches. The ballad "With Every Heartbeat" really reestablished Robyn in the U.K., reaching number one on the singles chart that summer. Rakamonie was finally released in the U.S. in early 2008, and Robyn was scheduled for a U.S. release that spring. She began working on new material that year, choosing Diplo, Klas Åhlund, and Röyksopp as some of her collaborators. Early in 2010, the single Fembot arrived, along with the news that Robyn would release not one album that year but two short ones, beginning with Body Talk, Pt. 1, which was released that June. Three months later, Body Talk, Pt. 2, which featured the single "Hang with Me" and a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, arrived. In November 2010, Body Talk, which compiled tracks from the previous mini-albums plus new songs, appeared. After spending a couple of years touring with acts including Katy Perry and Coldplay, and collaborating with the Lonely Island and Snoop Dogg, Robyn returned with new material in 2014. A collaboration with longtime friends Röyksopp, the Do It Again mini-album blended the best elements of both parties' music. More collaborations followed in 2015, including appearances on releases by Neneh Cherry (Blank Project) and Kindness (Otherness). Love Is Free, a dance-oriented EP with La Bagatelle Magique (aka keyboardist Markus Jägerstedt and producer Christian Falk) arrived in August 2015, a year after Falk's death from pancreatic cancer. ~ Heather Phares & John Bush
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  1.   Song
  2.   Dancing On My Own
  3.   Call Your Girlfriend
  4.   Show Me Love
  5.   Indestructible
  6.   With Every Heartbeat
  7.   Do You Know (What It Takes)
  8.   Criminal Intent
  9.   Fembot
  10.   Hang With Me
  11.   Cobrastyle
  12.   Should Have Known
  13.   Dancehall Queen
  14.   Don't Fucking Tell Me What to Do
  15.   U Should Know Better
  16.   Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)
  17.   Be Mine!
  18.   Konichiwa Bitches
  19.   Any Time You Like
  20.   Handle Me
  21.   Bumpy Ride
  22.   A Monument To Everything featuring Busiswa
  23.   We Dance to the Beat
  24.   In My Eyes
  25.   Jag Vet en Dejlig Rosa
  26.   Dream On
  27.   With Every Heartbeatc, Live at the Cherrytree House]
  28.   Bum Like You
  29.   Curriculum Vitae
  30.   Crash and Burn Girl
  31.   Eclipse
  32.   Blow My Mind
  33.   Giving You Back
  34.   Play
  35.   Robyn Is Here
  36.   Here We Go
  37.   How
  38.   The Last Time
  39.   I Wish
  40.   Time Machine
  41.   In My Heart
  42.   Got to Work It Out by La Bagatelle Magique
  43.   Set Me Free
  44.   Lose Control
  45.   Love Is Free
  46.   Monument
  47.   Tell You (Today)
  48.   Where Did Our Love Go
  49.   Regntunga Skyar
  50.   Stars 4-Ever
  51.   Get Myself Together
  52.   Love Kills
  53.   Include Me Out
  54.   Cry When You Get Older
  55.   None of Dem
  56.   Who's That Girl
  57.   Bionic Woman
  58.   Robotboy
  59.   Still Your Girl/Regntunga Skyar
  60.   Psycho
  61.   Big City
  62.   Ain't No Thing
  63.   Moonlight
  64.   O Baby
  65.   Keep This Fire Burning
  66.   Universal Woman
  67.   Not on the Inside
  68.   Long Gone
  69.   88 Days
  70.   Monday Morning
  71.   You've Got That Somethin'
  72.   Just Another Girlfriend
  73.   Don't Want You Back
  74.   My Only Reason
  75.   Underneath the Heart
  76.   Electric
  77.   My Truth
  78.   Main Thing
  79.   Healthy Love
  80.   Breakdown Intermission
  81.   Konichiwa B***hes