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Robyn’s New Single, “Missing U,” Nearly Misses the Mark

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Robyn’s New Single, “Missing U,” Nearly Misses the Mark

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Robyn’s New Single, “Missing U,” Nearly Misses the Mark

Today, Swedish singer Robyn dropped “Missing U,” her first solo single in eight years. Over the last several years, the cult pop star has released a series of collaborative EPs, but the new track is the first official taste of her follow-up to 2010’s Body Talk. (A snippet of another new track, “Honey,” was featured in an episode of the final season of HBO’s Girls last year.)

Robyn Releases New Music Video for Single “Love Is Free”

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Robyn Releases New Music Video for Single “Love Is Free”
Robyn Releases New Music Video for Single “Love Is Free”

Nearly six months after the track made its premiere online, Robyn’s “Love Is Free,” the first single from the Swedish singer’s La Bagatelle Magique project, a collaboration with Markus Jägerstedt and the late Christian Falk, finally gets an official music video. It’s not hard to see why it took so long: The intricately choreographed clip, directed by SSION, opens with Robyn and guest artist Maluca having a slumber party, but dreamy flashes of a soundstage quickly reveal that things aren’t what they seem. Robyn and Maluca wander off their bedroom set and storm adjacent film shoots, the only constant being a bubble bee crawling over cookies and cupcakes and landing in the palm of an actress in a foreign art-house film. In a tribute to Falk, who passed away last year from cancer, the producer/musician is seen on a monitor in brief glimpses throughout the video performing with his band Imperiet. Watch the video below:

Robyn and Röyksopp Get Monumental in New Music Video for “Monument”

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Robyn and Röyksopp Get Monumental in New Music Video for “Monument”
Robyn and Röyksopp Get Monumental in New Music Video for “Monument”

Robyn and Röyksopp have premiered the new music video for an abbreviated version of “Monument,” the epic, opening track of their recent EP, Do It Again, via Vice’s art and technology network the Creators Project. Minutes before unveiling the clip this morning, Robyn took to Twitter to describe it as “some kind of inner journey, space in time and the experience of your own body.” Sporting platform sneakers, a simple gray sweatshirt emblazoned with a peace symbol, and her trademark mullet, Robyn is suspended on a giant glowing orb somewhere between the creation of molecular cells and the cosmos. The dreamy, hallucinogenic vibe recalls Madonna and Mark Romanek’s surrealist homage “Bedtime Story” from 1995. “Monument” was directed by Max Vitali, who was previously at the helm of Robyn’s viral sensation “Call Your Girlfriend.” Watch “Monument” below!

Röyksopp & Robyn Preview “Monument” & Announce New Mini Album

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Röyksopp & Robyn Preview “Monument” & Announce New Mini Album
Röyksopp & Robyn Preview “Monument” & Announce New Mini Album

When fellow Scandinavians and frequent collaborators Rökysopp and Robyn announced plans for a joint tour back in December, one couldn’t help but hope that, given that neither act had released a new album since 2010, new music might be on the horizon as well. Robyn hinted via Twitter that she was recording with Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland, but it wasn’t until this morning that we received official word that the fruits of those labors, Do It Again, will be released on May 26th. The five-track “mini album” (we used to call those EPs back in my day) opens with the epic, 10-minute anthem “Monument,” which was inspired by a sculpture by Brazilian-American artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite. Listen to a preview below:

House Playlist Katy Perry, Pusha T, Julio Bashmore featuring Jessie Ware, & Blood Diamonds

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House Playlist: Katy Perry, Pusha T, Julio Bashmore featuring Jessie Ware, & Blood Diamonds

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House Playlist: Katy Perry, Pusha T, Julio Bashmore featuring Jessie Ware, & Blood Diamonds

Katy Perry, “Walking on Air”: Produced by Klaus Åhlund, the man behind much of Robyn’s Body Talk, the latest promotional single from Katy Perry’s Prism, due out October 22nd, is a surprising and effective throwback to early-’90s house.

 

2012 Grammy Awards: Winner Predictions

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2012 Grammy Awards: Winner Predictions
2012 Grammy Awards: Winner Predictions

Eric Henderson: As someone who nearly earned myself a toaster oven in a karoke contest busting hip rolls to “Teenage Dream,” I can’t fully sign off on your malcontent, but that song still represents the sole time Perry’s formula struck on something winsome and enduring. “Firework,” in contrast, is as arch and addicted to whip-its as anything else in her catalogue, and ergo hypocritical because of it. That still places it one notch above the smarmy nothingness that is “Grenade” though.