Robyn checks in from San Francisco on the last date of her American tour to talk about her new album, ‘Body Talk’. The Swedish pop singer discussed the ability to tour and record at the same time and how she hopes that ‘Body Talk’ will make her fans want to dance and cry at the same time. “I’ve had an amazing year. I’ve been able to do all the things I wanted, find a new structure for my recording process where I am able to tour and record at the same time,” Robyn says in the video. “I’m so happy about my audience and that you guys wanted to follow into the space that I’m in.” Watch it via YouTube below.
Swedish pop singer Robyn has announced dates for her 2011 North American tour, which sees her on the road in support of her ‘Body Talk’ album trilogy.
1/26 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
1/27 Montreal, QC Metropolis
1/28 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theatre
1/29 Portland, ME State Theater
1/31 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
2/1 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
2/3 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
2/4 Boston, MA House of Blues
2/5 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
2/7 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
2/8 Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion
2/9 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
2/11 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
2/12 Milwaukee, WI Rave Ballroom
2/13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
2/17 Austin, TX ACL Live @ The Moody Theater
2/18 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall
2/19 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Robyn has released behind the scenes footage from her ‘Hang With Me’ music video shoot. The Swedish pop star invited the cameras out to chronicle two weeks she spent on the road promoting her ‘Body Talk’ albums. Robyn and director Max Vitali discussed the video concept and why they felt it matched the song featured on ‘Body Talk Pt. 2’, out now on iTunes via Cherrytree Records.
“The idea of the video is that ‘Hang With Me’ is a very beautiful song that’s very romantic and it’s about love and being afraid to commit to someone and I felt like the song maybe was too pretty to do a performance video to. I wanted to break it up and contrast that, so my idea of filming a tour period came from that.”
Director Max for his part said, “I guess just like on a tour there’s quite little time and you want to do a lot of things, so it’s pretty close to the real feeling in that respect.”
“Maybe filming real stuff felt really intriguing to me because it’s a way of making a video that’s not really common,” Robyn suggested. “It used to be when I was younger. I used to watch behind the scenes footage or like live videos by Janet Jackson or Prince and I would be really inspired and felt like I got to see something that was way different than just being able to perform. So I wanted to do something like that but at the same time not do a funny tour video because that felt maybe a little boring. So we tried to do something that tells a story or has some kind of mystique to it and has a visual identity, but at the same time something that feels real, something that feels honest.”
Watch it below.
Robyn tells NME that she worries about whether she’s a coward for being reluctant to set an example for young women, avoiding political talk in her lyrics. “I am true to myself, and that means I don’t make political music, but it means I make music from a girl perspective,” the 31-year-old said. “I’m a feminist. But I’m very cautious of shouldering any kind of role model role. Maybe I’m being a coward and it’s a sign of the times, where people my age are too ironic and too fed up with our parents being super-political.”
Robyn is out with ‘A Day In The Life’ video clip, following the Swedish pop singer as she does a photo shoot for Elle magazine and performs a show at the Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm.
“We’re shooting for Elle. The Swedish Elle magazine and we’re doing a beauty shoot,” she said. “The photo shot we did for the album was with an artist called Lisa Mcray. She makes this things called body architecture, stuff that I’ve had on my face and had on my body with pixels and the idea of what’s real and what’s not. We tried to do things that felt really organic and real.”
Visiting an amusement park with a special pass, Robyn said, “This is so bad because with these things we can actually go past the que. It’s like stealing a little kid’s position, I just passed by all of the kids who have been waiting for hours. I was like ha ha!”
Watch it below.
Swedish pop singer Robyn will return to North America this fall for a headlining tour. Tickets are on sale now for the outing, which launches November 5th in Miami Beach, Florida at The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason and includes stops at New York City’s Terminal 5 (November 10th) and Club Nokia in Los Angeles (November 17th). The Chicago and Vancouver dates have already sold out. Maluca and Natalia Kills will open on the tour, which will conclude at The Warfield in San Francisco on November 23rd.
Robyn Fall 2010 North American Tour
11/5 Miami Beach, FL The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason
11/6 Orlando, FL Club Firestone
11/7 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
11/8 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
11/10 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/12 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
11/13 Chicago, IL Metro SOLD OUT
11/14 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
11/17 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
11/19 Vancouver, BC Venue Vancouver SOLD OUT
11/20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
11/21 Seattle, WA Neumos
11/23 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Robyn put her spin on Alicia Keys’ ‘Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart’ as part of her iheartradio session filmed last month in New York City at P.C. Richard & Son Theater. Watch it at Facebook. Her entire set, which also includes performances of ‘Dancing On My Own’, ‘Every Heartbeat’, ‘Hang With Me’ and ‘Show Me Love’ at iheartradio.com has since been removed.
The Swedish pop singer’s new mini album ‘Body Talk PT 2’ is due out in the US on September 7th.
Robyn shared the story behind ‘Dancing On My Own’ and performed a live version for iheartradio. The show was filmed at P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York City on July 29th. ‘Dancing On My Own’ appears on the Swedish pop singer’s ‘Body Talk Pt 1’ mini album, available now. “‘Dancing On My Own’ is a song I wrote in November in Stockholm and it was dark, and I was clubbing a lot” Robyn explained, “and watching people in this environment. I think it’s an important place for my generation. It’s a place where people go to be a part of something bigger than themselves.” Video of the performance at YouTube has since been removed.
Robyn is out with the music video to her new single ‘Hang With Me’, the lead release off the second album of the Swedish pop singer’s three part trilogy ‘Body Talk Pt. 2’, available September 7th on Cherrytree Records. The Max Vitali directed video features behind the scenes footage from the 31-year-old on tour. Watch it via Vimeo below.
‘Body Talk Pt 2’, the second in a trilogy of albums that Robyn will release this year on Cherrytree Records, is due out on September 7th. ‘Hang With Me’, the album’s lead single, will be available at all digital retailers on August 17th. The collection will also feature a duet with Snoop Dogg called ‘U Should Know Better’.
The Swedish pop singer launched her North American tour last week at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. She’ll also perform at the inaugural Disco Lemonade: Summer Mashup Festival in Toronto (July 30th) and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival (July 31st). Check out the ‘Body Talk Pt 2’ track listing and remaining North American tour dates below.
‘Body Talk Pt 2’ track listing
1. In My Eyes
2. Include Me Out
3. Hang With Me
4. Love Kills
5. We Dance To The Beat
6. Criminal Intent
7. U Should Know Better Feat. Snoop Dogg
8. Indestructible (Acoustic)
Robyn North American tour dates
7/23 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box All Hearts tour
7/24 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine All Hearts tour
7/27 Boston, MA House of Blues All Hearts tour
7/28 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg All Hearts tour
7/30 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
Disco Lemonade: Summer Mashup Festival
7/31 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau – Osheaga Festival
8/2 Washington, DC 9:30 Club All Hearts tour
8/3 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero All Hearts tour
8/4 New York, NY Webster Hall All Hearts tour
8/5 New York, NY Webster Hall All Hearts tour