When Swedish singer Robyn first burst into the American mainstream in 1997, she was a teenage sensation catching a ride on a dance pop wave.
Now, she's back on American shores with another string of hits from her ambitious "Body Talk" trilogy. But this time, it's on her own terms.
"The first time, I was recording an album by chance," Robyn said, calling from a tour stop in Quebec. "I was catapulted into the industry. I didn't have a plan."
These days, not only does she have a plan, but, as she readies her biggest American headlining tour yet, stopping at Radio City Music Hall tomorrow night, and an arena tour opening for Katy Perry in the summer, Robyn is seeing how well it's working.
Congratulations on the Grammy nomination [for best dance recording] for "Dancing On My Own."It's always great to be nominated for stuff, especially something in the more pop and commercial space where I don't have to compromise what I do. There are so many things happening that I didn't think were possible a couple of years ago. It's cool that dance music is more accepted now.
You created a new business model last year, releasing three albums and touring after each one.I didn't know if it was gonna work. I was just excited about doing something in a different way, doing something more organic, more natural and logical in terms of how I work. It was more practical and it was also more fun. . . . I wanted to have shorter periods between releases and I wanted to put music out as I finished it.
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You spent a lot of time touring America last year, playing bigger places each time.That was part of the plan. It was important to me to build my live audience. That's my chance to connect with people. And I've fallen in love with being on tour with my band. I know it's a long-term process, but I like the idea of building things slowly.
Will you keep releasing music this quickly?I want to keep the wait between albums short, but I don't think I'll ever release three albums in a year again. (Laughs) That was a lot for me.
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., Manhattan
INFO $39.50; 212-247-4777, radiocity.com