This week’s New Music Monday isn’t the most new artist in the world, but is certainly one who deserves to be acknowledged as often as possible. Sweden has been credited with being one of the biggest exporters of pop music in modern times, thanks to producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and their various proteges including Shellback and Savan Kotecha, producing virtually every popular song of the past 15 years. Not often acknowledged among that pack, though perhaps just as important, is Robyn. Her debut album was, in fact, one of Max Martin’s first production jobs that was successful on an international level, charting highly in the UK as well as their native Sweden and other countries. She has also managed to release outstanding pop music and collaborate with some of the biggest names in pop and dance music, with Royskopp being her most notable and frequent collaborator.
Why is Robyn our New Music Monday?
Robyn is the definition of underrated. Webster’s should add a second definition for the word under the actual definition with just a picture of her. She has not only managed to have a successful career in pop music, but she has also managed to do so while winning enormous critical approval every step of the way for making boundary-busting, quality pop music. Robyn is perhaps the most responsible for pushing the genre forward every step of the way, even though she is lacking the Grammy Awards and Billboard #1’s to prove it. She is now working on a new project Robyn & La Bagatelle Majique, with two bangin’ new singles “Love Is Free” and “Set Me Free”. Though her song “Dancing On My Own” was featured as the theme song for the HBO hit Girls and “Call Your Girlfriend” has been a staple of YouTube cover songs with cups, she has never quite hit the American mainstream. This might be for the best, considering her work would set the bar so high that it would be nearly impossible for anyone to reach.
Check out her amazing “Curriculum Vitae” below and see all of the reasons why Robyn’s music is truly remarkable.