More than a decade after recording "Show Me Love," the sugary Max Martin-penned hit that put an 18-year-old Robyn on the pop-culture map in 1997, the Swedish pop singer — given name Robin Carlsson — needed a change. She was tired of "releasing an album that took me about one and a half years to make, and then you go on tour for like two or three years," she explains. "It all gets divided up into long periods of just doing one thing. I was just bored with that. I wanted to see if I could change that structure a little bit." Robyn got what she wanted. After bouncing between major labels RCA and Jive for ten years — as her recent hit "Don't Fucking Tell Me What to Do" puts it, "My label's killing me / These hours are killing me / My tour is killing me / This flight is killing me / My manager's killing me" — she created her own Konichiwa Records in 2005 and transformed into the edgy, electro-pop sensation she is today, at age 31. The brilliant Body Talk trilogy, a collection of songs released on three separate albums throughout 2010, is packed with cutting-edge, declarative club songs and sleek, emotive singles like "Dancing on My Own" and "Hang With Me."
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