Posts Tagged ‘Robyn’

My summer of music, and what a summer it was

September 13, 2011

Prince - Purple Rain - Way Out West 2011

Janelle Monae - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011 The Hives - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011

The Streets - Mike Skinner floating on the crowd

Kanye West performing Runaway - Way Out West 2011

Music is always better when it’s live and 2011 has been a big year for me. Earlier this year I saw Sade, Adele and Blackstreet. And this summer, which is now over or is it still late summer, has been filled with music. Music makes my world go round.

It started with Busy Signal in July. Two days at the festival Way Out West in mid August. A night of hip hop in late August.

Highlights

Waiting for Prince (I have seen Prince) to come on stage. An unbelievable moment to see a legend like him, even though I’m not a big fan. And when he played Purple Rain and the air was filled with purple confetti.

Wiz Khalifa’s energy and cuteness. And that he got the crowd dancing to a house track at the end leaving the stage without hardly anyone noticing because we were all dancing.

First Janelle Monae and then The Hives, both in black and white, getting the crowd to sit down.

Feeling like I was 15 again jumping to Swedish hiphopper Petter’s 90s hits. Så Klart, Vinden Har Vänt, Mikrofonkåt.

The Streets being on their last tour. Brits are among the funnest people. And why I love that country so much. Mike Skinner was great, fun, crazy, joking and telling off some guys in the crowd that were fighting.

Disappointments

Busy Signal should have come back out for an extra. Santigold excusing herself for having a cold. T-Pain.

Kanye West. My direct reaction was disappointment. He performed his hits, he talked a little bit and that was it. It was the third time I saw him so expectations were higher than they should be. But then it feels like he promises a lot and considering he was headlining…

In reflection he was all right. It was good but he should have come out for an extra number. Can’t be easy to perform the night after Prince. Runaway was his best of the night, very emotional. Til next time!

Prince - Way Out West 2011Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Janelle Monae - Way Out West 2011 The Hives - Way Out West 2011

Wiz Khalifa - Way Out West 2011T-Pain - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

MF Doom - Way Out West 2011Timbuktu  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Robyn - Way Out West 2011Tallest Man On Earth - Way Out West 2011

The Streets  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011Santigold - Way Out West 2011

Kanye West - Way Out West 2011Veronica Maggio and Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Busy Signal - KB, Malmö 2011

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Robyn Is Here

August 2, 2010

Robyn Is Here was the first album I ever bought. I was 12 years old. Robyn was a bit of a role model. She still is.

It was released 1995. Robyn was only 16, so young yet so brave. I remember the songs You’ve Got That Something and Do You Really Want Me (Show Me Respect).

Media thought at the time that she was a bit too young to sing about those kind of things but, hey, teens have feelings too.

She has come a long way since those days, four albums, her own record label Konichiwa Records, supporting act for Madonna.

Her single Keep This Fire Burning was covered by UK singer Beverly Knight – something I have told many of my UK friends. She has been on David Letterman and just finished the All Hearts tour, with Kelis, across the US. Yes, she even made it in the US.

Lately, she has been working a lot – A LOT – releasing three full-length albums this year. Body Talk pt1, Body Talk pt2 and Speak Your Body: Body Talk pt3. Recording whilst touring.

Here is her new video and first single to be released from Body Talk pt2. It looks a bit like a commercial. The song is good, it’s pop, it’s Robyn. I like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83vhhEQIRy0

Robyn explains Hang With Me (from own website):
“Pop should be seductive and sweet when it can. And I felt like I could be on Hang with me, in a uncompromising way. It´s like a sweet and sour bon-bon wrapped in melancholy. Yum.”

And here is Robyn’s last video too, Dancing On My Own, since I really like the song and every time I turn on the radio here in Sweden, it comes on. Think most girls feel like that at some point.