We’re already three months into 2017 and so far this year’s music charts have been largely dominated by men. Ed Sheeran’s third studio album Divide and Drake’s new playlist More Life have been breaking records, with superstars like Beyoncé, Adele and Rihanna having a huge 2016 and likely taking a break from music this year.
But this doesn’t mean 2017 will be solely a boys club. Feist is scheduled to release her first album in six years this April, and Katy Perry has already dropped a new single with “Chained To The Rhythm.” Lorde’s highly anticipated sophomore album Melodrama is set to be released on June 16, with heavy-hitters like Halsey, Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson, and Avril Lavigne, as well as up and coming artists Dua Lupa, Bebe Rehxa and Zara Larsson all releasing music in 2017.
One artist that has yet to confirm a new album is Robyn, the Swedish singer that became a bubble gum pop star in 1995 before rebranding herself as the new voice of electro pop music a decade later.
While Robyn has consistently been releasing music, including Do It Again with Röyksopp in 2014, Love Is Free with La Bagatelle Magique in 2015 and Trust Me with Mr. Tophat in 2016, the singer has yet to drop a full-length solo album since 2010.
Thankfully, we think that’s about to change. Here are the receipts.
Fans of Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls will likely remember the iconic moment from Season 1 where Dunham’s character Hannah dances like no one is watching to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” It was a moment of unabashed euphoria for the character and likely a moment that many Robyn fans have lived out themselves. Now in its sixth and final season, Dunham asked Robyn, a self-proclaimed fan of the series, to create a new track for the show, with Robyn penning the song “Honey,” which premiered during this week’s episode. The only version of the song available online currently includes dialogue from Sunday’s episode, but there’s enough of the high-energy EDM dance track heard in the background to know that Robyn has just delivered another smash.
Excuse us while we quickly pick it up. Following Sunday’s episode of Girls, Dunham also posted about the track “Honey” on Instagram, saying it was part of Robyn’s ‘upcoming album.’ While this may seem like a dead giveaway that indeed a new record from Robyn is in the near future, the singer has previously released duet albums, meaning her upcoming release may not necessarily be strictly solo material.
I’m just as obsessed with the music on Girls as anyone (wrong that I listen to our soundtrack most days in the shower?) and it was the biggest honor to have @robynkonichiwa create a version of a track from her upcoming album just for the show. We knew the last season needed some Robyn- after all, Hannah would not be Hannah without a lot of dancing on her own Thank you Robyn, queen of space and sound! Come get your Honey baby
During their seven-day residency at London’s O2 Arena, The xx invited Robyn on stage to perform her track “With Every Heartbeat” and gave the Swedish singer some solo time. So yeah, she’s ready for a tour.
Music legend Todd Rundgren is preparing to release his 25th (seriously) album and has invited a number of guest vocalists, including Daryl Hall, Trent Reznor, and Robyn. Rundgren has released his new track “That Could Have Been Me” with Robyn, and it’s all the longing and emotion we’ve come to expect from both artists. So. Good.
It’s been seven years since Robyn debuted her groundbreaking Body Talk album trio. This marks the biggest lag between solo albums, with the singer dropping four discs between 1995 and 2010. Since 2010, Robyn has released three duet albums, making this year a great time for a new solo effort from the pop queen.