Robyn

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RobynApril 29, 2008
Pop℗ 2008 Konichiwa Records, under exclusive license to Interscope Records in the United States
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Robyn is the fourth studio album by Swedish singer Robyn. It was released on April 27, 2005 by Konichiwa Records. The album represented a departure from Robyn's previous urban and R&B musical style, and explored synth-pop and dance-pop music, with inspirations from electronic duo The Knife and rock band Teddybears. It also marks Robyn's first album release on her own record label, Konichiwa Records, which she founded in 2004.
The album debuted at number one on the Swedish Albums Chart in 2005, becoming Robyn's first-ever number-one album on the chart. It was released Internationally in 2007, two years after it was originally released. The album received a nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Five singles were released from the album: "Be Mine!", "Who's That Girl", UK number one song "With Every Heartbeat", "Konichiwa Bitches" and "Handle Me".

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Curriculum Vitae (featuring Swingfly)1:54
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Konichiwa Bitches2:38
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Cobrastyle4:12
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Handle Me3:49
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Bum Like You3:29
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Be Mine!3:28
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With Every Heartbeat - with Kleerup4:15
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Who's That Girl?3:49
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Bionic Woman (Interlude)0:18
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Crash And Burn Girl3:37
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Robotboy3:29
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Eclipse3:31
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Should Have Known4:00
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Any Time You Like3:53
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Dream On (New Version)4:44
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Handle Me (RedOne Remix - Cherrytree Bonus Track)4:09
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Total length
54:50
Tracks
16
Released
April 29, 2008
Label
℗ 2008 Konichiwa Records, under exclusive license to Interscope Records in the United States
File type
MP3
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Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
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Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
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