Release date: April 2005
Robyn is the fourth studio album by Swedish recording artist Robyn. It was released by Konichiwa Records on 27 April 2005 in Sweden. The album represented a change in Robyn's musical style, and featured pop and electronic dance music. The main influences were 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 2005.
In terms of the album's lyrical inspiration, Robyn told noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of Blues & Soul in March 2007: "I think the biggest lyrical inspiration for this album was going back to when I was like 15 and on the subway listening to hip hop. Back then - because I didn't know many people in Sweden who knew about rap, it was like my own music world - where the lyrics were very direct. So I tried to return to that age when you're so strong and self-confident, while acknowledging there's also a part of being a teenager when you're sometimes very insecure and feel very fragile."
Robyn debuted on the Swedish albums chart at number one, and became Robyn's first number one album release. The album remained on the chart for thirty-six weeks, and was certified platinum in 2006. The album reached the number thirty-five in Norway, and remained on the albums chart for one week. Although the album charted only in Sweden and Norway, in May 2005, it reached number sixty on the European Top 100 albums chart. The album became Robyn's first release to chart on the UK Albums Chart, where it debuted at number twenty on August 2007. The following week the album peaked at number nineteen. On January 13, 2008, the album re-entered the top forty at number eighteen, then climbed to number eleven three weeks later. In January 2008, Robyn was certified gold in the UK.
In 2007, Robyn signed a North American distribution deal with Interscope Records. She was asked by Interscope to include a rapper on the album to highlight its hip-hop elements. In an interview with Metro International, Robyn said she understood why the label wants her to include a rapper, but does not want to "work with Akon or some other lame rapper. I want to work with someone who's gangsta, like Snoop or Method Man". On April 29, 2008, Robyn was finally released in North America and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #100, with 7,000 copies sold. It would only spend one week on the charts.
"Be Mine!", the album's first single release in Sweden, reached number three and spent nineteen weeks on the singles chart. The song received positive reviews from critics, and was named the fourth best song of 2005 by Stylus Magazine. The second single, "Who's That Girl?", reached number thirty-seven in Sweden. The songs "Handle Me" and "Crash and Burn Girl" were released as radio-only promotional singles in Sweden and were accompanied by music videos that featured Robyn dancing in a nightclub.
The album's lead single in the United Kingdom, "Konichiwa Bitches", received positive reviews from critics due to its "hip-hop sensibilities" and ability to illustrate "the zeal [Robyn] takes in making music". The song received limited airplay and reached number ninety-eight in the UK. "With Every Heartbeat", a collaboration with Kleerup, was released as the second single in the UK. It reached number one and became Robyn's most successful single release in the UK. The album's third UK single, "Handle Me", backed by remixes by Soul Seekerz, reached number seventeen. "Be Mine!" was released as the album's fourth single on January 14, 2008 and reached number ten. "Who's That Girl" was the fifth UK single released from the album on April 28, 2008 and reached #26. "Dream On" was released on November 17, 2008 as the lead single from the special edition of the Robyn album and reached #29.
The lead single from the album in the United States, "With Every Heartbeat", was released January 29, 2008 as a digital download only. It was serviced to dance clubs and dj's and eventually reached #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart, as well as #12 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart. The second U.S. single, "Handle Me", was released on April 1, 2008 and reached #11 on Billboards Hot Dance Club Play chart and #4 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart.