Meow! Listen to Teddybears ft Cee Lo Green and The B52's "Cho Cha"


Teddybears' new single "Cho Cha" is all kinds of brilliant. Internationally, the Swedish pop outfit is mostly known for their smash stomper "Cobrastyle" that Robyn has so successfully covered. But the group has a lot more inventive beats on their sleeves and the genius "Cho Cha" is proof of that.

The song is a classy sassy brew that features the vocals of none other than Cee Lo Green. The world's Number One ladies man injects the song's slinky, retro-styled groove with a dose of mellow soul and a whole lotta double meanings. The B-52s Fred Schneider joins him briefly to add a little "sweet, short and fuzzy" to the mix. This tune is so darn irresistible that it will have you purring along the second it hits.

An alternate version of "Cho Cha" first appeared on Teddybears' 2010 mixtape "Stray Bullets," but it will formally released on the Swedes forthcoming new album "Devil's Music" that will be released next month. (Download)

June 9, 2011 in Ceelo Green, Robyn, Teddybears | Permalink

Review: Robyn Kicks off U.S. Tour With Katy Perry


A few hours prior to her show with Katy Perry last night, I spent some time with Robyn in Atlanta to film a brand-new Cherrytree Pop Chop episode that will air very soon. (Check out some backstage photos from the Katy Perry show.)

Robyn and I had lots of topics to discuss, but we ended up chatting mostly about her single with Rye Rye that was released this week, the (leaked) video for "Call Your Girlfriend," plus we talked a lot about her creative process and life on the road.

Right on the verge of mainstream success in America, Robyn's main focus is to tour the States and make many new fans. She is not writing or thinking about any new music. "I'm taking a lot of things in and I'm keeping notes about my experiences, but I'm not creating any new music," she told me. "When I'm touring that's all that I can think about."

To cope with the frenzy of life on the road, Robyn loves to unwind by skyping with family back home and watching videos on YouTube to have a good laugh or to get pumped with German techtronic videos that she's obsessed with right now.

Before Katy Perry took the stage for the very first show of the U.S. leg of her world tour, Robyn performed a fantastic 30-minute set with her full-band on Perry's stage. Many people in the audience didn't seem all that familiar with Robyn, but boy, did she work it out. The Swedish pop pixie jumped around the stage throwing around some killer dance moves to energize the crowd. (Setlist after the break.)

Instead of going for the tried and proven, her set list was put together to be edgy and unexpected, taking the audience from pulsing dance beats to sweet melodies like only Robyn can. She kicked off with a non-stop tour de force performance of "Fembot,""Bad Girl" and the punchy "Cobrastyle" that had people hopping along. 

The amped up set hit a smooth, melancholic moment with "Dancing On My Own" that was followed by "We Dance To The Beat" and "Don't F*cking Tell Me What To Do" to keep the energy up.

The singer even took a moment to eat a banana and throw the peel into the crowd. So fruity.

Robyn gave the crowd a solid feel for her powerful pop sensibilities by performing "Hang With Me," "Indestructible" and her new single "Call Your Girlfriend."

Robyn closed the show with her U.K. #1 hit "With Every Heartbeat" that had the arena (that was filled to capacity at that time) really curious and hopefully anxious for more.

I caught Robyn after the show backstage and she was really happy with the response of people. "It is good if you have to work for it," she smiled.

If you're seeing her in the next few weeks in a town near you, make sure to get there early not to miss a single second of her show.


June 8, 2011 in Robyn | Permalink

Pop Princess Robyn Kicks off U.S. Tour With Teen Queen Katy Perry Today


Atlanta better get ready! Princess Robyn is in your town today getting ready for her very first performance together with teen pop queen Katy Perry tonight. After a few make-up gigs in the Midwest last week that she cancelled previously due to illness, Robyn has returned to the South for another trek of the U.S. as a special guest on Perry's California Dreams tour.

Tour dates include Atlanta, GA (June 7), Orlando, FL (June 9), Tampa, FL (June 10), Sunrise, FL (June 11), Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo (June 12), Raleigh, NC (June 14), Columbia, MD (June 15), Uniondale, NY (June 17), Boston, MA (June 18) and Newark, NJ (June 19). I will be spending some time with Robyn today in Atlanta to see her show and film a very special Cherrytree Pop Chop episode. Stay tuned for that.

If you're seeing Robyn this month, make sure to watch a video of her Royal Oak, MI performance this past weekend to get ready for the heat. Robyn's totally raving it out. It's a must watch.

June 7, 2011 in Robyn | Permalink

Video Review: Robyn "Call Your Girlfriend"


What I love so much about Robyn is that she lets her music do most of the talking. In a world filled with sensational stories, outlandish gimmicks and over-the-top imagery to get music noticed, Robyn consistently reminds us what great pop is all about - powerful melodies, relatable lyrics and a heartfelt delivery. When Robyn sings, she makes you feel it.

And that's exactly what's captured in this video. There are no major special effects, no mighty soundstage and no storyline that may distract you. The video for "Call Your Girlfriend" shines in simplicity. It perfectly highlights what matters most and it reminds us once again why Robyn is one of the most phenomenal pop artists of our time. This is tears-in-my-eyes good. Watch it after the break.

June 2, 2011 in Robyn | Permalink

Single Review: Rye Rye feat. Robyn "Never Will Be Mine"


The teaming of Robyn and Rye Rye on a fresh new remake of Robyn's pop classic "Be Mine" is an unlikely pairing that took some time for me to get used to. You should know that "Be Mine" is one of my favorite pop ballads of all time and I cherish it every time it hits the iPod. 

Robyn packs the song with an outpouring of emotion in a manner that only she can, delivering her lyrcis with a heartfelt gusto that is truly breathtaking. "Be Mine" is quite frankly one of those songs that people should handle with great care and not toy around with.

Rising Baltimore hip pop princess Rye Rye succeeds in adding her own punchy twist to the song that neatly matches Robyn's original intensity.

While Robyn is featured in the song's chorus, Rye Rye carefully delivers her poignant rhymes that perfectly blend with Robyn's story about love and loss with lines like, "If you're having problems with the one you love and you want to feel his touch, put your hands in the air and let him know that you truly care. You don't wanna do the fight fuss, getting sick of the love pain or the lies and the trust games (...) I love you dearly, did I make that clearly?"

Rye Rye's delivery packs an equally heartfelt message that make it a proper fit for Robyn's timeless original. "Never Will Be Mine" will be included on Rye Rye's forthcoming debut album "Go! Pop! Bang!" that will be released on June 14. (Download)

June 2, 2011 in Robyn, Rye Rye, Single Review | Permalink