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Be specific: Robyn, on why you shouldn't call it a comeback

robynRobyn will attempt to release three albums this year.

By Allison Stewart

Robyn and Kelis have more in common than you'd think. After years of neglect by their respective record companies, the Swedish electro-pop star and the NY-based R&B-singer-turned-electro-pop-star have released triumphant, career-redefining new discs ("Body Talk Pt 1" and "Flesh Tone," respectively), and are touring together for the next few weeks.

In an interview with Robyn before the tour launched (it hits the 9:30 Club for a sold-out show on Monday), she talked with Click Track about the trilogy of discs she's promised to release this year ("Body Talk Pt. 2" is slated for a September release), and her touring partner.

Have you and Kelis met yet?

Yeah, we met a few days ago and had dinner and talked about the tour. She's a cool chick.

I never would have thought about you two as being an obvious match, but there are [surprising] similarities between you.

Yeah, I think we connected on a lot of things when we sat down and had dinner. She's into different things, just like I am. She just likes to be herself and do stuff that's not always the obvious thing to do in the pop industry. So yeah, it makes a lot of sense to me.

And you're both releasing -- I don’t know if you want to call yours a comeback album, but you've both been away for long periods and are coming back with successful releases.

No. I wouldn’t see this album as a comeback album at all. if anything the last album I did ['05's "Robyn"] was. I don't look at it that way at all.

(On the limitations of the blogosphere, after the jump.)

Maybe it's just because there are so many more music blogs talking you up that it seems like it's a bigger deal this time around.

Maybe, yeah. I think that, you know, there's a [faction] on the Internet that is really, really strong and good and fast and important to pop culture. But there's also a different environment [of people only exposed to things on] radio and TV, and that big audience isn’t actually checking out music on the Internet.

You're sticking to the plan of releasing three albums in a year?

Yeah. I wanted to change the way I was working, find a new structure where I could be touring and recording at the same time. And I started writing this past year in the summer and got a lot of songs together really quickly. It's not an attempt to break the world's record in terms of how many I could release in a year. It's just an actual, quite rational estimate of the way I'm working. It's an experiment.

By Allison Stewart  |  July 29, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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