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Robyn: The Anti-Britney Spears?

In the May issue of Wired magazine, the Swedish pop star Robyn is hailed as the anti-Britney Spears: She's a good-looking blonde who happens to be a talented songwriter, she's uncompromising when it comes to producing chart-topping hits for a demanding label, and instead of making out with Madonna and divorcing K-Fed, she started her own label and carved out a long and respectable music career.

It is striking to see how two charismatic, talented youngsters could start out along a similar path in the music business and end up in such dramatically different places. As Wired somewhat dramatically put it, their different choices "would lead one to hipster stardom and the other to madness."

While Robyn scored a mainstream hit with "Show Me Love" in the '90s, her artistic integrity led her down a different path from the mega-stardom Britney achieved, as she declined to tour with the Backstreet Boys and struck out on her own instead. I, for one, am glad — not just because we don't need another tragic Britney story but also because Robyn's music is different but still catchy. Her new video for a song called "Who's That Girl" seems appropriately timed for the Wired article, as the lyrics make clear she is interested in how we view certain girls in comparison to who they really are inside. Seems like Britney, and a whole host of other starlets, could have benefited from the same self-awareness, no?

What do you think? Is Robyn a welcome antidote to the pop-wreck that is Britney? To check out the totally fun video for "Who's That Girl" — and the wonderment that is Robyn's "Konichiwa B*tches" —


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rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
Gonna leave Britney opinions out of it, because I just..meh, its old. Makes me think of the Southpark episode where we all kill her until someone else shows up to watch self destruct. (Lindsay Lohan? or wait, maybe we'll go for Amy Winehouse instead. Like I need another shot of some poor f**ked up woman in bloody, dirty ballerina pumps, or a closeup of some singer's slightly chubby thigh with shrieking headlines proclaiming the end of the world as we know it. (And I feel fine.) Anyway, this is not really my kind of music, but I like her reminds me a bit of some of the good 80s stuff of that genre, though I am definitely more a metal/rock person these days. One thing about that decade...was the awesome, fierce leading female ladies that totally rocked MTV back then...I'm sorry but jokes like Pussycat Dolls are a complete waste of time, when I look back and think of artists that were so clever, wise and really laid down the groundwork for other female artists to rise and claim their own style, wihtout being traditionally "cute", managing to find their own unique, quirky, powerful, sexy style without relying on ass cleavage and flavour of the month pop pablum. To name a few: Annie Lennox - seriously, when she slams her fist down in "Sweet Dreams" it made Grace Jones look like a wuss. And that is not easy. :D She is the definition of an edgy, intelligent artist. Siouxsie Sioux - fresh even today...(if you do not know who this is, go google her on YouTube and listen to "Helter Skelter", "Face to Face", "Peek-A-Boo", !) Slick, punky, intelligent, and Goth while the movement was still learning to walk... And sometimes with ...trumpets and accordions! And always...with mascara. *much enthusiastic nodding* Cyndi Lauper - Wrote some terrific songs (including the hit "Time After Time"), and had this madcap, punky, girly energetic thing that was totally infectious. Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders - cool was sweating and begging for an icepack, compared to this woman. Heart - rocked in the 70s and 80s with hits like "Crazy On You", and "Barracuda" as a female fronted rock band before such a thought could be possible, and did it for over 20 years. Courtney Love wasn't even born yet, when sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were filling stadiums. Pat Benatar - This singer and actress wrote and performed an insane amount of rock hits and was rewarded with a pile of Grammies. All while wearing spandex that would put Superman to shame. Madonna - goes without saying. She raised the bar for all women, like or dislike her kind of music, she is a savvy, shrewd groundbreaker, mixing music and business to obvious success. Oh and let's not forget Debbie Harry.....Blondie rocks. Smart blonde model can sing? Well? (And no, Scarlett Johansson does not count. The fact this woman got a record deal makes me sob for every talented musician out there who can't get a foot in the door. And there are countless ones.) Anyway the point of this rant - which I apologise for being far too long)... is for a moment I heard a touch of these artists in Robyn. Just a touch. But for me anyway, Britney, whom I hope gets over her crap, whom I hope can now grow up and push forward and develop into a wiser and more whole human being, is still and mostly the modern pop equivalent of a Vegas singer in comparison to these women. Sorry, but opinion. And sorry for the long post but I had to do it!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
she's never knocked my socks off.
pøt pøt 9 years
Robyn is so cool I love her.
great-escape great-escape 9 years
alwways likeed her too, hot chick!
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 9 years
so are you saying she is not a person who has the personality to stand on her own. But rather only as a anti or comparison to another.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
meh, i think she's boring.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I totally don't remember this at all. I don't know if she's quite the Anti Britney, but I'd like to point out that it's Wired Magazine that said that not Pop or Buzz. I don't think they're bashing Britney, just stating the obvious
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 9 years
I guess i can join the others in saying I like Robyn alot, especially "show me love" man did i love that song!!!!!!! but yeah after not hearing her anymore and other singers coming into the star light I did forget all about her, I think in one of those oldie music cds that normally advertise on tv she is on one of them...the 80s 90s one with that hit song mentioned above, I'm glad she's back, i'm just loving her music big time!
britneyrocks26 britneyrocks26 9 years
lmao how is she anti-Britney exactly? She likes Britney, and is even featured on Blackout. PopSugar sometimes really confuses me. Once again you people are just trying to find anything to bash Britney. Because she's been so good, and all you try to do is bash.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I loved show me love!! but I can't deal with these 2, I barely made it half way on both of them.
CityGrrl77 CityGrrl77 9 years
Haha I remember 'Do You Know (What It Takes)' from back when I was a senior in high school in '97. 'Show Me Love' is on the same album - good song. Not diggin the new stuff though. In now way would I compare her to Britney Spears. Maybe Pink?
Suzaila Suzaila 9 years
There is no story here. Weird just can't think of anything exciting to write about Robyn so they dragged Britney's name into the article. Which I think isn't fair for Robyn. She is a talented person and I am sure there is more to write about her and her music.
NIC84 NIC84 9 years
OMG "Show me Love" So takes me back. Memories.
swwonder swwonder 9 years
I love hearing Robyn when I'm out in the clubs, just hearing her on my ipod doesn't really work for me. But she does seem like a really normal, grounded person.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I remember her! That song was pretty bad ass. I wouldnt exactly say she was that attractive tho, or the anti blah blah blah, and GOOD POINT Miss krystij!!! She was on Blackout. Why must we try to make everyone out to be anti and against each other when they are similar artists. Blah.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I always liked Robyn.
nicole121482 nicole121482 9 years
I remember her! I liked her song back in the day and always wondered what happened to her...didn't know she was still in the
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
She totally rocks! Handle me and Bum Like you are my work out songs.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
does she write her own songs? if so - then...MAYBE she qualifies.
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
Oh! Thank you so much for reminding me about her. I remember her music at age 6 or 7 and I remember thinking that she was soo soulful and cool and then she disappeared and I forgot about her. Compared to Britney her music is not so commerical, unique, soulful, and something you can play over and over again and not get tired of it.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 9 years
WOW!!! I remember her! I love her one hot wonder.
siren6 siren6 9 years
All time favorite gym music, period. Konichiwa B*tches - plus the video - is genius.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
I loved show me love too and she had a song with kleerup called 'with every heart beat' and that song is awesome too.
krystij krystij 9 years
Don't get me wrong, I like Robyn, but how much of an anti-Britney can she be when she sings on Britney's tracks on Blackout? (specifically "Piece of Me")
JennaV JennaV 9 years
I LOVED that song Show Me Love
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