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Robyn happy with ‘real’ promo


Robyn was ‘going for it’ on her most recent promo, because she wanted to feel ‘real’.

The 32-year-old Swedish singer, who has supported US songstress Katy Perry on her California Dreams Tour, released the last album of her trilogy Body Talk, in November of last year, with lead single Indestructible.

The second single to be released from the record was Call Your Girlfriend, and the star says she worked hard on the music video for the track.

‘We decided to do in one take, it worked out. We chose between three takes, we chose the one that had the energy people get when they go to a show,’ she revealed in an interview with BBC Radio One.

‘ was going for it, you have to. If it doesn’t feel real nobody’s gonna wanna watch it.’

Robyn likes to mix improvised routines into her structured promos. The platinum-haired songstress, who won a Swedish Grammis award for Best Live Act in 2008, says her promo for Call Your Girlfriend was a combination of the two.

‘t was a mixture of freestyle and choreographed together,’ she added.

Placebo announce album details and world premiere

placeboWith a thirteen year history that takes in five studio albums, ten million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success, Placebo are set to return with their first new album since the release of ‘Meds’ in 2006. Released on June 8th, the new album, titled ‘Battle For The Sun’, is preceded by its first WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE PLAY of the title track from the new album by BBC Radio One DJ, Zane Lowe, from 7pm on March 17th.

Recorded over three months by producer Dave Bottrill (chosen by the band largely because of his work with Tool) in his Toronto studio and mixed in London by My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails supremo Alan Moulder, Placebo’s sixth album is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band that were in need of a change.

Upon completion of the ‘Meds’ tour that took in stadium appearances in Chile, Mexico, Brazil, France and Germany, personal relationships within the band had become strained leading to an emotional split with Steve Hewitt, their drummer since 1996. Having made four albums that have sold over a million copies each (1998’s ‘Without You I’m Nothing’, 2000’s ‘Black Market Music’, 2003’s ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ and ‘Meds’ in 2006) and circled the globe together countless times, it was understandably an emotional split. Hewitt was replaced by 22-year old Californian Steve Forrest, who the band first spotted playing with one of their US support bands Evaline in 2006. ‘We were looking for somebody whose enthusiasm could rub off on us,’ explains Brian. ‘Someone who would experience all of these things that we’d already experienced for the first time and for their excitement to raise us up out of our jadedness and make us into kids again.’

Musically refreshed by their new line-up, the band also set about changing their business surroundings. When their contract with Virgin Records expired, Placebo were reluctant to throw themselves back into the major label machine. They grasped the opportunity of complete artistic freedom by self-funding the recording of ‘Battle for The Sun’. They then took the brave and uncompromising step to secure licensing and distribution agreements for the record with a number of smaller labels in each territory – beginning with a distribution deal with PIAS for Europe – so as to own the record themselves.

‘We’ve made a record about choosing life, about choosing to live, about stepping out of the darkness and into the light,’ explains Brian. ‘Not necessarily turning your back on the darkness because it’s there, it’s essential; it’s a part of who you are, but more about the choice of standing in the sunlight instead.’

‘I’m very optimistic about the future,’ concludes Brian. ‘I’m in a positive frame of mind and a good head space. It’s very exciting. There’s a lot of life in the old dog just yet.’

Duffy horrified at ruined BRITs dress

duffy Duffy ruined the dress she was planning to wear to the BRIT Awards.  The Welsh songstress – who is nominated in four categories, including Best British Single and Best Female Solo Artist – was horrified when she accidentally ripped the glamorous gown.

She said: “It was a nightmare. I thought I had my dress sorted but I ripped it trying to squeeze into it.

“Only kidding – it actually ripped when it got stuck in the zip of my bag so now I’m back to square one.”

But the 24-year-old blonde beauty won’t waste time or money searching for a replacement dress.

She said: “I’m actually not too worried. I like it that way – just wearing whatever looks good on the day.

“I’ll be wearing something I’ve already got. Maybe something I’ve been given in a goody bag.”

The ‘Mercy’ singer – who is also nominated for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Album – revealed she will perform a special song at the prestigious awards ceremony.

She added to BBC Radio One: “It’s going to be a real moment. It’s a really special arrangement and I’ve taken lots of care preparing it.

“It’s a solo performance, a different recording of something you will know. I can’t give any more details, but it will be really special.”

The 2009 BRIT Awards will take place on February 18 in London’s Earls Court.

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