longtime EW crush Robyn has a lot going on these days: Her NSFV video for latest single “Indestructible” just hit the interwebs last week; she’s promoting her third album of the year, Body Talk, which will be released on Nov. 22; and she’s got a guest spot performing “Hang With Me” on tonight’s episode of The CW’s Gossip Girl.Swedish chanteuse and
With everything happening for her, we thought it high time to check in. Here, she chats with us about tonight’s trip to the Upper East Side, her insane album-recording schedule for Body Talk, and how much she loves her always-adoring gay audience.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So you’re singing “Hang With Me” on Gossip Girl tonight. You doing the acoustic version or the electric version?
ROBYN: I’m doing the acoustic version there, so you’re going to like that.
Why did you choose to do “Hang With Me”?
They asked for it. I was happy to do it. I love the acoustic version, too, and it’s just what they were doing in the episode. I think I’m not supposed to tell you about what’s going on in the program, but I’m performing that song at a party.
It’s Blair’s birthday party—that information is out there.
Yeah, it’s her birthday party, and I’m brought in to sing.
Are you only singing? Or do you have a little part in the plot, too?
No lines, but there’s a little bit of interaction with me and someone—it was more reacting, because we didn’t really act too much. We were just reacting at our environment, which will be quite fun, I think.
Did you pursue the Gossip Girl spot?
I can’t say that I’ve actually watched Gossip Girl a lot. A guy who works with me watches it a lot, and he said: “Yes! You have to do it. It’s really good.” So I checked a little bit with people I know to see what they thought about it, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to showcase the music. I’m happy for any kind of way of doing that at the moment.
It’s nice to be asked, and you’re in good company—Lady Gaga did a similar spot last year.
Totally. It’s great.
So your third album this year, Body Talk, hits stores Nov. 22. How does this fit into the Body Talk trilogy you’ve been working on this year?
I think that one of the amazing things that happened when I decided to record this album in this way—in the three parts—is that the whole process just brings me a lot closer to the listeners in the sense that I don’t really know much more about what’s going on than you do. That’s really how it is. It’s a process that I decided to explore because I was tired of having the structure where you usually spend two or three years on tour, not being able to record and then going into the studio and needing to make 15 songs in one go. It’s a way of trying to break that structure up a little bit, but it also means that as soon as the record’s done, I send it off to the factory, so while I’m promoting the last album, I’m recording the new one.