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Icona Pop announce fall album date, release new single 'All Night'


The Swedish electro-pop breakout Icona Pop has had a good run in the States despite the fact that they never released an album here. But hey, who needs something as old-fashioned as an LP when you’ve got Robin Thicke give your songs sexy makeovers?

Well, apparently Icona Pop still do: the duo has announced a date for their first U.S. album. Titled This Is…, the group’s American debut will hit streets Sept. 24. And as a preview, they’ve already released the album’s cover art (above) and a Soundcloud of their next Stateside single “All Night,” which you can hear below:


Robyn unleashes gender-bent video for 'U Should Know Better' feat. Snoop Dogg -- watch it here


The song is almost three years old — that’s why Snoop is still credited as a Dogg, and not a Lion — but “U Should Know Better,” from Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 2, is finally getting a formal single release.

And now, a kind of amazing video: U should know that “Robyn” here is a teeny mini with a blond bowl cut, Timbalands, and pretty much all the ninja-punching/floor humping “Call Your Girlfriend” moves; “Snoop” is a lady horticulturist in braids, Adidas, and giant hoops.

Watch it below — and don’t blink or you’ll miss the very special cameo, in full-on moto-leather mom drag, at 2:20: READ FULL STORY

Hear 'Your Life, Your Call,' the new single from Jose Gonzalez's Junip -- EXCLUSIVE


Let José González make your Monday a little dreamier.

The  Swedish indie guitarist and singer and his group Junip have released a new song from their upcoming self-titled album, and you can listen to the American premiere here.

“Your Life, Your Call” will be the first major single from the trio’s sophomore effort (due April 23). It’s a bit of a departure from the album’s previously released teaser, the ethereal “Line of Fire.”

The new song finds Junip tapping into its rhythmic side, with a snaking grove undercutting lyrics like “It’s over now/You’ve been taking your time/But you can’t stay here/Boy dry up your tears.”

Take a listen to “Your Life, Your Call” below:


Watch Swedish metal band Graveyard's 'Endless Night' video - EXCLUSIVE

Sure, most of the great Scandinavian metal bands hail from Norway, but don’t count out that country’s neighbor. Sweden is no slouch when it comes to the devil’s music — especially Graveyard, whose new album Lights Out lands on these shores on November 6 (you can pre-order the CD here and the digital version here).

Taking cues from the swampier, bluesier side of Black Sabbath, Graveyard have released two previous albums of impeccably scuzzy rock full of caustic spasms and thick fuzz. They continue that tradition on Lights Out, which turns up the throbbing low end and gives frontman Joakim Nilsson extra space to croon and bellow.

“Endless Night” is as good an entry point as any for this quartet of bearded tundra-dwellers, so check out the exclusive premiere of the freewheeling, head-tripping video below: READ FULL STORY

Is ABBA finally due for a comeback?

It’s been a good week in ABBA-world.

Yesterday, news broke that the good people of Sweden would be erecting a museum in ABBA’s honor, a development that gave Swede-pop enthusiasts to break out celebratory bottles of Absolut. And today brings word that ABBA member Agnetha Faltskog is returning to the recording studio for the first time in eight years.

According to the AP, the 62-year-old Faltskog will collaborate with fellow countryman Jorgen Elofsson, the songwriter who’s worked with the likes of Brtiney Spears and Celine Dion. And while ABBAmaniacs will certainly be interested to hear new material from Faltskog, many are wondering: Why won’t ABBA just reunite already?

The quartet — Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Björn Ulvaeus — disbanded thirty years ago to pursue other projects, but the ABBA brand has enjoyed renewed levels of popularity in recent years. Compilations of their hooky, highly agreeable hits were already trending upwards for years (ABBA Gold, anyone?) before the band’s comeback status was cemented in musical form with 1999’s Mamma Mia!, which, needless to say, led to a successful Broadway run and one of the highest-grossing movies of 2008. That movie’s soundtrack, composed solely of ABBA’s music, ended up topping the Billboard 200 albums chart, meaning that the band’s first No. 1 album in America came 26 years after they stopped putting out music. Two years later, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


ABBA will have its own museum in Sweden soon

Guess which Swedish pop act is getting its own museum? Assuming A traveling ABBA exhibit is to get a permanent home in a new museum dedicated mostly to the Swedish quartet that has sold nearly 400 million records since its heyday in the 1970s.

Former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus said Wednesday that “ABBA The Museum” will be part of a Swedish music hall of fame to be inaugurated in Stockholm next spring.

The museum will feature some of the band’s glitzy stage costumes, instruments and other mementos that were displayed in the ABBAWORLD exhibition that toured Europe and Australia in 2009-2011.

Ulvaeus said he hoped all four former ABBA members would attend the opening, set for April or May, but ruled out any chance of a stage comeback.

“We are the only group of that status that has never been reunited. I think that is cool,” Ulvaeus, 67, told The Associated Press after a news conference in Stockholm. “It is a strength for ABBA that you remember those young, ambitious, energetic people during the ’70s rather than some feeble old folks who feel compelled to get up and play all the time.”


The Hives debut video for 'Go Right Ahead': Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE


With all the young Turks on the radio boasting about their Jagger-ian moves and party-rocking prowess, the Hives have returned to remind us the Swedes do it better.

The ever-reliable, ever-monochromatic garageniks released another set of guitar-powered adrenaline with this week’s Lex Hives, and EW has the exclusive premiere of the clip for lead single “Go Right Ahead” here.

The black-and-white video, directed by a Stockholm duo known as Bold Faces (they were a punk band before going into film and graphics), has the group donning their finest tuxes and top hats for a fantastical zeppelin ride.

(Fun fact: Did you know the Empire State Building once imagined itself as a zeppelin dock? Think of all the rock shows that could’ve been!)

“Let me just start by saying it was a hell of a hassle getting warp drive to work on a zeppelin,” frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist tells EW. “When we realized the trick was to have cross dressers pull it up to speed, we were both puzzled and pleased.”
You, too, can be puzzled and pleased by watching the “Go Right Ahead” video below:


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