Robin Packalen (born August 24, 1998 in Turku, Finland), better known by his stage name Robin, is a Finnish singer and teen pop artist.
In 2008, Robin won the Finnish nationwide singing contest for youth, Staraskaba, when he was just 10. In 2009, he represented Finland at the New Wave Junior Contest in Moscow, which was followed by about 100 million viewers.
On 16 January 2012, Robin, described as "The Justin Bieber of Finland" by his label, released his first official single "Frontside Ollie" composed by Maki Kolehmainen, Jimi Constantine, Sana Mustonen, Bernard Grobman and Tracy Lipp. It enjoyed instant success, huge following online and based on digital downloads debuted at number five on the Finnish Singles Chart. The single topped the Finnish Singles Chart in its second and third week of release staying at the top for 2 consecutive weeks. After falling from the top, it came back to the top a second time, spending yet two more consecutive weeks at #1 for a total of 4 weeks at the top of the Finnish Singles Chart.
Based on the success of the single, on 22 February 2012, Koodi, the debut album of Robin was released. It sold quintuple platinum in Finland, meaning over 100,000 records. The album includes singles "Frontside Ollie", "Faija skitsoo" and "Hiljainen tyttö". Fall 2012 saw the second studio album of Robin, released in October. The album Chillaa topped the official Finnish chart right after being published and its first single "Puuttuva palanen" received nearly three and a half million YouTube views before the beginning of February 2013. "Puuttuva palanen" features Brädi, a Finnish rap artist who tells a story about his youth. Some of the listeners have pointed out how Brädi's part is strongly similar to "Baby" by Justin Bieber, featuring Ludacris.
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