Take a stroll down Broadway in New York near the Billboard offices or wander down an alley in Austin, and you're likely to see some fresh graffiti.

Take a stroll down Broadway in New York near the Billboard offices or wander down an alley in Austin, and you're likely to see some fresh graffiti. Spray-painted in gold letter on sidewalks and alleyway doors is a simple declaration: "I believe in Santogold."

Street team kids with paint and stencils aren't the only ones who believe in her, either. During the last several months, Santi White, who records under the name Santogold, has charmed music fans, the press and fashionistas alike. "Creator," the first single from new album "I Believe in Santogold" (Downtown Recordings), has been played on rap, alternative, college and top 40 dance stations. And in the space of one week in March, she played packed houses at South by Southwest and then jetted off to play a Stella McCartney fashion show after-party in Paris.

And while Santogold is off to a quick start, Swedish pop act Robyn is finding a second life. More than a decade has passed since the U.S. release of "Robyn Is Here," which has sold more than 922,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Even so, her American fan base is as vibrant as ever. Interest was reignited following last year's U.K. release of Robyn's electro-heavy self-titled album, which first came out in Sweden in 2005 via the artist's Konichiwa Records. "All of these international blogs and music sites quickly started to pick up on the music," Robyn says. "It really gave me the courage to believe there was an audience out there for me."

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