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News archives: May 2011

Happy birthday, Marie!

May 30, 2011 — by Thomas Evensson — Editorial, Marie Fredriksson

As Roxette plays Romania for the first time ever tonight, it's Marie Fredriksson's birthday! The Daily Roxette assumes the tenacious Romanian fans have something terrific planned.

A huge happy birthday to you Marie, from all of us here at TDR. (You can tell her Per, as "Marie don't surf!".)

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"Way out" video out on Thursday

May 26, 2011 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Releases, Roxette, Video

As the German EMI office just announced, the video for the next single release "Way out" will be published this Thursday on the German video portal www.myvideo.de. The Daily Roxette will keep you informed on the exact URL as soon as it will be made public.

"Way Out" is going to be released in Germany on June 10. The B-side will be a live version of "Crash! Boom! Bang! / Anyone" recorded at Forest National, Brussels, October 22, 2001.

The video can be viewed, worldwide, via Aftonbladet here http://www.aftonbladet.se/webbtv/noje/musikvideor/article13083901.ab

Video available in HD on myvideo now: http://www.myvideo.de/watch/8152983/Roxette_Way_Out

 

And the results are proving VERY popular already! Enjoy!

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Sustainable development program for teenagers uses a Christoffer Lundquist track for new website

May 25, 2011 — by Lars-Erik Olson — Internet, Misc, Video

PARIS – A new website for the Young Masters Program on Sustainable Development (YMP) was launched yesterday at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and "Green," the opening track on Christoffer Lundquist's new album Through the Window, is being used as the soundtrack for a video on the site that outlines the project.  The song, with lyrics by Michael Saxell, is a "perfect fit" according to Torvald Jacobsson of YMP.

Developed at Lund University in Sweden, the program features a web-based, global classroom. It is free of charge and open to students 16-18 years old all over the world. So far, more than 20,000 students from over 110 countries have completed the curriculum.

Christoffer's album, by the way, has met with mostly favorable reviews and initial sales figures put it in the top 30 on Sweden's official album chart.

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Lady Gaga track makes MTV blogger remember Roxette

May 20, 2011 — by Lars-Erik Olson — Fans, Internet, Roxette

NEW YORK – One of the tracks on Lada Gaga's forthcoming new album "Born This Way" has a staffer at MTV headquarters here in Times Square thinking about Roxette. Travis, who works on MTV's "Buzzworthy" blog, hears '80s and '90s references in Gaga's pop-rock anthem "The Edge Of Glory" and cites four of his favorites – including Roxette's "Dangerous" – in his article about the song.  He writes:

Ooh boy. Swedish rock-pop band Roxette was one of the definitive bands of the late '80s and early '90s. I never really knew anyone who bought their music, but if one of their songs came on the radio, everyone knew every word. The accent, the tight pants, the red lips, the sexy bleach-blonde hair... it all works SO WELL together. But the main takeaway from "Dangerous" is Marie Fredriksson's (she actually had a name, and it wasn't Roxette) gravelly sweet voice.

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Radio climbs to #5... on the radio (radio)

May 16, 2011 — by Thomas Evensson — Roxette, Sales & Charts

Bolstered by their current world tour, Roxette's single "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" continues to be a major hit – on the radio. The single has climbed yet another notch this past week and currently holds the #5 position on Radio Express's Top 40 world radio chart. Three weeks ago it was at #9, two weeks ago at #6 and last week at #7. Jennifer Lopez (feat. Pitbull) still has the #1 spot with "On The Floor." "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" has spent 12 weeks on the chart so far.

Every week, Radio Express compiles the World Chart by tabulating the most listened-to pop songs in the world, based on the playlists of hundreds of top radio stations worldwide. This chart is then used as the basis for a syndicated radio show – hosted by Lara Scott and originating from Los Angeles, California – that is distributed via one of the most extensive "network" of radio stations in the world.

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Chorus of 10-year-olds at New York City public school cover Roxette

May 15, 2011 — by Lars-Erik Olson — Fans, Internet, Misc

NEW YORK – Their performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the Academy Awards this past February was seen by some 40 million-plus U.S. TV views, but it's the power of YouTube, where their videos have been seen over a million times, that got these elementary school kids there in the first place.

Over the past 11 years since their director, Gregg Breinberg, started the chorus at Public School 22 here on Staten Island, their fame has grown. Their most recent video – a cover of Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart" – has in just over a day, already had over 25,800 views. 

"Don't fake it, you should feel it," Mr. B (as he is known) tells his kids. The result, as you can see in all the videos posted to the blog he maintains, are performances remarkable for how uninhibited the children are. Far from being stiff or self-concious, these kids move to their own individual, as-the-spirit-moves choreography. 

Each year, Mr. B auditions another set of 10-year-olds for the chorus. The kids have sung with Tori Amos, Passion Pit, Crowded House, Queen Latifah, The Bangles, Little Dragon, Judy Torres and Kylie Minogue, just to name a few. They have also performed for President Obama and the first family, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, Kanye West and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey television show.

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Roxette is back in South Africa after many years

May 13, 2011 — by Hanro Manefeldt — Exclusive, Live, Roxette

CAPE TOWN – Roxette has been out of the South African public's eye for almost 10 years. Barely no one knows about their own 9/11, or their triumphant comeback during the Night Of The Proms tour.

However, it seems like we haven't forgotten about them down here. With no less than seven sold out concerts (some of them within days) and with the first single off Charm School making waves on the local radio stations, our favorite pop duo was welcomed warmly to a cold and rainy Cape Town on Friday May 6.

One could feel their excitement with the Twitter & Facebook messages they shared with the fans. Memories of previous visits, as well as their new experiences on the wine farms and attractions around South Africa's Mother City.

Fast forward to Sunday, May 8. Social media websites were buzzing with fans on their way to Roxette's first concert here in just over 15 years. The band was in top form, even after their two week break. One fan commented: "I am a 30 something and  struggled to keep up at their pace!"

Per spent the following day doing a press conference and interview with the Cape Town radio station, and one of the sponsors for the tour, Kfm. Tuesday May 10 saw the band shooting segments for the "Way Out" music video, directed by the Swedish production company, Arena Grande. You might be familiar with their work as they were the production company behind the Party Crasher Tour DVD.

While all of this was going on the South African media slowly joined... the joyride. This reporter has noticed that the local and national radio stations can't seem to get enough of Roxette's back catalogue! And yes, "Radio" is also being played to death. Competitions to win Charm School, tickets, the back catalogue, etc. are extensively promoted. Local, national and online newspapers are running articles on the duo. Giving them, Charm School and the concerts the kind of promotion they never would've received otherwise.

Getting back to the concerts, it seems like every night was an improvement on the previous. The morning after the final concert in Cape Town Facebook & Twitter was alive with comments from the concert goers; which included the dedicated fans, the new fans, the old fans and the curious. People who haven't listened to Roxette in years rediscovered their love for them, others were rushing to the music shops and the rest were congratulating and thanking the Swedes for one of the greatest shows they've ever attended.

This reporter however, was treated to an exclusive Q&A with Per a couple of hours before the final show in Cape Town. He gave some insight on the production of the concerts and spoke about the "Way Out" music video, which will be in a similiar style to that of the "Run To You" video. A live DVD is also in the making and who knows, maybe even a follow-up to Tourism! (Two-rism?)

As the weekend beckons and the second part of the South African tour draws closer, I can't help but to get swept up in all the excitement and downright fan craziness of this historic tour!

This reporter will be back when the dust has settled and the adrenalin in my body has run out.

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Music documentary featuring Helena Josefsson premieres in New York

May 12, 2011 — by Lars-Erik Olson — Misc, Video

NEW YORK – Helena Josefsson, currently on tour with Roxette as the backup vocalist, is one of five women whose lives are examined in "I’m My Own Dolly Parton," a deeply personal full-length documentary directed by Jessica Nettelbladt that had it's U.S. premiere last night here in New York at the Tribeca Grand as part of the Nordic Music Documentary Festival.

I Am My Own Dolly PartonThe film, which premiered in Sweden on March 11, introduces us to music producer Gundrun Hauksdottir and – along with Helena – singers Nina Persson, Cecilia Nordlund, and Lotta Wenglén. As the description of the film states, "five colorful women ready to take on whatever challenges life throws at them, inspired by Dolly Parton’s strength to go her own way and defy the pressure to conform. The film takes us on a thought-provoking and inspirational journey about taking yourself seriously, listening to your heart and having the courage to make your dreams come true."

Nettelblat tells The Daily Roxette that spearheaded by Hauksdottir (who was perhaps the biggest Parton fan), the group had assembled to do a Dolly Parton tribute concert in 2005 and she had been asked to film it. When they did another such concert a year later, she decided that she "was so inspired by these five women or girls" that it would be interesting to do a documentary about their lives. Most of the filming was done during 2007-2009, and after that there was a lot of editing to do.

Persson, who is best known as having been the lead singer for the Cardigans, said that "actually a gradual friendship developed" amongst the group of five, and that the movie "happened very much alongside everything else. I knew she was filming, but we really didn't think much about it."

In a particularly funny scene, Helena and her husband Martin are at home and inhale helium out of balloon that was given to their baby, and then they sing to him in high-pitched voices.

Several scenes were shot at Christoffer Lundquist's Aerosal Grey Machine Studio as both Helena and Nordlund were recording solo albums there during the three-year period the movie was being shot.

The end of the documentary was met with sustained applause, and everyone we spoke with after the screening felt that it was an extremely entertaining and thought-provoking film. 

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Just one 7" vinyl, not two as previously stated

May 10, 2011 — by Thomas Evensson — Releases, Roxette

Not as excellent news for the record collectors out there: there will be only one 7" single and that's "Speak To Me" (new release date May 25). There will be no CD single release for that. And "Way Out" won't be released on vinyl, just CD as some fans already have pointed out.

Either EMI has changed its plans or Per got confused by all the sleeves flying around...

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Per, in South Africa, says Roxette is preparing new songs

May 10, 2011 — by Barry Mieny — Per Gessle, Roxette

Per did a couple of live radio interviews along with TV appearance and press conference of sorts in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday. Here you can listen to an MP3 recording of the KFM radio interview, in which Per reveals that once again while on tour, they're working on new songs.

"We're preparing new songs as well, meanwhile travelling. If you're on the road like this, this becomes your lifestyle. You have to do everything on the road," he says.

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