German newspaper Aachner Zeitung published an article including some quotes of Per Gessle during the presentation of “Charm School” which took place in Cologne some weeks ago.
Per explains Marie’s illness was a big shock for him, and he took two important decisions after the first schock-phase. He decided he would not go on with Roxette without Marie, because “our interweaved voices had contributed to the big success of our songs.” And that it would be up to Marie to decide if she wanted to go on with Roxette or not.
His view on Roxette is that when they work together, “there is this magic in the air, this idea of easy to recognise but still meaningfull pop.” The new album is released when Roxette turns 25 years, “I think we can really affirm that our carrier has been a joyide.”
Marie didn’t join Per during this visit to Germany, “the reason is that she is unsure,” Per explains. He thinks that the music business can be sometimes merciless and that one has to function (100%), “and this is for such a sensible person as Marie hard to bear.”
Of course, we all agree that it is a miracle that a new studio album is being released next week. Per explained how and when Marie took the decision to go on with Roxette: it was at his Party Crasher Tour concert in Amsterdam, where Marie joined Per on stage to play two Roxette songs, “the audience cried of the emotion,” he adds showing goosebumps on his arm, “we were so touched about this reaction, that she decided that evening to go on with Roxette.”
He also tells that if there is anything they have learnt during the 25 years of Roxette, “then this must have been patience.”
Roxette entered directly to #1 on the German radio SWR3 (one of Germany’s top radios) charts with “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) this Sunday. The charts are done with the votes from the listeners via the same homepage. Keep on voting for Roxette!
Roxette is also #1 on Radio Berlin, after being one week at #2.
In addition, Roxette entered the official German airplay charts at #71 and the Austrian at #44.
But that’s not all, Roxette also entered directly to #1 on Russian radio ROKS, based in St. Petersburg, this weekend. This charts are also done with the votes from the listeners.
Andreas Weizbauer and Evgeny Perekopskiy and many Germans and Russians and other fans contributed to this article 😉
Rosina Marmion informed us about a new application for Android which was just released by Mobile Roadie.
Taken from Mobile Roadie
Official Roxette app! Stay up to date with all the latest news from Marie and Per. Sing along to your favourite tracks with lyrics
Connect with other fans and share your favourite Roxette stories, post photos and discuss the tour.
Charm School in stores February 14th, 2011.
This Android version is already available for download and you can see the first screenshots here. Contact us if you start to use it and want to tell us more about it!
An iPhone version is on the way and will be available soon.
Update: it looks like the android version is still not available though. Will probably be together with the iPhone one.
First published December 17th. Updated January 16th
The tracklist of the additional CD which will be included in the deluxe edition of Roxette’s upcoming album “Charm School” has been revealed by The Daily Roxette:
01 – Dressed for Success (Live in St Petersburg 2010)
02 – Sleeping in my Car (Live in Stavanger 2010)
03 – Wish I Could Fly (Live St Petersburg 2010)
04 – 7Twenty7 (Live in Halmstad 2010)
05 – Perfect Day (Live in St Petersburg 2010)
06 – Things Will Never be the Same (Live in St Petersburg 2010)
07 – How do You do!/Dangerous (Live in Stavanger 2010)
08 – Silver Blue (Live in St Petersburg 2010)
09 – Joyride (Live in St Petersburg 2010)
10 – Listen to Your Heart (Live in St Petersburg 2010)
11 – The Look (Live in Halmstad 2010)
12 – Church of Your Heart (Live in St Petersburg 2010)
The songs were recorded in the concerts in Halmstad (14-8-2010), Stavanger (21-8-2010) and St. Petersburg (12-09-2010). Which songs were recorded where is still unknown.
In addition, The Daily Roxette informs that “It Must Have Been Love” (live) will be an extra bonus track of the iTunes edition of “Charm School”.
Update January 16th: Daniel found the tracklist of the Deluxe version including the locations where the live songs were recorded on CDON.se
Many fans are organising themselves in some countries to support Roxette wherever they can with the single.
Of course, one of the most effective actions is to contact your local radio station and request Roxette, I am sure you have done that many times before by calling the radio station. Times change though, and with the possibilities social media and internet offer, much of it can be done via Facebook or email.
Yesterday, for example, a group of German fans joined the Facebook pages of various German and Austrian radios to request the song. In Spain, the Spanish Fanclub has distributed email addresses of radio stations where the single was distributed so fans can request the song.
We are planning another request action – or as we use to call it, roxattaq – for this weekend in Spain and Germany. We will in short give you more details about that. Let us know if you are organising such RoxRequest activities in your country so we can list it here as well!
We have also written down some additonal information about this on a new page.
Kobalt Music Group has today confirmed the administration deal with Roxette in a press release which was published on their website and sent out per email. So far, the information had only been published in Music Week.
In the press release, Kobalt writes that through the deal Kobalt will r”epresent Roxette for synchronisation for motion picture, TV, games, ringtones and other media. ”
The press release also announces the release of “Charm School”, the world tour and probably reveals the title of the next two singles:
The album, which will be released on EMI worldwide (excluding the U.S.), will feature twelve songs described as “updated classic Roxette” including the singles “Way Out” and “Sitting On Top Of The World.
However, “She’s Got Nothing On”, which is the first single out of “Charm School”, is not mentioned in the press release.
EMI Spain has set up quite a big promotion plan for Roxette in Spain. Besides launching the new single “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)” on iTunes this week (where it reached #10 so far) and on Spotify, these are some of the activities which are planned and some general information and dates:
- January 14th: Video premiere on Spanish public TV website rtve.es: The video will be available on the website the whole day.
- January 15th: the video will be available on VEVO (YouTube) and digital partners for purchase.
- February 15th: album is going to be released. There will be the normal edition of the CD, the Deluxe version will be available via iTunes
- Increased presence of Roxette on internet via the following pages – don’t forget to join!
Unfortunately, no date for a concert is set up yet, we are afraid Spanish promoters will wait to see the response to the single and album to decide on bringing the band to Spain or not.
In order to help spread the word, Roxspain, the Spanish Roxette Fanclub, is collaborating with EMI Spain on some actions with and for fans. We’ll definetely need your help. Since this is mostly targeted to Spanish fans, we will have most of the information on the websites mentioned above – we will, of course, summarize the information here from time to time to keep everybody updated.
Hagamos que un (o dos? ;)) concierto de Roxette en España sea realidad! (Let’s make a concert (or two) in Spain a reality!)
Kobalt Music plans to represent Roxette for sync in films, TV, gaming and ringtones and will also cover the release of Roxette’s new album “Charm School” in February.
Kobalt currently represents other Swedish artists like Mando Diao, Nina Persson, The Cardigans and known names such as No Doubt, Slash or Tokio Hotel.
So it looks like good news for our friends in USA!
Thanks Mathew, Dave, Marian and Christian for the information!
Roxette’s new single is out in Spain via iTunes since yesterday. Funny how, the single reached #12 in the iTunes charts and that without promotion, since the promotion on radios won’t start until this weekend. The highest position was reached in Sweden so far: #10.
You can see an overview of all iTunes charts on this website.
There are no confirmed dates for Spain yet, it will probably depend on the sales of the single and specially the album, but if it goes on like this, no promoter could ever say no!
We’ll keep you informed!
Update Jan 13: The single has reached #10 in Spain as well!
Long-awaited Roxette’s new single “She’s got nothing on (but the radio) can be purchased online from today on. So far, only the digital version is out. The digital single comes with “Wish I Could Fly” live in St. Petersburg, recorded in September.
International release dates may differ a bit, Amazon.co.uk/MP3 lists it for the 9th, some other places for the 10th. The CD single is scheduled for January 28.
We will list all stores (at least as many of them as possible) where it can be bought all around the world. Of course, we will need your help, let us know where it can be bought in your country!
PersonalMusica (only for Personal – cell phone company – customers)
HMV Digital (better quality)
Help Roxette to the download charts and buy your digital copy today!
Sascha has designed a couple of banners – feel free to use them on your website to promote the single.
Thomas Evensson has interviewed Per Gessle for TDR. The interview is long and very interesting. Don’t miss it!
Of course, the main focus is on the new single, album and world tour.
Brazilian website UOL has for some unknown reason made “She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio)” available for purchase already today. As you know, the international release date is set for January 10th.
The single can only be purchased by Brazilians living in Brazil, but as we know how these things spread, we ask you to refrain from adding a link for downloading to this website. We understand everybody wants to listen to the song, but this would certainly only damage the long-awaited launch!
Any links posted on this website to the song will be deleted, since we understand they will be illegal sharing of the song (the song is for now only available in Brazil and this website is hosted in Canada, maintained by Europeans). We are sure you’ll understand.
Update: EMI requested UOL to stop selling the song, which they have as it was a mistake to make it available for sale already today.