The new album: You might be surprised!

Interview ScreenshotAnd yet another interview with Per popped up, this time by German music blog laut.de. Between other things Per talks about current studio work, the greatest hits album and world tour. When interviewed he’s in the studio creating demos and „hopes“ to have a new single ready for the European live shows.

The title „Marie needs much drama“ refers to Maries preference for big melodies when singing, in contrast to rather flat bubblegum pop. Per reveals that Marie and him had many disagreements during Roxette’s career, but they always kept it out of the public. In the past he could be grumpy when Marie only stepped into the studio to sing her vocal parts, but her illness changed everything and now he’s just happy to look into her eyes.

About current influences and Roxette’s forthcoming album, Per says that he’s interested in music that he couldn’t create himself and that puzzles him, like the work of Daft Punk. He thinks some people will be surprised by the sound of Roxette’s new album. While the foundation stays the same there’ll also be new things to discover…

Read the whole Interview in German here!

Roxette announce another world tour for end of 2014!

Indications for another Roxette tour just got confirmed on Roxette’s official website and Facebook page. Read the following info:

ROXETTE – BACK ON TOUR 2014!

So now it’s finally official – Roxette are ready to embark on yet another world tour this year! It has been two years since one of Scandinavia’s biggest pop exports ever ended their sensational comeback World Tour 2011-2012. A tour that took them around the Globe twice, playing for 1.5 million people in 46 countries on 6 continents! And now it’s time for Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle to bring their string of much loved hits to the world once again.

Roxette’s fantastic come-back started with the release of the hit album ”Charm School” (2011) with the No 1 single ”She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)” and during the first leg of the world tour, the album ”Travelling” was recorded and released 2012. In December last year the blu-ray/dvd/cd ”Roxette live: Travelling The World” was released.

Since the last tour ended, Marie and Per have been working on their separate Swedish careers; Per with his former band Gyllene Tider who did a massive Swedish tour last summer on the back of a brand new No 1 album. Marie released her first studio album in Swedish in 8 years and is currently ending her first, highly praised, solo tour in Sweden since the year 2000.

This year marks the 25 anniversary of Roxette’s world wide break. The hit single “The Look”, from the album “Look Sharp”, reached no #1 on Billboard US Chart in the spring of 1989 and that was the start of one of the world’s biggest and longest pop careers. Their first Billboard No 1 was followed by three more; “Listen to Your Heart”, ”It Must Have Been Love” and ”Joyride” and their albums have sold well over 75 millon units to date.

And so the Roxette joyride continues and their next world tour kicks off in Russia 2014 [RXB: of all places…]. Come join it! Dates and places will be added as we go along but here are the first ones:

Roxette-Live-2014Tour dates:

Russia:

28/10 Vladivostok Worckshop 9
30/10 Habarovsk – Platinum Arena
2/11 Krasnoyarsk– Sport Palace Yarigin
4/11 Novosibirsk– Expo Center
7/11 Magnitogorsk – Arena Metalurg
9/11 Yekaterinburg – KRK Uralec
12/11 Saratov – Ice Palace Cristal
14/11 Rostov-On-Don – Sports Palace
16/11 Krasnodar – Basket Hall
19/11 St. Petersburg – Ice Palace
21/11 Moscow – Crocus Hall

Estonia:

23/11 Tallinn – Saku Arena

Danish duo “Electric Lady Lab” samples “Listen To Your Heart” in new single “Hurts”

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The Danish electro-pop duo “Electric Lady Lab” uses the famous piano riff of Roxette’s 1989 global hit “Listen To Your Heart” while creating a new melody around it. The ballad “Hurts” was released as a digital single on March 24, 2014. The duo presented its debut album “Flash” in 2011 and works on a second album. They describe themselves as big Roxette fans and got permission to use the sample by Per Gessle (Danish article).

Roxette is the greatest band that has come out of Scandinavia ever.

You can listen to the song here or follow the duo on Facebook here.

News about the upcoming Roxette biography

As revealed some months ago, Swedish author Sven Lindström (“Att vara Per Gessle” in 2007) is preparing a new biography about Roxette. An interview with “Sydsvenskan” now confirmed the ongoing work. He visited Roxette at the South American tour and is now waiting for more interviews to complete the book for a likely release in 2013. Sven about the project:

It’s a pretty unlikely story, both about how they broke through, and how they came back a few years ago. There will also be an insight into the fans’ relationship to the band.

It is a dramatic story that this band has been through, and I think it will be quite surprising when you see the big picture. They have done a trip like no band in Sweden have done.

Source: Sydsvenskan | Thanks to Roxettecafé for digging this out!

World Tour 2012: Birmingham, UK – July 6 #118

Comment from Per Gessle

BIRMINGHAM!!! Thanx for a fab evening. Great great crowd! Super response, we loved every second of it! 18 years ago since played in this town!!!! Have to come back VERY SOON!!!! Cheers, P&M&Co

Marie in Birmingham

Setlist

01. Dressed For Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Spending My Time
05. Stars
06. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
07. Perfect Day
08. Things Will Never Be The Same
09. It Must Have Been Love
10. Opportunity Nox
11. 7Twenty7
12. Fading Like a Flower
13. Crash Boom Bang
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (introduced with “God Save The Queen”)

17. Listen To Your Heart
18. The Look
19. Church Of Your Heart

Articles

Ian St Peters: “Roxette are a brilliant band. They are a stadium band. And boy can they entertain.” (5/5 stars)
Express & Star: “If ever there was a singer who looked pleased to be on a stage it is Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson.”
ResonanceUK (review)

“Travelling” to enter German charts at #7

Roxette’s latest album “Travelling” will enter the German charts at #7 on Friday. So far only new entries and other special changes got published by the chart company. The charts run from Friday to Thursday.

There was very tough competition in the release week. Madonna’s latest album “MDNA” entered on #3 behind German act Silbermond on #2 and Unheilig keeping the #1 spot from the previous week. Iron Maiden debuted on #4. The entries of Roxette’s previous studio albums:

Look Sharp: 30 (peak 7)
Joyride: 6 (peak 1)
Tourism: 1 (peak 1)
C! B! B!: 4 (peak 2)
HAND: 2 (peak 2)
Room Service: 4 (peak 3)
Charm School: 1 (peak 1)

Thanks to Dennis Korbel for the info!

“It’s Possible” is record of the week at BBC Radio 2!

It was just per accident that we learned Roxette’s Travelling is “Record of the Week” on BBC Radio 2 in the UK. That means the single is getting special daily airplay. The website points to the single release on March 16. Let’s hope this promotion opportunity does more for the new single in the UK than it did for She’s Got Nothing On a year ago!

PS. Note that they misspelled the name to “It’s Impossible”. 😉

Update: Actually they write “Release date: 16 April”, not March. A physical UK release on the horizon?

Get prepared! Travelling Promo starting

With less than 2 weeks until the Travelling album launch, some promotion is kicking in. Roxette just got a new style for their iTunes homepage, where you can pre-oder the album:

Meanwhile we heard reports that TV spots for the first single It’s Possible started to air on German TV channel ProSieben. A result of EMI Germany’s ongoing label cooperation for Roxette.