Vote for Roxette and Roxers!

Nomination period started for this year’s Rockbjörnen (music prize awarded by Aftonbladet annually). Last year Aftonbladet introduced a drop down menu for those who find it hard to nominate a band / artist / etc. by themselves and if you check it, you can see they still have Roxette on the list for the bands and Roxette fans on the list for the fans of the year. So, please, fill in at least the live band of the year and fans of the year boxes at the voting link. You can surely fill in other boxes, too, e.g. Swedish song of the year: ”It Just Happens – Roxette” or when the album is out, you can pick another song as well. 😉

Vote HERE each day until 10th July!

If you can’t speak Swedish, we help you which boxes to fill in and how you can proceed with your voting:

  • Årets livegrupp = Live band of the year: Roxette
  • Årets bästa fans = Fans of the year: Roxette fans
  • Årets svenska låt = Swedish song of the year: It Just Happens – Roxette (or any other new song after the album is released)

After filling it in, click on ”Nästa” (= ”Next”) and fill in your name (first name & surname), e-mail address, mobile number, year of birth (födelseår) and whether you are female (kvinna) or male (man) or other (annat), then reply to the control question (e.g. 2 + 2 = 4). If you want to receive info and offers from Aftonbladet, leave the tick in. ”Tillbaka” means ”Back”, ”Rösta” means ”Vote”. It’s simple as that.

 

Pic by Patrícia Peres; Göteborg 24/07/2015

 

For a little Rockbjörnen history check out our article from 3 years ago.

 

Vote for Roxette and Roxers!

Nomination period has started for this year’s Rockbjörnen (music prize awarded by Aftonbladet annually). 2 years ago we wrote about Roxette’s Rockbjörnen history and last year our collective voting for Marie was enough for her to be on the shortlist. Unfortunately, in the end she didn’t win the award, but now here is the chance to vote again. Since Rockbjörnen is focusing on live acts and Roxette is now on tour, we can vote easily. So, please, fill in at least the live band of the year and fans of the year boxes at the voting link. You can surely fill in other boxes, too. This year Aftonbladet introduced a drop down menu for those who find it hard to nominate a band / artist / etc. by themselves and if you check it, you can see they have Roxette on the list for the bands and Roxette fans on the list for the fans of the year. Yay!

Vote HERE each day until 22nd July!

If you can’t speak Swedish, we help you which boxes to fill in and how you can proceed with your voting:

  • Årets livegrupp = Live band of the year: Roxette
  • Årets bästa fans = Fans of the year: Roxette fans

After filling it in, click on ”Nästa” (= ”Next”) and fill in your name (first name & surname), e-mail address, mobile number, year of birth (födelseår) and whether you are female (kvinna) or male (man) or other (annat), then reply to the control question (e.g. 2 + 2 = 4). If you want to receive info and offers from Aftonbladet, leave the tick in. ”Tillbaka” means ”Back”, ”Rösta” means ”Vote”. It’s simple as that.

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Pic by Patrícia Peres

 

Per Gessle and MP at the BMI Awards

The 2014 BMI London Awards took place at the Dorchester Hotel (Park Lane) tonight. The invitation-only gala recognizes the UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-played BMI songs on American radio and television. As Per posted about it earlier today, he and Mats MP Persson were there to receive the Million-Air Awards for Listen To Your Heart and It Must Have Been Love for the songs being played more than 5 million times each. Per has been prepared for this event since at least a year ago, when he posted a pic of him and MP from the 2005 gala. 5 million plays! Sounds fab, doesn’t it! I mean it’s really huge! Just to make it easier (or harder) to imagine, 5 million plays of LTYH means appr. 50 years if it were constantly played and 5 million plays of IMHBL means appr. 41 years. Amazing!

In the meantime, LTYH video is heading for 40 million views on YouTube, while IMHBL is heading for 45 million. Millions here and there and everywhere. Hats off! Before the gala, Per posted both videos (1, 2) on Roxette Official with these words:

OVER five million radioplays in the US. Happy. Proud. Thanx everyone for listening! /P.

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Check the photo on BMI’s website!

Per says in a short BMI interview:

I hope we’re good role models for the new generation.

 

One more short PG interview has been uploaded by BMI on 27th October. Check it out by clicking HERE.

 

BMI Awards
MP, Marie and Per at the BMI Awards gala in 2005. Pic from BMI.

1 million plays earlier, It Must Have Been Love got the BMI Million-Air Award for 4 million plays in 2005. Marie and Per were there at the gala. You’ll find some pics here. You can watch a video with Per from that year about how he started and another about how he writes.

Listen To Your Heart got the award for 4 million plays 3 years later, in 2008. Here you will find a pic and here a video with Per and MP. Per says:

It’s great! I mean this is for 4 million airplays. It’s the second time I’m part of it. This is for Listen To Your Heart, last time it was for It Must Have Been Love. It’s just amazing! Amazing! I have to pinch my arm. It’s just great!

 

Photos from the event:

Photos on Roxette Official and PER GESSLE OFFICIAL: 1, 2, 3, 4,

rexfeatures.com photos

contactmusic.com

entertainment.ie

tipsimages.it: 1, 2, 3

monstersandcritics.com: 1, 2, 3

musikindustrin.se article

 

Marie Fredriksson and Rockbjörnen 2014

It all started in the beginning of June, when we asked you to vote for Marie Fredriksson as live artist of the year and help her winning a Rockbjörnen award. Roxers are very good at voting, so it was not a real surprise when we got to see Marie on the shortlist for Swedish female live artist of the year. It was a very happy moment for all of us.

The voting went on and on, each day more and more fans joined us and kept their fingers crossed for our votes being enough for Marie to win. Aftonbladet also encouraged the voting several times either on their website or in their Facebook posts, sometimes also using Marie’s photo vs. other artists which made us vote even harder. According to Aftonbladet, it was a record period for them regarding the number of votes. They registered appr. 1 million votes in total. Thanx everyone, who voted for Marie!

Aftonbladet broadcast the gala live, but we couldn’t see Ms Effe at the show. Not seeing her arriving to the gala felt like a prediction that the winner could be someone else. Also because of the fact that only 1 shortlisted artist (in this category I mean) arrived to the gala. This time the winner in the category is Zara Larsson.

Actually, winning a Rockbjörn or not, I can say it in each and every fan’s name: Marie is the female live artist of the year for all of us! Can’t wait to hear you live again, Marie! See you on tour!

 

Besides mentioning Roxette and Gyllene Tider several times during the gala, there were many Rockbjörnen historical pics shown on a background screen. This one as well.
Besides mentioning Roxette and Gyllene Tider several times during the gala, there were many Rockbjörnen historical pics shown on a background screen. This one as well.

 

Marie Fredriksson for female live artist of the year – VOTE!

650x573_MF_tour_2014Our voting bonanza was absolutely worth it! Marie got on the shortlist of the best Swedish female live artists of the year! Woohoo! Now here is the chance to vote for her again to let her win this prize. All you have to do is the following:

  1. Click HERE
  2. Vote for Marie Fredriksson where you can see her name in the ÅRETS KVINNLIGA LIVEARTIST(Female live artist of the year) block
  3. Click on NÄSTA (next)
  4. Fill in your name (first name & surname), e-mail address, year of birth (födelseår) and whether you are female (kvinna) or male (man), then reply to the control question (e.g. 5 + 5 = 10). If you want to receive info and offers from Aftonbladet, leave the tick in.
  5. Click on RÖSTA (vote)!

 

Marie won 5 Rockbjörnen awards so far:

1986

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

1987

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

Swedish album of the year: Marie Fredriksson – Efter stormen

1988

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

1989

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

 

Let’s see if the list can continue like this in some days:

2014

Swedish female live artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

 

VOTE each day until 20th August! She deserves it so much!

Vote for Marie Fredriksson!

650x573_MF_tour_2014Voting period has started for this year’s Rockbjörnen (music prize awarded by Aftonbladet annually). Last year we summarized the achievements of Roxette, Marie, Per and Gyllene Tider in this article. Unfortunately, there was nothing to add to the list in 2013, but now here is the chance to vote again. Since Rockbjörnen is focusing on live acts and Marie Fredriksson had a fantastic solo tour this year, we can easily vote. So, please, fill in at least the female live artist of the year and concert of the year at the voting link. You can surely fill in other boxes, too. If you couldn’t attend Marie’s tour, check our concert reviews, so you can decide which one you would vote for.

 

Vote HERE each day until 28th July!

If you can’t speak Swedish, we help you to understand what the categories are and how you can proceed with your voting:

  • Årets kvinnliga liveartist = Female live artist of the year (it can only be Swedish)
  • Årets manliga liveartist = Male live artist of the year (it can only be Swedish)
  • Årets livegrupp = Live band of the year (it can only be Swedish)
  • Årets genombrott = Breakthrough artist of the year (it can only be Swedish)
  • Årets svenska låt = Swedish song of the year
  • Årets utländska låt = Foreign song of the year
  • Årets konsert (artist, plats) = Concert of the year (concerts only in Sweden are accepted)
  • Årets hårdrock / metal = Hard rock / metal artist of the year (either Swedish or foreign)
  • Årets bästa fans = Fans of the year (Swedish fan group)

After filling it in, click on ”Nästa” (= ”Next”) and fill in your name (first name & surname), e-mail address, year of birth (födelseår) and whether you are female (kvinna) or male (man), then reply to the control question (e.g. 5 + 5 = 10). If you want to receive info and offers from Aftonbladet, leave the tick in. ”Tillbaka” means ”Back”, ”Rösta” means ”Vote”. That’s it.

Rockbjörnen: vote each day until the end of July!

Rockbjörnen is a music prize in Sweden, divided into several categories, which is awarded annually by Aftonbladet. The prize was first awarded in 1979. Since 2010 they are focusing more on live performances.

 

Rockbjörnen history of Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle and Gyllene Tider:

1982

Swedish band of the year: Gyllene Tider

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1986

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

1987

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

Swedish album of the year: Marie Fredriksson – Efter stormen

1988

Swedish band of the year: Roxette

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

Swedish album of the year: Roxette – Look Sharp

1989

Swedish band of the year: Roxette

Swedish female artist of the year: Marie Fredriksson

1991

Swedish band of the year: Roxette

Swedish album of the year: Roxette – Joyride

1992

Swedish band of the year: Roxette

Roxette_Rockbjörnen_1992

1996

Swedish song of the year: Gyllene Tider – Gå & fiska!

2003

Swedish male artist of the year: Per Gessle

Swedish album of the year: Per Gessle – Mazarin

Swedish song of the year: Per Gessle – Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång)

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2004

Swedish band of the year: Gyllene Tider

Swedish album of the year: Gyllene Tider – Finn 5 fel!

GT_Rockbjörnen_2004

 

To the question ”Which Rockbjörn is the most fun to get: Band of the year or Album of the year?” – in a chat in January, 2005 – Gyllene Tider replied:

Album of the year, because it is very difficult for an old band like us to make a relevant and popular album, which in addition is good.

 

Well, Dags att tänka på refrängen would deserve to be the Swedish album of the year, wouldn’t it? It’s a pity there is no ”Swedish album of the year” category anymore, but there is still space for your favourite song from the album. And you know who the Swedish live artists of the year are and which the Swedish live band of the year is, right? Gyllene Tider’s tour has not yet started (only 1 month left!), but you might already have a thought which should be the Concert of the year. So, c’mon guys & girls! Vote HERE until you drop (but at least until 28th July 😉 – each day)!

 

Here are the categories (it’s in Swedish, but here you have the English translation as well):

Årets kvinnliga liveartist = Female live artist of the year (it can only be Swedish)

Årets manliga liveartist = Male live artist of the year (it can only be Swedish)

Årets livegrupp = Live band of the year (it can only be Swedish)

Årets genombrott = Breakthrough artist of the year (it can only be Swedish)

Årets svenska låt = Swedish song of the year

Årets utländska låt = Foreign song of the year

Årets konsert (artist, plats) = Concert of the year (concerts only in Sweden are accepted)

Årets hårdrock / metal = Hard rock / metal artist of the year (either Swedish or foreign)

 

After filling it in, click on ”Nästa” (= ”Next”) and fill in your name (first name & surname), e-mail address, age (ålder) and if you are female (kvinna) or male (man). Reply to the control question, leave the tick at the first sentence (this way you won’t have to fill in the form again, as it saves your replies and you just have to click on voting the next time). If you want to receive info and offers from Aftonbladet, leave the second tick in, too. ”Tillbaka” means ”Back”, ”Rösta” means ”Vote”. That’s it. It’s much easier than it looks like. 😉

 

© All photos are from Aftonbladet’s archive.

 

 

 

Roxette nominated for “Echo” award in Germany

Roxette are nominated for the German Echo award with their album “Charm School”. The category Roxette is nominated is called “Gruppe International Rock / Pop” – best international Rock/Pop group.  The award is really important in Germany, as much important as the Grammys in the US. There’s not a jury choosing the winner. The sales charts decide the nominees and in the end – the winner.

On the Wikipedia site it says (used Google translate):

The ranking of the winners in most categories results from the added up weeks results of the Media Control sales charts in February of one year to January of the following year. This has the consequence that the absolute sales figures – should be – distributed over the entire year. This easy distortion of the results is possible. Good sales of the artists who achieve over longer periods (no weekly current top positions in the charts) good sales results will be penalized. [1] In some categories (lifetime achievement and special rates) are the winners selected by a jury, the most successful live act is nationally determined via online voting.

The awarding will take place on March 22th in Berlin. The show will be broadcast the same evening. Other nominees are Coldplay, Sunrise Avenue, Snow Patrol and Superheavy.

Our reader Dennis informs that Roxette have been nominated several times before:

According to wikipedia Roxette were nominated for the ECHO award in the categorie “best international group” at least in the years 1992, 1993 & 1995 – (For the year 1994 no nominations were listed, but as Roxette had no new album out the year before, I guess they weren’t nominated).

Thanks for letting us know.

Source: Musikwoche

 

Roxette nominated for best live band!

Roxette made it among the finalists for Aftonbladet’s annual Rockbjörnen awards. They are nominated for “live band of the year” (“Årets livegrupp”). Now the final voting is open to the public. There’s also a blank spot for “concert of the year” (“Årets konsert”), where a vote for Roxette’s Gothenburg show would be a lovely choice. You have to fill in artist, location and month (Roxette, Göteborg, Juli). The voting is open until August 24 and you can vote daily. Let’s go!

Roxette receive award for Charm School

Right before the show at the Tanzbrunnen in Cologne, Roxette and producers Christoffer Lundquist and Clarence Öfwerman received the golden award for 100,000 copies of Charm School in Germany. Congratulations again!

Update: A short TV report to be found on YouTube.

Update 2: Now the press release is out with the official photos!

Update 3: Translation of the press text!

Gold for Roxette in Cologne!

The Swedish superstars Roxette now added another trophy to their phenomenal career as part of the successful tour in Germany: The comeback album “Charm School”, released by EMI Music Germany and Starwatch Entertainment that managed to hit directly the first place of the German charts in February, sold over 100,000 copies since then. Last Thursday Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle received the Gold awards in the eve of the Cologne concert. The popularity of the Swedish duo within the German fans is visible in the impressive chart success of the latest album as well as the top ten hit “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)”.

Uli Mücke, Vice President New Music of EMI Music Germany, is delighted: “We are very happy about this successful comeback of the sympathetic Swedes, with whom collaboration is simply fun. Moreover the journey of this album is still far from over.” Hans Fink, CEO of Star Watch Entertainment, adds: “I am very pleased for Marie and Per. “Charm School” is a fantastic album. It’s great that the German fans are as excited about it as we are. Congratulations!” After the sold-out Open-air concerts in June Roxette will continue with a large arena tour in October 2011.

Christoffer Lundquist receives Sir George Martin Music Award

Christoffer Lundquist received the Sir George Martin Music Award yesterday evening at a gala event at Palladium, Malmö (Sweden). Sir George Martin, whom you’ll know as the producer of The Beatles, joined on stage to congratulate Christoffer personally.

Michael Saxell (who wrote the lyrics in Christoffer’s album) and Helena Josefsson were among those who attended. Helena also performed some songs on stage.

Here is a collection of links about the event and Christoffer.

Sydsvenskan

NSK.se including a video of and interview with Christoffer, who also can be seen performing Tiny Penelope from his album “Through The Window”  in his studio.

Nyheternadirekt

Jord och skog

PSL – SVT – also includes a video of Christoffer in his studio

Expressen