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German promoter Marek Lieberberg joins Live Nation

4Not really Roxette news, but a little bit related in the end: Live Nation Entertainment is partnering with German concert promoter Marek Lieberberg to form Live Nation Concerts Germany, promoting concerts and festivals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – beginning January 1, 2016.

This is indeed news because it means that Marek Lieberberg leaves his own company “Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur” – the one agency responsible for the huge festivals “Rock am Ring” and “Rock im Park” in Germany and also responsible for the Roxette shows in Germany and the Party Crasher tour back in 2009. The Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur belongs to German ticketing company CTS Eventim.

The ticketing for Live Nation Concerts Germany will be in the hands of Ticketmaster Germany. Ticketmaster Germany will serve as the lead ticketing company for the new venture, which probably means that the tickets get a bit more expensive in Germany than they already are, but that is just my humble opinion.

According to their own statement, Live Nation offers more than 23.000 shows for 60 million fans in over 40 countries. The “Lieberberg deal” is supposed to add another 700 shows and two million fans.

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Australian media about Roxette’s tour: TV, radio and contest

10172738_10152044402680178_3736147522337777958_nTour dates for Australia and New Zealand were announced this week and it seems Australians are very happy about the news! So here is a collection of what’s been going on this week on Australian media.

Newspapers have covered the news extensively, and are currently running a contest to win 10 double passes for each of the five Roxette concerts in Australia. You can find more details about the contest on News Corp Australia newspapers (state links: Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, Herald Sun, Perth Now, Courier Mail).

And there were a few radio interviews with Per, like the one on KOFM 102.9 (see embedded audio below) radio or or Gold104.3 where Per revealed that he started writing new songs for Roxette some months ago and that they will get into the studio in August to record some new material and will start rehearsing in September. Per also explains he spends about 15-20 minutes a day updating Roxette’s Facebook page, and that he likes this kind of communication, “in the old days there was such a huge gap between you and the audience, nowadays you can interact with your fans in a total different way.” He also tells that he likes to know what fans think about this and that, “for me it’s pretty cool to find out what people are interested in, sometimes I ask people questions what they want to hear, and you get like 2000 answers, it’s fun to read.” Regarding Eurovision Song Contest 2014, Per thinks the winner song by Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” is a nice song, but he thinks the show is very long. Besides that, he wrote some songs for the Song Contest many years ago (without any big success).

Australian TV also reported about the come back of Marie and Per to down under:

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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!

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Chat with Per Gessle on Aftonbladet

Per Gessle chatted with the readers of Aftonbladet.se yesterday afternoon. Here is the link to the full chat transcript.

And here some of the questions and answers summarized and translated into English (or not, since some were placed and answered in English):

Chefi: Any concerts in Sweden this year?

Per: No, they already played in Göteborg, Stockholm and Malmö last year, so time to take a little break. Nearest place: Copenhagen. (Except for the Orifame corporate show).

Aaryn: When are the USA tour dates being announced?

Per: Hi Aaryn. This month we hope. Some logistics have to be sorted out first, that’s it!

Mike: Chance to see Gyllene Tider on tour again?

Per: Sure! Just have to find the right time.

Beatriz: Per, I’ve been fan since I was a kid..I was in your last concerts (Madrid and Barcelona) in Spain, how does it feel to see that crowd screaming and jumping even without any kind of promotion? Cheers! Beatriz

Per: Hi Beatriz. We have the greatest fans on the planet! Without you guys this tour wouldn’t have been possible. Cheers!

Frida: Do you recognise the fans who go to many of your concerts?

Per: sure! Many belong to the “family”, some also come to different continents with us. It’s great to have them around.

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Media reviews for the “Travelling” album

So close to the Travelling album release, media reviews appear here and there. We’ll collect them in this article. While Roxette have never been the critics favourites, the reaction to their “different” sound this time could get interesting!

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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

 

“No One Makes It On Her Own” video got officially launched

This week saw the official media release of Roxette’s music video for the 4th “Charm School” single “No One Makes It On Her Own”. The beautiful animated video for the download-only single was made by Russian fan Tanya Rush and got published already in March. EMI now decided to buy and use it as the official video for the ballad.


Roxette – No one Makes it on Her Own von EMI_Music

The animated work appears to be retouched a bit if you compare the old Youtube with the new DailyMotion or MyVideo (D-A-CH) upload. There’s also a new end screen.

The single itself has no specific release date, since there’s no CD or download bundle – not even a cover. Just buy an album version if you haven’t yet!

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Coldplay single “Paradise” inspired by “Wish I Could Fly”?

Belgian newspaper “Het Nieuwsblad” reports about a striking similarity between the backing tracks (not the vocal melody) of Coldplay’s new single “Paradise” and Roxette’s hit “Wish I Could Fly” from 1999. Coldplay have been in the focus of plagiarism claims before with previous singles, so the author asks if Chris Martin & Co. have asked Marie & Per in advance for this kind of “inspiration”. Judge for yourself:

Source: nieuwsblad.be

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New interview: Roxette to triumph over the world

Per Gessle gave a fresh interview regarding Roxette’s present and future to TT Spektra, appearing here and there. Some interesting bits:

  • The tour album under the working title “Tourism 2” or “2rism” is still planned for release in Spring 2012 and will include several entirely new songs. Per is not keen on a project that is only retrospective, the same goes for a possible future Gyllene Tider project.
  • He is writing new songs all the time, but with no specific project in mind. Now it’s Roxette, but he would like to do more solo and GT in the future.
  • Roxette are producing a live documentary which may be released alongside the new album next year.
  • In Sweden the situation is a bit difficult for Roxette. It’s much easier to sell GT tickets there.
  • Roxette’s World Tour is running until August 2012. Maybe with additional Canada dates in the Fall. In the end they will have played 130 concerts for around 1.3 million people. So far they count 53 concerts for 750,000 fans.
  • Per is well aware that the nostalgia factor plays a big role in Roxette’s current success. In areas like Australia where they sold 50.000 tickets in one day, people thought Roxette was inactive since 2001.

About their motivation:

The most important thing is that we have a blast and that Marie feels like a princess. This is the world’s weirdest rehab!

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Speak To Me – Album Version Video

Not a big fan of the Bassflow remake for Speak To Me? Want a video for the album version? No problem, Danilo from Brazil has done you a favor and edited the official video for the original song! Watch here:

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Roxette will be on tour until August 2012; 50 concerts done, 80 to go!

Per Gessle reveals in an interview with Hallands Posten that “after Göteborg [concert #50], we still have 80 concerts to go”. The tour will go on until August 2012.  “As soon as we leave a city, the tour promoter wants to book us again, which is the best feedback one can get”, tells Per to Jan-Owe Wikström.

Per also comments on the success of “Radio” on the radio, “we’ve never been played on the radio as much as nowadays.” And it is specially thanks to Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, “where we are very successful.”

Per also says that he thinks Marie is in a great shape. “Last week in Locarno was the best I’ve seen of her since, right, the 90ies”, says Per.

As we know, the band is working on a new album, “2rism”. They have already recorded 5 songs and have booked more studios around the world.

“Charm School” has sold half a million copies, which indeed is great nowadays.

Some thoughts about the tour dates.

  1. So far they have done 50 concerts.
  2. Per says they still have 80 to go, and until August 2012.
  3. Of these 80, we know already 23 of the dates (July until December 2011).
  4. This means there are 57 (if the 80 is a fix number and not just estimation) dates still unknown.
  5. Conclusion: save the whole 2012 for more! 🙂

Thank you Thomas from Sweden for the link!

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More reviews of “Through The Window”

Here are some links to reviews of Christoffer Lundquist album “Through The Window”:

SvD – 4

DN – 3

Trelleborgs Allehanda – 3

Arbetarbladet – 3

Sonicmagazine – 8

Kristianstadsbladet – 3

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German radio station HR3 takes you to South Africa to see Roxette

German radio station HR3 has started a contest where you can win a trip to South Africa to see Roxette live. The package includes:

– Trip from 10th to 17th of May including flight to and from South Africa
– 5 nights in five-stars hotel “The Palace of the Lost City” in Pilanesbert National Park
– Roxette live on May 14th in Sun City

Contest is organised by HR3 together with South African Airlines and Sun International.
How to participate:
The radio station will be playing Roxette songs during the whole day between 2nd and 6th of May. Whenever you hear one of their songs, you’ll have to be quick and phone the radio station (phone nr: 069-19709). If you get through you’ll get a “Stand-By-Ticket”.
On May 6th, the radio station will then pick a winner among all listeners who have a “Stand-By-Ticket” during their show “hr3 – pop&weck”.

Note that these Terms and conditions apply! Specially important is that you have to have your residence in Germany and be at least 18 years old.

Good luck!

Thanks Kirsten for the information.

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Australian website reviews “Charm School”

Same Same, a well-known Australian gay and lesbian lifestyle website has written an extensive and positive review of “Charm School”. Here some quotes:

“…the word that comes to mind when trying to place this album in context is ‘respect’ – respect for making an album worth making, one that surprised me and kept me listening…”

“…one reason the album works so well is the intermingling of, essentially solo, tracks by Marie and Per, with their work as a duo…”

 

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