Australian TV program Sunrise had a Roxette story in their morning show:
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.  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.
For the second time Roxette’s song – now with “How Do You Do!” hit single along with Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” – is being used in the Polish TV ad for Radio Zlote Przeboje (Golden Hits Radio). This radiostation was a media partner for “Charm school” album back in February 2011 in Poland.
This may be interesting for collectors of songs written by Per Gessle. He once co-wrote “Kärleken är evig”, which was performed by Lena Philipsson at the Melodifestivalen 1986. The song finished second at the Melodifestivalen and reached number 3 in the Swedish single charts.
This song has now been covered by E-Type during the TV4 programme “Så mycket bättre – season 2”, a Swedish reality TV show where seven artists spend eight days together at a hotel in Gotland and each of them do their own versions of the other artists’ songs. The artists that participated in this season are Tomas Ledin, E-Type, Lena Philipsson, Laleh, Timbuktu, Mikael Wiehe and Eva Dahlgren.
You can watch the performance on TV4play.se, listen to the track on Spotify or buy it at iTunes. All of it if you are resident in Sweden.
If you are subscriber to TV2, you have a chance to watch the latest episode of Norwegian TV2 show called “Reisen till poptjernen“, where Per Gessle is interviewed by Ingrid Bjornov.
Roxette’s pre-recorded performance of “Speak To Me” at the TV show “25 Jahre Kuschelrock” (25th anniversary of a German ballad compilation series) got broadcasted today. Playback as usual. Watch here:
As we informed yesterday, Roxette is the biggest selling artist in Israel at the moment. As one of promotional activities for the coming Tel Aviv concert, Per Gessle was interviewed by Israeli TV2 – you don’t have to practice your Hebrew this time as the interview is in English, only subtitled 🙂
Thanks to Shelly Frida Paker.
As reported some time ago, Roxette will perform tonight at “Der Deutsche Radiopreis” gala in Hamburg, Germany. Marie & Per have landed in Germany and acts are having soundchecks right now.
What we still don’t know is if Roxette will perform playback, live, singback or whatever. Per said they “prepared” music for this event some days ago, whatever that means. German radio channel “NDR 2″– part of the organizers – told their listeners today, that Roxette will perform “She’s Got Nothing On” additionally to the announced “Speak To Me” stage premiere.
The show will start at 20:05 European Summer time and will be broadcasted live on 50 (!) German radio stations and via video stream on the official website www.deutscher-radiopreis.de. They started posting backstage videos already!
6 regional TV stations will broadcast the gala all over Germany, with “NDR Fernsehen” being the first on 22:00 CEST.
In Hamburg for the German Radio Awards! Performing tonite. Pelle lost his bag in Stockholm. Chris lost his mind.
The radio stations:
bremen vier, hr3, MDR JUMP, NDR 2, RBB radioBerlin, SR AntenneSaar, SWR 3, WDR 2, B5 plus, 94,3 rs2, 94.5 Radio Cottbus, 105‘5 Spreeeradio, ANTENNE MV, alster radio 106!8, Berliner Rundfunk 91.4, bigFM, delta radio, ENERGY Berlin, ENERGY Hamburg, ENERGY München, ENERGY Nürnberg, ENERGY Rhein-Main, ENERGY Stuttgart, Hit-Radio Antenne, HIT RADIO FFH, HITRADIO OHR, Oldie 95, Radio 7, RADIO 21, RADIO BOB!, radio ffn, Radio Hamburg, Radio Hitwave, Radio NORA, RADIO PSR, radio SAW, ROCKLAND, ROCKLAND RADIO, RPR1, R.SH Radio Schleswig-Holstein, Schwarzwaldradio, ANTENNE BAYERN, HITRADIO RTL, NRW-Lokalradios, Radio Regenbogen.
The television stations:
NDR, MDR, WDR, hr, rbb, SWR.
If you know basics of Swedish, you will enjoy this interview with both Marie and Per a lot. If you do not get a word they saying, then you can still enjoy picture – which are pretty cool – Marie in sauna and boxing ring or Per driving his car and playing piano.
Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for finding this out.
On Monday, May 30th – Marie Fredriksson’s birthday and Roxette’s Bucharest gig – VH1 Classic will broadcast “Classic Roxette” show where you will be able to watch clips from the Roxette’s fascinating career. Sometimes VH1 picks up some really rare performances, so there is a tiny chance you will see something you would have never thought of. Rerun of the programme is planned at 13:00 CET on May 31st.
Each episode we spotlight the classic, defining moments from a particular artist, genre or year.
Thanks to Marcin R. Nowicki at Polish Roxette Facebook page.