Busy St. Lucy’s day for the fans

You already saved the date in your calendar, as we already informed you that the 1-hour-long part of ”Tack för musiken” in which Marie Fredriksson is the guest will be broadcasted on SVT1 at 21:00 CET, 13th December. The show was recorded at the end of August and many fans could buy tickets and be there in the audience. It is going to be a fantastic show with Marie performing some of her songs live and a long interview with her done by Niklas Strömstedt.

Before you can enjoy watching Ms Effe on TV, you’ll have a chance to see another program on another channel, TV4. ”Gyllene Tider sommaren 2013” starts at 20:00 CET the very same evening. This will be an appetizer from the upcoming DVD. It will contain parts of the ”Dags att tänka på refrängen” tour, as well as some exclusive shots from the backstage. One bad thing about Swedish TV channels – understandably – competing with each other is that the GT stuff ends at 21:30. Fingers crossed that both programs will be available online after they are over on TV.

Oh, one more thing! Hopefully, history won’t repeat itself and we won’t have to wait another year for the GT DVD after this TV cut is broadcasted. ;)

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Marie Fredriksson & Mikael Bolyos interview on TV4

This morning at 10:15 am CET there was a short interview with Marie and Micke in Nyhetsmorgon on TV4. The interview took place at Marie’s & Micke’s home in Stockholm. Marie was talking about how grateful she is for everything and they both said they learned how to live in the present. Marie said she learned to live with the fact that it takes her more time to write and also that she can’t remember the lyrics sometimes.

It means a lot to both of them that they could make this new album, ”Nu!”, however, it took a long time to release it. When she wrote ”Sista sommarens vals” of course she was thinking about Micke and when Micke wrote ”Vad vore jag utan dig” he thought about Marie. Marie says this latter song is so beautiful. That’s her favourite off the album and it feels fantastic to sing Micke’s words. Watch the video how Marie is “touching” Micke when they are talking about these 2 songs. So lovely! ;) Both Marie and Micke were in a very good mood and relaxed, Marie was smiling all the time during the interview.

They were also talking about the kids, how fantastic it is to have them and that they are also interested in music and they are talking about music each day. They also told the story of their meeting in Sydney and how they became a couple right after that.

While touring with Roxette she felt better and better, she got strength and she gained her self-confidence back. Marie – besides her family – is grateful also to Per who was writing new material for Roxette and believed so much in Marie.

Marie is longing for the tour. It will be fantastic to tour in Sweden with a great band she’ll have with her. Besides new songs, there will of course be old ones, too on the setlist.

Watch the video HERE! Don’t forget to check the wonderful old pic of Marie in front of Micke!

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Roxette radio docu on NYE

If you need something to cheer you up before this year’s New Year’s Eve party, the radio documentary about ”Look Sharp!” – the album, which is still their best as Per says – will be probably your thing. As you could already read it in our earlier articles, Tara Moshizi and Tove Meyer did interviews with Marie, Per, Clarence and Anders during the past months and they were talking about the album on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Save the date in your calendar!

Sveriges Radio P4: 31st December, 12:03 pm CET
Sveriges Radio P1: 31st December, 16:03 pm CET; 3rd January 18:15 pm CET

Tara and Tove have appr. 6 hours of raw material, but they cut it to a 50-minute-long documentary. Good news is that they will share some more of the raw material (i.e. the interviews or parts of them) online after the docu has been broadcasted. Stay tuned!

 

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Marie Fredriksson chats with fans: “Successful because of my fans”

In a 20 minutes chat on Aftonbladet Marie Fredriksson answered some questions today.

Most of the fans asked about her tour which starts in February. Rosa from Barcelona wanted to know if we can expect any surprises on the tour, but Marie didn’t reveal anything and said: “If I told you know, it wouldn’t be a surprise.”Luiz Gimenez asked how Marie feels about the fact that a lot of fans will come from Brazil to Sweden to see her shows. Marie replied she is also looking forward to the tour and seeing the fans again. A Russian fan wanted to know how many new songs Marie will play at her shows and Marie let us know that she plans to play at least two new songs. RXB admin Judith asked if they are already rehearsing and have prepared a setlist for the 2tour, but so far they are only thinking of several songs and haven’t started rehearsing yet.

RXB team member Patrícia asked about a rumour we have heard several times now – that Marie is working on a biography, but it seems it’s too early to tell about it since Marie couldn’t or didn’t want to say anything about a possible release date of this book. Later on, Evgeny Perekopskiy asked about a dream she has and which dream she wants to come true: “Maybe to release a book about my life in the future.”

Being asked about her favourite song on “Nu!”, Marie replied that it’s “Vad vore jag utan dig” (see our interview with Mikael Bolyos) which “means so much to me”. The main difference between “Nu!” and her previous albums? Easy question for Marie: “I have only written one song.”

Julia from St. Petersburg asked about Marie’s other passion – painting – and if she is planning another exhibition. But it is of course obvious that Marie is busy with other stuff: “I’d love to have another exhibition when I have the time.”

A user called Mia wanted to know about artists Marie likes or give her inspiration – Marie says it’s Rufus Wainwright and Veronica Maggio. Funniest answer: “My friend Pär.” Guess the question.. “Do you still have any connections with Halmstad?”

And the most touching answer comes with Miedy’s question “You always look so happy and in a good mood when you meet your fans. What’s your secret?” – I know that my success is because of you.

Miedy also asked about possible Roxette recordings, but Marie seems not to be involved so far as says: “Nothing new with Roxette, so far.”

 

 

 

 

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“Sista sommarens vals” video premiere and chat with Marie tomorrow!

mf1-560x315Tomorrow at around lunch time the video to “Sista sommarens vals”, the second single off “Nu!” will have its premiere on Aftonbladet.  The video is directed by Emil Jonsvik and was partly recorded in Stockholm Hotel Diplomat.

“It is important for me to create a feeling on the set that makes the artist, cast and the team feel calm,” says director in a press release. “For me, the song is a celebration of life where both ups and downs will make you stronger as a person,” Emil Jonsvik goes on, “I wanted to create a cinematic black and white video with a strong sense of drama.

Emil also explains it was “very fun and challenging to work together with Marie, we created the magic that goes straight to the camera,” says a similing Emil.

But that’s not all the fun! You will have the chance to chat with Marie tomorrow at 14:00 on Aftonbladet.

And last but not least, a short film showing Marie and Micke talking about the song will also be available on the newspaper’s website tomorrow.

Photo: Pernilla Pettersson.

Update November 29: The video can be seen here!

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Brainpool single premiere

Brainpool is B-A-C-K! Their new single, “The Last Christmas premiered today on Gaffa.se, made available on SoundCloud by Brainpool’s record label, Adrian Recordings. Single is out digitally on 27th November.

The single has a cute and at the same time interesting cover with this kitten and the golden grenade Christmas ornament she is playing with. The track itself is a real modern Xmas song including all the bells & chimes & some other strange sounds that help you to get into the mood, but still keeping the Brainpool sound through the whole song.

Not that I don’t like Wham!’s “Last Christmas”, but I’d be happy if this year all the radio stations would change at least half of the planned Wham! “Last Christmas” airplays to Brainpool’s “The Last Christmas”.

Just keep on doing what you do, guys!

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THE LAST CHRISTMAS

© Brainpool

A five minute break in the midst of preparation
A cigarette to calm your precious nerves
Was it a sound? A reflection in the window?
The sudden presence of another world

But in the deserts of Iran – And in the mountains of Afghanistan
Everybody’s happy, everything is fine
Just keep on doing what you do – There’ll be no shadow hanging over you
There’s no need to worry, oh no – at least not tonight

Your memory drifts to the firm interrogation
With no United Nations by your side
But daddy is rich and your mother is good looking
So hush now little baby, don’t you cry

Cause in the deserts of Iran – And in the mountains of Afghanistan
Everybody’s happy, everything is fine
Just keep on doing what you do – There’ll be no shadow hanging over you
There’s no need to worry, oh no – at least not tonight

Aaaa…

Just keep on doing what you do – no acid rain is gonna pour on you
There’s no need to worry – at least not tonight

And in the deserts of Iran – And in the mountains of Afghanistan
Everybody’s happy, everything’s alright
Just keep on doing what you do – There’ll be no missiles crashing down on you
There’s no need to worry, oh no – at least not tonight

No cause for alarm, they won’t do you no harm
Everybody’s smiling, everything is fine
And in the ghettos of Sudan – and council houses in Birmingham
There won’t be no trouble, oh no – at least not tonight

 

Update 2nd December: Aftonbladet shared the video to this song. Not a usual Xmas video. :) Click HERE for watching!

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Interview with Mikael Bolyos: “Working with Marie is a blessing”

Marie Fredriksson’s album “Nu!” is out since Wednesday. Reason enough to ask her husband, Mikael Bolyos, who wrote most of the songs, to ask some questions about the process of recording and some well-known names who came with “Nu!”.  Thankfully he made a slot in his tight agenda to answer our questions. We appreciate that!

Mikael, we saw that you collaborated with 4 other songwriters. How did you choose them? Did they offer their texts or did you kind of order them? We remember Ulf Schagerström, who wrote Mot ökända hav and Aldrig som främlingar. How come you worked with him and the others and how was working with them?

Mikael Bolyos: I quite recently started to express myself in lyrics. It’s not that easy for me, so it takes mostly a while to finish a song. I always liked the simplicity and poetry in Kenneth’s lyrics, so when I had the song ”Bara 3 ord”, I just gave him a call and asked if he was interested in helping me out. Luckily he wasSkavlan. He is such a talent!!! Johan Kinde was the singer in a band I used to play keyboards in (Lustans Lakejer). We always got along wery well so it was easy asking him for a text. To me ”Stjärna som brinner” is one of the best texts on the album. Uno and I met during the Roxette concert in Göteborg 2011, and we talked about doing something together and Ulf has, as you know, been working with Marie since day 1. He contributed on several songs that we recorded, but only 3 of them are on the album.

Good choices. The lyrics on “Nu!” are really impressive. And how and why did you decide to produce the album with Christoffer Lundquist and how can we imagine the producing process? Have you been to Skåne or did he come to Stockholm?

Mikael: As you know, Christoffer has during the years made an exceptional good job in recording Marie with Roxette. They are such a great team in the studio, speaking the same language (Skånska). Although Marie is such a great singer, I wanted to improve the vocal part from what we’ve done before. Chris became more & more involved in the process so we decided to produce the album together recording in AGM in Skåne and Atlantis in Stockholm. We are both (Marie and me) so happy working with Chris.

When I first asked you for the interview you wrote that you are satisfied yourself with the album. Now that it’s released, what are you most satisfied with? Which song is your favourite song and why? And which is Marie’s?

Mikael: I must say that I’m very satisfied with how the leadvocal turned out. Thanx to Chris! Favourite song ? Hmm … maybe ”Kom vila hos mig”. I think I managed to say something with the lyrics and I like the beat. Marie says her favourite song is ”Vad vore jag utan dig”.

To get more insight (since we are very curious, of course). When Marie writes a song, does she do it on her own and presents it to you when it’s done or are you evolving it together? Speaking of Sista sommarens vals! How did you develop this song?

Mikael: Marie writes on her own and presents it to me when it’s more or less finished. We made a demo on the song and then we re-recorded it in AGM with Chris.

How did you choose treview_DIhe first single, “Kom vila hos mig”?

Mikael: Marie wanted an uptempo song and “Kom vila hos mig”  felt like an excellent choice.

From the lyrics and looking at you 2 we know how you feel towards each other, but how would you describe working together with Marie?

Mikael: Working with Marie is a blessing. She is so patient and a great source of inspiration.  She is amazing in her concentration and has extraterrestrial singing skills.

Do you have demos to all songs? Are you considering to release them all?

Mikael: Mostly, we record a serious demo that we can develop into the final version.  Like put real bass & drums into it instead of programmed. We never thought of releasing the demos.

Are there demos with your voice to the songs you wrote for “Nu!?

Mikael: Yes! Some of the songs are with my vocals on it. I can assure you that those demos won’t be released as long as I’m alive.

Three words you think describe the album the best?

Mikael: Life is good!

After I read most of the reviews of the album in the internet I really didn’t know what to think of the Swedish music journalists. Some wrote it’s one of the best albums ever, some wrote it’s weak and nothing special and most important: all of them picked different weak or strong songs which shows that it’s really only a thing of taste and nothing else. Do you care about those reviews? D
o you read them at all or is indeed the most important thing that the artist is satisfied with his work?

Mikael: Yes, I admit that the reviews have been different from each other, but no one has been really nasty so far. Still it’s interesting, as you say, that they pick different songs as their favorites. To your questions I answer Yes, Yes, Yes! I read them, I care about them and after all what matters the most is to be satisfied yourself. (Another review on the left)

Final question. Is there any question you want to be asked about the album that we didn’t ask? Feel free to ask and answer yourself. Maybe we missed the most important aspect!

Mikael: Hmm. I really don’t know what that could be. Maybe that the first two songs we recorded were already mixed in Jan 2010. We thought the album would be released in 2010/2011, but as you know something else came between.

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Marie Fredriksson’s awesome performance in Skavlan

Marie and her husband, Mikael Bolyos appeared in today’s Skavlan show. They performed ”Sista sommarens vals”, the only song Marie wrote for her new album, ”Nu!”. It was a live performance and left everyone breathless not only in the audience, but also in front of TV and computer. It was so touching! Top class piano playing by Micke and what an amazing voice of Marie! She started the song a bit insecure, she looked so fragile, but after warming up in some seconds her voice opened up and she was singing incredibly good! She’s an angel! And watch her facial expressions! Aaaw!

We hoped for some talking, but unfortunately, there was no interview with Marie, ”only” this awesome performance. You can watch it by clicking HERE or at the pic. It starts at 52:29. It is worth watching it at the link of the complete show, because it’s a bit longer and has a much nicer ending than the clip you can see on SVT’s website.

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Screenshot is from the performance.

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Brainpool – JUNK Development Workshop

As you all know, as both Per and us informed you about it, Brainpool (Christoffer Lundquist, David Birde, Jens Jansson) visited New York last week and were working some more on the JUNK rock opera (directed by Shakina Nayfack) that started its journey some years ago. They took part in a development workshop now. Here is a video shared by ”Junk A Rock Opera” channel on YouTube. Chris is starring with his guitar!

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Gyllene Tider book in Top5!

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The book has just been published and according to Bokus best sellers charts, ”Alla tiders Gyllene Tider” is already the Top 5th best selling book in “culture” category looking at the past week. Taking into consideration that most of us from abroad ordered it at Ginza or Bengans, the book could be No. 1 at Bokus (if we would have ordered our copies there). ;)

Cool result! Congrats!

 

 

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Thanx for the info, Roos & Tegnér AB.

 

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Swedish press reviews Marie’s new album

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Marie’s new album is out today! We will collect the reviews published by the Swedish press here:

Allehanda (4/5)
Borås Tidning (4/5)
SVD (4/6)
GD.se (4/5)
Allas (4/5)
Aftonbladet (3/5)
Sydsvenskan (3/5)
Uppsala Nya Tidning (3/5)
Helsingborgs Dagblad (3/5)
Dagens Nyheter (3/5)
Värmlands Folkblad (3/5)
Göteborgs-Posten (2/5)
Smålandsposten (2/5)
Corren.se
NWT (2/5)
Expressen (2/5)
Arbetarbladet (2/5)
Hallandsposten (2/5)

 

 

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30 pages from the Gyllene Tider book

The Swedish website where earlier we could check some pages from Sven Lindström’s ”Roxette – Den osannolika resan tur och retur” now shared the first 30 pages (including the cover) of ”Alla tiders Gyllene Tider” written by Jan-Owe Wikström and photographed by Anders Roos.

The table of contents is extremely promising and the whole design looks awesome. I must admit I haven’t read these 30 pages (I’m waiting for my copy to hold it in my hands and read the whole book), just flicked through the pics now and they are woaaah! Not that we didn’t know it until now. So, if you haven’t decided on buying the book yet, it’s high time! Just look at this snippet and you’ll be absolutely convinced. ;) Click HERE to check those 30 pages, but only if you don’t want to ”ruin” your ”wow!” moment when first seeing the book in its physical existence.

Please Mr. Postman, look and see (oh yeah) if there’s a BOOK in your bag for me! Hurry up!

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Marie Fredriksson’s new single

As Warner Music Sweden informs, ”Sista sommarens vals” is Marie’s 2nd single off “Nu!” and it will premiere in Skavlan this Friday. Skavlan is a Norwegian-Swedish television talk show hosted by Norwegian journalist Fredrik Skavlan. The show will be on air on SVT and it will also be available on SVT Play. The show with Marie starts at 21:00 CET, 22nd November.

Not sure the video clip, which we’ve already informed you about will appear in the show, too or if there is an interview as well, but Marie will surely sing the song. Woohoo!

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Lyrics to track 10, 11 and 12 on Nu!

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So now the complete album is available digitally and we got to know how the last 3 songs ”Stjärna som brinner”, ”I morgon” and ”Vad vore jag utan dig” sound. Now that I could listen to the album from track 1 till track 12, I must say it has become my second favourite Marie Fredriksson album. Nothing can beat ”Den ständiga resan”, but ”Nu!” is a real strong Ms Effe solo comeback.

Hats off to all artists who cooperated and hats off to our Marie in top top top shape!

Bring on February! Hope to hear several songs from the album live.

 

 

 

 

Stjärna som brinner I morgon
(Johan Kinde / Mikael Bolyos) (Ulf Schagerström / Mikael Bolyos)
Kan du minnas dom avstånd vi färdats Ser hur dagens första ljus
Dom platser vi sett Har sökt sig ända hit
Kan du minnas var Genom natt och över tiden som flyr
Och hur vi blev ett
Man kan undra vad allting beror på Se hur mörkret bleknar bort
Hur vi gör våra val För varje sekund
Har ödet bestämt Av igår blir inget kvar
Vårat lyckotal Bara vi i denna stund
Stjärna som lyser dubbelt så klart Imorgon är redan här
Strålar och faller med dubbel fart Vi följer vägen vart den än bär
Stjärna som lyser dubbelt så klart Kom så följer vi vägen
Brinner i mörkret tills Imorgon är redan idag
Inget finns kvar En godare plats det är dit vi ska
Imorgon, imorgon
Alla människor jag känt alla vänner
Alla minnen från förr Det känns som om nånting har hänt
Finns dom där innanför Som om nånting har vänt
Denna dunkla dörr Som om nånting vaknar till liv här igen
Dom sekunder, minuter och timmar Och allt som vi borde ha gjort
som till sist blir dag Det kan vi göra nu
Allt som nyss kändes klart Och allt som vi borde ha sagt
Kommer det finnas kvar Det kan vi säga nu
Stjärna som lyser dubbelt så klart Imorgon är redan här
Strålar och faller med dubbel fart Vi följer vägen vart den än bär
Stjärna som lyser dubbelt så klart Kom så följer vi vägen
Brinner i mörkret tills Imorgon är redan idag
Inget finns kvar En godare plats det är dit vi ska
Imorgon, imorgon
Vad blir kvar

 

Vad vore jag utan dig
(Mikael Bolyos)
När jag ser tillbaka tjugo år
Snabbt vemodet övergår
Till en sån lycka man kan ju tycka
Tiden stått still
Jag minns dagen som igår
Du satte så djupa spår
Du sa första gången
”I dina ögon ser jag mig”
Du tog min hand och kysste mig
Min tvillingsjäl du är allt för mig
Vad vore jag utan dig
Våran resa blev inte som du skrev
Jag har kvar ditt brev
Men om någon sa
Du får leva om din dag
Aldrig någonsin
Skulle jag byta bort det som var
När jag ser tillbaka tjugo år
Och den tid som var så svår
Jag fylls av en känsla
Av någonting större än vi två
En glädje och sorg oändligt blå
Men dina ord dom tröstar mig
Vad vore jag utan dig
Jag älskar dig
Vad vore jag utan dig

 

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Lyrics to track 8 and 9 on Nu!

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Today we got 2 more songs: ”Känn dig som hemma” and ”Jag undrar vad du tänker på”. The latter one is a beautiful melody written by Mikael Bolyos.

The longest song on the album, ”Nu!” (40:50) is ”Känn dig som hemma” (4:17) written by Per Gessle. When the song started to play, the intro reminded me of Small Apartments soundtrack. Somehow it felt like this song’s intro could be a track next to Drizzle #1 or #2 and Franklin’s Theme.  I think if no one would have told this is the song written by Per, I would have found it out real soon. It sounds quite Gessleish to me and who else would use the word ”torktumlare” (= tumble dryer) in the lyrics? ;) And I don’t even have to mention: Marie’s voice together with Per’s lyrics and music is always winning!

 

 

 

Känn dig som hemma Jag undrar vad du tänker på
(Per Gessle) (Mikael Bolyos)
När du kommer hit finns allt viktigt till hands Jag undrar vad du tänker på
Gitarren är stämd och bjuder till dans Jag undrar vad du tror
Och bordet där dukat precis som du vill Vi lever numera som
Du sitter vid fönstret, jag sitter intill En syster med sin bror
Jag vill att du ska få det bästa av mig Vi smälter, vi smälter bort
Känn dig som hemma Likt snön som föll ifjol
Det bästa av mig Är detta det vi drömde om
Du ska få det bästa av mig Jag undrar vad du tror
Känn dig som hemma
Dagarna dom flyter på
När du kommer hit, en känsla av gott Som vågor på ett hav
Som sol på tapeten, ett snyggt volleyskott Den ena är den andra lik
Sängen är bäddad och torktumlaren tömd Tristessen blir min grav
Och vintern därute är borta och glömd
Jag längtar, jag längtar bort
Jag vill att du ska få det bästa av mig Från den jag är idag
Känn dig som hemma Till någon mycket starkare
Det bästa av mig Till någon som är jag
Du ska få det bästa av mig
Känn dig som hemma Jag drömmer mig iväg
Till mitt paradis
När du kommer hit, jag hoppas du ser Där jag kan vara den jag vill
Att hela mitt hjärta skrattar och ler Känna doften av en sommarbris
Min plan är rätt enkel, jag vill nå nivån Och njuta av regnet i april
Så du aldrig nånsin vill gå härifrån
Till natten kommer tankarna
Jag vill att du ska få det bästa av mig Då vet jag inte hur
Känn dig som hemma Jag ska lyckas ta mig ut
Det bästa av mig Jag väntar på min tur
Du ska få det bästa av mig
Känn dig som hemma Men en dag skall att ordna sig
Då ska jag stå beredd
Att möta det jag drömmer om
Och inte vara rädd

 

Thanx for sharing the lyrics to ”Känn dig som hemma, Per.

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