New interview with Per Gessle on Hallandsposten

Swedish newspaper Hallandsposten has interviewed Per Gessle via email while he is touring in South America with Roxette.

Per explains that the they are receiving an incredible response and the sing along with songs like “Spending My Time” or “It Must Have Been Love”, where Roxette has stopped singing to let the audience sing the songs for them, “it’s as loud as during the Joyride tour, who would have imagined this?”.

They are going play in front of approximately 1 million people until the tour is over somewhen next year.

Per tells that the concerts in Russia were incredible, despite the -30 degrees. Then they moved on to Baltic countries and sun started to shine, and South America has been a blast, “I hope all musicians get to experience shows like the ones in Buenos Aires” once in a life time,” he tells.

Per also informs that Marie is doing fine and that the response and respect she gets from the audience all around the world is “the best rehabilitation for her”, and that she keeps on smiling the whole time.

The reporter is interested to know more about the record deal in the USA and possible concerts in USA, Per tells that there is nothing booked yet, but “everything can happen.” He also tells that this year there is not going to be any Halmstad, since the schedule this year is very tight already, “but maybe next [year]..?”

 



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Rare “Ain’t no sunshine” performance from 1995

Have a look at Marie and Sugarcane’s performance of “Ain’t no sunshine” classic back in 1995.

Ain’t no sunshine



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Roxette back on German TV tonight

This evening, German channel RTL will have Roxette once again on their TV show “Die ultimative Chart Show”. Roxette is seen performing (playback) their evergreen “The Look”, recorded in February when they also performed the current single “She’s got nothing on (but the radio)” for another episode. Motto of tonight’s show is “the most productive acts of all times”, broadcasting starts at 21:15 EST.

The Chart Show had between 3 and 3.5 million viewers in the last season. Normally the episodes get broadcasted again after some months or even years. The show’s concept is a song countdown with videoclips based on the German charts/sales according to the motto. Some celebrities are talking and commenting the songs on a couch, while a couple of show acts perform on stage.

See the video of Roxette’s “She’s Got Nothing On” performance here!

Source: RTL website

Update: Roxette made #31 at the countdown, which was based on the number of singles on the German charts. Marie and Per had 33 hits. Watch the whole part (6:30) about Roxette incl. a short interview and the performance here:



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World Tour 2011: Sao Paulo, Brazil – April 14 #15

Setlist

01. Dressed for Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
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 (Every Time You Leave)
13. Silver blue
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (Brasileirinho played before the song)

17. Watercolours in the Rain
18. Spending my Time
19. The Look

20. Way Out
21. Listen to Your Heart
22. Church of Your Heart

Concert videos and photos

Pictures by Jorge Rosenberg / IG

Pictures on Flickr by Alexandre Ferreira

By Leo Pinheiro – Terra

By Rolling Stone

By Ultimo Segundo

Videos

by ayeeecaramba: Spending My Time, How Do You Do!

by 499wansui: It must have been love, Listen to your heart, Spending my time, Fading like a flower, Perfect day, Things will never be the same, How do you do!, Joyride, Church of your heart, The Look

by mgfri (in HD): Dressed for success, Sleeping in my car, It must have been loveFading like a flower, How do you do!/Dangerous, Joyride, Spending my time, The look, Listen to your heart

By edsonyk: Dressed for success, Silver Blue, Spending my time, Listen to your heart

By xfju: Wish I Could fly, Dressed for success, Sleeping in my car, The big L, She’s got nothing on, Perfect day, It must have been love, 7twenty7, Fading like a flower, How do you do!, Dangerous, Spending my time, The Look, Listen to your heart

Reviews

Entretenimento.com | Jornal do Brasil | R7 | Rolling Stones | MTV | Quem

Misc

The sold-out gig. 7,000 people attended to this concert.



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“Roxette – Collection” – new Brazilian compilation

Not only South Africa gets the new compilation of Roxette hits in conjuction with the World Tour 2011. Brazilian Som Livre (label of Globo TV) has launched a new compilation called “Roxette Collection”. Roxette was included in the soundtrack on the three soap operas on Globo TV as well.


Here is the tracklisting:

1. Listen To Your Heart
2. It Must Have Been Love
3. Spending My Time
4. The Look
5. Dressed For Success
6. Dangerous
7. Joyride
8. How Do You Do!
9. Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
10. Wish I Could Fly
11. Crash! Boom! Bang!
12. A Thing About You
13. Milk And Toast And Honey
14. Queen Of Rain

Buy it here

Thanks to TheRoxettishFan.



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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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Limited CD and DVD package edition to be released in South Africa

Published on March 15, 2011:

According to MediaUpdate, EMI Music South Africa is going to release a Roxette CD and DVD package to celebrate the band’s upcoming concerts in Cape Town and Sun City.

This exclusive package will be released on April 11 and will only be available until end of September. This “Best of Roxette CD and DVD” limited edition will contain the duo’s greatest hits such as “Dressed For Success”, “The Look” or “Joyride”. In total 20 hits will be included in the CD and 37 videos in the DVD.

Originally Roxette was going to play 1 concert in Cape Town and 1 in Sun City, but due to the huge demand, 2 more dates were added per city. 4 out of 6 concerts are sold out already.

Also on other news websites: MIO

Update April 15th:

Here is the cover and the set list of the pack. All in all, the package comes with 20 songs and 37 videos.

Thanks Fabio!!

CD:

01. One Wish
02. The Look
03. Dressed For Success
04. Listen To Your Heart
05. Dangerous
06. It Must Have Been Love
07. Joyride
08. Fading Like A Flower
09. Spending My Time
10. How Do You Do!
11. Almost Unreal
12. Sleeping In My Car
13. Crash! Boom! Bang!
14. Run To You
15. Wish I Could Fly
16. Stars
17. The Centre Of The Heart
18. Milk And Toast And Honey
19. A Thing About You
20. Reveal

DVD:

01. A Thing About You
02. It Must Have Been Love
03. Listen To Your Heart
04. Fading Like A Flower
05. Spending My Time
Read the rest of this entry »



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Official “Charm School” charts


We will collect the different official chart entries and positions of Roxette’s new album “Charm School” in this post. How is the album doing in your country? Let us know! Please provide sources to your numbers.

Update February 21: Roxette entered straight to #1 in Germany! Announcement by Media Control | EMI (who also provided us with a new promo picture).

Update April 1: “Charm School” enters South Africa! And Per says that it has been certified gold in Switzerland! Germany and Austria should follow that style, while the album is heading to platinum in Sweden, according to the latest Live Nation press release. And CS is not the only charting album: The current Roxette action brought the “Hits!” compilation up to #65 in the German charts…

Update April 14: The album has reached the Brasilian charts! According to different retailer charts it’s also selling well in Argentina, but the official chart site doesn’t get updated. There’s also lack of official sources for Russia and Asian countries. We’re grateful for your help!

Update April 20: “Charm School” got Gold in Germany for more than 100,000 sales! Russia now included in the table.

To see the charts: Read the rest of this entry »



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Brazilians do it better? :-)

www.roxettebrasil.net



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World tour 2011: Porto Alegre, Brazil – April 12 #14

Setlist

01. Dressed for Success
02. Sleeping In My Car
03. The Big L.
04. Wish I Could Fly
05. Only When I Dream
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 (Every Time You Leave)
13. Stars
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
Band presentation
16. Joyride (Rio Grande do Sul state anthem played before the song)

17. Watercolours in the Rain
18. Spending my Time
19. The Look

20. Way Out
21. Listen to Your Heart
22. Church of Your Heart

Concert videos

Reviews

Misc



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Roxette Singbox mentioned by The Guardian

Roxette Singbox app get a little publicity on one of the biggest UK newspapers’ website Guardian.co.uk. Have a look!

Who knew Roxette would be the subject of an innovative music game in 2011? That said, who knew the Smurfs would be the subject of one of the most lucrative iPhone social games in 2010… Roxette Singbox brings the SingStar karaoke game model to iOS, using in-app purchases to download individual songs, with email and Facebook challenges for a social spin.



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Roxette in Dubai – tickets are on sale now

M PREMIERE is delighted to announce the concert of legendary ROXETTE live in Dubai as part of their Worldwide Tour 2011. For the first time in UAE ROXETTE will perform their all-time hits and celebrate the release of their new album The Charm School. The concert will take place on the 20th of May 2011 at Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Rashid Hall. The event will start with the performance of Palladium Electric Band who will warm up the audience before the performance of ROXETTE. DJ’s battle of the 80’s hits will conclude the evening.

Platinum Seating: AED 550
Gold Standing: AED 450
Silver Standing: AED 300
M Premiere Lounge

More information at: www.roxetteindubai.com



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Listen to “Speak To Me (Bassflow Remake)”

On Finland’s EMI website you can listen to the complete Bassflow Remake of Speak To Me.

Enjoy!

Steven Howlett contributed to this article

 



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Legendary shop goes bankrupt

Sweden’s biggest record chain Skivlagret went bankrupt in February – Sveriges Radio reports. The head office and 11 shops in the whole Sweden were closed – among others the one in Halmstad, well-known among fans from the rich collection of Roxette related albums and books. Per Gessle and Gyllene Tider did organize several signing session there.

The main reason of that decision is that albums’ sale is dropping and this kind of business is not as profitable as it was in the past.

Source: Sveriges Radio



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Meet and greet in South Africa

All South African fans, here’s your chance to win meet and greet with Roxette in South Africa.

Thanks to Heidi.

Source: Musica.co.za



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