The new Argentinian website The Real Roxers on its Facebook page informs that the forthcoming “Charm school” album will be released as jewel case (regular edition) and as ecopack (deluxe edition). It seems that the East European Version will be released in the jewel case as well.
Per Gessle has revealed in today’s inteview for Swedish radio station Mix Megapol that Roxette would probably perform 25 songs on the new tour – they rehearsed 5 songs from the new album as well. In the new German interview for Frankfurter Rundschau he also reveals that they will play their biggest hit mostly
That’s simply because I’m a fan myself. If I go to see U2, the Stones or AC/DC, I want to hear their greatest hits. I remember going to a concert of The Police’s Reunion Tour once and they only played three of their hits – and then all this other shit they had been doing. I hated it and left. If David Bowie ever goes on tour again, I’ll want to hear the hits that have meant so much to me. Not the ones he happens to be desperate to play. If I pay – play for me!
Thanks to Daniel and Mr Jefferson for those pieces of information.
Update February 10: Roxette.ro features an English translation of the whole interview. Thanks Mixella!
The insider report by Roxette fan Gellner just got officially confirmed: Roxette’s new single “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) entered the official sales charts of Germany at #18! This is Roxette’s first Top 20 hit single since “Sleeping In My Car”, the lead single from “Crash! Boom! Bang!” in early 1994.
All singles after that failed to reach a Top 20 position, with “Wish I Could Fly” (#26) and “Stars” (#23) coming close in 1999. It’s clear that Roxette got more of an album band in these regions, with all studio albums since “Joyride” reaching a Top 3 position.
On the national radio charts the song climbed up to #20 after 22, 43 and 71 in Germany. In Austria it reached #27 after 52 and 44, while climbing from 63 to #49 in Switzerland.
The full sales charts with Roxette’s entry will be published on Friday. Source: Media Control
German newspaper Aachner Zeitung published an article including some quotes of Per Gessle during the presentation of “Charm School” which took place in Cologne some weeks ago.
Per explains Marie’s illness was a big shock for him, and he took two important decisions after the first schock-phase. He decided he would not go on with Roxette without Marie, because “our interweaved voices had contributed to the big success of our songs.” And that it would be up to Marie to decide if she wanted to go on with Roxette or not.
His view on Roxette is that when they work together, “there is this magic in the air, this idea of easy to recognise but still meaningfull pop.” The new album is released when Roxette turns 25 years, “I think we can really affirm that our carrier has been a joyide.”
Marie didn’t join Per during this visit to Germany, “the reason is that she is unsure,” Per explains. He thinks that the music business can be sometimes merciless and that one has to function (100%), “and this is for such a sensible person as Marie hard to bear.”
Of course, we all agree that it is a miracle that a new studio album is being released next week. Per explained how and when Marie took the decision to go on with Roxette: it was at his Party Crasher Tour concert in Amsterdam, where Marie joined Per on stage to play two Roxette songs, “the audience cried of the emotion,” he adds showing goosebumps on his arm, “we were so touched about this reaction, that she decided that evening to go on with Roxette.”
He also tells that if there is anything they have learnt during the 25 years of Roxette, “then this must have been patience.”
Roxette’s “official German website” got just launched on www.roxette.de. The site basically features the same content as www.emimusic.de/roxette – where the domain was previously forwarded to – but is styled in line with the Charm School artwork. It embeds content from Roxette’s official Facebook page and runs a contest to win signed “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)” singles. EMI used www.roxette.de already in the past to launch special sites for the “Room Service” and “Hits!” releases.
New album is ‘out’ and we can read first reviews. Expressen’s journalist and old time Roxette reviewer Anders Nunstedt writes his review, gives 2/5 to the new album and sais that “Roxette’s comeback album is a clear return to the successful sound. Just a bit more boring. Without the former charm.”
He adds that “album is not bad, is rather twice as good as “Room Service”.” and concludes with note that “”Charm School” is a typical middle-of-the-road pop-up to 70 km/h, with no specific destination. Stable, but not adventurous. But then it sounded fun.”
There’s also two Czech reviews, both very possitive. See the links below:
UNT.SE (no rating)
Dagens Nyheter 3/5
Göteborgs Posten 2/5
Musikindustrin (positive, putting critics into context)
news.de (no rating)
n-tv (no rating, but very positive)
monsters & critics (rating: “convincing”)
CD Starts 6/10
Music Bug 9/10
El Tiempo (no rating)
If you find any “Charm School” review somewhere on the internet, don’t hesitate to post a link to the discussion under this article!
After selling out four concerts in Cape Town and Sun City three months before the date the fifth one was added yesterday to the 2011 Roxette World Tour. The new date is The Superbowl in Sun City on Friday, May 13th. It means that not only Brazilian fans get to see Roxette five times this year
Due to a phenomenal response to ticket sales, there are now two extra concert dates released in SA on the 8th May at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town and 13th May at Superbowl, Sun City
Update no 2:
The first Argentinian date – Buenos Aires on April 4th – is (almost) sold out. Over 8,400 tickets were sold. The second BA show on April 5th went on sale in the last few days.
Tickets are available on Computicket.com
Thanks to Daniel Alvedahl for this information.
Seeing a poster of Roxette included in a magazine is a quite unusual sight these days. But it did happened! Polish music monthly called “Machina” publishes the well-known Roxette picture from Moscow in the February edition – with the greetings from Per himself written in Polish – “Pozdrawiam ludzi z Polski” which could be translated into “Greetings to all Polish people”. I’m a little bit sceptical if it was really Per who wrote that.
“Machina” costs only 5 PLN (around 1,25 euro).
The German TV channel “Sat1” (one of EMI’s cooperation partners for the “Charm School” release) will air an episode of it’s “Music Special” series about Roxette on February 17, 1:50 a.m. The 30 minute late-night special typically shows a documentary about an artist/band. We don’t know if the material will be new and unseen or just a subtitled/dubbed version of one of Roxette’s known documentaries.
Source: Sat1 homepage
Several people contributed to this note.
Aftenbladet.no informs that Roxette is going to perform in Norway for the third time this year, after the sold-out show in Bergen (June 6th) and the one on Stavern Festival (July 7th). This time they choose Radhusplassen in Haugesund on Friday July 29th.
5,500 tickets will go on sale soon.
Advertising spots for Roxette’s new single “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)” and the album “Charm School” are broadcasted on Germany’s TV channels ProSieben, Sat1 and Kabel1. The longer spot (seen below) features audio snippets of the single and the album track “Speak To Me”. The speaker reminds of Roxette’s big successes and informs about the new CD release dates on January 28 and February 11, 2011. There’s another spot for the single only. And then we heard the channels are using the single also for show trailers. Looks like a full marketing package!
Update: Here’s the shorter single-only spot…
… and a cooperation spot by the TV channel.
Amazon updated the album info with a picture of the back cover. Have a look!
Update on Jan 27th: Back cover of deluxe version of “Charm school” is added.
Thanks averon for the info!
Thanks our reader Yu Ho for the tip! If you readers from Asia and other regions which are hard to monitor for a European find more news, official charts or other interesting info, please tell us!
Update January 27: It’s just about “beautiful snippets”, not full songs.
Update January 28: Yu Ho got to now the following: “EMI Taiwan explained that the notification they got said “a new track” each day, and they translated it into “??” [Chinese signs] on the blog. That was why I said full length in my comment on RXB.”