First reviews to “Charm School”

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:

Swedish
Expressen 2/5
Corren 4/5
UNT.SE (no rating)
Dagens Nyheter 3/5
Göteborgs Posten 2/5
SVD 1/6
Kristianstadsbladet 2/5
Västerbottens-Kuriren 2/5
Kulturbloggen 3/5
Aftonbladet 2/5
Musikindustrin (positive, putting critics into context)

Australian
The AU Review 6/10
Rave Magazine 3/5

Czech
t-music (no rating)
Rock & Pop 4/5

German
Plattentests 5/10
aerodynamite.tv 3/5
butjer 4.5/5
news.de (no rating)
Focus 8/10
laut.de 3/5
n-tv (no rating, but very positive)
cnet.de 6/10
monsters & critics (rating: “convincing”)
CD Starts 6/10

Greek
Music Bug 9/10

Italian
Debaser 3/5
Accordo.it (no rating)

Norwegian
varden.no 4/6
oslopuls 2/6

Venezuelan
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!



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Two new shows in South Africa, sold-out Buenos Aires

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 :-)

Update:

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.



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Roxette poster in Polish magazine

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).

Source: Machina fan page (poster and greetings), Cover of the magazine



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Music special about Roxette to be aired on German TV

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.



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Third Roxette concert in Norway

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.



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TV spots for “Radio” and “Charm School” in Germany

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.

Enjoy! :)



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Back cover of the “Charm School” album

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!



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EMI Taiwan: Full song countdown on Facebook starting this Friday

According to EMI Taiwan’s (now called Gold Typhoon) blog one full “Charm School” song per day will be put on Roxette’s official Facebook page for preview, starting on January 28!

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.”



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Back cover of the SGNO single

Source: Weltbild.de

Thanks to Sven for this information.



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Roxette to perform on German television show “Die Ultimative Chart-Show”

On March 4th, Roxette will perform on another German TV show as EMI Germany confirmed this morning. The show is called “Die Ultimative Chart-Show” and is broadcast on RTL.

The show is nothing but a chart show coming with a certain motto and will be recorded on February 22th in Cologne. Roxette will play their latest single “She’s got nothing on (but the radio)”. Motto of the show is “the most famous synthiepop songs of all times”.

Tickets are still available HERE.

Additional info: The Chart-Show had between 3 and 3.5 million viewers in the last season. Normally the episodes get broadcast 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. Always one of the old charting hits, sometimes a new one as well. Sometimes playback, sometimes live.

Update 28-01-2011: both the broadcast and the recording dates haven’t been 100% confirmed by the production company. We will let you know as soon as we have this confirmation.



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“Charm School” snippets out there!

Who would have thought the Frenchmen take a role in Roxette’s career again? Yes, it looks like a French music store is the first to offer 30 second clips of Roxette’s new album “Charm School”, to be released February 11 or 14 (depending on country).

If you can’t resist the temptation – here’s the link: qobuz.com – Just click “ECOUTER 30s”!

Update: It looks like somebody did a mistake – AGAIN. The snippets are gone from the website. No, we won’t link to any copies of them.

Update January 24: The album is listed for pre-ordering at iTunes – incl. slightly different snippets. Click here!

Update January 25: JPC.de listed the album as well, including different snippets. Thanks Volker!



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Roxette at “Wetten, dass..?”

After 20 years Roxette will finally take part at the German TV show “Wetten, dass..?”. On February 12th, Roxette will perform a Greatest Hits medley at the show which will be broadcast from Halle. The show is on German channel ZDF and the biggest TV show in German television – around 8-10 million people usually watch the programme.

Unfortunately, tickets for this one show are already sold out.

Source: ZDF

UPDATE, 24th January
: A few minutes ago, EMI Germany confirmed that Roxette will play a medley including “She’s got nothing on (but the radio)”.

UPDATE, 31th January: On Friday EMI revealed that Roxette play a medley of “The Look” and “It Must Have Been Love” along with “She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio)”. Thanks mr jefferson!



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Roxette to perform for the second time in Czech Republic

Roxette will perform for the second time in Czech Republic this June. The first concert will take place in O2 Arena in Prague on Jun 5th and is almost sold-out. Roxette decided to add another gig for Czech fans – this time in Ostrava on June 27th at CEZ Aréna.

“After already sold-out show in Prague, Czech fans will have a second chance to see the spectacular comeback of the Swedish pop duo” Jan Kostecki, concert organizers representative, says.

Tickets for the Ostrava concert will go on sale on Monday, January 24th at Ticketpro and Ticket Art.
Tickets are available from 690 to 990 crowns.

Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for this piece of information.



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Roxette #1 on German and Russian listener charts

Roxette entered directly to #1 on the German radio SWR3 (one of Germany’s top radios) charts with “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) this Sunday. The charts are done with the votes from the listeners via the same homepage. Keep on voting for Roxette!

Roxette is also #1 on Radio Berlin, after being one week at #2.

In addition, Roxette entered the official German airplay charts at #71 and the Austrian at #44.

But that’s not all, Roxette also entered directly to #1 on Russian radio ROKS, based in St. Petersburg, this weekend. This charts are also done with the votes from the listeners.

Andreas Weizbauer and Evgeny Perekopskiy and many Germans and Russians and other fans contributed to this article 😉



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UK Release April 4th

According to Amazon UK ‘Charm School’ seems to have a release date of 4th April in the UK, they currently have for pre-order the album at £11.99 and the Deluxe Version at £14.99, both however are listed as imports but I suspect this has just not been removed from the previous listings they had for the imported versions as previously advertised.

Play.com also have both versions of the album listed as well with a date of 4th April! The deluxe version is £12.99 and the regular album is £8.99.