Charm School demos will be revealed tomorrow – in Barcelona

In case you are attending the Roxette concert in Barcelona tomorrow, you should also consider to attend the huge fan party afterwards.
The Charm School demos, which will be released on the revisited edition of the album next week, will be played exclusively tomorrow evening.

So take your time and join the party!

Charm School Revisited tracklisting

The Official press release re Charm School Revisted:

Charm School Revisited – To be released November 28th

2011 has been a fantastic year for Roxette. A great comeback with a tremendous success both with the album “Charm School” and the ongoing world tour, which has been seen by more than 700 000 people all over the world.

Roxette will now end this year with a special package of the “Charm School” album, a 2-CD 6page digi pack including the original album and a bonus CD.

The additional CD includes “The Demos”, which is actually Per Gessles original demos for the songs on “Charm School”, most of them recorded in the T & A studio in his hometown Halmstad. A fascinating and interesting look into Per’s songwriting.

The bonus CD ends up with remixes of the singles “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)” and “Speak To Me”.

The album will be released on November 28th and will be available both as a digital and a physical product.

Read moreCharm School Revisited tracklisting

Unknown promotional “Charm school” photo

Caroline Roosmark has done a photo session for Roxette back in January. Up till now 4 promotional pictures were available. Lately EMI Music Sweden has prepared Roxette “Charm school” postarcds with another, unknown shoot of the duo on the front and with Roxette and Charm school names in the back written with the well-known font from the latest album.

Thanks to San Dra for posting this on Per Gessle site.

“Charm School” success in Argentina

Fabio Deluca from Argentina has just informed us that after a very long delay, the Argentinian charts for February, March and April were finally published by CAPIF. It seems like “Charm school” was not only the number 1 in Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic, but also in Argentina!

Have a look at monthly and weekly charts from there:

Monthly Chart
* February: Charm School #1
* March: Charm School #11; A Collection of Roxette Hits #18

Weekly Chart
Week / Date / Position (Album)
7 / Feb.13 / #1 (CS)
8 / Feb.20 / #12 (CS)
9 / Feb.27 / #8 (CS)
10 / Mar.06 / #14 (CH)
11 / Mar.13 / #7 (CS) – #9 (CH) – #17 (BE)
12 / Mar.20 / #12 (CS)
17 / Apr.24 / #17 (CS)
(CS) Charm School / (CH) A Collection of Roxette Hits / (BE) Baladas en Español

As you can see, on week 11 there were 3 Roxette albums in the Top 20!

Roxette receive award for Charm School

Right before the show at the Tanzbrunnen in Cologne, Roxette and producers Christoffer Lundquist and Clarence Öfwerman received the golden award for 100,000 copies of Charm School in Germany. Congratulations again!

Update: A short TV report to be found on YouTube.

Update 2: Now the press release is out with the official photos!

Update 3: Translation of the press text!

Gold for Roxette in Cologne!

The Swedish superstars Roxette now added another trophy to their phenomenal career as part of the successful tour in Germany: The comeback album “Charm School”, released by EMI Music Germany and Starwatch Entertainment that managed to hit directly the first place of the German charts in February, sold over 100,000 copies since then. Last Thursday Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle received the Gold awards in the eve of the Cologne concert. The popularity of the Swedish duo within the German fans is visible in the impressive chart success of the latest album as well as the top ten hit “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)”.

Uli Mücke, Vice President New Music of EMI Music Germany, is delighted: “We are very happy about this successful comeback of the sympathetic Swedes, with whom collaboration is simply fun. Moreover the journey of this album is still far from over.” Hans Fink, CEO of Star Watch Entertainment, adds: “I am very pleased for Marie and Per. “Charm School” is a fantastic album. It’s great that the German fans are as excited about it as we are. Congratulations!” After the sold-out Open-air concerts in June Roxette will continue with a large arena tour in October 2011.

Brazilian Q&A with Per Gessle: Who knows, we might pop up in South America again

In March 2011, the RoxetteBrasil.net website asked Brazilian Roxette fans what they would like to know about the band if they could ask. Among all the questions, we chose the best ones and here they are:

ROXETTE BRASIL: First of all, thank you so much for being in Brazil again! You have made a lot of our dreams come true. How does it feel to be in Brazil after 12 years? What are your best memories of our country? What do you think about the Brazilian fans?

We certainly love to play Brazil. South America has always had a special place in our hearts. Very generous, warm and loud people. We like that!

RXBRA: November 3, 2010 was a special day for us fans, because it was the day you announced the world tour. In that morning Brazilians put Roxette in the 3rd place on the Brazilian Twitter trending topics. This, plus the worldwide excitement, made Roxette the 9th most typed word in the world that unforgettable morning. Per, you are very active in Twitter: were you surprised regarding this fact?

I was. And still am. I’m not that super active on Twitter anymore. I spend more time on Facebook (Roxette Official) these days. But I’m very proud that so many people in Brazil are waving the Rox flag very high!!!

RXBRA: Per, after all these years, what still drives you to write fantastic songs?

Thanx. I do my best. I love my work. I have great people around me who takes the time to understand my ambitions and ideas. Without them I’m sure most of my songs would sound terrible!

RXBRA: You are singing and playing some songs for many years, so when you play them, do you really feel your music as before, as the 1st time (words, melodies, emotions)? I mean do you get moved or it is something little mechanic now? Which song do you get easily moved by when you play?

Songs like “It must have been lunch” or “Listen to your heart” are almost impossible to rehearse these days. But as soon as you have the crowd in front of you, you’re filled with lots of energy and emotions. I love playing all those old songs over and over again. They seem to mean so much for people all over the world. It’s the greatest reward you can get as a writer.

RXBRA: Talking about writing, you wrote 1995 hit “You don’t understand me” in collaboration with Desmond Child. How did this happen? A lot of fans want to know if you are interested in working (writing/singing) with other famous faces. And if so, who would it be?

Desmond and I started working when he was in Sweden doing something else. The songs we wrote were not intended for Rox but Marie fell in love with You don’t understand me the first time she heard it. She wanted to sing on the demo! And it suddenly became a Roxette song. No, I’m not really that interested in writing with other people. Never was actually. But maybe I should try???

RXBRA: You said once in a former Official Roxette Fanclub interview from 1994 that there was a big lack in your life (talking about Sleeping in my car song.) So, did you already make love in the back seat of your car?

Ayayay. No secrets revealed (anymore!). Sorry.

RXBRA: Now, talking about Charm School, Brazilians agree with Clarence when he said it was one of the best Roxette albums. How many songs did you record in the process? Any chance we get to know one or two non-used songs as the next b-sides? Which is your favorite track and Marie s?

There are three, maybe four more around. Don’t know if we’re gonna use them. Marie’s fave track is “No one makes it on her own”. Mine is “I’m glad you called”. And “Way Out” because it’s hard to write songs like that at my age!!

RXBRA: After 10 years, you are back on tour with Roxette. What do you think about so many young people in your concerts? It must feel good to know your music survived all these years, right? Many young Brazilians were on diapers when you sang ‘Hello, you fool, I love you’ for the first time and now they are here singing with you.

Yea, it feels fab!!! It’s like that all over the world. I guess the music we’re making is quite timeless. We were never interested in trends that pass after a few months. We’re very old fashioned in that sense. Maybe it pays off?

RXBRA: Roxette fans always talk about the fact the band doesn’t have a proper live concert registered on DVD. Are there any chances to have a DVD from this tour? Is there any chance of some old concert to be released as well? And also, we are looking forward to seeing you on Blu-Ray!!!

Yea, we’re working on this!!!! Stay tuned!

RXBRA: At Crash! Boom! Bang! documentary, in spite of it was in Swedish and we hardly understood it, you said that you talked to your bottles of wine. (Scene from Per in his wine cellar). Do you still talk with them?

Talking to them? What a great idea! Forgot about that!

RXBRA: Now, what can you tell us about the band’s future? We know the tour might expand till the next year but, after this, things still are up to Marie or now you are back for good? Do you intend to comeback to close the Tour in South America?

It looks like the tour will expand well into 2012. Who knows, we might pop up in South America again before long. We’d love that! No promises, though! Cheers, P.

Roxette Brasil Team: Thank you Per for your kind attention with us and with all Brazilian fans! We hardly can’t wait for that! We bet all fans from South America will sold out the stages once again to see you! So, we hope to see you very soon again!

Big thanks to Danyela Etchart of RoxetteBrasil.net for sending us this interview.

Upcoming USA releases by Roxette in sight!

Today the first signs of Roxette’s upcoming album releases in the USA got public. Both “Charm School” and a compilation named “Greatest Hits” will be released on July 26 by Capitol/EMI. We don’t know yet if the new Hits album features a re-shuffled tracklist or fresh artwork. The following press release was sent out and published by various plattforms:

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — After 25 years as a world-famous act with more than 70 million albums sold, one of Sweden’s top pop groups steps back into the spotlight a decade after the release of their last studio album (Room Service). Roxette’s acclaimed new album, Charm School, released internationally in February, will be released digitally in the U.S. on July 26 by Capitol/EMI. On the same date, Capitol/EMI will release a new collection of Roxette’s Greatest Hits on CD and digitally. Both titles will be available for album and individual song download purchase from all major digital service providers.

Charm School is a new album of 12 songs in a style that’s best described as “updated classic Roxette,” from the initial power pop fireworks of “Way Out” to the bittersweet closer, “Sitting On Top Of The World.” Roxette’s new Greatest Hits collection features 12 major chart hits and fan favorites, including “It Must Have Been Love,” “The Look,” “Listen To Your Heart,” “Dangerous,” and “Joyride,” as well as two new songs from Charm School.

The chances for a new Roxette album to happen looked slim when vocalist Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the autumn of 2002. But Marie managed to defeat the illness, and starting in 2009, the pieces gradually fell together for Charm School’s creation. First, Marie and her Roxette partner, Per Gessle, were reunited onstage in Amsterdam to perform “It Must Have Been Love” and “The Look” during Per’s “Party Crasher” tour. Before long, Roxette had made a full-scale comeback as headliners for the “Night of the Proms” tour in front of more than 600,000 people in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

“By then we started to think ahead and plan for the possibility of making a new album – an album that captured everything that’s good about Roxette while still looking ahead,” said Gessle. During the tour, the band’s hotel rooms were transformed into recording studios where a string of new Roxette songs took shape.

Back home in Sweden, the work continued during the spring and autumn of 2010. Just as when the band recorded in their heyday, Per had written many songs from which to choose. The sensitive ballad “In My Own Way,” for example, is a rediscovered gem from 1984, when Gessle and Fredriksson’s shared dream of international recognition was yet to be realized, while the album’s newest song is the infectious groove-master single “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio),” written in the autumn of 2010.

Between those songs is everything that has made Roxette one of the world’s most radio played pop groups; the clinging melodies, the passionate delivery, the humorous pop sense and the unique mix of Marie Fredriksson’s and Per Gessle’s voices. All wrapped up in a musical package that is unmistakably 2011.

“For me, the starting point has always been to write songs for Marie’s voice,” said Gessle. “She got this ability to make you believe every word she sings, and that’s why she brings the stories to life. As a songwriter that’s an incredible gift to be a part of.”
Charm School was recorded in the south of Sweden and Stockholm with Clarence Ofwerman and Christoffer Lundqvist as producers (together with Per and Marie). The album is a magnificent return to form after ten years of trials and challenges. As Marie Fredriksson sings in one of the album’s quintessential tracks, “No One Makes It On Her Own.”

Roxette is currently on tour internationally, with European dates scheduled through July.

Source: PR Newswire

Four new concerts in the World Tour 2011 schedule

EMI Sweden sent out a new press release to the Swedish media yesterday which includes very interesting pieces of information:

– “Charm school” sold with almost 300,000 copies around the world
– Roxette was awarded with golden records for “Charm school” in Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland
– over 220,000 people saw Roxette during their first 26 concerts in Russia, Eastern Europe, South America and South Africa

In addition, four new dates have been added to the World Tour 2011 schedule. No new countries, though.

10.10 Stadhalle, Vienna (Austria)
11.10 Olympiahalle, Munich (Germany)
30.10 Genève Arena, Geneva (Switzerland)
31.10 Hallenstadion, Zurich (Switzerland)

Source: JPSmedia.se

“Way Out” and “Speak To Me” to be released on vinyl 7″

Updated 10-5-2011: The below has been updated – thanks to Thomas Evensson for clarifying! Basically: “Speak To Me” will only be available on vinyl and “Way Out” only on CD, besides digitally.

First published on 1-5-2011

Here is an overview of the singles which are going to be released in the next weeks:

Digital “Speak To Me
Release date
released in Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, South Africa on April 18th, 2011

Tracks
“Speak To Me” Bassflow Remake
Stars – Live in Barcelona, October 2001

7″ vinyl “Speak To Me
Release date
To be released on May 18, 2011 – countries still unknown.

Tracks
A-side:
“Speak To Me” Bassflow Remake
“Speak To Me” Original Mix

B-Side:
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) Adrian Lux Mix
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) Adam Rickfors Mix

Digital “Way Out
Release date
to be released on June 10, 2011 in Germany and Austria. This will also be the 2nd single off “Charm School” in Spain, but release date is still unknown.

Tracks
Way Out
Crash! Boom! Bang! / Anyone – Live Forest National, Brussels, October 22, 2001

CD Single “Way Out
Release date
To be released on June 10, 2011 – countries still unknown

Tracks
Way Out
Crash! Boom! Bang! / Anyone – Live Forest National, Brussels, October 22, 2001

It is still unclear if both singles will be available on CDs as well but my guess is that they will according to the photos posted on Roxette Official Facebook page, since one of them is a “Way Out” CD.

Gold with “Charm School” and “Way Out” second single in Germany

As EMI Germany proudly announces, the next single to be released out of “Charm School” will be “Way Out”, available digitally and on CD-single on June 10th in Germany. Roxette also have sold 100.000 copies of “Charm School” in Germany, which entitles them to the Gold award. The album already got awarded in Sweden and Switzerland.

Uli Mücke, Vice President New Music of EMI Music Germany says:

“Roxette are among the most successful and most likeable artists on the EMI roster. We are very pleased that this phenomenal comeback of the Swedes in cooperation with Star Watch Entertainment and Marek Lieberberg concert promotion and with great support by the radio stations has been successful.

As a side note, Roxette will be playing in open airs in Germany this Summer starting on June 11th in Berlin. They will visit Germany again later in Autumn as well.

Source: EMI press release

Update a few hours after publishing: Way Out will also be the 2nd single in Austria.