Roxette’s new single “It Just Happens” out tomorrow; album out on June 3

April 8th is a special date for Roxette, as on that day back in 1989 Roxette reached #1 on the Billboard with The Look, their first number 1 in USA and the song that meant their brIt Just Happenseakthrough.

Twenty-seven (yes, 27!) years later, Roxette has decided to release their new single “It Just Happens” on this date. This is the first single off “Good Karma”, Roxette’s 10th album that will be released on June 3rd. The album will also be released on vinyl!

In the press release sent out today, Per explains “we wanted to mix the classic Roxette sound with a modern and somehow unpredictable production to create an interesting sound where one can both recognise us and experience something new”. The song “was one of the first songs written for the album and quickly became one of the key songs” and was therefore chosen as the first single.

Promotion for the song has just started, do not miss the butterfly on all social media! This is going to be a great 30th anniversary year!

Expressen (rating 3/5, “the production has style and fantasy”) and Aftonbladet (rating 3/5, stating the song is “surprisingly good” and “who would have thought Roxette do have so strong and melancholic melodies in 2016?”) also already reviewed the single.

 

The track list of the album is as follows:Good Karma

01. Why Don’tcha?
02. It Just Happens
03. Good Karma
04. This One
05. You Make It Sound So Simple
06. From a Distance
07. Some Other Summer
08. Why Don’t You Bring Me Flowers?
09. You Can’t Do This to Me Anymore
10. 20 bpm

11. April Clouds

Roxers’ favourite Roxette studio album covers

Some days ago we asked you to list your Top3 favourite Roxette studio album covers. We got a lot of comments and after the collage had been shared both on Roxette’s official Facebook page and Instagram account, there were even more votes. It seemed to be obvious which covers would end up at the Top3 positions, but I was curious about the exact results. It’s of course not a representative sample, but who else could judge Roxette’s album covers better than Roxers?

After checking all the comments, I counted the votes / mentions and found out the Top2 were indeed quite obvious. Most people voted for Joyride and Look Sharp!. I would say the difference between the number of votes is so tiny, the 2 covers are equally strong. The third position is occupied by Crash! Boom! Bang!, but Tourism was very close to become the third as well. The difference is quite small here, too. The 5th best cover according to Roxers is that of Room Service.

The remaining 4 covers are well behind any of those in the Top5. No surprise poor Travelling (which was released 4 years ago today, by the way) is at the end of the list. I remember how excited we all were about the new album in 2011 and 2012 and when the cover was shared on Facebook, tons of us first thought it was a joke and that it couldn’t be the final design. Not that it wasn’t funny to see BoJo on the sleeve, but… ehm… Then we decided, OK if the content is awesome, we don’t really care about the cover. The songs turned out to be fab, so the sin made with the album cover was forgiven, so to say.

We like busy covers only if there is a real concept behind them (see Tourism) and we love professional, artistic photos of Marie and Per on the sleeve. We are not into weird Photoshop attempts (see Travelling) and busy covers with seemingly no concept behind them (see Charm School). Don’t get us wrong, we love seeing such non-pro pics, but it works much better on social media sites or in books than on album covers.

These days when music is consumed rather digitally, it might be even more important to have a great cover to catch the attention of those who still go and buy CDs at record shops. Come to think of it, even for digital use it is important to have a good-looking sleeve. At least I prefer seeing a clear, eye-catching cover pic on Spotify and similar sites when I listen to music either on computer or on my smartphone.

So anyone in charge of the upcoming album cover design, please make an attractive one! Now you can see which directions Roxers prefer. 😉

 

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Swedish Hitz Goes Metal – Vol. 2

Swedish Hitz Goes Metal Vol IIYou surely remember the first Swedish Hitz Goes Metal album from 2011, as it included 4 Roxette covers, The Look, Joyride, Sleeping in My Car and Listen to Your Heart. Now it’s been announced that a second album is on its way, being released on 25th October.

 

According to the official tracklist, there is no Roxette cover on the worldwide release, BUT the Japanese edition will contain Dressed for Success. Somehow the song is already on YouTube, so you can listen to it by clicking here.

 

 

Original tracklist for the worldwide release:

01. Dancing Queen (ABBA)
02. Don´t Stop The Music (ROBYN)
03. Alive (DA BUZZ)
04. One Of Us (ABBA)
05. Tiger (ABBA)
06. Does Your Mother Know (ABBA)
07. Rock Me (ABBA)
08. Voulez-Vous (ABBA)
09. Take A Chance On Me (ABBA)
10. All About The Money (MEJA)
11. Euphoria (LOREEN)
12. My Favourite Game (THE CARDIGANS)

 

Japanese release:

01. My Favourite Game (The Cardigans) (4:00)
02. Dancing Queen (ABBA) (3:34)
03. Tiger (ABBA) (2:57)
04. Don’t Stop The Music (Robyn) (3:35)
05. One Of Us (ABBA) (3:49)
06. Rock Me (ABBA) (3:27)
07. Alive (Da Buzz) (3:19)
08. Dressed For Success (Roxette) (3:36)
09. Does Your Mother Know (ABBA) (3:23)
10. Take A Chance On Me (ABBA) (4:27)
11. Voulez-vous (ABBA) (5:08)
12. All’Bout The Money (Meja) (4:00)
13. Euphoria (Loreen) (Bonus Track For Japan) (3:34)

 

Gyllene Tider goes ABBA

soldansPer revealed the tracklist of Gyllene Tider’s new compilation album, ”Soldans på din grammofon” and it turns out to be a double CD and a coloured double LP. Check the tracklist below.

You’ll find 4 bonus tracks on the album. One of the songs, ”45 minuter motorväg” is a leftover from GT’s latest record, ”Dags att tänka på refrängen”. As we already informed you earlier, you’ll find 2 versions of ”Henry, dansa inte disco!” on the album: a live one from 1980 recorded at the rehearsal studio and a new version.

One more interesting bonus track will see the light of day: a cover version of ABBA’s ”S.O.S.” from 1980 recorded at the rehearsal studio. If you are wondering how ABBA-ish GT can sound, you should listen to their cover in this video of Gyllene Tider’s live performance at Rock 300 /Karlskrona, 2nd August, 1980/ – God, I was just a half-year-old girl back then. 🙂 (The cover is from 20:55, but it is worth watching the whole video.):

 

 

For a comparison here’s ABBA’s ”S.O.S.” – Swedish version:

 

ABBA: ”S.O.S.” – English version:

 

Tracklist:

CD #1
1. Sommartider
2. Gå & fiska!
3. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
4. Flickorna på TV2
5. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän
6. När vi två blir en
7. Det hjärta som brinner
8. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
9. Det är över nu
10. Kung av sand
11. Marie i växeln
12 Tylö Sun
13. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
14. Billy

CD #2
1. Skicka ett vykort, älskling!
2. Juni, Juli, Augusti
3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
4. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
5. (Hon vill ha) Puls
6. Småstad
7. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
8. Vandrar i ett sommarregn
9. Faller ner på knä
10. När alla vännerna gått hem

BONUS – EP:
11. Henry, dansa inte disco! (En 70-talsfabel)
12. 45 minuter motorväg
13. S.O.S. (live replokal juni 1980)
14. Henry, dansa inte disco! (live replokal jan 1980)

 

The album is out on 3rd July.

 

 

“It’s possible” – cover and duration

According to Play.com – the “It’s Possible (Version One Radio Edit)” with duration of 2min 35sec is to be released on Monday, March 4. The German radio show “Hey Music” on Radio Berlin informs that “It’s possible” lasts for 3min 22sec. We have no information at this point which information is correct.

The B-side of the first single will be T&A Demo of “It’s possible”.

Update: It turned out that correct duration is 2:34 for the first single, which makes it the shortest one leading single in the history of Roxette.

Fredrik Olastuen – the man behind plane’s photo

As you know – the plane picture used on not the final cover of the Roxette’s forthcoming “T2 – Tourism 2” album was taken by Norwegian photographer Fredrik Olastuen. Who is he – you may ask.

Here’s the little piece of information he publishes on his Flickr page.

26 years old, living in Jessheim, Akershus, Norway.

Work in the videoconferencing industry, certified on Tandberg equipment. When not on work, I spend most of my time as a hobby-/freelance-photographer.

I do mostly sports and concert foto, but experiencing with all kind of genres.

I have always been interested in photo, but it really startet to evolve when I bought my first DSLR. Now I’m almost only shooting with my Canon Powershot G10, but it’s still a lot of fun and I like to experience with motives and techniques.

My main goal is to have fun and take nice pictures of my life and surroundings, and experience while having fun. If you like my photos, that’s a nice bonus 🙂

If you want to follow my updates, you can add me as a contact here on Flickr or on Twitter where I will post every time I publish new photos.

The Look goes metal

Some months we wrote about the album “Swedish Hitz Goes Metal”, which was released in May 2011 and includes metal covers of the biggest hits written by ABBA, Roxette and Ace Of Base.

We received an email from Niclas Eliasson with the link to their newly released video to “The Look”.

You can read more about the band and the album in this Facebook page.

Swedish Hitz Go Metal – four Roxette songs included

Tommy ReinXeed, singer from the North of Sweden, is now revealing “SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL” album. Tommy ReinXeed has already released 4 studio albums with his own band ReinXeed in Japan and Europe, but he also has a huge passion to do hard rock/metal versions of his favorite songs. With the album “Swedish Hitz Goes Metal” we get the biggest hits written by ABBA, Roxette and Ace Of Base.

The album is released in Sweden (Naxos Sweden) and Japan (King Records) in May 2011. “Money Money Money” (ABBA) is the first single and the first video. The 2nd video will be Roxette’s “The Look” featuring the Norwegian talented singer “PelleK”.

More info to be found at Facebook page.

1. Mamma Mia
2. The Look
3. Money Money Money
4. The Sign
5. Summer Night City
6. All That She Wants
7. Super Trouper
8. Joyride
9. Intermezzo No. 1
10. Sleeping In My Car
11. The Winner Takes It All
12. Beautiful Life
13. Lay All Your Love On Me
14. Listen To Your Heart

Source: Naxosdirect.se

Thanks to Michal Wroclaw of RoxettePL Facebook page.

“Sleeping in my car” punk cover

The Black Tapes - cover of theirs first album. Polish punk band The Black Tapes has covered “Sleeping in my car” on theirs first album called “The Black Tapes”. The album got very positive reviews in Polish press and many journalists really appreciated Roxette’s cover which is a “ghost track” on this CD. The band members recorded this debut album in Sweden and wanted to have something Swedish on it – that was the main reason why they have decided to include “Sleeping in my car”.

You can listen to theirs version here.

“The Look” covered by rockabilly band “The Baseballs”

Posted on June 28th: German rockabilly band The Baseballs included a cover of “The Look” in their first album “Strike”, which was released in May 2009.  The album also includes covers of Rihanna, Robbie Williams and Maroon 5 among others.

Digger, singer together with Sam and Basti, explains why they choose “The Look” in an interview published on Münstersche Zeitung yesterday, “we wanted to give the album a personal touch. I chose “The Look”, which I relate to my start with music. It was my sister’s first LP and the first song I could play on keyboards.”

I personally find the version of “The Look” one of the best on the album, but you can judge yourself on YouTube, where you can also listen to other songs included in the album.

If you want to learn more about the band, you can visit their homepage (in German) or page on Facebook. And if you’ve been convinced by their music, you can buy their CD on Amazon.de

Update 18th July: just found out that there is another German band who already covered “The Look” back in 1991. The band is called Boppin’B and they named the album containing the cover “The Look”.