“Touched By The Hand Of God” – the second single off TRAVELLING (Update)

Radio Berlin in its chart show “Hey Music” has recently added Roxette’s “Touched By The Hand Of God” to the voting list. We have no information if this is the second single off TRAVELLING or just a pick from radio’s dj.

Update Per Gessle has confirmed on Facebook that this is the second single

Yep, looks like TBTHOG will be the 2nd single off Travelling! A wise choice do you think?

Per: “I start packing very late”

The German Abendzeitung München interviewed Per Gessle about “Travelling” – not the album, but indeed travelling. The questions are quite interesting (and so are his answers) so we decided to give you a short translation.

Per Gessle, you are in sunny Stockholm right now. How long?

Per: Not very long. Very soon I leave to my other house on the west coast of Sweden and meet my mother and my brother. We will be together during Easter. Then I am off to South America. For five weeks.

And where have you been the first three months of 2012?

Per: It was an exciting year until now. We have been to Australia. In Southeast Asia. In China. We have never played in Shanghai before. Now I also look forward to South America, although we have been there last year already. But this time we are going to different places. Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Brasil.

How do you cope with a jetlag?

Per: Good question! You never really get used to the different time zones. It’s not a problem to perform, that’s not exhausting. It’s the opposite. It gives me a lot of energy. It’s travelling, that’s exhausting. The airports, waiting all the time, the long flights and that your inner clock is confused all the time. Australia is 10 hours ahead, in Southeast Asia it’s still seven. That’s much. You need several weeks to get used to that. And now it’s the opposite direction. But hey – that’s life. And it’s fantastic. I can’t really complain.

So you don’t know any tricks to cope with tiredness?

Per: You have to listen to your body. You need your sleep. Especially, when you have to go on stage. Then you really have to be in good shape. I hate medicine. That’s why I never take any sleeping pills on long flights. During the last tour I just slept and ignored all those tips, that you have to stay awake until a certain moment.

What’s happening with you when you’re travelling? How does it change you as a human being?

Per: The world ist damn huge and there’s a variety out there which is just unbelievable. If you come from Shanghai to Stockholm you wonder where all the people are. But if you come from a small town like Halmstad, where I was born, to Stockholm, this town feels too big. Travelling changes your perspective. People around the world have different attitudes and opinions. In China and Scandinavia the politics are completely different. Or compare Lima in Peru with Hongkong? You have to learn how big the world is. And when I travel a lot I really appreciate Sweden a lot more. It’s very clean here, the air isn’t polluted. And then there’s the climate. Well, yes. Not really. Only from May to October. These months are really wonderful. Then there’s a west wind in my hometown, you feel the salt of the sea. Winter is big joke here. So I don’t really care when I am travelling in January.

You like the weather in Sweden?

Per: Not really. Only from May to October. These months are really wonderful. Then there’s a west wind in my hometown, you feel the salt of the sea. Winter is big joke here. So I don’t really care when I am travelling in January.

Where do you sleep best?

Per: At home, of course. We always sleep in great hotels. But they are never as good as the bed at home. In hotels you sometimes wake up and ask yourself where you are, where the bathroom is. I can’t sleep in planes. I don’t really like flying. It’s not that I am afraid, but I don’t feel very well being up in the air.

What do you do in the plane when you can’t sleep?

Per: The plane is a good place to read. At home I barely have time for that. But in the plane I always have books with me. At the moment I read the biography of Bernie Ecclestone. I am a huge fan of Formula 1. On flights I also hear a lot of music. It’s cool that you can take so much of your favourite music with you on an iPod.

Is there anything you always have to have with you?

Per: Nowadays it’s of course a computer that you always carry around. And I actually always have an instrument with me. Mostly a guitar. But I am guy who always starts packing very late. A few hours before I have to go. Even when I am away for a month. My wife always does that one month in advance. I don’t. I have my favourite jeans, my favourite shoes..

You are kind of a hotel expert and own a hotel on your own in Tylösand. When is a hotel a good hotel?

Per: It depends on what you want. For me the first impression is important. The people who work there have to be very friendly. You should feel welcome from the beginning. If you like Spas, that’s important. If you like good food, then the restaurant is important.

And you?

Per: My wife likes Spas. I prefer the studio to work out. I think the staff is important. And a non-smoking room. It’s horrible to come into a room where people have smoked. If that happens I always change the room. I don’t need a big suite. I hate it, when they upgrade me to the “Präsidentensuite” (I really don’t know the English word right since I am in a hurry, it’s the biggest suite in a hotel). I don’t want to play tennis in my hotel room. I always close all the doors and stay in my bedroom. If you’re alone you really don’t need more than one room.

“Travelling” to be released digitally in US in June

We have had this piece of news “hidden” in the other article about the US tour dates, but I think it’s worth mentioning it in addition: “Travelling” will be released digitally in the United States on June 5th.

“The idea has been to tap into all the positive energy that has boosted the band during this dazzling trip, and channel it into new Roxette music,” says EMI/Capitol a news release.

“In short, an album that, just like 1992’s ‘Tourism,’ captures the feeling of a band on a roll — constantly on the move, snatching inspiration as they go; recording in hotel rooms, studios, at sound-checks and in concert. The result is a fascinating musical postcard with 15 superb songs, most of which are new, some that are revisited classics and others being pearls that for various reasons haven’t seen the light of day before.”

“Travelling” to enter German charts at #7

Roxette’s latest album “Travelling” will enter the German charts at #7 on Friday. So far only new entries and other special changes got published by the chart company. The charts run from Friday to Thursday.

There was very tough competition in the release week. Madonna’s latest album “MDNA” entered on #3 behind German act Silbermond on #2 and Unheilig keeping the #1 spot from the previous week. Iron Maiden debuted on #4. The entries of Roxette’s previous studio albums:

Look Sharp: 30 (peak 7)
Joyride: 6 (peak 1)
Tourism: 1 (peak 1)
C! B! B!: 4 (peak 2)
HAND: 2 (peak 2)
Room Service: 4 (peak 3)
Charm School: 1 (peak 1)

Thanks to Dennis Korbel for the info!

First look at the LP

The LP version of “Travelling” comes without any new pictures. Instead the pics are just bigger.

The demo of “Me & You & Terry & Julie” is rocky and doesn’t point that the final version would have slow verses and a fast chorus. The demo of “Touched by the hand of God” (called Charm school) is also acoustic – Per and an acoustic guitar.

The tracklist order is also different on the vinyl, beginning with side B (track 5 on the Cd) every following ‘track-couple’ is switched with each other, Easy Way Out with It’s Possible, EMSDYWMTCUYW with Perfect Excuse and See Me with It’s Possible (Version 02).

Read moreFirst look at the LP

Travelling charting

New Roxette album Travelling entered official Czech album chart on #7. Although was realease date set to this Monday, album was already released last week in Thusrday. So only two days were enought for Travelling to jump on positin 7. FYI Charm School scored #1 and received Gold status in Czech Republic last year.

Additionally “It’s possible” debuted at #64 on German single charts.

Roxette’s new album “Travelling” enters Swedish iTunes charts at #3

Roxette’s new album “Travelling” is out today in many countries and it has already entered some iTunes Store Album Top 10 charts today:

Sweden #3 (down to #6 as per March 26, back to #4 – March 28)

Finland #6

Germany #9

Czech Republic #5

Switzerland #8 (down to #10 as per March 26))

Spain #8

Keep on buying! 😉

If you look at the iTunes Store Top 10 POP Albums:

Germany #4

Austria #8

Denmark #8

Norway #9

Spain #4

Sweden #3

Switzerland #7

Thanks Fabio (ettexor) for the hint!

 

Listen to songs from Roxette’s new album – TRAVELLING

Here is a collection of some videos we found on YouTube with the new songs from Travelling.

The purpose of adding the links here is to spread the word about this brilliant new album, don’t forget to buy a copy on iTunes or Amazon or your store next door! You can also listen to the album in some countries on Spotify.

The videos might be gone soon, so just use your imagination to look for other options.

01. Me & You & Terry & Julie

02. Lover Lover Lover

03. Turn Of The Tide

04. Touched By The Hand Of God

Read moreListen to songs from Roxette’s new album — TRAVELLING