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DO WHAT YOU WANT BUT HARM NO ONE; TDR fund-raising campaign will benefit orphaned children

Written by administrator on January 27, 2002 to .

It’s been over four months since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, yet people around the world – not just in New York – continue to grieve… and continue to feel victimized.
  Amongst the greatest tragedies of that day, is the fact that hundreds of children became orphans. We here at The Daily Roxette – who along with many of our readers and Roxette themselves – were deeply affected by the events of September 11th, believe there are still lives to be saved: the lives of these children.

  Wanting to make a difference, we’ve decided to support the Twin Towers Orphans Fund with a three-part, TDR-sponsored fund raising campaign. We’ve selected this particular charity because 100 percent of the funds they receive go directly to help raise the kids who lost one or both parents that day – and because we know that both Per and Marie themselves consider raising children a high priority in their own lives.

  To begin this campaign amongst Roxette fans worldwide, we’re announcing the availability of a limited edition t-shirt, available only to our registered subscribers. 100 percent of the proceeds from the distribution of these shirts will go to help these children.

  In an obvious reference to the events of September 11, Per and Marie had Jonas Åkerlund add the tag line “DO WHAT YOU WANT BUT HARM NO ONE” to an otherwise dark screen at the end of each of the “Room Service” concerts. It’s that slogan that you’ll see in white across the chest area of your solid black, heavy cotton t-shirt.

  We’re asking our readers to contribute a minimum of USD $15 for each shirt (postage and handling included). If you can afford to contribute more… great! Our goal, of course, is to raise as much money as possible. You can get your t-shirt by sending an e-mail to promo@dailyroxette.com. Further ordering information will be sent by reply e-mail. Read more…

After a decade, Rox-related trio Triad makes a comeback

Written by PerAndren on January 27, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - After more than ten years, the trio Triad is making a comeback. They are best known for their Swedish Christmas song “Tänd Ett Ljus” (“Light a Candle”), that was a big hit in 1988. It sold over 50,000 copies, making it a Platinum record.

  Triad is composed of (from left to right) Janne Bark (he played guitar during Gyllene’s Heartland Café Tour), Niklas Strömstedt (an old friend of Per, tributes on some Gyllene Tider songs), and Lasse Lindbom (Gyllene Tider’s “famous” producer). [photo courtesy EMI Sweden]
  The trio has recently appeared on Swedish TV4’s “Bingolotto.”

“Rockbjörn” award goes to Lambretta; not Roxette

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on January 27, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - While Roxette was nominated in the Swedish Group-of-the-Year category, the golden “Rockbjörn” (Rock Bear) statuette was awarded to Lambretta, a group that has done very well on the dance/pop charts this past year, in ceremonies at the Cirkus theatre in Skansen.
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Exclusive pictures from NRJ Radio Awards

Written by roxeteer on January 24, 2002 to .

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The Daily Roxette is proud to present exclusive pictures from Monday’s NRJ Radio Awards, taken by our reporter/photographer Thomas Evensson. Click to enlarge.

EMI Sweden comments on tour/release “rumours”

Written by Sascha on January 23, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Inferring that the report published yesterday in Metro – Sweden’s largest morning newspaper – was fabricated, EMI Music Sweden posted this message today on Roxette.se, Roxette’s own “official” website:

  “This is an official comment on rumours regarding a forthcoming tour, release dates etc. There will be no Roxette tour this summer/year. Per and Marie are in the process of writing new material. There are however no plans to release anything before or during the summer of 2002.”

Second online music service launches with EMI onboard

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on January 23, 2002 to .

NEW YORK - Pressplay, which offers music from three of the five major labels, launched its online subscription service on Tuesday. The launch came on the same day that MusicCity – one of three file-sharing companies hoping to spoil the major labels’ party – asked a U.S. federal court to declare its free service legal.

  Pressplay – which offers songs from Sony, EMI and Universal artists – is the second fee-based service released by the five major record labels. MusicNet – run by EMI, Warner and BMG – launched in December (previous TDR article).

  Pressplay will be available through affiliates MP3.com, Roxio, Yahoo and MSN. Read more…

TDR to publish follow-up story tomorrow

Written by administrator on January 23, 2002 to .

Today’s article in the Swedish editions of Metro (shown to the right in a reduced size) has, understandably, created quite a stir in the Roxette fan community. Any mention of new material, tour plans, or an album release is guaranteed to generate such excitement.

  The Daily Roxette plans to publish a follow-up story tomorrow – as there has been some questions raised as to the validity of the information published by Metro. Our team of reporters is investigating. In the meantime, we’d like to simply point out that legitimate journalists do not “make up” stories.

New “Greatest Hits” album to be released in June

Written by tevensso on January 22, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Roxette will release another ’Greatest Hits’ album in June… or maybe even two. “We don’t know yet,” said Li Eriksson at EMI. As an enticement, the album will include two or three new songs along with the big hits.

  The thought is to precede the album(s) release with a single in May. Per thinks this it’s going to be a hit.

  “I feel it in my gut when I’m working with a song if it’s going to be a hit or not. But the most important thing is that it’s fun to work,” he said.

Roxette to tour Sweden this summer!

Written by Lissie on January 22, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Today’s report in Metro, a daily newspaper distributed here for free, reports that Roxette will go on a Swedish tour this summer, just after the release of the new compilation album mentioned in the article above.

Copy-protected CDs are not CDs, says Philips

Written by roxeteer on January 21, 2002 to .

Dutch consumer electronics manufacturer Philips, a co-creator of the CD format, is not playing along as major record labels unveil their copy-protection technology for CDs. Philips owns the “Compact Disc” trademark and the CD logo that has been on every disc since Philips and Sony jointly developed the technology in 1978. Now Philips says that as the copy-protected CDs can’t be played on some CD players, such as CD-ROM drives and even some standard stereo systems, the protected discs do not qualify as “compact discs” and thus can’t use the CD logo.

  The copy protection has been introduced by the five major record labels: BMG Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Recorded Music and Warner Music Group. The controversial technology introduces minute errors to the CDs or changes the location of data on the discs to prevent them from being played back on computers.

  So far, only a couple of discs have been copy-protected with this technology. Natalie Imbruglia’s album “White Lilies Island” from BMG prompted numerous returns in the United Kingdom as record buyers thought their discs were broken.

“And the winner is... Roxette!”

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on January 21, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Per and Marie were called onto the stage at the NRJ Nordic Radio Awards three times tonight to be presented with trophies. Roxette received awards for “Best Nordic Artist,” “Best Swedish Group, ” and “Best Nordic Song.”

  Roxette and Titiyo where the artists that had the most nominations – four each – one in each of the categories they qualified for.
  The award show was presented in Hovet, a multi-purpose arena next to the Globe.

Roxette on stage tonight

Written by roxeteer on January 20, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Roxette will appear on stage here tonight at the NRJ Radio Awards at Hovet near Globen. This is their first live appear since their Room Service tour ended in November. Other artists to perform are Ronan Keating, Westlife, Alanis Morissette, Kylie Minogue, E-Type, and the rising Swedish band Lambretta. Lenny Kravitz was supposed to perform, but he has cancelled his entire European tour due to sickness.

  The show will be broadcast live on Kanal 5 TV network in Sweden. The broadcast starts at 8pm CET (UTC+1). In Finland, Nelonen will show a 1-hour long version of the show on Sunday, starting at 2pm. We also suppose that all NRJ radio networks around Europe are broadcasting the show live.

  Don’t forget that Roxette is also nominated in the awards in Best Swedish Group category. Roxette’s “The Centre Of The Heart” is nominated in two categories, Best Nordic Song and Best Swedish Song. You can still vote at the NRJ Radio Awards site.

“MATAH” selected as ’Song of the Year’ in Russia

Written by Junkie on January 12, 2002 to .

ST. PETERSBURG - “Milk and Toast and Honey” was selected as the as the best song of the year by Europa Plus Radio in Russia. In addition, “Real Sugar” placed at #6 and “The Centre of the Heart” at #32.

  Back on November 7ths, just before the show in Moscow, Per gave an interview to this radio network. Per’s answers are available online in MPEG video format.

  Part One Staying in Moscow; Applying the term ’radio-friendly’ to Roxette music; The American music market.

  Part Two Favorite countries to tour; Tour dates for Russia and Revolutionary holidays; Per reading IDs in Russian; Per signing ’Room Service’ CDs.

  Europa Plus’ Roman Ungurianu’s photos are also available for viewing. Once the page loads, click on the individual pictures to see them enlarged. First Set Second Set Third Set

Our thanks to Andrei Palamartchouk of Europa Plus for providing these links to TDR. Photo of Per on stage in Moscow by R. Ungurianu.

Grammy jury “forgot” to nominate Sweden’s favorite artists

Written by PerAndren on January 11, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - The Swedish “Grammi” nominations are out. But the Swedes’ favorite artists have been totally ignored by the jury. Now, Sweden’s best selling artists might be “no shows” at the event.

  Roxette, Patrik Isaksson, Excellence, Uno Sveningsson, E-type, Vikingarna, Shebang, Real Group, Lambretta, Barbados och Markoolio.

  They had some of the biggest hits last year in Sweden. Together, they sold well over 1 million albums and singles. But according to the Grammis jury, they don’t exist.

  Some of these artists have indicated they plan to stay away from the Grammis gala on February 14th in the Globe in Stockholm.

  Nutta Hultman, project leader for the Swedish branch of IFPI, the organization behind the Grammis, says that the Grammis purpuse is to stimulate quality and creativity in the Swedish music scene.

Expressen reporter Andreas Nordström asked, “Does this mean that the Swedish people have a poor taste in music?”

  “What makes the Grammis one of the most important prizes is the it draws attention to those artists that doen’t get much space normally in the media,” she answered.

Lasse Berghagen wants Per at Skansen

Written by PerAndren on January 6, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Ricky Martin accepted his invitation last summer, making a special trip to Sweden just to do so. Marie Fredriksson was there too. This year, Lasse Berghagen, host of the popular show “Allsång på Skansen,” has let it be known that he wants to see two stars in particular on his open-air stage: Per Gessle and Rod Stewart.

  “I’d like to see Per Gessle singing “Gå & Fiska!” with the audience”, Lasse said.

  A lot of well-known Swedish artists have appeared on this show that is televised from Skansen, a combination ecopark and entertainment area that isn’t far from the Gessle family’s apartment on Strandvägen.

  We’ll have to wait and see if Per decides to accept. He has declined to appear on some other shows like this. For example, he has never appeared on “Så ska det låta” (even though we’ve been told his mother really wants him to).

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