News Archives: September 2002
Written by roxgirl_germany on September 30, 2002 to Live.
FELDKIRCHEN - Dirk Hohmeyer of PSE Germany has announced that Cutting Crew will be the other “very special guest” to replace Roxette on stage during the German leg of the Night of the Proms concert series. Their hits include “I’ve Been In Love Before” and “(I Just) Died In Your Arms.”
They will appear along with Simple Minds and the other previously announced acts.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 28, 2002 to Roxette.
NEW YORK - It was exactly two years ago that Roxette, having signed a record deal with Edel America Records (EAR), were here in the United States on a two-week promotional tour that took them across the country.
Among other appearances during their time here, the band played the sold-out MixFest outdoor concert in Boston, at Virgin Megastore Times Square in New York, and at the Experience Music Project in Seattle (designed by Frank Gehry, who was also the architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain).
There was even a new fan club, RoxNorthAmeriFANS, formed with the support of Steven Howlett’s Roxette.net and TDR. The club worked closely with EAR to promote “Wish I Could Fly” on US radio stations.
While this was supposed to be Roxette’s US comeback, it wasn’t long thereafter, however, that trouble appeared. Encountering financial difficulty, EAR did not release “Room Service” and since then, has gone out of business.
A glimmer of hope still exists to see Roxette marketed in the US. Their hit songs continue to be played regularly on the radio, and it would make sense to have at least a Greatest Hits album available. TDR has learned that a proposal similar to this is under consideration.
- NorthAmeriFans archived site (Steven Howlett and Judith Seuma put this site together for RNAF)
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 28, 2002 to Sales & Charts.
Roxette’s lastest offering, the single “A Thing About You,” appears to be gaining ground with increasing airplay on radio and music video channels in various spots around the globe, despite what appears to be a lack of interest this time around from fans to mount any kind of coordinated campaign to help promote the record.
In Moscow, Radio Maximum’s Hit Parade shows Roxette’s “A Thing About You” at #2! This single will chart on this week’s Hit List and seems to have a chance to beat “Milk & Toast & Honey”’s record.
In Germany also, Roxette went straight to #2 in the chart of station FFH. “Herbert Grönemeyer is quite big in Germany, at least at the moment, so #2 is fab!,” wrote Andreas Kämpf.
The Daily Roxette’s SmallTalk forum has several mentions of ATAY being played on radio and TV, and we can expect similar information to be posted as comments to this article.
Previous “RoxAttaqs” have met with mixed success. While some have been clear victories, others have – because of the SPAM factor – only served to anger the music directors of particular radio stations.
(Junkie contributed to this article.)
Written by roxeteer on September 28, 2002 to Releases.
EMI Music Canada has published a news story on The Ballad Hits album on their website: “[…] Roxette have collected their big ballads on one album. Songs that people all over the world relate to. Their seductive mix of tongue-in-cheek pop and sweepingly romantic ballads sound as fresh and effective as when they first stormed the airwaves.”
The ballad compilation will be released in Canada on November 5. While the story refers to “A Thing About You” as a single, it is uncertain if that’s actually the case in Canada, as the text is based on a press release from EMI Sweden.
(Rob McIntyre contributed to this story.)
Written by tevensso on September 28, 2002 to Per Gessle.
STOCKHOLM - Dagens Industri, a Swedish newspaper that focuses on financial news, has recently mapped Per’s business empire. DI claims he’s good for half a billion Swedish crowns (almost 54 million USD).
In one interesting item, Per is quoted as saying “Today I own the rights to all my songs but one.” That ’one’, TDR has learned, is “From One Heart to Another.” It’s owned by Sweden Music.
Here’s an overview of his various enterprises:
- Roxette - self explanatory. Sold more than 55 million records.
- Music publishing - Owns the rights to GT’s and Roxette’s material, plus the works of many other successful Swedish songwriters.
- Artist consulting - Owns 8 percent of Desert Business Management in Örebro and 38 percent of d&d Management.
- Hotel - Owns 40 percent of Hotel Tylösand, plus 1/3 of art gallery Tres Hombres, with one of Sweden’s largest art collections including, among others, Ernst Billgren, Peter Dahl and Anton Corbijn.
- Financial investments focusing on IT/Music - This is where many of Per’s more or less failed attempts to connect music with IT are. He recently took over the company Noteheads together with Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA.
Examples of other businesses Per owns (at least in part): Roxette Productions, Roxette US Inc., Roxette Recordings, Gessle Music, Gessle Records, Hidden Dinosaur (computer games), Fame Studios (Internet consultants), People’s Front (Internet consultants), Tom Bone (Music publishing), and Jimmy Fun (Music publishing).
Gessle declined to comment on his businesses. “Right now I’m on my way to the studio to record two new Roxette-demos… now that is real fun!”
Written by roxgirl_germany on September 27, 2002 to Live.
MUNICH - Due to the high demand, an additional matinée concert has been organized on Sunday, December 8, at 2pm here in Munich (this, in addition to the concert at 8pm).
PSE has now updated their German page, wishing Marie all the best and announcing Simple Minds and a yet-to-be-named surprise act (from the US) as replacement for Roxette during the German segment of the series.
Written by roxeteer on September 27, 2002 to Internet.
Daniel Zimmerman, the administrator of roxette.org website and the listmaster of the Roxette Mailing List, sent an alarming message to the list. Having a site online can be expensive, and it seems roxette.org’s costs are rising. Dan says he now has four choices:
1. I can continue to run roxette.org out of my own pocket, and pay ridiculous amounts of money.
2. I can shut roxette.org down, including all mailing lists and web sites.
3. I can collect money from individuals who host their websites on roxette.org [to defray costs].
4. If I’m incredibly lucky, somebody…has connections with a colocation provider and can get me a good deal (all that’s required is space for one minitower).
Add your comments to this article if you have any ideas. There are dozens of sites hosted at roxette.org and if it goes offline, so will all of those sites.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 26, 2002 to Marie Fredriksson.
STOCKHOLM - The following joint statement was just released to the media:
“Marie Fredriksson has now more or less recovered from her severe concussion. Based on the results of the many tests Marie has gone through, the medical team at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm have decided to remove her tumor through surgery. This operation will take place within the next ten days.
This procedure will prevent Marie from working for the remainder of this year which, unfortunately, means that Roxette will have to cancel their participation in the Night of the Proms tour which starts at the end of October. Both Marie and Per hope to be able to join the Proms tour another year.
The forthcoming release of the album “Roxette – The Ballad Hits” will continue as planned. Marie and Per have agreed that Per will carry on working [to promote] the album to whatever extent possible.
Marie Fredriksson wishes to express her sincere thanks for all the encouraging letters, flowers and gifts she’s received. She feels a great sense of support from her fans and friends all over the world.
We do hope Marie’s full recovery will be as speedy as is possible and we make yet another plea for respect for the privacy of Marie, her family and friends.”
The statement released to the press was signed by d&d Management, EMI Recorded Music AB, and EMA Telstar.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 26, 2002 to Live.
ANTWERP (UPDATED) - The organizers of “Night of the Proms” have told the general public now what they reported to TDR a few days ago: Roxette will not be appearing.
Today, on their website, they published a letter from Per Gessle along with a letter from Jim Kerr and Charles Burchill of Simple Minds.
We’re very sorry to announce the following… Due to Marie’s serious health problem Roxette won’t be able to perform at the upcoming Night of the Proms-tour. However, we are truly pleased that the promoters have found suitable replacements in Simple Minds and Foreigner* in this short space of time. Satisfaction should therefore be guaranteed.
Hopefully Marie will recover very soon and, if possible, we would of course like to take part of the Night of the Proms at another occasion in the near future.
All the best,
Per Gessle, Roxette
[* Bonnie Tyler in the Netherlands]
And this message from Simple Minds:
Performing at the “Proms” in 1997 was undoubtedly one of the most pleasureable experiences in our 25 year career. So much so that ever since we had indeed hoped to re-unite with the “Proms family”. An invitation to return five years later, albeit in these exceptional circumstances, provides us with the perfect opportunity to create further the magic synonymous only with “Night of the Proms”. Read more…
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 26, 2002 to Releases.
With a revised packaging concept and title, Roxette’s collection of slower tempo songs, “Roxette: The Ballad Hits,” is right on schedule for release on November 4th.
Roxette, working with Jonas Åkerlund and their record label, decided at the last minute to drop the “Love Peas” concept in favor of what you see here… raspberries floating in milk.
As first reported by The Daily Roxette, “Love Peas” and “Pop Peas” were dropped from the names of the two forthcoming ’greatest hits’-type albums. While the raspberry motif is being used for the ballad album, it is expected that some other object that ties in, yet is different, will be used on the up-tempo collection. The end result will be a series that has a coordinated look and feel… two albums and, as originally planned or conceived, a tour.
The published track listing for the first of the two is as follows:
1. A Thing About You (2002)
2. It Must Have Been Love (1987)
3. Listen To Your Heart (1988)
4. Fading Like A Flower (1991)
5. Spending My Time (1991)
6. Queen Of Rain (1992)
7. Almost Unreal (1993)
8. Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994)
9. Vulnerable (1994)
10. You Don´t Understand Me (1995)
11. Wish I Could Fly (1999)
12. Anyone (1999)
13. Salvation (1999)
14. Milk And Toast And Honey (2001)
15. Breathe (2002)
16. The Weight Of The World - Bonus-Track (previously unreleased)
17. It Hurts - Bonus-Track (previously unreleased)
18. Every Day - Bonus-Track (previously unreleased).
(Birgit Eichler contributed to this article.)
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 25, 2002 to Fans.
VIENNA - Stuffed with over 1,500 messages from fans around the world, including many from readers of The Daily Roxette, the “e-Wishes” guestbook created online by Judith Seuma has been printed out and bound into a book. It will be airmailed to Marie Fredriksson tomorrow.
As if to prove the fact that Marie’s career has brought her international fame, the guestbook entries read like a lesson in world geography: Australia, South Africa, Latin America, US, Canada, Turkey, India, Indonesia, U.A.E., Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and just about every country in Europe.
The cover (see picture) shows a rose and a quote from Emily Dickinson, while the introduction reads as follows:
As you know, you have fans not just in Sweden, but all over the world.
Enclosed are over a thousand “Get Well” messages sent to you via a Web site created just for this purpose… printed out so that you can read them more easily.
We’re all wishing that soon
you’ll be up and about
and wishing that soon
you’ll be getting out
Doing the things
you’re so longing to do
And seeing us all…
who’d love to see you!
With love and deep admiration from ALL of your fans!
Written by Pascal on September 25, 2002 to Live.
ANTWERP (UPDATED) - With the concert series only about a month away, and with Marie Fredriksson’s treatment and recovery plan still undetermined, Roxette has been forced to bow out of their “Night of the Proms” appearances.
Organizers of the concert series have told Daily Roxette reporters that an announcement to this effect will be made tomorrow (Thursday).
Simple Minds have reportedly been lined up to take Roxette’s place as the headline act this year and, if all goes well, “Roxette will be at the NOTP 2003 (next year)”, said a spokesman for PSE, the event organizer.
Written by roxeteer on September 24, 2002 to Releases.
The German branch of EMI has published the cover picture of Roxette’s latest single, “A Thing About You”. The single will include another all-new song, “Weight Of The World”, and the video for “A Thing About You”.
Thanks to Steven of roxette.net for the tip.
(Editor’s note: This is the article #1000 of The Daily Roxette. Even though for technical reasons we have skipped many id numbers - mainly because all submitted but not published articles have also each reserved an id number - this still means that we have provided you a whole lot of news during our years online. Thanks for stopping by, friends!)
Written by daniel_alv on September 24, 2002 to Releases.
STOCKHOLM - The peas are gone… and possibly, we had something to do with it.
In a move that is sure to please the multitude of TDR readers who posted comments here and in our SmallTalk forum expressing their dismay – disbelief even – when we first reported that the title “Love Peas” would be given to the upcoming compilation of slower-tempo songs, Roxette and EMI have dropped the “peas” concept and reverted to naming the album “Roxette: The Ballad Hits!”
The decision to change the title and the packaging concept first came to our attention earlier this month when the listing changed on EMI Sweden’s list of upcoming releases.
On the cover of the single, “A Thing About You,” the peas have been replaced with raspberries.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 21, 2002 to Marie Fredriksson.
EDITOR’S NOTE: It should be made clear that much of what has been written lately in the Swedish press (and used as source material here) is based on speculation, or about patients, in general, who have such tumors. There are no definite results or statements from Marie’s medical team yet.
STOCKHOLM (Updated) – Marie may undergo an operation sometime this coming week, as her doctors will soon have the results of the tests that have been conducted to determine the exact nature of the tumor that exists in the back part of her head. In the meantime, she has been home with her family under the care of a registered nurse.
Marie’s still suffering from a concussion, caused by fainting and falling last week after jogging. She’s still feeling dizzy at times and has occasional headaches.
It’s still uncertain what kind of treatment she’ll receive for the tumor, since it hasn’t yet been determined for certain that it is cancerous. “Nothing’s definite yet. We’re still not sure about what kind of tumor it is,” says Marie Dimberg, Roxette’s manager. “Marie’s in a positive mood,” she added.
The alternatives would include an operation to remove the tumor, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.
During this past week, numerous tests have been carried out, including another MIR (computer imaging using magnetic and radio waves) and a brain x-ray.
Karolinska Hospital, where Marie is being treated, is fully prepared and – as TDR reported previously – has a sterling reputation for quality care and cutting-edge medical knowledge.
Operation can take hours
An operation such as the one being considered can take anywhere from three to 24 hours. In the weeks following that, doctors can administer radiation therapy to prevent a tumor from starting to grow again.
“The doctors have told Marie to rest at home, until further information arrives. We can only hope for the best,” says Marie Dimberg.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll have more on this story soon. In the meantime, if you have not done so already, we’d like to encourage you to consider sending a get-well wish to Marie — or joining a prayer circle — by using the links provided in the story below (about how fans have reacted to this news).
- Aftonbladet’s article (In Swedish - with photos)
Written by administrator on September 19, 2002 to Per Gessle.
STOCKHOLM - The Daily Roxette received this message from Per today, who asked us to share it with our readers:
On behalf of Marie and myself I would like to thank everyone for thinking/praying/writing/e-mailing good and positive thoughts regarding her illness.
As you know, what happened Sept 11 (that day again!!) took us by complete surprise and last week has been tumultuous for us all to say the least.
As I’m writing this, we don’t really know what’s going to happen with the Night of the Proms tour. We do know that the single/video “A thing about you” and the album “The Ballad Hits” will be released as planned worldwide and our ambition is still to promote and take part of that process as much as possible.
Once again, thanks for your support and let’s keep our fingers crossed things will turn out for the best for Marie and her family.
Hope to see y’all very soon.
Per G., Stockholm
Sep 19, 2002
Written by arnie on September 18, 2002 to Releases.
CORDOBA, ARGENTINA - One of the most important radio stations here in Argentina
played the new Roxette single on Monday evening.
The announcer talked about Marie’s illness and said
that “Roxette is like love: one can’t live without the
Some minutes later, he presented “A Thing About You.” The funny thing is… he played the “Mix Megapol
“We had waited for the promo but it never arrived,
so we decided to play this version, as we’ve had a lot of
requests,” he said.
- Cadena3 > 100.5 FM Cordoba (In Spanish)
Written by roxeteer on September 17, 2002 to Video.
STOCKHOLM - Roxette’s latest video, “A Thing About You”, is now available in streaming Real format on two Swedish news portals. The story of the video features a woman and a man living next door, longing for each other. The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund.
It seems that in the Aftonbladet version, video’s aspect ratio is a little wrong. TV4.se’s version looks better.
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 17, 2002 to Fans.
NEW YORK - Fans around the world reacted with shock, disbelief, and immediate concern upon learning that Marie had suffered a concussion. Those feelings have only intensified since learning the reason that Marie fainted in the first place.
“I am shocked and can’t believe it really happened… I hope she’s soon fine again,” said ’gyllene_tjej’, just one of our readers who used TDR’s SmallTalk section to share their feelings.
Melissa-Marie wrote for everyone when she said, “Really, get well soon! We all love you so much!”
Once it was revealed that Marie had a tumor, Both Christos Skendras and Vicky Mankelow wrote to say that they had friends who also had such brain tumors and survived. Many fans echoed those thoughts, writing to say there was plenty of room for optimism.
“Pray for Marie please, pray for her health,” asked ’Jc-Gina’, a reader from Peru.
One fan in particular, Judith Seuma, who has long served as a TDR reporter and was one of the founders of RoxSpain, has taken the time to translate articles appearing in the Swedish papers and to also create a site to send e-wishes to Marie. Many have written to thank her for her efforts to keep everyone informed.
But it’s the collective love and concern for Marie that seems most remarkable. People have sent cards, many handmade, via the Fan Club. Not just on the pages of TDR, but on dozens of other websites, many based in countries where English is not the native language, fans have been expressing their concern and sending messages of faith and hope in Marie’s direction.
In an attempt to encapsulate those best wishes, Marie Davis in Australia has started a prayer circle of sorts.
“When I initially heard about her head injury, I was
worried but I thought she would be fine. When I heard
about the tumor, I really panicked. I was so worried
about her and I was crying a lot at first, but then I
knew I had to think positively or I’m not helping
anything,” she told TDR.
What she came up with was a “prayer chain.” Davis explained, “I got the
idea from the Oprah Winfrey (TV) show. She used a prayer chain to help a sick little boy,
and it worked. I thought that at the very least, it will give us
something positive to do rather than sit around and
worry. I really believe that positive thoughts and
energy can help a person, and it would be nice if
Marie hears about the chain and feels really good that
there are so many people who care about her.”
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 16, 2002 to Marie Fredriksson.
NEW YORK - As news of Marie Fredriksson’s accident and the resulting discovery of a brain tumor speads, reports have appeared yesterday and today in newspapers, and on radio and TV programs, in locations around the world.
In an indication of just how well-known the singer has become as a result of her amazing career with Roxette, the story has been picked up by the major international news services, including Reuters, UPI, BBC, and CNN.
The subscribers to The Daily Roxette reside in locations around the globe, and these reader-reporters have spotted stories in locations as far away from Sweden as Argentina, Brazil and Australia.
While it would be impossible to cite them all, we’ve selected a few representative articles that you may wish to take a look at:
Written by onlywhenidream on September 16, 2002 to Music Business.
LONDON - The Guardian has recently published an article on EMI UK and its future. In this article, published September 6th, it mentions that Roxette has the potential of being one of EMI’s biggest artists for the forthcoming year.
Written by Roxmaniac on September 16, 2002 to Live.
One of the organizers of Night of the Proms concert tour, Dirk Hohmeyer of PSE-Germany, has posted a statement on the tour’s web site. Here’s a translation:
As you can imagine, we too were surprised with the messages from Sweden and we’d like to wish Marie a fast recovery. Roxette had to cancel all their commitments for the near future. However, their performances at the Night Of The Proms concerts are not cancelled. Marie and Per want to perform, if possible. Marie is currently undergoing some medical tests and we’ll have more news in a few days. According to the information we’ve got already, there is certainly no mortal danger, otherwise Marie wouldn’t have been able to go home. Everything else is just speculation and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
The first concert is in Belgium on October 25th.
(Pascal and Roxeteer contributed to this story.)
Written by roxeteer on September 15, 2002 to Marie Fredriksson.
STOCKHOLM - In an official press release sent to various media outlets including The Daily Roxette, Roxette’s manager reports that doctors have found a small tumor in the back of Marie’s head which probably caused her fainting episode earlier this week. The doctors will perform more tests before proper treatment can be determined.
“[It’s] clear that Marie Fredriksson will have to cancel her commitments for near future,” manager Marie Dimberg says.
The press release was sent out to help ease the intense pressure on Dimberg and others for information regarding Fredriksson’s health. Here is the entire text:
On September 11, Marie Fredriksson fainted in her home in Stockholm and was taken to hospital. The fall caused a serious concussion and Marie has been hospitalized ever since. Several tests and X-rays have been performed in order to establish what caused her fainting.
The results of these tests now show that Marie has a small tumour in the back of her head. More tests have to be performed before proper treatment can be determined. Information will be given when information is available and of course we are hoping for a positive process.
It is however clear that Marie Fredriksson will have to cancel her commitments for near future. Marie is currently at home and under the circumstances in good spirits but it is of course a delicate procedure that lies ahead. On behalf of Marie and her family we kindly ask for respect of their privacy so that Marie, with the support of friends and family can proceed with her treatment and quick recovery.
Written by Jud on September 13, 2002 to Marie Fredriksson.
EDITOR’S NOTE / UPDATE: - Since the publication of this article, The Daily Roxette has been in touch with several sources close to Marie. While — according to her doctors — she is expected to make a full recovery from the trauma to her brain and head, a close friend confirmed that “she has a very severe concussion” as a result of having hit her head on the hard floor when she fainted. Doctors today (Friday) at Karolinska Hospital have been running tests on Marie to determine the cause of the fainting spell, as it is somewhat of a mystery. Marie gets dizzy when she sits up in bed, or tries to stand, but she’s spent time on the telephone talking to her family and close friends and has received visitors. Per Gessle is among those expected to visit this weekend, although there is also hope that she will be released soon, perhaps as early as this weekend. Marie knows that her fans are concerned about her, and received flowers today from the Fan Club on behalf of all of her fans around the world. “They’re beautiful,” she is reported to have said upon receiving the arrangement.
STOCKHOLM Marie Fredriksson, 44, has been in the world-renowned Karolinska Institute hospital since Wednesday in serious condition, having suffered a concussion as the result of a fall she took at her villa just outside Stockholm.
Here are the few details mentioned in the accounts published in Swedish newspapers today:
“She is really tired, but in a good mood,” says her manager Marie Dimberg. “She fell, I can’t say more.”
She was taken to the neurology department in the hospital where doctors state she was experiencing a serious concussion. A concussion (the result of head trauma) can last for some weeks.
“She has a really serious concussion, she is not feeling fine,” Dimberg said. Yesterday, Fredriksson was conscious and her manager could talk for a while with her. “I don’t know right now how long she will have to stay,” she said.
Dimberg got to know what had happened Tuesday afternoon in a phone call from Marie’s husband, Micke, 45.
Micke and Marie met in Australia, at the end of Roxette’s Joyride tour. Soon after that meeting they got engaged, and after a bit more than a year they had
their first baby, Josefin. In 1994, they got married.
As of last night, her brother, Sven-Arne, was not really informed about what had happened. “I am shocked, it came so suddenly. I had not heard anything,” he said.
Written by i_jera on September 12, 2002 to Marie Fredriksson.
ANTWERP - Marie Fredriksson, who was supposed to make an appearance at a Night of the Proms news conference, fainted in her bathroom and was taken to a hospital according to a report by Belgian radio station Q-Music.
TDR reader Cathy Carlier, who runs the Belgian division of the Official Fan Club, heard (or read) this report and contacted the station. She spoke with Alexandra Potvin who explained that Marie was supposed to attend the press conference this afternoon, but due to the fainting spell, she could not be present. The NOTP organization said it was nothing very serious.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We at The Daily Roxette, speaking – we feel – on behalf of all of our readers, join Cathy and the OIRFC in wishing Marie all the best.
- Belgian Division, OIRFC (In English!)
Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on September 9, 2002 to Releases.
Many TDR subscribers using our SmallTalk forum have been having fun figuring out and compiling the lyrics to the new single after having either heard the song on the radio, or a recording made of the premiere broadcast. Here’s the version almost everyone seems to agree on…. Read more…
Written by daniel_alv on September 9, 2002 to Releases.
STOCKHOLM - Fans around the world with access to the Internet will be able to hear Roxette’s new single, “A Thing About You” on Monday morning. Swedish radio station MixMegapol plans to premiere the song around 8 a.m. and will probably replay the song several times throughout the day. Over the weekend, they ran spots mentioning the premiere. Other Swedish pop music stations are also expected to air and webcast the song on Monday.
Given that the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet has already run an article about the making of the video for ATAY, it is possible that we’ll see additional coverage on their site as well (as has happened with Roxette’s single/video releases in the past).
Meanwhile, the Netherlands-based Official Roxette Fanclub has posted a 30-second clip from the song on their site.
Written by Pascal on September 4, 2002 to Misc.
With big international hits, come the inevitable cover versions… and we’ve learned about a couple of recent covers of Roxette songs.
Belgian singer Belle Perez (who has Spanish roots) just released her second album entitled “Everything.” Included on the CD is a reggae-influenced cover she did of Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love.”
“This song has always been my big dream,” Belle commented, “and I knew this would be the perfect cover to do. Though, I had to convince many people before I could record this song. It’s one of my favourites on the album and the first time I heard it I just felt like WOW! It’s not really a slow song but it certainly is a fantastic song!”
In addition, a thread in TDR’s SmallTalk section pointed out that a contestant on the Spanish version of Popstars also sang this song.
Written by i_jera on September 3, 2002 to Releases.
STOCKHOLM - “A Thing About You”, the new Roxette single slated to be released on October 14th, will be available in two different packages.
A 2-track CD will come in a paper wallet with “Weight of the World” as the ’B side’. The maxi-single version, housed in a jewel case, will include both songs and also the video directed by Jonas Åkerlund.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite some posts in our SmallTalk section concerning Spain and Germany, the date that radio stations will have this song available to them to play remains unchanged: it’s September 9th.
Written by Pascal on September 2, 2002 to Live.
ANTWERP - Roxette, accompanied by the Il Novecento orchestra under the direction of Robert Groslot, will perform four or five hit songs during each of the upcoming ’Night of the Proms’ concerts. Jan Vereecke, founder of the successful concert series, has revealed to The Daily Roxette that the orchestra is busy rehearsing the following songs from which Marie and Per will make a final selection: “Joyride,” “Wish I Could Fly,” “Crash! Boom! Bang!,” “It Must Have Been Love,” “The Look” and “Dressed For Success.”
The ’Night of the Proms’ is one of the most popular musical events in Europe. As of this date, 47 concerts have been announced in Belgium (20), Holland (13) and Germany (14). Roxette, as the headline act, will play all of them. “We’re expecting 600,000 people to attend the concerts this year,” Vereecke said.