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Bonus tracks on same CD in Japan

Written by roxeteer on October 31, 2002 to .

“The Ballad Hits” album’s Japanese version will be similar to the German one: it will have 15 tracks and 2 bonus tracks on one CD. Just like in Germany, the bonus tracks will be “The Weight Of The World” and “It Hurts”.

  It’s unusual that EMI Electrola in Germany releases a Roxette album that differs from the European edition, but in Japan it’s not. Toshiba-EMI often adds bonus tracks to the Japanese editions to boost the sales. The Japanese editions can be more expensive than imported ones, because the record company has to print special covers for the localized Japanese editions.

  “The Ballad Hits” will be released in Japan on November 7th.

  Stefan Schönhacker contributed to this story.

Interview with Per to be broadcast today

Written by Jud on October 31, 2002 to .

MADRID - As part of his promotion tour, Per Gessle is visiting Spain this week. In addition to a press conference and meetings with various media, he was interviewed by the Spanish radio station Los 40 Principales yesterday afternoon.

  The interview will be broadcast today on their program “Lo + 40” that runs from 17.00 to 20.00 CET.

  The program is also available as a webcast through the radio station’s website.

A first part of the interview was already broadcast at around 17.20. There will be more in the next 2 hours of the program

  • Los 40 Principales (Click on “Player” button on the top-left corner to listen to the program)

Roxette to re-enter US and UK markets; “ATAY” to be Valentine’s Day single

Written by steven on October 28, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Great news for American and British fans! According to EMI Sweden, there are plans to release Roxette’s “A Thing About You” in both countries simultaneously in February. They intend to release the single on or just before Valentine’s Day, 2003 – and to market the “Hits” albums as well.

  The Daily Roxette previously hinted at the possibility that something might happen in the US again, telling our readers recently that there was a proposal under consideration.

  That proposal, made to Capitol Records in the US, an affliate of EMI, met with a favorable response. “They’re all for it,” confirms Li Eriksson of EMI/Capitol Sweden.

  Americans have not enjoyed a release since the US version of the greatest hits album two years ago on the now-defunct Edel America Records label. In conjuction with the promotion for that, “Wish I Could Fly” was released, but only as a promo single for radio and TV. Meanwhile, Britain last had a record release in September 2001 with “Milk & Toast & Honey.”

New album produced by Mats MP Persson

Written by Jud on October 28, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Expressen reports today that Ben Olander, 52, is releasing an album produced and co-written by Mats “MP” Persson next month.

Olander is a well-know Swedish artists and has been during 53 weeks in the Swedish charts “Svensktoppen” and has got 6 hits during the past two years.

The album, “Insikter”, that is out November 11th, has been recorded in Per Gessle’s studio, Tits&Ass.

“Everything started when I moved to Halmstad, Sweden’s Liverpool,” says Olander to Expressen. “It feels just great. Now I just hope to get another kind of audience to listen to my work. But of course, I want songs from this album to reach the Swedish charts.”

After the release Olander plans to tour Sweden. He hopes that Micke “Syd” Andersson joins him on stage, which would mean that half of Gyllene Tider would be touring in short.

Olander started his career as musician at the age of 48, when Janne Bark, who has previously worked with Gyllene Tider and Per Gessle and is currently Ulf Lundell’s guitar player, convinced to start as a professional in the music business.
“I started a bit late, but not too late,” he states.

Love, peas and copy protection: Per talks with TDR

Written by tevensso on October 27, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - It’s a neatly dressed but slightly hung over and tired Per Gessle who meets The Daily Roxette at Hotel Lydmar at Stureplan here in central Stockholm. The reason for his tiredness is Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out concert at Globen last night, and the requisite bar hopping that occured afterwards.

  “I was out with Clarence. The man never quits!”

  He’s wearing almost the same clothes as in the recent promotional photos, and the room at the hotel is large and comfortable. He offers me a Coke.

  It’s a day full of interviews with the reporters from various newspapers, and Per’s not quite sure who’s who.

  “The Daily Roxette? Good! I read that all the time,” he says with a smile. “It’s even the home page of my browser. I always get annoyed over ’SmallTalk’ though; there are sometimes really weird ideas… that I want to correct.”

  I wonder if he’s serious, and he claims he is. “Whenever I need to find out what I’ve been doing lately, I consult TDR,” he says with a laugh.

  But the question on the mind of our readers is: how is Marie?

  “Marie is fine, as fine as can be,” Per says. And Per should know: he visited with her Saturday at her home just outside of Stockholm and they enjoyed dinner together. “She looked healthy and is active. She’s just like she usually is again. The surgery went well. The entire tumor was removed, and no others were found. She’s on medication now.” Asked directly, Per said he doesn’t know if the tumor was malignant or benign. “I haven’t asked her really,” he said.

  What disturbs Per is that the hospital staff leaked information to the press even though there was supposed to be heavy security. “The whole press thing got totally out of hand,” he says. Refocusing on Marie, he mentions that the doctors were very pleased with the results of the three-and-a-half hour long operation.

  “I don’t think I’ve fully realized what happened yet; we’re all in a state of shock still,” Per says as he leans back into the sofa he’s sitting on and clasps his hands behind his head. Read more…

ATAY goes on climbing the charts

Written by kibkalo on October 25, 2002 to .

TDR’s ’Small Talk’ section is – as always when a new Roxette single is released – full of messages from our subscribers talking about the success of the single on the charts.

  Last weekend, “A Thing About You” reached the top at major Russian station Maximum, after a week of voting. It was followed by Madonna’s new single.

  In Sweden, it entered the single charts at #14; while in Germany it’s at #37 and in Austria #39.

  There are two TDR subscriber-reporters keeping track of this activity in an organized fashion. One, “RoomService”, is posting chart info on his website “Roxette Charts”. You’ll find “PerFanatic”’s info as this article continues.

  (Christos Skendras, joyrider and Daniel Alvedal also contributed to this article).

Read more…

BBC highlights EMI in new documentary series

Written by onlywhenidream on October 23, 2002 to .

LONDON - EMI is to be one of the six “most recognizable and influential brands” featured in a new BBC documentary series called “…And Me,” that will be televised over the coming weeks.

  The series examines brands like, EMI, Marks and Spencers and Ford and attempts to show their effects on the British culture and also how the UK has changed the way they have had to operate.

  The screening date for the EMI segment is set for November 27th on BBC2.

Per takes on PR campaign for new album while Marie continues to recover

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

STOCKHOLM - The promotional effort to support the launch of “The Ballad Hits” is in full swing now, with radio interviews in Sweden last week and a two-week promotional tour beginning this Friday.

  As The Daily Roxette previously reported, Per Gessle will be doing this promotion tour on his own, while Marie Fredriksson is recovering from the successful operation she went through in late September to remove the tumor she had in her head.

  The promotion tour will take Per to Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Denmark and begins with a series of interviews Friday in Stockholm where Per will meet with, among others, reporters from German and Polish newspapers. Other countries may be added to the PR tour, as TDR is aware of a request from EMI Finland to get Per to do promo there.

  The tour schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

Oct. 25  International Press Day in Stockholm

Oct. 29-31  Spain promotion

Nov. 4  Belgium promotion

Nov. 5  Switzerland promotion

Nov. 6  Denmark promotion

EMI promotes new album with raspberry-themed items

Written by roxeteer on October 22, 2002 to .

Often when a new album is released, the record company releases promotional items to advertise and promote the album. Such is the case with Roxette’s forthcoming ballad album. This time, the record company has decided to make the items tie in with the cover pictures of the new releases featuring raspberries in milk. EMI Svenska has sent a list of availble items to the local EMI offices so that they can decide what to order. TDR was told that list included items such as “raspberry-red fleece blanket, raspberry-red fleece scarf, a ski hat and raspberry-flavored bubble bath”.

  These items won’t be available for sale, and will mainly be given out in competitions or as premiums to retailers.

German portal posts new songs online

Written by cskendras on October 22, 2002 to .

DARMSTADT - German portal T-Online has posted full versions of The Ballad Hits album bonus tracks on their website. You can listen to “The Weight Of The World”, “It Hurts” and “Every Day” in Windows Media Player format.

  In an email received today, T-Online apologized for the delay in making the new songs available on time. Originally they were supposed to be online on October 15th.

  At press time, the T-Online website was acting very slowly. Have patience. Also note that clicking “The Weight Of The World” plays the song “Every Day” and vice versa.

“The Ballad Hits” CD to be copy-protected

Written by pietROxette on October 21, 2002 to .

UPDATED - Marie Fredriksson’s voice has been praised for its power and range. But can it crash a computer?

  In Sweden, the answer is “kanske.”

  In a record-company effort to thwart the increasingly common practice of making duplicates of CDs, EMI/Capitol Records will implement copy-protection technology on Roxette’s forthcoming release, “The Ballad Hits.” This is part of a program wherein all new releases from the label will contain this protection scheme.

  But fans may find out that not only is it difficult to make copies or download songs onto the Internet, the discs may not even play in their computers.

  In fact, users who disregarded warnings on some of the copy-protected CDs released already – to avoid putting the copy-protected discs in their computers – were faced with costly repairs. Apple has posted a warning on its Web site that some CDs can wreak havoc with its Macs. And some of these new-generation CDs will not play on car systems.

  Dutch consumer electronics giant Philips, co-creator of the CD-format, has balked at this concept and a class-action lawsuit was filed in California against the major record companies over these new-generation CDs.

UPDATE: A spokesperson at EMI, commenting on the technology they are going to use, tells TDR that the CD will definitely play on computers, car CD-players, and DVD players. However, you cannot digitally extract data from it. That is, you cannot make copies of the disc or create MP3 files of it. Read more…

Ruling expected next week in Malmstedt vs. Gessle court case

Written by Jud on October 18, 2002 to .

LONDON - It’s now a period of anxious waiting for Stephan Malmsted and Per Gessle. Closing arguments were heard yesterday in the “stolen record” case. A decision from the judge is expected next week.

  If Malmstedt were to win, he could receive a very large monetary award and it would place into jeopardy the further release of any Roxette album that contains “Sleeping in My Car.”

  Malmstad appeared quite satisfied after his closing comments in which he again claimed that the Roxette hit is a copy of his song “Jenny and I”.

  But Per says he is not worried.

  Manager Marie Dimberg says “We guess that the decision of the judge will go according to what is the truth – that Per never heard that demo. Music experts have testified that the there isn’t any likeness.”

  After four days in the High Court of Justice, it is expect that the judge will take Roxette’s side, writes Expressen.

Per swears to tell the truth; takes witness stand; and sings - literally!

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 15, 2002 to .

LONDON - A songwriter went to court on Tuesday claiming Swedish pop group Roxette stole one of his songs, robbing him of potential earnings and causing him “seven years of emotional trauma”.

  Stephan Malmstedt, a Swede living in London, told Britain’s High Court his compatriot Per Gessle, Roxette’s songwriter, copied the tune of the band’s 1994 hit “Sleeping in my Car” from one of his own songs, “Jenny and I”. He appeared in court without a lawyer, and cross-examined Per Gessle himself.

  Malmstedt says he sent a copy of “Jenny and I” to Roxette’s record label EMI in 1991 and that it must have found its way into Gessle’s hands.

  Gessle, who formed Roxette with fellow Swede Marie Fredriksson in the mid-1980s, denies the charges.

  The judge was treated to recordings of both songs in the normally austere courtroom in central London.

  The case continues. seeking for donations

Written by roxeteer on October 15, 2002 to .

Daniel Zimmerman, the administrator of services, reporte a couple of weeks ago that might face its end due to financial constraints. In his new message to the Roxette Mailing List, he says:

  “It’s going to cost around $100 a month just to pay for server space and bandwidth to keep the web hosting operation running.” He also says that only having the mailing list at and shutting down all other services would be easier and cheaper for now, but probably not for long.

  To be able to have in the future, Dan has arranged two different mechanisms for donating money to

Read more…

Per about Marie: She’s up and feeling fine

Written by Jud on October 14, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - For one of the first times since Marie’s operation, Per talked about his friend and partner on a Swedish radio program. After a hard time, the Roxette-star is feeling better.

  “She is up and in in good spirits,” said Per to Radio Sweden.
As TDR readers are aware, Marie underwent surgery on September 30th. The doctors removed a tumor that had appeared in the back of her head.

  For the first time since that operation two weeks ago, Per gives a vision of the time before, during and after the operation.

  In the interview with SR’s program “S-Märkt,” Per explains that Marie is feeling better and better.

  “Marie feels quite fine. She is up and in good spirits, but of course dazed by what has happened,” says Per.

  “It is something she has come over now, I think. Now they have operated and it went fine. But it has been a hard time for her, of course, and for all of us.”

  He explains that the operation was planned long before it was known.

  “It wasn’t a flash operation, I knew that she would be operated before others got to know,” says Per.

He got to know about Marie’s accident when he was on his way to a press conference in Belgium, about the planned autumn tour with Roxette.

  “I got to know about it when I was in the taxi on my way to Kastrup. I was near Halmstad then and I didn’t understand a thing. I decided to go to Kastrup and wait for more information. And then I got it, so when I got to Kastrup I decided to stay.

  “It was hard news, of course. But I didn´t know how bad it was. (tumor…). I don´t really get it now either. It’s been a very hard time for all of us,” says Per.

  “Besides that Marie feels better, I will go on working with promotion work around the world with this album. Then we will work in the studio too. We hope to have some more stuff ready by Christmas or January, says Per in the interview.

“My personality and Marie’s work really fine together. We fight very seldom and we are like brother and sister. We complete each other so well - even at a human level - and that has helped us a lot.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was picked up by Reuters, so expect to see it appear in English-language newspapers around the world. It already appears on Yahoo!’s news page, for example. – LEO

Malmstedt takes Gessle to court again - this time in the UK

Written by Lissie on October 14, 2002 to .

LONDON - Per Gessle is once again accused of stealing ”Sleeping in My Car”. Stephan Malmstedt wrote the song ”Jenny and I” and sent the demo to EMI. When he heard ”Sleeping in My Car” on the radio, he believed that Gessle had stolen his song.

  Malmstedt has already taken the matter to court in Sweden twice. STIM thought there were some similarities but that it wasn’t enough so the complaint was rejected.
Now Malmstedt has moved to England and he will take the case to the High Court of Justice. “If I didn’t think I had a chance at winning, I wouldn’t bother,” he said.

  Gessle says through his manager Marie Dimberg that he’s not worried.

  “There’s really nothing more to say. The song has already been checked twice and both times it was rejected. I assume that the same thing will happen this time,” Dimberg said.

Radio program in Germany ranks ATAY at #1!

Written by cskendras on October 13, 2002 to .

Roxette placed at #1 with “A Thing About You” on German station SWR3’s voteshow on Sunday evening. Last week, they appeared at #3. SWR3 is one of Germany’s major radio stations.

“Spun” to open in Sweden in late November

Written by daniel_alv on October 13, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Jonas Åkerlund’s film “Spun,” which includes a Roxette version of Per Gessle’s song “Stupid” in the soundtrack is scheduled to open in Sweden on November 22nd.

  The Daily Roxette was present when the movie premiered at the Las Vegas Film Festival. TDR’s report stated that the Roxette song is not prominently featured in the film. “Spun” was also sreened at the recent Toronto Film Festival.

EMI Germany updates their Roxette site

Written by Roxettefan79 on October 11, 2002 to .

COLOGNE - At EMI Electrola in Germany, Roxette gets respect. Based on their popularity and ability to generate sales, Roxette has an important part on their artist roster. The record label even built an artist-specific site for Roxette during the promotional period for “Room Service,” and they’ve just updated it to reflect the look and feel of the upcoming album.

  There are new wallpapers with the raspberry heart motif.

  Additionally, in a newsletter sent out today to subscribers, EMI informed Roxette fans that beginning Monday, October 14th, visitors to the T-Online website will be able to listen to the new songs featured on “The Ballad Hits” – even “before they are will be played on the radio.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: EMI Germany has sent out another newsletter today, telling that the T-Online special will start on October 15th, instead of 14th, as they announced in their previous newsletter.

Sound clip of “The Weight of the World” appears on EMI site

Written by Jud on October 11, 2002 to .

COLOGNE - EMI Electrola, Roxette’s record label in Germany, has placed a 30-second clip of the unreleased song “The Weight of the World” on their website.

 The song is the “b-side” from the “A Thing About You” single and maxi-single, that will be released October 21st according to EMI Sweden’s website (but appears with an October 14th release date on EMI Germany’s site). It will also be featured as a bonus track on Roxette’s upcoming compilation album “The Ballad Hits”.

Hundreds of additional get-well wishes to be sent to Marie

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 10, 2002 to .

As news of Marie’s condition spread around the world, more and more people went online seeking additional information. Many of them found the link to the e-Wishes guestbook set up by Judith Seuma and supported by The Daily Roxette and several other sites. Since printed, bound into a book, and sent to Marie, over 1,000 more people have left entries there.

  Even though these entires came in late, Judith has decided – just one more time – to again print and bind these additonal entries and forward them on to Marie. When this is done early next week, the guestbook will then be closed to additional entries, and converted to an archive view.

  Marie received the first group of get-well wishes while in the hospital for the operation. “She was so glad to get all these thoughts”, said Marie Dimberg, her manager, to The Daily Roxette.

Publicity photos show Per and Marie at video shoot

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 9, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - With any new album, Per and Marie’s schedule has included time with with a professional photographer for the prerequisite publicity photos to be taken. EMI’s press kit for the upcoming ballad hits album now includes the two photos shown here [click to enlarge].

  Taken during the video shoot for “A Thing About You,” the picture at the right is available to subscribers of The Daily Roxette as a hi-res file suitable for printing as a photo. Just send a request to [email protected] that includes your TDR user name.

Dates to remember:

- October 21st: “A Thing About You” single hits the stores worldwide in two forms, single and maxi single.

- November 4th: “The Ballad Hits” - Limited Edition - is released, containing an EP with previously unreleased songs.
(Note: In Germany, the EP will be replaced by a CD with additional tracks).

Per Gessle writes Christmas song for Peter Jöback

Written by Jud on October 8, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Per Gessle has written a song for the well-known Swedish singer and actor Peter Jöback, that will be included on his upcoming Swedish-language Christmas album.

  The album, “Jag Kommer Hem Igen till Jul” (English translation: “I’m Coming Home Again for Christmas”), will have a mix of 13 classic and new songs, one of which is a Gessle-penned ballad. Jöback will release the album on November 11th.

  “I’ve had this idea about a Christmas album for several years. But now I really felt it was the moment to release it, says Peter to Aftonbladet.

  Jöback, who is involved with Per in at least one business venture (Fame Studios) and has the same manager (Marie Dimberg, d&d), has starred in the London productions of “Miss Saigon” and “The Witches of Eastwick.” In Sweden, he had a leading role in the extremely successful “Kristina från Duvemala,” which was written by Benny and Björn from ABBA. More recently, Peter lent his voice to the title character in the Swedish release of the two “Stuart Little” films.

  The album is produced by Lars Halapi, who has previously served as producer for other Swedish artists such as Ulf Lundell and Sophie Zelmani.

Photo by Ulf Magnusson, courtesy Sony Music [click to enlarge]. (Agustina contributed to this article.)

Per’s look-alike doesn’t want to look strange

Written by PerAndren on October 8, 2002 to .

KRISTIANSTAD - The Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen has published a couple of articles about how some potential guests have come forward to say they were requested to lie on TV3’s “Ricki Lake”-inspired show “Hannah”.

  The last one to make such an accusation is Michael Garderud, 30, an IT professional from Kristianstad.

  “I was contacted by one of Hannah’s researchers through the ’net. Since I look like Per Gessle, and in the late 90s I did an imitation of Per on ZTV, playing the song “Joyride,” they wanted to have me on a program with the title “I am obsessed with my idol”, he explains.

  “When I said that I wasn’t obsessed with Per Gessle at all, they asked me if I couldn’t pretend that I was. Furthermore, they wanted me to ask my friends to play along as well, and pretend that I was a crazed fan that liked Roxette… the purpose was to show me as being strange.”

  The program’s host, Hannah Widell, denies that guests are encouraged to lie, as does TV3’s spokesperson.

Marie recovering from surgery at home with her family

Written by ngriffioen on October 8, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Both Aftonbladet and Expressen, the two major Swedish tabloid newspapers, report in today’s editions that Marie has been released from the hospital and is home with her family. They report is that she’s been home since last Friday afternoon.

  The reason: her children. Marie wanted to be with Josefin and Oscar at home, despite the doctors recommendation that she stay in the hospital for the weekend, report the newspapers.

  According to Expressen, there’s a nurse at Marie’s home, to take care of her post-operative pain.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Based on TDR’s own sources, we’d like to amend this article by clarifing two points: 1) Marie did NOT leave the hospital against doctor’s orders. 2) Marie does NOT have a nurse or any other hospital staff at her house. - LEO

Per on morning radio show says Marie is “completely OK”

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 4, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Making an appearance on the RixFM “Morning Zoo” radio program, Per Gessle faced the inevitable question: “You’re alone today. Usually you’re two. We must ask about Marie.”

  “I met Marie the day before yesterday,” Per replied, “and Marie feels completely OK, with some pain of course, but completely OK.” Per went on to say she is both strong and positive.

  When asked if there was anything missing in his life, Per mentioned that perhaps he would like to have another child.

  Other topics touched upon in the interview segments included cars and driving, coffee rolls (it is, after all, an early morning program), the Oktoberfest going on in Halmstad (Per’s hometown in Sweden), his art gallery at the Tylösand Hotel and Björn and Benny (from ABBA).
  The on-air personalities at Rix said they would “hold their thumbs” (the Swedish equivilant of “cross our fingers”) for the new record and for Marie, of course.

(David Nuñez [royalball] contributed to this article).

Marie reported to be feeling better after the operation

Written by Jud on October 4, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - One of Marie’s close friends, Louise Nordfors, reveals in a report published in today’s Expressen that Marie feels fine after the operation, which was conducted Monday.

  “Marie thinks that it feels great now,” says Louise. “Yesterday, Marie dared to step on her feet and walk a bit without help. Of course, she is still feeling dizzy and she will have to rest and take it easy for some months.”

  According to the newspaper report, a lot of friends and relatives have been visiting Marie at the Karolinska Hospital since the operation.

  There is an extra bed in Marie’s room for Micke, so he can be close to her, while Josefin and Oscar, who have visited Marie in the hospital, are staying home in Djursholm with their nanny.

  “The children miss their mom,” says Louise. Of course, Marie also misses them, as she wants to go back home already this weekend, to be with them.

  Everybody feels relieved now because the operation went fine and the tumor is totally removed. It’s a matter now of waiting for the doctors to get the lab report back indicating whether the tumor was benign or malignant. This will determine whether any further treatment is necessary.

Interview with Per to be broadcast tomorrow

Written by Jud on October 3, 2002 to .

Per will be interviewed by the Swedish radio station Rix FM tomorrow (Friday). He will take part in the radio station’s morning program “RIX MorronZoo”, that runs from 6:00 to 10:00 CET.

The program is also available as a webcast through the radio station’s website.

  • RixFM (Click on GO - button to listen)

Marie’s tumor removed successfully

Written by roxeteer on October 3, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - According to a report published in today’s Expressen, the operation to remove Marie’s tumor was conducted on Monday. The operation took several hours, but it went well and there were no complications. “She feels pretty fine now, but you have to remember that she’s just been operated on,” said a friend of Marie anonymously to Expressen. “It will take some time before she’s fully recovered.”

  Marie’s family - her husband Micke and children Josefin, 9, and Oscar, 5 - were able to meet her on Tuesday. For mainly security reasons, Marie has a private room in the hospital with an extra bed for her husband.

  “Marie is a fighter. She will be back on her feet again,” said Per in a previous comment to Expressen.

  Marie fainted and hit her head dangerously at her home on September 11th. On the 15th, she was diagnosed with a tumor in the back of her head.

  Update: Aftonbladet also runs an article about the operation. The doctors are now examining the tumor to be able to decide upon any future treatment. According to Aftonbladet, the whole section of the hospital is closed to the public for Marie’s security.

  Update: Marie Dimberg, Roxette’s manager, confirmed these reports, telling The Daily Roxette that “the surgery took almost four hours and – as the medical team was able to remove the entire tumor – the operation was very successful.”

  “Marie is, under the circumstances, very well and wishes to thank all of you for the encouraging letters and e-mails that she has now received. Marie will spend the remainder of the year at home and she is looking forward to a full recovery as quickly as possible,” Dimberg said.
  The tumor itself has been sent to the hospital’s laboratory for biopsy testing. Whether or not Marie will require further treatment – radiation or chemotherapy – depends on whether the tumor was malignant or benign.

(TDR photo by Lars-Erik Olson)

German “Ballad Hits” will differ from others; bonus tracks to appear on same CD

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on October 1, 2002 to .

STOCKHOLM - Previous reports about the tracklisting for the upcoming collection of slower-tempo songs, “Roxette: The Ballad Hits,” have created a certain amount of confusion, especially when EMI Germany published a tracklisting on their site (now determined to be partially inaccurate) indicating they would be releasing the “limited edition” as a single CD, and TDR used that as the basis for an article.

  Seeking to clarify the facts, The Daily Roxette has learned that in order to keep the retail cost down in an increasingly price sensitive market, EMI Germany has indeed decided to put the “limited edition” version of the album out on a single CD.

  The “Ballad Hits” album itself, to be released November 4th, will contain the following songs:

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)

Bonus EP

  It’s the bonus tracks that have created confusion. On the EP, which will be bundled with the “Ballad Hits” CD everywhere but Germany, these four tracks will appear:

1. The Weight Of The World - Bonus Track (previously unreleased)

2. It Hurts - Bonus Track (previously unreleased)

3. See Me - Bonus Track (B-side)

4. Every Day - Bonus Track (previously unreleased).

   In Germany, EMI will be releasing a limited edition album that has 17 tracks on the same CD. This German release will include the 15 tracks listed above and two bonus tracks: “The Weight Of The World” and “It Hurts.”

  After the limited edition/first pressing albums are gone (limited edition, in this case, will equate to the first pressing of the CDs made in EMI’s various manufacturing plants), the second pressing of the album will contain the core 15 tracks (in Germany and everywhere else).


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