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Four times platinum for “Mazarin”

Written by daniel_alv on November 28, 2003 to .

STOCKHOLM - This week “Mazarin” falls two spots to #16 on the official Swedish album charts. It’s still selling and the chart also confirms that “Mazarin” now has sold four times platinum (240,000 copies).

  The posters for the new DVD “En Mazarin, älskling?” also tells that “Mazarin” has sold 4 x platinum.

“Tycker om när du tar på mej” third single off “Mazarin”

Written by tevensso on November 24, 2003 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - The next single off “Mazarin”, as previously reported, will be “Tycker om när du tar på mej”. Confirmed release date is Dec 10. Enjoy the tracklist:

1) Tycker om när du tar på mej - 3:25

2) Mannen med gitarr (demo 20 november 2002) - 3:15

Previously recorded by female Swedish singer Monia Sjöström.

3) Viskar (demo 30 augusti 2002) - 3:29

“Viskar” is taken from the 1986 album “Scener”.

4) Kyss från en främling (demo 18 oktober 1999) - 3:03

Recorded as “Kiss From a Stranger” by Gyllene Tider in 1984 (but not released until 1990), and also recorded by Swedish dance band Blue Light in 1985 as “Kyss från en främling”.

Per falls from #1 on Svensktoppen

Written by jicko on November 23, 2003 to .

STOCKHOLM - After an amazing consecutive 22 weeks at #1 on the Swedish radio show Svensktoppen, Per falls to #2 with “Här kommer alla känslorna”. On the other hand, “På promenad genom stan” is a newcomer at #6.

  As previously reported, “Känslorna” is on the top 5 list of longest-lasting #1s ever.

“Ballad & Pop Hits - The Complete Video Collection” out now

Written by tevensso on November 18, 2003 to .

(UPDATED) - The new Roxette DVD called “Ballad & Pop Hits - The Complete Video Collection” is out now, so far only in PAL format. This is the new title of the updated “All Videos Ever Made” DVD.

  Capitol Records Sweden confirms this is a worldwide release. TDR’s sources claim this DVD has better video and audio quality than the previous issue. Added to the new DVD are the two latest videos; “A Thing About You” and “Opportunity Nox”, while some of the extra material has been removed.

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Gessle on Nyhetsmorgon on TV4

Written by tevensso on November 15, 2003 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Per Gessle visited the morning show “Nyhetsmorgon” (News Morning) on Swedish TV4 today. They started with showing a full song (Sommartider) from “Sommar-Mazarin” just to show the frenzy at the gigs. The clip was in widescreen so that bodes well for the upcoming DVD. TV4 will air about one hour of goodies from the Gothenburg show on January 1.

  Per’s interview revealed not so much new. Roxette will not do anything actively during 2004, they’ll wait to see how Marie feels. Gyllene Tider’s possible tour will be decided during December. “What speaks against a tour is that ’Återtåget’ still is the biggest tour in Sweden ever, so it’s a big fall for us…” Per smiled. He added that he very much would like to tour with his old friends, There will at any rate not be another solo tour next year.

  Otherwise, Per is in the process of writing new material. And he has also painted a painting for Art Against AIDS, as previously reported.

  Per Andren, Daniel Alvedahl and Dominik Rzepka contributed to this article.

Clarence Öfwerman writes music for Christmas TV series

Written by roxeteer on November 13, 2003 to .

The long-time producer Clarence Öfwerman, who has worked with Roxette since the very first single, has written the music for this year’s Swedish Christmas calendar TV series. TV’s Christmas calendar is an old annual tradition for children and has a different theme or story each year. This year the series’ name is “Håkan Bråkan” and it will be broadcast every day from December 1 until Christmas Eve on SVT.

  Now it’s two weeks to the premiere and Clarence has all the music ready, at least for the first 16-17 episodes. “In the last episode there will come an aunt from space in a sleigh. I don’t know what music there should be, but I still have a couple of weeks to make up my mind,” he says.

  Making music for TV has been a new world for Clarence. “I’ve just started to realize how many people and how much technology is involved. It was also unbelievably cool to be able to go to Berwaldhallen and play with 40 strings from the Radio Symphony Orchestra.”

  Editor’s note: According to the article, Clarence’s favorite Roxette songs are “It Must Have Been You” and “You’ve Got The Look”. We hope it’s the reporter who has made the mistake.

“En Mazarin älskling?” DVD gets a November release

Written by tevensso on November 13, 2003 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Per Gessle’s live DVD, “En Mazarin, älskling?”, recorded during this summer’s “Mazarin” tour, has a definite release date now: Wednesday November 26. Per will sign his new DVD exclusively at Åhlens City in Stockholm at 5 pm that same day.

  The DVD will contain the following goodies:

01: Kung av sand

02: Vilket håll du än går

03: Gungar

04: Inte tillsammans, inte isär

05: (Hon vill ha) Puls

06: På promenad genom stan

07: Timmar av iver

08: Segla på ett moln

09: Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång

10: Jag tror du bär på en stor hemlighet

11: Småstad

12: Smakar på ett regn

13: Tända en sticka till

14: Bandpresentation

15: Här kommer alla känslorna

16: Födelsedag

17: Spegelboll

18: Juni, juli, augusti

19: Gå & fiska!

20: Om du bara vill

21: Tycker om när du tar på mej

22: Det är över nu

23: Sommartider

24: Billy

25: Ta en kaka till! - Mazarindokumentär

26: En Mazarin blir till - 33 minuter verklighet filmad av Per & hans vänner

27: Mazarin Back Stage - Följ med Per, band & Crew bakom scenen

28: Produktion - Vem har gjort vad

  The DVD (7243-5990409) features Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, 16x9 anamorphic widescreen picture, and is in PAL system, region 0.

  Update Nov 13: “En Mazarin älskling?” will also be available on VHS.

Per receives two awards on televised show

Written by tevensso on November 9, 2003 to .

STOCKHOLM - Per Gessle received the Guldapa (Golden Monkey) at the Swedish Hit Music Awards tonight. “This is my first Golden Monkey as a matter of fact,” Per commented when receiving the prize. The prize is Radio Rix’s special award for the most played artist during the year. Per once again wore all black, with a Clockwork Orange T-shirt.

  Per also won a Guldälg (Golden Moose) award for best Swedish song with “Här kommer alla känslorna.” “It’s me again,” Per said with a smile when he came back on stage. “I think ’När vi två blir en’ should have won,” he continued. Miio was also nominated in the category with their cover of Per’s Gyllene Tider song.

  Per performed “Känslorna” on the show, playback.

  The Rasmus, a group selected as the warm-up act for Roxette’s “Room Service” tour in Scandinavia, won the award for best foreign song with “In the Shadows”.

Lundquist produces Loserville album

Written by roxeteer on November 6, 2003 to .

KRISTIANSTAD, SWEDEN - Multi-talented musician and producer Christoffer Lundquist has found himself yet another project. This time he is producing an album for Loserville, a band from Hässleholm, a town in southern Sweden. Lundquist became well-known as a member of the band Brainpool and has since worked with Roxette and co-produced Per’s “Mazarin” album.

  The Loserville album Lundquist has been working on is the band’s second and will be released in December. “I can’t remember exactly how we got into contact with each other,” Lundquist told Kristianstadsbladet. “I suppose someone knew someone… that’s how it usually works. Anyway, there was an email and a demo. So, I read and listened. And liked it. They sound real and strong. They are not stereotyped and they have joy in their performance.”

  Lundquist doesn’t like the way the music business works these days. “I’ve been in this business for 10-11 years now and I must say that we’re in an all time low right now. The record companies don’t sign new bands. Instead, they are signing concepts and think about advertising campaigns that may suit in some sort of quartal capitalism. It’s sick.”

  Lundquist is still working with the guys from Brainpool. They have been composing a “rock opera” for years and it’s finally nearing completion. “There hasn’t been a real rock opera since The Who made ’Tommy’. We though it’s about time,” says Lundquist. “It’ll be a stage show and an album. The director will be Anna Novovich, a Swedish woman who has mostly worked in Copenhagen. It still takes some time to get the stage show ready, but because the songs have already been recorded, I believe the album will be in the shops next spring.”

Gessle performs for children

Written by tevensso on November 5, 2003 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Per Gessle is one of the artists to perform on the “Världens Barn” Gala (World’s Children), which will be broadcast by SVT on November 7 between 18:15-19:00 and 20:00-21:00 CET.

  This event is organized by Radiohjälpen’s Världens Barn and SVT and will be hosted by Kattis Ahlström and Hans Rosenfeldt. Many personalities are to perform during the gala, like artists Pernilla Wahlgren, Charlotte Nilsson, Robert Wells, Per Gessle and Tomas Ledin. The goal for 2003 is to raise 130 million kronor ($16 million) for the children of the world.

  In addition, Per will also perform, alone this time - the last time was with Roxette, on TV4’s “Faddergalan” (Sponsor a Child Gala) that will be broadcast on November 28.


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