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Dancing DJs vs Roxette - New entry at #18

Written by ncurran on July 31, 2005 to .

The Dancing DJs remix of “Fading like a Flower” is a new entry in the UK at #18 this week. The hype has been building for months, and many people were expecting a much higher entry. Unlike the American chart, singles are much less likely to climb after their initial entry, so it seems likely that this will be the single’s peak position. The song has been doing well on the UK video channel “The Box” for several weeks, with a new video featuring dancers with the original Roxette video in the background.

  However, as well as a distinct lack of promotion and radio airplay, the main problem that the release faced is that the UK’s largest single retailer, Woolworths, decided not to stock the single, which has seriously hampered its potential success.

LTYH cover moves up another few notches

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on July 28, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - On its 9th week on the Billboard Hot 100, “Listen To Your Heart” by D.H.T. climbs a couple of places to #12 from last week’s #14. On the Dance Radio Airplay chart it falls to #2, while it stays at #5 on the Top 40 Mainstream.

  D.H.T.’s brand new album, also named “Listen To Your Heart”, zooms straight into #2 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.

  A quick analysis of the chart by The Daily Roxette seems to indicate that the song has enough momentum (taking into consideration the songs in higher positions that are dropping down) to break into the Top 10 next week.

“Heart” does well in the US

Written by Elysa_Gardner on July 26, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - One of this summer’s fastest-rising pop tunes is titled “Listen to Your Heart.” But the message the single offers music-biz execs is to listen to the guy who works in your mailroom.

  That’s how Cory Robbins, president of Robbins Entertainment, came across Belgian duo D.H.T.’s cover of “Heart”, a power-ballad hit for the Swedish duo Roxette back in 1989. D.H.T., which features 20-year-old singer Edmée Daenen alongside MC/DJ/writer/producer Flor “Da Rick” Theeuwes, has soared to the upper reaches of commercial radio formats with a dance mix and an “unplugged” ballad rendition of the song.

  The single is presently at #1 on the Dance Radio Airplay chart, #5 on the Billboard Radio Monitor mainstream top 40 chart this week, #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #17 on Nielsen BDS’ national airplay list and is expected to climb even more.

  Like everyone who works for Robbins, mailman Matt D’Arduini was invited to the Monday night meeting of label executives. In early 2004, he brought D.H.T.’s “Heart” and played it. Weeks later, Robbins offered Theeuwes and Daenen a deal.

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Per explains his side of the ’Syd’ dispute

Written by tevensso on July 22, 2005 to .

HALMSTAD - Per Gessle has issued this statement to The Daily Roxette due to the recent reports of Per and Micke ’Syd’ being in dispute. Here’s his message, unedited:

The story so far:

I was born in 1959. Gyllene Tider (in the most famous line-up) was formed in 1979. The group was disbanded, with smiling faces, in 1985. Since then I’ve had my heart beating around the clock for Roxette or pounding gently for my solo career.

On very few occasions we have re-united Gyllene Tider. Two of those occasions were Återtåget in 1996 and GT25 (the tour) / Finn5Fel! (the album) last year. After the latter’s amazing success everything has returned back to “normal”, i.e. Roxette and my solo stuff.

There are currently no plans for further GT-projects. The main reason being the unbelievable success from last year which is hard, if not impossible, to follow up.

I have sent my wedding-congrats to Micke & Helena and I sincerely hope they’ll get a happy and prosperous life together.

Moneywise I never make any official comments regarding deals and contracts. However, the figures and internal splits that have been suggested in the media are laughable and nowhere near the truth.


P., sunny Halmstad July 22 - 2005

Micke ’Syd’ has denied the reports as well, but said that “sometimes in life relationships just don’t work” without going into details.

Per and Micke ’Syd’ in dispute? “No,” says Micke

Written by tevensso on July 22, 2005 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Yesterday both Swedish tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen had huge articles about Per not attending Micke Syd’s wedding. Both papers claimed that Per and Micke are in dispute - or even enemies of a higher level. Why writing such articles about Micke’s wedding is beyond The Daily Roxette. The fact that Micke ’Syd’ and Helena got married didn’t get much attention in the Swedish tabloids.

  According to TDR’s sources the rumors aren’t true. Basically what has happened is that since the only Gyllene Tider member Per invited to his wedding ceremony in 1993 was MP Persson, it was sort of natural that the other members don’t invite Per back.

  It may be true that Micke and Per aren’t the best of friends, but they are not fighting. “We are on good speaking terms, sometimes in life relationships just don’t work,” says Micke in an interview with Aftonbladet today. Micke also says that Per saying “I wish Micke and what’s-her-name-again the best of luck” was a normal Per-comment - a joke.

  Micke says to Aftonbladet and Expressen that he doesn’t want to contribute to the mudslinging, but it’s not about Per’s money or fame. At the same time Expressen claims that their article was “spot on” according to Micke.

  In the mid-eighties, there actually was controversy between Per and a Gyllene Tider member. Back then, Per and Anders Herrlin fell out of touch due to Anders breaking up Gyllene Tider. That is also a thing of the past.

  Update: Per has issued TDR a statement with his views on the incident.

“Listen To Your Heart” takes another step up

Written by rox4ever on July 21, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - On its eighth week on the U.S. Billboard “Hot 100” singles chart, D.H.T.’s “Listen To Your Heart” climbs again after a week staying at the same position (#19) to the #14 spot. It is still expected to climb even more due to the golden bullet. Just four spots away from the Top 10.

  The single also stays at #1 for the fourth week in a row on the Dance Radio Airplay chart.

  D.H.T. are spending a considerable amount of time in the United States, doing promotion for the song and album. They appeared yesterday on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” a popular nationally-syndicated morning television talk show that originates here in New York.

Gyllene Tider’s Micke ’Syd’ gets married

Written by tevensso on July 21, 2005 to .

HAVERDAL - Finally Micke ’Syd’ Andersson, Gyllene Tider’s avid drummer boy, got his fair Helena! They were supposed to marry on an archipelago cliff fairly close to their summer house in Haverdal (just north of Halmstad), but due to bad weather the ceremony was moved inside to the church where they got married yesterday.

  Micke proposed to Helena, in front of 27,000 people at the final concert of the tour at Örjans vall in Halmstad last summer, where she said yes, obviously.

  Special wedding guests included, among others, Anders Herrlin, Göran Fritzon, MP Persson, Christer Sandelin and the Halmstad-based band Back On Stage, where MP Persson normally mans the drums. However, as Micke didn’t want their guests to work during their wedding party he played the drums himself… He even performed Gyllene Tider’s old song “Min tjej och jag.” Per Gessle did not attend the wedding.

Gyllene Tider DVD delayed until next year

Written by tevensso on July 15, 2005 to .

The highly anticipated Gyllene Tider documentary DVD made during the summer tour 2004 will once again be delayed, for reasons unknown. It was originally scheduled for release spring 2005, but the release was postponed. Per Gessle confirms in a message to The Daily Roxette that the DVD will be released next summer, at the earliest.

  The 45-minute-long documentary, titled “Gyllene Tider lite från insidan” (“Gyllene Tider, a little from the inside”), was shown twice on Swedish TV4 in January and February. The version on the DVD is supposedly longer and the DVD is promised to be full with lots of extras, like “all Gyllene Tider performances on SVT, ever,” plus the “Teaser Japanese” video.

D.H.T. remains at #1 and #19

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on July 14, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - In the last seven weeks D.H.T.’s “Listen To Your Heart” only climbed. But in its 8th week on the chart the song stays put on #19. Although it’s not moving, the golden bullet represents more airplay than last week. So it still may move upward.

  On the Dance Radio Airplay the song remains at #1 for the third week in a row. It has been on the DRA chart for 22 weeks.

“Listen To Your Heart” goes Top 20

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on July 7, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - On its seventh week on the U.S. Billboard “Hot 100” singles chart, D.H.T.’s “Listen To Your Heart” makes a leap of eleven spots to #19. This puts the song into the Top 20… and the song is still gold tinted and thus, expected to rise further.

  It stays at #1 on the Dance Radio Airplay chart.

Bon Jovi name their new album “Have A Nice Day”

Written by roxeteer on July 4, 2005 to .

After Bryan Adams publicly apologized for naming his album “Room Service,” the same name as the Roxette album from 2001, Bon Jovi name their new album “Have A Nice Day.” Roxette released an album with the same title in 1999.

  Bon Jovi’s album will be released in September, first on the 14th in Japan, then internationally on the 19th except in the USA and Canada where the album is released a day later, on September 20. The first single from the album, released on July 18, will also be called “Have A Nice Day.” The song is about racism.

Jean-Francois Lejour contributed to this article.


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