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Marie drops lawsuit

Written by tevensso on February 27, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - According to a telegram in Aftonbladet today, Marie Fredriksson has, in agreement with Expressen, decided to drop the lawsuit.

  The trial was supposed to be held on Wednesday, but is now cancelled according to Leif Silbersky, Marie’s attorney. “I neither want, nor can tell you why, but we’ve reached an agreement with Expressen on how to handle this,” Silbersky says.

  Otto Sjöberg, editor-in-chief of Expressen, says that there exists no secret deal between the parts. “When Marie Fredriksson decided to not pursue her claim, Expressen chose not to demand compensation for its costs for the trial. That’s the whole deal between Marie Fredriksson and Expressen,” Sjöberg says in Expressen.

  In a press release issued by Marie Fredriksson today she states that even though she’s free from the cancer and much stronger now, she feels that she doesn’t have enough strength to pursue a tedious legal process. Marie chooses instead to focus her energy on regaining her strength, recovering from her illness and her family and the present now.

  TDR readers may recall that Expressen immediately published an apology when Marie Fredriksson reacted negatively to the original article.

Video shot for “DJ”

Written by tevensso on February 24, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - According to a message from Per at Son of a Plumber’s site they shot a video for “Hey mr DJ” last night. “The idea was, as always, vague but interesting…. psychedelica meets Alice in Wonderland in a freak show environment,” Per says and continues “Clarence did a great job lifting weights in a silly costume, Magnus got knives thrown at him (scary….) 10 kids, most of them from Gabriel’s school played violins and trumpets and drums, all looking very handsome and jolly…. Helena played a puppet on a string, Christoffer wore a top hat and I wore a tie. And the coffee was good.”

  The video is expected to be ready late next week.

New cover of “Fading Like A Flower”

Written by ditroia on February 23, 2006 to .

An eBay auction led this reporter to the discovery of a new cover of Roxette’s “Fading Like A Flower” by the German group Discoblaster. The single was released on December 10th 2005 on the EMI/Zeitgeist [Universal Dance] Label:


CD 1

01. Fading (radio edit)

02. Fading (the disco boys radio edit)

03. Fading (Steve Murano radio remx)

04. Fading (club mix)

05. Fading (the disco boys remix)

06. Fading (candlelight mix)

CD 2

01. Fading (radio edit)

02. Fading (the disco boys remix)

12” Part 1

01. Fading (club mix)

02. Fading (Steve Murano remix)

12” Part 2

01. Fading (the disco boys remix)

02. Fading (Steve Murano dub remix)

03. Fading (the disco boys dub remix)

  From Universal Dance Translated from German:

Discoblaster - “Fading” 28.10.2005

Discoblaster, are Fine (17), Justine (19), Samantha (19), Nina (20) and Sandra (16).

“DJ” promo to be released

Written by tevensso on February 20, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Monday February 13 a promotion single of “Hey Mr DJ” will be released, to radio stations only. It will contain the original version of the song plus two fresh remixes. The first remix is called Love-For-Sale and is made by Clarence, Christoffer and Jimmy Monell (aka Shooting Star), the second is remixed by Jimmy and thusly called Jimmy Monell Treatment. While the first remix is very radio friendly, the second will probably do best on the dance floor.

  This single will most probably not be released commercially, however, there is a fair possibility that the remixes will be available as downloads at for instance CDON and iTunes.

In cooperation with Son of a, TDR presents these snippets:

Jimmy Monell Treatment :

Love-For-Sale Remix :

  Update Feb. 20: The single will be released commercially after all, as a physical single (0946 3591432 0) on March 1st and as a digital single on March 13th. The cover art is shown here.

New Plumber releases

Written by tevensso on February 19, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Per has just announced that on April 3rd two new digital releases will come out, namely “Son of a Plumber (iTunes Edition)” with three extra tracks added; “Keep the Radio On (This is the Perfect Song),” “A Girl Like You” and “Plonk”, the two latter never before released. Ronnie Lane’s nickname was “Plonk”…

  The second release is the EP “Dancing Plumber Vol.1” with the following line up:

1. Hey mr DJ (Love-for-sale remix)

2. Hey mr DJ (Jimmy Monell Treatment)

3. I never quite got over the fact that the Beatles broke up (Jimmy Monell Short Treatment)

4. I never quite got over the fact that the Beatles broke up (Jimmy Monell Long Treatment)

  While the first release is an iTunes exclusive, the second will be available via other digital stores (at first only in Scandinavia).

“Jo-Anna Says” climbs above the clouds

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on February 16, 2006 to .

COPENHAGEN - SAS Scandinavian Airlines has added “Jo-Anna Says” to its playlist of songs featured on the onboard music system’s “Scandinavia” channel.

  Other songs being played this month include a-ha’s “Analogue,” Eva Dahlgren’s “Snö” and Kent’s “Dom som försvann.”

New release date for Europe

Written by tevensso on February 15, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - The album release date for Europe has been pushed back from March 6 to March 27. However, Germany will release the album at the end of April since EMI Germany wants to do heavy radio with “Jo-Anna Says” as the first single. United Kingdom has yet to respond to EMI about the release. It seems Brazil and Argentina will release it, but no dates are known yet, while Japan is uncertain.

  The album has been confirmed in these countries so far (please note that March 27 does not apply to all of them):

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Greece
  • Holland
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • South Africa

Bad Hair Day strikes back

Written by tevensso on February 14, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Per's latest little project Bad Hair Day has struck again! This time Per wants to present his fans with a little Valentine's Day gift, so he has "released" a "single" consisting of the only two Son of a Plumber demos ever recorded.

  Per presents it himself like this:

St Valentine’s day, Feb 14 – 2006

Friends… let’s celebrate this wonderful and important day with some new jolly music! The only two existing Son of a Plumber-demos are at your service!!

I started working on “I like it like that” with some, quite annoying, drum-loop in mind. It all put me in a somewhat bad mood. Drum-grooves usually do! However I really adored the song and did an acoustic version the very same day at the Tits&Ass studio. Here it is! I think I’ve changed the lyrics a bit along the way.

“Something in the system” was a slight mistake so I didn’t want to use it at all. I never really liked it, dunno why. But when the medley-idea came up (I guess it was Clarence’ brilliant brain at work!!) I thought it would fit quite well. Shorter, more in-your-face, like a nice little bridge between “Double-headed Elvis” and “Speed boat to Cuba”. This is how it sounded when it was born.

So how come these are the only two existing Son of a Plumber-demos? Well, neither one of them were intended for the project! Both of them were recorded in January 2002 and at the time, of course, the S.O.A.P.-beast wasn’t even invented! So these tunes were written for the Roxette compilations, Ballad Hits & Pop Hits. In the same four-week period I did demos for “A thing about you” and “Breathe” as well. There you go!


“Hey Mr DJ” enters at #12

Written by tevensso on February 13, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - The latest single from the hit album “Son of a Plumber” (sold more than 102,000 copies so far), “Hey Mr DJ (Won’t You Play Another Love Song)” enters the official Swedish top 40 chart at #12 today. The single is marked as “newcomer of the week.” Per comments this as “How fun!!!”

  According to TDR’s sources the remix single is out to radio stations today.

  Further info about the European releases is that Germany will release the album at the end of April, “EMI Germany seems very enthusiastic and wants to do lots of radio with this,” Per comments. He also tells TDR that “Jo-Anna Says” will be the first single in Germany, with “C’mon” as the B-side. The rest of Europe (excluding the UK which has not responded) goes with “Hey Mr DJ,” but only as a promo single for starters. While EMI UK has not responded to the album EMI Canada has, and they will also release the album.

  According to EMI Sweden the singles to be released down in Europe will be digital only unless they turn out to be “super radio hits,” then EMI will quickly produce physical singles.

“Hey Mr DJ” to be first single in Europe

Written by Jud on February 11, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Per Gessle revealed today in a new message on his website that “Hey Mr. DJ” will be the first single in most European countries. “Son Of A Plumber” is scheduled for release in Europe on March 6, so the single is expected to start airplay a few weeks before this date.

  Per and his band will shoot a music video for the song, to be directed by Daniel Börjesson, in two weeks. There will also be a video for “Jo-Anna Says,” since EMI Germany “fell in love with that one!!!” Per explains.

  In addition, since he says so many people seem to like them, the “Hey Mr. DJ” remixes – which initially were planned to be featured on a promotion single for radio stations only – will also be released commercially.


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