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Roxette back with a new album: ”Charm School”!

Written by tevensso on December 3, 2010 to , and . Source: d&d management.

On February 11 the unlikely becomes reality. After 25 years as a world-famous act with 70 million albums sold, one of Sweden’s biggest pop groups steps back into the spotlight, a decade after their last studio album “Room Service”.

They do it with “Charm School”, a new album with twelve songs in a style that’s best described as “updated classic Roxette”, from the initial power pop fireworks of “Way Out” to the bittersweet closer “Sitting On Top Of The World”.

First Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle were reunited on stage to perform “It Must Have Been Love” and “The Look” during Per’s “Party Crasher” tour in Amsterdam. And before the fans knew it, Roxette made a full-scale comeback as headliners during the “Night of the Proms” tour in front of more than 600,000 people in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

“By then we started to think ahead and plan for the possibility of making a new album – an album that captured everything that’s good about Roxette while still looking ahead,” says Per Gessle. Said and done. During the tour, the band’s hotel rooms were transformed into recording studios where a string of new Roxette songs took shape.

Back home in Sweden, the work continued during the spring and autumn of 2010. Just as when the band recorded during their heyday, there were lots of songs to choose from. The sensitive ballad “In My Own Way” for example, is a rediscovered gem from 1984, when the dream of international recognition was still just a dream.

The newest song is the extremely infectious groove-master “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio),” written this autumn. In-between there’s everything that has made Roxette one of the world’s most radio-played pop groups; the clinging melodies, the passionate delivery, the humorous pop sense and the unique mix of Marie Fredriksson’s and Per Gessle’s voices. All wrapped up in a musical package that is unmistakably 2011.

“For me the starting point has always been to write songs for Marie’s voice,” Gessle says. “She’s got this ability to make you believe every word she sings, and that’s why she brings the stories to life. As a songwriter that’s an incredible gift to be a part of.”

The album was recorded in the south of Sweden and Stockholm with Clarence Öfwerman and Christoffer Lundqvist as producers (together with Per and Marie). “Charm School” is a magnificent return to form after ten years of trials and challenges. Or as Marie Fredriksson sings in one of the album’s quintessential tracks: ”No One Makes It On Her Own.” Hear the school bell ring on February 11.

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magical

The day has just got brighter! Amazing news!

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Wah, it feels so unreal!

Oh myyyyyyyyyy godddddddddddddddddddddd!!! Is this real????? I cant’ waitttttttttttttt!! What a amazing day!!!!!!!

Noice!

a song from 1984...is this just more proof he lied that there wasn’t much laying around for the roxbox? god i am so excited

so say we all

Album cover! On the front page of www.emimusic.com

Check it out!

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Ahhhh!!! I love everything about this... the 100% Roxette title of the single, the 100% Roxette title of the album, the artwork... too good to be true already! I CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE TO HEAR THIS!!!!!

I have no words!!!!! I totally agree with you roxtexanet

I’M SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!
BUT I MUST SAY I DON’T LIKE THE ALBUM AND SINGLE COVERS..... IT’S MESSY

I must say these are some terrible covers, makes HAND look like a work of art.

fantastic, no words .... woooooooowwwwwww

fantastic.....i am so excited about this!!

Spread the joy! The Swedish duo is finally back with a brand new studio album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW - I’m feeling 15 again!!!!

look sharp - charm school

buenisimoooooooo!!!!! I love it

@ditroia: I like the HAND (and related singles) cover. Not sure about these, because I usually don’t like collages. I’d prefer a simple photo of them in front. With some concept, like they did with “Joyride” or “CBB”.

I still don’t get what “Charm School” means, haha.

WOW, so great!!! Love the cover, looks quite cool :)

The cover definitely has a Joyride/HAND meets Rarities vibe. I kinda like it! I even don’t really mind the HAND ones too much, though I wouldn’t say I like them. The “One Wish” cover is the worst for me... it just looks wrong somehow.

I’m excited for this though. Hopefully we can hear some previews or the new single soon! Great to know the single is only a month away - and that Christmas and New Year fill up that gap! =)

The album cover looks great, is Marie playing a ‘Union Jack’ Guitar on the cover... looks like it!

fantastic news, cant wait to hear the single and album but i also would love rox to come and play live for us here in the uk their tour seems to be so full right into 2011 im getting worried in case it doesnt happen pleeeese can someone find out ?

Yeah! I have tears in my eyes... Thanx Per & Marie for the incredible news!

“Look Sharp” was an album by Joe Jackson.
“Have A Nice Day” was later released by Bon Jovi
“Room Service” was later released by Brian Adams

“Charm School” is the next album by Roxette... but the title was used already, by a band called Bishop Allen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charm_School_%28album%29

@kevSTER - More dates will be announced, and Per recently hinted at a possible UK date on Twitter a couple of days ago!

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AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to listen to it....I know it will find its way into the internet as a leak sometime during christmas but I am definetely buying the single and the album (although I don’t know if the single will ever make it to my country but I’m crossing my fingers). I am DYING to to have it and listen to it as I have with all previous Roxette albums. It almost feels like Christmas every time there is a new album to unwrap and check what it has got inside. I know Charm School will be a treat to listen to. Kuddos Per & Marie!!!

I really like the sleeves. Mostly, I’m happy to see Per & Marie move on from the constant recycling of the CBB/Rarities/Don’t Bore Us era photos. I was so scared the new album’s branding would be 1995 all over again or as profoundly awful as the “One Wish” sleeve that to this day, STILL feels like an internet hoax come to life. I applaud Per & Marie for embracing a distinct look that’s unquestionably Roxette and yet not nostalgic in any way. The art seems to support everything Per has mentioned about this album so far. Can’t wait to hear it now!

fantastic cover, it feels like a mix of all previous “styles” and so roxettish and so.. fitting the mood right now - just great!! :)

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Loved the cover! Waiting for the TOUR IN BRAZIL!!!!

BRING THE CHAMPAGNE!!!!

*leaving the room screaming of joy*

And the peasants rejoice!!

Sunshine is a lady who rox u like a baby!

....by the way..who has written this lovely text? It’s a pressrelease I hope! So finally...there is no escape. Roxette is back! ♥♥♥

Yep, it’s the press release!

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for me before christmas we can listening the single at the radio..

Can’t wait for the new album and it’s only two months away. The cover looks like its bold enough to grab peoples attention. Let’s hope the first single gets played on the radio around the world.

Now all I have to do is get some tickets to their concert. I’m looking to go in Gotenburg but need some help cause I can’t use my Australian credit card. If there’s someone that can help me out please contact me.

Congrats Per and Marie. So much more great news in such a small period of time. More than I ever expected.

Here we go, this is amazing! The sleeve is really great and the song titles sound promising!!!

Covers reminds me “Party Crasher”/”Silly Really” ones, Marie looks really nice on these 3 pics, but album cover looks more like for a compilation album than a regular album with so many small pictures.
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Cover is great!! But it seems like a Tour Album Cover!! I hope a snippet of first single come soon!!

The date is set perfectly for 14th february.
But neither the title ,neither the cover make it good present.

Ok cover wanted to show that the album was “recorded” around the world on tour ..
but ...
i don’t know , i was hoping for something more beautiful and stylish.

Lets hope the album will be all that.

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) is not that important all over the world. Nobody cares about it here in Argentina. Actually, it was ’introduced’ a few years ago as a ’reason’ to make people waste money in useless presents. I don’t think having a cover that fits that particular day is really relevant.

Have to say I really hate the title. I like the cover though.

Don’t Bore Us! Open The Forums!

Wowow!!! theres No better news before i go to sleep!!!!! But the album cover is not what i expected...maybe some good studio photos, not a mix full of depressed colours.... The single cover was better...
I hope the book has many photos, photos from a good quality studio, not like the cover. And like always all the singles lyrics!!!!
The best thing to thin th x-mas dinner dancing with the new album!!!!

the artwork is AWESOME!

do you know the name of the used font?

as a graphic designer i am so glad that the cover artwork is GREAT!! nothing you have to hide and be ashamed (like one wish-cover) at the cash desk ;-) i guess the sound is a bit rougher this time if i “translate” the artwork right.

What great news to wake up to!! I’m loving some of the track titles. Still a little unsure of the title and the artwork (looks too messy!?), but i’m sure it will grow on me.

It’s amazing how something like this news can make you feel so hyped up, just like every album announcement prior.

yes please open the forum again, please!!

one thing i ’have’ to say: i would have designed the ’roxette-STAR’ with those rough red lines and not a ’CROSS’ ...

Love the cover, very roxette. Love the title. :-)

So it looks like the second “bonus” disc will be the live recordings from the 2010-mini tour :-)

I figured as much but the B-side choice confirms it ;-)

Roxette turn on the charm ey? :-p Love the single cover and the title!

WOW! Very exciting news!!! : )

I really like the title!! The album cover is really good too! But ultimately it’s the music that matters & I’m hoping this will be their strongest album since C!B!B! Can’t wait to hear it!!

My only problem is with the song title ”No One Makes It On Her Own” that isn’t proper English is it? Shouldn’t it be “No one makes it on their own”??? Was it a typo in the story??

I wonder if the song “In My Own Way” is the one that Jill Johnson recorded some years ago. Niklas Strömstedt had an swedish version of this one recorded in 89 called “En gång i livet”.

Antonio: It’s proper English (and not a typo). “Her own” just places a gender on the song (while “their own” would be genderless). There’s an implied reference being made here that Marie made it through her health crisis with the help of family, friends, and fans who kept her in their thoughts and prayers.

I thought that song title didn’t sound right as well. But since when did Per ever worry about little things like that.

I think everyone who first read that song title straight away thought of Marie.

sorry just dont like the album cover.. looks so terrible, well at least for a nice comeback album

Tears in my eyes... can’t wait for 02/11/11

I Hope the album will be a huge come back! Who cares about the sleeve?!!! As long as the music is a big hit!!! I wanna hear the dj’s say....wow here’s the new number one...Roxette with....she’s got nothing on (but THE radio)!!!!

Thanks Per & Marie for your work and for letting us dreaming again!
I hope to see you in Italy and feel again the ROX-VIBE in my veins!
Happy new COMEBACK!!!

AndreaTORINO

so happy, can´t wait to hear something from the new single. ;-) -great news for all the ROXETTE-FANS, hope to see ya in germany/ berlin,
roxette are back!!!

I am so excited... I loved the album cover, the single cover... can1t wait to have in my hands.
changing a little bit the subject it seems there will be another date in South Africa 10 may at Cape Town

So f@cking happy!!

It’s happenning!

This is so surreal!!

After all shit happens it’s time for a great toilette paper :)

Have a great Rox weekend everybody!

P.S. Wonder why swedish papers expressen / aftonbladet mention none or so little about this..

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like magic and love lots of forgotten words
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmA-ar3wNFw

Hej it’s just great news, I feel so happy about all this!
Nice article as well, but the graphics. what’s going on with the covers??? specially the album cover?

“made a million selling secret fantasies”

Very Roxeteish. I love the cover of CS (is that going to be a name of one of the songs?) and SGNOBTR. BTW tevensson, if you know what the first song is “Way Out” and know the last song “Sittin:g On The Top Of The World”, do you know the other names of the other 8 songs, or hasn’t Per told you yet?

As you there are

Way Out
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
In My Own Way
No One Makes It On Her Own
Sitting On Top Of The World

Why do Roxette always end their CDs with a ballad? Is it a Per thing? Because you have.

Pearls of Passion - So Far Away
Look Sharp! - Listen To Your Heart
Joyride - Perfect Day
Tourism - Queen Of Rain
Crash! Boom! Bang! - Go To Sleep
Have A Nice Day - Beautiful Things
Room Service - My World, My Love, My Life
Charm School - Sitting On Top Of The World

Its true, always ballads at the end... and my opinion, these end-tracks are the right ones... Beautiful things...no words....:-)

So “No One Makes It On Her Own” is it a song or just some lyrics?

Is this the first press release where song names are being mentioned?
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like magic and love lots of forgotten words
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmA-ar3wNFw

Yes.

Can anyone help me to find the “fonts” used on the new CD cover???
Want to print it on my t-shirts that I’m gonna wear to Roxette’s shows.

Thanx

I feel the same way!:)

I’m surious if there’s some big dark ballad(s) like Wish I Could Fly. This kind of ballads are the best what Per and Marie recorded ever. Any news about video for ’Radio’ single? Can’t wait to see Per and Marie in a video together again (or press pictures from video). Btw Marie looks really nice on the cover pics. Great moments for a fans. Christmas will move to February next year. :)
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I don’t think Per has ever said why, but I love it. The last song on each album are some of Roxette’s best songs.

Much the same way that each album starts with an up-tempo song.

Hope he doesn’t come out with another freak video for the new single. I miss videos like CBB or LTYH or Run to you! Please Per, let someone else get the idea for the video!

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Didn’t know if anybody noticed... According to Computicket.com, Roxette will perfom in Cape Town on the 10th AND 11th of May 2011. So, that gives us 4 concerts in South Africa...

Just checked cape town. It seems that the 11th is almost sold out so I guess they added an extra date. That’s awesome. I also read that the concert in Bulgaria was moved to a bigger arena.

I do like everything about it but the title.. Corny.

Fellow Roxette fans! You can’t imagine how many times the last few years I dreamed about these news! New album AND a tour to my country (greece). They always accompanied critical moments of my life with a new song or an album. This time they do it once more. Their music is connected with my life. Thank you!

Charm School, can wait! hopefully it will be way better than room service! i listened to every roxette album thousands of times but room service isnt on par for me, only listen to: real sugar, coth, m&t&h jefferson, looking for jane, no time to get here and thats about it. oh mwmlml is ok, shit thats still quite a good album isnt it? per gives me high expectations i guess.... i thought the pop and ballad hits songs and bsides and ACORH new songs would of made a way better album than room service check this out:

oppitunity nox
a thing about you
every day
little miss sorrow
bla bla bla bla bla
making love to you
one wish
stay
breathe
weight of the world
making love to you
reveal

that would of ate room service!

I’ve just had a shriver go up my back and a gut feeling that, This week there will be new dates added to the tour and Australia will be on the list. When I have these feelings, most of them come true.

BWAD, I really hope you are right about that :-)

konstpaus, Room Service isn’t their strongest album, i’d place HAND over it, but it still had some damn great songs. MWMLML, LFJ, RS are some of my top Rox songs.

BTW does anyone else love that pic of Per on the bottom right corner. Everytime I see it I just smile :-D

The new are awesome! Let’s hope for hearing the single in 2010... And the sleeves seem very nice and different - I think it’s important for Roxette to not repeat themselves after all these years. And maybe these darker hints suggest tough CBB-sound.

I also though that the extra CD will be St Petersburg live, after Per’s tweet, but an EP with new songs is also possible, since there’s no non-album song on the first single.

The best news of 2010... Now I can start to think about 2011 better... Thanks Marie, you’re my soul since 1994!!

my world my love my life is the best rox song ever for me as well!!!

Feb 11 ...my birthday! Per, you shouldn’t have :P

I like the name of the new album.... though the cover is a bit out of fashion. Reminds me a bit of a low budget Greatest Hits CD.... I liked the cover of Per Gessle’s old album ’Party Crasher’ - that is stylish. Hope’s that the music is more inspired. Can’t wait to hear the new single...

... though the fact that there is an old song from 1984 is not very promising. If it didn’t make it onto the old records and on a B-Side we can’t expect too much from it. Maybe a sentimental thing....

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after the first minutes of enthusiasm, i am afraid i have to cancel my opinion about the design of the album-cover. i really like the single-cover though but comparing the album-artwork to the other 7 studio album-covers (just look at the classy ’room service’-photo), this one is the weakest and exept for the typography, not very creative or ’fresh’. i can not find a connection or concept between the title ’charm school’ and the photos with photoshop-effects and mix of colors and this kinda destroyed look. i think, a cool photoshooting where the theme ’charm school’ is somehow visible with a creative concept would have ’covered’ the music with a more high quality look. i guess, this design would have been more suitable for an compilation album like “tourism” ... being a graphic designer, album covers are even in times of itunes and ipods still very important to me ;-) however: what counts is the music. and i am sure, they won’t disappoint us, because making great music, is what they are famous for and not designing cool album covers!
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btw: i recieved lots of e-mails + facebookmails from fans who think this design would have been a better choice ... http://twitpic.com/3546p4
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just out of curiosity what have you designed that has helped sell a million records? reserve your criticisms until you are an established artist

so say we all

Good news indeed! I hope to have snippets as soon as possible, but what is it 2 more months after that long waiting period? Now make me happy and come to Spain on tour!!!!

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I’m selling my collecion: check it out in www.runtoroxette.com

I’m selling Don’t bore us vinyl and Pa Väg CD-Box in ebay. Look for my nickname there!! –> ernnnn

@ coyboyusa: you want me to legitimate myself? in my opinion you don’t have to be a cook/chief to say if a meal tastes good or bad ... however: i am a designer for 8 years, i recieved a bunch of international design awards for graphic designs for annual reports, magazines, logos for brand and corporate designs; i work as an art director in a big company and i think i can judge good from average design. for me, the single-cover is good, the album-cover not so much ... satisfied?

@ coyboyusa: and another thing: i doubt, music is sold because of a cover artwork ...

@andiW: Have you heard Min Hälsning from En Händig Man? If I remember Per’s words correctly, this song comes from 1978 and it hadn’t been released ’till it was placed on EHM album. And it’s such a beautiful song... so I’m really looking forward to that “rediscovered gem” from 1984, I think it’s going to be a great song :)

This question is for the meaning (not literally) of CHARM SCHOOL. In spanish is ENCANTO DE LA ESCUELA, o ENCANTO ESCOLAR. Can may have another non-literally translation?? no sense for me....

According the Musicserver.cz article the tracklist of Charm School is:

Way Out, No One Makes It On Her Own, She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio), Speak To Me, I’m Glad You Called, Only When I Dream, Dream On, Big Black Cadillac, In My Own Way, After All, Happy On The Outside, Sitting On The Top Of The World

http://musicserver.cz/clanek/32476/Roxette-ohlasili-novy-singl-i-cele-al...

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So they rerecorded “I’m glad you called” I suppose?
Per said the following about “Only when I dream”: http://roxetteblog.com/2010/05/16/per-gessle-answers-for-questions-from-...

OHH! GREAT!!! I CAN’T WAIT!;-)

OHH! GREAT! I CAN’T WAIT!!! GRAT SINGLE COVER!!;-))

@joyrider - always loved your designs, but for an album they’ve already done the back-to-back pose. I understand how being in design you tend to pick on things like most people do in their field of experience. Remember the huge backlash about the HAND cover, it’s no where near as bad as that.

Hmmm bonus song via iTunes according to the article linked by abysmo??

Hopefully ’i’m really glad you called’ is a new song, or at least a completely revised version, unlike Stupid.

@RobS - you’re right, a back-to-back pose would not be fresh anymore for a new roxette album cover. and after knowing the album title, i wouldn’t choose any of my fictitious designs neighter. why? because the design/photo has to transport the title in a creative way. it’s not just picture + text. that is the main problem with the album artwork for ’charm school’, i guess. i miss the depth/connection. a creative connection which is shown perfectly with the ’nothing on’ -sleeve but i’m afraid, i can’t see a concept between ’charm school’ and the pictures/colors/effects. i hope you know what i mean.

CHARM SCHOOL en español significa ESCUELA DE PROTOCOLO. Protocol School...so Roxette are going to teach us how to be a good boys and girls!!!

Per confirmed that tracklist on Twitter!

“CHARMSCH Way Out + No One Makes It On Her Own + She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) + Speak To Me + I’m Glad You Called + Only When I Dream” http://twitter.com/#!/PartyPleaser/status/11910960839131136

And a few minutes later
“CHARM SCHOOL, cont.: Dream On + Big Black Cadillac + In My Own Way + After All + Happy On The Outside + Sitting On Top Of The World.” http://twitter.com/#!/PartyPleaser/status/11911571584327681

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Thanx PolicarpoAroca!!! Now Charm school makes sense for me. And Escuela de protocolo me gusta!!!!!!XDDDD Gracias!!!!

A wallpaper to celebrate the upcoming releases:

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/287/wproxetteradio.jpg

enjoy!

did you know that EMI has financial problems and that there is a chance it could be sold to Warner Music?
Read here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8594359.stm

I hope that the struggle within EMI don’t hurt the promotion as a record company has to invest money in advertisement, promotion video etc.

Damn, Miminal google (australia) results for Charm School. All I find is this article in Sydney gay paper (street press) Sydney Star Observer:

http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/international-news-news/2010/12/08/r...

gaga trembles becouse roxette are back and in 2011, there is not for anyone!!!!!!!!

This is for people from Spain:

Aunque hay muchos medios de comunicación que se han hecho eco del anuncio de la vuelta de Roxette, los 40 Principales han ignorado el tema (yo lo he comentado en su foro). Dado que desde que salió el Room Service el 2001, ésa ha sido la actitud de esta cadena de radio, no estaría de más contactar con ellos de alguna forma y hacer saber nuestras quejas/sugerencias.

Un saludo :)

The font is called Blackout 2 AM: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Blackout

That’s great News! I’m already excited!
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It’s a great news...when I read it on TDR a week ago, I just jumped out of excitement....The name somehow tells that “Roxette is still young and energetic”....It’s good that there’s some song on Marie’s life and her feelings after cancer recovery...........

I like the album design more than the single...may be coz we can see Roxette picture on it and especially now that they have performed in various countries, it was good enough to have their own picture on the single cover....
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Sorry for being off topic, but does anyone has bigger size of the album cover? The bigger, the better. You can email me at majdy_mp@yahoo.com or just give me the link. Thank you.

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