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Marie Fredriksson performed with Pugh in Stockholm yesterday

Written by Jud on August 26, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Swedish artist Pugh Rogefeldt gave a concert in Tantogården in Stockholm yesterday night and counted with a special guest: Marie Fredriksson, who joined him on stage to sing “Här kommer natten” and “Guldgruva” during the encore. Marie was announced as Sweden’s own Aretha Franklin and the audience welcomed her with standing ovations.

  Pugh is one of Marie’s favourite artists and she covered three of his songs in her latest album “Min bäste vän,” including the two she performed with him yesterday.

  Sandyam contributed to this article.

New promo single from Marie out

Written by tevensso on July 25, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - From Marie’s latest album “Min bäste vän” a new 1-track promo single for radio only has been released. This time around it’s the song “Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine,” or as it’s called in Swedish: “Ingen kommer undan politiken.”

  The song was originally recorded in Swedish by Marie Bergman and the Swedish lyrics are written by Ola Magnell. “I owned the record by Kate and Anna McGarrigle and I was blown away by the way they sang it” Marie says.

Marie Fredriksson wallpapers available on

Written by Jud on July 20, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Three wallpapers of Marie Fredriksson are now available on The wallpapers, designed by webmaster Pelle Piano, feature some of the pictures from the website’s gallery and are available in 1280x1024 format.

  Follow the links below to download the wallpapers. Enjoy!

  Big thanks to Micke Bolyos and Pelle Piano.

TDR listens to Marie’s new album... and (no big surprise) we like it!

Written by administrator on June 27, 2006 to .

LJUSDAL (SWEDEN) | LLEIDA (SPAIN) - Marie Fredriksson - Min bäste vän, EMI

The Daily Roxette’s two news editors, Thomas Evensson and Judith Seuma, share their comments on Marie Fredriksson’s new album “Min bäste vän,” in this review of an album where Marie covers some of her favorite songs from the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Thomas: These songs are all from the beginning of the ’70s, from before I listened to music. I know a few of them from radio, but mostly this is new material to me. Also the material is from the prog era, an era I’ve never cared for and which is mostly – if not totally – dead these days. I can imagine that Marie’s songs mean more to people older than me. Having said that, here we go!

Judith: Most of the songs are new to me as well, and even though I listened to the original tracks a couple of times before the album was released, that wasn’t enough to keep them in my mind and later be able to compare them. This means the songs don’t mean any era or have any political background to me and I can listen to them in a complete different level. I must add Marie has the gift to make hers any song she sings, listen to “Ännu doftar kärlek” or “Mot okända hav” – she puts so much feeling in them, and she makes such wonderful performances of these songs, that if you didn’t know she hadn’t written them herself, you would blindly think she did. And the same thought comes to my mind when I listen to many of the songs featured in this album. Last but not least, this album has all brightness and happiness “The Change” had of darkness.

Din bäste vän

Thomas: This time around Marie decided that she didn’t want to write her own material, so she picked songs that she loved when she was growing up. John Holm, a now-in-the-US emigrated Swede, was huge in the beginning of the ’70s. Din bäste vän is a nice track, Marie says the original was “much rockier” in the liner notes. Funnily enough the whole song is more or less programmed by Micke B, the only thing that’s “live” is Jokke Pettersson’s guitar. Jokke is Marie’s nephew by the way.

Judith: One of those tracks one could be mislead to think it is written by Marie. A little “Den standiga resan” and “I en tid som var” flair do the trick here.


Thomas: this is another song written by John Holm, he has three songs on the album. The first (and only) time I heard this was in 1986 when Per Gessle played his favorite songs on a Swedish radio show. Marie’s version is very soft and I have to say, a good summer single. This track is also fully programmed by Micke. I like it.

Judith: The perfect song to listen to when laying by the beach or by the swimmingpool – where I am while writing this review. Just close your eyes, listen to the birds, Marie’s incredible voice, this calm tune, feel the breeze, listen to the water.. and fly.

Om jag vore arbetslös (If I Were a Carpenter), Tim Hardin, Swedish lyrics by Cornelis Vreesvijk.

Thomas: I really don’t like this, very repetitive and definitely not my cuppa tea. This song, by the way, is fully instrumented.

Judith: One of my favourite tracks – couldn’t be anyway else. Those rocky guitars, Marie making one of the fabulous vocal performance this album is full with – for I think I will regard this album as the one featuring Marie playing with her voice the most and excelling at it.

Guldgruva by Pugh (formerly Torbjörn) Rogefeldt.

Thomas: Harmonica played by Mats Ronander. I never could stand Pugh, and this is just as bad. This is a blues track. Terrible, but not the worst on the album.

Judith: Oh, how much I would love to listen to this song live! Marie comments in the booklet she dreams of recording a blues album. Where do I have to sing?

Ingen kommer undan politiken (Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine).

Thomas: I remember this from the radio when I was a kid, the original Swedish version of course. Sung by Marie Bergman, or should I say squeeled by her. I truly hated this and thought that Marie’s version would be as bad. I was wrong. I think this is a good version, and Bengan Jansson, the guy on the accordion is from Ljusdal! Marie claims this is a very political song, I can’t say myself, as I rarely listen to lyrics. (As I’m sure you all know by now!)

Judith: Whatever the lyrics are about, I consider the song playful, summery, bright. I love the instrumental arrangements.

Jag ger dej min morgon (I Give You The Morning).

Thomas: This is an all time classic in Sweden! Sung, written (lyrics) and made famous by late troubadour Fred Åkerström. Sadly I must say that Marie’s version doesn’t touch me.

Judith: Probably the song I like the least in this album, Marie’s performance is not bad, but she can do it better, doesn’t touch me either. The chorus repeats too often for my taste.


Thomas: Another Pugh track. Still the same – weird. Pugh is mostly weird and was definitely in the beginning of the ’70s.

Judith: Another of those tracks I’d believe is Marie-penned. Great melancholic guitars, fantastic voice.

Man måste veta vad man önskar sej by Mikael Wiehe.

Thomas: Not a bad song at all, very summery.

Judith: Not much more to add, another playful bright song.
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“Min bäste vän” enters Swedish album charts at #3

Written by Jud on June 22, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Marie Fredriksson’s new album “Min bäste vän” has entered the Swedish official album chart at #3 this week (June 22).

  On a side note, now features a streaming video of Marie singing “Små lätta moln,” which is the B-side of the “Sommaräng” single, outside in her sun-filled garden.

Daniel_alv and Txiqui contributed to this article.

  Update July 2:The video is now available - in full - on

Marie signs albums in Stockholm

Written by tevensso on June 15, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Marie Fredriksson will sign her new album “Min bäste vän” at Åhlens City department store in Stockholm on June 16 at 17:30 CET.

Listen to “Sommaräng” on Marie Fredriksson’s new website

Written by Jud on June 7, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Today EMI Sweden has launched a new website,, to promote Marie’s new album “Min bäste vän.” On the website you will find a snippet of “Sommaräng” and you will also be able to participate in a contest to win a signed picture, Mp3 players and beach towels. Enjoy!

  Update May 14: Marie’s website has also been updated with information about the new album and single. The images section features a new picture as well.

  Update June 07: More pictures have been added to the images section of The pictures in “Marie 1” are taken from “Min bäste vän” booklet. The others.. just check and enjoy!

“Life is great - but different,” tells Marie Fredriksson to Dagens Nyheter

Written by Jud on June 4, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) has published an interview with Marie Fredriksson today. Reporter Sanna Björling met Marie to talk about the new album, childhood, music and life.

  Marie dug up her LP-albums and chose some Swedish songs she loved since she was young before she started to record “Min bäste vän”. She takes things easy now, tour stress is gone, but music is still there and her lust for life is huge. “I feel fine now,” she stresses out, “illness is gone.” “It’s fantastic,” she says again, and she says this word often. Maybe because words don’t come as easy as before, but mostly because she really feels like that, that everything is fantastic.

  “Min bäste vän” is released in a couple of weeks, Marie sings those songs she herself played in her record player when she was young, songs by John Holm, Pugh, Cornelis and Mikael Wiehe, “Pugh and Holm are the most important in the album. I always liked Pugh so much. He is a bit fuzzy and has his very own way of making music. ’Här kommer natten’ is special. Even though my version is very similar to his, it sounds different when a woman sings it. It’s done my way.”

  The process to choose the songs went smoothly. Together with her husband Micke Bolyos, who produced and also plays in the album, they listened to those albums and chose which songs to cover. They started already last summer with Tatartcheff/McGarrigles “Ingen kommer undan politiken” (with Swedish lyrics by Ola Magnell). The album was recorded in January and is ready now.

  Marie is feeling a bit cold, she wears a pink t-shirt, a vest and black jeans. Her hair is cut short and blond. She is thin in her body but her face is not skinny. It’s a result of the medicine she had to take during her illness, and Marie prefers to talk about something else. There’s a before and an after her brain tumour, Marie’s life is different today, “one can forget about all stress. I stressed too much in the past, Roxette took all my energy. One cannot live like that for long, and maybe, I think, there was some meaning in all what has happened, even if it may sound weird.” Marie wants to go on with her life. She has recorded the album in her studio home, and now that Spring and Summer are finally here, she is often out in her garden. Sometimes she gets busy with her flowers, and she likes to see how seasons change. “Everything changes in the garden.. I love to live, I don’t want to die. I want to go on living, my way, and that’s for sure not like I lived before. It is nice to take things easy,” states Marie stressing out the words of the last sentence.

  Marie’s career has been successful both with Per Gessle and solo. Roxette sold 45 million albums, and they have toured around the world and been number 1 in USA four times. Marie explains that she definitely misses to be on stage in front of thousands of people. Of course it’s hard. “What we did with Roxette was great and I’m very proud of it. We celebrate our 20th anniversary in Autumn, can you believe it? We got to see many places, even if we traveled fast, we always tried to see little here and there of all the cities we visited. But everything went so fast. Then I met Micke and things changed, and when Josefin was born we totally calmed down. Per also got a child.” Roxette will release a greatest hits in Autumn, which will feature two new songs and a bunch of unreleased demos.

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Pre-listen to “Min bäste vän” on Marie’s official website

Written by Jud on June 3, 2006 to .

STOCKHOLM - EMI Sweden has updated Marie’s official website with a new picture and a couple of snippets from the album: “Sommaräng,” “Aftonfalken,” “Din bäste vän” and “Ingen kommer undan politiken.”

  Marie also comments on the album:

  Marie has decided to title her new album “Min bäste vän” (My Best Friend), where she makes own personal covers of the music she grew up with during the ’60s and ’70s.

  “I missed singing in Swedish again, and I longed for my old friends, all those songs I often listened to before..”

  When she got her old LPs from the ’70s and started to play them again she discovered how good those songs actually were and she started to think about a new album.

  “I found out I wanted to sing those songs myself. Use my voice to my favorite songs by John Holm, Pugh, the Hoola Bandoola Band. And when Micke (Bolyos, Marie’s husband) and I decided to record a new album, everything went so fast. I didn’t want to drag things out too much, just go for it.”

  The album was recorded during winter 2006 in Vinden studio, together with a small group of musicians consisting of guitar players Jokke Pettersson, Ola Gustavsson and Staffan Astner, brothers Sven and Per Lindvall on bass and drums and Mats Ronander, who plays harmonica on Pugh’s “Guldgruva.” Micke Bolyos produced and arranged the album.

  “We had so much fun,” says Marie. And one can hear that on the album, which is full of freedom and improvisation, both in Marie’s way of singing and Micke’s arrangements inspired by the ’70s. One can hear everything from Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles to Steely Dan, Jamaica-ska and jazz by Preservation Hall.

  “I don’t think everything has to be pure and clean anymore, like I did before,” tells Marie, “I just go for it.. and then anything can happen!”

  EMI Finland’s website also offers you the possibility to listen to “Aftonfalken” in full via their online Jukebox.

Contest: Win a “Min bäste vän” towel!

Written by Jud on May 30, 2006 to .

  To celebrate the release of Marie Fredriksson’s upcoming album “Min bäste vän” and her birthday today, The Daily Roxette, along with, are happy to give you a chance to win one of two oversized “Min bäste vän” bath towels! These towels are exclusive promotional items, provided to us courtesy of EMI Sweden.

  In order to participate you have to be a subscriber of The Daily Roxette or and answer correctly the three questions below.

1. Where did Micke and Marie get engaged?

a. Spain

b. Australia

c. Sweden

2. What is the B-side of “Sommaräng”?

a. Små lätta moln

b. Tro

c. Aftonfalken

3. In what gallery did Marie have her art exhibition last October?

a. Doktor Glas

b. Kunstmuseum

c. Leif’s Lounge

  Send your answers together with your name, mailing address and nickname on The Daily Roxette or Make sure that the email address in your profile is up-to-date (as this will be the email address we’ll use to contact you in case you win — and you will have a limited amount of time to respond)! The deadline for entries is June 14 (the album’s release date), and you may only enter once.

  If you aren’t a registered subscriber yet, you can become one - for free! - following the links on the left.

  UPDATE: The winners of the contest are Paula Viippola (Josefin) from Finland and Ron Wienand (enhance) from South Africa.

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