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Polish interview with Per Gessle about Small Town Talk, Roxette, Marie, the beginnings, It Must Have Been Love, success, songwriting and the tour. Nothing new to hardcore fans though. ;) /PP Cantara Music: - Your main collaborator on the record is Helena Josefsson. You’ve been working together for 15 years. Aren’t you bored with each other? PG: - No, on the contrary! Helena is an amazing singer, it’s great working with her. It’s getting better each year. Besides that, for me as a songwriter working with her is interesting, because her style of singing is completely different vs. Marie’s, who sings more boldly and rocky. Check out the complete interview here: https://www.cantaramusic.pl/wywiady?action=details&id=395


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Per Gessle in a German interview: "It's hard to listen to today's top 40 stuff. This is not music but a formula of record companies that do not want to challenge anyone anymore. Americana keeps the tunes up, telling stories. At country, I feel good, as well as Dylan and Springsteen feel comfortable there." … To the question if he will continue with Nashville sound: "Maybe I go to New Orleans for my next album," he laughs. To the question if he could imagine writing Dylanish protest songs against populists and neo-Nazis: "I have always sprinkled small references in my texts. But political in a complete song? I think others are better at that." Short silence. "But even if you're not good at taking a position, you can't avoid it right now. We're all in the middle of it." /PP Read the complete article here: https://www.landeszeitung.de/blog/nachrichten/kultur-nachrichten/1890452-per-gessle-bei-country-fuehle-ich-mich-wohl


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OÖNachrichten (Austria) did an interview with Per Gessle. /PP https://www.nachrichten.at/nachrichten/kultur/Der-Star-bin-nicht-ich-es-sind-die-Songs;art16,3006281#ref=rss OÖN: - Which songs will be on the setlist in Vienna? PG: - 80% Roxette, plus some solo songs. We start the rehearsals this Saturday, so I honestly don't know yet. The first setlist, which I created on a trial basis, stupidly included 72 songs (laughs). There are so many Roxette songs that we've never played live before, like "Milk and Toast and Honey".


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"Hi! This is Per Gessle and you're listening to the magnificent Radio Kolor!", says Mr. G in the video at the link below. Check it out! ✌ /PP https://www.instagram.com/p/BntAOPtBQHx


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Per Gessle's "Small Town Talk" entered the Swedish album charts at No. 5 (Paul McCartney's Egypt Station - released the same day - entered at No. 4) and the vinyl charts at No. 2 (Egypt Station is No. 3)! ✌ /PP http://www.sverigetopplistan.se/index.html


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A little audio report with Per Gessle from Germany! Play it at the link below! ✌ /PP https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr4/audio-per-gessles-solo-werk-small-town-talk-100.html


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OÖNachrichten (Austria) did an interview with Per Gessle. /PP https://www.nachrichten.at/nachrichten/kultur/Der-Star-bin-nicht-ich-es-sind-die-Songs;art16,3006281#ref=rss OÖN: - Which songs will be on the setlist in Vienna? PG: - 80% Roxette, plus some solo songs. We start the rehearsals this Saturday, so I honestly don't know yet. The first setlist, which I created on a trial basis, stupidly included 72 songs (laughs). There are so many Roxette songs that we've never played live before, like "Milk and Toast and Honey".


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"Hi! This is Per Gessle and you're listening to the magnificent Radio Kolor!", says Mr. G in the video at the link below. Check it out! ✌ /PP https://www.instagram.com/p/BntAOPtBQHx


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Per Gessle's "Small Town Talk" entered the Swedish album charts at No. 5 (Paul McCartney's Egypt Station - released the same day - entered at No. 4) and the vinyl charts at No. 2 (Egypt Station is No. 3)! ✌ /PP http://www.sverigetopplistan.se/index.html


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A little audio report with Per Gessle from Germany! Play it at the link below! ✌ /PP https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr4/audio-per-gessles-solo-werk-small-town-talk-100.html

Thomas got #161 out of 500 copies of SMALL TOWN TALK in white vinyl! I've got #472!!!! Which ones do you have? /P.


Thomas got #161 out of 500 copies of SMALL TOWN TALK in white vinyl! I've got #472!!!! Which ones do you have? /P.


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Per Gessle had an interview day in Soho House, Berlin yesterday. Check out some press pictures at the link below (with keyword Gessle in search ;) ). ✌ /PP Thanx for the hint, Basia Konarzewska!


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Mr. G still busy in Germany. Interview for t-online.de among other chats today. ✌ /PP See the original pic here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnoeZECBYO2


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Back in the saddle after two days of promotion in Berlin. Had a great time. Summertime still in bloom. Wonderful chats about music and the Small Town Talk-album as well as my musical past + the upcoming PER GESSLE'S ROXETTE TOUR. Now me + my partners-in-crime go into rehearsal mode. See you soon on tour, folks! Gonna be a blast!


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Per Gessle had an interview day in Soho House, Berlin yesterday. Check out some press pictures at the link below (with keyword Gessle in search ;) ). ✌ /PP Thanx for the hint, Basia Konarzewska!


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Mr. G still busy in Germany. Interview for t-online.de among other chats today. ✌ /PP See the original pic here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnoeZECBYO2

Back in the saddle after two days of promotion in Berlin. Had a great time. Summertime still in bloom. Wonderful chats about music and the Small Town Talk-album as well as my musical past + the upcoming PER GESSLE'S ROXETTE TOUR. Now me + my partners-in-crime go into rehearsal mode. See you soon on tour, folks! Gonna be a blast!


New album out now. In stereo! /P.


The third review in the UK. They are all very very similar.


IT'S FRIDAY MUSIC: Paul McCartney gets back to doing what he does best

Egypt Station arrives five years after his last studio effort, the uneven New. That was made with a disparate crew of hip young gunslingers, including Mark Ronson.

BEING WITH YOU-video out now on YouTube, folks! /P. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ODTTF0aUDg


BEING WITH YOU-video out now on YouTube, folks! /P. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ODTTF0aUDg



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Last Sunday there was a fun Q&A published with Per Gessle in Aftonbladet Söndag. Among other things you'll get to know who would play the main role in a movie about Mr. G's life and who would sing the soundtrack. 😉 Check out the Q&A at the link below! ✌ /PP


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Last Sunday there was a fun Q&A published with Per Gessle in Aftonbladet Söndag. Among other things you'll get to know who would play the main role in a movie about Mr. G's life and who would sing the soundtrack. 😉 Check out the Q&A at the link below! ✌ /PP

Martin Stjernhufvud's new single. (The other Ma in MaMa's barn, remember?). The song is produced and almost entirely performed by MP Persson.


Martin Sternhufvud - Livet rullar på

En ny låt från Martins kommande album. Video: Tobias Nilsson

21 questions to Per Gessle in Aftonbladet Söndag

There is a 2-page Per Gessle article in Aftonbladet Söndag’s 2nd September 2018 issue. Nina Jakobson asked Mr. G 21 interesting questions and he answered them in his entertaining, Gessleish way. Here it is in English. 1. Two albums last year and one this year. How many songs do you actually have in you? – ... Read more

Small Town Talk album out now. Being With You video out now. Enjoy! /P.


BEING WITH YOU-video out now on YouTube. Have a great weekend y'all! /P.


Per Gessle - Being With You (Official Video)

Per Gessle "Being With You" (Official Video) (C) Elevator Entertainment AB under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management GmbH Follow Per Gessle: Website h...


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An interview with Per Gessle about songwriting, from Germany! 🎶 /PP Read it here: https://www.laut.de/Per-Gessle/Interviews/Popmusik-bedeutet-heute-nicht-mehr-viel-07-09-2018-1610 Part of it in English: laut.de: - Is there a fundamental difference between singing pop music in Swedish and in English? PG: - I think there are big differences. Traditionally, when you are my age, you are growing up with English-language music - the music of the '60s and '70s. English is more musical, Swedish is harder when it comes to consonants and pronunciation. But there is this other aspect as well: for me as a Swedish native speaker it is of course more difficult to write in English than in Swedish. Of course it also depends on what the text is about. But if it gets very personal, I can dig much deeper in Swedish. I can put things much more precisely to the point. The texts on "Small Town Talk" had their origin in Swedish, then they were translated into English. I couldn't translate six of the texts into English, I had written them in Swedish precisely, but needed someone else to translate them. This is a typical problem: if you put a line of text to the point, you can't translate it. laut.de: - You would have to start from scratch again. PG: - Yes exactly. And that's impossible: you can’t start again. One would have to do everything again, write from a different angle. That is too difficult. The same goes for music: if you have the best verse in the world but you can't think of a chorus, then it's best to look for someone else and ask him to help with the chorus. If you're stuck, you're stuck, that's the way it is. That's why you leave so many songs somewhere, at least that's what my work is all about. You make mistakes and they are irreplaceable. You have to leave things behind and perhaps return after a few years. laut.de: - As a songwriter you build on strong melodies and choruses. When you write the music, do you already have the language in mind? Or do you sing fantasy lyrics and nonsense lyrics to get on the hookline? PG: - Many do it that way. I have a publishing company with some songwriters and many send demos with nonsense lyrics just to demonstrate the song. I don't do that, I almost always have a project in my head. I need an intention behind it. I'm not the guy sitting behind the piano for six hours a day to see what comes out of it. I had the idea of going to Nashville with acoustic songs - to see what they sound like when I play them with Nashville session musicians. That was the idea: it should also be in Swedish. Then I simply wrote and wrote, for this purpose. I know early in which language I want to sing and which project it will be.

BEING WITH YOU. Video out now on YouTube. Have a great weekend y'all! /P.


Per Gessle - Being With You (Official Video)

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An interview with Per Gessle about songwriting, from Germany! 🎶 /PP Read it here: https://www.laut.de/Per-Gessle/Interviews/Popmusik-bedeutet-heute-nicht-mehr-viel-07-09-2018-1610 Part of it in English: laut.de: - Is there a fundamental difference between singing pop music in Swedish and in English? PG: - I think there are big differences. Traditionally, when you are my age, you are growing up with English-language music - the music of the '60s and '70s. English is more musical, Swedish is harder when it comes to consonants and pronunciation. But there is this other aspect as well: for me as a Swedish native speaker it is of course more difficult to write in English than in Swedish. Of course it also depends on what the text is about. But if it gets very personal, I can dig much deeper in Swedish. I can put things much more precisely to the point. The texts on "Small Town Talk" had their origin in Swedish, then they were translated into English. I couldn't translate six of the texts into English, I had written them in Swedish precisely, but needed someone else to translate them. This is a typical problem: if you put a line of text to the point, you can't translate it. laut.de: - You would have to start from scratch again. PG: - Yes exactly. And that's impossible: you can’t start again. One would have to do everything again, write from a different angle. That is too difficult. The same goes for music: if you have the best verse in the world but you can't think of a chorus, then it's best to look for someone else and ask him to help with the chorus. If you're stuck, you're stuck, that's the way it is. That's why you leave so many songs somewhere, at least that's what my work is all about. You make mistakes and they are irreplaceable. You have to leave things behind and perhaps return after a few years. laut.de: - As a songwriter you build on strong melodies and choruses. When you write the music, do you already have the language in mind? Or do you sing fantasy lyrics and nonsense lyrics to get on the hookline? PG: - Many do it that way. I have a publishing company with some songwriters and many send demos with nonsense lyrics just to demonstrate the song. I don't do that, I almost always have a project in my head. I need an intention behind it. I'm not the guy sitting behind the piano for six hours a day to see what comes out of it. I had the idea of going to Nashville with acoustic songs - to see what they sound like when I play them with Nashville session musicians. That was the idea: it should also be in Swedish. Then I simply wrote and wrote, for this purpose. I know early in which language I want to sing and which project it will be.