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Roxette’s 30 biggest hits on double CD collection “XXX”

October 22, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Releases, Roxette

The longest lasting and most successful pop group ever to come out of Scandinavia are making themselves ready to hit the road again.

We’re talking about Roxette, of course—the dynamic duo consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, who’s melodic songs with their irresistible hooks and soaring choruses spread like wildfire all over the world some 25 years ago. And guess what, the heat is still on.

The brand-new collection Roxette XXX – The 30 Biggest Hits is a testament to the band’s incredible staying power. Two CDs with 30 songs, most of which can be heard over the airwaves just around the corner as well as on the other side of the planet, while you read this.

We’re talking hits. Smashes. Global anthems. Out of the 30 songs handpicked for this album, 28 were released as singles. They are complemented by two stand-out album tracks—both "(Do You Get) Excited" and "Perfect Day" being culled from the group’s 11-million+ selling third album Joyride, released in 1991.

Roxette’s 1989 breakthrough single ”The Look” kicks off the show. And rightly so. Soon after the song entered the # 1 position on the US Billboard singles chart in March 1989, it also found its way to the top in 24 other countries. Within weeks, Roxette was a global pop phenomenon.

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Badabam!

September 23, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases, Roxette

Well, what do you know! Not much as it turns out. Last night the full Per Gessle Archives were let loose (except volume 5 which still is a vinyl exclusive)! Enjoy the 10 digital parts with commentary on Spotify and iTunes, and probably more sites to come. More info, and links, at the Archives site.

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Per Gessle: "I can't discuss that."

September 20, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases, Roxette

Per is in the process of signing all his pre-ordered boxes, more than 1,000. His arm hurts, but that doesn't stop him from grinning. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions that's been on all our minds: Per, big (huge you might say even) box, 2 books, wine, Rox record and Rox tour... How do you find all the time? How does your wife feel about all this?
Well Tom, you have to ask her! She’s pretty busy herself with our hotel and our son and the two budgies. I’m doing all the cookin’!

She’s the next call on my list, promise. Now, you've just started recording the new Rox record, what can we expect, a full album, EP, single? How's Marie doing after her vacation, she looks great in your photos?
Marie’s fine. We start rehearsing for the tour pretty soon and have also recorded a couple of new tracks. They sound fab by the way! I have written quite a few new songs for Rox and we’re looking forward to record them one of these years.

Time’s getting short yes. Will you have time for any signing sessions, for the box or the books? Boox..?
I’ll do some signings at the Gothenburg Book Fair next weekend if you wanna pop by!

Hey, sure why not! When exactly did you come up with the idea for the PGA?
When I realized that so many people seemed to be truly interested. I noticed that every time I shared demos on the Internet. So... I talked to MP to see if it was possible to find all the old stuff in the vaults. And it was. He has done a fantastic job getting it all together. Mending old analogue tapes and making them sound perfect. Per thinks. And hey, Pär Wickholm (the designer) has created his masterpiece with the PGA box.
And the Cosmos Music people who release it have had so many cool ideas. They work endlessly. Without all those guys and dolls this couldn’t have happened! I’m just the Godfather, saying yes or no.

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Another week, another release

September 10, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases, Roxette

The next step in releasing The Per Gessle Archives digitally was taken at midnight when The Roxette Demos! Volume 1 was released with lots of goodies. You'll find Per & Sven's comments there as well. The physical box will be released September 24, signed if you hurry up pre-ordering it: CDON, Ginza or Bengans. CDON is best for European customers, Ginza for Scandinavian and Bengans for the rest of the world.

In a week we will get Volume 2 with the following:

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PGA 3 & 4 have arrived

September 3, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

Per, the busy little beaver, has started another site: The Per Gessle Archives. At that site you can get all the info you need about his upcoming archives. And to show his good faith Volumes 3 & 4, with exclusive comments, were released at midnight. Enjoy! The next installment is out in a week.

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 3


1. Ghost In The House #2 (T&A Demo - Nov 14, 1997)
2. Som i en dröm (T&A Demo – May 15, 2010)
3. Honung och guld (T&A Demo – Oct 6, 2012)
4. Always The Last To Know (T&A Demo - Jun 3, 1998)
5. Drowning In You (T&A Demo - Oct 13, 2009)
6. Monster Hangover (72) (T&A Demo - Jan 31, 2002)
7. Ingen kan som du (T&A Demo - May 28, 2003) *
8. Hold On My Heart (T&A Demo - Jan 30, 2000)
9. The Sound Of My Falling Tears (Torsgatan Demo - Sep 12, 1983)
10. Fly Like the Wind (T&A Demo - Feb 18, 1986)
11. Liberty (Dårhuset Demo - Apr 23, 1995) *
12. Sweet Thing (T&A Demo - Dec 16, 1992)
13. Svarta glas (Neverending Love) (T&A Demo - Oct 13, 1985) *
14. Högt i det blå (T&A Demo - Oct 18, 1999)
15. Gone Gone Gone (T&A Demo - Feb 25, 1993)
16. Inte tillsammans, inte isär (T&A Demo – Jun 28, 2003) *
17. Hjärta av glas (T&A Demo - Jan 6, 1986)
18. I Like It Like That (T&A Demo - Jan 24, 2002) *
19. Ghost In The House #1 (T&A Demo - Oct 19, 1997)
20. Lycklig jul (T&A Demo – Oct 3, 1985) *
21. Start! (T&A Demo – Feb 19, 1988)
22. Saken slår mej som på huvudet (Harplinge Demo – Mar 2, 1977) *

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Per Gessle - the author

August 29, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

Per will release not one, but two books September 25: Texter, klotter & funderingar - den svenska delen about all his Swedish releases, obviously in Swedish, and its English counterpart Songs, Sketches & Reflections - the English part. The books are released on Roos & Tegnér as Gyllene Tider's book was.

Per Gessle is one of Sweden’s most successful artists of all time. Together with Marie Fredriksson and Roxette he has had four songs at the top of Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over 75 million records around the world. For the first time he now speaks open-heartedly about his songwriting, from the debut in the late seventies until today.

Welcome to Per’s musical universe. He shares drawings and notes generously from his own studio diaries, handwritten and typed original lyrics with comments and personal photos. The book also presents a personal and exclusive dialogue with music journalist Sven Lindström, in which Per reveals his sources of inspiration, his musical role models and his thoughts about music and lyrics.

If you want to know more about Per Gessle's Swedish works, don’t miss the book Texter, klotter & funderingarden svenska delen.

You can pre-order the books on CDON, Bengans and Ginza among others.

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The PGA in full

August 19, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Editorial, Per Gessle, Releases

The Per Gessle Archives, A Lifetime of Songwriting will be released Sept. 23, in Sweden and in other countries as well if things go as planned. Per says the box will be "heavy" both in weight and contents-wise. There are 10 CDs and one LP plus a hefty book in it. Some demos are already known (*), most are not. Some demos are not what we think they are... Some demos are, according to Per, sadly lost forever due to reasons unknown to TDR, for instance the demos for Per Gessle III and Scener.

Volumes 1 & 2 have been out on Spotify and iTunes etc, since May and the Mazarin demos were released online as "Bad Hair Day" in 2006. Meanwhile, read thru the tracklist and drool. 185 songs all in all! If you find a demo already released and not * in the list, please drop a comment.

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 1 *

1 Walk on, Lonely Eyes (T&A Demo – Dec 16, 1999)
2 Being with You (T&A Demo – Oct 22, 2004)
3 Loud Clothes (T&A Demo – Aug 30, 2002)
4 Cafe con leche (AGM – Apr 25, 2007)
5 Fish in a Bowl (T&A Demo – Apr 30, 2000)
6 Hjärta av glas (T&A Demo – Apr 2, 2006)
7 Something in the System (T&A Demo – Jan 3, 2002)
8 Black Sails (Studio 38 Demo – Summer 1982)
9 Always the Last to Know (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 2004)
10 Den tunna linjen (T&A Demo – May 15, 2010)
11 A Girl Like You (T&A Demo – Sep 25, 2004)
12 Byter bara blickar (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 1997)
13 Lägg din hand i min om du har lust (Hamilton Demo – Jun 12, 1978)
14 Kyss från en främling (T&A Demo – Oct 18, 1999)
15 What’s She Like? (T&A Demo – Dec 3, 2010)
16 Before You Go to Sleep (T&A Demo – Nov 23, 1992)

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 2 *

1 Kvar i min bil (Agm – Apr 28, 2007)
2 Apple in the Mud (T&A Demo – Jul 4, 1995)
3 Beautiful Girl (T&A Demo – Apr 19, 1999)
4 Stay (At Home, At Work, At Play) (T&A Demo - Jul 5, 1995)
5 When I Close My Eyes (No One Can See Me) (T&A Demo - Jul 20, 1999)
6 Heaven Is Just a Motion Away (T&A Demo – Jan 28, 2006)
7 Jo-Anna Says (T&A Demo – Jan 8, 2005)
8 Mannen med gitarr (T&A Demo – Nov 20, 2002)
9 Hold on My Heart (T&A Demo – Oct 6, 2012)
10 Västra sidan (T&A Demo – Nov 18, 1984)
11 Jag borde förstås vetat bättre (T&A Demo)
12 Being with You (T&A Demo – Sep 11, 1997)
13 Faller ner på knä (T&A Demo – Feb 15, 1996)
14 Gå & fiska! (T&A Demo – Feb 15, 1996)

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Per: "I'm working on Rox"

May 26, 2014 — by Colin van der Bel — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases

STOCKHOLM - A lot is happening around Per Gessle this time, with two new releases just last Friday. We were surprised by the release of a song called "You Don’t Want Love" by ‘Finnish producer Heikki L feat. Per Gessle’. The song is a dance record, something that sounds like it belongs in Europe’s charts but at the same time is nothing like what we’ve ever heard Per do before. On top of that, the second installment of the Per Gessle Archives was released on Spotify today. iTunes release in June. The Daily Roxette managed to get hold of the man himself for a short interview about these releases and things to come.

Last Friday, "You Don’t Want Love" by Finnish producer/DJ Heikki L was released exclusively on Spotify, over the weekend. The song sounds very fresh and seems to fit perfectly in today’s charts, but it’s very different from from we’ve heard from you recently. Could you share something with us how this collaboration came to be?

I know Patric Sarin a bit from way back. He sent me his and Heikki’s demo and asked if I wanted to sing on the real recording. I liked the song and the style a lot so I said YES!

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