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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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Roxette tours starts in EIGHT DAYS

October 20, 2014 — by Paul Belben — Editorial, Exclusive, Live, Roxette

There are only EIGHT days until Roxette's latest world tour, dubbed the 30th Anniversary Tour, kicks off at the 7,000 seat Fetisov Arena in Vladivostok, Russia.  Following on from the massive 'Neverending Tour', which ended in October 2012, it will be interesting to see how the world react to Roxette's return. 

Per and Marie have been busy over the last few days in rehersals but we will have to wait until the opening night to see what surprises will be on the setlist.  We all know that the big monster hits will be played, but which gems have been picked by the band? Which song will open the concerts off this time?  TDR covered this topic with a article published earlier this year.  You can view it here

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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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Rox tour: Anatomy of the Opener

May 29, 2014 — by Stevo Petkovic — Editorial, Live, Roxette

With the brand new Roxette World Tour announced, I thought it was the right time to get into the spirit of this exciting time of year - sort of like anticipating what Santa might bring you for Christmas, so I decided to get in touch with my "inner-Rox-nerd". 

As we fast approach the launch in October, the tour has already drawn much speculation amongst the fans. From the band line up to ticket queuing systems to "please come to my country" and everything in between, but for myself, it's the set list that has always has been a source of fascination. In particular; the Opening Song!

I've always been intrigued as to how Roxette settle on the 20 or so songs they will perform live. Not just the songs they choose, but the actual order too. Per has previously explained that it takes a month or two before the band reaches a rhythm and the show develops a nice flow and it appears that getting the "flow" right can be a tricky process.

On the last tour, even as late as mid-2012, we saw "Spending My Time" moved from being one of the final songs to the fourth track replacing "Wish I Could Fly's" position. It is to be expected that the middle parts will switch and swap - but what has traditionally remained unchanged is the opening song.

So, what do we all think will be the song that launches the Roxette 2014/15 World Tour? Let's have a quick look back at the songs that have had the special honour of being the opening number in their previous tours.

- I Call Your Name (1987)
- Dressed for Success (1988)
- Dance Away (1988/89)
- Hotblooded (1991/92)
- Sleeping in my Car (1994/95)
- Crush on You (2001)
- Dressed for Success (2011/12)

There are many ways you can look at the role of the opening track.

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A new Roxette album on the way?

May 16, 2014 — by Stevo Petkovic — Exclusive, Releases, Roxette

According to a recent phone interview with Australian radio station KOFM, Roxette could be recording a new studio album shortly. In a fairly routine interview, Per mentions that he started writing new material for Roxette a few months ago and they will be heading to the studio in August to do some new material before rehearsals for the new tour begins in September. So could we see a brand new Roxette album out later in the year or early next year? Stay tuned.

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