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Movie with Gessle song wins top award at New York film festival

NEW YORK - Director Tomas Alfredson receives a cash prize of $25,000 and extra marketing power for his coming-of-age film "Let the Right One In" by winning the Founder's Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival that concluded here in New York City this past weekend. Read the full story...


Pelle Alsing has a new blues group; MP goes on tour

The drummer most often seen in Roxette's band, Pelle Alsing, has been playing with a new group called Moosters. Read the full story...


Fans in Buenos Aires plan big Rox20 party with support from EMI

Fans in Argentina are collaborating together to host an event in one of the city's newest hotspots on December 13. Read the full story...


Roxette signs new U.S. deal with Capitol Records

NEW YORK - Capitol Records, part of the EMI group, will be releasing Roxette material in the United States this holiday season. Read the full story...


Feature article reports that Fanclub still owes refunds

The latest article on our Features page brings you up-to-date on the issue of refunds still being owed to members of the former Official International Roxette Fanclub. Read the full story...


Netherlands fanclub site hacked by Turkish activists

The website of the International Roxette Fanclub, Roxette.nl, dormant since last spring (see related story on the Features page), was hacked yesterday by a Turkish group that call themselves Ayyildiz VIP Team. Read the full story...


Former official Roxette fanclub still owes money to its members

NEW YORK - As The Daily Roxette reported back in March, the at-that-time "Official" International Roxette Fan Club (OIRFC), based in Holland for most of its 10-year existance, shut down it's operation. Read the full story...


TDR relaunches Features page with story about Argentinian tribute band

NEW YORK - Pick up just about any newspaper, and you'll find more than just "hard news" stories. Read the full story...


Spanish version to include “No Se Si Es Amor” in place of “A Thing About You”

BUENOS AIRES - According EMI Spain, the Spanish version of the Roxette Hits collection will include "No sé si es amor" (the Spanish version of "It Must Have Been Love") instead of "A Thing About You" when the CD is released on October 16. Read the full story...


Rox20 releases get their own promotional website

STOCKHOLM - EMI is promoting the release of the Roxette Hits and RoxBox with a advertising campaign website built especially for this purpose.   The site, which is expected to occupy the Roxette.com Read the full story...


Full of special effects, Åkerlund-directed “One Wish” video hits the airwaves

STOCKHOLM - Jonas Åkerlund's music video rendition of Roxette's new single "One Wish" was premiered this morning on Swedish TV4's "Nyhetsmorgon" morning news and talk show program.   The video, which makes considerable use of a special effect where the RGB colors (red, green, blue) are shifted and out of alignment, includes clips of other Roxette music videos as an homage to their 20 years together. Read the full story...


“Roxette” to possibly play live vs. (Dancing) DJs in Australia

MOSSMAN, AUSTRALIA - There are a lot of fans of Per and Marie "down under," and some of them named their netball team after their favorite music group. Read the full story...


Per’s automobile collection draws attention once again

STOCKHOLM - The King of Sweden and Per Gessle have a common passion: collecting automobiles.   Jonnie Wistrand of Dagens Industri put together a list of the cars owned by Swedish celebrities, some of whom drive rather ordinary cars, while others – like Per and the King – own several high-priced sports cars.   Per's automobiles include a Mercedes S500 (1999); Ferrari 599 GTB (2006); Ferrari 550 Barchetta (2001); Ferrari F430 F1 (2005); and a Porsche Cayenne Turbo (2004).   King Carl XVI Gustaf's collection includes a Pontiac Tempest GTO Convertible (1966); De Tomaso Pantera (1971); Ferrari 456 MGT (1999); AC Cobra (1966); Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé (1987); Porsche 911 T Targa (1973); Volvo PV 60 (1946); Ford Mustang Shelby (1966); and a BMW M3 CSL (2003). Read the full story...


Per speaks of completing two new songs in Canadian radio interview

VANCOUVER ISLAND - Ian Seggie is the senior producer for a cluster of radio stations serving the Vancouver Island area of British Columbia, Canada. Read the full story...


Rox 20 launches and TDR celebrates with contest giveaway

NEW YORK - It was at the very beginning of the "Nordic Rox" show on Sirius satellite radio last Sunday night that Per Gessle premiered the brand new "The Rox Medley." Read the full story...


Former Roxette manager auctions off various music memorabilia

NEW YORK - Herbie Herbert. It's a name familar to fans who have poured over the liner notes of various Roxette albums. Read the full story...


Per miscalculates: Roxette anniversary cancelled for ’06

STOCKHOLM - In an exclusive and hastily scheduled telephone interview with The Daily Roxette, an embarrassed Per Gessle confesses he made an error in calculating how many years it has been since he first started working with Roxette. Read the full story...


Radio Sweden pits Roxette against The Cardigans

STOCKHOLM - In an ongoing series called "The Greatest," which introduces some of Sweden’s most eminent figures through time, Radio Sweden has recently asked its listeners to decide if Roxette or The Cardigans are "the greatest." Read the full story...


Olympic athlete a “secret” fan of Roxette

MELBOURNE - The Swedish postal service honored Roxette by issuing a postage stamp with their image back in 1991. Read the full story...


“Roxette Announce Comeback” declares news headline

NEW YORK (UPDATED) - It's finally started!! While The Daily Roxette has been reporting this story for months now, the first reports heralding the return of Roxette from other news sources have begun to appear. Read the full story...


On-again, off-again for years… “official” fanclub appears almost lifeless

NEW YORK (UPDATED) - Roxette's "official" fanclub (ORFC), located in the Netherlands, seems to have come to a full stop. Read the full story...


“Jo-Anna Says” climbs above the clouds

COPENHAGEN - SAS Scandinavian Airlines has added "Jo-Anna Says" to its playlist of songs featured on the onboard music system's "Scandinavia" channel. Read the full story...


Hit cover of “Listen to Your Heart” breaks into the Billboard Top 40

NEW YORK - Sixteen years after Roxette climbed all the way to the top of the charts with "Listen to Your Heart," the song has made a spectacular return and – this week – broke into a coveted Top 40 position on the the Billboard "Hot 100" chart.   The Belgian duo D.H.T.'s Read the full story...


Instinct magazine highlights Marie’s “fantastic” album

NEW YORK - In an article about about "10 fantastic items uncovered," the editors of Instinct magazine (a gay magazine with the largest circulation in the United States) have chosen to feature Marie's new album. Read the full story...


Compact Disc format rocks on in Europe

LONDON - The compact disc has at least another five years as the most popular music format before online downloads chip away at its dominance, a new study said on Tuesday.   Technology consultancy Jupiter Research said in its annual report that in 2009 European music fans will buy 836 million euros ($1 billion USD) worth of music in the form of digital downloads and subscriptions to internet radio services.   At that level, digital music revenues will account for roughly 8 percent of Europe's estimated 10.2 Read the full story...


Fashion and cosmetics firms offer “Roxette” nail polish, shoes

NEW YORK - What color is Roxette?!?   According to a U.S. cosmetics firm based in California, Roxette is in the "red" family. Read the full story...


Advertisement cleverly claims Sweden’s biggest boyband is in town

GÖTEBORG - "Sweden's Biggest Boyband is in Town," proclaims a full-page advertisement that's been appearing for several weeks now in newspapers here in Göteborg. Read the full story...


TDR’s Evensson guests on Stockholm radio program

STOCKHOLM - Being recognized as somewhat of a Gyllene Tider "expert," The Daily Roxette's Thomas Evensson (tevensso) appeared on a Radio Stockholm show yesterday. Read the full story...


This summer… Sweden belongs to Gyllene Tider

STOCKHOLM - Under clear skies, a capacity crowd of some 32,000 people have gathered in Stockholm’s Stadium to see Gyllene Tider’s triumphant return to the venue that was the highlight of the Återtåget tour in 1996. Read the full story...


Yet one more concert moves to a larger venue

VÄXJÖ (UPDATED) - For those who appreciate nature, Evedal would have been a beautiful setting, situated as it is in a pine forest just outside this city. Read the full story...


Congratulations and thanks to Gyllene Tider for 25 years of fun!

There are exceptions, of course, but most of the international fan base for Gyllene Tider is a result of Roxette fans discovering Per Gessle's previous involvement with this group. Read the full story...


Beda Hallberg beats out Gessle in museum contest

HALMSTAD - Beda Hallberg, the woman who came up with the idea almost a hundred years ago of selling small paper flowers on May Day to raise funds to fight tuburculosis, was declared the 'Halland Resident of All Time' last night in a contest in which Per Gessle had also been a finalist. Read the full story...