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“Tro, jag vill känna tro…” Multitudes of fans around the world express concern and love for Marie

NEW YORK - Fans around the world reacted with shock, disbelief, and immediate concern upon learning that Marie had suffered a concussion. Read the full story...


News of Marie’s condition spreads worldwide

NEW YORK - As news of Marie Fredriksson's accident and the resulting discovery of a brain tumor speads, reports have appeared yesterday and today in newspapers, and on radio and TV programs, in locations around the world. Read the full story...


Fans compile lyrics to “A Thing About You”

Many TDR subscribers using our SmallTalk forum have been having fun figuring out and compiling the lyrics to the new single after having either heard the song on the radio, or a recording made of the premiere broadcast. Read the full story...


Aftonbladet calls Åkerlund Roxette’s third member

STOCKHOLM - Jonas Åkerlund is referred to as Roxette's third member in Sunday's edition of the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet because when Per and Marie release a new album, Jonas seems to always somehow be involved. Read the full story...


“Night of the Proms” tour extended

Additional concert dates continue to be added to the "Night of the Proms" tour, making this the biggest year yet for this concert series: Wednesday, 20 November, Rotterdamn (Ahoy) Thursday, 19 December, Dortmund (Westfalenhalle) (chairs only) Saturday, 21 December, Cologne (Kölnarena) (chairs only) Sunday, 22 December, Hamburg (Color Line Arena) (chairs only) For a complete list of tour dates, see the Night of the Proms website. Read the full story...


Like peas in a pod, Roxette songs lined up for public consumption

STOCKHOLM - EMI Sweden and Roxette's management issued this release today (somewhat strangely, in Swedish). Read the full story...


Per suggests taking Roxette on tour – next summer!

HALMSTAD - "Night of the Proms" aside, Per Gessle wants to take Roxette out on tour again soon, probably next summer, according to a report published today in several Swedish newpapers. Read the full story...


“Breathe” is title of other new song on “Ballad Hits”

STOCKHOLM - "Breathe" is the title of the other new song that – along with "A Thing About You" – will appear on Roxette´s upcoming compilation album, "The Ballad Hits." Read the full story...


New ballad from Roxette to impact radio on September 9th

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - A new Roxette single, "A Thing About You," will be hitting the airwaves on September 9th – at least in Europe. Read the full story...


Compilation album includes two Gyllene Tider tracks

STOCKHOLM - "Absolute Number One" is a new double-CD where the biggest hits through time in Sweden are collected. Read the full story...


EMI faces the music in struggle for profitability

NEW YORK - EMI will ax 1,800 staffers worldwide — nearly 20% of its work force — has cast off a quarter of its 1,600 artists, and will take more than $340 million in charges in an aggressive bid to return the stumbling British music group to fighting form. Read the full story...


“Centre of the Heart” included on Sony Playstation game

TONALA (MEXICO) - It was unmistakable. Walking down a crowded aisle in a street fair here in Mexico, the sound of "Nah, nah, nah, Nah, nah, nah…" coming from a vendor's booth. Read the full story...


2002 Swedish travel brochure features Roxette

NEW YORK - One of the arguments used in the campaign to save the T&A studio from demolition, was that the Halmstad/Halland area needed to understand that Roxette fans from around the world help boost the economy there by visiting the various "Roxsites." Read the full story...


“Rockbjörn” award goes to Lambretta; not Roxette

STOCKHOLM - While Roxette was nominated in the Swedish Group-of-the-Year category, the golden "Rockbjörn" (Rock Bear) statuette was awarded to Lambretta, a group that has done very well on the dance/pop charts this past year, in ceremonies at the Cirkus theatre in Skansen. Read the full story...


Second online music service launches with EMI onboard

NEW YORK - Pressplay, which offers music from three of the five major labels, launched its online subscription service on Tuesday. Read the full story...


“And the winner is… Roxette!”

STOCKHOLM (UPDATED) - Per and Marie were called onto the stage at the NRJ Nordic Radio Awards three times tonight to be presented with trophies. Read the full story...


CD prices set to take a plunge

NEW YORK - CDs priced at $9.99 may soon be a standard offer at music stores as U.S. Read the full story...


Music so nice… you may pay twice

NEW YORK - In a move that undoubtedly will confound people who want to play by the rules, music consumers will be paying twice if they want to listen to their music on their stereo and on their computer. Read the full story...


Roxette makes the finals of this year’s Rock Bear awards

STOCKHOLM - After counting more than 86,600 votes, the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet has announced that Roxette are finalists in the category "Year's Swedish Group." Read the full story...


Beatles fans worldwide – including Per Gessle – mourn the loss of George Harrison

NEW YORK - It's unusally warm for the beginning of December. Warm enough so that a large crowd has gathered comfortably here this evening in Strawberry Fields, a section of Central Park devoted to the memory of John Lennon, who was shot to death in 1980 by a deranged fan at the nearby Dakota apartment building. Read the full story...


“Room Service” 2-CD set released by EMI South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - EMI South Africa is releasing a special two-CD edition of "Room Service." Read the full story...


Tour concludes with Summer extension plans under discussion

HALMSTAD - Per posted this entry to his "diary" on the Roxette site today, and as it is rather noteworthy, we reprint it here [with Editor's Notes appearing in brackets]: Dear all of you:   So now the "Room Service Tour 2001" finally has come to an end. Read the full story...


Norwegian website features “I Do Believe” info

Paris performed on a TV-show called Sone2 in Norway on Monday afternoon. She gave a brief interview, in which she reveals being a huge Roxette fan. Read the full story...


Website features two Roxette video channels

NEW YORK - Sweden-based entertainment website Musicbrigade.com is currently featuring two video-on-demand channels that have been pre-programmed with Roxette videos. Read the full story...


Album re-enters Swedish chart at #48

STOCKHOLM - In a spike attributed to the three upcoming concert performances, "Room Service" has re-entered the Swedish album chart this week at #48. Read the full story...


EMI warns of 20 percent drop in profits

LONDON - EMI, the music company behind artists including Roxette, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue, stunned investors this past week by warning of a 20% slide in full-year profits. Read the full story...


European radio gets “Real Sugar”

The new single "Real Sugar" has just been serviced to European radio. There is also a great dance remix available made by Shooting Star that appears on the Maxi-single. Read the full story...


December concert tour extension plans include UK

UK fans may have reason to be optimistic about seeing a concert or two this winter. Read the full story...


Project underway to produce fan “tribute” album

It's an idea that pops up every year or so amongst the musically talented Roxette fans who are connected with each other online… but it seldom gets very far. Read the full story...


Tour, if successful, might be extended

In today's Aftonbladet, Per is quoted as saying that the tour might be extended to include additional countries should it prove to be successful. Read the full story...


Swedish “pop” music industry in crisis

NEW YORK - Recording industry trade magazine Billboard published a front page article in last week's edition in which they wrote about the current state of pop music in Sweden - with the focus being on music exports - and stated that there were no obvious candidates ready to follow in the footsteps of ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, and the Cardigans. Read the full story...


Holland to be passed over on concert tour

The Netherlands, home to the individuals who run Roxette's International Fan Club, is being passed over on the upcoming tour. Read the full story...