“Room Service” releases in North America “up in the air”
NEW YORK - (UPDATED) Edel America Records (EAR), touted by Roxette themselves as being the right record company for them here in the States, has not yet committed to releasing "Room Service", and has no plans to release "Center of the Heart" as a single. "It's up in the air," an EAR spokesperson told The Daily Roxette. This, despite reports in Billboard of an April 3rd release date.
"We wouldn't be an important artist for Sony or Warner. But for Edel, we are," Per and Marie were quoted as saying in an interview published by Hallandsposten at the time the record deal was announced. "We'll get the highest priority there," they said. But in a recent article in a Swedish newspaper, Per hinted that "Room Service" might not be released here, and this appears to be the case.
Meanwhile, across the border in Canada, there's been confusion. TDR reader Mark Gershkovich (MuSicGuRu) reported that he recently contacted EMI Music Canada and was told that they have dropped Roxette from their roster of artists. Confirming this with their press office yesterday, The Daily Roxette was told "It's not on our release schedule." However, this same press officer called back today to retract that statement, saying that they would indeed release the album in early May. "We just got the rights," she said. Whether accurate or not, they thought Edel had them.
EMI Canada's website has all along continued to list Roxette as one of their international artists, and previous albums are still available.
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