Marie back on stage!

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Today in the online edition of the newspaper Expressen, we can find the new about a come back of Marie Fredriksson to the scenes. She wants to feel again the love and the energy of the people.

She will be 50 on Friday and she will take part in a tour with many Swedish singers this summer.

Update:
According to Expressen, Marie Fredriksson will join this year’s Stjärnklart tour together with Lisa Nilsson and Måns Zelmerlöw.

The tour consists of 12 concerts in Stockholm, Norrköping, Göteborg and Malmö during November and December and is directed to Swedish companies who want to invite their employees to a nice gala before Christmas. Therefore tickets can only be purchased via companies, according to the organisation website.

Sources: Littlemarie.net, Expressen.se, Marie Fredriksson Online

Per enters Swedish album chart

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Per Gessle's re-released and extended album "The World According to Gessle" enters the Swedish album chart at #14.

Fans state this is a great position for the 11 year-old album and also because it does not have a single promotional.

Sources: The Daily Roxette

May meeting

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As you already know we have meet one more time, on our monthly meeting. We discuss a lot, we talk about our local elections (for mayor), we came with a strategy to save the planet and we discover how to prolong life :)) You can see pictures from the meeting here and we invite all those who couldn't come to join us next time, around the end of June. ROx on!

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Interview with Marie on her 50th aniversary!

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Marie Fredriksson has been calm after the storm. From 2002 she fought against a brain tumor, but last summer she was declared cancer free. Photo: Lars Pehrson / Scanpix 2005.

“I had a damn luck to get through.”

Article by Amanda Pietersen
Published : 23 Mai 2008 23:30

Marie Fredriksson writes new songs. Last summer came a happy news for her and all her fans: she is healthy.

It was in 2002 when Marie Fredriksson’s brain tumor was discovered, in the middle of a large Roxette commitment . Cancer forced her to change her life, a thing for which she is grateful.

-The rhythm was so incredibly intense. Today, it has been a different calm.. I do not have such a hurry anymore.

Marie Fredriksson life now is in strong contrast to the fully booked and stressful pop star's life she lived in. Today, it is one day at a time that she applies. Or rather, a half day.

--I have the luck that I can control my work myself and divide the day: work a few hours and then, I take it easy or do something else.

A major change for a person who describes herself as extremely lively and energetic since her childhood.

-- I have always been a dreamer, had much imagination, always drawn and written and sung and thought it was so nice. It was the only thing I was good at in school. Everything else, I was mediocre.

Marie Fredriksson also says that apart from being very active she always slept very little.

She did not calmed down as a teenager. On the contrary.

-I was totally lethal. I loved finding out things and had many interests. But being a teenager was also a hard time - but I can cope with it now, I do not insist on it.

It was nearly a year ago that the doctor could declare Marie Fredriksson cancer free.

Marie Fredriksson turns 50 - send your messages!

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Marie Fredriksson turns 50 on May 30th and as always, you can send your birthday wishes to mfbday@mariefredriksson.net , we will collect all of them and pass them on to Marie.

Deadline: May 28th

Please note:
all emails will be checked before forwarding them to Marie and that only birthday greetings are accepted. And remember Marie doesn’t speak German or Spanish or Russian, so write your message only in Swedish or English. And last but not least, the email address mentioned above is, obviously, NOT Marie’s private email address.
If you want to send a video, photo or any other huge file, please don’t attach it in the email but send a link to the file!

And since this time around is even more special, we’ve got some surprises for those who send a message for Marie. Send the nicest, most creative, longest, shortest, most touching message (*) and you’ll have a chance to win one of the items below, courtesy of Mikael Bolyos, Marie Fredriksson and D&D.

- Ett bord i solen single (this item was sent as invitation for the exhibition with the same name in February)
- Ett bord i solen artbook - signed by Marie!
- Tid för tystnad CD

Remember, send your messages not later than May 28th!

Contest conditions:

- (*) Anybody who sends a message for Marie will automatically participate in the contest. Each message will get a number, at the end of the contest numbers will be picked up randomly to choose the winners.
- Don’t forget to send your full name and mailing address.
- As as it is usual, you can only participate once.
- Prizes cannot be paid out in cash and will be sent by standard mail only once.
- Winners will be announced in June.

Source:mariefredriksson.net

Interview from the book inside the cd TWAG

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It's an old interviw, but still clears some points regarding the songs on this album.

Roxette-man stands on own two feet. Records quintessential solo album. Stirs up media interest with own interview.

After four US #1's, two US #2's, over 100 gold and platinum records and more than 45.000.000 recorded units sold all over the world, you'd think Per Gessle of Roxette had heard just about every question in the fine art of pop interviewing. Not so. Recently he sat down with a tape recorder, a note book and a lot of irksome bloody questions about his upcoming solo venture from the real man in the know - himself. So, here it is.

Per vs. Gessle

One side of the coin walks a mile in its own shoes. Sort of.

PER: What's up?
Gessle: A lot. I've just finished the record. Been mixing and mastering and retouching the album pictures. It's been a lot of work.
PER: Retouching your pictures?
Gessle: Yeah....no...I mean, the songwriting, recording and mixing took some time too.
PER: But you're not the cable kind of guy are you?
Gessle: No, I'm a lost case when it comes to technology. I've done some of the mixing together with the invaluable Michael Ilbert and Clarence …fwerman, who helped me produce the thing. As P.J. O'Rourke says; to them goes the credit - I'll take the money. We've been recording in Benny Andersson's superb studio in Stockholm.
PER: The Benny Andersson? Of Abba fame?
Gessle: Yep. But the mastering was done by Michael Ilbert and George Marino in New York. I asked if I could contribute something and they said they'd phone me.
PER: Why a solo album now?
Gessle: I needed the money.
PER: Surely you must be joking.

The word according to Gessle

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STOCKHOLM - "The World According to Gessle" was released May 2, 1997, it's now back, bigger and better. At least that's what EMI and Per want us to think. Are they right? On The Daily Roxette there is a little chat with Per himself regarding the re-release of this, among fans, widely liked album.

So, Per, back in the lime light yet another time, this time with an old album, tell us, what's the point in releasing "The World" again?

"Well, the thing is that it wasn't available at all anymore!," says Per, quite upset. "I happened to notice this by chance at the EMI office in Stockholm and nobody could explain why it had been deleted. So I decided to put it back on the shelves, but of course with added material I know some people are interested in. Like you for instance." Per smiles and points at this reporter.

Yes, and I am very thankful for that! You've added tons and tons of demos on the second CD, and I have to say, nice ones. What made you do that? I doubt it's that common these days.

"Well, first of all I wanted to make the re-release special. So basically I just asked myself what I as a fan, would want from an album like 'The World.' And the most obvious thing to me is 'behind the scenes' -material, like the original demos for instance." explains Per and continues "If you're really into an album it's always interesting to get to know how the working process got started and so on."

On this release we're getting no less than 20 demos, of which only one has been released before, that being "June Afternoon," and that's not even counting the six B-sides from the singles that are on the first CD. The three Jonas Åkerlund videos of "Do You Wanna Be My Baby?," "Kix" and "I Want You to Know" weren't included but will be available somehow as downloads. It's not yet certain how though. Also missing is the Electronic Press Kit.

Crashing through the doors

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Vanilla Ninja, power pop trio formed by Lenna Kuurmaa (vocals), Piret Järvis (guitar) si Katrin Siska (keyboards), a rocking girl band that is a well known act in the Central European scene, and now in Latin America, after participating successfully in the biggest summer Festival in Latin America, the Festival of Viña del Mar, this past February.
Before the girls will go on tour next June in the Baltic states, and their second visit to several countries in Latin America in July - August, they want to release a single to warm up the audience. After discussing this issue with Hector Faune, their manager/promoter for Latin America, Hector proposed to get in touch with Per Gessle from Roxette to have a possible song co-operation, as he feels Vanilla Ninja's music has lots of similarities to Roxette's uptempo and power ballad style.

When Per was approached for a co-operation he sent over two demos; "T-t-t-take it!" and "Every Day Outside My Window" but the girls felt these particular songs didn't suit them; "Per kindly sent us two songs, and we picked one to use for the next release" says Lenna, vocalist in Vanilla Ninja. The song, "Crashing Through The Doors," is composed by Per Gessle, with original lyrics from Piret Järvis and Lenna Kuurmaa. Readers of The Daily Roxette will be pleased to know this is an English version of Per Gessle's "Spegelboll" from the highly successful "Mazarin" album released in 2003.

On the question if this will be the start of a bigger co-operation with Per, Lenna replies: "Probably. I hope so. He himself was also very interested in it, but unfortunately a person who's as famous as him, his calendar is planned for a year or two."

You can listen to the hole song here:

The lyrics :
We’re crashing through the doors
To get the cherry-tasting cream

Marie Fredriksson gets a new award

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Last May 19 the Society of Swedish Popular Music Composers, known as the SKAP, granted to Marie Fredriksson the prize from the Fred Winters Memorial Fund, valued for 40.000 SEK (approximately 4.500 Euros).
SKAP distribute 35 stipends valued at SEK 40 000 each. Around 25 of these will be so-called SKAP-stipends. These can be awarded to authors within the whole range of popular music genres. One cannot apply to get these stipends - the awards are made by the Board.
SKAP organises professionally active music authors (composers, lyricists and arrangers) covering a wide range of genres. From jazz to folk music, from theatre & film music to children’s music, from pop and rock to hip-hop and heavy metal.
SKAP was founded in 1926, primarily with a goal to secure and distribute composers’ royalties from sales of gramophone records – this was opposed at the time by music publishers, and SKAP was a response to this opposition.
SKAP has 800 members including such well known names as Benny Andersson (ABBA),Per Gessle & Marie Fredriksson (Roxette) and Esbjörn Svensson (jazz).
The awards were delivered at 18.30pm in the prestigious GRAND HOTEL in the Vinterträdgården room, placed in Stockholm.

Source: TDR + Littlemarie.net

Another contest

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With the permision of Marie Dimberg from the managment of Roxette, we have for you 3 biographies of Marie Fredriksson made by the team of Littlemarie.

A magazine/book with 40 full colour pages. Din A4 format. Do you want one of these limited biographies of Marie?

Participate in our contest. Send to us the answer to this question:

1.- Which is the date and the place of Marie Fredriksson's birth?

2.- You must send to us your answer to: competition@littlemarie.net
The winners will have one magazine for person. Mails with virus won´t be accepted.

3.- The competition will start May 19th, 2008 and will finish May 31th, 2008.

4.- June 1th we will put the 3 winners in this blog (littlemarie.net --- n.t.)

Source : littlemarie.net

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