Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has died

Sadly, we have to publish this press note informing about Marie’s passing away.

All my thoughts are with her husband and her kids as well as her close ones. All my love to you.

Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has died 

It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer.

Marie was born on the 30th of May 1958 in the south of Sweden, starting her musical career in nearby Halmstad where she became friends with future Roxette companion Per Gessle. Following a successful solo debut in 1984, Marie Fredriksson became one of Sweden’s most loved and successful artists. In 1986 she teamed up with Per in Roxette with the ambition to reach outside Sweden, and together they started a historical journey that in the coming years would make them one of the biggest pop acts in the world. 

The debut single ”Neverending Love” followed by the album ”Pearls of Passion” in 1986 made them stars in Sweden, but international recognition would have to wait until the single ”The Look” from Roxette’s second album ”Look Sharp!” in the spring of 1989 opened the doors to a massive international breakthrough. It was their first No 1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and would be followed by ”Listen To Your Heart”, ”It Must Have Been Love” and ”Joyride”, as well as numerous worldwide radio staples like ”Dressed For Success”, ”How Do You Do!”, ”Sleeping In My Car”, ”Dangerous”, “Fading Like A Flower” and many more. 

The massive success with sales of more than 80 million records paved the way for several worldwide tours, cementing Marie Fredriksson’s reputation as a sensational live performer. She owned the stage, commanded the band and had the audience in the palm of her hand. As great as she was in the studio, the stage was her natural habitat. This unique artistry and energy helped to create a lasting bond between her and millions of passionate fans around the globe. 

In 2002, Marie was diagnosed with a severe brain tumor, receiving an aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful. Thanks to her extremely strong fighting spirit, Marie by 2009 was able to start a gradual return to the world’s stages. The unlikely second coming of Roxette resulted in several new albums, and tours that again put the duo in front of screaming, smiling and crying crowds all over the world. During the comeback years Marie was an amazing trooper, overcoming the many rigors of touring in order to meet her fans on stage again and again. But by 2016, the show was finally over when Marie´s doctors advised her to stop touring and focus on her health. 

Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. Her amazing voice – both strong and sensitive – and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was lucky enough to witness them. But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met. 

Per Gessle comments:

“Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share!

Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.

P.”

Marie Fredriksson’s husband Mikael Bolyos and her two children Josefin and Oscar kindly ask for respect in their grief.
The funeral will take place in silence with only Marie’s closest family present. 

Stockholm, December 2019. 
Dimberg Jernberg Management

Marie goes on tour!

Marie will be touring Sweden in February-April 2014.

19.2 (Wed) Helsingborg – Helsingborgs Konserthus
21.2 (Fri) Örebro – Conventum
22.2 (Sat) Norrköping – Louis De Geer
28.2 (Fri) Visby – Wisbystrand

2.3 (Sun) Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
7.3 (Fri) MalmöMalmö Konserthus
8.3 (Sat) Växjö – Växjö Konserthus
14.3 (Fri) Jönköping – Jönköpings Konserthus
15.3 (Sat) GothenburgGöteborgs Konserthus
19.3 (Wed) Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert och Kongress
21.3 (Fri) HalmstadHalmstad Arena
22.3 (Sat) Karlstad – Karlstad CCC

4.4 (Fri) Borås – Åhaga
5.4 (Sat) Linköping – Linköping Konsert & Kongress
8.4 (Tue) StockholmCirkus
11.4 (Fri) Gävle – Gävle Konserthus
12.4 (Sat) Västerås – Västerås Konserthus
18.4 (Fri) Luleå – Kulturens Hus
19.4 (Sat) Umeå – Folkets Hu

You can buy the tickets here:  ticnet.se or Livenation.se

Further news about Marie, her albums, tours and news will be also on Roxetteblog.

 

Roxette to release album next year

Roxette, formed by Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, will release a new album, “Charm School”, on February 11, 2011. The first single out of this album will be “She’s got nothing on (but the radio)”, which will be released on January 10th.
After the Night of the Proms tour in 2009, Roxette went back to the studio to work on a new album. After a short tour with Roxette this past Summer, which took the band to play live in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Russia, the band went back to the studio to finalize the album. A world tour was also announced in November.
If you want to keep yourself up to date with everything what has to do with Roxette, please visit our sister website Roxetteblog.com.

German fan discovers “Där du andas” version in English

This week a German fan discovered that there is an English version of “Där du andas” performed by Marie Fredriksson, which is included in what is thought to be the European or International version of the film (or films) “Arn” the Knight.

It has been reported that the DVD, which can be bought via Amazon already, is a combined version of the two Swedish “Arn” films. The song is included, for now, on a Swedish compilation CD.

I’m trying to get more information about the song, I’ll keep you informed.

Marie Fredriksson sings lead song for Swedish movie

 

Marie Fredriksson will be singing the title song for the upcoming sequel to last year’s “Arn” movie. The song, “Där du andas”, is written by Niklas Strömstedt and Anders Glenmark. Marie was asked to record the song and she says “it was an easy choice to say yes, and of course, it is great to participate in such a big Swedish film.”

“Arn – Tempelriddaren (Arn – The Knight Templar)” is a 2007 epic film based on Jan Guillou’s trilogy about the fictional Swedish Knight Templar Arn Magnusson. The film was released in December 2007 and the sequel, “Arn – Riket vid vägens slut (Arn – The Kingdom at Road’s End),” will be released August 22 , 2008.

This song, as well as several others inspired by Arn, will be released on the album “Alla himlens änglar (All the Angels of Heaven)” on August 27. Anders Glenmark is the producer. The song will be released on July 23.

Other singers include Sonja Aldén, Uno Svenningsson, Helena Paparizou, Tommy Körberg and Fred Johansson. Composers include Anders Glenmark, Niklas Strömstedt, Mauro Scocco, Uno Svenningsson, Tomas Andersson Wij, Patrik Isaksson, Bobby Ljunggren and Eva Dahlgren.

Marie Fredriksson turns 50 – send your messages!

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 messages 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!

Update June 5th: Contest is closed. All messages were forwarded to Marie last week. Winners will be announced in the next days.


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.

Art exhibition of Marie Fredriksson’s paintings to open on February 8th

Marie will exhibit her new paintings in Kungsträdgården (So Stockholm) starting on Friday, 8th of February. The exhibition is planned to last until the 17th.

Maire’s drawings were already exhibited in 2005 in Stockholm. That time the drawings – which were all sold – were done using black chakcoal. This time we expect to see some of Marie’s paintings in colour.

Once again, an artbook will be available for all to purchase it. Price should be around 400 SEK.

Marie’s compilation: “Tid för tystnad”

Swedish online store Ginza.se has already listed Marie’s new ballad compilation on their catalogue for pre-booking.

According to the website, the title is “Tid för tystnad” and it will be out on November 28th. CDON on the other hand lists the CD with release date December 5th. D&D couldn’t be reached for clarification yet.

Tracklist is still TBA, but the two new songs will be “Ordet är farväl” and “Ett bord i solen” which is the Swedish version of “A Table In The Sun.” “Så skimmrande var aldrig havet” will be also included.

Update November 8

Tracklist is as follows:

01. Ordet är farväl
02. Ännu doftar kärlek    
03. Den bästa dagen    
04. Mot okända hav    
05. Aldrig som främlingar    
06. Även vargar måste välja    
07. Jag brände din bild    
08. Tid för tystnad    
09. Ett bord i solen    
10. Den ständiga resan    
11. Medan tiden är inne    
12. Min trognaste vän    
13. Vinterängel    
14. Sparvöga    
15. Den sjunde vågen    
16. Ett hus vid havet    
17. Så skimrande var aldrig havet    
18. Berusa mig    
19. Tro

Marie Fredriksson to release a ballad compilation

Source: d&d Management

Marie Fredriksson will release a compilation at the end of November. The new greatest ballad hits will feature her most well-known ballads as well as two newly recorded songs, one of them being a Swedish version of “A Table in the Sun” (from the album “The Change”.)

We are happy to see that Marie surprises us yet again with new material, after having participated in her husband’s album “A Family Affair”.

The title, sleeve and release date are TBA.