Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Salem's Helsinki gig tomorrow...more info!

Salem will be playing his long-awaited Finnish show at Korjaamo in Helsinki tomorrow night, Wednesday 1st December.

Don't forget to tune into X3M radio tomorrow night. The (Swedish-language) station will be broadcasting the Bloggalan 2010, which is the award ceremony for Finland's Swedish-language bloggers. Of course blogging is a subject very close to my heart, so I think it's appropriate that Salem is playing at a bloggers' gala tomorrow, which is also Planet Salem's third birthday!

I've checked over at YLE's website which said that the Bloggalan would be broadcast on the internet - it should be at although I checked the X3M player just now and it was playing classical music rather than the alternative pop which the station is known for! Anyway I will check the webstream link tomorrow night and let you know if it's working :)

I had to check the timezones to see if Finland was in a different timezone from Sweden, and it is. (I'm glad I checked this or I may have missed the show!). So please note the following information if you want to hear the show!

If you are in Finland, the show will be broadcast from 20:00 until 00:00 Finnish time. Salem will be on stage at 22:30.

Swedish, Norwegian and other continental European countries: tune in from 19:00 until 23:00 - Salem will be on stage at 21:30.

Last (but not least) for all of us Salem fans over here in the UK, the show will run from 18:00 until 22:00, Salem will be on stage at 20:30.

And if you're going to Korjaamo - enjoy the show!

'Dom kallar oss artister' - SVT, 31st January

Lots of news today!!

Svenska Dagbladet reports today that Salem will be featured in the first episode of the third series of SVT's 'Dom kallar oss artister' on 31 January 2011.

I didn't know anything about this show, so I had a look at some clips and it looks like a really interesting programme, going behind the scenes with the artists featured.

Salem returns to Dalhalla next summer!

Yes, here, finally, is the big news that I promised :)) Thanks to Vera at Blixten for the press release.

Actually, it's good news and bad news. First the bad news - Salem will only play one concert next summer :(

Now the good news - that concert will be at Dalhalla! Yes, Salem will return to Dalhalla on Friday 5th August 2011, where he will perform once again with the Gävle Symfoniorkester under the direction of Hans Ek.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 3rd December and will be available at

Press release in full:
Salem Al Fakir comes to Dalhalla, the weekend after Malena Ernman, Friday August 5. Salem was as a child at a concert at Dalhalla as a child and was fascinated by the magical environment. Last summer he had a chance to perform a concert there, and the result was a real hit, "Powerful, Salem Al Fakir!" wrote Dala-Demokraten and Dalarnas Tidningar was equally enthusiastic: "a fantastic evening – when he was called up again for the fourth time, was the success a reality."

"In the summer, I was out on a record long tour and played throughout Sweden. It was great fun, but when I came home and everything calmed down there was one concert I was extra happy when I was thinking back to – Dalhalla. It is a wonderful scene, but above all because it is incredibly inspiring and a pleasure to play with a Symphony Orchestra. Therefore, I have decided that next summer I will only do a single concert, and it will be at Dalhalla, "says Salem Al Fakir.

Just like last year, Salem and his band will play together with Gävle Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hans Ek.

Salem Al Fakir has released three acclaimed albums and won four Grammis. Latest gold selling album "Ignore This" was released in the spring. Salem, who began playing the violin at four years old, plays all the instruments himself on his CDs and has in recent years made several high-profile appearances with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berwaldhallen in Stockholm. He has also played with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Opera Orchestra and in spring 2011 he will appear with the Jönköpings Sinfonietta and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

Vara Konserthus - 18th March!

New concert announced today!!

Salem will play a show at Vara Konserthus on Friday 18th March 2011.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 6th December at 13:00. Info at

Monday, 29 November 2010

56,000 fabulous Facebook fans!

Yes, tonight the number of Salem's fans on Facebook hit the total of 56,000!

And hopefully many, many more to come....

iTunes cover competition winner!

Remember the recent competition to design the cover of Salem's next iTunes release? (I previously posted about it at

Today Salem announced the winner on his Facebook site. Congratulations to Linnea Dahlgren from Malmö!

Salem also announced that there would be more information about this release soon.

Sunday, 28 November 2010


...there will be some exciting news!

EDIT 29.11.2010: Well, as you've probably guessed, it didn't happen today - but there is some exciting news coming soon and I'll let you know as soon as I get it. :)

Question for Swedes and Norwegians?

I listened to Salem's interview on Bergen student radio this morning (link at and was able to understand some of it, so I guess my understanding of spoken Swedish is getting better! Of course there was also lots of music in the show - "4 O'Clock", "Count Me Out", "Virgin Mary", "Backseat" and "Roxy".

Anyway, hearing Salem interviewed on a Norwegian radio station got me thinking about the differences between the Swedish and Norwegian languages. As a native English speaker, I find written and spoken Norwegian so much harder to understand than Swedish.

Can any of you tell me if it is true that all Swedes and Norwegians can understand each other's languages when speaking to each other? For example, I've heard Salem interviewed on Norwegian radio and television programmes and they seem to have no problem understanding each other.

Photos from Hulen, Bergen show

If you want to see some photos of Salem (and Damien) from the gig in Bergen on Friday, go to

Salem's Norwegian radio interview today

Sorry I'm a bit late with this, but I've only just found out - Salem will be appearing on Bergen Student Radio's "Lydsjekk" programme this morning. It starts in 25 minutes (at 12:00 Norwegian time) so remember to tune in on 96.4 and 107.8 FM in Bergen, and there's also a webstream at

Did you hear the show? If you missed it, go to where there's a link to the webstream where you can hear it again.

"Split My Personality" no.7 on Tracks!

Some very good news, as "Split My Personality" reached no. 7 in Swedish Radio P3's "Tracks" chart yesterday.

Remember - rösta rösta rösta! To keep the song in the top 10 go to between now and 14:00 on Monday 29th November, and get voting.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Urgent message for Fredrik P F !!

Hej Fredrik,

I've sent you a very urgent email! Unfortunately I won't be able to check my emails between now and tomorrow night as I'll be at work, so would you be able to leave me a comment on here, to let me know if you've been able to do what I've asked?

Sorry this is a bit cryptic....but thanks again for all your help!


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Salem in Norway!

Hello to all of Salem's Norwegian fans, this post is especially for you! (and all those Swedes crossing the border to Norway!!)

If you live in or around Oslo or Bergen you will get the chance to see Salem and the band (and of course, legendary support act Damien Adore) play two long-awaited shows over the next couple of nights.

On Thursday 25th November, the venue is the Parkteatret in Oslo. Show starts at 20:00, over 18s only. Go to for more information.

On Friday 26th November, Salem and the band move on to Hulen in Bergen, more info at

(By the way, thanks to the Hulen website for posting a link to Planet Salem's 'Introducing Damien Adore' post in their article about Damien Adore - Takk - mye verdsatt!)

If you are going to any of these shows, have a great time and remember to leave your comments here. I'd also be interested to know how popular Salem is in Norway, if his music is getting much radio airplay, and if there have been any recent newspaper articles or interviews with him. Also, let us know about any TV or radio appearances coming up.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Salem and Sjung Nu, singing in Stockholm!

Last night Salem made a guest appearance with the Sjung Nu choir at the Filadelfiakyrkan in Stockholm. Here is a clip (which someone has very kindly posted on YouTube) of Salem and the choir singing a brilliant version of "Keep On Walking". Enjoy!

By the way, if any Planet Salem readers were in the choir I'd love to hear from you - you did a fantastic job. Did Salem sing any more songs or was it just "Keep On Walking"?

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Salem guest appearance tonight?

I'm not 100% sure about this but I think Salem may be making a guest appearance at a concert tonight in Filadelfiakyrkan in Stockholm, by the 1000-member Sjung Nu choir?

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Vote for "Split My Personality" on Tracks

Good news today (via Facebook) that "Split My Personality" was tested on SR P3's "Tracks" today...if you want to see Salem back on next week's "Tracks" chart then vote at

The rules are the same as always, you have between now and 14:00 on Monday to vote, then the new chart will be revealed next Saturday!

Gothenburg tonight!

It's strange, writing about Salem playing a show in Gothenburg and I'm not there to see it... :(

Tonight Salem and the band will be at the Sticky Fingers club in Gbg so if you're going, enjoy the show and remember to leave your comments and reviews. Hope you all have a great night - I'm sure it will be yet another amazing show.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

A new competition from Salem and EMI Music Sweden

Via Salem's official website and Facebook, Salem and EMI Music Sweden have announced a new competition today, to design the cover of Salem's upcoming iTunes release.

How to enter? Well, you need to email a drawing, painting, or image which symbolises Salem's live concert for you. The image must be square and in high-resolution (1500 x 1500 pixels). Email your entries to no later than 23 November.

Good luck to all of you entering the competition!

(I wonder what that upcoming iTunes release will be. Maybe a live recording???)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Planet Salem Exclusive: Dalhalla pictures

I promised you something very special for tonight, and here it is - a Planet Salem exclusive!!

Courtesy of my good friend (and big supporter of this blog) the one and only Fredrik Pousette Falk, here are some excellent pictures which were exclusively photographed for Planet Salem by Agnes Högberg on 21st August 2010 prior to Salem and the band's legendary Dalhalla show.

Please remember to credit Agnes if you use these photos anywhere else (thank you!)

Stort grattis Agnes and Fredrik for these wonderful pictures of Salem, Adam, Nisse, Jakob and Sami, from the stunning setting of Dalhalla!

Get "Split My Personality" onto Swedish radio stations!!

Via Salem's Facebook today, a request to all Salem fans out there. If you want to hear the great new Bassflow remix version of "Split My Personality" on Rix FM, then here's what to do...go to and request the song. (They were very supportive of "Keep On Walking" so it's about time they had a new Salem song on their playlist!)

And if you want to hear "Split My Personality" on NRJ, go to and request the song.


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Tomorrow night...

...look out for something special on Planet Salem!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Tivoli, Helsingborg 12.11.10: review by Kjell Gullberg

Here is a very nice review of Friday night's show by my good friend Kjell - thanks again for sharing it with us :)

The show began 45 minutes late, but perhaps that's the usual Tivoli style... I'd never been there before! Nisse, Adam and Jacob entered the stage first. We were then all just waiting for a few minutes, while the intro to "Part Of It" started... and the crowd got going when Salem entered the stage.

I really like this song... the "ah-ah-aoah-aohahhh-ah-ah" part always make me think of Gregorian music, which is something quite different from pop! But not in Salem's world, of course...The next thing I noticed was that I've never heard Salem sing that well during a live concert before. Excellent!

The second song was "It's True"... in quite a different way, that I really liked. About the next thing Salem told us was in fact that this concert was going to be different... he told us that the autumn tour always consists of re-arranged versions of the songs, this time in a more "clubby" (electronica) way. Which is of course perfect at a club as The Tivoli... Salem even warned listeners about the different feeling compared to the summer shows!

Anyway, I can already tell you that I found this "club version" of Salem's music very good and creative during the entire concert... in fact, for me this was his best gig I've seen with Salem (although this was my first club experience).

At this point, I've lost the order of the set list (sorry, I'm getting too old I guess!).

Anyway, much of the material came from the "Ignore This" album. Some of the songs were "4 O'Clock", "This Is For", and "Split My Personality".

During "I'm So Happy" (if I'm not mistaken), Adam played a "loop" on his acoustic guitar that instantly reminded me of "I'm on Fire" with Bruce Springsteen. Quite amazing... and at the end of the song I got a U2 feeling. That's one of the things I really like with Salem's music: It is so diverse, with absolutely no borders in any musical direction. Anyway, we all sang along in the "la-la-la" part, with maximum joy (yes I know that the lyrics aren't really that positive, but still)!

"Bloody Breakfast" was (at least to me) another "goose pimpler". Those chords in the "oh-oh-oh" part are just amazing. It gives me the ultimate "club feeling"! In the end of this song (I think!) Salem played a wonderful solo on the keyboard, completely different from the CD version.

Salem also played "Astronaut" (he restarted it once in order to get the audience more alert - in his usual charming way with the words "Please enjoy this since it's for once a hit song!"). By this point, the crowd had belonged to Salem for a long time...

"Roxy" and "It's Only You (Part II)" were there as well. Both are favourites of mine. Oh, I forgot "Twelve Fingers".

On the negative side, there was some song in the middle of the concert that sounded a little uninspired... or perhaps it was just me that wasn't in the mood for it.

The final song was "Keep On Walking", another crowd-pleaser of course. Well, not really final... we managed to get two encores. Salem had a little discussion with us whether they should play something up-tempo or slow... and it turned out we got both! First, the wonderful "Virgin Mary" in its usual "rocket speed" pace. Nisse did a good job at the drums... Second, "Brooklyn Sun". We all sang along, once again...

As for Damien Adore, there was no "Backseat". Damien Adore is, as I understood it, the "electronica" part of Salem, the theme of this evening. Salem even claimed that all his music is in "club style", it's just "stripped" before it's released on CD (and played on TV). Well, I wouldn't agree about the "all his music" part, but never mind...

The review in Helsingborgs Dagblad was not as positive as this one... my only comments to it are that, first, "Dream girl" wasn't even played... and second, the synthesizer was not "self playing", Salem definitely played it for real (although some sound was pre-recorded, no-one pretended playing it).

Salem really seemed to enjoy the gig... he was jumping around now and then, and also forgot the lyrics a few times (which, by the way, made us in the audience love him even more). His talking and joking between the songs charmed us as usual.

After about one hour (a little short, if you ask me), my so far best Salem Al Fakir experience ended for this time. Over and out.

Malmö show cancelled

Via Alexandra on Salem's Facebook, some bad news - the Malmö show on 9th December at Babel is cancelled. (I don't know the reason for this). No alternative date has been announced yet, and refunds are available.

Sunday in Stockholm!

Salem's back in Stockholm this Sunday, 14th November, for a long-awaited live show at Debaser Slussen. More info at

To all of you who are going to the show - hope you enjoy it! It should be a great night.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

New Planet Salem poll !

There has been a lot of coverage in the Swedish media about "Så mycket bättre", so I wanted to know your views about this TV show. This gave me the idea for a new poll - would you like to see Salem appear in a future series of the show? The poll will remain open until 12th December and as usual it's just for fun, so remember to vote!

In my own humble opinion, I would like to see him do the show at some point, not just because it would bring his music to a wider audience, but also because the idea behind the show seems to be based on respect for fellow musicians, all from a wide range of ages and styles. Given Salem's love of music, along with his own musical versatility, then I think this show would suit him perfectly. The other special thing about this show is that there are no stupid votes or evictions, it's just a diverse group of artists doing what they enjoy best - making music.

The betting has already started on who will appear on the next series - - and Salem is among the favourites.

I'd also love to see Bjorn Skifs, Tomas Ledin, Orup and Joey Tempest take part too!

Lund tonight

The next stop on Salem's tour is at Mejeriet in Lund tonight. If you're going - enjoy the show!

More info at

Helsingborgs Dagblad review of Salem at The Tivoli, Helsingborg

Review by Hannes Grönberg at

It's a two star review, in which the reviewer seems unhappy with Salem's new, electronic musical direction, and the new versions of old/more recent material. " example is "Dream Girl", where the luxury orchestrated soul pop is exchanged for electronic drum kit and electric piano. It is a brave version indicating a high integrity, but that sounds more new than good".

The reviewer goes on to say: "Salem Al Fakir talks about club music, but its sights are set wrong and the result lands closer to the Eurovision Song Contest than dance pop bands such as Hot Chip and Junior Boys." ...."the main character also makes a controlled impact with sparse dancing and the big hair hidden under a knitted cap....there are moments when the pent-up joy breaks through...but the highlights are sabotaged by blunder as on "This Is For" where the singer raps with a robotic voice while I find it increasingly difficult to believe that he knows what he's doing."

The reviewer ends by saying "Somewhat unexpectedly, the Melodifestivalen song "Keep on Walking" is the concert's finest moment. It is not hip and not at all clubby, but has a peculiar atmosphere of moonlight and adventure. It is also the only time in the evening when the ambition coincides entirely with the result. "

What do you think? If you were there, did you agree with any of the points made in this review?

Thursday, 11 November 2010

New interview in Helsingborgs Dagblad

Check out this new interview with Salem in Helsingborgs Dagblad:

In the interview with Magnus Ransheim, Salem reveals that he finally got two weeks' vacation, for the first time in ten years!

Salem also talks about receiving the award for the most played song of the year on Swedish radio, and how hearing his music on commercial radio was another part of his 'year-long experiment': he said that while he was in a "bubble" he had rarely heard "Keep On Walking" on the radio, but now he's had more chance to listen, he describes it as 'fairly new and fresh'. As in previous interviews, Salem reiterates how happy he was not to have won Melodifestivalen as he would never have had the time to do all the other things he wanted to do.

Salem enjoyed playing at the gala concert before Victoria and Daniel's wedding, and the interviewer rewinds to an HD interview at the time of the release of "This Is Who I Am", when Salem said it was his dream to play in front of 25,000 people at Malmöfestivalen - and that dream came true this summer: "where we could see if we have done the job right or not, and I can definitely feel pride in what I did at that show....but you increase your dreams and goals all the time".

When asked if he will continue in the electronic/synthpop style of "Ignore This", Salem replied "...I've always liked to sit and tinker with my music....I know myself that I want to do a lot in this direction, I like the sound and want to work further with it."

And as for the "mysterious" Damien Adore, Salem reveals that he produced a song in 2000 and "has done a lot of music which nobody has heard. He appeared on the P3 Guldgalan, but otherwise, it has been very hush hush-around him....the focus has been on his buddy, ha ha ha. Joking aside, it has been very nice to have an alter ego, because it meant that I have been able to write very different things. Now perhaps it is time to see where Damien Adore can go. The sound on "Ignore This" has existed in his name for a couple of years."

Finally, in response to Salem declining to appear on TV4's big hit show ”Så mycket bättre" Salem sets the record straight: "I heard that I would have declined because I was burnt-out. It is interesting that most professions have a five-week vacation. I have a job where you never really can have a vacation, but at the same time, nobody can say that we never get to take a break. I simply didn't have the time."
Glad that he's finally had a holiday after all these years!

Salem's tour starts tomorrow!

Yes it's time for Salem's autumn tour, which kicks off at The Tivoli in Helsingborg tomorrow night.

This also means that Planet Salem is back in action :) so if you are going to any of the upcoming shows I'd like you to send me your comments, reviews, gig pictures, YouTube links....and I will publish them so that they can be shared with all the other Salem fans out there.

I'm particularly interested to hear about Damien Adore's live set, and also if Salem will sing any new songs!

Good luck to Salem and the band for the tour :)))

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Blixten & Co competition : win tickets for Salem's Stockholm show!

Blixten & Co is running a competition to win tickets to Salem's show at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm this coming Sunday. To enter, you need to email and tell them the name of the support act that evening.

If you want to enter, make sure you send your entry to Blixten as soon as possible as the competition closes at 15:00 on Thursday 11th December.

GAFFA-Priset: vote for Salem!

I mentioned this in a previous post but in case you missed it, I thought I'd mention it again, especially now that Salem has also mentioned this on his official site and at Facebook today.

Salem is nominated in the 2010 GAFFA-priset so you need to get voting and show your support. Go to and vote for Salem - the poll is open until the end of November and the winners will be published in the January issue of the magazine.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Salem at Berwaldhallen - 12th December?


Söndag 12 december kl 16.00 och 18.00
LUCIAKONSERT Luciakonsert med Nacka musikklasser Gästsolist: Salem Al Fakir
Biljetter: 80-295 kr

According to Nacka Musikklasser's website the concert will feature talented students from the school's 5th to 9th grades. Salem is billed as 'Gästsolist' - does anyone have any more information about this?

Swedish music publishers' awards this Friday

Thanks to Damian for this one!

The Svenska Musikförläggareföreningen (Swedish Music Publishers Association) awards will be taking place at Berns in Stockholm, this Friday, 12th November.

Salem is nominated in the categories of Best Composer and Song of the Year, for "Keep On Walking".

Other nominees in the composer category - Nadir ”RedOne” Khayat, Martin ”Max Martin” Sandberg/Johan ”Shellback” Schuster (who have all had massive international songwriting success), and Oskar Linnros.

Other song of the year nominees: "What’s The Point?” – Johnossi; “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga (co-written with RedOne); "Från och med du” – Oskar Linnros.

It would be great to see Salem collect one or both awards, however if he doesn't win, then I would like Oskar Linnros to win as he has had an amazing breakthrough this year.

Good luck Salem! :))

"Split My Personality": the Bassflow remake!

Swedish production team Bassflow has been responsible for some excellent 'remakes' over the past few years, for artists/bands including Johnossi, Donkeyboy, Martin Stenmarck, Ola Svensson and my favourite Bassflow remake: "Gloria" by Mando Diao.

Now we can add Salem Al Fakir's name to the list, because there is a great new remake of "Split My Personality" which is now being played on P3. At the moment it's not commercially available but someone has posted it on YouTube. Check it out at

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Did he say no?

According to this article in Aftonbladet today, Salem was one of the artists who turned down the chance to appear in TV4's hit new show "Så Mycket Bättre” in which a group of artists take turns to sing each other's songs every week. (The article also claims that Tomas Ledin, Titiyo and Charlotte Perrelli also turned down the show).

I don't know if there is any truth in this article, but it would have been very interesting to see Salem in this show, singing other artists' songs and hearing their versions of his. Of course Salem's versions would be så mycket bättre :)))

New tour starts next Friday!

Yes it won't be long till Salem's latest tour kicks off in Helsingborg on Friday 12th November! If you haven't got your tickets yet, go to

Salem and the band then move on to Mejeriet in Lund next Saturday, 13th November.
Ticket info at

And then next Sunday, 14th November, there is Salem's long-awaited hometown gig at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm - remember this has been moved from Tyrol - more info and ticket booking link at

Of course this will be a very special tour as the support act is the legendary Damien Adore, so don't forget to book your tickets if you haven't got them already :) I wonder if Salem (or Damien) will have any new songs in the live set?? We won't have too long to wait to have that question answered!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

GAFFA-priset 2010

Hello again everyone - there haven't been so many updates lately due to the lack of news, of course it will all change next week when Salem starts his autumn tour!

In the meantime, here's a new music award - the Swedish music magazine Gaffa is running its own award ceremony, the GAFFA-priset. There will be 12 prizes awarded, in 6 Swedish and 5 foreign categories, where the winners will be voted for by the readers, and also a special editor's prize. You can vote at : voting is open until the end of November 2010 and the winners will be revealed in the January issue of the magazine.