Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Salem is playing a lot of very unusual venues this year - Stålboms looks very special, and those cakes look sooooooo tasty!
I thought this was a very nice quote from their homepage: "Livet är helt enkelt för kort för att inte unna sig en lång fika". Absolutely true!
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
I thought you would like to see this photograph too ;) (courtesy of Eva-Britt Harryson, http://www.nyheterna.net/, who also wrote the article).
Despite having a cold and a sore throat, it didn't stop him from performing a fabulous concert with his band! Very interesting to read that he didn't perform "All Day Love" as he stated that it was a personal gift to the couple...which made me wonder if he will ever perform it live again?
Monday, 28 June 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
"Keep On Walking" is still getting lots of radio airplay in Sweden; however it's no longer the most played song on Swedish radio this week - that honour goes to Eurovision winner Lena Meyer-Landrut's "Satellite". Full chart at http://radionytt.se/nyheter/?p=5336
By the way, happy midsummer Salem...and to all the readers of this blog :)
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I liked these pictures from tonight's show, which are courtesy of NRK P3 @ Flickr, photographed by Tom Øverlie, NRK P3. More pictures from tonight at their Flickr photostream. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nrk-p3/4728162887/in/photostream/
Whilst I'm on the subject, does anyone know if Salem's live set will be available to listen to at NRK's website/nettradio? They have Robyn's live session but I can't find Salem's yet :( Sadly I wasn't able to hear the show tonight as I wasn't at home. Were any of you at the show???
24 hours later....
EDIT 24.06.10: I've finally found it and am listening right now!!
Keep On Walking
It was great, wasn't it??? :))
I loved Salem's set, and was particularly excited to hear "Backseat" as I've never heard him perform a full version of this live before, apart from seeing a brief clip from Berns on YouTube. I like the way that all the songs seem to run into each other, especially the segue from "Backseat" into "It's True" - and I thought it was a particularly good version of that song, so credit on this occasion must go to Salem's excellent band for "beefing up" the song!
And of course a fabulous version of "Keep On Walking" to finish!
OK I need to go to sleep now because I need to be up for work early in the morning but I just had to hear the P3 session before heading off to bed :)))
Well done to all the winners - you are all so artistic, creative and talented. Stort grattis :))
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
(I had to Google Translate all of this as I don't understand a word of Finnish!)
The interview covers all the usual topics - his musical childhood, massive success with "This Is Who I Am", the less successful "Astronaut", the name change from Salem Al Fakir to Salem and back again, Melodifestivalen success and of course the new album.
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
According to Ticnet, http://www.ticnet.se/checkout/event.php?eventId=DEE0305 Salem will be playing the De Geerhallen in Norrköping on 5th March next year. Yes, 2011!! Tickets aren't on sale yet, but will go on sale at Ticnet on 30th August.
EDIT 27.07.2010: the Norrköping concert will be another orchestral collaboration, this time with the Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, and of course you can't have a Salem orchestra show without the world's best conductor - Hans Ek!
Salem on not dating his fans: http://arenan.yle.fi/video/1080793
Salem on not listening to music: http://arenan.yle.fi/video/1080239
Salem having his hair straightened! http://arenan.yle.fi/video/1080242
For everyone who loves Salem's wonderful curly hair, this clip is quite distressing :O
That guy with the hair straighteners seemed to be enjoying it a bit too much, although I don't think the same could be said for Salem!
It's Royal Wedding mania in the chart today as "When You Tell The World You're Mine" which was sung by Agnes & Björn Skifs during yesterday's ceremony, is at no.1; other songs dedicated to the couple are also doing well - "Can't Stop Love" by Darin (no.2), "Det Är Bara Vi" by Carola (no.12).
And guess who got the biggest audience? Salem of course! 10,000 people watched his Skeppsbron concert last Thursday night compared to the average audience of 5,000 who attended the other concerts.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Last night I was briefly on Twitter, where there was a post from Salem via Facebook that he would be appearing on SVT, along with Linn and Stefan, to perform a new song.....I went to SVT's website where the concert for Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, from the Konserthuset in Stockholm, was being broadcast live on the internet so was able to watch Salem's performance of "All Day Love", his new song written especially for the occasion. What a lovely wedding gift, having Salem write and perform a song for the happy couple!
"All Day Love" is a sweet and joyous song: the concert featured an astonishing and ambitious orchestral arrangement of the song, (arranged by the one and only Hans Ek), with warm and heartfelt lyrics written by Linn Segolson, who is a very talented singer and songwriter, and the sister of the equally talented Stefan Segolson who is a great supporter of this blog, both of whom provided excellent backing vocals for Salem on the song last night.
Of course, Salem, being the excellent showman that he is, managed to get the audience (made up of royal families, politicians etc) clapping along - and Crown Princess Victoria is obviously a big Salem fan too. Even Britain's representative, Prince Edward, was smiling after Salem's performance. And did you all spot Sami in the orchestra??
I was lucky enough to get my free download of the song this morning from http://ica.shop2download.com/ so get along there quickly, if you haven't got it yet. There's a free download available to the first 5000 people who log on there.
Today, more than ever, I am proud and happy to be a Salem Al Fakir fan :))
Here is Salem's performance of "All Day Love" from last night....enjoy!
Friday, 18 June 2010
Salem is appearing in this show!! http://www.facebook.com/salemalfakir/posts/135569906455711
Other acts appearing tomorrow night: Takida, Erik Grönwall and Patrik Isaksson.
If you are one of Planet Salem's Finnish-based readers and you are going tomorrow night, remember to tell us know what you thought of the show.
And "Keep On Walking" is at no. 60 in the singles sales chart, probably its final week there, but it's still at the top of the Mix Megapol Topp 20! (That new chart is revealed tomorrow)
Thursday, 17 June 2010
EDIT 22.06.10: Meant to post this earlier: Scandipop's review of Thursday night's Love Stockholm live shows, which of course included Skeppsbron....http://www.scandipop.co.uk/?p=2747I
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Tomorrow it will be Salem's turn to take to the stage in his adopted hometown: he will be performing at Skeppsbroscenen from 21:15 to 22.30, (and best of all, it's free!) so if you're in or around Stockholm, get along there and enjoy the show. I'm sure he will attract a massive crowd tomorrow night!
And remember, as usual you can leave your comments, YouTube/blog links and anything else you want to tell us about the show.
Jag behöver din hjälp! Vill du vara med på minaffisch till konserten på Dalhalla den 21/8? Ta en bild på ditt ansiktemot en VIT bakgrund och maila den till firstname.lastname@example.org (max 1mb). Viväljer ca 10 ansikten som får vara med på postern tillsammans med mig och bandet. Vi måste ha din bild senast 18 juni kl 10. De utvalda får, förutom är...an att vara med på affischen, även två biljetter till konserten. Lycka till!
For non-Swedish speakers:
I need your help! Do you want to be on my poster for the concert of Dalhalla 21/8? Take a picture of your face against a white background and email it to email@example.com (max 1 MB). We will select approximately 10 faces that may be included on the poster along with me and the band. We must have your image by 18 June at 10. The winners shall win two tickets to the concert, in addition to being on the poster. Good luck!
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
60 lucky listeners will get the chance to see the show and you can also find info at the above link.
This will be a terrific double bill and it will be good to hear Salem playing live on the radio once again.
Does anyone know if this show will be available on NRK's website to 'listen again'? (I'm not at home most Wednesday nights so won't be able to hear the show live) - if so, can someone post the link or point me in the right direction?
Thanks again...I will need to learn some Norwegian :)
Monday, 14 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Meanwhile "4 O'Clock" is at no. 3 on SR P3's "Tracks" chart, and "Keep On Walking" is no. 9: http://sverigesradio.se/p3/topplistor/tracks/
"Tracks" is now taking a summer break and will return on 28th August - the new list of songs will be revealed on their website on 16th August.
"Keep On Walking" is at no. 3 on SR P4's "Svensktoppen" chart: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?ProgramID=2023&Artikel=454963
A nice new interview with Salem at http://www.nwt.se/noje/article722223.ece where he talks about Melodifestivalen, growing up in a musical family, his drumming heroes, and why it's possible to be popular and true to yourself at the same time.
Finally, I have a request for my Swedish-speaking readers: can you tell me if Salem's interview was finally published in Aftonbladet today? (I couldn't find anything on their website). I'd really appreciate if any of you could let me know what he said in the interview. Thanks!
EDIT 17.06.10: Special thanks to Anna for the translation and scans: it was a really nice interview :) So, Salem is top of the Swedish women's 'wish list'...that's no surprise. Talent, looks, style, personality and charm - he has it all. But then we have known that for a long time, haven't we ;))
Friday, 11 June 2010
If you are going to the show, remember to leave your comments here!
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Just found out from Salem's official site that he will be appearing on the legendary Swedish summer TV show on 20th July, three years after his first appearance there.
Here is this year's line-up, which was announced today.
Programme 1: 29th June
The Ark, Mozart Group, Anna Bergendahl, Robert Broberg, Carola
Programme 2: 6th July
The Playtones, Marie Kühler, Eric Saade, Marie Bergman, Mikael Wiehe, The Ten Tenors, Wille Crafoord, Marika Willstedt
Programme 3: 13th July
Cotton Eye Joe Show, Darin, Timoteij, Movits!, Olivia Stevens, Kikki Danielsson
Programme 4: 20th July
Salem Al Fakir, Gunhild Carling, Drängarna, The Real Group, Di Leva, Oskar Linnros
(Salem and Oskar Linnros on the same show - this should be a great one!)
Programme 5: 27th July
Mando Diao, Jonas Gardell, Thorsten Flinck, Christer Sjögren, Jasmine Kara, Lill Lindfors, Idolerna
Programme 6: 3rd August
The Baseballs, Huutajat, Jakob Hellman, Kjerstin Dellert, Gösta Linderholm
Programme 7: 10th August
Jerry Williams, Ola Forssmed, Tove Styrke, Orup, Hanna Lindblad, Charlotte Perrelli, Magnus Carlsson
Programme 8: 17th August
Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Anders Berglund, Måns Zelmerlöw, Lisette Pagler, Fredrik Lycke, Sarah Dawn Finer, Joachim Bergström
As usual there is something for everyone in the line-up - apart from Salem and Oskar, I'm particularly looking forward to seeing The Ark, Mando Diao, Orup, Darin, Måns Zelmerlöw and Sarah Dawn Finer.
After "Nu är det gott att leva" at Skansen in 2007 and then "Det börjar verka kärlek banne mej" at "Lotta på Liseberg" in 2009, I wonder what classic Swedish oldie will be getting the 'Allsång' treatment from Salem this time? And of course I'm sure he will play "Keep On Walking" and "4 O'Clock" which will both be massive crowd-pleasers! I guess that many of you who read this blog and live in Stockholm will be at Skansen on the 20th July and making yourselves heard!!
Meanwhile I will be sitting over here watching it on SVT Play as usual and wishing I was there with you all :))
Monday, 7 June 2010
Saturday, 5 June 2010
I wondered when Salem would bring us another "Kitchen Session"....well, 'here we go, here we go again...' :))) Yes. "4 O'Clock" has been given the "Kitchen Sessions" treatment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0w83IxwMw8
"Twelve Fingers" is also used as the soundtrack music to the 2010 video "Don't Panic" by the German snowboarding brand Isenseven:
So there are now two good reasons to vote to keep Salem in the top 10 on next week's chart! You can vote between today and 14:00 on Monday, at http://sverigesradio.se/cgi-bin/p3/tracks/index.asp?taskid=1
"Keep On Walking" remains at no.1 on Mix Megapol's Mix Topp 20 : http://www.mixmegapol.se/musik/mix-topp-20
Friday, 4 June 2010
"Keep On Walking" is at no. 50 this week, in a singles chart packed with Eurovision and Melodifestivalen songs! No sign of "4 O'Clock" :( I hope it'll return to the chart soon.
"Ignore This" is climbing the album chart again and is back up to no. 11 this week.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
That's amazing news that 6,500 people were there! It's only a matter of time until he's playing the Scandinavium :))
EDIT 23:00: I'm watching and enjoying the YouTube clips posted so far. Hope there will be more to come! It just occurred to me that "4 O'Clock" provides the best clapping-opportunity for a live audience since another crowd-pleasing anthem, Queen's "We Will Rock You"!! Don't you agree??
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
From the beginning it was a very close contest between the top two songs, although there was one clear favourite with you all from the very beginning...
1. Brooklyn Sun - 188 votes (30%)
2. Keep On Walking - 180 votes (29%)
3. 4 O'Clock - 134 votes (22%)
4. Virgin Mary - 119 votes (19%)
5. I'm So Happy - 100 votes (16%)
6. Split My Personality - 82 votes (13%)
7. This Is For - 77 votes (12%)
8. Part Of It - 61 votes (10%)
9. Bloody Breakfast - 46 votes (7%)
10. Red Rock - 44 votes (7%)
J11. Cowboys and Dinosaurs - 27 votes (4%)
J11. Don't Wanna Talk About It - 27 votes (4%)
13. The Song I Never Wrote - 23 votes (3%)
I think these polls are good fun and I'm planning some more in future - got a couple of ideas in mind, but if you have any Salem-related polls you would like to suggest then please let me know!
By the way, Planet Salem is two and a half years old today...doesn't time fly when you're having fun!!
Whilst on the subject of Oslo, and Salem....Alice, are you still reading the blog? I was just wondering if you would be going to the Oslo show?
White shirt + black braces + black trousers = very nice ;))))
He will be appearing at Skeppsbroscenen on 17th June at 21:15 Swedish time.
Check out http://www.lovestockholm2010.se/EN/Info.aspx for info on all the acts appearing there.