Friday, 30 July 2010
Found a couple of new interviews with Salem: one at Norrbottens-Kuriren: http://www.kuriren.nu/noje/artikel.aspx?articleid=5478318 - in which, among other things, Salem states that he likes to mix big and small gigs but prefers playing smaller gigs; he comments again about dealing with the extra attention and trying to keep his public life separate from his private life, whilst acknowledging that this period of attention may not last and could all be over by next year. In this interview he also highlights that if his lyrics become too personal, then it can be difficult to perform the songs live without being emotionally affected. (There is one particular song, which Salem refers to but does not wish to mention in the interview).
The other interview, at PT Noje: http://www.ptnoje.se/Article.aspx?a=5504498 mentions performing for Crown Princess Victoria, his delight at his second place and not winning Melodifestivalen, and how we'll have to wait a while for any new material as he's going to take a (very well-deserved) rest following his big summer tour.
As for reviews, I've just found this at Norrbottens-Kuriren: http://www.kuriren.nu/nyheter/artikel.aspx?articleid=5479194 - it's a reasonably positive review ("...I believe in him because he convinces me with his joy") but the reviewer also suggested that there was a 20 minute period in the set which wasn't so good (?) before the euphoria was revived again towards the end of the concert.
"Ignore This" has climbed back up the Sverige Topplistan album chart to no. 15, whilst "4 O'Clock" is a re-entry at no. 53 and "Keep On Walking" is a re-entry at no. 56 in the singles chart.
It definitely proves the promotional power of a TV appearance! Hope we see Salem on TV again soon.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Therefore, as the readership of this blog is growing everyday, I thought it would be a very good time to remind everyone that if you initially find any articles/news items at Planet Salem and you then republish them on any other websites, please credit this blog as your source of information and publish a link to Planet Salem.
The same information applies to any of my pictures and screencaps which are published here.
Thank you for your assistance!
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Check out the evenemangskalender for 5th and 6th January 2011....
also this http://www.programbolaget.se/evenemangskalender.html?news=7583
I previously posted about another 2011 show in Norrköping but in case you missed it: http://planetsalem.blogspot.com/2010/06/uppsala-and-norrkoping.html
Maybe more shows to come? Does anyone have any more info??
More information about the festival and all the acts appearing there, at www.kulturkaos.se.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
I still don't know how many of the Facebook-fans are aware of the existence of Planet Salem, so I'd really appreciate it if someone could maybe give this blog another mention on the Facebook wall (Eva....I know you previously did this, but if you or someone else could do this again, especially as there are more and more fans there!).
The reason is that I would like this blog to reach as wide an audience as possible so that we can all keep spreading the word about Salem's brilliant music, and keep building the international fanbase. Planet Salem already has a very dedicated readership and I just want it to grow and grow.
Thanks for all your help!
By the way, if you watch the interview you'll see that Salem is wearing the Damien Adore T-shirt http://www.merchworld.se/Product.aspx?pid=835 which I will really need to get my hands on if/whenever I get back over to Sweden :)))
And one more thing...if you watch the interview I think you will all agree that Salem looks extremt snygg just nu.... Looks and musical talent: he has it all.
Salem's summer tour now takes a break for a few days: next stop Piteå Dansar och Ler next Friday: http://www.pdol.se/program/stora-scenen/salem-al-fakir/ - Salem will be on Stora Scenen in the northern Swedish city next Friday night at 20:45.
Hope you have a good break over the next few days Salem....you deserve it!!
Friday, 23 July 2010
Lots of great Swedish acts appearing at the festival over the next week. More info at http://www.aland.com/en/events/rockoff_festival_2010/997
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
However, Salem confirmed that he will not be participating again in the contest. This does not come as a surprise, as in various interviews before and after the contest, Salem made it very clear that he had participated as an 'experiment' (which has been a very successful experiment!) and was not a traditional 'schlager' artist. As a Salem fan I can only agree with his decision - he is an artist who does everything on his own terms and Melodifestivalen was no different. Melodifestivalen was a wonderful and unexpected surprise, and Salem is full of surprises! The best thing about Salem is that we genuinely don't know what he is going to do next...
I particularly liked the reviewer's comparison/description of Salem as being like "the young school teacher who became the most popular because of his charm and humour rather than his authority".
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
If you are going...enjoy the show!
You know what I'm going to say, but I'll say it anyway...
SALEM WAS BRILLIANT!
"4 O'Clock" to start the show, "Keep On Walking" to end the show (with Salem jumping off his piano stool!), and "I'm So Happy" in the extra-show. He certainly knows how to make a crowd happy too.
Salem's band were also great tonight - and I really enjoyed that guitar solo from Adam on "I'm So Happy".
I loved that sign which someone in the crowd had held up - "Salem Al Fakir - it's only you we think about". So true :D
And Oskar Linnros was great too :))
If you haven't seen this week's show, or you just want to watch it over and over again like I do, go to http://svtplay.se/t/102897/allsang_pa_skansen - Salem appears 5 minutes into the show ("4 O'Clock") and at 54 minutes ("Keep On Walking").
EDIT 21.07.10: SVT now has individual clips of "4 O'Clock", "Keep On Walking" and "I'm So Happy" at http://svt.se/2.37615/allsang_pa_skansen?lid=index_2059174&lpos=sajt&from=innehall_ao
EDIT 21.07.10: I've just been reading on Aftonbladet and Expressen's website that there was a crowd of 27,000 at Skansen last night - twice as much as last week! I think the appearance of a certain Mr Al Fakir and a certain Mr Linnros may have had a lot to do with that...
Found a nice review of last night's show at http://www.aftonkuriren.se/?p=11947 with a good picture of Salem.
Were any Planet Salem readers at Skansen?
Salem opened tonight's Allsång with "4 O'Clock" - which immediately got the crowd going. It looks as if there are lots of Salem fans at the Sollidenscenen tonight :)))
Anyway he was brilliant as always, a complete showman and entertainer. And of course he looked very nice in his dark blue suit and new glasses!
But of course Salem being Salem, he got the words of the song mixed up and repeated "They were laughing, I was mourning" instead of singing "It's a never ending story"...but then again that's the kind of thing that makes him even more endearing to us!! :D
He'll be back again later in the show - I'm hyperventilating with excitement!!
(photo courtesy of SVT/Emelie Birgersson)
Monday, 19 July 2010
And follow the lead-up to the big show at http://svt.se/2.37615/ which includes a little video interview with Salem, which was recorded at the show's launch a few weeks ago.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Support on both nights comes from Jennie Abrahamson.
It's an unusual and intimate venue and if you are lucky enough to have a ticket for the show, then you will be in for a treat as always.
And I don't just mean the cakes :))) Enjoy the show!
Södermanlands Nyheter has a review of Salem's show at Skeppsbron 11 in Nyköping on Thursday. It's an extremely positive review by Olle Söderström, in which he makes the point that Salem's music sounds as good in a small, packed, sweaty club as in a more formal concert hall. In the reviewer's words: Salem fits everywhere.
(Eva, or anyone who was there - what time did the show start and finish? I thought it might have started late?)
Friday, 16 July 2010
Meanwhile "Keep On Walking" is climbing the Swedish airplay charts once again. The song has of course been one of the most played songs on Swedish radio since March 2010 and this week has climbed back up to no.5 (from last week's no.6) in the Nielsen Music Control Airplay Chart.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
More info at http://www.malmofestivalen.se/musik/dans-elektroniskt/salem-al-fakir/
In this new interview Salem says he can't understand why Mr Kazinik made these comments...and that the attitudes within the classical music world are wrong: "Music is for everyone and no one should be able to say what's good or bad music"..."it is up to the individual listener to decide if he or she likes music". (My comments: Salem's all-inclusive attitude to music is well-documented in many interviews which he has done....and I think that's what makes his own music so diverse and special).
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
All I want to say tonight is....thank you Salem, for three fantastic years, which have really changed my life! 14th July 2007 was the beginning of my journey from fan to fan-blogger, on a mission to tell the world all about this fantastic musician. Three years later, and so much has happened in that time. But my work here is far from over, and there's a long way to go - you could say "it's a never ending story" :)
But what's your fan-story? When was the moment you became a Salem fan? Were you a fan from the beginning of his career, or after Melodifestivalen? Did you discover his music by accident, like I did? I'd love to hear from you if you have a particular story to tell about how you discovered Salem's music, and what makes him so special to you.
Salem was one of the acts appearing in the show, which took place in Halden, in front of an audience of 8000 people. He sang "Keep On Walking" on the show, which will be broadcast on Norway's TV2 tomorrow night, 15th July, at 20:00.
Meanwhile here is the link to Salem's appearance on NRK's "Sommeråpent" on 13th July, when he sang "Keep On Walking". Unfortunately NRK's Nett-TV is still not working for me :( Can anyone outside Norway view this programme or not?? http://www.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/221623/
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
There is also a very nice photo of Salem on his boat, which I liked so much I wanted to share it with you all...
(photo by Anna Z Ek, courtesy of http://www.mitti.se/)
It should be available to watch on the internet later on NRK's website, however when I tried to watch some other clips from previous shows, the video clips weren't available. (I don't know the reason for this - is it because I don't live in Norway, or because my internet connection isn't super-duper-fast enough??)
Monday, 12 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Friday, 9 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Tomorrow night Salem and the band will be at the Strand Hotell in Borgholm. According to the hotel's official site http://www.sommarstrand.se/se/Kalender/2010-07-09 Salem will be on stage at 23:00.
If you're going, enjoy the show :)
A couple of features/reviews from last night's show which was a massive success:
If you were at the show remember to leave your comments here!
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Track 1 - "One Of The Others".
Track 2 - "Twelve Fingers".
Track 3 - "It's True".
Track 4 - "Inga Problem" (Snook, which Salem featured on).
Has this ever happened to any of you?
As Popjustice is one of this country's most high-profile music blogs, this will introduce the song, the band and of course the remixer to a whole new audience :) Popjustice is very supportive of Swedish music and I'm sure they will support Salem whenever his music is finally released over here.
It's certainly a very diverse line-up tomorrow night, with rock band Sweet Seed on stage at 18:30, then dansband Max Fenders at 19:00, jazz pianist Birgit Lindberg at 20:00 and finally, at 21:00: Salem Al Fakir!!
More information at http://sommarenicity.se/om/sic2010/8-juli/
If you're going tomorrow night, enjoy the show!
The Facebook fan-count continues to climb - the total of fans on Salem's Facebook fan page reached 38,000 tonight.
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
More information at http://www.webben7.se/2624-arets_sjunde_i_sjunde_klockan_sju.aspx
Monday, 5 July 2010
Nominations voting is open until 15th August, then the shortlisted nominations will be revealed and the final round of voting will open and will run until 25th August. The Rockbjörnen gala will take place on 1st September.
Salem fan-power is at its height at the moment (over 36,300 fans on Facebook today) so rösta, rösta, rösta!!
EDIT 07.07.10: I forgot to mention that you can vote once a day, every day! (Thanks again Eva!)
Sunday, 4 July 2010
EDIT 05.07.10: Here it is! (thanks for the link Eva!)
But it's also good to hear the song in a completely different way. I wanted to share this with you tonight - it's a great remix of the song by Swedish dance producer Vanity In Mind which puts the song into a whole new context and turns it into a great big electronic trance club anthem. I think it's great! Have a listen and let us know what you think.
Salem Al Fakir - "Keep On Walking (Vanity In Mind Remix)"
Check out the following for more info about Vanity In Mind:
There are so many good dance remixes of Salem's songs doing the rounds these days - maybe Salem should get the Swedish House Mafia, Adrian Lux, Vanity In Mind and all those other great Swedish remixers involved in a dance remix album at some point in the future? With Salem's music, anything is possible :)
One more thing...that great Adrian Lux remix of "4 O'Clock" is also getting some attention from one of the world's most famous DJs, Tiesto - he featured the song in his Club Life 169 radio show recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isl_T8TWReA
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Salem will be on the Stora Scenen at the Enköping Gatufestivalen. I didn't know where Enköping was, so I had to check the map and found out that it is halfway between Västerås and Uppsala.
Here is the running order for tonight:
18:30 Eric Saade
20:30 Anna Bergendahl
22:00 Salem Al Fakir
More information about Gatufestivalen (which has been running since Thursday) at www.gatufestivalen.se. Today is the last day of the festivities which will go on until 03:00 - yes, "three o'clock in the morning" ...I feel a song coming on ;))
If you are going, enjoy the show and of course you can post your comments here.
Friday, 2 July 2010
Meanwhile the ever-popular "Keep On Walking" has climbed back up from no. 60 to no. 53 in the Sverige Topplistan singles chart.
I think it would be fair to say that after all these weeks in the singles chart, and weeks at the top of the airplay chart and Mix Megapol Topp 20/Tracks etc..that "Keep On Walking" is the most popular song of 2010 in Sweden!
Thursday, 1 July 2010
I think there are still tickets available - so if you live on the island of Gotland, then this is your opportunity to see Sweden's greatest in action!! Go to http://www.wisbystrand.se/2409 for more information about the show.
I don't know if there are any Planet Salem readers living on Gotland, but if you're out there and going to Salem's concert tomorrow, remember that you can leave your comments about the show on this blog!