Have a Nice Day (Roxette album)

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Have a Nice Day
Studio album by Roxette
Released 22 February 1999
Recorded

January–October 1998

Genre Pop
Label EMI
Producer Clarence Öfwerman
Marie Fredriksson
Per Gessle
Michael Ilbert
Roxette chronology
Baladas En Español
(1996)
Have a Nice Day
(1999)
Room Service
(2001)
Singles from Have a Nice Day
  1. "Wish I Could Fly"
    Released: 1 February 1999
  2. "Anyone"
    Released: 10 May 1999
  3. "Stars"
    Released: 26 July 1999
  4. "Salvation"
    Released: 22 November 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
NA 3/5 stars[2]
NME (7/10)[3]

Have a Nice Day is the sixth studio album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released worldwide in March 1999. This was the first international Roxette release in 4 years and their first brand new studio album since 1994's Crash! Boom! Bang! The album was not released in the U.S. as the duo were no longer signed to a record label there. Additional Spanish-language versions of "Wish I Could Fly", "Anyone" and "Salvation" were included as bonus tracks in some Spanish-speaking countries.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The album was a success in various European countries and Latin American countries, reaching the top three in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Sweden. However in the UK, it stalled at #28, failing to emulate the Top 5 success of all their previous albums.

Single releases[edit]

"Wish I Could Fly", the first single, was a sizable hit and was one of the most frequently played songs in Europe during 1999.[citation needed] In the UK the single peaked at #11 on the UK charts, the highest singles chart position for Roxette there since 1993.

The second single to be released from the album was the ballad "Anyone". "Anyone" failed to make any impact on the charts. The controversial video, directed by long-time collaborator Jonas Akerlund, ends with a distressed Fredriksson committing suicide. The video was the banned by MTV, due to the video's sensitive content.[5] The poor chart showing by "Anyone" meant EMI UK decided against releasing the single, even though they had already sent out promo CDs to radio DJs and the media.[6]

The third single from the album was the techno-driven dance number "Stars", which garnered some success in Europe, particularly in Scandinavian countries. The fourth single from the album was "Salvation", which reached the Top 20 in Finland but little success elsewhere.

Other information[edit]

The track "It Will Take a Long Long Time" was featured in the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere romantic comedy Runaway Bride, though it was not included on the soundtrack album. Have a Nice Day was the first ever Roxette album to feature a track solely written by Marie Fredriksson ("Waiting for the Rain"). In Arab countries the naked babies on the sleeve had to be removed for religious reasons, so a special edition of the album was made.[4]

The success of Have a Nice Day saw Roxette win the 'Highest Selling Scandinavian Act' at the 2000 World Music Awards.[7] For the Awards Gala, Roxette chose to perform lead single "Wish I Could Fly".

Track listings[edit]

CD

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle, except where noted. Spanish lyrics by Luis Gómez Escolar. 

No. Title Length
1. "Crush on You!"   3:35
2. "Wish I Could Fly"   4:40
3. "You Can't Put Your Arms Around What's Already Gone"   3:30
4. "Waiting for the Rain" (Marie Fredriksson) 3:37
5. "Anyone"   4:31
6. "It Will Take a Long Long Time"   4:03
7. "7Twenty7"   3:53
8. "I Was So Lucky"   4:17
9. "Stars"   3:56
10. "Salvation"   4:38
11. "Pay the Price"   3:48
12. "Cooper"   4:17
13. "Staring at the Ground"   2:58
14. "Beautiful Things/Terrible Things" (Fredriksson/Gessle) 3:48
Total length:
55:31

Singles[edit]

  • "Wish I Could Fly"
    1. "Wish I Could Fly"
    2. "Happy Together"
    3. "Wish I Could Fly" (demo, November 1997)
  • "Anyone"
    1. "Anyone"
    2. "Anyone" (T&A demo, July 29, 1998)
    3. "Cooper (Closer to God)"
    4. "You Don't Understand Me" (Abbey Road version, November 15, 1995)
    5. "Wish I Could Fly" (enhanced video)
  • "Stars"
    1. "Stars" (Almighty single version)
    2. "Better Off on Her Own"
    3. "I Was So Lucky" (T&A demo)
    4. "7Twenty7" (T&A demo)
    5. "Stars"
    6. "Anyone" (enhanced video)
  • "Salvation"
    1. "Salvation" (single version)
    2. "See Me"
    3. "Crazy About You" (Crash! Boom! Bang! version)
    4. "Stars" (enhanced video)

Production[edit]

  • Clarence Ofwerman: Production, mixing
  • Per Gessle: Production, mixing
  • Marie Fredriksson: Production, mixing
  • Michael Ilbert: Production, mixing
  • George Marino: Mastering

Personnel[edit]

  • Marie Fredriksson - Vocals, piano
  • Per Gessle - Vocals, guitar, programming, harmonica
  • Clarence Ofwerman - Synthesizers, keyboards, piano, organ, programming, guitar, percussion, string arrangement
  • Jonas Isaacson - Electric, bass and acoustic guitars
  • Micke "Nord" Andersson - Guitar
  • Staffan Astner - Guitar
  • M.P. Persson - Guitar, synthesizers
  • Christoffer Lundquist - Bass, zither, percussion, backing vocals
  • Christer Jansson - Drums, percussion
  • Dj Shortcut - Scratches
  • Michael Illbert - Programming, synthesizers, perucssion
  • Charlie Storm - Programming
  • SNYKO - Strings
  • Hasse Dyvik - Trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Anders Evaldsson - Trombone
  • Jens Lindgård - Trombone
  • Petter Lindgård - Trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Sven Andersson - Tenor saxophone

Charts[edit]

Title Peak chart positions (1999)
SWE

[9][10]

UK

[11]

FIN

[12][13]

GER

[14]

AUT

[15][16]

ITA SWI

[17][18]

NLD

[19][20]

NOR

[21]

Have a Nice Day 1 28 8 2 3 14 2 12 6
"Wish I Could Fly" 4 11 9 26 11 4 12 35 13
"Anyone" 35 - - 62 - - 30 73 -
"Stars" 13 56 9 23 - - 30 74 11
"Salvation" 46 - 18 80 - - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NA review
  3. ^ NME review
  4. ^ a b "Have a Nice Day album info". www.thelookforroxette.com. 
  5. ^ Lindström, Sven (2002). The Ballad Hits (CD liner notes). Roxette. Capitol Records. 541857 http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=400153 |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ ""Anyone" single info". www.thelookforroxette.com. 
  7. ^ "2000 WMA winners list". www.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2000-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Have a Nice Day album 2009 re-release info". www.thelookforroxette.com. 
  9. ^ "Swedish Singles Chart". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  10. ^ "Swedish Albums Chart". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  11. ^ "UK Chart Stats". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  12. ^ "Finnish Album Chart". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  13. ^ "Finnish Singles Chart". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  14. ^ "German Album Chart". charts-surfer. Retrieved 2008-07-07. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Austrian Singles Chart". austriancharts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  16. ^ "Austrian Albums Chart". austriancharts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  17. ^ "Swiss Singles Chart". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  18. ^ "Swiss Albums Chart". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  19. ^ "Dutch Album Chart". dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  20. ^ "Dutch Singles Chart". dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  21. ^ "IFPI Norway - Official chart positions". www.ifpi.no. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 

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