Eurovision Song Contest First semi-final
The line-up, in alphabetical order of title, for the first semi-final which will take place on the 7th of February in Gothenburg looks like this (composers & authors in brackets):
Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now (Aleena Gibson, Fredrik Thomander)
Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone – Det rår vi inte för (Behrang Miri, Albin Johnsén, Måns Zelmerlöw, Tony Nilsson)
Dolly Style – Hello Hi (Emma Nors, Palle Hammarlund, Jimmy Jansson)
Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be Fine (Molly Pettersson Hammar, Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Gavin Jones)
Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg – One By One (Elize Ryd, Jimmy Jansson, Karl-Ola Kjellholm, Sharon Vaughn)
Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa (Daniel Gildenlöw)
Eric Saade – Sting (Fredrik Kempe, Hamed ”K-one” Pirouzpanah, David Kreuger, Sam Arash Fahmi)
RASKASTA JOULUA 2 -ALBUMILLE KULTAA
Marraskuussa 2014 julkaistu “Raskasta Joulua 2”-albumi on ylittänyt kultalevyrajan, eli 10 000 myytyä kappaletta. Levy sisältää edellisten julkaisujen tapaan raskaita sovituksia joululauluklassikoista hartaasta hilpeään, mutta myös ensimmäisenä RJ-levynä kokonaan uusia sävellyksiä osaksi kansallista kaanonia. Nöyrinä ja kiitollisina kumarramme levyn ostaneille ystävillemme, jotka ovat tehneet tämän mahdolliseksi: tästä on hyvä jatkaa kohti kymmenvuotiskiertueen huipennusta Helsingin Jäähallissa 18.12.! Tuhannet kiitokset!
Musiikkivideo levyn päätösraidasta “Joulu, juhla parahin” on katsottavissa täällä: http://www.youtube.com/
Levy jatkaa neljännellä listaviikollaan edelleen Suomen virallisen listan Top 10:ssä (sijalla 10). Viime vuonna julkaistu “Raskasta Joulua”-levy jatkaa edelleen mid-price -listan ensimmäisellä sijalla: julkaisuvuonnaan levy myi platinaa (yli 20 000 kpl) ja nousi korkeimmillaan virallisen listan sijalle 3.
RASKASTA JOULUA 2 Sold Platinum in Finland!
Total 55.000 Christmas albums sold in Finland since last winter! Incredible!!! Thank you everyone for your support! I hope I see you again later this year. 😉
Raskasta Joulua 1 (2013) & Ragnarock Juletide (2014)
31.10.2014 – Masquerade – Atlanta
Halloween, last show. Packed all my shit that was spread all over the bus. After that we tried to get into the ghost house across the venue, but they didn’t let us in. 🙁 The show was sweet!! Loved the support, and it was really nice to meet you guys after the show. Around twelve or bus left to the airport. We spent two days in an hotel before flying back to Sweden.
Extra thanks to Kadria of Inviolate for hanging out and taking me, Henrik and Andreas for dinner and shopping in Atlanta! =)
30.10.2014 – State Theater – St. Petersburg, Florida
As soon as I woke up I went on a date with Thomas Youngblood from Kamelot. He brought me and bought me a very nice lunch by the bay. Wish I had some photos to share with you guys but I don’t, well, it was very beautiful!!
My dear friend Casey Grillo from Kamelot came by to say hello during our soundcheck! Fantastic seeing you again!! 🙂 Unfortunately, at this point I was starting to feel sick, I was so tired I wasn’t able to sing. I thought I was over and done. But after some sleep, and as soon as I stepped on that stage and felt the energy from the audience I came back to life again. Thank you! 🙂 I loved meeting you guys!
After the show we (the band) decided to go and visit a bar near the venue. We did, and we had a fantastic time together! Me, Olof and Henrik found another cool club on the way home and decided to step in for one drink. One drink lead to 4 hours of water-pipe-smoking, 3 bottles of wine (Andreas and Morten came in later and joined us) we listened to Amaranthe, all three albums. We missed buss call at five. Someone told us it was 5.15, so it had already left when we got to the parking. But luckily the bus came back and picked us up. 🙂
29.10.2014 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
After arriving we did a quick photo session. I was extremely tired and didn’t feel like being at photos at all actually, but I had to, that’s life as an artist sometimes. After sounds check we went to the Beach, a friend took us. We met him outside the venue. He was so nice, I got a super cool Halloween gift. 😀 He wrote one of the most beautiful things on a piece of paper: “Thanks for helping me heal my soal”. Extremely beautiful. I will now take the opportunity to tell you in return: Thanks for helping me heal mine!
The audience was small, but still amazing. Thanks to everyone for coming! After show we received a cake and a bottle of Champagne from Spinefarm for hitting number one on the Billboard Heartbreak charge.
I love Florida, one of the places I’m considering moving to, since it’s not as expensive as New York. 😉
Back in New Orleans! It’s Amaranthe’s first time here, but I’ve been here before playing a show with Kamelot supporting Nightwish, I never forget that evening when we drank Handgranate and Alissa White-Gluz taught me how to Growl. 🙂
We took a walk around the city before soundscheck. It’s so incredible, I love this city! We played in the small room at House of Blues, probably the smallest stage we’ve ever played at. But wtf, who cares, we had a fabulous time anyways! 🙂 After the show we met some of the adorable visitors, it’s always nice to get the chance to speak and take some Photos after the show. Apparently at least 5 people saw us supporting Within Temptation in New York, that venue was a bit bigger, so it must have been different to see us headline in a living room in New Orleans, biggest contrast ever. We are happy you came to support us!
I want to say special Thanks to Phillip, and Dana and her husband for taking us out on another unforgettable night through Bourbon street. This street seems to never close, but around four it did. We went back to the bus and eventually to bed after seeing the most beautiful sunrise ever while driving towards Florida.
House of Blues in Huston was fantastic! We played in the smaller room, and I loved it, because it felt so personal and intimate. You guys, who came to see us, thank you! And thanks for singing along crazy load. 🙂 After the show we went to a club near by and had some Bud Lights, my favorite American beer. Another late night up. By this point I have totally turned the day around. We had, like every day lately, a party in the bus, I stayed awake till 7 in the morning. We play late, we eat late, we gather extreme amounts of adrenaline and energy from playing the show and meet our fans, and that makes it just impossible to go to sleep within at least 6-7 hours after the show ends. Besides all the greatness it feels like we need to go home soon. We’ve been on the road to long and all of us misses our loved ones at home too much.
Gas Monkey! Wao, such a cool place! We had such a great time! It was really nice to play out door, weather was great, a little bit too warm maybe, but as the night arrived it got better. Thanks to the people who
showed up at the show, we had a blast. After the show we hung out with the support band, a local band called Unveiled. Amazing people, they took us to a place near by the Venue where they played live country music, we danced both line dance and ride the bull. I hit my arm pretty bad when I fell of, I still have a blue mark and a scar still, but it was defiantly worth it. 🙂 Also thanks to Gas Monkey for giving us new looks.
The schedule while headline is a whole different story. It’s been crazy, lots of traveling and constant work, so I’m sorry I haven’t made any posts here till now. Today we’ve had our first day off since the show in Mexico. It was a fantastic show, I was surprised by the support and the screaming from the audience. I never here’d anyone call out my name that loud! 😀 It was a very happy moment for me, and the band, to receive that kind of support we got from the Mexican audience. We arrived very late the day before the show, and l couldn’t sleep until 5 in the morning because I saw a suspect spider on the wall. I’m not afraid of spiders normally, because we do not have a single dangerous spider in Sweden, but in Mexico you sure have. I googled on “Mexican spiders” to see if I could find out what art this spider was, I shouldn’t have done that.
The journey from Japan to Dallas went good. The flight was only half full, so I laid down at three seats and slept almost for 6 hours. I also saw four very good movies, Neighbours, Jump Street 22, Malifisent, and Blended. 🙂 Before stepping on the plain me and Olof had one last real Japanese sushi dinner.
When we arrived around 12 in the evening we took a shuttle to the hotel, and that’s where we’ve spent the last two days. Tomorrow we are going to Mexico!
For the show at aloud Park I wore the skirt I got from shopping with Metal injection at Nu New York.
I bought the top on a website called Bubbleroom, it’s my favorite webshop!
The belt I bought last time I went to Japan at a small boutique, which I unfortunately can’t remember the name of.
Neckless and bracelet from Jord, a very nice boutique in Stenungsund, Sweden.
We had a fantastic show at Load Park. The audience was amazing! Our set started at 2.50, we played one hour. As always when you play festivals, if not headline, you don’t get any sound sheck, so my hearing was not so good during the first couple of songs. But it got better through the set as I gave instructions to the sound engineer.
When we were about to play Electroheart, Morten put on Amaranthine instead, and I got very shocked. I said “oy” out load in the microphone, haha! It was not part of the plan, very confusing. 😉 I got the honor to meet some friends again! After the signing session we headed back to the hotel. At 11 we left to The Radio where we later performed two acoustic songs.
My impression of Japan is very good,
it’s something very special about it. The way it makes me feel is something I haven’t experienced anywhere else in the world. I feel safe, it’s organized, family’s stick together, the food is healthy, every person is sweet, It’s clean, toilets are amazing, the music scene is great, record stores still exists. It’s magical. I think we will be back in April next year, when the cherry trees bloom, omg, it can’t get any better.
Our schedule was pretty freaking ruff, I’ll tell you a little about it.
First of all the yet leg is the worse, 13 hours time difference. We flew out on the 15:th of October, my birthday, at 9.50 from New York. Landed in Japan at 16.00 (4) the next day. Nobby, the King if Universal, picked us up and Mariko, the queen of memory and translation. We checked in at Hilton Hotel, and around 8 we had a meeting and dinner in the hotel restaurant.
The following day I woke up at 5 in the morning, hungry like hell. So I stayed awake and watched Japanese Television for two hours before heading down to the breakfast buffe, which btw was the best I’ve had so far in my life.
So press day, means that you go to different radiostations, and to Universals head office and meet different media and answer their questions. 🙂 It was very fun! Later we went to Disk Union for a signing session, where we got the chance to meet some of the owners of our album, shake hands and hug. I love to see the persons who actually listens to our music. We are connected in a strong way since, at least I, share my inner through the music.
Since it was recently my birthday I received many gifts! Here are some of them. It made me very happy, thank you very much!!
P.s: I tried the bath salt already, it was fantastic! And regarding iPhone 6, I haven’t been able to buy it yet. 😉
Last show with Within Temptation. I woke up at 2.30, then I had two interviews starting at 3. It was lots of fun. I might have looked a little tired, since I was for some strange reason.. haha! Well, then I got the honor to eat dinner with Matt and his friend. I had such a great time together with them! 🙂 Showtime in the Ghost house at 8 went great. Loved the crowd, and the old venue. I have been very glad to see, during this tour with Within Temptation, for one many girls in the audience. I love to see that! 🙂 After the show I was hungry and I met a guy outside the bus who followed me to UNO. 🙂 Then I had to hurry back to take a group photo with WT on stage.
Afterwords I packed all my stuff and moved out from the bus. Spent the night at Hilton Hotel. Now I’m in a car on out way to New York. Kisses and Hugs everyone! And Thanks to Within Temptation, and their fans for an amazing tour!! <3
Wao, finally. New York City my future home, I wish.. haha! First of all we walked to Central Park and had breakfast, then I went to the Apple Store to buy the new iPhone 6+, but it was sold out. The evening was fantastic, great venue. Huge!! I loved the audience, a little quiet in the beginning but then they popped and became extremely load. I don’t know if it was our
music, or the beer. Haha! 😉 My cousins was there with her boyfriend. She lives and works as a model in New York. After the show they took me to an amazing food place. And then we continued to Space, where we got invited to one of the VIP tables. I was blown away by that club. One of the coolest I ever been to. Olof and Henrik came along as well. We had a crazy night together. I went to bed at 8 I clock in the morning…. Sometimes it’s ok to be a little crazy. 😉