Stars (Roxette song)

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"Stars"
Roxette Stars.jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Have A Nice Day
B-side "Better Off on Her Own"
Released 2 August 1999
Format
Recorded September–October 1998
Studio Atlantis and Cosmos Studios, Stockholm
Genre
Length 3:56
Label
  • Roxette Recordings
  • EMI
Songwriter(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s)
Roxette singles chronology
"Anyone"
(1999)
"Stars"
(1999)
"Salvation"
(1999)
"Anyone"
(1999)
"Stars"
(1999)
"Salvation"
(1999)
Music video
"Stars" on YouTube

"Stars" is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, released on 2 August 1999 as the third single from their sixth studio album, Have a Nice Day. It was their first – and only – foray into the techno subgenre, and features a children's choir in the song's chorus. A remix of the song by production collective Almighty served as the version which was predominantly played on European radio, the song became a hit throughout Europe, particularly in Scandinavia and in Germany, where it became the album's best-performing single. Its music video was directed by Anton Corbijn.

Background and recording[edit]

"Stars" was originally demoed as a guitar-driven rock song, but its arrangement was overhauled in the recording studio.[1] It instead became an up-tempo dance, electropop and techno song, which was a new musical direction for Roxette.[2] Lead vocals were performed by Marie Fredriksson, and the song features a children's choir in the chorus.[3] Per Gessle was inspired to incorporate a children's choir in to one of his songs after hearing Keith West's 1967 single "Excerpt from A Teenage Opera".[1]

The song was remixed numerous times. European radio predominantly aired a 7" mix of the song by production collective Almighty, although the original album version was used for the music video. Also included on the single was the exclusive b-side "Better Off on Her Own", and demos for two other tracks from Have a Nice Day: "I Was So Lucky" and "7Twenty7".[4]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Anton Corbijn, and Fredriksson described making it as a "hilarious experience",[5] it begins with a drunken Gessle passed-out in a cardboard box in an alleyway, with a sign emblazoned with the word "Me" hanging around his neck, although he is then transformed into an unidentified man. Meanwhile, Fredriksson awakens in a large bed inside a palace, surrounded by servants, who begin dressing her in royal attire, she leaves the palace and ventures down a crowded street, and is surrounded by men all wearing similar signs around their necks. After stumbling over the man in the cardboard box, she begins reading the song's lyrics to him from a royal decree.

During the song's first chorus, she becomes distracted by a passing children's choir and begins dancing frenetically, dropping the royal decree in the process. Disturbed by the scene, the man runs away and steals a boat, but is chased by Fredriksson who then jumps into the river after him, she once again becomes distracted during the song's second chorus when she is surrounded by a raft of serenading ducks. Enamored by Fredriksson, the man beckons her into the boat, and he emerges from the river carrying her in his arms, they are then seen emerging from a church in wedding attire. The video ends with a series of montages depicting the couple at a large dining room table throughout various stages of their lives: first accompanied by an infant child, then by two teenagers and, finally, as an elderly couple alone, walking arm-in-arm toward the camera.[6][7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song became a hit throughout Europe, particularly in Scandinavia, the single charted highest in Finland, peaking at number nine.[8] It also charted at number eleven in Norway,[9] and at number thirteen in the duo's native Sweden,[10] where it was certified gold by the Swedish Recording Industry Association for shipments in excess of 15,000 units.[11] It went on to be one of the 100 best-selling singles of 1999 in the country,[12] the song also charted in the top thirty in both Spain and Switzerland,[13][14] while it became the highest-charting single from Have A Nice Day on the German Singles Chart, peaking at number 23 and spending almost four months on the chart.[15] It became the duo's final single to enter the top 75 of the UK Singles Chart, where it reached number 56,[16] it charted marginally higher – at number 53 – in Scotland.[17] The music video also received a substantial amount of airplay throughout the continent, spending three consecutive weeks at number 19 on MTV Europe's Euro Top 20 chart.[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All songs written by Per Gessle.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Pop Hits.[1]

  • Recorded at Atlantis Studio and Cosmos Studios in Stockholm, Sweden between September and October 1998.
  • Mixed by Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle, Michael Ilbert and Clarence Öfwerman at Mono Music, Stockholm.

Musicians

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Sweden (GLF)[11] Gold 15,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lindström, Sven (2003). The Pop Hits (CD liner notes). Roxette. Capitol Records. 72435 8215-0 1. 
  2. ^ Brendon Veevers (20 November 2013). "Renowned for Sound | Record Rewind: Roxette – Have a Nice Day". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Ben Cromer (24 April 1999). "Roxette's Per Gessle continues to seek pop 'magic' on duo's 'Have a Nice Day'". Billboard. Nielsen Holdings PLC. 111 (17): 44–45. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Thorselius, Robert (May 2003). The Look for Roxette: The Illustrated Worldwide Discography & Price Guide (1st ed.). Sweden: Premium Förlag Publishing. ISBN 978-9197189484. 
  5. ^ Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits (CD liner notes). Roxette. Edel Records. 2000. 72435 29707-2 8. 
  6. ^ Ballad & Pop Hits – The Complete Video Collection (DVD liner notes). Roxette. EMI. 2003. 7243 4 90946-9 7. 
  7. ^ Information adapted to text from video.
  8. ^ a b "Roxette: Stars" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Norwegiancharts.com – Roxette – Stars". VG-lista. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com – Roxette – Stars". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1999" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Sverigetopplistan > Sök Alla Listar > Årslista > Singlar > 1999". Sverigetopplistan (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  14. ^ a b "Swisscharts.com – Roxette – Stars". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Offiziellecharts.de – Roxette – Stars". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Roxette: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". The Official Charts Company. 14 March 1999. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Roxette – Stars" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 | Roxette - Stars". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Roxette – Stars" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online: Notowanie nr917 - 27 sierpnia 1999". Polskie Radio (in Polish). 27 August 1999. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 

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