PG Roxette released his debut album, Pop-Up Dynamo in October of 2022 and less than a month later he releasead this Christmas single with two Xmas songs. Wish You The Best For Xmas and Wishing On The Same Christmas Star. Here is Per’s message upon the single release: There’s a great tradition in pop music when it comes to Christmas songs. My favourites remain the same; Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day and Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody are the stars on top of my Christmas tree year after year. They’re hard to beat. I wrote my very first Christmas song in 1979 for my Swedish band, then I had another go in 1987 with Roxette. Maybe you know that one. It was called It Must Have Been Love and yes, the first version we released was actually a Christmas song. With PG Roxette I felt like keeping the tradition going. I wrote two songs, one uptempo and one ballad. They’re very different to each other. First we have the uptempo one; Wish You The Best For Xmas. I thought it was a nice idea to do something a little bit more energetic than your ordinary Christmas track. I came up with an idea this summer and the whole process went very fast. I made a demo and sent it to Andreas Broberger who worked with Roxette on the Good Karma album as well as helping me out with some Mono Mind-tracks. His sounds and production style fit this song perfectly. Then we have the ballad. The melody to Wishing On The Same Christmas Star was born eight years ago in a song written for a musical that never happened. It popped up in my head again when I thought of writing a Christmas ballad. It’s produced by Magnus Börjeson and Clarence Öfwerman who’s also responsible for the whole Pop-Up Dynamo album. As you can hear it became a duet together with Helena Josefsson who is, as always, truly amazing to listen to. There you go. Two Christmas presents. From me to you.
1. Wish You The Best For Xmas
2. Wishing On The Same Christmas Star