Happy birthday to Petra Marklund!

Our favourite singer turned 30 today! Happy birthday to Petra!

Since I have not been able to recap Allsång På Skansen (which ended a month ago already!), I’m using this opportunity to tell all about Petra’s highlights of this year so far.

Let’s start with January. This month already marked the first (and last) release of this year, “Cecilia”. The song was released exclusively via Spotify and was sung by a variety of other singers as well, as promo for Linnea Henriksson’s new album that featured the track.

On 30 April, Kent released their latest album, “Tigerdrottningen”, which features backing vocals by Petra on four tracks. The album does not feature a duet, though.

Petra also performed at multiple events throughout the year. A selection of performances.

And of course this summer’s absolute highlight: Allsång På Skansen! Season 29 of Sweden’s favourite sing-along show, a series of eight shows broadcast on Tuesdays. We think Petra did very well as a show host. Naturally, she looked a bit nervous at first, but she seemed to find her way and had fun when interacting with the artists.

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In the first episode, James Blunt performed his new single and he and Petra had a nice chat on stage. Fun fact: in the sixth episode, Alcazar opened the show with their new bombastic single “Good Lovin”. This song was produced by Jonas von der Burg and written by Jonas, Anoo Bhagavan, Niclas von der Burg and Therese Grankvist. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst was also a special guest in this episode.

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I enjoyed Allsång På Skansen. It seems to have been a great experience for Petra. In fact, for the first time she had another role on stage: the role of the host, rather than being the artist. And she did very well, especially because she did this for the first time.

Allsång was nice, but in the future I hope to see Petra in her previous role on the stage: as the artist! With a new album, a new tour – new music. Quoting Scandipop: “[…] we await a new Petra Marklund album. Soon. A new September album would be much appreciated too. If she can do Allsång then she can bloody well do an September album too thank you very much!” 🙂

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The first song of 2014: “Cecilia”

Cecilia_press1A new song has suddenly emerged today! It is called “Cecilia” and it is a cover. It is based on “Balladen Om Herr Fredrik Åkare Och Den Söta Fröken Cecilia Lind”, a show with lyrics by Cornelis Vreeswijk. It will be covered by other artists as well, until then the original song and artist are kept secret. Petra’s cover was released today as the first version.

The press release was released by Sony Music Entertainment Sweden today. Petra signed a contract with Sony Music some days ago, but the phonographic copyright of “Cecilia” is still owned by Family Tree Music AB. Chances are new music will be released on Razzia or Catchy Tunes again as Sony Music was already involved in the release of Petra’s music as the manufacturer/distributor.

“Cecilia” is assumed to be a side project. It will likely not be included on Petra’s upcoming album, but no statement was made about this.

Listen to the track on Spotify here! It’s available in countries outside of Sweden as well.