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Puttin’ on The Ritz – A tribute album to Fred Astaire

Alexander Rybak contributes to the electro swing album “Puttin’ on The Ritz”,  a tribute to Fred Astaire.

The album will be released 1. December, and can be pre-ordered from 3. November. 
Alexander’s song will be released already Friday 24. November 2017. 

You can listen to the whole album and buy the CD here


And this is the promo video for the CD where you can hear “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” performed by Alexander. Don’t hesitate to share it with your friends 🙂  Merry Christmas!  

About the project: 

Source: A Tribute to Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. As well as being the 30th anniversary of the death of probably the world’s most eminent dancer, 2017 is also the 70th anniversary of Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Co-founded by this exceptional artist in 1947, the chain now boasts 170 franchised studios around the world.

For this album Rainer C. Regatschnig, Wolfgang Lohr and Justin Fidèle teamed up in order to explore how the original songs of Fred Astaire would sound with a contemporary arrangement and sung by some of the most energetic and still sensitive singers of nowadays.

Click on this picture for the audio-overwiev with extracts from the tracks:

Alexander Rybak’s interview in the magazine “Byavisa” 22.01.2013.

The article from Norwegian magazine “Byavisa” Nr. 4.  22.01.2013.

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translated by Mary-Ann Hansson. English revision by Katie Arentson

 Greets the Trønder people

Concert: Alexander Rybak’s nicest memory from 2012 is when all concerts between Christmas and New Year were cancelled. But now he is wildly excited about playing a show  in “Olavshallen” January 26th.

– What have your experiences been like during  the time that has passed since Eurovision in 2009?

– Rewarding, meaningful, and immersive. But the nice thing is that I have the same joys and sorrows as before ESC. Happy friends, good health, and a lot of sleep. That is what counts. Anything else is just air.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak’s interview in the magazine “Byavisa” 22.01.2013.

Article: “New Year’s Tales” of Alexander Rybak. Review of Christmas album in the Russian newspaper. 18.12.2012

Published on  www.vmdaily.ru – the web-site of Moscow daily evening newspaper “Вечерняя Москва” (“Evening’s Moscow”), 18.12. 2012.

Link to the original article here. Written by Ilija Marshak.

Found and translated by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The Norwegian singer Alexander Rybak became known after performing at the Eurovision Song Contest-2009 with the song “Fairytale”. Photo by Michael Sadchikov-junior.

“New Year’s Tales” of Alexander Rybak.

After having performed with the unforgettable song “Fairytale” at “Eurovision-2009”, Alexander Rybak has won not only the competition but also the winning ticket to his bright creative future.

Since then the creativity of this guy – no matter what he did – resonates with the audience.

That happened also with the last album of the 26 year-singer, which consists entirely of traditional Christmas and New Year’s songs. The hits of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, “Let it Snow” and “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer” – all this acquires the new tone thanks to the fine taste of Rybak who once again put emphasis on violin and keyboards. Regarding sound, the album is maximally close to the music of the Christmas Masterpieces of Disney’s studios and the main highlight is the violin of course, because of that Rybak became famous in 2009. Since then the artist has recorded several songs in Russian, two albums in English and the one in Norwegian (*actually in Swedish – comment of facebookies.org).

After having realized the demand in the western market, the musician decided to return to the English language in which all 12 tracks are performed. Listening to him you are realizing that the singer obviously prefers to go down the “for a long time, already beaten path”, however he only benefits from this – the new album of Rybak is nice to listen to from the beginning to the end. Unfortunately there will be no concerts in Moscow as a part of the tour to support the album – the musician decided not to go beyond several halls in his native Norway.

Article: “Charming in big shoes”. Review of Christmas album. Dec.13th 2012

Published on www.oa.no 13.12. 2012. Link to the original article here

Written by Frode Hermanrud

Found by Tessa Lande. Translation by Venche Mellemstrand. English revision by Katie Anderson

Charming in big shoes

Alexander Rybak: “Christmas tales”

Dice 4 ( of 6 )

It is not rare, that the sound of Christmas is the sound of cash registers and clinking coins, performed by artists who see their chance to supplement their income by doing some quick Christmas concerts and/or releasing a Christmas album. Christmas albums can be both pleasant, annoying, and cozy, but rarely particularly important.

Alexander Rybak is sailing on a wave of success, talent, and a youthful belief in his own excellence, so it is not strange that he should also record a Christmas album! On “Christmas Tales” Rybak resorted to the oldest trick in the book for a Christmas album, which is to surf on the crooner-wave.

Continue reading Article: “Charming in big shoes”. Review of Christmas album. Dec.13th 2012

Review of the new Alexander’s album “Christmas Tales”. VG, Nov. 25th 2012

From paper issue of VG from 25.11.12. Internet version here.

Written by Stein Østbø.

Found by Venche Mellemstrand. Translated to English by Tessa La. English revision by Katie Anderson.


 The Christmas Album: jazz
Alexander Rybak
“Christmas Tales”

Sober, but somewhat predictable choice.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is Alexander Rybak’s sonorous start on this CD, and the warm atmosphere of Mel Torn’s “The Christmas Song” runs through Rybak’s Christmas album with a heartwarming theme, where his two own new Christmas songs fit in with the rest.

Beyond this, the repertoire is really quite predictable and interpreted to death, but with Rybak and partners tapping into what might have been just another Christmas album with all the old American hits, through fine and soft string arrangements. Rybak himself has the same correct hesitation in his voice, making “Christmas Tales” into a Christmas album that will be a nice complement to the increasingly large family of Christmas albums.

Best song: “The Christmas Song”.

Stein Østbø