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Roxette
Background information
Origin Flag of Sweden Sweden
Genre(s) Pop, Rock
Years active 1986 – present
Label(s) EMI Music and Edel Music
Website Official Web Site
Members
Per Gessle
Marie Fredriksson

Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, sometimes rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Image File history File links Information. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:CU Marking articles for cleanup This page is undergoing a transition to an easier-to-maintain format. ... This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Edel Musicis founded in 1986 in Germany as a mail order record company selling mostly soundtracks. ... Per HÃ¥kan Gessle [IPA: pæːr gÉ›slÉ›] (born January 12, 1959, in Halmstad, Sweden) is the songwriter and male lead singer of the Swedish bands Gyllene Tider and Roxette. ... Marie Fredriksson 2006   is best known as the lead singer of the Swedish pop duo Roxette. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Marie Fredriksson 2006   is best known as the lead singer of the Swedish pop duo Roxette. ... Per HÃ¥kan Gessle [IPA: pæːr gÉ›slÉ›] (born January 12, 1959, in Halmstad, Sweden) is the songwriter and male lead singer of the Swedish bands Gyllene Tider and Roxette. ...


For a significant period in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Roxette was among the top bands in worldwide sales and fame, brandishing a simple, effective blend of pop with a slight edge and occasional hints of dance. The group claims such influences as The Beatles, Blondie, new-wave music, Joni Mitchell, and Aretha Franklin. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Blondie is the name of an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... The New Wave was a movement in American, Australian and British popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, growing out of the New York City musical scene centered around the club CBGB. The term itself is a source of much confusion. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American R&B, Pop and Gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ...


In 1991, Roxette performances could fill an arena with tens of thousands of fans in places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Mexico City, Paris, Rome, Lima, Santiago de Chile, Stockholm, and Sydney. The 1992 release Tourism: Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places, with a recording of audience members singing along to the tune of the group's biggest hit, "It Must Have Been Love", exemplifies Roxette's temporary but impressive hold. For other uses, see Buenos Aires (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Ciudad en movimiento Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Federal entity Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Nickname: Motto: SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Government  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area  - City 1,285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban 5... Nickname: Motto: Hoc signum vere regum est Lima Province and Lima within Peru Coordinates: , Country  Peru Region Lima Region Province Lima Province Settled January 18, 1535 Government  - Mayor Luis Castañeda Lossio Area  - City 804. ... Satellite image of Santiago Santiago (full form Santiago de Chile) is the capital of Chile. ... Nickname: Location of Stockholm in northern Europe Coordinates: , Country Sweden Municipality Stockholm Municipality County Stockholm Province Södermanland and Uppland Charter 13th century Government  - Mayor Kristina Axén Olin (m) Population (March 2007)  - City 786,509  - Density 4,160/km² (10,774. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4. ... Tourism is Roxettes fourth album, released in 1992. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ...


Though there is no firm figure, Roxette is said to have worldwide sales of 75 million copies of its albums and singles.[citation needed]


Roxette had two No. 2 singles and a few other Top 40 peaks until falling out of sight of the Hot 100 in 1994. Even so, by that token, Roxette can be considered a highly successful singles act. The group has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with two platinum albums - 1988's Look Sharp! (released in the U.S. in 1989) and 1991's Joyride - and two gold singles - "The Look" and "It Must Have Been Love." The RIAA Logo. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ... The Look, written by Per Gessle and released as a single in early 1989 from the album Look Sharp!, is considered to be Roxettes international breakthrough, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of its native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ...


In Sweden the group has had 17 Top 10 hits, and Roxette has developed a large following throughout South America, South Africa and Europe.

Contents

The music

Roxette's music is best summed up by the title of its 1995 greatest-hits album: Don't Bore Us - Get to the Chorus! Mostly written by Gessle and produced by Clarence Öfwerman, the songs were melodic pop, what Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior editor of the All Music Guide, called 'extremely catchy and simple hooks and melodies that are sweet but not saccharine.' Jon Pareles of The New York Times, however, thought that 'Roxette's music is a matter of efficiency and control, not fun... and won't be accused of too much originality'. Single releases tend to oscillate between lead vocals by Gessle - whose light, almost sunshiny voice fronts hits such as 'The Look' and 'Joyride' - and Fredriksson whose grainy, throatier delivery can be heard on 'Fading Like a Flower, 'It Must Have Been Love', and 'Listen to Your Heart', among others. Clarence Öfwerman is best known as the longtime producer of Roxette, having been with the band from Look Sharp! in 1988 through 2001s Room Service, Roxettes most recent full-length album release. ... Stephen Thomas Erlewine is a music journalist and the Senior Editor for All Music Guide. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... The Look, written by Per Gessle and released as a single in early 1989 from the album Look Sharp!, is considered to be Roxettes international breakthrough, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of its native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ... Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave), written by Per Gessle, was the second single released from Roxettes 1991 album Joyride. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ... Listen to Your Heart was the third single issued in the United States from Swedish duo Roxettes breakthrough album Look Sharp!. It was written by Per Gessle and Mats M.P. Persson. ...


Though they've claimed the original aim of Roxette was to apply Gessle's pop compositions to Fredriksson's vocals, they also claim the spontaneously written and recorded 'The Look', the group's worldwide breakthrough hit, came as a surprise with Gessle taking lead. Perhaps the claim can be questioned in light of the fact the first single Gessle and Fredriksson released in Sweden in late 1985, 'Neverending Love', was a full on duet (similar to 'Dangerous') as were several other single releases before the group's reach expanded beyond their home country. Dangerous, written by Per Gessle, was the fourth single released from Roxettes album Look Sharp! Released at the end of 1989, it was the groups third Top 10 showing on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks at No. ...


The beginning

By the time singer/songwriters Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson came together officially as Roxette, both were established artists in Sweden. They met in 1979 while in separate bands. Over the years - as Fredriksson moved from Strul and MaMas Barn (Mama's Children) to going solo and Gessle performed with his band, the popular Gyllene Tider, and made two solo albums - the two encountered each other repeatedly in local music circles. In 1981, Fredriksson sang for the first time with Gyllene Tider on stage and was featured as a background vocalist for a Swedish-language album the band released in 1982, which brought Gyllene Tider its first Rockbjörnen award as a Best Swedish Group, and for a Swedish-language solo album Gessle released in 1983. Gyllene Tider in 2004 Gyllene Tider is a Swedish pop group. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...

Cover of Gyllene Tider's The Heartland Café
Cover of Gyllene Tider's The Heartland Café

While working on her first solo album, Fredriksson performed more background vocals and some solo work for Gyllene Tider's next album, The Heartland Café, what some fans consider to be the first Roxette project, But not so by Roxette themselves, According to liner notes written by Gessle on a 1990 re-issue of the album, the group's first English-language release was in response to interest expressed by Capitol Records, an American label affiliated with Gyllene Tider's parent EMI Group. Though Gessle had written one English-language song that appeared on a 1982 album by ex-ABBA singer Frida, it was, in fact, music set to a Dorothy Parker poem. Writing songs in English for Gyllene Tider was an attempt to reach into the lucrative American market. Image File history File links cover of Gyllene Tiders 1984 release The Heartland Café, which, in international release, was credited to an early version of Roxette This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher... Image File history File links cover of Gyllene Tiders 1984 release The Heartland Café, which, in international release, was credited to an early version of Roxette This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher... Album cover of The Heartland Café The Heartland Café is an album released by Swedish pop/rock band Gyllene Tider in February 1984. ... Album cover of The Heartland Café The Heartland Café is an album released by Swedish pop/rock band Gyllene Tider in February 1984. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... This article or section may contain excessive or improper use of copyrighted images and/or audio files. ... The ABBA single cover for Mamma Mia (1975) shows the group: Benny, Anni-Frid (top center), Agnetha, and Björn. ... Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American writer and poet, best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. ...


The 11-track Heartland Café was released in February 1984. Capitol took six of the tracks and released an extended-play (EP) record in the United States with an abridged title, Heartland, but the company insisted on a different name for the band. Gessle and the other members of Gyllene Tider (Swedish for "Golden Times" or "Golden Age") chose the title of a 1975 Dr. Feelgood song, "Roxette". Album cover of The Heartland Café The Heartland Café is an album released by Swedish pop/rock band Gyllene Tider in February 1984. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Dr. Feelgood as a nickname may refer to: Heroin, the narcotic Physicians generally who overprescribe psychoactive medications, and in particular to Dr. Max Jacobson Dr. Feelgood may also refer to: Dr. Feelgood (band), British rock/blues band (album), and a single of the same name, by American band Mötley...


The Heartland Café sold 45,000 copies in Sweden, which is considered a minor success. It proved even less so internationally. The newly-named Roxette issued one near-invisible hit in the United States, "Teaser Japanese", whose video reached MTV's studio but received no rotation to speak of. It and subsequent singles fared better in Sweden, and Gyllene Tider briefly toured the country to support the album. However, "the album died soon enough and the international career died before it even started", Gessle wrote. "We decided to put Gyllene Tider to rest... until further notice..." MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ...

Cover of the (French) single for "Neverending Love"
Cover of the (French) single for "Neverending Love"

Gessle recorded a second Swedish-language solo album, released in 1985 and again featuring Fredriksson on background vocals, and Fredriksson recorded a second solo album and received the 1986 Rockbjörnen award as Best Swedish Female Artist. Upon the advice of their mutual record company, the Swedish subsidiary of the EMI Group, Gessle and Fredriksson joined to record an English-language single. "Neverending Love", credited to Roxette, was released in late 1986 and reached the Swedish Top 10. Image File history File links cover of Roxettes single Neverending Love This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Image File history File links cover of Roxettes single Neverending Love This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Neverending Love, written by Per Gessle, was the first ever release from Roxette as a duo and it was later included on their debut album Pearls of Passion. Originally the single was only meant to be released outside of Sweden but EMI eventually changed their minds and released it in... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ... Neverending Love, written by Per Gessle, was the first ever release from Roxette as a duo and it was later included on their debut album Pearls of Passion. Originally the single was only meant to be released outside of Sweden but EMI eventually changed their minds and released it in...


Pearls of Passion

Gessle and Fredriksson quickly recorded a full length album using songs Gessle had written originally for his third solo album. With the release of Pearls of Passion in October 1986 Roxette became an even bigger success in Sweden with singles such as 'Soul Deep' and 'Goodbye to You'. Pearls of Passion was released in 1987 in Spain with the single I Call Your Name, and was followed by a compilation of remixes of the same songs entitled Dance Passion. Some of the releases originally from Passion reached European radio outside Sweden. Pearls of Passion was Roxettes first album, released on October 31, 1986. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... Soul Deep, was the third single taken from Swedish pop duo Roxettes 1986 album Pearls of Passion. ... Goodbye To You, was the second single taken from Roxettes album Pearls of Passion. It was only released in Sweden. ... I Call Your Name is a song by the Beatles. ... Dance Passion was a remix album of Roxettes first album, Pearls of Passion. ...


In 1987 Fredriksson released and publicised her third solo album and won the 1988 Swedish Grammis Award as Best Female Pop/Rock Artist and two Rockbjörnen awards for Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Female Artist. Meanwhile Roxette released the single 'I Want You' in collaboration with Eva Dahlgren and Ratata. Later in the year they released 'It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For the Broken Hearted)', a holiday themed song that received some attention and kept Roxette's name alive on European radio as Gessle and Fredriksson prepared their next album. Gessle has said the single was Roxette's first earnest endeavour to reach beyond Sweden towards European markets such as Germany, though EMI Germany decided against releasing the single. The Grammis Awards are the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ... Eva Dahlgren is a Swedish musician, born June 9, 1960 in UmeÃ¥. She has since 1996 been married to Efva Attling. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ...


Look Sharp!

Cover for Look Sharp!

The full-length follow-up, Look Sharp!, was released in Europe in October 1988, two years after Pearls of Passion. Gessle and EMI Svenska chose to highlight Fredriksson's singing and released the uptempo "Chances" and "Dressed For Success" as the first singles. Image File history File links Look_sharp. ... Image File history File links Look_sharp. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Pearls of Passion was Roxettes first album, released on October 31, 1986. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ...


After "Success's" run on Swedish radio emerged "The Look", a novelty song highlighted by synthesizers and a clangy guitar line as well as esoteric lyrics sung by Gessle about a woman "walking like a man, hitting like a hammer." Fredriksson can be heard in the recording mirroring the chorus' main line, "she's got the look", and singing harmony. The Look, written by Per Gessle and released as a single in early 1989 from the album Look Sharp!, is considered to be Roxettes international breakthrough, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of its native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. ...


Roxette lore has it that, while studying in Sweden, an American exchange student from Minneapolis, Dean Cushman, heard "The Look", then one of the most played songs on radio, and brought a copy of Look Sharp! home for the 1988 holiday break. According to Gessle, Cushman "badgered" a Minneapolis radio station, KDWB 101.3 FM, to play the song. Based on positive caller feedback, the station's program director copied the song and distributed it to other stations, and within weeks the song became very popular. This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... KDWB (101. ...


In reality, KDWB was not the only American station to pick up on the song, and EMI officials had already planned to release and market the single. The "Dean Cushman story", as some longtime Roxette fans call it, made for good press. For many years, Gessle and Fredriksson told this as the story highlighting the beginning of their international success. KDWB (101. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ...

Cover of the 1988 single "The Look"
Cover of the 1988 single "The Look"

In short order, in early 1989, EMI issued "The Look" to American record stores and radio stations and pressed copies of Look Sharp!. "The Look" reached No. 1 on the April 8, 1989, Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for one week. At the end of the year, Billboard named "The Look" one of the 20 biggest Hot 100 singles of the year. The breakthrough of Roxette was international when "The Look" also succesfully topped the charts in further big markets such as Germany, Australia and Japan. Image File history File links cover of the 1988 single release of Roxettes The Look This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music... Image File history File links cover of the 1988 single release of Roxettes The Look This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music... The Look, written by Per Gessle and released as a single in early 1989 from the album Look Sharp!, is considered to be Roxettes international breakthrough, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of its native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


"Dressed For Success", featuring Fredriksson on lead and Gessle singing short parts for accentuating, was the second single in the United States, and Roxette went on its first world tour. The single peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 as well as storming to #2 in Australia. "Listen to Your Heart" was released thereafter. A power-ballad, the song managed to garner listener interest even though it differed from the synth pop of "The Look" and the pluckiness of "Success", instead resembling the guitar-heavy ballads of Heart. The single, the first ever to be released in cassette-only format without a 45 RPM 7" vinyl alternative, spent a single week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 4, 1989 and reached the Top 10 in the UK, Germany and Australia. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Listen to Your Heart was the third single issued in the United States from Swedish duo Roxettes breakthrough album Look Sharp!. It was written by Per Gessle and Mats M.P. Persson. ... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


A fourth single in the United States, "Dangerous", was released at the end of the year, entering into the Hot 100 at the end of December. A full-on duet between Gessle singing the first half of each verse ("you pack your bag/you take control...") and Fredriksson singing the second half ("hey, what's your work/what's your game..."), the single ultimately spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in February 1990, and again becoming a worldwide triumph by reaching the Top 10 in important music markets wordwide such as the UK, Germany and Australia. Dangerous, written by Per Gessle, was the fourth single released from Roxettes album Look Sharp! Released at the end of 1989, it was the groups third Top 10 showing on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks at No. ...


Look Sharp! won Gessle his first Swedish Grammis award in the category Best Composer. Roxette received two Rockbjörnen Awards: for Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Group while Fredriksson won her third consecutive Rockbjörnen for Best Swedish Female Artist. Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... The Grammis Awards are the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...


"It Must Have Been Love"

It was around this time that Touchstone Pictures approached EMI and Roxette about contributing a song to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Gessle has claimed that "It Must Have Been Love", by then a 2-year-old recording, was chosen because Roxette didn't have time to compose and record a new song while touring through Australia and New Zealand. Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy motion picture that was one of the top films at the box office in 1990. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American film actress and former fashion model. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ...


Gessle and producer Clarence Öfwerman took the old recording, had Fredriksson replace a single Christmas-referenced line in the song, added some instrumentation and background vocal overlays, and gave the song to the soundtrack producers, who Gessle claimed turned it down. Gessle also claimed that, after re-editing the film before release, the producers re-requested the song, and it was added to the soundtrack. Clarence Öfwerman is best known as the longtime producer of Roxette, having been with the band from Look Sharp! in 1988 through 2001s Room Service, Roxettes most recent full-length album release. ...


Pretty Woman was released in March 1990 and went on to make more than $178 million at U.S. box offices and more than $460 million worldwide, becoming the most successful film of the year. The soundtrack went on to be certified three times platinum by the RIAA. Though not the first single released from the soundtrack, "It Must Have Been Love" would prove to be the most successful, spending two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 beginning in the June 16, 1990, edition, while topping the charts in more than 20 other countries (including Australia and Japan) around the world. Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy motion picture that was one of the top films at the box office in 1990. ... The RIAA Logo. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


The song had staying power on the chart, spending two additional weeks at No. 2 after falling from the perch, a total of nine weeks in the Top 10, and a then-impressive 17 weeks in the Top 40. Billboard named "It Must Have Been Love" the No. 2 Hot 100 single of the year behind Wilson Phillips' "Hold On." The song would prove to be Roxette's most successful single release, peaking at the top of the singles charts in many countries and No. 3 in the United Kingdom, the group's highest chart position there. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


In Sweden, Roxette collected their second Rockbjörnen as Best Swedish Group and Fredriksson won her fourth award as Best Swedish Female Artist. Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...


Join the Joyride

Cover of Joyride
Cover of Joyride

As 1990 wound down, Roxette completed its tour and returned to Sweden to record its full-length follow-up to Look Sharp! The 14-track collection, titled Joyride, was released in March 1991, peaking almost immediately at a solid No. 12 on the Billboard 200 album chart, but became a real best- and longseller in Europe (No.1 in Germany for 13 weeks, No.2 in the UK) and in Australia (No. 4). Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 1991 release Joyride This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 1991 release Joyride This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


J.D. Considine of Rolling Stone magazine reviewed Joyride: "By emphasizing its sense of personality, Roxette delivers more than just well-constructed hooks; this music has heart, something that makes even the catchiest melody more appealing." This article is about the magazine. ...


The title-track single took off quickly, bearing a similarity to "The Look" and featuring Gessle whistling and singing lines like "Hello, you fool, I love you", which he claimed his girlfriend left in a note to him one day. "Joyride" the single reached No. 4 in the U.K. and spent a week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the May 11 issue, also topping the charts in Germany and Australia. The single also achieved a huge success in Canada which resulted in Roxette being nominated in 1992 for Juno Award in a category Best Selling Single by a Foreign Artist. Joyride, written by Per Gessle, was the first single released from Roxettes 1991 album Joyride, the follow-up to the groups highly successful Look Sharp! The single topped the charts across Europe, in Canada and in Australia, but only reached number 4 in the United Kingdom. ... The Look, written by Per Gessle and released as a single in early 1989 from the album Look Sharp!, is considered to be Roxettes international breakthrough, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of its native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. ... Joyride, written by Per Gessle, was the first single released from Roxettes 1991 album Joyride, the follow-up to the groups highly successful Look Sharp! The single topped the charts across Europe, in Canada and in Australia, but only reached number 4 in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see United Kingdom (disambiguation). ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands. ...


Its follow-up, "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)", a power-rock song similar to "Listen to Your Heart" but uptempo with Fredriksson on lead, spent a week at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in July and was a major hit in other big markets as well, also peaking at #2 in Australia and at #5 in Germany. It was then that Roxette embarked on an even more ambitious tour, eventually reaching more than 1,7 million fans in 108 concerts, including a few dates in the United States. Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave), written by Per Gessle, was the second single released from Roxettes 1991 album Joyride. ... Listen to Your Heart was the third single issued in the United States from Swedish duo Roxettes breakthrough album Look Sharp!. It was written by Per Gessle and Mats M.P. Persson. ...


Reviewing the Roxette's New York debut concert at Beacon Theater, Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times: "Roxette seems to have learned staging through careful mimicry of MTV. On a set painted in a Piet Mondrian primary colors, Miss Fredriksson struts, leans on the other band members, makes symmetrical arm motions, pouts and straps on a guitar to take a few chords; she took off her leather jacket and later her long sleeves, like a G-rated stripper". The Beacon Theater is a historic New York City Art Deco theater on upper Broadway in Manhattan. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Piet Mondrian in his studio in 1941 photographed by Arnold Newman Pieter Cornelis (Piet) Mondriaan, after 1912 Mondrian, (pronounced: Pete Mon-dree-on, IPA: ) (b. ...


It was at this time, as Per Gessle has contended, that EMI's American subsidiary made personnel changes that resulted in a downturn in the publicity for Roxette. Though Gessle has never fully explained, Roxette fans and close watchers could easily see that the momentum in America was slowing down dramatically. Though Joyride was certified platinum and made impressive worldwide sales, surpassing Look Sharp!, subsequent singles from the album - the ballad "Spending My Time" and the bouncy "Church of Your Heart" - failed to reach above the No. 30 position on the [[Billboard Hot 100|Hot 100], whereas on the other side of the Atlantic, Roxette's huge success with singles from the "Joyride" album continued when "Spending my time" became another Top 10 smash in Germany and Australia and the catchy guitar pop tune "The Big L." made the Top 20 in both territories. The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ...


Some longtime Roxette and Per Gessle fans have contended as well that Roxette was not able to compete in the American market, with the changing tide of popular music. The Billboard Hot 100 singles and Billboard 200 album charts were showing an increasing dominance toward the end of 1991 by new or emerging genres such as new jack soul and grunge. Groups like Boyz II Men, Color Me Badd and Nirvana were sitting at No. 1, and harder-core rap and hip-hop showed signs of their eventual rise to prominence, pushing aside simpler, more commercialized pop with which Roxette's music had seemingly blended perfectly. Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Color Me Badd was a male R&B vocal group which was formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US. The members were Bryan Abrams (born November 16, 1969), Mark Calderon (born September 27, 1970), Kevin Thornton (born June 17, 1969) and Sam Watters (born July 23, 1970). ... This article is about the American grunge band. ...


The group's European and Australian success was unbreakable and reflected in a 1992 Germany's ECHO Award (the equivalent of the Grammy) nomination for the International Group of the Year. They also won a Swedish Grammis Award as Best Pop Group and two Rockbjörnens: for Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Group. Look up echo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammis Awards are the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...


Tourism

Roxette continued the Join the Joyride tour through the end of 1991. Instead of releasing a brand-new full-length album, Gessle and Fredriksson re-mastered older recordings, including several slated for but not included on Look Sharp! and Joyride. They also recorded some of their live performances, recorded a country-and-western-inspired version of "It Must Have Been Love" in a Los Angeles studio, and recorded new material in various locations around the world — an empty dance club, an un-air-conditioned hotel room — and compiled everything on to the album Tourism: Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places, released in October 1992. Gessle has said that the album was meant to "capture the energy within the band", especially in the spontaneous performance of songs such as "Here Comes the Weekend" and "Never Is a Long Time." Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ... Tourism is Roxettes fourth album, released in 1992. ...


The first single off the album was "How Do You Do!" followed by the ballad "Queen of Rain" and an electrified version of the song "Fingertips", originally recorded acoustically for the album and re-titled "Fingertips '93" for single release. Tourism barely dented American radio and record stores but the take off single "How do you do!" gave Roxette a huge summer hit all over Europe (#2 in Germany) as well as its first Top-20 single in the UK in over a year. The "Tourism" album also became a european bestseller, reaching #1 in Germany and #2 in the UK as well as peaking at #5 in Australia. Tourism is Roxettes fourth album, released in 1992. ...


It was also in 1992 that Marie Fredriksson released her first solo album in Swedish in five years, titled Den Ständiga Resan (The Eternal Journey). It brought her second Swedish Grammis Award, this time as Artist of the Year. The Grammis Awards are the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards. ...


In early 1993, Roxette became the first non-native-English speaking artists to be featured on MTV's Unplugged series, though the songs from the performance were never released on an official Unplugged album. At home, Roxette won a Rockbjörnen Award for Best Swedish Group, the last Rockbjörnen the group would receive, though there have been nominations in the years since. MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Unplugged refers to musicians performing live using only acoustic instruments; that is, without plugging in amplified instruments (e. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...


"Almost Unreal"

Cover of Roxette's 1993 single release of "Almost Unreal", taken from the Super Mario Bros. soundtrack
Cover of Roxette's 1993 single release of "Almost Unreal", taken from the Super Mario Bros. soundtrack

It was also in 1993 when Roxette recorded and released "Almost Unreal", a song originally slated for the film Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Nijimy. However, the song was moved to the soundtrack to the film based on the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper. The film, which cost more than $40 million to make, earned only $20 million at the box office. Supported by an expensive video and ultimately receiving respectable airplay, "Almost Unreal" managed to briefly reach the lower end of the Billboard Hot 100 but reached the Top 10 on the U.K. singles chart, the group's first time there since "Joyride" two years before. Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 1993 single for Almost Unreal, originally from the Super Mario Bros. ... Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 1993 single for Almost Unreal, originally from the Super Mario Bros. ... Almost Unreal, written by Per Gessle and performed by Roxette, was included on the soundtrack of the 1993 film Super Mario Bros. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Hocus Pocus is a childrens Halloween themed film. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Joyride, written by Per Gessle, was the first single released from Roxettes 1991 album Joyride, the follow-up to the groups highly successful Look Sharp! The single topped the charts across Europe, in Canada and in Australia, but only reached number 4 in the United Kingdom. ...


A yet second re-issuing of "It Must Have Been Love" managed to reach the UK Top 10 at the end of 1993 as well. It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ...


Also in 1993, Roxette received their second ECHO Award nomination for the International Group of the Year. Look up echo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Crash! Boom! Bang!

Roxette took a turn – "adult", as Marie Fredriksson described – with the 1994 release of Crash! Boom! Bang!, an ambitious set of music both loud and, at times, somber. Bryan Buss of the All Music Guide wrote, "To go from the painfully pretty 'Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)' on Joyride to the apathetic 'Vulnerable' to the haunting and powerful title track of the same name on this album shows a serious downward slide.... Though the two have an edge on this album, they almost seem to have become a bit bored." Image File history File links cover of the 1994 McDonalds release Favorites from Crash! Boom! Bang! This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the... Image File history File links cover of the 1994 McDonalds release Favorites from Crash! Boom! Bang! This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants[1]. Although McDonalds did not invent the hamburger or fast food, its name has become nearly synonymous with both. ... Crash! Boom! Bang! is Roxettes fifth album, released in 1994. ... Crash! Boom! Bang! is Roxettes fifth album, released in 1994. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave), written by Per Gessle, was the second single released from Roxettes 1991 album Joyride. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ...


"Crash! Boom! Bang! was highly successful all over Europe (#2 in Germany, #3 in the UK), and broke records in Japan, making the highest debut in the charts of a non Japanese album ever. On the other hand, the full 15-track set of Crash! Boom! Bang! tanked in the United States despite a successful campaign by McDonald's, which advertised and sold a 10-track "favorites" compact disc. The "favorites" CD reportedly sold more than 1 million copies, ranking as one of Roxette's most successful releases in the United States. McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants[1]. Although McDonalds did not invent the hamburger or fast food, its name has become nearly synonymous with both. ...


Moreover, the first single release from Crash! Boom! Bang!, the distortion guitar-heavy pop hit "Sleeping in My Car", managed to grab attention, reaching the Billboard Top 50 and the Top 15 in the UK, Australia and Germany, as well as returning Roxette to No. 1 in Sweden after several years. Subsequent releases, including the title track, "Fireworks", and "Run To You", made chart showings worldwide but not in the United States. They did each make the Top 30 in the U.K. Sleeping In My Car, written by the Swede Per Gessle, was the first single taken from Roxettes 1994 album Crash! Boom! Bang!. It reached No. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


Roxette embarked on another, albeit scaled-down, worldwide tour, skipping the United States in the process. It was during this tour that Roxette became the first Western band to be allowed to perform in China (Indoor Workers Stadium, Beijing) since Wham! in 1985. The procedure to get permission for this concert had taken years, and included self-censoring the lyrics. The band did re-write some of their lyrics but used the original lyrics after all during the concert. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Crash! Boom! Bang! would be the last Roxette release EMI would issue in the United States. Image File history File links cover of the 1995 release of Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus - Roxettes Greatest Hits This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or... Image File history File links cover of the 1995 release of Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus - Roxettes Greatest Hits This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or... Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxettes Greatest Hits is a Compilation album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 20 December 1995. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ...


Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!

In 1995, Roxette released the greatest-hits compilation Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!, succesfully topped the charts in Australia and peaking at #5 in the UK, which featured new songs released as singles as well, including the ballad "You Don't Understand Me", co-written by Desmond Child. The song managed to hit the Swedish Top 10. Also that year, a compilation of singles-only (B-side) recordings, alongside some of the 1993 Unplugged material, was released in Japan and parts of South America under the title Rarities. See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxettes Greatest Hits is a Compilation album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 20 December 1995. ... Desmond Child Desmond Child (born 28 October 1953, Miami, Florida, USA) has worked as a music performer and songwriter. ... Unplugged refers to musicians performing live using only acoustic instruments; that is, without plugging in amplified instruments (e. ... Rarities is an album by Roxette, released in 1995. ...


Also that year, Roxette received their third ECHO Award nomination for the International Group of the Year. Look up echo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Baladas En Español

In 1996, Roxette took instrumental masters of many of its ballads and recorded translated Spanish lyrics over them, released on the album Baladas En Español, which sold well in Argentina, Chile and other parts of South America, reaching platinum in Spain. Also in 1996, Marie Fredriksson released another solo Swedish-language album, I En Tid Som Vår ("In a Time Like Ours"). Meanwhile, Gessle reunited with Gyllene Tider for what turned out to be a wildly successful tour in Sweden that brought the band two Grammis awards — Best Artist and Best Song ("Gå och Fiska") — and a Rockbjörnen for Best Song. See also: 1996 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1996 Record labels established in 1996 // January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer. ... Baladas En Español is a Spanish language album by Roxette, released in 1996. ... Gyllene Tider in 2004 Gyllene Tider is a Swedish pop group. ... The Grammis Awards are the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...


Have a Nice Day

Per Gessle released a solo English-language album, The World According to Gessle, in 1997. One song "I'll Be Alright", featured Fredriksson singing background. The World According To Gessle is a solo album by Per Gessle, released in 1997. ...

Gessle and Fredriksson reunited in 1998 to record material for a new Roxette album, Have a Nice Day, which was released in March 1999 and gave Roxette a succesful comeback in continental europe (#2 in Germany) but failed to have huge success in the previous loyal Australia and Britain. Containing elements of techno and house music, Have a Nice Day produced singles that returned Roxette to the upper half of the Swedish singles chart. The first single, "Wish I Could Fly", came as close to the UK Top 10 (no. 11) as any single Roxette had released since 1993. It was named the 7th most played song of 1999 on European radio. Damas of the All Music Guide called Have a Nice Day "an effort to encapsulate Roxette's trademark sound with Brit-pop and electronica, and, by gosh, it works." He called one of the tracks, "You Can't Put Your Arms Around What's Already Gone", "quite possibly the best song (Gessle has) ever written." Sales were brisk in South America as well, but there was no U.S. release of Have a Nice Day. Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 1999 release Have a Nice Day This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in... Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 1999 release Have a Nice Day This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in... Have A Nice Day is an album by Roxette, released in March 1999. ... Have A Nice Day is an album by Roxette, released in March 1999. ... Wish I Could Fly is the first single from the Have a Nice Day album by the Swedish duo Roxette. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ...


In 2000, Fredriksson released her own greatest-hits compilation of her Swedish-language material, titled after one of her songs, "Äntligen" ("At Last"). The album went on to be a big seller in Sweden, peaking at No. 1 for three weeks, sold respectably abroad, and resulted in a successful tour. Meanwhile, Roxette signed a U.S. distribution deal with Edel Music, which re-released Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!, replacing some non-U.S. hits with songs from Have a Nice Day. It resulted in the most recent chart action for Roxette in US: the single Wish I Could Fly included in the album reached No. 27 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and No. 40 on the Adult Top 40 tally. Edel Musicis founded in 1986 in Germany as a mail order record company selling mostly soundtracks. ... Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxettes Greatest Hits is a Compilation album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 20 December 1995. ... Wish I Could Fly is the first single from the Have a Nice Day album by the Swedish duo Roxette. ... The Adult Contemporary chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... Adult Top 40 is a another variation on the Top 40 format, in which this genre is more geared towards an adult audience who are not into Rock music teen Pop, Dance music, Hip-Hop, Modern Rock or slower Adult Contemporary fare. ...


Room Service

Room Service followed in 2001 to some critical raves. "Probably the best Roxette album since Joyride", wrote Leslie Mathew of the All Music Guide. "Room Service is an exciting, immediate, high-gloss pop gem that contains very little filler indeed." The album topped the swedish charts and reached No.3 in Germany. The first single, "The Centre of the Heart", emerged as a result, hitting No. 1 in Sweden and making a slight dent in the United Kingdom. It was followed by "Milk and Toast and Honey." Roxette again went on a succesful tour all over Europe. Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 2001 release Room Service This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Image File history File links cover of Roxettes 2001 release Room Service This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Room Service is an album by Roxette, released in 2001. ... Room Service is an album by Roxette, released in 2001. ... See also: 2001 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2001 Record labels established in 2001 // January 1 Comeback of Guns N Roses in House of Blues Hum disbands. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Room Service is an album by Roxette, released in 2001. ... Milk And Toast And Honey, (the groups 35th single!!!) was the third single released from Roxettes 2001 album Room Service. ...


The Ballad Hits / The Pop Hits

From The Ballad Hits (2002)

After that came a set of compilations, The Ballad Hits in late 2002 and The Pop Hits in early 2003. Each set contained a separate CD with material previously available and never heard before tracks.The single A Thing About You was released as the lead single from The Ballad Hits. The album was released in the UK for valentine's day 2003 and entered the chart at number 11, their biggest album hit since 1995, as well as #10 in Germany, showing that especially Roxettes ballads were still beloved by record buyers and radio stations. The single "Opportunity Nox" was released from The Pop Hits in 2003. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (700x721, 69 KB) roxette ballad hits This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (700x721, 69 KB) roxette ballad hits This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or... The Ballad Hits is one of two best of albums by Roxette, released in October 2002. ... The Ballad Hits is one of two best of albums by Roxette, released in October 2002. ... The Pop Hits is one of two best of albums by Roxette, released in March 2003. ... A Thing About You is the only single from Swedish pop duo Roxettes 2002 album The Ballad Hits. [edit] Lyrics I pick up the phone I´m dialin´ your number while I pray you´re at home At home and alone cos I can´t function on my own...


In 2001, at the Grammis ceremony, Roxette received a Music Export Prize from the Swedish Government, and the group won the World Music Award as the Best Selling Scandinavian Artist of the Year with The Ballad Hits which sold over a million copies within a year. The Grammis Awards are the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards. ... The World Music Awards (founded in 1989) is an international awards show that annually honors recording artists based on their popularity, and worldwide sales figures, which are provided by the various organisations including record companies and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). ...


Solo albums success of Mazarin and The Change

Cover of Per Gessle's 2003 Swedish-language album Mazarin

In June 2003, Gessle released what had originally planned to be a small side project: his first Swedish-language solo album in 18 years. One of the tracks, "På Promenad Genom Staden" ("Strolling Through the Town"), featured Fredriksson singing back-up. Titled Mazarin ("Cupcake"), the album ended up solidifying Gessle's legacy in his home country, reaching No. 1 on the Swedish album chart and eventually going five times platinum (300,000 copies shipped). The album brought Gessle four Grammis awards: Best Artist, Best Male Pop Performer, Best Composer and Best Song ("Här Kommer alla Känslorna (På en och Samma Gång)"). He also won three Rockbjörnen awards— Best Swedish Male Artist, Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Song — and a Guldälgen (The Golden Moose) Award for Best Song. Image File history File links cover of Per Gessles 2003 album Mazarin This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Image File history File links cover of Per Gessles 2003 album Mazarin This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Mazarin is an album released by Swedish musician Per Gessle in 2003. ... Mazarin is an album released by Swedish musician Per Gessle in 2003. ... The Grammis Awards are the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...


In 2004, Gessle and Gyllene Tider reunited for a 25th-anniversary celebration that included the band's first album in 20 years, Finn 5 fel!, and another wildly successful tour in Sweden. By the end of the tour, the band had played to almost half a million (492,252) fans, resulting in the second biggest tour in Europe that year. As a result, the group was honored with two Grammis awards, for Best Pop Group and Best Music DVD, and two Rockbjörnen awards, for Best Swedish Group and Best Swedish Album. Gyllene Tider in 2004 Gyllene Tider is a Swedish pop group. ... Finn 5 fel! is an album from Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider, released on 9 June 2004. ... Rockbjörnen (Rock Bear) is a Swedish popular music award established by the Stockholm evening newspaper Aftonbladet in 1979. ...

Cover of Marie Fredriksson's album The Change, released in 2004

Meanwhile, in September 2002, after a fainting spell, Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was subsequently removed in surgery. It was during her recovery that she wrote and compiled songs for her first-ever English-language solo album, The Change, which was released internationally but not in the United States in October 2004. Inspired by Fredriksson's brush with mortality and made mostly in partnership with her husband, Mikael Bolyos, The Change was a far bluesier and melancholic set of songs than anything Roxette recorded. The album entered the Swedish chart at No. 1, reportedly selling 30,000 copies in its first week alone. The first single, "2:nd Chance", entered the Swedish singles chart straight in at number 1, and entered in some other charts around Europe, i.e Germany, Finland. Leading to it being critically acclaimed and showed up on a number of import charts pick of the month. The album to date has sold more than 350,000 and has seen several other international radio releases, including "All About You" and "A Table in the Sun." Image File history File links cover of Marie Fredrikssons 2004 CD The Change This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Image File history File links cover of Marie Fredrikssons 2004 CD The Change This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... The Change is an album by Swedish singer/songwriter Marie Fredriksson released in 2004, her first English-language solo release. ... The Change is an album by Swedish singer/songwriter Marie Fredriksson released in 2004, her first English-language solo release. ...


In 2005, Belgian dance group D.H.T.'s trance-cover of "Listen to Your Heart" became a worldwide club hit. Originally released in Belgium in 2003, the various mixes of the song reached U.S. clubs in late 2004. By the mid 2005, the song reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 8 in August. Throughout 2005, several songs were released as re-mixes and covers. Among them: two prominent versions of "Fading Like a Flower", one a trance cover by German group Mysterio and one a sampling by Dancing DJs that reached the UK's dance chart. Also, there was a"white label" (independent, unauthorized) release, "Joyride 2005" which clubs in the United Kingdom played, and still does seem very popular by white label standards, but roxette's management is slow to pick up on the success. D.H.T. (Originally Danger Hardcore Team, later renamed Dance. ... Listen to Your Heart was the third single issued in the United States from Swedish duo Roxettes breakthrough album Look Sharp!. It was written by Per Gessle and Mats M.P. Persson. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave), written by Per Gessle, was the second single released from Roxettes 1991 album Joyride. ... Dancing DJs is an electronic music act. ...


Son of a Plumber/Min bäste vän and a reunion of sorts

On November 23, 2005, Per Gessle released his first English-language solo album in eight years. Titled Son of a Plumber. Min bäste vän is a solo album by Swedish pop singer Marie Fredriksson. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Son Of A Plumber (Capitol Records) is an album released by Per Gessle, who is one of Sweden’s most famous artists today. ...


He was in the middle of publicizing for the album when, on November 29, 2005, Gessle and Marie Fredriksson appeared at the Dorchester Hotel in London at a presentation of awards by Broadcast Music Incorporated, better known as BMI. Gessle received an award for "It Must Have Been Love", which, by 2005, had been played on U.S. radio more than 4 million times. He and co-songwriter Mats Persson also received an award for Dance Song of the Year for D.H.T.'s cover of "Listen to Your Heart." The single was certified platinum the previous month by the RIAA. is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ... It Must Have Been Love, written by Per Gessle, is Roxettes most commercially successful single and its best-charting and -selling release in the United States. ... D.H.T. (Originally Danger Hardcore Team, later renamed Dance. ... Listen to Your Heart was the third single issued in the United States from Swedish duo Roxettes breakthrough album Look Sharp!. It was written by Per Gessle and Mats M.P. Persson. ... The RIAA Logo. ...


The ceremony marked the first time Gessle and Fredriksson had appeared in public together since before the onset of Fredriksson's brain tumor and subsequent surgery in 2002. When asked by an Aftonbladet reporter if there would be a Roxette reunion, Gessle replied, "We haven't decided yet. No doors are closed.… We're still young". The first page of the first issue of Aftonbladet Aftonbladet (Swedish for The Evening-Sheet) is a Swedish tabloid, founded by Lars Johan Hierta in 1830, during the liberalization of Sweden. ...


Marie returned in 2006 with an album of Swedish cover songs, titled "Min bäste vän" (My Best Friend). The single Sommaräng was released on May 17, 2006. Min bäste vän is a cover album with songs from the 1960s and 1970s from Marie's childhood. Min bäste vän is a solo album by Swedish pop singer Marie Fredriksson. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A Collection of Roxette Hits and The RoxBox

Cover of The Rox Medley promo Single as released on the official web site

In mid 2006, Roxette released to radio "The Rox Medley" to promote the forthcoming "20th Anniversary package" made up of the new single, "One Wish", a new standard compilation Greatest hits album, "A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs!", and a 4cd+DVD boxset known as "The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06". The cover of the Rox Box bore the line "It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...", a nod to Gessle's lifelong fandom of the Beatles, coming as it does from the song Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Shortly afterwards "The Rox Medley" was released as a digital download on iTunes - even reaching no.1 on download charts in Sweden. Image File history File links The_Rox_Medley. ... Image File history File links The_Rox_Medley. ... One Wish, written by Per Gessle, is the first single released from Swedish pop duo Roxettes 2006 album Roxette Hits, the first release from Roxette since 2003. ... A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs! is the forthcoming Greatest Hits album from Roxette, celebrating 20 years of successful hit singles and albums. ... The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06 is the forthcoming Boxset from Roxette, celebrating 20 years of successful hit singles and albums. ... Sgt. ...


The medley includes six Roxette hit singles: "The Look", "Joyride", "Listen to Your Heart", "Dangerous", "It Must Have Been Love" and "Fading Like a Flower (Everytime You Leave)."


This medley was eventually released as the b-side to the single "One Wish".


"One Wish" was released internationally on October 6. It is described as "uptempo" and features both Fredriksson and Gessle singing lead. It was their first new song in 4 years and was recorded to commemorate Roxette's successful 20 years in the music Industry. The cover art for the new single shows Per and Marie in a bowling alley. The new video was made up of new and old images from different music videos by roxette over the years. is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Cover of Roxette Hits Album as released on the official website
Cover of Roxette Hits Album as released on the official website

A new compilation album, "A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs!" was released on October 18, 2006 and is expected to be released in the United States on January 16, 2007. It features the single, "One Wish", as well as another newly recorded song, "Reveal". Image File history File links RoxetteHits. ... Image File history File links RoxetteHits. ... A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs! is the forthcoming Greatest Hits album from Roxette, celebrating 20 years of successful hit singles and albums. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Reveal, written by Per Gessle, is the second single released from Swedish pop duo Roxettes 2006 album Roxette Hits. Not happy with the orignal version featured on the Hits album Roxette have remixed the single and released as a special promo cd on December 1 2006. ...

Cover of the RoxBox compilation as released on the official website
Cover of the RoxBox compilation as released on the official website

On February 14, 2007 the single "Reveal" was released, not internationally, but "here and there". Following rumours that Per Gessle was somewhat unhappy with the album version of "Reveal" a special "single version" has been created and released to radio. It is slightly altered and features a new middle eight with a guitar and new backing vocals. A new "Attic remake" version has also been created and should be released soon. Image File history File links TheRoxBox. ... Image File history File links TheRoxBox. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Cover of the single Reveal as released on the official web site
Cover of the single Reveal as released on the official web site

In a recent radio interview on Vancouver Island's CKWV-FM "The Wave", Gessle shared information about the Roxette single, "One Wish" and "The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06" "It's four CDs, a DVD, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, outtakes and demos and stuff. It's like a coffee table thing, and it's really, really big [with an] 80-page booklet and stuff." Image File history File links Reveal_-_remix_version. ... Image File history File links Reveal_-_remix_version. ... The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06 is the forthcoming Boxset from Roxette, celebrating 20 years of successful hit singles and albums. ...


The interview conducted by Producer, Ian Seggie


Gessle also shared his feelings about working with Fredriksson again:


"It was, in fact, wonderful, and emotional of course. But also ... it took about like an hour, and then we're back in the groove. It was the same jokes, the same... everything was like the same. So, even though time has gone by, it feels as if time has stood still for a bit so... It's not like it was before because, you know, Marie is somewhat a changed person because of all that she's gone through. But nevertheless, she still sings very well and, you know, it's just been a pleasure to be able to record these songs. If you had asked me like 2 years ago if this would ever happen, I would definitely would never believed it to have happened. I'm really pleased that we actually could do it."


By Anders Nunstedt, Expressen 2006


"20 Years of Making Pop History"

It's 20 years ago this year that Roxette made its single debut in Sweden. The rest is pop history, now with a happy ending. It could have ended considerably worse. When Marie Fredriksson in the autumn of 2002 was struck by a brain tumor, it was a shock not only for the Roxette singer but also for everyone close to her. "It was scary. There are different grades of cancer and of course one lived in suspense. I don't even think the chance was 50/50 for her to make it", Per Gessle says. "It's amazing that Marie has recovered. Now Roxette is back, even if on a different premise. Per Gessle, who has been amazingly productive during the 2000s, explains that the initiative to Roxette's comeback came from Marie. "When the compilation became viable it was she who suggested that we should record a new song." It became more than that. On the "Greatest Hits" record released October there is, in addition to the single "One Wish", the ballad "Reveal." "Actually we haven't discussed if we are going to do something more. I don't know what I want to do. On the one hand it's fun, of course, but I have no idea if there's a point in continuing. It doesn't feel so tempting to go on promotion trips and sing playback in Vienna, Hamburg and Madrid", Gessle says. The question is also if Marie Fredriksson wants to, and can manage, a full commitment to Roxette. "One reconsiders everything" "It's naturally a different Marie today. When something like this happens one reconsiders everything. It doesn't help how many gold records you have hanging on the wall when you get ill", says Gessle. Per explains that "the singing voice is back at full strength, but there are other circumstances. She has a problem reading fast and trouble remembering things. Everything goes a little slower. Maybe it can be worked on, but it takes time." Roxette's participation in the "Världens barn" (Children of the World) gala tomorrow is a comeback against all odds. But there's no doubt they're back. "One Wish" immediately swooshed up to second place of the Swedish single chart and has also started to climb internationally. Today Per goes to New York to prepare Roxette's upcoming U.S. release. "Who would've thought that", Gessle says with a laugh. "Now we're actually back, and have really no idea where it's gonna end."


source Expressen 2006


Unreleased tracks included in "The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06" collection are: Reveal, One Wish, New World, Staring at the Ground (demo), Myth, Cry (demo), Love Spins, Anyone/I Love How You Love Me, Better off on your own, Bla Bla Bla Bla (You Broke My Heart), and Help!. Also included is other rare tracks previoused released but hard to find. The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06 is the forthcoming Boxset from Roxette, celebrating 20 years of successful hit singles and albums. ... One Wish, written by Per Gessle, is the first single released from Swedish pop duo Roxettes 2006 album Roxette Hits, the first release from Roxette since 2003. ...


Discography

Albums

Studio albums

Album cover of The Heartland Café The Heartland Café is an album released by Swedish pop/rock band Gyllene Tider in February 1984. ... Gyllene Tider in 2004 Gyllene Tider is a Swedish pop group. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Pearls of Passion was Roxettes first album, released on October 31, 1986. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... Joyride is Roxettes third album, released in 1991. ... Tourism is Roxettes fourth album, released in 1992. ... Crash! Boom! Bang! is Roxettes fifth album, released in 1994. ... Have A Nice Day is an album by Roxette, released in March 1999. ... Room Service is an album by Roxette, released in 2001. ...

Compilations

Dance Passion was a remix album of Roxettes first album, Pearls of Passion. ... Pearls of Passion was Roxettes first album, released on October 31, 1986. ... Rarities is an album by Roxette, released in 1995. ... Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxettes Greatest Hits is a Compilation album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 20 December 1995. ... Baladas En Español is a Spanish language album by Roxette, released in 1996. ... Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxettes Greatest Hits is a Compilation album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 20 December 1995. ... The Ballad Hits is one of two best of albums by Roxette, released in October 2002. ... The Pop Hits is one of two best of albums by Roxette, released in March 2003. ... A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs! is the forthcoming Greatest Hits album from Roxette, celebrating 20 years of successful hit singles and albums. ... The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06 is the forthcoming Boxset from Roxette, celebrating 20 years of successful hit singles and albums. ...

Videography

  • Roxette - Sweden Live! (1989, LaserDisc & VHS Japan, VHS South Africa)
  • Look Sharp Live! '88 (1989, VHS)
  • The Videos (1991, LD & VHS)
  • Live-Ism (1992, LD & VHS)
  • Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxette's Greatest Video Hits (1995, LD & VHS)
  • Crash! Boom! Live! - The Johannesburg Concert (1996, LD & VHS Japan, VHS ROW)
  • All Videos Ever Made & More (2001, DVD, PAL only)
  • Ballad & Pop Hits - The Complete Video Collection (2003, DVD)

Laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies as to be viewed at home. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ...

See also

This is a list of Swedish composers, musicians and singers: // Johan Agrell (1701-1765) full name: Johan Joachim Agrell Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960) full name: Hugo Emil Alfvén Claude Loyola Allgén (1920-1990) né Klas-Thure Allgén Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974) full name: Kurt Magnus Atterberg... This is a non-definitive list of best selling recording artists, embracing worldwide single and album sales. ...

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Roxette fans rejoiced, but nevertheless, many were disappointed with the fact fredriksson doesn't want to work too hard on new Roxette projects, instead, she prefers to do her own solo work.
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