Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Formed in 1986, the duo became an act in the late 1980s. Their third album Joyride, which was released in 1991, became just as successful as its predecessor. Roxette went on to achieve nineteen UK Top 40 hits and several US Hot 100 hits, including four US number-ones with The Look, Listen to Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love, and Joyride. Other hits include Dangerous, Fading Like a Flower, Dressed for Success, on the advice of the managing director of their record label, they came together to record Neverending Love, which became a hit single in Sweden. After the release of Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus, a greatest hits record, the duo took a hiatus from the mid-1990s before returning with the albums Have a Nice Day and Room Service. They continued to chart in other territories, mainly in Europe and Latin America, in 2002, the duo took a break from recording and touring when Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour. In 2011, they released Charm School, their first studio album in ten years and this was followed by Travelling a year later. Their songs It Must Have Been Love and Listen to Your Heart continue to receive radio airplay. Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson first met in Halmstad, Sweden, Gessle performed in Gyllene Tider, one of Swedens most popular bands at the time, and Fredriksson in the less successful Strul and MaMas Barn before both embarked on solo careers. 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. Gessle also worked with ex-ABBA singer Frida, for a song that appeared on her 1982 album Somethings Going On, while working on her first solo album, Het vind, Fredriksson performed more background vocals for Gyllene Tiders only album in English, The Heartland Café. The 11-track album was released in February 1984 and sold 45,000 copies in Sweden, According to Gessle, the groups first English-language release was in response to interest expressed by EMIs American label Capitol Records. Capitol took six of the tracks and released an extended play record in the US with a title, Heartland. Gessle and the members of Gyllene Tider chose the title of a 1975 Dr. Feelgood song. The newly named Roxette issued one near-invisible release in the US, Teaser Japanese, whose video reached MTVs studio and 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 and we decided to put Gyllene Tider to rest. Gessle then turned solo work, recording his second Swedish-language solo album, Scener, released in 1985, while Fredriksson recorded her second solo album, Den sjunde vågen
In 2002, after fainting at home, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. During her rehabilitation she continued to make music, resulting in the album The Change and she later reunited with Gessle to record more Roxette albums, embarked on worldwide tour and continued to record as a solo artist in her native Sweden. Marie Fredriksson, who was born in Össjö, was the youngest of five children, the family later moved to the small Swedish town of Östra Ljungby. Being poor, both parents were forced to work, often leaving the children on their own, together with her siblings or neighbourhood children, Fredriksson began to play music and sing. She was often asked by her mother to perform in front of friends who were impressed by her Olivia Newton-John-like singing voice, Maries interest grew stronger in her teens as she discovered artists such as Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, and Deep Purple. At 17, Fredriksson enrolled in a college and performed in local theatre. However, she found it boring, instead longing for the thrill of an audience. As she phrased it, I wanted to perform and she became involved in theatre, and after moving to the town of Halmstad, she found herself involved in the local music scene. Joining her boyfriend Stefans band Strul, they played local gigs, after that group split, Marie and a new boyfriend, Martin Sternhuvsvud, performed as MaMas Barn. Per Gessle, the lead singer of the famous Swedish group Gyllene Tider, shared a rehearsal studio with Fredriksson. Lindbom was suitably impressed with Fredrikssons voice and offered her a contract, Lasse Lindbom asked Fredriksson to record a duet with him, Så nära nu, which lead to her joining his group The Lasse Lindbom Band. Gessle started to encourage her to start a career, but she was too nervous. Fredriksson finally accepted, and she recorded her first solo album, Het vind, Ännu doftar kärlek was the first single. Lindbom, Fredriksson, Per Gessle and Mats MP Persson started a new band called Spännande Ostar and that same year, Fredriksson and Lindbom went to the Canary Islands to write songs for Maries second solo album. They returned to Sweden for the recording, the album was released in 1986, under the name Den sjunde vågen. Den bästa dagen and Silver i din hand were released as singles, Gessle and Fredriksson had talked about working together for many years. Fredrikssons career was soaring in Sweden, but Gessle was a former member whose solo career was not doing as well. Friends and people in the industry were skeptical towards the idea of Marie collaborating with Gessle and his idea was to form a duo, singing in English, and try to have some success in Europe
It Must Have Been Love
It Must Have Been Love is a song written by Per Gessle and performed by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. The ballad became the third number one hit in the United States. Four different versions of the song have been officially released, world Tour in 1991, the band recorded a country music version of the track in Los Angeles, which was included on their 1992 album Tourism. A Spanish-language version of the Pretty Woman recording was released on their 1996 compilation Baladas en español, finally, an orchestral live performance from the bands 2009 concert at Night of the Proms was included on their 2012 studio album, Travelling. The song was first released as It Must Have Been Love in December 1987 and it was composed after EMI Germany asked the duo to come up with an intelligent Christmas single. It became a top five hit in Sweden, but was not released internationally and this version of the song was never included on any Roxette studio album until the 1997 re-release of their debut Pearls of Passion. A performance from a Swedish TV chart show in 1987 acted as the songs first music video and it features Fredriksson and Gessle sitting on a couch on a stage, lip-syncing to the song. All songs written and composed by Per Gessle, except where noted,7 single It Must Have Been Love –4,48 Turn to Me –2,58 During a run of increasingly successful singles from the duos 1988 album Look Sharp. The film was released in March 1990 and went on to more than US$460 million at the worldwide box office. The corresponding soundtrack album was also a success, which was certified triple-platinum in the US. The soundtrack went on to more than nine million copies worldwide. It was not the first single released from the Pretty Woman soundtrack, the song was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 copies in the US. At the end of the year, Billboard listed it as the second most successful single of 1990, the single peaked at number three in the UK—their highest peaking single there. It stayed on the UK Singles Chart for 14 weeks, and was certified silver by the BPI for sales in excess of 200,000 copies, the song was re-released in the UK and Ireland in September 1993, peaking at number ten in both countries. It became Roxettes second of three number one singles in Australia, spending two weeks at the top spot in July 1990, the song was a massive hit in Norway, where it spent twelve weeks at number one. In Switzerland, the song spent three weeks at number one, and a further five weeks at number two—being held off the top spot in those weeks by Matthias Reims Verdammt. It also reached number one in Canada, Poland and Spain, and the top five in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany, in 2005, Gessle received an award from BMI after the songs four millionth radio play. In 2014, he received an award from the same organization after its five millionth radio play
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Bang. is the fifth studio album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 9 April 1994 by EMI. The album was an commercial success, peaking within the top ten in over twenty national charts throughout Europe, Australasia. Despite this, the album was never released in the United States. Bang. was sold for a time through outlets of the McDonalds restaurant chain. This edition sold over a million copies there, japanese editions included Almost Unreal as a bonus track. Five singles were released from the album, lead single Sleeping in My Car became the second number one in their home country. It would become the final track to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. This was followed by the release of Crash, fireworks, Run to You and Vulnerable. Bang. has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide, bang. s international release, a shorter version of the album was released by CEMA for a limited time exclusively through outlets of the McDonalds restaurant chain in the US. Bang. sold over a million copies, the proceeds of which were used to fund Ronald McDonald House Charities programs for the health and this CD was sold at below normal wholesale cost, and the promotion angered traditional music retailers, who claimed that it devalued music. This edition of the record was the subject of a 1998 lawsuit filed against an Uppsala-based music production company by Roxette, the duo and their label alleged that J. G. S. Skivproduktion illegally imported 40,000 copies of Favorites from Crash, rather than seek monetary damages, the duo requested the destruction of all remaining copies. The record was released globally from 9 April 1994 on CD, cassette, japanese editions included Almost Unreal as a bonus track—the song had previously been released as a non-album single on the soundtrack of the Super Mario Bros. motion picture. Despite a tentative early summer release date being set for the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the full-length album sold 46,000 copies in the US as of 2005, as an import-release. The band toured extensively to promote the record, the Crash, tour saw them perform to over a million people. Roxette became the first western act since Wham. in 1985 to stage a concert in communist China, the tour concluded on 1 May 1995 in Moscow, with Roxette becoming the first act since 1917 to hold a concert on that date—a public holiday in Russia. As of 2001, the album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, five singles were released from the album. Sleeping in My Car served as its single, and was an immediate commercial success throughout Europe
Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!
Dont Bore Us - Get to the Chorus. Roxettes Greatest Hits is a album by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. The album was not released in the United States until 26 September 2000, the album title is based on a quote from Berry Gordy. The tracks June Afternoon, You Dont Understand Me, She Doesnt Live Here Anymore, almost Unreal had not been previously released on a Roxette album. It was used in the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros and you Dont Understand Me, June Afternoon and She Doesnt Live Here Anymore were released as singles. The Look 95 was released as a maxi-single in the UK and this version of It Must Have Been Love had also never been previously released on any Roxette album up to this point. The lead single from the album was You Dont Understand Me, the American hit-maker Desmond Child and Per Gessle co-wrote that song, originally intended for submission to other artists. Impressed with the ballad, Gessle decided to keep it. Roxette then realised that this song would make an ideal Roxette track. It was the first time that an outsider, as described by Gessle, the album was released in late 1995 in Australia. The greatest hits package was certified platinum and made the top 40 for the end-of-year best-selling albums, all tracks written by Per Gessle, except where noted
Neverending Love, written by Per Gessle, was the first release by the Swedish pop duo Roxette, and was later included on their debut album Pearls of Passion. Originally the single was meant to be released outside Sweden but EMI eventually changed their minds. It peaked at #3 on the chart in Sweden. The song was originally called Svarta glas and had written for another Swedish artist. She turned it down and gave it to her brother, Niclas Wahlgren, the songs new title was Neverending Love. There are two videos for Neverending Love. The first video was shot in Luxembourg in 1986 and features a red-haired Marie Fredriksson, the second video was directed by Rikard Petrelius and was shot in Sweden one year later. Side A Neverending Love Side B Neverending Love Voices Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
The Look is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. It was released in early 1989 as the single from their second studio album. It became an hit, and was one of the most successful singles of 1989. It topped the charts in 25 countries, and was the first of their four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, the duo released their second album Look Sharp. in October 1988. It was an commercial success in their home country, spending seven weeks at number one on the Swedish Albums Chart. The albums first two Swedish singles, Dressed for Success and Listen to Your Heart, both became top three there, while another song, Chances, was released in Germany, Italy. It quickly became popular, and the station began distributing the track to their radio operations. EMI America had previously rejected the duo as unsuitable for the American market, the Look had already entered the top fifty of the Billboard Hot 100 before the duo began official promotion. It would go on to peak at number one eight weeks later, according to Gessle, the lyrics of the first two verses were guide lyrics. Walking like a man, hitting like a hammer, the first two verses are guide lyrics, words just scribbled down to have something to sing. Couldnt come up with anything better, so we kept them, —Per Gessle All songs written and composed by Per Gessle. This version of the song does not appear on the album, in the 1990s, an adaptation of The Look was used in a television advertisement for Indias Lakmé Cosmetics featuring Aishwariya Rai. In 2009, the song was featured in a marketing campaign for Grand Theft Auto IV. It can also be heard on radio station Vice City FM. The track also appears as a track in the 2010 music rhythm game Rock Band 3. The song was mentioned in the Family Guy episode Baby Not on Board when Stewie announced his remorse for staying up all night listening to Persian radio and it served as the theme song for the TV Land reality TV competition Shes Got the Look. The song was covered by Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo, and it was used as a promotion for Jag when she became the new endorser of the clothing brand, the song was covered by Taiwanese artist Luantan Ascent. It was used as a song for the movie Second Chance and was also featured in its promotional teaser trailer
Dressed for Success
Dressed for Success is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette, released in mid-1988 as the first single from their second studio album, Look Sharp. The recording of the song was marked by a dispute between the members, but this apparently contributed to the strength of Maries performance. I was so mad when I did it, everything about that session went wrong, we argued about the arrangement, we changed the key, I was dead tired of the song when I went in to do a guide vocal. Did it in one blast and suddenly realized, hmm. this is it, —Marie Fredriksson, Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus. The music video for the song revolved around the duo performing together in nightclub ruins as several dancers. All songs written and composed by Per Gessle
Listen to Your Heart (Roxette song)
Listen to Your Heart is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. The song was released in September 1988 in Sweden as the second single from their second studio album. It went on to one of the most successful singles of 1989. The song was written by Per Gessle and former Gyllene Tider guitarist Mats M. P. Persson. In 2005, Belgian trance act DHT released a version of the song, which became a top 10 hit in numerous territories, including France, the Netherlands, the UK. According to Gessle, the song was conceived as, The Big Bad Ballad and this is us trying to recreate that overblown American FM-rock sound to the point where it almost becomes absurd. We really wanted to see how far we could take it, —Per Gessle, Dont Bore Us, Get to the Chorus. Roxette recorded the video for Listen to Your Heart in the Borgholm Castle ruin on the Swedish Baltic Sea island of Öland, in 2008, the song had reached four million American radio plays. Dance cover is included in the total of plays, the song has been voted The Best Roxette Song ever by readers of fan-site The Daily Roxette. In 2014, the song had reached five million American radio plays, Listen to Your Heart has been performed on all of Roxettes concert tours. In 1988 and in 1991, on the Look Sharp Tour and the Join the Joyride Tour respectively, in its original, power ballad style, and on the following tours in an acoustic, unplugged form. However, since their return to touring in 2010 after a long hiatus due to Fredrikssons illness they opt to perform the song with full band again. All music by Per Gessle, except Listen to Your Heart by Gessle and Mats Persson, Half a Woman, Half a Shadow by Marie Fredriksson, originally released in Belgium in 2003, the various mixes of the song reached U. S. clubs in late 2004. The song was released in the U. S. in November 2004, by June 2005, the song reached number one on Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart and the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number eight in August. The same year, the group released the Edmées unplugged vocal edit, an acoustic ballad version of the song. Habla El Corazón, a Spanish version of the song, was released in March 2007 by Mexican artist Yuridia and this version peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. In 2009, Scottish power metal band Ascension recorded a cover, in 2009, Filipino singer Sarah Geronimo recorded a cover version of the song for her album Music and Me. This song is covered by Schnuffel Bunnys counterpart Snuggelina
Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)
Fading Like a Flower is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette, released as the second single from their third studio album, Joyride. According to Ultimate Guitar, the song is written in time with a moderately fast tempo of 105 beats per minute. It is a rock ballad in the key of F which modulates a step up to G halfway through the song. The track follows a chord sequence of Am–Em–Am–C–G–Am–Em–D in each verse. The first two lines of each chorus have a progression of C–F–Am–G–C–F–G–C, with the half of the chorus amending the sequence to a shortened C–F–Am–G–F–G. The bridge consists of three repetitions of Am–G–C–D followed by a progression of E–E7–Am–C–G–Am, Roxette later recorded a Spanish version of the song for their 1996 compilation album Baladas en español. The music video was mostly in the Stockholm suburb of Gamla stan. Although not as successful as previous single Joyride, the song was a top ten hit in numerous countries and it remains the duos highest-peaking single ever on the Irish Singles Chart, peaking at number four. Listen to Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love and Almost Unreal all peaked at number five, on the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at number twelve. It charted highest in North America, peaking at two in Canada and on the US Billboard Hot 100—where it was held off the top spot in both countries by Bryan Adams I Do It for You. All songs written and composed by Per Gessle, credited as Dancing DJs vs Roxette, the remix charted in numerous territories, including Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the UK. All songs written by Per Gessle, a eurodance cover of the song was recorded by Mysterio. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
How Do You Do!
How Do You Do. is a pop rock song by Swedish pop duo Roxette. It was released as the single from their fourth studio album Tourism on 3 July 1992. The song was a success upon release, topping the national singles charts in Norway. It also peaked at two in several countries, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden. It was hold off the top spot in many of these territories by Dr. Albans Its My Life, the single was backed by several remixes created by Swedish production duo BomKrash, which consisted of Jacob Hellner and Carl-Michael Herlöfsson. According to Ultimate Guitar, How Do You Do. is a pop rock song written in common time with a tempo of 121 beats per minute. It utilises a common trait found in Roxette compositions of the using a different key signature than the chorus. The verse is composed in C, and consists of three repetitions of a basic C–F–G–F sequence, followed by one shortened sequence of C–F–G, the pre-chorus makes use of a power chord structure, and consists of a sequence of Am–G–F–C–Em, which is then amended to Am–G–F–G. Following a brief pause, Marie Fredriksson takes over lead vocals for the songs chorus, the chorus is composed almost entirely of sharp notes, and follows a sequence of D♯–A♯–D♯–G♯–A♯–Cm–G♯–A♯–Cm–G♯–A♯. The bridge consists of four repetitions of Cm–A♯, played as power chords. American musician Tiny Tim is referenced in the songs lyrics, cassette and 7 single How Do You Do. –3,09 Fading Like a Flower –4,0912 single How Do You Do, –3,12 Knockin on Every Door –3,51 How Do You Do. –5,43 CD single How Do You Do, –3,12 Fading Like a Flower –4,09 Knockin on Every Door –6,05 How Do You Do. –5,43 US CD single How Do You Do, –3,11 Fading Like a Flower –4,09 In 2005, a cover of the song by German dance act Cascada was released as the third single from their debut album Everytime We Touch. This version charted in the top fifty of the Ö3 Austria Top 40, –5,57 Digital download How Do You Do. –7,05 Roxette. se — Roxettes official website CascadaMusic. de — Cascadas official website How Do You Do. at MusicBrainz Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Wish I Could Fly
Wish I Could Fly is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in February 1999, it was the first single from their studio album Have a Nice Day. In the UK, the peaked at #11, which was Roxettes highest position for a single since their 1993 hit Almost Unreal. The single also made the Top 10 in Sweden and Finland, Top 20 in Austria, Switzerland and Norway, Top 30 in Germany and the Top 40 in the Netherlands. While the album Have a Nice Day wasnt released in the U. S. Roxette signed a deal with Edel Music. The song was also a radio hit, becoming the most played song in Europe in 1999. A Spanish-language version of the song, Quisiera Volar, was included on the South American release of the album