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
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
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
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
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
Per Håkan Gessle is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonicist. He is the singer of the Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider. With Fredrikssons illness in 2002, he went back to recording albums, reformed Gyllene Tider in 2004 and became a successful artist in his native Sweden. Per Gessle was a member of Gyllene Tider, in 1976. They quickly became a group in Sweden, but after their fourth album, The Heartland Café, sold poorly compared to their previous albums. We decided to put Gyllene Tider to rest, in 1982, Gessle released his first solo album, Per Gessle and after Gyllene Tider split-up his second album, Scener, quickly appeared in 1985. Gessle and Marie Fredriksson had been friends for a few years before came together as Roxette in 1986. After the success of their first hit Neverending Love, which was written by Gessle, Roxette went on to achieve four U. S. #1s and two #2s, with their albums Look Sharp. and Joyride attaining platinum status in a number of countries. After Roxettes early nineties success, Per released a compilation album in 1992, På väg. Bang. and subsequent world tour, Roxette took a break, in 1996, after a reunion and subsequent tour of Gyllene Tider, Gessle recorded his first English solo album, using Brainpool and Gyllene Tider as backing musicians. Christoffer Lundquist from Brainpool would also come to collaborate with Per on later releases, the World According to Gessle, released in 1997, produced three singles, Do You Wanna Be My Baby. Kix and I Want You to Know, the videos to all three songs were directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The World According to Gessle was re-released in 2008, with bonus material. In 1997 Hjärtats trakt – en samling was released as a best-of album, after Roxette released Have a Nice Day and Room Service to moderate success, Per continued with his solo work. The subsequent album Mazarin, was successful in Sweden, going five times platinum in 2004. His first album involving singer Helena Josefsson brought Gessle numerous awards, four Grammis awards, Best Artist, Best Male Pop Performer, Best Composer and Best Song. He also won three Rockbjörnen awards, Best Swedish Male Artist, Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Song —, the song Här kommer alla känslorna, is Gessles most successful release in Sweden, spending two months at No. Also in 2004, saw Gessle and Gyllene Tider reunited for a 25th-anniversary celebration that included the bands first album in 20 years, Finn 5 fel. and another very successful tour in Sweden
Have a Nice Day (Roxette album)
Have a Nice Day is the sixth studio album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released worldwide in March 1999. This was the first international Roxette release in 4 years and their first brand new album since 1994s Crash. The album was not released in the U. S. as the duo were no longer signed to a record label there, the album was a success in various European and Latin American countries, reaching the top three in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Sweden. However, in the UK, it stalled at #28, failing to emulate the Top 5 success of all their previous albums, Wish I Could Fly, the first single, was a sizable hit and was one of the most frequently played songs in Europe during 1999. In the UK the single peaked at #11 on the UK charts, the second single to be released from the album was the ballad Anyone, which failed to make any impact on the charts. The controversial video, directed by long-time collaborator Jonas Akerlund, ends with a distressed Fredriksson committing suicide, the video was the banned by MTV, due to the videos sensitive content. The poor chart showing by Anyone meant EMI UK decided against releasing the single, even though they had sent out promo CDs to radio DJs. The third single from the album was the dance number Stars. The fourth single from the album was Salvation, which reached the Top 20 in Finland, the track It Will Take a Long Long Time was featured in the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere romantic comedy Runaway Bride, though it was not included on the soundtrack album. Have a Nice Day was the first ever Roxette album to feature a track written by Marie Fredriksson. In Arab countries the naked babies on the sleeve had to be removed for religious reasons, the success of Have a Nice Day saw Roxette win the Highest Selling Scandinavian Act at the 2000 World Music Awards. For the Awards Gala, Roxette chose to lead single Wish I Could Fly. CD All tracks written by Per Gessle, except where noted, spanish lyrics by Luis Gómez Escolar. P