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
Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and the North Sea. It is a small, densely populated country which covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres and has a population of about 11 million people. Additionally, there is a group of German-speakers who live in the East Cantons located around the High Fens area. Historically, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries, the region was called Belgica in Latin, after the Roman province of Gallia Belgica. From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, today, Belgium is a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. It is divided into three regions and three communities, that exist next to each other and its two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. The Brussels-Capital Region is a bilingual enclave within the Flemish Region. A German-speaking Community exists in eastern Wallonia, Belgiums linguistic diversity and related political conflicts are reflected in its political history and complex system of governance, made up of six different governments. Upon its independence, declared in 1830, Belgium participated in the Industrial Revolution and, during the course of the 20th century, possessed a number of colonies in Africa. This continuing antagonism has led to several far-reaching reforms, resulting in a transition from a unitary to a federal arrangement during the period from 1970 to 1993. Belgium is also a member of the Eurozone, NATO, OECD and WTO. Its capital, Brussels, hosts several of the EUs official seats as well as the headquarters of major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium is also a part of the Schengen Area, Belgium is a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy and is categorized as very high in the Human Development Index. A gradual immigration by Germanic Frankish tribes during the 5th century brought the area under the rule of the Merovingian kings, a gradual shift of power during the 8th century led the kingdom of the Franks to evolve into the Carolingian Empire. Many of these fiefdoms were united in the Burgundian Netherlands of the 14th and 15th centuries, the Eighty Years War divided the Low Countries into the northern United Provinces and the Southern Netherlands. The latter were ruled successively by the Spanish and the Austrian Habsburgs and this was the theatre of most Franco-Spanish and Franco-Austrian wars during the 17th and 18th centuries. The reunification of the Low Countries as the United Kingdom of the Netherlands occurred at the dissolution of the First French Empire in 1815, although the franchise was initially restricted, universal suffrage for men was introduced after the general strike of 1893 and for women in 1949. The main political parties of the 19th century were the Catholic Party, French was originally the single official language adopted by the nobility and the bourgeoisie
The Netherlands, also informally known as Holland is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a densely populated country located in Western Europe with three territories in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom. The three largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, Amsterdam is the countrys capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of parliament and government. The port of Rotterdam is the worlds largest port outside East-Asia, the name Holland is used informally to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. Netherlands literally means lower countries, influenced by its low land and flat geography, most of the areas below sea level are artificial. Since the late 16th century, large areas have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes, with a population density of 412 people per km2 –507 if water is excluded – the Netherlands is classified as a very densely populated country. Only Bangladesh, South Korea, and Taiwan have both a population and higher population density. Nevertheless, the Netherlands is the worlds second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products and this is partly due to the fertility of the soil and the mild climate. In 2001, it became the worlds first country to legalise same-sex marriage, the Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G-10, NATO, OECD and WTO, as well as being a part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union. The first four are situated in The Hague, as is the EUs criminal intelligence agency Europol and this has led to the city being dubbed the worlds legal capital. The country also ranks second highest in the worlds 2016 Press Freedom Index, the Netherlands has a market-based mixed economy, ranking 17th of 177 countries according to the Index of Economic Freedom. It had the thirteenth-highest per capita income in the world in 2013 according to the International Monetary Fund, in 2013, the United Nations World Happiness Report ranked the Netherlands as the seventh-happiest country in the world, reflecting its high quality of life. The Netherlands also ranks joint second highest in the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, the region called Low Countries and the country of the Netherlands have the same toponymy. Place names with Neder, Nieder, Nether and Nedre and Bas or Inferior are in use in all over Europe. They are sometimes used in a relation to a higher ground that consecutively is indicated as Upper, Boven, Oben. In the case of the Low Countries / the Netherlands the geographical location of the region has been more or less downstream. The geographical location of the region, however, changed over time tremendously
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
Helena Marianne Josefsson is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She is the singer in the band Sandy Mouche and has been singing in Per Gessles projects since 2003. In February 2007 she released her first solo album, Dynamo, Helena Marianne Josefsson was born in Kalmar, Sweden on March 23,1978. Her parents, Per Olof and Margareta, divorced when Helena was seven years old and she is left-handed and can play keyboards, tambourine and harmonica. Helena married Martin Nilsson, her boyfriend, in 2003, they live in Malmö and became the parents of a boy, Charles-Didrik. On 31 May 2012 her second child, a boy named Cornelis was born, helenas thoughts on life and her career, - What do you want to become when you grow up. Either a troll or an artist, I replied to that question at 7 years of age. When I think about it, trolls and artists do have much in common. What I wanted, and still try to achieve, is the sense of liberty, being part of nature, getting room in the city and that it is all right to be the way one is and still being able to receive love. Being an artist and composer is one of the few lifestyles where one can be a troll simultaneously. - When you are born, you are complete but then shell after shell is added as protection against dangers around, or society forces you to take different parts, needs and patterns you dont really need or want. Then one can spend the rest of ones life finding and removing the bad shells, at least thats what I want to do In 2012 Helena graduated from the University of Copenhagen with an optometrist diploma. In between touring and recording sessions she works in one of the stores in Bjärred, where she currently resides with her family. Helena began to play in groups of Lund and Malmö at High School. Her first band was Plastic Soul, with Helena Josefsson, Johan Duncanson, Fredrick Whitling, Olof Martinsson, between 1996 and 2000, they took part in club gigs and indie Summer festivals and released some singles. Johan and Per began a new project, The Radio Dept. Helena also took part in two non long-lasting projects, in 1999, she played and recorded two promo E. P. s with Magnus Tingsek and their band ewing.1. Between 2000 and 2001, Helena was the singer of Dan Bornemarks rock band, The Good Mornings
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
Carl Christoffer Lundquist, born 1970, is a Swedish musician and producer. His own band is Brainpool where he started as a player and backing vocalist. Brainpool won a Swedish Grammy in 1994 and he has also produced albums by Per Gessle and Gyllene Tider and played in the backing groups of Roxette and Gessle. He has his own studio in the south of Sweden, The Aerosol Grey Machine Studio in Vallarum. The AGM is primarily a studio with much vintage equipment. In May 2011, Christoffer released his solo album, Through the Window. All the songs on the album were co-written with songwriter Michael Saxell, the album reached #29 on the Swedish album chart. Also in May, Christoffer was the first person ever to be awarded the Sir George Martin Award at an event in Malmö
El Mundo (Spain)
El Mundo is the second largest printed daily newspaper in Spain. The paper is considered one of the newspapers of record along with El País. El Mundo was first published on 23 October 1989, perhaps the best known of its founders was Pedro J. Ramírez, who served as editor until 2014. Ramirez had risen to prominence as a journalist during the Spanish transition to democracy, the other founders, Alfonso de Salas, Balbino Fraga and Juan González, shared with Ramírez a background in Grupo 16, the publishers of the newspaper Diario 16. Alfonso de Salas, Juan Gonzales and Gregorio Pena also launched El Economista in 2006, El Mundo, along with Marca and Expansión, is controlled by the Italian publishing company RCS MediaGroup through its Spanish subsidiary company Unidad Editorial S. L. Its former owner was Unedisa which merged with Grupo Recoletos in 2007 to form Unidad Editorial, the paper has its headquarters in Madrid, but maintains several news bureaus in other cities. The daily has an edition and ten different regional editions, including those for Andalusia, Valencia, Castile and León. It is published in tabloid format, in 2005 El Mundo started a supplement for women, Yo Donna, which was modelled on IO Donna, a supplement of the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. In January 2014 Pedro J. Ramírez, editor of the paper, was fired from his post and he argued that reporting on corruption scandals involving Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy led to his sacking. Casimiro García-Abadillo served as editor until April 2015, when he was replaced in turn by David Jiménez, editorially, El Mundo often expresses the mainstream views of the centre-right with independent and liberal overtones. Other Spanish media, such as El País, ABC and the Cadena SER radio network, accused El Mundo, the bombings and the results of the subsequent judicial inquiry are still debated in Spain today. The circulation of El Mundo rose in the 1990s and it was 209,992 copies in 1993268,748 copies in 1994 In 2001 El Mundo had a circulation of 291,000 copies and it was 312,366 copies next year. The paper had a circulation of 300,000 copies in 2003, based on the findings of the European Business Readership Survey El Mundo had 11,591 readers per issue in 2006. Its circulation between June 2006 and July 2007 was 337,172 copies, the 2007 circulation of the paper was 337,000 copies. It was 338,286 copies in 2008 and had 200,000 readers for the edition in 2009. The circulation of the paper was 266,294 copies in 2011, El Mundo is currently the second digital newspaper in Spanish. It was previously in the lead after El País introduced a payment system for access to the contents of its electronic version and it had 24 million unique web visitors per month in 2009. Many online readers are in Latin America, and the website has an edition for the Americas, however, digital expansion has done little to offset the decline in revenues from Spanish advertisers since 2008
Pearls of Passion
Pearls of Passion is the debut studio album by Swedish pop duo Roxette. It was originally released on cassette and vinyl on 31 October 1986 in Scandinavia, on 31 October 1997, the album was remastered and re-released on CD. This reissue contained several previously unreleased bonus tracks and it was re-mastered and re-released again in 2009. The album was a success in the duos native country. Neverending Love, Goodbye to You, Soul Deep and I Call Your Name were released as singles, as of 2001, the album has sold 800,000 copies worldwide. Dance Passion, a compilation EP containing seven remixed versions of tracks found on Pearls of Passion, was released in Sweden in 1987, a non-album single, It Must Have Been Love, was released in December 1987, and was their second top five hit in Sweden. The song was later re-recorded – with the reference to Christmas changed to a neutral winter reference –, re-recorded versions of two songs from the album went on to feature on two later albums released by the band. CD versions of their 1991 album Joyride contained a version of Soul Deep, all lyrics and music written by Per Gessle, except where noted
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