Roxette is a 1986 founded by Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson pop duo from Sweden. With over 70 million units sold worldwide plates Roxette is one of the most successful pop bands of the 1980s and 1990s. The name " Roxette " is an allusion to the title of a song the English rock band Dr. Feelgood.
Gained international recognition, the duo first time in 1989 with the album Look Sharp! and remained for more than a decade at the top of the global charts then. After Roxette due to a cancer of the singer Marie Fredriksson from 2001 only occurred sporadically, they celebrated in 2011 with the multiple number - one album Charm School and the accompanying world tour a successful comeback.
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International breakthrough, heyday (from 1989)
Founded in 1986, Roxette were 1989 known internationally after the American student Dean Cushman, passed on a copy of the album Look Sharp, which he had bought during a holiday Sweden to a U.S. radio station. This played the song The Look in heavy rotation, and so the song was within a few weeks, a number -one hit on the Billboard charts - without publicity by Roxette.
The band had since 1989 many world top 10 successes, including four U.S. number 1 singles The Look, Listen to Your Heart (both 1989), It Must Have Been Love (1990, also known by the soundtrack to the movie: Pretty Woman) and Joyride (1991). The Singles Dangerous ( 1990) and fading like a flower (1991 ) each occupied space 2 on the U.S. charts. Roxette thus registered a hit show in the U.S. charts, which was only a few non-American artists.
In Europe, Australia, South America and Asia had Roxette addition to the songs mentioned above, other top sellers with Dressed for Success ( 1989), The Big L. (1991 ), Spending My Time (1991 ), How do you do! (1992 ), Almost unreal (1993 ) Sleeping in my car, Crash! Boom! Bang! (both 1994), You Do not Understand Me (1995 ) Wish I Could Fly ( 1999) and the Roxette rather atypical, techno -tinged Stars (1999).
The Swedish pop duo also brought a number of songs that were commercially successful middle, but dominated the radio charts and so were also very popular. These include Church of your heart, Queen of rain ( both 1992), Run to you (1995 ), The Centre of the Heart ( Is a Suburb to the Brain ), Milk and Toast and Honey (both 2001) and A thing about you (2002).
Roxette's songs are mostly based on catchy melodies, which are presented in a guitar- stressed rock or pop style. As Singles powerful ballads were often published in alternation with funky up-tempo songs. These circumstances also helped that Roxette always enjoyed great popularity among radio stations and go today both new and old hits in a high frequency of the transmitter. In the new millennium the classics Listen to your heart and It must have been love for example, were awarded BMI Awards for each over four million radio operations in the U.S. alone.
Even more successful than Roxette singles were their albums. Look Sharp! (1989) and Joyride (1991 ) count of ten or twelve million copies sold, the most successful of European origin albums of its decade. Although Roxette's single sales gradually declined from the mid-1990s, landed their albums still high in the charts and were awarded with precious metal.
Roxette's first world tour was held after the release of the album Joyride 1991/92. 1.7 million people visited a total of 107 concerts of the "Join the Joyride " tour. As one of the few pop bands they were in their second world tour in 1994 and 1995 under the name " Crash! Boom! Live! " Was held, playing in China and Moscow. Your "Room Service " tour was limited to 2001 to Europe. Concerts, which were scheduled for the end of 2001 in South Africa, were canceled after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. The final concert of the "Room Service " tour in Gothenburg in 2001 was a few years as the last live concert of the band at all.
Pause (2002 to 2008)
For a long time paused Roxette, Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed as a brain tumor. The first public appearance after her illness she had in the spring of 2003, when the Swedish royal couple who accepted an honorary medal for outstanding service together with Per Gessle. The end of 2005 she accompanied Per Gessle to the BMI Songwriter Awards in London. Shortly afterwards, the Stockholm Café Opera, the first live public appearance Fredrikssons after three years of break stage.
In June 2006, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle made after a four year break studio recording two new songs for the planned in autumn 2006 Greatest Hits album to Roxette's twenty -year -anniversary. The first joint appearance on stage after Fredrikssons disease took place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the magazine Bravo on 21 October 2006.
Comeback, second career Spring (2009 to present)
In May 2009, the band released their comeback as part of the Night of the Proms known; Marie Fredriksson had occurred days earlier each for two songs as a surprise guest on Pers Party Crasher Tour in Amsterdam (May 6 ) and Stockholm (May 10 2009). Her first official engagement after Roxette had in July 2009 at the New Wave Festival in Latvia. In the fall of 2009, she graduated with the Nokia Night of the Proms 42 appearances in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands before more than 600,000 spectators.
Roxette every seven studio albums were On 2 October 2009 re-edited on the market as re-releases. They each contain up to three bonus tracks.
On 18 June 2010 Roxette occurred at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling with her song The Look at a gala concert the night before. Also at the wedding ceremony on June 19, the duo came from the public on six songs. In August and September 2010 was followed by a further six concerts in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Russia. At the concert on 14 August 2010 on the Marknadtsplatsen Roxette in Halmstad pretended about 20,500 visitors a concert in which pop group Gyllene Tider also had a surprise appearance. On 3 November 2010 concert dates have been published for a proposed world tour in 2011.
On 31 December 2010 Roxette joined with other artists in Warsaw on New Year's Eve at the Constitution Square on.
On 10 January 2011, the single She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio ) was released on the B - side Wish I Could Fly in a live recording from St. Petersburg. The extraction reached number ten in the German charts. The album Charm School was released on February 11, 2011 and went straight to number one in the German charts. Already on 28 February 2011 started in Kazan, Russia Roxette's longest-ever world tour, which led to all six continents and ended on 19 September 2012 in Mexico City. On 3 July 2011, confirmed Gessle, the world tour on another new studio album à la Tourism to work while with the appropriate working title 2rism. January 31, 2012, it was announced on the band's website that the new album Travelling hot and would appear on 23 March 2012. The advance single It 's Possible had on March 2, Premiere Radio and appeared on March 16 on CD.