This is a good article. Click here for more information.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Roxette performing in 2012
Roxette performing in 2012
Background information
OriginHalmstad, Sweden
DiscographyRoxette discography
Years active1986–2019, 2025-present
SpinoffsPG Roxette
Past members

Roxette are a Swedish pop rock group, formerly consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals and piano) and Per Gessle[1] (vocals and guitar). They are Sweden's second-best-selling music act after ABBA.[2]

Before coming together to form the duo, Fredriksson and Gessle were already established artists in Sweden. Fredriksson had released a number of solo albums and Gessle was the lead singer and songwriter of Gyllene Tider, a band which had three No. 1 albums. Acting on the advice of the managing director of their record label, the two joined to record "Neverending Love", which became a hit single in Sweden. Roxette went on to achieve nineteen UK Top 40 hits,[3] and several US Hot 100 hits, including four US number-ones with "The Look", "Listen to Your Heart", "It Must Have Been Love", featured on the soundtrack of Pretty Woman, and "Joyride".[4] Their other hits include "Dressed for Success", "Dangerous", and "Fading Like a Flower".[3][4]

After the release of Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!, a greatest hits record, the duo took a hiatus before returning with the albums Have a Nice Day (1999) and Room Service (2001). They continued to chart in other territories, mainly in Europe, Australia and Latin America, where they earned various Gold and Platinum awards until the beginning of the new millennium. In 2002, the duo took a break from recording and touring when Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour.[5] Gessle went on to release solo albums and reunited with Gyllene Tider before Roxette took to the stage together again for the first time in eight years, in 2009, during Gessle's European Party Crasher tour.[6] In 2011, they released Charm School, their first studio album in ten years, which was followed by Travelling in 2012. Their final studio album, Good Karma, was released in 2016. Marie Fredriksson died on 9 December 2019, at the age of 61, following a long battle with her brain tumour.

Their songs "It Must Have Been Love" and "Listen to Your Heart" continue to receive wide radio airplay, with both singles receiving awards from BMI in 2014 for achieving five million radio plays.[7] They have sold an estimated 80 million records worldwide,[8][9][10][11] with over 10 million in certified units from Germany, the US and the UK, achieving gold and platinum certifications for Joyride and Look Sharp! in all three regions.[12][13][14] Since 2021, Gessle has released music under the name PG Roxette; their debut album Pop-Up Dynamo! was issued in 2022.

On 2 May 2024, Per Gessle announced the reformation of Roxette with Lena Philipsson on vocals and the announcement they will tour South Africa and Australia in February-March 2025.[15]


1979–1986: Formation[edit]

Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson first met in Halmstad, Sweden, in the late 1970s.[16][17] Gessle fronted Gyllene Tider, one of Sweden's most popular bands at the time, and Fredriksson was in the less successful Strul and MaMas Barn (Mama's Children) before both embarked on solo careers.[18] 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 Something's Going On, setting music to a Dorothy Parker poem.

While working on her first solo album, Het vind (Hot Wind), Fredriksson performed more background vocals for Gyllene Tider's only album in English, The Heartland Café. The 11-track album was released in February 1984 and sold 45,000 copies in Sweden.[19] According to Gessle, the group's first English-language release was in response to interest expressed by EMI's American label Capitol Records. Capitol took six of the tracks and released an extended play (EP) record in the US 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".[19][20]

"I remember that Per had written a damn good song. I thought that Per and Marie would fit in as Per writes great music and Marie can sing a phone book and get it (to) sound good. Of course I'm a bit proud of getting the idea for Roxette".

Rolf Nygren [21]

The newly named Roxette issued one near-invisible release in the US, "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."[19] Gessle then turned to solo work, recording his second Swedish-language solo album, Scener, released in 1985 and again featuring Fredriksson on background vocals. While Fredriksson recorded her second solo album, Den sjunde vågen (The Seventh Wave).

It was then that the managing director of EMI, Rolf Nygren, suggested that Gessle and Fredriksson should sing together.[21] Gessle translated a song called "Svarta glas" ("Black glasses") into English, which became their first single, "Neverending Love". It was released in the summer of 1986 under the name "Roxette" and reached the Swedish top 10, selling 50,000 copies.[21]

1986–1988: Pearls of Passion[edit]

...while the album was a hit in Sweden, the rest of the world failed to pay much attention at all. And listening to the album, it's not that hard to tell why: nothing here is bad, but it lacks nearly all of the elements that made albums like Joyride and Look Sharp into massive hits just a few years later.[22]

Damas of Allmusic retrospectively reviewing Passion

After the success of "Neverending Love" in Sweden, Gessle and Fredriksson quickly recorded a full-length album, translating songs Gessle had written originally for his third solo album.[23] With the release of Pearls of Passion in October 1986, Roxette maintained their commercial momentum in Sweden with their next singles "Goodbye to You" and "Soul Deep". Some singles from Passion were released in other countries,[21][23] but these international releases failed to emulate their Swedish success. The album was followed by a compilation of remixes of the same songs, titled Dance Passion.

Roxette alongside Eva Dahlgren on the Rock Runt Riket tour in 1987

In 1987, Fredriksson released her third solo album Efter stormen (After the Storm). Meanwhile Roxette released the single "I Want You" in a collaboration with Eva Dahlgren and Ratata. Later in the same year, they released "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For the Broken Hearted)" after EMI Germany asked the duo to come up with an intelligent Christmas single. The holiday-themed song received some attention in their native country as Roxette prepared their next album, though EMI Germany decided against releasing the single.[20] Pearls of Passion was re-released internationally in 1997, and included "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)" as a bonus track.

1988–1990: Look Sharp![edit]

In the duo's native Sweden, "Dressed for Success" and "Listen to Your Heart" were chosen as the first two singles from their second album Look Sharp!, as Gessle and EMI Sweden chose to highlight Fredriksson's singing. Gessle said, "I always thought we should promote the songs Marie sang. Me being a lead singer wasn't part of the plan, not for me anyway."[20] Both singles reached the top 10 of the Swedish singles chart, while the album, which was released in Sweden in October 1988, held the No. 1 position for 14 weeks.[24] Music critic Måns Ivarsson was underwhelmed by the album, writing derisively: "To consist of two such original persons as Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, the album sounds unbelievably conventional. Most striking are the lyrics. Gessle's once so subtle Swedish lyrics have became desolate English nonsense."[21] However, the album won Roxette their first Rockbjörnen awards in Sweden and Gessle his first Grammis award in the category Best Composer.[25][26]

When the third single from Look Sharp!, "The Look", became another top 10 single in their home country, Roxette were still unknown internationally. While studying in Sweden an American exchange student from Minneapolis, Dean Cushman, heard "The Look" and brought a copy of Look Sharp! home for the 1988 holiday break. He gave the album to a Minneapolis radio station, KDWB 101.3 FM. The station started playing "The Look"; based on positive caller feedback, the song became very popular, and quickly spread to other radio stations. The song became a radio hit before any Roxette product had been commercially released or promoted in the US market. The story was covered by radio, newspapers and TV in the US and in Sweden.[17][27][28][29] Fredriksson dismissed rumors that Cushman was paid to take the record to the radio station.[17]

EMI had previously rejected Roxette as unsuitable for the American market and they did not have a recording contract there,[17][29] but after the popularity of "The Look" in the US, EMI officials made the decision to release and market the single worldwide. "The Look" and pressed copies of Look Sharp! were issued in early 1989 to record stores and radio stations. "The Look" became their first No. 1 in the US on 8 April 1989, where it remained for one week. The breakthrough for Roxette became international when the song also topped the charts in 25 other countries,[16] and at the end of the year, Billboard named "The Look" one of the 20 biggest Hot 100 singles of the year.

"The Big Bad Ballad. 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. When it hit big in the States we suddenly found ourselves lumped together with bands like Heart and Starship, which wasn't the intention behind Roxette at all. But we got out of that one... I hope."

Gessle, talking about "Listen to Your Heart".[20]

"Dressed for Success", featuring Fredriksson on lead vocals with Gessle singing short parts, was the second international single. The single peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 as well as at No. 3 in Australia.[4][30] "Listen to Your Heart" was released thereafter; it differed from previous singles and instead resembled the guitar-heavy ballads of Heart. Spending a single week at No. 1 in the US in November 1989, it bore the distinction of being the first US Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 not to be commercially available on 7-inch vinyl.[31][32]

A fourth single, "Dangerous", was released at the end of the year, entering the Hot 100 at the end of December. The single, a duet between Gessle and Fredriksson, spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in February 1990, and again becoming a worldwide success by reaching the top 10 in important music markets such as Germany and Australia.[30][33] "Dangerous" was released as a double A-side single in the UK with "Listen to Your Heart".[3]

"It Must Have Been Love" – Pretty Woman soundtrack[edit]

It was around this time that Touchstone Pictures approached EMI and Roxette about contributing a song to the soundtrack of an upcoming film, Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.[18] Gessle maintained that "It Must Have Been Love", by then a two-year-old recording, was chosen because Roxette had no time to compose and record a new song.[18] The film's producers turned it down, asking for another song, but Gessle declined to produce another song.[18] Some weeks later after re-editing the film before release, the producers re-requested "It Must Have Been Love", but Roxette had to remove the Christmas lyrics.[18] Gessle and producer Clarence Öfwerman then took the old recording, had Fredriksson replace a single Christmas-reference line in the song and added some instrumentation and background vocal overlays.

Though it was not the first single released from the soundtrack, "It Must Have Been Love" would prove to be Roxette's most successful single release. The song spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in June 1990, three months after the film's release, and stayed for two additional weeks at No. 2, spending a total of seventeen weeks in the top 40. Billboard named the song the No. 2 Hot 100 single of the year, behind Wilson Phillips's "Hold On".[34] The single also topped the charts in more than 20 other countries (including Australia[30]) around the world. In Germany the single spent 9 months in the top 75, and peaked at No. 3 in the UK, the duo's highest singles chart position there.[3][33] The soundtrack went on to be certified three times platinum by the RIAA.[35]

1991–1992: Joyride[edit]

As 1990 wound down, Roxette completed their tour and returned to Sweden to record their follow-up to Look Sharp! The 15-track collection titled Joyride, which was released in March 1991, became a critical and commercial success. It topped the charts in a number of countries and became Roxette's best selling album. Their record company EMI invested almost 2 million dollars on promotion for the album,[27] which stayed at No. 1 in Germany for 13 weeks, while staying on the US album chart for over a year.[36] 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."[37] The album's success brought the duo two Rockbjörnen awards for Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Group, the second time they had achieved that feat.[26]

The single "Joyride" became Roxette's first No. 1 in their home country.[24] It also topped the charts in more than 25 countries around the world, including Germany, Australia and the US; it was their fourth and last No. 1 in the US.[4][30][33] The single also charted well in the UK, and achieved success in Canada, which resulted in the song being nominated in 1992 for a Juno Award in the category, Best Selling Single by a Foreign Artist.[38] Its follow-up, "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)", a power ballad similar to "Listen to Your Heart", with Fredriksson on lead, spent a week at No. 2 in the US in July and achieved success in other big markets as well.[3][4][30][33]

Roxette then embarked on an ambitious worldwide tour.[39][40] The Join the Joyride! World Tour 1991/92 tour eventually reached more than 1.5 million fans in 107 concerts around the world,[41] including a few dates in the US. On reviewing their Universal Amphitheater performance, Dennis Hunt of the Los Angeles Times said, "Fredriksson is squandering her talents in pop's low-rent district. She's clearly superior to Roxette's uncomplicated, hook-crammed material..."[42]

"I believed this ("Spending My Time") was going to be our biggest hit ever, which might have happened if not our American record company had fired a lot of...ah, never mind."[20]

"When Charles Koppelman took over the American [record] company in 1992 more than hundred people got replaced. Those folks who got sacked were the same people who made Roxette happen in 89-90-91."[43]

Gessle, on the downturn of Roxette in the US

The end of 1991 saw the merger of SBK, Chrysalis and EMI record companies, to form EMI Records Group North America.[44][45] The resulting merger saw many personnel changes that resulted in a downturn in publicity for Roxette. Though Joyride was certified platinum[12] and made impressive worldwide sales, the subsequent singles from the album—the ballad "Spending My Time" and "Church of Your Heart"—failed to reach the heights of previous singles in the US charts.

In late 1991, the band was honoured with its own postage stamp in Sweden, along with Lena Philipsson and Jerry Williams.[46][47]

Music tastes in the U.S. were changing, with the emergence of new genres such as new jack swing, grunge, harder-core rap and hip-hop. As William Ruhlmann of AllMusic later wrote, "Americans probably lost interest [in Roxette] at about the time that Nirvana came roaring in from the Northwest."[48] In a 2009 interview with BBC News, Gessle highlighted the popularity of Nirvana and grunge music as a contributor to Roxette's downturn in success.[28] Although Roxette's commercial momentum in America was slowing down dramatically, elsewhere, singles from the Joyride album continued to become hits when "Spending My Time" and "The Big L." charted in many countries.[3][30][33]

1992–1993: Tourism[edit]

Roxette continued the Join the Joyride tour into 1992. It was during this tour that most of the material for Tourism: Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places was recorded. Instead of releasing an album of brand-new material, 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 music-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, a hotel room – and compiled everything on to the album. Released in October 1992, Gessle and Fredriksson said Tourism was meant to "capture the energy within the band".[41]

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. Singles from Tourism barely dented the American radio and record charts but in the rest of the world, the first single "How Do You Do!", hit the top 5 in most European and South American countries. The album Tourism also charted well outside of the US, reaching No. 1 in Germany and Sweden, No. 2 in the UK as well as peaking at No. 3 in Australia.[3][24][30][33] The duo's success reflected in an ECHO Award nomination for International Group of the Year.[49] At home, Roxette won a Rockbjörnen Award for Best Swedish Group. It remains the last Rockbjörnen the duo received.[26] In October 1992, Fredriksson released her first solo album in Swedish for five years, titled Den ständiga resan (The Eternal Journey).[24]

In early 1993, Roxette became the first non-native-English speaking artists to be featured on MTV's Unplugged series,[16] though the songs from the performance were never released on an official Unplugged album. In the same year, Roxette recorded and released "Almost Unreal", a song originally slated for the film Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.[20] However, the song was moved to the soundtrack of the film based on the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros.[20] 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 charted highest in the UK reaching the top 10, the group's first time there since "Joyride" two years before.[3][4] Roxette themselves were dismissive about the song, with Fredriksson saying it was "not one of our most inspired moments."[20] On the other hand, Gessle stated: "I still like the song in a way... but if you wanted to make a parody of Roxette, it would probably sound something like this."[20] To coincide with the UK television premiere of the film Pretty Woman, "It Must Have Been Love" was re-issued in September 1993 and entered the UK and Irish singles charts for the second time.[3][51][52]

1994–1998: Crash! Boom! Bang! and Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus![edit]

"MF: It was just before Christmas '93 and we were listening to the first playback of the Crash! Boom! Bang! album and realized we were all missing something. It all sounded so... perfectly grown up. PG: We had worked for a year, much too long, endless hours of studio time... I mean, I loved it but there was too little P-O-P."[20]

Roxette, on the first playback of Crash! Boom! Bang!

Roxette changed their musical style with the 1994 release of Crash! Boom! Bang! Bryan Buss of Allmusic wrote, "They rock harder than on their pop-friendly albums prior to this, and the result shows growth but not the fun that made them so popular in the first place... Though the two have an edge on this album, they almost seem to have become a bit bored."[53]

Although Crash! Boom! Bang! saw chart success (No. 1 in Sweden, No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in Australia and the UK),[3][24][30][33] it sold fewer copies than had their previous albums.[54] EMI America were reluctant to release the album,[54] and instead promoted a shortened 10-track Favorites CD in association with McDonald's. The Favorites of Crash! Boom! Bang! CD reportedly sold about 1 million copies.[54][55] It was noted by journalists that the McDonald's promotion CD (and other CDs by Tina Turner, Garth Brooks and Elton John) led to US music retailers of the time being unhappy with the promotion for several reasons, including that it bypassed established music stores and that the price of the CD was way below normal wholesale costs. Some stores refused to sell the albums published by EMI, with one major chain protesting by temporarily pulling all products from CEMA (EMI's distribution wing) out of its sales and ad campaigns.[56][57][58][59] The duo's relations with EMI's North American subsidiary, which had never been smooth, collapsed after the release of this album.[60] Crash! Boom! Bang! became the last Roxette release EMI issued in the US until Greatest Hits was released in 2011 on subsidiary label Capitol Records.

The first single release from Crash! Boom! Bang! was "Sleeping in My Car". The distortion guitar-heavy pop song, born out of anger and frustration of the album's grown up nature,[20] reached No. 2 in Canada, as well as the top 10 in 7 European countries (including No. 1 in Sweden) as well as the top 15 in the UK, Australia and Germany. However, in the US, it was less successful, reaching only No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Subsequent releases--the album's title selection, "Fireworks", and "Run to You"—were less successful but managed to reach the charts in some countries.[3][33]

Roxette then embarked on another, albeit scaled-down, worldwide tour, skipping North America in the process.[61] The "Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour" saw Roxette becoming the first Western band to be allowed to perform in China (Workers' Indoor Arena, Beijing) since Wham! in 1985.[62] The procedure to get permission for this concert took over a year, and included self-censorship of lyrics.[63] In 2008 they were ordered to pay 4.5 million kronor in unpaid taxes to the Swedish Tax Agency, for money earned during the German part of the 1994/95 tour.[64][65]

In October 1995, Roxette released their first greatest hits compilation, Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! This reached the top 5 in many European countries, including the UK, as well as the top 10 in Australia.[3][30] It featured four new songs, three were released as singles, including the ballad "You Don't Understand Me", co-written by Desmond Child.[20] Also that year, a compilation of demos, B-sides and remixes, alongside some of the 1993 MTV Unplugged material, was released in Japan and parts of South America under the title Rarities.

Gessle briefly reunited with Gyllene Tider in 1996, then Roxette took instrumental masters of many of its ballads and recorded translated Spanish lyrics over them. The resulting album, Baladas En Español, sold well in Spanish-speaking regions, reaching 2× platinum in Spain and platinum in Argentina.[66][67] The single "Un día sin ti" ("Spending My Time") accompanied by a video directed by Jonas Åkerlund, became their first Latin Pop Airplay chart entry.[4] The duo then released solo albums, I en tid som vår (In a Time Like Ours) by Fredriksson and The World According to Gessle by Gessle, with both charting in Sweden.[24]

1999–2001: Have a Nice Day and Room Service[edit]

Gessle and Fredriksson reunited in 1998 to record material for a new Roxette album, Have a Nice Day, which was released in February 1999 and gave Roxette a comeback in continental Europe. It entered at No. 1 in Sweden and No. 2 in Germany.[24] The first single, "Wish I Could Fly", became their highest-charting UK single since 1993 (No. 11). In Sweden it charted at No. 4, their best position since "Sleeping in My Car".[3][24] Although the second single, "Anyone", did not chart well in Europe, "Stars", the third single, charted well in Scandinavian and German-speaking countries. NME's review called Have a Nice Day "...another clever-clever bastard of an album which defies Doctor Rock."[68] A review of "I Wish I Could Fly" written by Håkan Steen of Aftonbladet said, "The come-back single is a disappointment. The lyrics, which convey a sense of distance in a relationship, are not particularly engaging."[69] The album, according to Billboard magazine, was under discussion for release in the US, but ultimately, it was not released there.[70][71]

In 2000, Fredriksson released a greatest hits compilation called Äntligen (At Last), which went on to be a big seller in Sweden, peaking at No. 1 for three weeks.[24] Meanwhile, Roxette signed a US distribution deal with Edel Music, which re-released Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! In doing so, it replaced some non-US hits with songs from Have a Nice Day.[71] To promote the release the duo did a small tour of The United States, performing at the Boston Mixfest and at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square.[72][73] The single "Wish I Could Fly", included on the album, reached No. 27 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and No. 40 on the Adult Top 40 chart.[4]

Room Service followed in 2001, to a mixed response from critics. "Probably the best Roxette album since Joyride," wrote Leslie Mathew of Allmusic, "Room Service is an exciting, immediate, high-gloss pop gem that contains very little filler indeed."[74] Per Bjurman from Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet was critical of the album. "It is not very good." he wrote. He did praise the three singles, "Real Sugar", "The Centre of the Heart", and "Milk and Toast and Honey", but he ended the review with the prediction: "Roxette is not finished. But soon, I suspect."[75]

Roxette in a 2001 concert in Spain

The album topped the Swedish charts and reached No. 3 in Germany, but it received little attention in the UK. A planned US release through Edel America Records did not happen as the label was disbanded due to financial difficulties,[76][77] though it did peak at No. 2 on CNN's Worldbeat album chart.[78] The first single, "The Centre of the Heart" topped the charts in Sweden, made the top 10 in Spain, and the top 15 in Finland.[24][79][80] The other singles, "Real Sugar", the album's opening track and "Milk and Toast and Honey" were less successful. Roxette again went on tour, this time in Europe only, as concerts planned in South Africa were cancelled after the 11 September 2001 attacks.[81] On reviewing their Löfbergs Lila Arena concert, Bjurman from Aftonbladet wrote, "Roxette succeed in all cases, to never leave the 80s."[82] His review criticised Roxette's playlist, which consisted of some of their early hits. Johan Lindqvist from Göteborgs-Posten was more positive, scoring their Munich concert four stars out of five.[83]

2002–2008: Compilations, solo albums and hiatus[edit]

In 2002, at the Grammis ceremony, Roxette received a Music Export Prize from the Swedish Government.[25] 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. "A Thing About You" was released as the lead single from The Ballad Hits. The album was released in the UK on 14 February 2003 to coincide with Valentine's Day and entered the charts there at No. 23 before climbing to its peak position of No. 11 a week later. It also peaked in the top 10 in Germany and the Netherlands. The single "Opportunity Nox" was released from The Pop Hits in 2003. The Ballad Hits which sold over a million copies within a year,[84] helped the duo win a World Music Award as the Best selling Scandinavian artist in October 2003.[85] In that year, Roxette were also awarded with achievement medals by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden "for appreciated achievements in Sweden and internationally".[86]

In September 2002, Fredriksson was hospitalised due to suffering from a concussion after a fainting spell at her home. She was then diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was later successfully removed in surgery.[5][87] Four months later, Swedish newspaper Expressen reported Fredriksson had been diagnosed with a second tumor. This turned out to be false; the newspaper issued an apology saying its report had no basis, but dismissed demands from Fredriksson for compensation.[88][89] During her recovery, she recorded her first-ever English-language solo album, The Change. The album which was inspired by her brush with mortality, entered the Swedish album chart at No. 1 in October 2004.[24] With Fredriksson's illness and rehabilitation, the duo took a hiatus, allowing Gessle to release Mazarin (Cupcake) in 2003. It was his first Swedish-language solo album in 18 years and became very successful in his home country, topping the charts and winning numerous awards.[24][25][26][90] One of the tracks, "På promenad genom stan" ("Strolling Through the Town"), featured Fredriksson singing back-up. 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 successful tour in Sweden.

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, by the mid-2005, the song reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold in October by the RIAA.[91] Also that year, 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 chart.[3] In November 2005, while Gessle was in the middle of promoting his Son of a Plumber album, he and Fredriksson appeared at the Dorchester Hotel in London for an awards presentation by Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Gessle received two awards, the first for "It Must Have Been Love", which by that time had been played on US radio more than 4 million times,[92] while 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".[93] The ceremony marked the first time Gessle and Fredriksson had appeared in public together since before the onset of Fredriksson's brain tumour 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".[94] Fredriksson returned in 2006 with an album of Swedish cover songs, titled Min bäste vän (My Best Friend), while Gessle recorded two more solo albums, En händig man (A Handy Man) (2007) and Party Crasher (2008).

"They were a legitimately popular band, but they don't fit neatly into the story of American pop music. The Swedish duo wasn't a boy band like New Kids on the Block, they weren't glammy enough to be hair metal, and vocalist Marie Fredriksson didn't have the outsize personality to be a diva like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, or Janet Jackson. They were far from the only guitar-based pop act on the airwaves in the '80s, but they came too late to be mentioned alongside Journey, Survivor, or REO Speedwagon, and they didn't have the rock legacy of Heart or Starship."

Chris Conaton from PopMatters reviewing Greatest Hits[95]

In mid-2006, Roxette released to radio "The Rox Medley" to promote a forthcoming 20th Anniversary package. The medley included 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)". It was eventually released as b-side to the single "One Wish" and was also available to download. The 20th Anniversary package better known as The Rox Box was released on 18 October 2006 to commemorate Roxette's 20 years in the music industry. Spanning over 4 CDs and single DVD, it included two new singles, "One Wish", which was their first new single in four years, and "Reveal". Both songs were also included on a new greatest hits album, A Collection of Roxette Hits: Their 20 Greatest Songs!, which was released at the same time as The Rox Box. Nunstedt of Expressen was disparaging of A Collection of Roxette Hits, giving the album two stars and ending the review, "...the CD subtitle Their Twenty greatest songs is a matter of discussion, I can only count eight hits."[96]

2009–2010: Night of The Proms and European Tour[edit]

Rumours started of a Roxette reunion when Gessle was interviewed by the BBC in April 2009. "Yeah, we've talked about it. It's really up to Marie." Gessle said.[28] Online news sites also picked up on the possibility of a reunion.[97][98] On 5 May 2009, an announcement was made that "Roxette would re-unite after 8 years and play for the first time on the Night of the Proms in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany". The tour started on Friday, 23 October in the Sportpaleis Antwerp.[16][99] Roxette were due to play the Night of the Proms back in 2002, but Fredriksson's illness meant they had to pull out.[99]

Roxette onstage on 6 May 2009

Despite the Night of the Proms announcement, the first appearance of Roxette after eight years was on 6 May 2009, during Per Gessle's concert in Amsterdam as part of his Party Crasher tour. Almost at the end of the concert, Gessle said: "I'd like you all to welcome an old friend of mine: Marie Fredriksson",[6] then she joined the band to perform "It Must Have Been Love" and "The Look". Later she also appeared on stage with him in Stockholm, at the last concert of his solo tour, 9 May 2009.[16] Later in July 2009, they took part in the New Wave festival in Latvia.[16]

In January 2010, a concert at The Race Legends event in Sweden on 14 August was announced,[100] followed by confirmation of other concerts in Russia, Denmark and Norway which took place during August and September 2010. On 18 June 2010, Roxette performed a one-off set at Stockholm Concert Hall, performing "The Look" in front of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, during the gala concert on the day before her wedding.[101] On 4 August 2010, Roxette played a 2-hour secret gig at Leifs Lounge, Hotel Tylösand, just outside Halmstad. This was seen as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming European tour.[102] On 31 December 2010, Roxette performed in Poland at New Year's Eve concert, transmitted live from Warsaw internationally.

2011–2012: Charm School, Travelling and World Tour[edit]

Roxette at the Bospop festival in Weert, Netherlands, 9 July 2011

On 23 October 2009, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that Roxette were recording new songs. Per stated that he had been working on new material for an upcoming album since May 2009.[103] In early November 2010, it was announced that the band would undertake their first world tour since 1995. Their eighth studio album, Charm School, was released in Europe on 11 February 2011 and peaked within the top 20 of eleven European album charts. The set also became their first since 1992's Tourism to reach No. 1 on the German album chart,[104] where it was certified gold for shipments in excess of 100,000 units.[14] The album was preceded by the single "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" on 10 January 2011, which became Roxette's biggest hit in the German market since "How Do You Do!", and for several weeks was the fourth most-played song on radio in the world.[105] Charm School also received a full commercial release in South America, debuting at No. 1 on the Argentinian album chart.[106] The Charm School World Tour, their first in 15 years, started on 28 February 2011 in Kazan, Russia. The tour eventually comprised 140 concerts plus three corporate gigs and ended on 9 September 2012 in Mexico City,[107] with the band performing to over 800,000 people in the 77 concerts and two corporate gigs held in 2011 alone.[105][108] On 15 November, Roxette played their first UK gig in 17 years at London's Wembley Arena, and in March 2012, they performed two concerts in China, after the Chinese Ministry of Culture gave them permission to play.[109]

In early 2012, Gessle confirmed through his official Twitter account that recording for Roxette's ninth studio album, titled Travelling, had been completed.[110] The fifteen-track album and the first single "It's Possible" was released in March 2012.

2013–2019: Continued touring, Good Karma and Fredriksson's death[edit]

In 2013, Gessle reunited with his former band Gyllene Tider, who released a new album and toured Sweden, while Roxette issued their first Blu-ray/DVD concert, Live: Travelling the World.[111] Fredriksson also released her eighth solo album, Nu!, which she promoted with a tour of Swedish concert halls.[112] In April 2014, succeeding the announcement of the 25th anniversary of Roxette's first United States #1 hit "The Look" they announced that they would be embarking on new legs of "The Neverending World Tour", starting in Russia in late October 2014. "The Look (2015 Remake)", a new recording of their 1988 single, was released in July 2015.[113] Roxette Diaries, a documentary directed by Jonas Åkerlund, was released on streaming services in March 2016.[114]

On 18 April 2016, an official statement was released, cancelling the last leg of "The Neverending World Tour", due to concerns about Marie Fredriksson's health. Her doctors had advised her to refrain from playing live. She stated: "Sadly, now my touring days are over and I want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful fans that (have) followed us on our long and winding journey."[115] Gessle added: "The joyride on the road is over now – but we sure had fun, didn't we?"[116] Roxette's tenth studio album, Good Karma, was released in June 2016.[117] The record was preceded by its lead single, "It Just Happens", two months earlier. The album contains production from Swedish musicians Addeboy vs Cliff, with Gessle saying they were chosen to "inject new blood into the Roxette sound". Remixes aside, this was the first time that they had allowed anyone outside of the Roxette canon to produce new music.[118] Per Gessle toured Europe in October and November 2018 as "Per Gessle's Roxette". The set leant heavily on the band's back catalogue.[119] In October 2018, Roxette released a 30th-anniversary edition of Look Sharp!, which contained a bonus disc of previously unreleased demos and outtakes.[120]

Marie Fredriksson died on 9 December 2019, at the age of 61, following a long battle with a brain tumour. The day of her death, the music video for "It Must Have Been Love", posted on Roxette's official YouTube channel, had reached over 430 million views.[121][122][123][124] Paying tribute to Fredriksson after her death, Gessle said she was "an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer."[125]

2020–2022: Vault releases and Alsing's death[edit]

An album of previously unreleased outtakes, Bag of Trix, was released in December 2020. An outtake from the Good Karma sessions, "Let Your Heart Dance with Me" was released on 2 October. It was one of the final songs Fredriksson recorded before her death.[126] On 19 December 2020, Roxette's longtime drummer Per "Pelle" Alsing died at the age of 60.[127] In 2021, Roxette released a 30th-anniversary edition of Joyride, containing two bonus discs of previously unreleased demos and outtakes. The following year, Roxette amended digital and streaming editions of the 30th-anniversary edition of Look Sharp! to include more previously unreleased demos. Also in 2022, Roxette released a triple remix compilation album called ROX RMX, containing previously-released remixes of Roxette's singles.[citation needed]

2025: Reformation[edit]

On 2 May 2024, Gessle announced the reformation of Roxette, with Lena Philipsson on vocals and that they would tour South Africa & Australia in February-March 2025.[128]


Year Nominee / work Award Result
1988 Look Sharp Grammis (Sweden) – Composer of the Year (Gessle)[25] Won
Rockbjörnen (Sweden) – Best Swedish Album[26] Won
Roxette Rockbjörnen (Sweden) – Best Swedish Group[26] Won
1989 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party – Most Promising New Group Nominated
"The Look" MTV Video Award (USA) – International Viewer's Choice (Europe) Won
Music & Media Year-End Awards – Pan European Award[129] 2nd place
Roxette Rockbjörnen (Sweden) – Best Swedish Group[26] Won
Silver Bravo Otto (Germany) – Best rock/pop Group[130] Won
1990 Bronze Bravo Otto – Best rock/pop group[131] Won
1991 Brit Award (UK) – Best international group[132] Nominated
Silver Bravo Otto – Best rock/pop group[133] Won
Rockbjörnen (Sweden) – Best Swedish Group[26] Won
Joyride Rockbjörnen (Sweden) – Best Swedish Album[26] Won
Grammis – Pop Group of the Year[25] Won
"Joyride" MTV Video Award – International Viewer's Choice (Europe) Won
Roxette Australian Music Awards – Most Popular International Group Won
1992 Gold Bravo Otto – Best rock/pop Group[134] Won
Rockbjörnen (Sweden) – Best Swedish Group[26] Won
"Joyride" Juno Award (Canada) – Best Selling Single by a Foreign Artist[38] Nominated
Roxette Echo (Germany) – International Group of the Year[49] Nominated
1993 Echo (Germany) – International Group of the Year[49] Nominated
Join the Joyride! Tour Hungarian Music Awards – Best Foreign Concert Nominated
1995 Roxette Echo (Germany) – International Group of the Year[49] Nominated
1999 "Wish I Could Fly" Fono Music Award (Europe) – European No. 1 Airplay hit[135] Won
2000 Roxette WMA – Best selling Scandinavian artist[136] Won
2002 Grammis (Sweden) – Government Music Export Prize[25] Won
2003 WMA – Best selling Scandinavian artist[85] Won
2006 "Listen to Your Heart" BMI Pop Awards – Award-Winning Song Won
2007 The Rox Box/Roxette 86–06 Grammis (Sweden) – Best Compilation[25] Nominated



Christoffer Lundquist (guitarist) and Malin Ekstrand (backing vocals), who accompanied Roxette during the 2010 European tour

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Roxette — The Look | The Story Behind The Song". YouTube. Archived from the original on 31 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61". Deutsche Welle. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Roxette's The Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Roxette's Billboard chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Roxette Star has brain tumour". BBC News. 16 September 2002. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b "The Daily Roxette: Marie joins Per and band on stage in Amsterdam". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  7. ^ Schneider, Marc (14 October 2014). "Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards". Billboard. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Roxette – Biography". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 May 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Tour news: Roxette reschedule NZ shows". nzherald. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  10. ^ Andersson, Jan (19 October 2009). "Gessles perfekta pjäxpop". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  11. ^ Strömberg, Niklas (1 November 2007). "Per Gessle är Girig" [Per Gessle is Greedy]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  12. ^ a b "American certifications – Roxette". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  13. ^ "British certifications – Roxette". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 January 2012. Type Roxette in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Roxette)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Tour news: Roxette Announce 2025 Australian Tour". 3 May 2024. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Roxette's official website (Click on Biography)". Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  17. ^ a b c d Hunt, Dennis (13 May 1990). "Roxette ridicules rumours". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  18. ^ a b c d e Lundgren & Wikström: (1992) p.?
  19. ^ a b c "Album notes". The Heartland Café (insert). Gyllene Tider. EMI Sweden. 1990. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2009.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Album notes". Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! (booklet). Roxette. EMI. 1995. Retrieved 11 January 2012.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  21. ^ a b c d e O Schulman, Ninni (13 April 2001). "Sagan om Roxette: Här börjar triumftåget" [Lord of Roxette: Here starts success (part 1)]. Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 29 August 2002. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  22. ^ Damas, Jason. "Allmusic's review of Pearls of Passion". Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  23. ^ a b Pearls of Passion (insert). Roxette. EMI. 1997. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Swedish charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g [1] [permanent dead link]
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Rockbjörnen – tidigare vinnare" [Previous winners]. Aftonbladet / Rockbjörnen. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  27. ^ a b O Schulman, Ninni (14 April 2001). "Sagan om Roxette: Tacka Dean för succén" [Lord of Roxette: Thank Dean for success (part 2)]. Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 20 April 2001. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  28. ^ a b c "BBC news Talking Shop: Roxette's Per Gessle". BBC News. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  29. ^ a b Considine, J.D. (23 September 1989). "Sweden's Roxette Is Making It Big Almost by Accident". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Australian charts archive". Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  31. ^ Clover, Joshua (2009). 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About. University of California Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-520-25255-4.
  32. ^ The Look for Roxette discography confirms "Listen to Your Heart" wasn't commercially available on vinyl."The Look for Roxette discography". Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  33. ^ a b c d e f g h "German charts archive". Phononet. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  34. ^ "Billboard's 1990 year end chart". Billboard. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006.
  35. ^ "American certifications – Pretty Woman". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  36. ^ "American chart positions". Billboard. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  37. ^ Considine, J.D. (27 June 1991). "Rolling Stone's review of Joyride". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009.
  38. ^ a b "Juno Awards archive". Juno Award. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  39. ^ "Join The Joyride! World Tour 1991/92". Archived from the original on 11 April 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  40. ^ "The Summer Joyride '92! European Tour". Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  41. ^ a b "Album notes". Tourism (booklet). Roxette. EMI. 1992. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  42. ^ Hunt, Dennis (23 March 1992). "Roxette Shows Added Dimension at Universal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  43. ^ Amter, Charlie (4 July 2011). "EMI Sets U.S. Release for New Roxette Album". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  44. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (29 December 1992). "Winners and Losers, Hits and Errors". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  45. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (21 November 1991). "EMI Music Publishing Fills Chairman's Post". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  46. ^ Brown, Joe (28 February 1992). "They've got the Look, the Licks". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  47. ^ "Roxette NYC 2012: When Opportunity Nox, You Rox On..." Wormhole Riders. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  48. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Allmusic's review of The Ballad Hits". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  49. ^ a b c d "ECHO Awards search". Echo. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  50. ^ Schiller, Mike (29 March 2007). "Roxette Hits review". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  51. ^ "Irish charts archive". IRMA. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  52. ^ ""It Must Have Been Love" on The Look for Roxette". Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  53. ^ Russ, Bryan. "Allmusic's review of Crash! Boom! Bang!". Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  54. ^ a b c O Schulman, Ninni (15 April 2001). "Sagan om Roxette: På väg tillbaka – eller?" [Lord of Roxette: On the way back – or?]. Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 5 June 2001. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  55. ^ "Favourites from C!B!B! on The Look for Roxette". Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  56. ^ Christman, Ed (11 March 1995). "NARM Nuggets:Virgin Retail, Blockbuster Deal Off in U.S." Billboard. p. 54. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  57. ^ Christman, Ed (29 July 2000). "McDonald's Fries up Another Cheap-CD Deal". Billboard. p. 12. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  58. ^ Morris, Chris (23 July 1994). "McDonald's Not Retailers' Kind of Place". Billboard. pp. 6, 127. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  59. ^ Harrington, Richard (7 October 1994). "McDonald's CD Promotions Irk Retailers". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 25 May 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  60. ^ Cromer, Ben (24 April 1999). "Roxette's Per Gessle Continues to Seek Pop 'Magic' on Duo's Have a Nice Day". Billboard. p. 45. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  61. ^ Duffy, Thom (29 April 1995). "EMA Telstar Books Roxette into Moscow To Close Tour". Billboard. p. 61. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  62. ^ Levin, Mike (23 December 1995). "Hong kong comes into Focus". Billboard. p. 66. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  63. ^ "Roxette lyrics censored in Beijing". The Albany Herald. Associated Press. 20 February 1995. p. 2. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  64. ^ Grahn, Albin (15 October 2008). "Roxette förlorade – döms att betala 4,5 miljoner" [Roxette lost – ordered to pay 4.5 million]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  65. ^ Røyseland, Halstein (16 October 2008). "Roxette skylder millionbeløp" [Roxette owes millions]. VG Nett (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  66. ^ "Top 100 albums – 2006–09" (PDF). Promusicae. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  67. ^ "Argentinian Certifications". CAPIF. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  68. ^ "NME's review of Have a Nice Day". NME. 19 March 1999. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  69. ^ Steen, Håkan (5 January 1999). "Sorry, Roxette, det lyfter aldrig" [Sorry Roxette, it never lifts]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  70. ^ Pride, Dominic (21 March 1999). "After Years Together, EMI's Roxette Finds Freedom in Owning its Rights". Billboard. p. 16. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  71. ^ a b [2] [dead link]
  72. ^ Larsson, Mats (24 September 2000). "USA hade inte glömt Roxette" [USA had not forgotten Roxette]. Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 9 January 2002. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  73. ^ Sörbring, Karin (28 September 2000). "Roxette på fest med Victoria i natt" [Roxette at a party with Victoria tonight]. Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 5 November 2002. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  74. ^ Mathew, Leslie. "Allmusic's review of Room Service". Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  75. ^ Bjurman, Per (2 April 2001). "Roxette är snart slut" [Roxette is almost over]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  76. ^ Lofthus, Kai R. (3 February 2001). "Global Music Pulse". Billboard. p. 71. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  77. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (7 April 2001). "Germany's Edel Plans Steps to Cut Costs". Billboard. p. 75. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  78. ^ "CNN's Worldbeat album chart page". CNN. Archived from the original on 23 May 2001. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  79. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 21 April 2001. p. 59. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  80. ^ "Finnish charts archive". Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  81. ^ "Roxette's official website-from archive". Archived from the original on 22 November 2001.
  82. ^ Bjurman, Per (15 November 2001). "Sagan Roxette är härmed slut" [Lord of Roxette is hearby finished]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  83. ^ Lindqvist, Johan (29 September 2001). "Roxette har aldrig varit bättre" [Roxette has never been better]. Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 11 August 2002. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  84. ^ "Roxette prisas – säljer rekordmycket". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 24 September 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  85. ^ a b "Billboard's list of 2003 World Music Award winners". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  86. ^ "BBC News: Roxette get king's honour". BBC News. 30 January 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  87. ^ "Roxette star's surgery 'a success'". BBC News. 4 October 2002. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  88. ^ "Tumour story angers Roxette star". BBC News. 19 February 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  89. ^ "Roxette star sues newspaper". BBC News. 18 March 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  90. ^ "IFPI Sweden" (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
  91. ^ "RIAA gold certification of 'Listen to Your Heart'". RIAA. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  92. ^ "2005 BMI awards ("It Must Have Been Love")". BMI. 28 November 2005. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  93. ^ "BMI Honors Top European Writers & Publishers at 2005 London Awards". BMI. 28 November 2005. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  94. ^ Svärdkrona, Zendry (30 November 2005). "Roxette vill tillbaka" [Roxette would return]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  95. ^ Conaton, Chris (14 October 2011). "Roxette: Greatest Hits review". PopMatters. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  96. ^ Nunstedt, Anders (18 October 2006). "Roxette – Roxette hits! review". Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  97. ^ Villeneuve, Phil (27 March 2009). "Roxette return will happen". Archived from the original on 25 June 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  98. ^ Balls, David (15 April 2009). "Roxette eye potential comeback". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  99. ^ a b "NOTP official website". Night of the Proms. 5 May 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  100. ^ "Roxette spelar i Sverige i sommar". Norrköpings Tidningar (in Swedish). 28 January 2010. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  101. ^ "Festen fortsatte i Konserthuset" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 18 June 2010. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  102. ^ Johansson, Annika (5 August 2010). "Trångt på Roxettes genrep". Skånska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  103. ^ Brask, Christofer (23 October 2009). "Roxette spelar in nytt material" [Roxette are recording new material]. Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  104. ^ "Roxette, Charm School – German charts archive". Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  105. ^ a b Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson (15 December 2011). "Oh yeah! – Merry Christmas from Marie and Per". Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  106. ^ "Ranking Mensual Pop". CAPIF. 1 February 2011. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  107. ^ a b c d e f g h i "List of Roxette's tours". The Daily Roxette.
  108. ^ Evensson, Thomas (9 December 2011). "Roxette returns to South America in 2012". The Daily Roxette. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  109. ^ "Nu får Roxette spela i Kina" [Now Roxette play in china]. Hallandsposten (in Swedish). 13 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  110. ^ Gessle, Per. "Gessle's official Twitter account". Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  111. ^ Yeoh, Angelin (23 March 2014). "Roxette Live: Travelling The World — Music Reviews". The Star. Star Media Group Berhad. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  112. ^ "Marie Fredriksson på turné" [Marie Fredriksson on tour]. Helsingborgs Dagblad (in Swedish). 15 October 2013. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  113. ^ Bronson, Fred (26 June 2016). "Roxette Takes a New 'Look' at the Song That Started It All With a 2015 Remake". Billboard. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  114. ^ Groves, Dan (11 March 2016). "Innovative Global Release For 'Roxette Diaries' Documentary". Forbes. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  115. ^ Brandle, Lars (21 April 2016). "Roxette Calls Time on Touring". Billboard. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  116. ^ "Roxette — News". Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  117. ^ Ruby, Jennifer (19 April 2016). "Roxette cancel European leg of tour including London show on doctor's advice". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 8 December 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  118. ^ ""...Probably our best LP since CBB..." Per meets TDR 2015 – Round 4". The Daily Roxette. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  119. ^ a b "Good news for European fans of Swedish super group and classic hit makers Roxette—the duo's songwriter Per Gessle is embarking on a European tour focusing on the mighty Roxette song catalogue this autumn". 15 March 2018. Archived from the original on 24 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  120. ^ "Roxette: Ein Pop-Meilenstein wird 30: Roxette feiern drei Jahrzehnte "Look Sharp!"" ["Roxette: A pop milestone turns 30: Roxette celebrates three decades of Look Sharp!"] (in German). Warner Music. 23 October 2018. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  121. ^ "Roxette — It Must Have Been Love (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 31 October 2021. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  122. ^ Saunders, Emmeline (10 December 2019). "Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61 after long illness". mirror. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  123. ^ "Celebs: Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61". 5 December 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  124. ^ Dimberg Jernberg Management (10 December 2019). "Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has died". Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  125. ^ Savage, Mark (10 December 2019). "Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies, aged 61". BBC News. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  126. ^ Helman, Peter (2 October 2020). "Hear Roxette's Previously Unreleased "Let Your Heart Dance With Me"". Stereogum. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  127. ^ Hussey, Allison (21 December 2020). "Roxette Drummer Pelle Alsing Dead at 60". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  128. ^ Taylor, Caleb (2 May 2024). "Roxette frontman reveals replacement for late Marie Fredriksson as the band makes a major announcement". Seven Network. Retrieved 6 May 2024.
  129. ^ "Music & Media" (PDF). 23 December 1989. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 October 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  130. ^ "Bravo magazine archive–Otto awards 1989". Bravo (in German). Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  131. ^ "Bravo magazine archive–Otto awards 1990". Bravo (in German). Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  132. ^ "1991 Brit Awards". Brit Awards (BPI). Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  133. ^ "Bravo magazine archive–Otto awards 1991". Bravo (in German). Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  134. ^ "Bravo magazine archive–Otto awards 1992". Bravo (in German). Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  135. ^ "Roxette fick guldskiva i Tyskland". Expressen (in Swedish). 1 September 1999. Archived from the original on 7 July 2001. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  136. ^ "2000 WMA winners list". WMA. Archived from the original on 19 June 2000. Retrieved 12 January 2012.

General sources[edit]

  • Lundgren, Larz; Wikström, Jan-Owe (1992). Roxette: The Book. Wahlström & Widstrand. ISBN 91-46-16211-9.

External links[edit]