Roxette is a Swedish duo formed in 1986 and composed of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, the same Gessle who began his artistic career with the group Gyllene Tider, one of the most famous groups of the mid-1980s in Sweden. Duo who can boast of having sold no less than 75 million records to date around the world, just that !
And it is precisely within the group Gyllene Tider, that Gessle and Fredriksson will cross, the latter playing the choristers on several titles of the group. An artistic meeting which will be accelerated by the label EMI, which strongly encourages them to sing together .
The duo thus rode in 1986 on a first title "Neverending love", single which launches them in a shattering way on the front of the Swedish scene. A first success which allowed them to record in the wake of a first album called "Pearls of passion", album which confirms the rise of the duo since it will sell more than 800,000 copies worldwide.
The year 1987 saw them release 2 singles out of album, "Soul deep" and "It must have been love (Christmas for the broken hearted)", singles which will be a notable success but only in Sweden once again. Ditto for "Dressed" for success ”and“ Listen to your heart ”which came out a year later in 1988.
Two singles from the album "Look sharp !" which was also released in 1988, an album which, unlike the singles released previously, will be talked about internationally and in what way ! It will sell more than 9 million copies worldwide and literally explode the reputation of the duo overnight.
An album from which other singles will be extracted in 1989 and not the least with two top hits that are "Dressed for success" and "Listen to your heart" and 2 mega hits that are "Dangerous" but also, and above all, "The look". Single that will shatter everything in its path and which remains to this day one of the biggest global hits of the late 1980s.
Happiness never comes alone, they will have the incredible chance to participate in the Pretty Woman adventure, now cult film of the year 1990, by signing one of the flagship titles of the soundtrack, namely "It must have been love".
And it is the year 1991 which will definitively consecrate them as one of the major groups of this end of the XXth century with the release of their album "Joyride", flagship album of all their discography on the album side with 11 million copies passed around the world. Album which will also produce the biggest success of all their discography single side with the title of the same name, enormous single which will reach the place of N°1 of Charts in no less than 25 countries !
A planetary tidal wave that does not stop there since the same album will produce a second mega hit with the title "Fading like a flower (Every time you leave)" and three top hits with the titles "The big L.","Spending my time" and "Church of your heart", just that !
An incredible adventure, to say the least, which continued in 1992 with the release of the album "Tourism", an album with less success than its predecessor, but which still reached 6 million copies sold ! In particular thanks to the flagship title “How do you do !", title which will add an additional star to the group on the mega hit side. And to a lesser extent “Queen of Rain” which will achieve impressive sales scores.
The soundtracks of film succeeding them rather well, they put the cover back in 1993 with the title "Almost unreal" present on the soundtrack of the film Super Mario Bros. The film will not be really a success but the single on the contrary will be !
Change of style and tone in 1994 with the release of the album "Crash!" Boom! Bang!", changes that do not destabilize their core fans any more than that, as the album will sell more than 5 million copies. Album carried at arm's length by the mega hit “Sleeping in my car” and by the 3 top hits “Crash! Boom! Bang!","Fireworks" and "Run to you".
A decade of 90 which saw them maintain a remarkable level of excellence since their compilation "Don’t bore us, get to the chorus! Roxette’s greatest hits", released a year later in 1995, went on to sell over 6 million copies. Compilation which will produce 2 unreleased very large caliber that are "June afternoon" but also, and above all, "You don’t understand me".
The second part of the decade will prove to be a little more complicated to manage than expected because it will take 4 years to see their new album "Have a nice day" come out in 1999. Album which sees the group fall heavily in sales (only 2 millions of copies sold…) while still remaining at levels that many groups would like to reach.
Album that allows them all the same to stay ahead of the pack with titles like "Stars" and "Anyone". But also "Wish I could fly", the flagship title of the album and especially the last top hit of the decade for the group.
A success story that will continue for the next decade, but that's another story ...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Neverending love 1986
Goodbye to you 1986
So far away 1986
Soul deep 1987
I want you 1987
I call your name 1988
The look 1989
Dressed for success 1989
Listen to your heart 1989
It must have been love 1990
Fading like a flower (Every time you leave) 1991
The big L. 1991
Spending my time 1991
Church of your heart 1992
How do you do ! 1992
Queen of rain 1992
Fingertips 93' 1993
Almost unreal 1993
Sleeping in my car 1994
Crash! Boom! Bang! 1994
Run to you 1994
You don’t understand me 1995
June afternoon 1996
Whish I could fly 1999
The centre of the heart 2001
Real sugar 2001
Milk and toast and honey 2001
A thing about you 2002
Opportunity Nox 2003
One wish 2006
She’s got nothing on (But the radio) 2011
Speak to me 2011
The sweet hello, the sad goodbye 2012
It’s possible 2012
It just happens 2016
Some other summer 2016
Why don't you bring me flowers 2016
1986 ... the first steps of a completely unknown duo. And who won't stay that way for long...unknown. Oh no !
1986 ... two titles from the first year of existence and above all 2 classified titles. Certainly only in Sweden, but it is' is always better than nothing as they say ...
1986 ... there could have been a 3rd classified title and what a 3rd ! Unfortunately, this title will not even be released as a single. What a mistake !
1987 ... the style is nice, as is the sound. But that is not enough for the moment to stand out from the crowd ...
1987 ... there, they are put there squarely to 4. Unfortunately, the union will not make the force in this precise case. Too bad because the quality was essential, it is clear ...
1988 ... a title which will only be released in a few European countries and which will therefore only have a very limited destiny. Too bad once again ...
1988 ... a title which will only be released in a few European countries and which will therefore only have a very limited destiny. Too bad once again. Here, I have the impression of having already said it ...
1989 ... then THIS title comes ! The title that will change everything and reveal them to the eyes of the whole world in a shattering way. This title becomes their first global mega hit and paves the way for a long, very long, series of mega hits. HU-GE !
1989 ... a title which will be released 1 year earlier but which will only experience very limited success. This time, the level of success encountered will be beyond compare ...
1989 ... a title which will be released 1 year earlier but which will only experience very limited success. This time around, the level of success encountered will be beyond compare. Here, I have the impression of repeating myself ...
1989 ... an absolutely exceptional end of the 1980s for the group with no less than 4 mega hits on the clock. Who would've believed that...?
1990 ... after a year 1989 totally euphoric and especially bloated in terms of titles, the year 1990 will appear poor in title. Only one title on the clock this year, but what a title ! They sign here one of their most emblematic titles and become de facto one of the most popular musical phenomena of the moment. MA-GIC !
1991 ... we thought that the group had reached the maximum of its possibilities on the previous title but it was without counting on this title ! They are going to sign here quite simply the biggest success of all their discography and get their direct ticket for posterity. MAS-TER-FUL !
1991 ... 1989 was an exceptional year for the group. 1991 will be even stronger, yes, yes, it is possible ! The group literally walks on the water, there are no other words ...
1991 ... every title that comes out now literally breaks the ceiling of the Charts. At this stage, nothing and no one is able to compete with them !
1991 ... like the year 1989, the year 1991 will produce no less than 4 mega hits. The group's prize list now has an impressive number of stars, to say the least, and among the most flattering of the moment !
1992 ... we say to ourselves that they cannot continue indefinitely on such a level of excellence. It is very bad to know them. The year 1992 will prove it in a brilliant way !
1992 ... and it just goes on ! The group delivers here one of its biggest titles and once again crushes the competition. It's becoming a mania with them ...
1992 ... here they are giving us a beautiful ballad. A title full of sumptuous finesse which shows that they excel in all areas. But that, to excel, is usual for them !
1993 ... in an ocean of mega hits, this title is going to stand out as they say with a level of success after all limited. It must be said that it will only be released in a few countries ...
1993 ... business picks up impressively with this new title. We suspected that this slight air hole would not last very long ...
1994 ... in the series of top mega hits, here comes the new one. The group is entering its 5th year of total supremacy on the international music scene. Respect as they say !
1994 ... for several years, the minimum union rate with them is 3, even 4 mega hits per year. In your opinion, will this year 1994 deviate from it...?
1994 ... for this year 1994, it will be 3 mega hits and...1 top hit. Would we feel like the beginning of a deceleration on the part of the group ? It could well be ...