Roxette - Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle – came out of Sweden in the late 80's. Their game was pop, their mission to conquer the world. With 33 chart-busting singles and total record sales exceeding 75 million, it’s seems safe to say “mission accomplished”.
The duo’s second album ‘Look Sharp!’ was released in October 1988, and included the American No. 1’s ‘The Look’ and ‘Listen To Your Heart’ as well as international hits ‘Dressed For Success’ and ‘Dangerous’. ‘Look Sharp!’ earned Roxette worldwide acclaim, selling more than 10 million copies and paving the way for a continuous string of hits: ‘It Must Have Been Love’- the main theme for Pretty Woman - and 'Joyride' also reached the No. 1 position in the US, the latter helping the album of the same name sell over 11 million copies. Several more songs became major hits; ‘Fading Like A Flower’, ‘Spending My Time’ and ‘The Big L’.
Roxette toured extensively all over the world between 1989-95, playing for millions of fans. The tour album ‘Tourism’ was recorded during the Joyride-tour 1991-92, including two of the most popular Roxette songs ever; ‘How Do You Do!’ and ‘Queen Of Rain’.‘Crash! Boom! Bang!’ (1994) saw more chart action from the title track and singles ‘Sleeping In My Car’, ‘Fireworks’, ‘Run To You’ and ‘Vulnerable’, all paving the way for yet another successful world tour.
Having released two more albums—‘Have A Nice Day’ in 1999 and ‘Room Service’ in 2001 - which was followed by a huge European tour. Roxette went into hiatus when Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with brain tumour in 2002. Following Fredriksson’s miraculous recovery, the group made a triumphant comeback, releasing three more albums—‘Charm School’ (2011), ‘Travelling’ (2012), and ‘Good Karma’ (2016)—while returning to the world stages and performing for more than 2,5 million people in over 50 countries.
Per Gessle is the only Swedish artist/songwriter who has achieved four US No. 1 songs on the Billboard chart. With more than 75 millions records sold worldwide, Roxette is Sweden’s biggest music export next to Abba.