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Formed: 1986 (28 years ago)


Biography

25 years ago, two of Sweden’s biggest pop talents joined forces. Under the name Roxette, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle recorded their debut single ”Neverending Love”, kicking off a success story that would turn them into the biggest Swedish pop phenomenon since Abba. With 70 million albums sold and two phenomenal world tours, Roxette connected with their fans by delivering consistently great records. Hit singles like The Look”, ”Dressed For Success”, ”Listen To Your Heart”, ”Dangerous”, ”It Must Have Been Love”, ”Joyride”, ”Spending My Time”, ”Sleeping In My Car” and ”Wish I Could Fly” all ... Read more

25 years ago, two of Sweden’s biggest pop talents joined forces. Under the name Roxette, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle recorded their debut single ”Neverending Love”, kicking off a success story that would turn them into the biggest Swedish pop phenomenon since Abba. With 70 million albums sold and two phenomenal world tours, Roxette connected with their fans by delivering consistently great records. Hit singles like The Look”, ”Dressed For Success”, ”Listen To Your Heart”, ”Dangerous”, ”It Must Have Been Love”, ”Joyride”, ”Spending My Time”, ”Sleeping In My Car” and ”Wish I Could Fly” all helped make Roxette long-term radio favourites.

In autumn 2002 the story looked like it would have a tragic ending. A few days before Roxette were supposed to headline the European tour ”Night of the Proms”, Marie Fredriksson was rushed to hospital where the doctors discovered a brain tumour; one so severe that she would only have a five percent chance of survival. But Marie was among the lucky few and after several years of treatment she and the medical team managed to defeat the disease.

Meanwhile, Per’s solo career re-ignited with his Swedish hit album “Mazarin” in 2003. This would pave the way for a new creative surge leading to albums like ”Son of a Plumber” and ”Party Crasher”. In spring 2009, Per did his European “Party Crasher” tour, and in Amsterdam Marie took to the stage and performed ”It Must Have Been Love.” It was an emotionally charged reunion. Soon afterwards came the news many had waited for; Marie had recovered. Roxette would make a comeback. They would headline the ”Night of the Proms” tour they had so dramatically been forced to cancel seven years earlier.

”I immediately started thinking forward. The tour felt like an opportunity for us to try out new material and see what Roxette could do today,” Per Gessle says. He started to knock out a bunch of new possible Roxette tunes, and during the two month long tour the group’s hotel rooms were transformed into mobile recording studios where songs like ”Way Out”, ”Dream On”, ”Happy On The Outside” and ”No One Makes It On Her Own” took shape.

It should be an updated, yet classic Roxette album. But how would this sound in 2011? Should it be the heavily programmed sound of the 80’s or the looser, organic pop Per found in his solo songs? “We tried all directions mixing of everything that was good about Roxette, but in a new way.”

Songs on the album include the relentlessly energetic in-your-face popper ”She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)”, which along with the gripping gospel tinged ballad ”No One Makes It On Her Own” displays Roxette’s two extremes; the lightweight, bubblegum pop to the emotionally charged.

One challenge was to recreate the Roxette teamwork that had been dormant for almost ten years. During the tour mutually developed arrangements were outlined in hotel rooms and backstage areas. ”The main point for me has always been to write songs directly for Marie’s voice. She has the ability to make you believe every word she sings; she brings the stories to life. As a songwriter that is a unique experience.”

With Marie’s confidence as a singer growing radically as the tour progressed, studio work became a lot easier than expected. “In the autumn of 2009 we did 42 shows with a full symphony orchestra and a choir in front of an incredible audience. That did wonders for all of us, and especially Marie. She just sang better and better for every show, and when we recorded ‘Charm School’ during the spring and autumn of 2010, she was in top shape. I think you have to go back to the ‘Look Sharp!’ album to find that passion. Sometimes it was pure magic”, a glowing Gessle says.

Two of the songs on Charm School were written by the 20-something Gessle, while the rest is recent material. Both the ballad ”In My Own Way” and the chorus in the closing track ”Sitting On Top Of The World” date back to 1984—two years before the formation of Roxette. After 26 years in Per’s archive they see the light of day again, bringing an interesting contrast by letting the young and the experienced songwriter face each other.

25 years after the debut album” Pearls of Passion” and ten years after their last studio album, Roxette make an impressive comeback. With ”Charm School” Roxette once again display their remarkable strengths; the inspired melodies, fervour, pop sensibility - and unique mix of Marie Fredriksson’s and Per Gessle’s voices.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

25 years ago, two of Sweden’s biggest pop talents joined forces. Under the name Roxette, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle recorded their debut single ”Neverending Love”, kicking off a success story that would turn them into the biggest Swedish pop phenomenon since Abba. With 70 million albums sold and two phenomenal world tours, Roxette connected with their fans by delivering consistently great records. Hit singles like The Look”, ”Dressed For Success”, ”Listen To Your Heart”, ”Dangerous”, ”It Must Have Been Love”, ”Joyride”, ”Spending My Time”, ”Sleeping In My Car” and ”Wish I Could Fly” all helped make Roxette long-term radio favourites.

In autumn 2002 the story looked like it would have a tragic ending. A few days before Roxette were supposed to headline the European tour ”Night of the Proms”, Marie Fredriksson was rushed to hospital where the doctors discovered a brain tumour; one so severe that she would only have a five percent chance of survival. But Marie was among the lucky few and after several years of treatment she and the medical team managed to defeat the disease.

Meanwhile, Per’s solo career re-ignited with his Swedish hit album “Mazarin” in 2003. This would pave the way for a new creative surge leading to albums like ”Son of a Plumber” and ”Party Crasher”. In spring 2009, Per did his European “Party Crasher” tour, and in Amsterdam Marie took to the stage and performed ”It Must Have Been Love.” It was an emotionally charged reunion. Soon afterwards came the news many had waited for; Marie had recovered. Roxette would make a comeback. They would headline the ”Night of the Proms” tour they had so dramatically been forced to cancel seven years earlier.

”I immediately started thinking forward. The tour felt like an opportunity for us to try out new material and see what Roxette could do today,” Per Gessle says. He started to knock out a bunch of new possible Roxette tunes, and during the two month long tour the group’s hotel rooms were transformed into mobile recording studios where songs like ”Way Out”, ”Dream On”, ”Happy On The Outside” and ”No One Makes It On Her Own” took shape.

It should be an updated, yet classic Roxette album. But how would this sound in 2011? Should it be the heavily programmed sound of the 80’s or the looser, organic pop Per found in his solo songs? “We tried all directions mixing of everything that was good about Roxette, but in a new way.”

Songs on the album include the relentlessly energetic in-your-face popper ”She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)”, which along with the gripping gospel tinged ballad ”No One Makes It On Her Own” displays Roxette’s two extremes; the lightweight, bubblegum pop to the emotionally charged.

One challenge was to recreate the Roxette teamwork that had been dormant for almost ten years. During the tour mutually developed arrangements were outlined in hotel rooms and backstage areas. ”The main point for me has always been to write songs directly for Marie’s voice. She has the ability to make you believe every word she sings; she brings the stories to life. As a songwriter that is a unique experience.”

With Marie’s confidence as a singer growing radically as the tour progressed, studio work became a lot easier than expected. “In the autumn of 2009 we did 42 shows with a full symphony orchestra and a choir in front of an incredible audience. That did wonders for all of us, and especially Marie. She just sang better and better for every show, and when we recorded ‘Charm School’ during the spring and autumn of 2010, she was in top shape. I think you have to go back to the ‘Look Sharp!’ album to find that passion. Sometimes it was pure magic”, a glowing Gessle says.

Two of the songs on Charm School were written by the 20-something Gessle, while the rest is recent material. Both the ballad ”In My Own Way” and the chorus in the closing track ”Sitting On Top Of The World” date back to 1984—two years before the formation of Roxette. After 26 years in Per’s archive they see the light of day again, bringing an interesting contrast by letting the young and the experienced songwriter face each other.

25 years after the debut album” Pearls of Passion” and ten years after their last studio album, Roxette make an impressive comeback. With ”Charm School” Roxette once again display their remarkable strengths; the inspired melodies, fervour, pop sensibility - and unique mix of Marie Fredriksson’s and Per Gessle’s voices.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

25 years ago, two of Sweden’s biggest pop talents joined forces. Under the name Roxette, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle recorded their debut single ”Neverending Love”, kicking off a success story that would turn them into the biggest Swedish pop phenomenon since Abba. With 70 million albums sold and two phenomenal world tours, Roxette connected with their fans by delivering consistently great records. Hit singles like The Look”, ”Dressed For Success”, ”Listen To Your Heart”, ”Dangerous”, ”It Must Have Been Love”, ”Joyride”, ”Spending My Time”, ”Sleeping In My Car” and ”Wish I Could Fly” all helped make Roxette long-term radio favourites.

In autumn 2002 the story looked like it would have a tragic ending. A few days before Roxette were supposed to headline the European tour ”Night of the Proms”, Marie Fredriksson was rushed to hospital where the doctors discovered a brain tumour; one so severe that she would only have a five percent chance of survival. But Marie was among the lucky few and after several years of treatment she and the medical team managed to defeat the disease.

Meanwhile, Per’s solo career re-ignited with his Swedish hit album “Mazarin” in 2003. This would pave the way for a new creative surge leading to albums like ”Son of a Plumber” and ”Party Crasher”. In spring 2009, Per did his European “Party Crasher” tour, and in Amsterdam Marie took to the stage and performed ”It Must Have Been Love.” It was an emotionally charged reunion. Soon afterwards came the news many had waited for; Marie had recovered. Roxette would make a comeback. They would headline the ”Night of the Proms” tour they had so dramatically been forced to cancel seven years earlier.

”I immediately started thinking forward. The tour felt like an opportunity for us to try out new material and see what Roxette could do today,” Per Gessle says. He started to knock out a bunch of new possible Roxette tunes, and during the two month long tour the group’s hotel rooms were transformed into mobile recording studios where songs like ”Way Out”, ”Dream On”, ”Happy On The Outside” and ”No One Makes It On Her Own” took shape.

It should be an updated, yet classic Roxette album. But how would this sound in 2011? Should it be the heavily programmed sound of the 80’s or the looser, organic pop Per found in his solo songs? “We tried all directions mixing of everything that was good about Roxette, but in a new way.”

Songs on the album include the relentlessly energetic in-your-face popper ”She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)”, which along with the gripping gospel tinged ballad ”No One Makes It On Her Own” displays Roxette’s two extremes; the lightweight, bubblegum pop to the emotionally charged.

One challenge was to recreate the Roxette teamwork that had been dormant for almost ten years. During the tour mutually developed arrangements were outlined in hotel rooms and backstage areas. ”The main point for me has always been to write songs directly for Marie’s voice. She has the ability to make you believe every word she sings; she brings the stories to life. As a songwriter that is a unique experience.”

With Marie’s confidence as a singer growing radically as the tour progressed, studio work became a lot easier than expected. “In the autumn of 2009 we did 42 shows with a full symphony orchestra and a choir in front of an incredible audience. That did wonders for all of us, and especially Marie. She just sang better and better for every show, and when we recorded ‘Charm School’ during the spring and autumn of 2010, she was in top shape. I think you have to go back to the ‘Look Sharp!’ album to find that passion. Sometimes it was pure magic”, a glowing Gessle says.

Two of the songs on Charm School were written by the 20-something Gessle, while the rest is recent material. Both the ballad ”In My Own Way” and the chorus in the closing track ”Sitting On Top Of The World” date back to 1984—two years before the formation of Roxette. After 26 years in Per’s archive they see the light of day again, bringing an interesting contrast by letting the young and the experienced songwriter face each other.

25 years after the debut album” Pearls of Passion” and ten years after their last studio album, Roxette make an impressive comeback. With ”Charm School” Roxette once again display their remarkable strengths; the inspired melodies, fervour, pop sensibility - and unique mix of Marie Fredriksson’s and Per Gessle’s voices.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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