After a hiatus in the mid-1990s, their popularity continued in other territories such as Europe and South America, where they earned various Gold and Platinum awards until the beginning of the new millennium. The duo took an extended hiatus from recording and touring, when in 2002, Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Roxette took to the stage together again for the first time in 8 years, in 2009, during Gessle's European Party Crasher tour.
Their songs continue to receive radio airplay. "It Must Have Been Love" and "Listen to Your Heart" have both recently received awards from BMI, with both songs achieving four million radio plays. They have sold an estimated 45 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide, with over 3.5 million record sales in the United States, achieving platinum for Joyride and Look Sharp! there.
Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson first met in Halmstad, Sweden, in the late 70s. Gessle performed in one of Sweden's most popular bands of the time Gyllene Tider and Fredriksson in the less successful Strul and MaMas Barn (Mama's Children) before both embarked on solo careers. 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.
It Must Have Been Love - Pretty Woman soundtrack
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. Gessle has claimed that "It Must Have Been Love", by then a 2-year-old recording, was chosen because Roxette didn't have time to compose and record a new song. The film's producers turned it down, asking for another song, but Gessle declined to produce another song. 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. In the Autumn of 1993, a second re-issuing of "It Must Have Been Love" managed to reach the UK and Irish Top 10 singles charts, after the UK television premiere of the film Pretty Woman.
In September 2002, after a fainting spell, Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was later successfully removed in surgery. Four months later, Swedish newspaper Expressen reported Fredriksson had been diagnosed with a second tumor. This turned out to be false, and Fredriksson later sued the newspaper for 500,000 kronor.
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. Online news sites picked up on the story, furthering the rumours. 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.
On 28 September 2009, Roxette re-released remastered versions of all seven of their studio albums, Pearls of Passion, Look Sharp!, Joyride, Tourism, Crash! Boom! Bang!, Have a Nice Day and Room Service. All of the albums featured previously released bonus tracks.
* Pearls of Passion (1986)
* Look Sharp! (1988)
* Joyride (1991)
* Tourism (1992)
* Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994)
* Have a Nice Day (1999)
* Room Service (2001)
The Best Of Roxette :
- It Must Have Been Love (OST Pretty Woman)
- Speending My Time
- Wish I Could Fly
- Listen To Your Heart
- Crash Boom Bang
- She's Got The Look
- How Do You Do
- Fading Like Flower
- June Afternoon
- Sleeping in My Car
- Almost Unreal (OST Mario Bross)
- Take My Breath Away (OST Top Gun)
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxette