Roxette is a Swedish soft rock duo consisting of Per Gessle (guitars, vocals, main songwriter) and Marie Fredriksson (lead vocals). They are the second most successful pop group to come out of Sweden, and considering who's first, that's no mean feat. Their height of popularity was from the late 80's into the mid 90's, mainly because that's when their U.S. popularity faded and they went their separate ways. After a difficult period in the late nineties when Marie struggled with cancer, they announced their
reunion and began a European comeback tour.
Already successful in their homeland, their international breakout came when the song "It Must Have Been Love" was included on the soundtrack of the film Pretty Woman and the highly successful single "The Look" was introduced on American radio by a DJ who bought the record while on holiday in Sweden. The duo subsequently gained nineteen UK Top 40 hits, and four US number one singles. They continue to be popular in Europe and South America, whereas they'll always be remembered in the U.S. as being strictly an 80's band.