On April 8 1989, Roxette climbed to the top of the US charts with their infectious single ”The Look”, effectively turning the world upside down for two Swedish artists and millions of fans.
Much has been written about the unlikely turn of events that made it possible for the song to reach the coveted #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle their well deserved and much desired international break.
But to cut a long story short: it just happened. Four times to be precise.
After “The Look”, three more US #1 hits followed: “Listen To Your Heart”, ”It Must Have Been Love” and ”Joyride”, with Top 10 songs like “Dressed For Success”, “Dangerous”, “How Do You Do!”, “Fading Like A Flower”, ”Sleeping In My Car” zooming around the world’s charts as well. Trust us, the Roxette list of hits can go on much longer.
Even better is that 30 years later, it happens again. Roxette is back with the new single ”It Just Happens”, a majestic and highly infectious ballad that introduces the band’s tenth album ”Good Karma” in the most promising way.
”It Just Happens” revisits that mighty and classic Roxette sound with an updated twist in a melodically strong and musically interesting ballad with Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle seamlessly taking turns as lead singers.
– For the new record we wanted to combine our classic Roxette sound with a modern and slightly unpredictable production to create a soundscape where you would both recognise our sound and find something new, Per Gessle says.
– ”It Just Happens” was one of the first songs to be written for the new album and soon felt like a key song. It was almost destined to be the first single already from the start.
”It just happens/You don’t know what’s going on/If it’s new or if it’s been there since long”.
The lyrics right before the first chorus could just as well be about Roxette’s incredible 30 years as one of the most beloved and still active pop groups. Still touring in front of tens of thousands of fans night after night. And still being able to produce those radio-ready songs that get into your head, never to leave.
The new album ”Good Karma” is released on June 3. But the summer of 2016 starts right now.