In the end of the 80s
and in the early 90s
, Roxette, a pop-rock
duo from Halmstad, Sweden, stood among the top bands in worldwide sales and notoriety, brandishing a simple yet effective blend of pop with a slight edge and occasional hints of dance. The group claims influences ranging from The Beatles
to new wave music to Joni Mitchell
and Aretha Franklin
. Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album Look Sharp!.