25 years have passed since the premiere of Pretty Woman, which took the then unknown Julia Roberts to level of an international super star. The soundtrack included Roxette’s ‘It Must Have Been Love,’ which rose to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in June 1990.
While many people listened and have grown to love the track, these facts might be new.
1 Pretty Woman was named 3 000 Dollars
Roxette couldn’t have asked for a better timing. Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson had suddenly reached international stardom when ‘The Look’ climed to the top of the US chart during the spring of 1989. Disney/Touchstone Pictures approached the duo and asked them to write a song for the movie 3 000 Dollars, a romantic comedy about a rich business man falling in love with a charming and carefree hooker.
2 ‘It Must Have Been Love’ Was an Old Christmas Hit
As ‘Listen to Your Heart’ rose to No.1 and the whole world was screaming for Roxette in the summer of 1989, there was simply no time for the duo to pen another song. Instead, they offered the studio the three year old yuletide song ‘It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted).’ The song was released in Sweden in December 1987, finally peaking at No.4 in January 1998. While ‘Listen to Your Heart’ was a hit during the fall of 1989, director Garry Marshall realized that Roexette had delivered the key theme to the movie – if only he could get rid of the Christmas references in the lyrics.
Roxette – It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)
3 The Song and the Movie Changed
Roxette was tempted to be included in a big Hollywood production, re-writing the lyrics and recorded a new version of the track. An updated version was sent to L.A. as the movie changed its name to Pretty Woman. On the 13th June, 1990, Roxette topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third time. That’s within a year! In addition, both ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Dressed for Success’ peaked at No.2.
Roxette – It Must Have Been Love (Theme from Pretty Woman)
4 ‘It Must Have Been Love’ Passed the 5m Mark in 2014
Last year, Per Gessle received the “Million Air Award,” since ‘It Must Have Been Love’ passed more than 5m radio airplays in the US. This had previously been performed by ‘Listen to Your Heart.’
5 Parlophone/Warner Re-issues a Digital Version of ‘It Must Have Been Love’ Today
A digital version of ‘It Must Have Been Love’ is re-iussed today (23rd March) and a newly pressed 7 inch single (limited edition) will be released on 6th May. During the US tour in 1992, Roxette re-recorded ‘It Must Have Been Love’ in Los Angeeles. It was then mixed with a live recording and included on the ‘Tourism’ album in 1992. This is the first time it will be available in an edited version as a bonus track on the album. And as Roxette continues touring across the world, we sure know that love – is by far not over.
2010 CHART REWIND. Time flies and exactly one year ago, English indie pop band Scouting for Girls ruled the radio in its native country with “This Ain’t a Love Song.” It was the first single off the sophomore album Everybody Wants to Be on TV, which was followed by another three – “Famous,” “Don’t Want to Leave You” and “Take a Chance.”
“This Ain’t a Love Song” made its initial debut on the singles chart in early April 2010. It topped both /the sales and radio airplay chart in the UK, charting across Europe and Australia/New Zealand. Their eponymous debut was released in 2007 and included no less than seven singles. The biggest hit was “She’s So Lovely” which peaked at No.2.
A year ago, Scouting for Girls fended off competition from Cheryl Cole’s “Parachute” which climbed 3-2 on that week’s airplay chart. The group succeeded Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Telephone” as the UK No.1.
2010 CHART REWIND. Don’t be surprised if Shakira will celebrate her one year anniversary on the Swedish singles tally with “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” Featuring the South African afro-fusion band Freshlyground, the single initially charted on May.21st last year at No.18. Facing an initially struggle, the track finally cracked the top ten in June. As WelcheMusic dutifully reported, “Waka Waka” finally ascended to the top last August. It finally dropped out of the top ten in December after a half year (!).
The track falls 42-41 this week and should be able to add another five weeks. The Colombian singer managed to succeed this chart success with “Loca,” which made No.20 last year. “Waka Waka” is by far Shakira’s biggest success in Sweden, beating the No.1 hit “Whenever Wherever” which spent 30 weeks on the tally in 2002. Surprisingly, her global hit “Hips Don’t Lie” only made it to No.45.
Two additional singles have been lifted off Shakira’s latest set Sale el Sol – the title track as well as “Rabiosa.”
2010 CHART REWIND. Exactly one year has passed since Tinie Tempah vaulted into the top of the UK singles chart with “Pass Out.” The British rapper included singer Labrinth on his debut hit, who also joined him on the follow-up track “Frisky.”
According to Music Week, then 21-year-old Londoner Patrick Okogwu was the first Parlophone recording act to open their career with a number one debut since 1999, when film director Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” debuted atop of the singles chart.
Tinie Tempah’s pan-European breakthrough came with the Eric Turner collaboration “Written in the Stars.” That track also topped the UK singles chart last year. In addition, Tinie Tempah also joined Swedish House Mafia on “Miami 2 Ibiza” last year.
Tinie Tempah is currently charting with the Ellie Goulding collaboration “Wonderman,” the fifth single off his debut album Disc-Overy. This week, the Goulding collaboration reaches a new peak at No.12.
WelcheMusic notes that in Sweden, Tinie Tempah peaked at No.10 with both “Miami 2 Ibiza” and “Written in the Stars.”