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March 14, 2018
  • The 18 years old Swedish violinist Daniello Zakovich has published two photos with Benny at Mono Music. On one of the photos he seems to have his violin with him. Maybe he has been recording at Riksmixningsverket. Zakovich is one of the artists of the record company Deutsche Grammophon.

    Daniello Zakovich with Benny at Mono Music

  • Anders Hanser's Swedish documentary "Benny Andersson & Orsa spelmän 30 år" (30 years of Benny Andersson & Orsa Spelmän) will premiere at the Röda Kvarn cinema in Orsa next Sunday.
    In an interview with the newspaper Dala Demokraten Anders Hanser tells how Orsa Spelmän and Benny met at his 40th birthday party in Orsa. As we know this led to a collaboration that continues until today. The musicians met and rehearsed many times at Hanser's summer flat and he filmed them and some of the first concerts as well. Material from these first steps is included in the film. During the last year Anders Hanser has interviewed the Orsa Spelmän members for the documentary and he asked Benny about his relation to accordion and folk music. Anders Hanser got the idea for the documentary film three years ago when he went through the tape archive of his company and realised what kind of gold mine of unpublished material was there.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

March 9, 2018
  • To celebrate the huge 30th Anniversary of BJÖRN AGAIN, Australian Director and Musician Rod Stephen will be taking the internationally acclaimed show on tour throughout the UK and Ireland in November/December 2018. Tickets went on general sale Friday 23rd February and are available from Gigs and Tours or Ticketmaster.

    Björn Again Tour 2018

  • A 7” coloured vinyl single of 'Summer Night City' will be released for Record Store Day 2018 on April 21.

    Summer Night City

  • Here is a list of the upcoming premieres of the movie 'Mamma Mia! 2 - Here We Go Again'.

February 12, 2018
  • The musical CHESS will be performed at the Eisenhower Theater, John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC from February 14 - February 18.
    Björn and Benny will be attending one of the shows.

  • Dan Daniell talks about his life and Frida's contribution to his songs here.

  • On February 8, Görel Hanser was awarded a special Swedish music award, Grammis, for her outstanding work with ABBA throughout the last decades until today.

    Görel wins a Grammis - Photo: SR
    Photo: SR

January 20, 2018
  • ABBA's car on auction: "Pop stars at the height of global stardom, travelling in private jets and staying in the finest hotels, crave escape and anonymity. ABBA was no different. A discrete sports coupé was needed, so Polar Music, the band's record company, ordered a silver BMW 633. Fast and reliable, the car followed the band on European tours to be on standby for use by Björn Ulvaeus or Benny Andersson.
    When ordered in 1977, the band was at the height of its fame. Their latest album had so many pre-orders that pressing plants could not meet demand, and their shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall received 3.5 million ticket requests. ABBA's car was ordered in Polaris Silver (060) over black leather with a four-speed manual gearbox.
    After a period abroad, the car returned to Sweden in 2008 where it was registered for sparing road use. The bodywork and interior are unmarked, and the car even retains its rare TRX alloy wheels. Accompanied with the car are the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.
    Whether a brand enthusiast or collector of ABBA heritage, the CSi offered here represents a unique opportunity to acquire a special piece of automotive heritage."

    Special thanks to Ralph Hans Steiner!

    ABBA and their BMW

January 4, 2018
  • ABBA No. 82 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. Look forward to 36 colour pages in A4 size with exclusive photos. Like always, this issue includes news, special reports, more exclusive photos and a great poster showing an image from a 1978 photo session with a big thank you to photographer Bubi Heilemann. We also have a little present for you - a special postcard with printed autographs.

    • News Extra with all new releases, ABBA news, Benny, Björn, ABBA related artists
    • Competition with great exclusive prizes
    • Special report about The Movie / The Album - The Game of The Name
    • Special report about ABBA's signatures - The Autographs
    • Exclusive interview with Ola Håkansson plus special report about The Way You Are
    • Reader's Story
    • Special report about the book 'We All Love ABBA' with the group Luv'
    • 50 Years of Agnetha & Frida - Songbook with more singles
    • A3 size Poster with a great ABBA photo from 1978 with printed autographs




  • Just before Christmas the touring musical production "Äventyret Aladdin" premiered at Stockholm Waterfront. The title role is played by Charlie Grönvall, son to Nanne and Peter Grönvall. Benny was one of the guests and posed with Mary and Selma Strandberg.

    Benny with Mary and Selma Strandberg
    Felix, Nanne and Peter

    Here is a video from the premiere.

  • The final album chart of 2017 has been published in Sweden. Benny's "Piano" is number 4. On the physical album chart "Piano" is on position 3. The vinyl chart shows only the 10 best selling records and "Piano" was out after three weeks. "Piano" got a gold disc award on October 18, 2017.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

December 22, 2017
  • Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018!

December 21, 2017
  • Deutsche Grammophon has new videos with Benny: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

  • Here is the first movie poster for "Mamma Mia! Here we go again".

    Mamma Mia! 2 poster

December 19, 2017
  • Canadian radio CBC did an interview with Benny about his album "Piano".

December 16, 2017
  • Benny's birthday

  • 'ABBA: Super Troupers - The Exhibition' opened at London's Southbank Centre on 14th December. Björn Ulvaeus was in London to talk with the press on Wednesday. Watch a video here.
    Exhibition in London

November 28, 2017
  • German ZDF TV will show "Ein Herz für Kinder" on Saturday, December 9 at 20:15 local time featuring Benny.

November 26, 2017
  • German/French TV ARTE will show a documentary from 2016 called "ABBA, Bee Gees, Carpenters" in December.
    Part 1: Friday December 1, from 21:45 - 22:40 local time, part 2: Friday December 8 from 21:50 - 22:45.

November 15, 2017
  • Frida's birthday

October 25, 2017
  • You can now download Radio Sweden's music documentary "Historien om ABBA" (the history of ABBA) from 2010 in MP3 format. The 90 MB file runs 98 minutes in Swedish and English. Just klick onto "Ladda ner" on their website.

October 18, 2017
  • The release of the three 7" vinyl singles from "The Album" has been postponed to November 3, 2017.

October 6, 2017
  • ABBA No. 81 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. Look forward to 36 colour pages in A4 size with exclusive photos. This time we have an exclusive interview with Benny and a detailed report about Frida's visit in Torshälla. Like always, this issue includes news, special reports, more exclusive photos and a great poster with an image from 1977.

    • News Extra with all new releases, ABBA news, Benny, Björn, ABBA related artists
    • Competition with great exclusive prizes
    • Special report about Frida's visit in Torshälla
    • Special report about Benny's new record 'Piano'
    • Exclusive interview with Benny with exclusive photos
    • Special report '40 Years of Arrival', final part
    • Special report about Agnetha in London from February 1988 with exclusive photos
    • 50 Years of Agnetha & Frida - Songbook with their first singles
    • A3 size Poster with a great ABBA photo from 1977




    We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback.

  • In the end of September, Benny went to England and Germany again to promote his new album. On ITV he gave interviews and presented his new album. In Germany he gave interviews at the hotel before his TV performance. On 'Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel' he talked about the album, played parts of a few songs and then he played 'Thank you for the music' on the piano while Norwegian singer Wencke Myhre sang along.

    Benny next to Wencke Myhre Regina and Benny Benny on ITV

September 16, 2017
  • In celebration of original release of "The Album" four decades ago, Polar Music (via Universal Music Group) are releasing several tantalising anniversary reissues. They are as follows:
    • A limited edition 7" box set featuring the three singles from the album on coloured vinyl, featuring the UK number one 'The Name Of The Game'/'I Wonder (Departure)', the international Top Three smash 'Take A Chance On Me'/'I'm A Marionette' and the European Top Ten hit 'Eagle'/'Thank You For The Music'
    • The three 7" singles released separately as limited-edition picture discs
    • A half-speed mastered, 45rpm cut double-LP version of the original album. This rare and specialised technique transforms difficult to cut high-end frequencies into relatively easy to cut mid-range frequencies. The result is a cut with excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, half-speed mastering produced a master of the highest quality that enables the pressing plant to produce a superlative record.

    This reissue of ABBA – The Album will also feature new liner notes by noted ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm, detailing the story behind the album.
    All products will be released October 27, 2017.

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    ABBA vinyl reissues
    ABBA vinyl reissues

  • Regina at Pop-Giganten German RTL 2 TV will show the ABBA-themed "Pop-Giganten" on October 3, 2017 at 22:15 local time. Regina will be interviewed among others.

  • Benny's album 'Piano' is released on September 29 on CD and on November 10, 2017 on vinyl.

  • Benny confirmed that ABBA's virtual reality tour is being planned for 2019.

  • Benny will be guest of Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 on September 27 promoting his "Piano" album and performing some tracks. You can listen online here.

September 10, 2017
  • You can already buy the song "Chess" from Benny's album "Piano" on Spotify, Amazon etc.
    A new trailer is here.

  • Benny was in Berlin on September 5 and 6 to promote his album "Piano".
    Here are some   videos.

  • On September 7, Benny was in Hamburg to perform "Thank you for the Music" from the album at the Deutscher Radiopreis 2017. You can watch the whole show here. Benny performs at the end of the show.

    The ABBA Fan Club made an interview with Benny before. You can read the interview in the next ABBA magazine No. 81. Here is a photo, more photos will follow in ABBA 81.

    Benny and Regina

September 4, 2017
  • Benny will perform at the Carmen Nebel Show on Saturday, September 30 on German ZDF TV.

    The Deutscher Radiopreis gala on Thursday September 7, also with Benny, will be shown live on German NDR3 TV from 22:00 local time!

    Thanks to Günther.

September 1, 2017
  • Benny will present his new album "Piano" on September 7, 2017 at the Deutscher Radiopreis gala (German radio award) in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
    Unfortunately there are no tickets for sale, but a live stream will be on the web.

    Thanks to Egbert from Hamburg!

August 24, 2017
  • Universal Pictures have announced that principal photography has begun on MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN. Ten years after MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.

August 19, 2017
  • Today, Frida was being interviewed live on stage in her former hometown Torshälla, Sweden. Frida was joined by Gunnar Sandevärn, whom she worked with in the 1960s, and they shared memories from these years as young artists and musicians. Frida also talked about her solo records after ABBA and about the new virtual ABBA concert concept.
    After the interview, Frida collected her music award she was already given in 2014 but couldn't attend the ceremony back then.
    More photos and full report in the upcoming issue of ABBA .

    Frida in Torshälla - © Micke Bayart
      Photos © by Micke Bayart
    Frida in Torshälla - © Micke Bayart

    Special thanks to Micke Bayart!

August 18, 2017
  • Deutsche Grammophon has confirmed to us that pre-orders have begun for Benny Andersson's forthcoming album 'Piano'.
    The album will be released on 29 September 2017 on CD and vinyl.
    Pre-order the album and listen to excerpts here.

    A preview video, featuring Benny at his piano, can be watched here.

    'Thank you for the music' from Benny's new album is already available. You can also see the full track list from the album here.

    Benny's Piano album
    Benny and his piano - © Knut Koivisto

  • The amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen will have its 175th anniversary in 2018. Celebrations include the first professional Danish language stage production of CHESS on January 19 - February 10. After that the production goes on tour in Denmark: Musikhuset Aarhus (February 20 - March 3), Odeon (March 6-10), Velje Musikhus (March 13-17) and Musikteatret Holstebro (March 21-24). 2/3 of the tickets are already sold. More infos are here.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

August 13, 2017
  • Björn says in a new interview for Besöksliv that the next new thing for ABBA The Museum is something they call Post ABBA. Everyone asks what happened after ABBA stopped in 1982. Now they will tell how B&B created musicals and Frida and Agnetha did their solo albums - the story from 1982 until today. Björn will be deeply involved in this project.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

August 8, 2017
  • Filming of Mamma Mia The Movie 2 is going on on the Croatian island Vis and should be finished by the end of October 2017. The premiere of the second part will take place in summer 2018.

  • More casting news for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!: Jeremy Irvine plays young Sam and Alexa Davies will be seen in the role of young Rosie. It has not yet been confirmed if Susan Walters reprises her role in the new film. Previously it has been announced that we will see Lily James in the role of young Donna.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

August 2, 2017
  • Swedish newspaper Corren has published an interview with Björn. In June Björn has been sailing around Sardinia and Korsika for two weeks. July he has mainly spent in the Stockholm archipelago. Björn repeats his desire to write a new musical, he thinks it's more fun than writing separate songs. The problem is that he has no time as he has so many other things going on. Running 45 minutes is Björn's daily routine and he listens to audio books or watches films on the treadmill. He also listens to classical music on Swedish radio P2, radio station Vinyl and news on P1. When it comes to books, Björn reads non-fictional stuff, like Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. Paddling with kayak is something that Björn loves, doing that alone for 2-3 hours in the Stockholm archipelago is wonderful. Björn says that he often meets his children and grandchildren. They (16 persons) make a trip together every year, this December they will travel to Sri Lanka.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

July 27, 2017
  • The new ABBA Calendar 2018 by Heel Verlag has been released and can be ordered here.
    Like every year, it contains 12 large-sized, brilliant photos in great quality.

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July 26, 2017
  • Show in Berlin The show "Simply The Best - Von ABBA bis Tina Turner" will take place at the Stadttheater Cöpenick in Berlin on August 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM.
    You will find more infos at and

  • Benny is planning a new album with piano music. German record company "Deutsche Grammophon" will relase a CD or double CD "Benny Andersson - Piano" with 22 tracks in autumn, including ABBA hits like "Thank You For The Music" and tracks from his solo albums and musicals.
    Here are newspaper reports from Upsala Nya Tidning and Expressen.

June 12, 2017
  • The final season of the Swedish TV show "Moraeus med mera" will be recorded soon.
    Kalle Moraeus will have Benny Andersson and Orsa Spelmän as guests on June 18.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

June 8, 2017
  • ABBA No. 80 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. Look forward to 36 colour pages in A4 size with exclusive photos. This time we have a special report for you about the Swedish photographer Michael Brannäs, who has provided some previously unpublished photos. As always the issue includes more interviews, news, special reports, further exclusive photos and a great poster. We will also invite you to a little mini fan club meeting on September 2, 2017 in Essen.

    • News Extra with all the news about releases, ABBA, Agnetha, Benny, Björn, Frida, ABBA-related artists
    • Systerpolskan - Concert with Benny
    • Report about WorldofDinner - ABBA Deluxe Tribute Dinner Show
    • Our ABBA competition with lots of exclusive prizes
    • Exclusive interview with Swedish photographer Michael Brannäs
    • Special report on the 30th anniversary of "I Stand Alone"
    • Exclusive interview with Bruce Gaitsch
    • Special report "40 Years of Arrival" Part 2
    • Report about ABBA's concert in Perth 1977 with memories from one of our members
    • Special report "Björn & Benny - Thank You For The 50 Years of Music" Part 2
    • Open letter to Björn & Benny from one of our members
    • A3 Poster with one of the most beautiful photos taken by the late photographer Torbjörn Calvero.




    We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback.

May 17, 2017
  • Today May 17th, a unique and historical photo exhibition opens at ABBA The Museum: Gröna Lund Backstage.
    Gröna Lund is not only an amusement park but also a popular venue for concerts where Swedish and international artists have been performing during the last decades on an open-air stage, e.g. The Beatles, Europe, Tina Turner, Carola, Björn Skifs and ABBA to name but a few. This new exhibition shows the backstage experience with unique photos, films and sound clips.
    Björn Ulvaeus inaugurated the museum's latest attraction together with Swedish artist Ola Salo (former member of 'The Ark') and iconic Swedish singer Lill-Babs, amongst others.

    Thanks to Micke Bayart!

    Gröna Lund Backstage exhibition

  • A discussion with Frida and Gunnar Sandevärn, hosted by Alar Kuutmann will take place in Torshälla on August 19 at 4 PM. The one hour long event with free admission will be an open air stage event in the park Krusgårdsparken. After the discussion Frida will accept the Eskilstuna city's music prize that she already got in 2014, but was unable to collect back then.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

April 25, 2017
  • Happy Birthday Björn!

April 2, 2017
  • In 1992, the album "The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra plays ABBA Classic" was published, a very well produced album in brilliant quality. We are happy to tell you that it is now available again for download. In ABBA No. 9 & 10 we had a full report about the album and an interview with its producer.
    Please listen to parts of the songs and buy the album here: Giacomo Records
    Giacomo Records

  • The label Cupol will re-release Agnetha Fältskog's "Som jag är" on vinyl in conjunction with the Record Store Day the 21st of April.

    Som jag är

March 13, 2017
  • Southbank Centre’s annual flagship festival WOW – Women of the World, supported by Bloomberg, came to a close on Sunday 12 March. And ABBA superstar Björn Ulvaeus made a surprise appearance to sing his famous hit 'Waterloo' alongside Sandi Toksvig, comedian Holly Walsh, West End star Anna-Jane Casey, singer Jumoké Fashola and opera star Anne Sofie von Otter in Mirth Control, the festival’s annual night of music and comedy.
    The event had a Nordic theme and was a fitting finale to this year's festival which – among a myriad of other topics – explored the social learnings of the Nordic countries that consistently top the gender equality indexes, as part of Southbank Centre's year of Nordic programming Nordic Matters. Björn and Sandi Toksvig in London
    Björn and Sandi Toksvig in London
    Thanks to Peter Dyke!

February 20, 2017
  • Planned vinyl releases Universal confirmed that they will re-release albums like 'Lycka', 'Frida Ensam', 'Shine', 'Wrap your arms around me', 'Eyes of a woman' etc. on vinyl later this year. They will give more details on their site soon.

  • Björn Ulvaeus attended a presentation about how Stockholm will market itself internationally in the coming years on February 14. Both 'ABBA - The Museum' and 'Mamma Mia! The Party' attract tourists from around the world and make the Swedish capital, amongst many other attractions, a place worth visiting.


February 12, 2017
  • The new composition by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, entitled 'Vi äger drömmarna' ('We Own The Dreams'), as performed at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm recently, can be heard here.

February 8, 2017
  • Swedish TV has produced a documentary about Gustaf Sjökvist and it will be screened on TV2, on Saturday February 11 at 7:05 PM and again the next day at 12:40 PM. Benny appears in the documentary.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

February 2, 2017
  • Marie-Louise Ekman's new production "Försökskaninerna" featuring music by Benny will premiere at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm on March 30.
    The play is about a woman (played by Marie Göranzon) moving into a dementia home and what happens in the real world and inside her head.


January 29, 2017
  • Svenska Dagbladet reports that a new composition by Björn & Benny was performed in Stockholm last Thursday. It is called "Vi äger drömmarna om hopp i en orostid" ("we dream of hope in a time of unrest") and the lyrics were written by Björn.

  • The new campus of The Royal College of Music in Stockholm was officially opened on Thursday in attendance of the King and Queen of Sweden. The concert of the evening included the first official public performance of a new composition by Benny Andersson. Benny and Mona attended the event.

    Benny and Mona
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

January 17, 2017
  • A minor update to Frida's visit to Torshälla: The organiser of the event, Alar Kuutmann, has told the media that Frida's old friend and co-musician Gunnar Sandevärn will contact Frida in January to discuss the date. Then the organisers are considering the place where the public discussion will be held. Interest is expected to be big. But of course, it will be done in a format that Frida feels comfortable with.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

January 14, 2017
  • ABBA - The Movie at the Göteborg International Film Festival Friday February 3rd the Göteborg International Film Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala screening of ABBA The Movie celebrating its 40th anniversary 2017 as well. The red carpet screening at Grand Theatre (Stora Teatern) in Gothenburg will be followed by an ABBA party at the Kulturarena.
    Tickets and information

    Thanks to Niklas Albinsson-Collander!

  • Björn told Swedish 'Dagens Nyheter' that he has plans to bring Mamma Mia! The Party to London in 2018. He still looks for a suitable location for the experience.

December 23, 2016
  • Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017!

December 16, 2016
  • Happy Birthday to Benny!

December 15, 2016
  • BAO's album "Mitt Hjärta Klappar För Dig" has been nominated for the Swedish Grammis award in the category "Dance band of the year". Frida Hyvönen, the only artist on Benny and Ludvig's label Riksmixningsverket, is nominated in the categories album, composer and lyrics writer of the year. The Grammis gala takes place at Konserthuset in Stockholm on February 28, 2017.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

December 11, 2016
  • We are very sad to tell you that the wonderful photographer Torbjörn Calvero died at the age of only 67 years. He took many great and famous shots of ABBA, mainly in 1978 and 1979. Our deepest condolences go to his family. Here are two photos of him talking about his photos at ABBA The Museum in 2015.

    Torbjörn Calvero at ABBA The Museum - © Maik Dünkel Torbjörn Calvero at ABBA The Museum - © Maik Dünkel
    © Maik Dünkel

  • The new smaller scale version of Chess på svenska premieres at Kristianstads Teater on September 23 next year. The cast and crew has now been announced.
    • Anatoly: Johan Wikström
    • Florence: Frida Modén Treichl
    • Freddie: Patrick Martinsson
    • Svetlana: Hanna La Fleur
    • Molokov: Peter Jernstedt
    • The Arbiter: David Rix
    • Conductor: Ebert Ankarblom
    • Director: Ola Hörling
    Chess på svenska in Kristianstad
    Chess has mostly been performed as concert version because it is arranged for a huge orchestra and choir. There are not many theatre houses in Sweden that can stage this big production. Benny and Björn want Chess to be produced as stage version more often, not just in concert form. So they hired Anders Eljas to re-arrange the music for an orchestra with 13 musicians. Kristianstad's theatre has 397 seats.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.

December 9, 2016
  • ABBA No. 79 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. As a special bonus this issue has 40 pages - it is in full colour A4 size. This time we have 2 exclusive posters for you. In the new issue we celebrate Björn & Benny's 50th anniversary plus Arrival's 40th anniversary. As always, the magazine includes many previously unpublished photos, interviews and special reports.

    • News Extra with all news about releases, ABBA, Agnetha, Benny, Björn, Frida, ABBA related artists and ABBA The Museum
    • Benny Anderssons Orkester on tour 2016
    • Book review "We All Love ABBA", including an interview with the author Stany Van Wymeersch and great photos
    • Our ABBA competition
    • Exclusive interview with Swedish radio presenter Ulf Elfving, who has interviewed all four ABBA members several times
    • Special report "Björn & Benny - Thank You For The 50 Years of Music"
    • Special report "40 Years Arrival"
    • Reader's Stories with wonderful contributions by our members and exclusive Frida photos
    • 2 A3 size posters - one with an exclusive funny Björn & Benny photo; one with an exclusive ABBA photo from 1975




    We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback. Thank you as always for your wonderful support!

  • On December 4th, Systerpolskan performed their very first concert where they presented songs from their album "Randig kjortel" (Striped Skirt) which was released earlier this year during September. It was foremost produced by Benny Andersson who also played some instruments on a couple of songs. He joined the group that Sunday evening for the entire concert in Stockholm when they performed in front of an enthusiastic audience.

    Benny at the Systerpolskan concert - © Micke Bayart Benny at the Systerpolskan concert - © Micke Bayart
    Photos © Micke Bayart

  • Frida attended Olivia Newton-John's show at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.

    Frida in Las Vegas - © Marlen Landin Frida in Las Vegas - © Marlen Landin
    Photo © Marlen Landin

November 26, 2016
  • German RBB TV will show Musikladen: The Best of ABBA on January 1, 2017 at 23:30.
    Thanks to Manuela Reimann!

November 15, 2016
  • Frida

November 10, 2016
  • Arturo Sandoval’s new album "Duets" is scheduled to be released in February 2017 and will include a duet with Frida Lyngstad, among other artists like Josh Groban, Pharrell Williams, Placido Domingo, Al Jarreau and many more! Frida and Arturo were very excited to record ABBA's 'Andante, Andante' together in Spain as his manager Melody Lisman told us.

  • Per Sundin from Universal Sweden told the magazine Musikindustrin how he took a photo of Benny, Björn, Max Martin and Shellback in Los Angeles: "That was a little special. We were in Max Martin's studio in West Hollywood when Shellback suddenly came up with 'Oh, we must take a photo.' There was a wonderful respect for each other, they almost seemed to be proud to be pictured together. Afterwards I think I should have asked for an own photo together with these legends. It would have been something to put on the wall."

  • Sundin does not want to talk about the virtual ABBA before he has something concrete to tell. The reaction to the news has been enormous, to Sundin's surprise mostly in Japan.

  • The programme "Moraeus med mera" with BAO, which was recorded in June, will be screened December 3 at 8 PM Swedish time.

  • Marie-Louise Ekman staged her version of Utvandrarna (novel series which Kristina från Duvemåla is based on) at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm a couple of years ago. Benny's existing music (not from Kristina) was rearranged for the play. The production was filmed and SVT2 will show it on November 26 and 27.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

November 7, 2016November 2, 2016
  • Benny is a mentor for the new music scene's network UTOM, Unga Tankar Om Musik (Young thoughts about music). The project now includes 17 people from the music business (professional musicians, agents, producers etc.) aged 25-40, in the end there will be 40 members. During the next four years their attempt is to get musicians from different genres together and work together for a "music scene of the future".
    Benny said: "UTOM will be a new constructive force in the cultural debate. I am convinced that Unga Tankar Om Musik will become an obvious genre crossing workshop in the music scene."
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

October 27, 2016
  • Universal Music has announced that a cooperation between the ABBA members and music producer Simon Fuller will lead to a new kind of entertainment experience using Virtual Reality. From the press release:

    "Together with Universal Music Group and world-famous entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller, the ABBA members present a pioneer project using the newest digital and Virtual Reality technology. The aim is to create an unique entertainment experience with the Swedish superstars so that new generations of fans can see, hear and feel ABBA in a way never imagined before.
    Simon Fuller is investing in Virtual Reality technology and the development of hyper-realistic digital humans for the entertainment business. The collaboration with the members of ABBA is a key moment on the way to develop the full possibilities of Virtual Reality changing the image of entertainment.
    The ABBA members will be involved during the whole creative process, so the result will match their original vision."

    More information will be announced in 2017 - but we can already say that this will not be a live reunion of the group members. Virtual Reality means a computer simulation of the real world, mostly using a helmet or special glasses with high-resolution displays showing a 3D image of the simulated world where you can look and walk around and interact with simulated objects and persons. Today it is often used for computer games, driving simulators, presentations etc.
    We will keep you informed!

October 23, 2016
  • Benny has contributed music to several TV, film and theatre productions by Marie-Louise Ekman. The next one is the theatre play "Försökskaninerna" (Guinea-pigs) which opens March 30, 2017 on the main stage of Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. It has not been announced if the music is specially written for the play or they are using old material.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

October 10, 2016
  • Thanks to Pentti Koponen who sent us these nice photos of Benny from yesterday's concerts with Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör at Eric Ericssonhallen in Stockholm.

    Benny in Stockholm - © Pentti Koponen

  • Björn and Benny were among the persons who got Stockholm City's Culture Prize a couple of months ago. Björn has decided to give his part, 50.000 Crowns, to the organization Women's Network (Kvinnornas nätverk) which fights against honor-related violence and oppression.

  • Thanks to Pentti Koponen who met Benny unexpectedly in Stockholm on October 6, 2016 and took this beautiful photo of him.

    Benny in Stockholm - © Pentti Koponen

September 25, 2016
  • Benny Andersson and Gustav Sjökvists Kammarkör performed in Uppsala last Thursday. Cecilia Rydinger Alin conducted the choir, which performed these songs by Benny: 'Anthem', 'The Story of Chess' (in Swedish), 'Innan gryningen', 'Kärlekens tid', 'Lilla skara', 'Down to the Sacred Wave', 'De flyendes kör, En skrift i snön', 'O klang och jubeltid', 'Vilar glad. I din famn' and Thank You For The Music.
    The tour continues in Gävle (23rd) and Västerås (25th) before concluding in Stockholm (9th October).
    Special thanks to Micke Bayart.

    Benny in Uppsala - © Micke Bayart

September 8, 2016
  • New Arrival releases Here is the press text about the new Arrival releases:

    Originally released in October 1976, ABBA's Arrival was an instant classic that made the Swedish four-piece a household name across the world. Four decades later, it remains both faultless and timeless – and will be reissued on 7 October in a stunning half-speed mastered double-vinyl pressing.
    With high-definition audio, the album will have never sounded so good, and the 2LP reissue comes with a certificate officially declaring that its half-speed remastering took place at the legendary Abbey Road Road Studios in London. With new liner notes written by Swedish journalist Jan Gradvall and a new interview with Michael B Tretow, ABBA's producer and "fifth member", this lovingly put together reissue is a fitting celebration of one of the most important albums that ABBA ever released.
    In addition to the double-vinyl reissue of the album, a limited edition 7" box set, Arrival: The Singles, will collect the album's three singles, 'Dancing Queen', 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' and 'Money, Money, Money', along with the non-album release 'Fernando', on coloured vinyl, while each single will also be released as separate picture discs. For ABBA collectors, this is a mouth-watering array of releases that revels in the brilliance of Arrival, an album that topped the charts in 10 countries around the world, including England, Germany and New Zealand, and which also took the group to the No.1 spot at home for the third time.

    Arrival half-speed mastered 2LP tracklisting:
    LP1 Side A
    'When I Kissed The Teacher', 'Dancing Queen', 'My Love, My Life'
    Side B
    'Dum Dum Diddle', 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'

    LP2 Side A
    'Money, Money, Money', 'That's Me', 'Why Did It Have To Be Me?'
    Side B
    'Tiger', 'Arrival'

    Arrival: The Singles coloured vinyl box set tracklisting:
    Disc 1 'Dancing Queen', 'That's Me'

    Disc 2 'Fernando', 'Hey, Hey Helen'

    Disc 3 'Knowing Me, Knowing You', 'Happy Hawaii'

    Disc 4 'Money, Money, Money', 'Crazy World'

August 21, 2016
  • We have received many messages regarding a possible release of an "Arrival" Deluxe Edition later this year. Universal just told us that more information will be published on soon. We will keep you informed!
    Regarding the vinyl release of "Djupa andetag", Universal hasn't set the date.

  • After just over four years at ABBA The Museum & Pop House, marketing and sales director Catarina Falkenhav is moving on to new endeavours within the framework of her own company.
    "I'm delighted to have made this journey with ABBA The Museum and my colleagues – both inside and outside the establishment. I've been part of many fun and unique events during my time here, which will naturally be hard to beat. However, I think the time is right now to move on to new ventures, particularly as things are going so well for the business," said Catarina Falkenhav.
    "Thanks to Catarina's extensive expertise in the field of brand and communications, the ABBA museum got off to a dream start with impressive attendance figures. I'm happy to have worked with her for so many years and can only congratulate her future clients," said Björn Ulvaeus.
    Museum Director Ingmarie Halling says: "It doesn’t matter how good an exhibition, film, theatre, etc. you set up – if you don't have the ability to find the right channels to communicate it to your audience. Catarina has been the perfect strategist for this. Finding a worthy replacement will be a tough job and I will miss our collaboration very much, even if our paths will cross again in the Barnfilmbyn project."

    Special thanks to Catarina for her assistance through all these years from ABBA Fan Club. It was a great pleasure to work with her. We wish her all the very best for her future projects.
    Catarina Falkenhav

August 3, 2016
  • Here you can see the photos from the new wonderful ABBA Calendar 2017 published by Heel. We will have some calendars to give away in our next competition in ABBA No. 79.

    ABBA Calendar 2017

  • Arturo Sandoval mentioned in an interview that he is working on a new album, which will be his first duet album. Frida will be one of his duet partners!

    Frida with Arturo Sandoval

  • The successful BAO tour came to an end in Stockholm last Saturday. Many thanks to Maik Dünkel for the nice photos.

    BAO in Stockholm BAO in Stockholm

June 17, 2016
  • German VOX TV will have an ABBA Night on July 28. It starts with "Mamma Mia! The Movie" at 20:15 local time and the new documentary "ABBA - Die Story geht weiter" will follow at 22:15. ABBA editor Regina will appear in the documentary as well. Read more about it here.

  • Åland Post is now taking pre-orders for Björn's stamp. Read more about the stamp here.

June 12, 2016
  • A new video of Frida and Agnetha performing 'The Way Old Friends Do' has appeared online. Watch it here!

June 6, 2016
  • As announced, all four ABBA members attended the 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship. Agnetha and Frida went on stage to perform "The way old friends do" with Björn and Benny turning up to also sing a few lines.
    Among the guests were Lasse Berghagen, Peter Jöback, Janne Schaffer, Lena Philipsson, Helen Sjöholm, Tomas Ledin, Marie Ledin, Tommy Körberg etc.

    A report about it can be found here.

    Here are a few photos, taken from Instagram with thanks to Niklas Strömstedt and Pernilla Wahlgren.

    50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship 50th anniversary party of Björn & Benny's friendship

June 5, 2016
  • All four members of ABBA are at Björn & Benny's 50th anniversary party in Stockholm right now. Björn told us in an interview that they are celebrating with people that he and Benny worked with along the way.

  • 50 years ago, on 5th June 1966, Benny Andersson met Björn Ulvaeus - and so began an incredible partnership!

  • "En natt i Köpenhamn" by BAO is released as a single now: Mono Music MMCDS-144

    You can also get it here on Spotify.

  • Our guestbook is working again.

May 20, 2016
  • ABBA No. 78 has now been printed and is being mailed to all of our members worldwide! It is a very special issue, dedicated to ABBA’s surprise appearance in public together in Stockholm earlier this year. We have an extensive, detailed feature about the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party including a lovely personal message from Björn to all ABBA Fan Club members! The issue also features an exclusive interview with Björn for .

    No. 78 is again in full colour with 36 pages, A4 size. Here’s what you will find it in No. 78:

    • News Extra featuring all the latest news on new releases, Agnetha, Benny, Björn, Frida, ABBA-related artists, and ABBA The Museum
    • Report on Björn awarding the Charlemagne Medal to the Eurovision Song Contest in Aachen, Germany, including an exclusive interview with Björn for ABBA and many exclusive photos
    • Large and exclusive report on the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party with many exclusive photos and a personal handwritten message from Björn to our fan club members!
    • Our ABBA Competition
    • Report about Björn appearing on TV show Skavlan earlier this year
    • Report about artist Lars Lerin’s meeting with Frida in Mallorca for SVT
    • Report on the new book “Agnetha Fältskog – The girl with the golden hair” including an exclusive interview with the author
    • A3 Poster with one of the latest ABBA shots from January 2016




We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback. Thank you as always for your wonderful support!


May 19, 2016

  • BAO: Mitt hjärta klappar för dig The new album by Benny Anderssons Orkester: "Mitt hjärta klappar för dig" (MMCD 034) will be released on June 10. It will also be available on vinyl LP (MML 034) from July 15. The tracklist:

    • En natt i Köpenhamn
    • Bara bara du
    • Hem till mamma
    • Minnena bleknar med tiden
    • Summa summarum
    • Timmarna går så fort när man har roligt
    • En svala gör ingen sommar
    • Smoochy
    • Isabella Rahm
    • Mitt hjärta klappar för dig
    • Ticka ticka väckarklocka

    BAO will go on a summer tour in July:
    21. Gothenburg, 22. Helsingborg, 23. Kalmar, 24. Linköping, 27. Leksand, 28. Uppsala, 29. Trosa, 30. Stockholm.

    Thanks to Dmitriy Shipov and Görel Hanser!

May 7, 2016
  • Today saw the the opening of the new exhibition "Good Evening Europe!" – celebrating 60 years of Eurovision Song Contest at ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Björn was being interviewed on stage about the importance of the ESC along with other guests including Swedish singer and ESC winner Carola and Ingmarie Halling from the museum, to name but a few. The former winners Loreen, Herreys and Måns Zelmerlöw joined everyone on stage towards the end.

    Special Thanks to Micke Bayart for the wonderful photos!

    Ingmarie Halling and Björn - © Micke Bayart The former Swedish ESC winners with Björn - © Micke Bayart

  • German ZDF TV's "Fernsehgarten" on Sunday, May 15 at 12:05 local time will be all about Sweden. Regina from the ABBA Fan Club has been invited to the live broadcast. She will talk about her collection and her love to ABBA and she will demonstrate the 2013 crispbread bet from "Wetten dass...." together with her husband Ralf. Here is a little report.

April 29, 2016
  • Yesterday Björn visited Aachen in Germany to give the "Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens" to the Eurovision Song Contest. He made the laudatory speech and took part in the discussion with Nicole, the German winner from 1982, Ingrid Deltenre (EBU General Director), Jon Ola Sand (EBU) and Thomas Schreiber (NDR). More infos will follow in our next ABBA Magazine.
    Here and here are two videos.

    Björn with Nicole in Aachen

April 18, 2016
  • German Heel publishing company will publish another ABBA calendar 2017. Here is the temporary cover!

    Heel ABBA Calendar 2017

  • Julia Lindholm's album cover Swedish Singer Julia Lindholm will release her album "Super Trouper" on April 29, 2016 in Germany. It will contain 12 ABBA songs sung in German - some of them are German versions from the 70's and 80's (as sung by Marianne Rosenberg etc.) and some of them are taken from the musical "Mamma Mia!". More infos about the album in our next ABBA Fan Club Issue. We will also have some CDs for our next prize competition!
    You can already listen to Julia's version of "Super Trouper" in German here.

March 27, 2016
  • Björn - Photo © Christer Sturmark On April 28, 2016 the Karl Medal for European Media, the "Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens" will be awarded for the 16th time in Aachen (Germany). This year's winner of the award will be the Eurovision Song Contest. The board of the association "Médaille Charlemagne" is honouring the Eurovision Song Contest as trans-national or trans-European event. Björn will make the laudatory speech.

    The ABBA Fan Club will have tickets for this award ceremony to be won. All members will receive an e-mail.

  • Anders Eljas, who has worked on ABBA's "If it wasn't for the nights", ABBA's Japanese tour and the musicals Chess and Kristina, was awarded with the medal "Litteris et Artibus" (Science and Arts) in the category "Conductor and Arranger" by King Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia on February 4, 2016.
    Many thanks to Heiko Siekmann!
    Anders Eljas

March 17, 2016
  • News from ABBA The Museum:
    ABBA The Museum and the European Broadcasting Union are excited to announce the opening of a new exhibition, dedicated to The Eurovision Song Contest. The interactive "GOOD EVENING EUROPE!" exhibition will celebrate the history of the world's longest running annual television competition that was first held in 1956. On May 7, 2016 the exhibition has its premier with international and national guests attending. The project has been initiated by ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus together with the EBU's Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand.

    Here is a short clip with Björn who invites you to ABBA The Museum in May.

  • Our guestbook does not allow new entries at the moment. We will inform you when the problem is solved.

February 29, 2016
  • We are very sad to tell you that Josefin Nilsson has passed away. The wonderful Swedish singer died at the age of only 46. She had a lot of success as an artist, with the Ainbusk Singers (incl. their smash hit "Lassie") and also recorded one album with Björn and Benny in 1993, "Shapes", with single releases like "Heaven and hell" and "Surprise Surprise".
    Our thoughts are with her family and friends!
    Here we have two lovely photos of her, taken in April 27, 1993 near Mono Music when one of her videos for "Shapes" was filmed (one of the photos with Benny).

    Josefin Nilsson 1993 - © Pentti Koponen
    Josefin Nilsson and Benny 1993 - © Pentti Koponen
    Photos © Pentti Koponen

  • A dinner and concert, quite unusual for Swedish conditions, will be given on March 3 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The host is KMH, and around 150 prominent friends of music and higher education will participate as guests and concert audience. The visitors have contributed with donations to the KMH Music Fund, which supports KMH and finances the event. They also come to learn more about the KMH new campus and the college's future as an international meeting place for education and research in music.
    "The dinner is part of fundraising activities that we are still quite unaccustomed to in Sweden", says KMH Vice-Chancellor Cecilia Rydinger Alin. She will represent the KMH at the event together with, among others, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor Staffan Scheja (who also will appear as pianist), composer Benny Andersson, composer and musician Lena Willmark and several other prominent artists related to KMH, including several current students. Honorary members of the newly formed KMH Music Fund are Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, Stefan Persson and Peter Wallenberg Jr.

    Staffan Scheja, Cecilia Rydinger Alin and Benny - Photo: Mira Akerman

January 31, 2016
  • German WDR TV will repeat Happy Birthday ABBA! from 2014 on Saturday, February 6 from 20:15 to 21:45 local time.
    Thanks to Peter Kauczor!

January 20, 2016
  • Just over 30 years to the day since they were last photographed standing together in public (on January 16, 1986), and to the utter surprise and delight of fans worldwide, the four members of ABBA stood together again this evening at the grand opening of Björn's new venture, Mamma Mia! - The Party. Agnetha, Frida and Benny accepted Björn's invitation and all four members attended the event – Agnetha with former ABBA tour producer Thomas Johansson, Frida with her partner Henry Smith, Benny with his wife Mona, and Björn with his wife Lena. Although the four did not pose for the press together, they appeared briefly on stage next to each other to much applause and fanfare.

    You can see our editor Regina interviewing Benny on the blue carpet below!

    Watch the BBC's report with footage of the members arriving here. A 15-second video of ABBA on stage is here.

    Many more photos and exclusive reports in our next issue!

    Special thanks to Micke Bayart!

    ABBA at Mamma Mia! The Party

    Regina and Benny at Mamma Mia! The Party

    Agnetha at Mamma Mia! The Party

    Frida at Mamma Mia! The Party

    Björn and Lena at Mamma Mia! The Party

January 17, 2016
  • Björn has given a large interview for the magazine of Östermalm Market Hall. Björn has been buying food there for decades and says that it is one of the few places in Stockholm where one can eat a good lunch. The location has great historical atmosphere and Björn hopes it will remain after the building is refurbished from 2016-2018.
    The Ulvaeus family with 15 persons get together for dinner as often as possible. Björn himself doesn't cook often and when asked which food he is good in making, he answers beef stew and hash.
    If Björn has to pick a favourite food style then it is Italian, but he adds that he is one of the few persons who loves the German, more robust food like Sauerkraut and Schweinshaxe. He also likes Japanese and French food.
    If a friend is asked to describe Björn with three words, he thinks they would be generous, curious and engaged. If there was more time, Björn would be interested in hiking in the Alps and Andes. Being asked when he was very happy for the last time, he tells about a trip to Teneriffa with all 15 family members. They stayed at the same hotel and spent time together at the pool and it was fantastic. The last time when Björn was very sad was two years ago when an old friend passed away and Björn still misses him. His dream duet partner would be Karen Carpenter.

    Photos: Magnus Elgquist

    Björn at Östermalm Market Hall

  • Lineah Svärd who played Sofie in the Helsinki production of Mamma Mia! has given an interview for Swedish newspaper NWT. Björn saw Lineah on stage and liked her so much that B&B asked her to come to an audition as understudy for Maria Ylipää playing Kristina at Cirkus. Lineah auditioned privately for Benny and Björn in Stockholm. After half an hour she got a call that B&B wanted her for the Cirkus. They tried to find a solution to combine the major role in Helsinki and understudy in Stockholm, but it turned out to be impossible.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Lineah Svärd and Björn

January 7, 2016
  • Björn was guest on the Scandinavian TV show ’Skavlan’ which was recorded in Stockholm today and will be aired tomorrow. He talked about the upcoming Mamma Mia! The Party and that an invitation had been sent to all ABBA members. However, he didn't reveal which of the other three members might be showing up on the opening night. He also talked about politics, getting older, his views on death support and that 'Our Last Summer' and 'Slipping Through My Fingers' are his two most personal ABBA songs lyric wise.

    With special thanks and photos © Micke Bayart.

    Björn on 'Skavlan'
    Björn on 'Skavlan'

  • As announced in No. 77, SVT1 will be airing a new television series featuring Swedish author and artist Lars Lerin called "Vänlingen Lars Lerin". Lars visited Frida in Mallorca and did a great interview with her which will be shown on January 13, 2016. Special thanks to Evelyn Nuyens for the beautiful photos.

    Frida & Lars Lerin
    Frida & Lars Lerin

January 6, 2016
  • An UK TV special called "The ABBA Christmas Party" by ITV on Christmas Eve included an interview with Björn recorded at the Tyrol in Stockholm, where Mamma Mia! The Party will be performed from January 20.
    Björn said about songwriting:
    "Some people accused us of being a hit factory. They said, you have a formula, it's not a problem for you, you know how to churn out songs. It's absolutely not true. For every song we wrote, we never knew how the audience would receive it. We were just lucky that millions of other people had the same taste as well but there was absolutely no formula, the songs are so different. I mean it's not like after Fernando, we released another type of Fernando song. After Fernando came Dancing Queen!"

    Thanks to Peter Dyke!

    Björn at the Tyrol

  • Some advice for ABBA fans preparing for Mamma Mia! The Party and everyone else travelling to Sweden!

    We want to inform you about a fact that seems to be widely unknown.
    New banknotes have been introduced in October 2015 and the current banknotes will become invalid in 2016 and 2017!
    Here is the schedule from Riksbank (in English).

    A summary:
    • October 1, 2015: New banknotes 20 kr, 50 kr, 200 kr, 1000 kr
    • June 30, 2016: Old banknotes 20 kr, 50 kr, 1000 kr become invalid
    • October 3, 2016: New banknotes 100 kr, 500 kr, new coins 1 kr, 2 kr, 5 kr
    • June 30, 2017: Old banknotes 100 kr, 500 kr and coins 1 kr, 5 kr become invalid

    Redeeming invalid banknotes is only possible via mail to Riksbank and is difficult and expensive.
    Invalid coins will not be redeemed at all.
    So please check your Swedish cash and try to use up your old banknotes on your next visit to Sweden.

  • The second round of Kristina från Duvemåla came to an end when the very last performance took place at the Cirkus on January 3. For Kristina actress Maria Ylipää the finale was her 300th time on stage while Robert Noack was seen 311 times as Karl Oskar. After the show a bus took the ensemble to hotel Rival for a party.
    Benny was in a hurry when he arrived at the theatre but kindly posed for a quick photo. Inside the theatre, Björn was surrounded by people after the interval and he patiently wrote autographs. B & B and Lars Rudolfsson did not come on stage after the show.

    Svenska Teatern in Helsinki has published details of the success of Mamma Mia!
    Around 138.000 people saw the musical during 280 performances. Both numbers are all time records for the theatre.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Final Kristina performance - © Pentti Koponen

January 3, 2016
  • During the same week, two B&B musicals close in Scandinavia. On December 31, Mamma Mia! was performed for the last time at Svenska Teatern in Helsinki. After the end of the show the theatre director made a speech and the ensemble and audience sang "Happy New Year" together. In the heart of Helsinki it is not allowed to have fireworks at New Year's eve but Svenska Teatern had got a special permission to celebrate Mamma Mia! so fireworks were shot from the roof of the theatre. A video can be found here.

  • In Stockholm the third last performance of Kristina took place on New Year's Eve. The ensemble also sang "Happy New Year". A video is here and the last show will be played on January 3.

  • Aftonbladet has published a new interview with Björn where he talks about his friendship to Benny, Mamma Mia! The Party, friendship with the ABBA members etc.

    Special thanks to Pentti Koponen!

December 24, 2015

    Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016 from ABBA Intermezzo

December 21, 2015
  • ABBA No. 77 – our third and final 25th Anniversary-themed issue – has now been printed and will be mailed to all of our members worldwide! Our latest issue is dedicated to you, our wonderful fan club members! We’ve put together a large and fun report about your fantastic selfies for our anniversary. A heartfelt thank you to all our members for your participation.

    No. 77 pp6-7    No. 77 pp10-11   

    No. 77 pp12-13    No. 77 pp14-15

    No. 77 pp22-23   

    No. 77 pp28-29    Np. 77 Poster-Calendar

    No. 77 is again in full colour with 36 pages, including the latest news, special features and rare and exclusive photos. This issue’s poster doubles as a 2016 calendar for you and features our favourite septuagenarians, Frida and Björn! Here's what you will find in No. 77:

    • News Extra featuring all the latest news on new releases, ABBA The Museum, Mamma Mia! The Party, and the latest interviews
    • Story on Mamma Mia! The Party including an exclusive interview with producer Mats Ahldén
    • In-depth article on ABBA’s 1976 visit to Poland featuring brand new and exclusive insights from Bertil Jigert, the photographer who followed ABBA to Warsaw, and ABBA author Christer Borg as well as never-before-published photos
    • More greetings for our 25th Anniversary, including a very lovely message from Frida
    • Special reports and exclusive photos: Kristina, The Press Conference & Kristina, The Premiere
    • Report + photos: Benny’s Kärlekens Tid Release Concert
    • A huge feature with our members’ wonderful selfies and stories!
    • A3 2016 poster/calendar

    We hope you enjoy this special issue and look forward to your feedback. Thank you as always for your wonderful support!

November 27, 2015
  • A TV special called "The ABBA Christmas Party" by ITV will be shown on Christmas Eve in the UK. In an exclusive interview, Björn Ulvaeus will talk about his own ABBA memories and confirmed guests include Alexandra Burke, Scouting for Girls, Amanda Holden, Shayne Ward & Catherine Tyledsley, Susan Boyle and the cast of Mamma Mia!
    Thanks to Peter Dyke!

November 25, 2015
  • Lars Lerin (book author and artist) will start a new television series called "Vänligen Lars Lerin" on Swedish SVT1 on January 13, 2016 at 21:00 local time. He also met Frida on Mallorca for his series. Unfortunately we still can't tell you which episode Frida will be in. See the trailer here.

  • Instead of sending Frida presents to her birthday, we asked our members to donate something for her foundation "Kinder in Not". An impressive amount was sent to her and Dan Daniell's foundation. They also received a complete list of all the members who donated something. Many also sent personal birthday cards and letters which we all passed on to Frida.
    Frida told us that she was totally amazed by the amount of the donation and birthday greetings, and she asked us to pass on the following personal message to you:

    To all the generous members of the ABBA Intermezzo Fan Club,

    Dear all,
    To my birthday I received a list of donators to "Kinder in Not", and was equally surprised and happy over your very generous gift.
    It was the best birthday gift ever and both Urs and I send our heartfelt thanks for a donation which will help kids in many ways, and when we have decided which project to donate it to, we will of course let you know.
    Also a warm thank you for all the lovely birthday cards and letters you've sent me.

    Much love to you all,
    Frida xxx

November 13, 2015
  • Stamp released on July 8, 2016 The most beautiful stamp from Åland, issuing programme 2016!
    Including a stamp by Björn!
    Many thanks to Ralph Hans Steiner for this wonderful information!

  • A few German radio stations will report about Frida's 70th birthday in their programmes:

    Regina from the ABBA Fan Club will be a guest on this show "Sonntagskult"!

  • German TV show "Brisant" will report (among other subjects) on Frida's 70th birthday on November 14, 2015. You can watch the show via live stream from 5:10 PM local time here.

  • The double CD "Sakk - Chess Musical Budapest Live" will be released in the end of November.
    It is a live recording of "Chess" in Budapest in Hungarian language. You can order it here.

    Sakk - Chess Musical Budapest Live

November 5, 2015
  • Dan Daniell, the very close friend of Frida, is nominated for the pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 for Switzerland.
    You can still vote for Dan Daniell and his beautiful song "Out of the darkness" until November 16, 2015 here. Please vote and support Dan!

November 2, 2015
  • Swiss singer Beatrice Egli made an interview with Björn and you can watch it on German ZDF TV's archive page.

October 20, 2015
  • There is a digital remix bundle with Frida's song. It includes "I Know There's Something Going On" as Lindstrøm Remix, Torn Remix, Fred Falke Remix and Junge Junge Remix. Thanks to Universal Music Germany!

  • German newspaper article about Ludvig's wedding Congratulations to Benny's son Ludvig who got married to Milana Schoeller on October 17, 2015. The happy ceremony took place in Munich in St. Michaels Church, Germany, and of course, Benny was among the guests. In the end of the ceremony they even played "I do I do I do I do I do"! Many thanks to Jürgen Vad.

  • All 4 remixes of Frida's "I know there's something going on" are available on Spotify Web Player now!

October 9, 2015
  • ABBA The Museum and the Japanese spa and conference hotel Yasuragi are initiating a collaboration, presenting a special exhibition of ABBA's last tour in Japan. The exhibition is based on the book ABBA The Backstage Stories by Ingmarie Halling. Costumes by ABBA's costume designer Owe Sandström will also be on display. The exhibition will moreover feature brand new photographs of ABBA The Museum, captured by the keen eye and camera of award-winning photographer Mattias Edwall, who gives us his version of the story of ABBA.
    In conjunction with the exhibition, brand new photographs of ABBA The Museum by Mattias Edwall are being shown, titled ABBA The Museum + Mattias Edwall = true!
    Ingmarie Halling says "With his eye and camera Mattias creates his own chronicle of our museum. And we are proud to show these photographs for the first time at Yasuragi. A keen eye, presence and precision are Mattias's trademark, it's like he sees things that others don't and teaches us to see them."
    The exhibition will open on October 6, 2015, inaugurated by the Ambassador of Japan to Sweden, H.E. Mr. Seiji Morimoto, and be on show at Yasuragi in Saltsjö-Boo through April 15, 2016.

  • Here is a nice report about Mamma Mia! The Party from a German newspaper. The author also mentioned that Björn said that they think about getting Mamma Mia! The Party to New York, London and Berlin if it is successful in Stockholm. Special thanks to Michael Robrecht, the author of the article, who gave us permission to use his photos taken of the construction of Mamma Mia! The Party.

    Tyrol in Stockholm - © Michael Robrecht Tyrol in Stockholm - © Michael Robrecht

  • Here is some further information on Mamma Mia! The Party from Björn himself.

October 1, 2015
  • On October 23, Polar Music will release a limited edition reissue of Frida's "Something's Going On" and to mark the occasion, Lindstrøm has remixed the single "I Know There's Something Going On", as both remix and dub version. The remix will be released in October. You can listen to the versions here.
    Special thanks to Mikel!

  • The limited Deluxe Edition of "Something's Going On" will include a hand signed card by Frida (no printed signature). There also will be an unlimited edition of "Something's Going On" with CD/DVD only which will be released on October 23 as well.
    Something's Going On Deluxe Edition

  • The limited Deluxe Edition of "Something's Going On" can still be ordered here or here.

  • Germany is third most successful location of MAMMA MIA!
    After 5135 performances, MAMMA MIA! will leave the Stage Metronom Theater at Centro Oberhausen on October 2. Only London's Westend and the Broadway in New York had more viewers for the musical than Germany.
    Mamma Mia! in Oberhausen

September 13, 2015
  • The second premiere of Kristina in Stockholm was a big success yesterday! Read more about it in our next issue of ABBA . Special thanks to Mike Wellner for these wonderful photos! More photos will follow in our next issue.

    Kristina premiere in Stockholm Kristina premiere in Stockholm

September 10, 2015
  • Benny has presented new creative meeting rooms at his hotel "The Rival" to invited guests today. The photo shows Benny with Caroline Eriksson, CEO of the hotel. Special thanks to Micke Bayart for this photo.

    Benny and Caroline Eriksson - © Micke Bayart

September 6, 2015
  • Exclusive Price Offers for Mamma Mia! Tickets in Oberhausen / Germany

    The derniere of Mamma Mia! in Oberhausen will take place on October 2, 2015. It is also the last performance of the musical in Germany for the time being.
    Before the final curtain falls, we have some exclusive special ticket offers from Stage Entertainment for you. This is valid for all tickets from Wednesday (Mi.) until Sunday (So.) in all categories.
    The prices include all fees except the postage for sending the tickets, which depends on the country. The prices are the same for the derniere tickets on October 2, 2015. Advance payment is required.
    All prices are valid for Wednesday to Sunday from September 13, 2015 on. We will process the orders via our ABBA Fan Club. Please send your obligatory order until September 8, 2015 to:

    Ticket prices for Mamma Mia! in Oberhausen

September 3, 2015
  • Today Björn, Benny and the "Kristina" cast went to a press conference in Stockholm. The second "Kristina" premiere in Stockholm will take place on September 12. Read more about this in our next fan club magazine. Special thanks to Micke Bayart for this great photo!

    Björn and Benny at the press conference

August 27, 2015
  • The grand piano played by Benny on ABBA's recordings from 1973 - 1977 will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London on September 29. It was built by Swedish designer Georg Bolin and bought by Metronome Studios in 1967.

August 24, 2015
  • Swedish TV1's evening show "Go'kväll" will have music from Kristina från Duvemåla performed on August 28 at 6:45 PM. No details yet who will be on stage.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    New Kristina cast

August 16, 2015
  • This autumn Frida of ABBA will celebrate her 70th birthday. To honour this special occasion, Polar Music will release a super limited edition version of the 1982 album "SOMETHING'S GOING ON" on October 23rd 2015.
    The boxed set is strictly limited to 2000 copies and contains liner notes written by Frida, as well as a hand-signed art card!
    The full contents includes a remastered CD version of "Something's Going On", a DVD featuring a "Making Of" documentary, promo videos and interviews from 1982, a signed art card, a 7" single of the song "I Know There’s Something Going On/You Know What I Mean", and a booklet with liner notes written by Frida.
    When first released in September 1982, "Something's Going On" reached number one on the album charts in Sweden, went Top 5 in Norway and Belgium, as well as going Top 10 in Australia, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. The single "I Know There's Something Going On" has sold over 3 million copies alone since release. The album is produced by Phil Collins.

    The box set can be pre-ordered here.

    We also hope to give you more links where to order it from soon.

    Frida Box 2015

August 3, 2015
  • The new ABBA Calendar 2016 by Heel Verlag can be ordered here!

    ABBA Calendar 2016 ABBA Calendar 2016

July 31, 2015

  • Jumbo poster with issue No. 76 ABBA No. 76 – our second 25th Anniversary issue! – has been printed and mailed to all of our members worldwide!

    No. 76 is another full colour, 36-page issue packed with the latest news, special features, and exclusive and rare photos. As a special gift in celebration of our special 25th anniversary, each loyal member of ABBA will find a jumbo poster, sized app. 60 x 85 cm, in their new issue! We hope you enjoy your special poster, which is a rare alternative shot for the “Arrival” album taken in 1976.

    Here’s what you will find in No. 76:

    - News Extra featuring all the latest news about new releases, ABBA The Museum, Mamma Mia! The Party, latest interviews etc.

    - The second part of our special 25th Anniversary feature: Our editor Regina answers more questions about the history of the ABBA Fan Club

    - ABBA By Calvero: A special report and exclusive photos about photographer Torbjörn Calvero’s fine art photos at ABBA The Museum

    - An exclusive interview with John Tobler, the man behind the famous ABBA Annuals and ABBA Gold Books. He has some great memories and exclusive photos to share with us

    - Full report and exclusive photos of Björn at Humanisterna’s event held at Rival Hotel plus Benny on stage at the Orion Theatre in Stockholm

    - Our special 25th Anniversary Competition: this time you can win exclusive prizes such as autographed cards, autographed CDs, books, CDs, magazines, ABBA t-shirts and ABBA bags. A special thank you to everyone who donated all these fantastic prizes for our special competition!

    - Reader’s Stories featuring contributions and photos from our members

    - A3 size poster with a lovely image of ABBA in Japan from March 1980

    - Plus wonderful greetings and special messages from Björn, Frida, Benny, Görel Hanser, Mia Segolsson, Dan Daniell, Torbjörn Calvero and John Tobler for our 25th anniversary!

    We hope you enjoy this special issue and look forward to your feedback. Thank you as always for your wonderful support!





July 23, 2015
  • The Stockholm Culture Festival takes place in the middle of August. One of the events is a perfomance by the Kristina cast at Sergels Torg on Thursday August 13 at 12:00 - 1:30 PM. Some of the most loved songs from Kristina will be heard. Lars Rudolsson will be also on stage. 1.254.317 people have seen Kristina so far. The recent version has been performed 289 times in Helsinki and Gothenburg and was seen by an audience of 242.000 .

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

July 17, 2015
  • Kärlekens Tid concert The release concert for the album "Kärlekens Tid" takes place on September 20 at 6 PM at the Eric Ericssonhallen in Stockholm. Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör sings, Benny plays piano and Cecilia Rydinger Alin conducts.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

June 28, 2015
  • The Swedish TV breakfast show "Nyhetsmorgon" had a Kristina från Duvemåla featurette on Saturday morning. Benny and Björn had been interviewed at Mono Music. They spoke a lot about today's refugees.
    Oskar Nilsson performed "Guldet blev till sand" as singback version. The single mix of the song was used as background music, which is a bit different from the album version.

  • MMCD 033 Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör's album "Kärlekens Tid", with music by Benny, will be released on September 18. Confusingly, record stores are announcing different orders for the songs included:
    • Var hör vi hemma
    • Down to the sacred wave
    • Lilla skara
    • Klinga mina klockor
    • Historien om schack
    • Anthem
    • Kärlekens tid
    • En skrift i snön
    • Vila glad. I din famn
    • Innan gryningen
    • O klang och jubeltid
    Catalogue number: Mono Music MMCD 033

  • MMCD-S 143 "He's a man, he's a child", the English version of "Han är en man, han är ett barn" (which was first performed in the Swedish version of CHESS in 2002) will be released as digital single by Mono Music. It is a live recording, sung by Reidun Saether during CHESS IN CONCERT at Skarphallen in Tromsö in Norway, August 2014. Anders Eljas conducted the Arctic Philharmonic during the concert. Espen Andersen engineered the live recording and Bernard Löhr and Benny have mixed the song at Mono Music Studio. Benny is the producer. Catalogue number: Mono Music MMCD-S 143

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen for all these news!

June 24, 2015
  • The promotion campaign (by authors and cast) for Kristina från Duvemåla at Cirkus in Stockholm has started. Benny, Maria Ylipää and Oskar Nilsson have recorded Kalle Moraeus´ music show "Moraeus med mera" in Orsa for Swedish TV SVT in early June. Screening is planned for early autumn. Maria Ylipää and Robert Noack will appear in the final Allsång på Skansen, broadcast live on TV on August 11. The artists and Lars Rudolfsson attended the media launch earlier this month, but did not want to tell which song(s) will be performed in August. Swedish magazine Amelia has been at Cirkus, photographing and interviewing Maria Ylipää and Birthe Wingren when they have been testing their costumes.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Robert Noack, Maria Ylipää, Lars Rudolfsson - © Lenah Fröding / SVT World
    Photo © Lenah Fröding / SVT World

  • Mamma Mia! The Party has now come a little further with this exciting experiment. The refurbishment of historic Tyrol has just started and the transformation into a Greek Taverna will be really exciting to follow. The other day, they were pleasantly surprised by their rhythmical craftsmen - see the stunt here.
    You can also see the film and follow the process on .
    Tickets go on sale on the 25th of August.

  • We are sad to tell you that James Last died on June 9 at the age of 86. He was a famous conductor and created the so-called "Happy Sound". He was a big admirer of ABBA and met them back in 1974. In 2001 he released a full CD with ABBA's music called "James Last plays ABBA", played in his own special sound. Our thoughts are with his family.

June 2, 2015
  • Björn got the honorary doctorate at Linnéuniversitetet. Here is a nice interview with him (in Swedish).

    Björn at Linnéuniversitetet - © Press Association

  • Dan Daniell's book "Wolli und die Erstbesteigung des Matterhorns" (Wolli and the first ascent of the Matterhorn) has now been published. The children's book series about "Wolli" the cute sheep is continued with this book and tells the story of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. The bird "Frida Vogelsang" is mentioned in the book as well, singing "1865" as an encore at a concert with her friend. Frida has written and signed the foreword to this wonderful book. It includes a photo of Frida and Dan Daniell. The Special Edition also includes Dan Daniell's CD "Lebe deinen Traum" featuring the German and English version of "1865" with Frida! We can only recommend this great book. You can order it here.

    Wolli und die Erstbesteigung des Matterhorns

May 14, 2015
  • We are sorry to say that ABBA's bass player Rutger Gunnarsson has passed away at the age of 69. Our deepest sympathies go to his family.

  • On May 9, 2015 we had organized a special ABBA Fan Club VIP event for Mamma Mia! in Oberhausen. The 3 Dynamos took plenty of time for us and the mood was excellent. The musical will be played in Germany until October 2, 2015. Secure your tickets here.

    Fan club event in Oberhausen Fan club event in Oberhausen

April 25, 2015
  • Congratulations!

April 23, 2015
  • On Saturday, 25 April 2015 at 20:15 on German ARD TV one of our youngest ABBA fan club members, Enrico Ferrari (12), will have his big appearance on the show "Klein gegen Groß - das unglaubliche Duell" ("Small vs. big - the incredible duel") hosted by Kai Pflaume. Many months ago we helped the ARD to get in contact with Enrico.
    Enrico is a huge ABBA fan and knows every song by the Swedish pop quartet. He is very much into music: he sings soprano in a boy choir and is learning to play violin. His counterpart in the ABBA duel is STEFANIE HERTEL. The singer and MDR presenter is not just a folk music expert, she is a big ABBA fan herself. In 2013 she even had a guest appearance in the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia" in Stuttgart. Who will recognize more ABBA songs played backwards on the violin?

    Kai Pflaume, Enrico and Stefanie Hertel
        Photo: NDR / Thorsten Jander

April 21, 2015
  • On 20 April 2015 Swedish Humanist Association "Humanisterna" arranged an event held at Rival Hotel in Stockholm in order to support refugees who fled the war in Northern Syria and southern Kurdistan. The goal of this event was to help 300 boys and girls of the refugee camp Arabat, which is situated in the province Suliymaniyah, and who are suffering from abuse and violence being in need of psychosocial support. Many of them have lost their parents and have no social support in order to overcome stress and fear by means of professional help. Among the speakers were Björn Ulvaeus and Sweden's Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson to name but a few. Among the artists performing that night were Shirley Clamp, Janne Schaffer, Kani, Åsa Jinder and Gunilla Backman who was joined during the finale by all attending artists singing the Swedish version of "Thank You For The Music".

    Björn at the Rival Theatre - © Micke Bayart
        Photo © Micke Bayart

  • Here is a nice video of Björn talking about the planned restaurant.

April 16, 2015
  • This coming Monday, April 20th, the Rival Theatre will be the host of a charity concert to raise money for the youths at the Arabat refugee camp in northern Iraq. Artists who will be performing and/or speaking include Shirley Clamp, Gunilla Backman, Peter Johansson, Anders Borg, Björn Ulvaeus and Hogir Hirori. There are still a few tickets left! More info and tickets on the Rival website.

  • Mamma Mia! will have its premiere in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 15, 2015.
    Special thanks to Peter Rustja!

  • Get into the Mamma Mia party mood! In January 2016 Mamma Mia! The Party opens at Restaurant Tyrol in Gröna Lund, Stockholm's famous amusement park, just across the street from ABBA The Museum. Using the ABBA song catalogue as a base Björn Ulvaeus wants to capture the happy atmosphere of the musical that has played to millions around the world and transfer it to a big party. Premiere 20 January 2016 at Tyrol, Stockholm. Tickets on sale from 25 August 2015 via

April 15, 2015
  • We have reported that there is a German version of the song "1865" by Frida and Dan Daniell from Chez Heini in Zermatt. This German version will be released on Dan's new album "Lebe deinen Traum" on April 24, 2015. You can already listen to a little clip here.

  • Some advice for everyone travelling to Sweden!

    We want to inform you about a fact that seems to be widely unknown.
    New banknotes will be introduced in October 2015 and the current banknotes will become invalid in 2016 and 2017!
    Here is the schedule from Riksbank (in English).

    A summary:
    • October 1, 2015: New banknotes 20 kr, 50 kr, 200 kr, 1000 kr
    • June 30, 2016: Current banknotes 20 kr, 50 kr, 1000 kr become invalid
    • October 2016: New banknotes 100 kr, 500 kr, new coins 1 kr, 2 kr, 5 kr
    • June 30, 2017: Current banknotes 100 kr, 500 kr and coins 1 kr, 5 kr become invalid

    Redeeming invalid banknotes is only possible via mail to Riksbank and is difficult and expensive.
    Invalid coins will not be redeemed at all.
    So please collect your Swedish cash and try to use it up before these dates on your next visit to Sweden.

April 11, 2015
  • Calvero Photo Exhibition ABBA The Museum will present photos taken by Torbjörn Calvero on April 22. Torbjörn has taken many great shots of ABBA and the museum will show some of his photos which have never been published before!

  • Ingmarie Halling has become director of ABBA The Museum. "Mattias has been a key figure in the creation of the museum. Without his creative ability it would not look like it does today," said Björn Ulvaeus, who led efforts to establish the museum in close collaboration with Hansson. "Taking on the position as Museum Director of one of Stockholm's and perhaps Sweden's most popular destinations is incredibly exciting," says Ingmarie Halling. "I have been working with the museum for several years, and have also been on tour with the exhibit, so now the challenge is to maintain our high visitor numbers and get our visitors to come back again and again," continues Halling, "Mattias has done a fantastic job, both commercially and creatively, and I can only congratulate the next group that manages to get him on board."
    "Now my part is done and the role of consultant CEO is being phased out. Three years of hard work with the world's best employees has yielded fantastic results – and our visitors are loving it! Nine out of ten would like to come back and are happy to tell others about their visit," says Mattias Hansson. "I am proud to be able to hand over a success story - it feels great."

  • The musical Mamma Mia! will be closed on Broadway in September this year, after running for 14 years! The last show of Mamma Mia! will be shown in New York on September 5, 2015.

  • Mamma Mia! The Party!
    Watch this nice teaser with Björn and sign up!

March 31, 2015
  • Legendary ABBA and solo photographer Anders Hanser has made a documentary film about his long career. "Hanser Han Ser i Orsa" (a word play meaning "Hanser He Sees in Orsa") will be shown twice in Orsa during Easter. Ten previews took place at Hanser's own small cinema in Stockholm. Many famous people who Anders Hanser has photographed, among them Frida, Björn and Benny, agreed to be interviewed in the film.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

  • Last Saturday Benny performed live at the Orion Theatre in Stockholm.
    Fire! invites music lovers from Sweden and the world and the Orion Theatre is turned into a club, with the feeling of a black club, backyard, Berlin or New York. Or eastern Södermalm (part of Stockholm where the theater is located). Fire! is a Swedish trio featuring members of The King, Tape, Wildbads & Peacedrums and they are playing a mix of soft, faster and modified versions of contemporary improvised music with the inspiration of garage rock and free jazz. On Saturday evening they played two songs together with Lars Rudolfsson and Benny Andersson, like ’On And On And On’.
    Many thanks to Micke Bayart!
    Lars Rudolfsson, Benny and Fire! at the Orion Theatre - © Micke Bayart
        Photo © Micke Bayart

  • On March 25, Melody Hotel changed name to POP HOUSE HOTEL, which houses the Swedish Popular Music History exhibit, ABBA The Museum, Swedish Music Hall of Fame and the POP shop. The house has already welcomed more than 600,000 visitors. Now the hotel and restaurant is being further developed:
    "Our goal of fully integrating the operations between ABBA The Museum, Swedish Music Hall of Fame and the hotel are underway. In line with this, it feels natural for us to change the name of the hotel to POP HOUSE HOTEL, where our intention is to realize the vision of a house of music in Stockholm", says Björn Ulvaeus.
    "Our hotel and restaurant guests will love what’s in store for them at the POP HOUSE HOTEL. This summer we’re planning live music gigs at our outdoor courtyard. We will also be decorating a number of hotel rooms in an exclusive music-theme interior. We want POP HOUSE HOTEL to be associated with all forms of music. A couple of months ago, we hosted an international song writing camp with 45 up-and-coming songwriters from all over the world. And recently, in collaboration with ABBA The Museum, we organized Katy Perry's end of tour party in conjunction with her concert at Stockholm Globe Arenas", says Pelle Lindberg.
    The name change occurred on Wednesday, March 25 and the old name will be searchable for a transition period.

March 22, 2015
  • CD Rob Zuzin - On Steel Strings: A Tribute To ABBA Baltimore based guitarist Rob Zuzin has released his CD "On Steel Strings: A Tribute To ABBA", available on CDBABY & Itunes. "On Steel Strings" is an interpretation of some of the most loved ABBA songs performed in the most organic setting: unaccompanied steel string guitar. Rob says: "ABBA's music was all over the place when I was young in the late 1970's. For me, at that age, I didn't think of the music as dance or disco backdrop. I think I liked the production of the recordings. I know I liked the songs! It was a fun challenge to create these arrangements. I didn't want the songs to be overshadowed with too much dense or speedy guitar playing, but I also wanted to be sure they were musically interesting especially considering the absence of the lyrics. Fortunately, the songs were so well crafted originally that neither was really a concern, though I did allow for a few occasions to "step out" and stretch the music a bit for the guitar's sake."

  • Benny was in Kopenhagen, Denmark, for the rehearsals of the musical "Hjälp Sökes" (premiere on April 12, 2015). You can watch a video with him here.

  • The first ever UK Tour of MAMMA MIA! will take place from 2016! The first four venues have now been announced and will be going on sale shortly. See dates here.

March 9, 2015
  • ABBA No. 75 – our 25th Anniversary issue! – has been printed and mailed to all of our members worldwide! We’re so proud and honoured to share this incredible milestone with you. No. 75 is another full-colour, 36-page issue packed with the latest news, special features, and exclusive and rare photos. Here’s what you’ll find in No. 75:

    - A conversation with Dan Daniell about his and Frida’s new recording, “1865” – featuring new details provided to us by Frida herself as well as previously unseen photos
    - “The Circle” premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival, attended by Benny and his son Ludvig – full report and exclusive photos
    - The first part of our special 25th Anniversary feature: Our very own editor Regina answers questions about the history of the ABBA Fan Club
    - The Good Cause of Chiquitita: Report and photos from the joint UNICEF/ABBA the Museum event attended by Björn this past November
    - Kristina premieres in Gothenburg: Report and exclusive photos
    - Exclusive interview: Producer, remixer and ABBA fan Matt Pop
    - Special 25th Anniversary competition: Tell us which exclusive photo you’d like sent to you as a jumbo poster gift!
    - A3 size poster featuring a rare outtake shot taken during the filming of the “Does Your Mother Know” video in 1979, kindly supplied to us by photographer Torbjörn Calvero especially for our anniversary
    - Reader’s Stories featuring contributions and photos from our members
    - And of course, our News Extra featuring all the latest news up to printing time

    No. 75 pp12-13  No. 75 pp10-11   

    No. 75 pp16-17   No. 75 pp28-29

    No. 75 A3 Poster   No. 75 pp32-33

    We sincerely hope you enjoy this special issue and look forward to your feedback. Thank you as always for all your support and encouragement!



  • Proposed cover of the updated and expanded edition of ABBA The Complete Recording SessionsAcclaimed ABBA historian and author Carl Magnus Palm has launched a second and final campaign to self-publish a completely revised, updated and expanded edition of ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions, his groundbreaking 1994 book on the facts and stories about ABBA’s musical legacy.

    When you pre-order your copy of the book through this website, you are helping secure the necessary support for the author to research, write and produce the book and to maintain the integrity of his vision for the project. The pre-order campaign runs through 9 April 2015.

    The book will only be published if it is successfully funded through this campaign, so don't miss your chance to back the project and reserve your copy of the book known as the “ABBA bible”!

    You can pre-order the book in two different formats, which will be delivered to you as soon as the book is published:

    1. Printed hardcover format shipped to your address anywhere in the world

    2. ebook (electronic book) format supported by Sony Reader, Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and most other readers and devices.

    All prices are in Euros and include shipping, and you can now pay via PayPal.

    Pre-order the book here.

March 8, 2015

  • What a night! The German Mamma Mia! Premiere in Oberhausen on March 5, 2015 was a big success. The "new Donna", Carina Sandhaus, did an excellent job and revealed later that she was very excited because many colleagues were among the guests of honor. "Sam" Jerry Marwig already performed in Stuttgart and Berlin and told us that he had been on the Mamma Mia! stage more than 1,000 times!!! The musical will run in Oberhausen for 6 months.
    Mamma Mia! in Oberhausen

  • Mia Hafrén (Donna), Lineah Svärd (Sofie) and Vallu Lukka (Sam) from the Mamma Mia! Helsinki production performed for King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Wednesday. After the planned six numbers the audience asked for more and got three encores. In the end Queen Silvia wanted to hear Dancing Queen and people began to dance.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    Mia Hafrén singt für das Königspaar Mia Hafrén in Helsinki
        Photos © Svenska Teatern and Mia Hafrén

  • The Cirkeln soundtrack has been released on iTunes (at least in Sweden and Finland), it features 40 tracks and includes these new pieces by Benny, length varying from 34 seconds to 4:17 minutes:

    • Engelsfors
    • Elias död (Elias' death)
    • Vanessa osynlig (Vanessa invisible)
    • Minoos rum 1 (Minoos room 1)
    • Den röda månen (The red moon)
    • Ida svävar 1 (Ida floating 1)
    • Taket (Ceiling)
    • Rebeckas död (Rebecka's death)
    • Nyckelstöld (Key theft)
    • Adrianas hus (Adriana's house)
    • Mönstrens bok (The book of patterns)
    • Minoos rum 2 (Minoos room 2)
    • Vad är magi? (What is magic?)
    • Efter middagen (After dinner)
    • Serum
    • Lucia
    • I kärrgruvan (In the swamp pit)
    • Badkaret (The bath tub)
    • Inget element (No element)
    • Idas vision
    • Kyssen (The kiss)
    • Max!
    • Ida svävar 2 (Ida floating 2)
    • Strider börjar (The battles begin)
    • Minoo bryter välsignelsen (Minoo breaks the blessing)
    • Efter striden (After the battle)
    • Engelsfors (reprise)

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

  • The new German album "Seitensprung" by Claudia Jung includes the Mamma Mia! songs "Der Sieger hat die Wahl" (The winner takes it all) and "Durch meine Finger rinnt die Zeit" (Slipping through my fingers). You can listen to snippets here.
    Thanks to Peter Kauczor!

March 4, 2015
  • Reviews of "Cirkeln" have been very positive. "Cirkeln" was the 2nd most attended film during its first week in Sweden. Ludvig Andersson said that 400,000 tickets need to be sold. Unfortunately, the much hyped film "50 Shades of Grey" opened around the same time and has been dominating the Swedish box office since then. Cirkeln has been seen by 80,000 people so far and has now dropped to position 5 of the Swedish movie charts. Ludvig comments in Aftonbladet that it can't be said yet if it is possible to film the two other Cirkeln books. They have to wait a few more weeks to see the more final results at the box office.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

  • ABBA The Museum has launched its biggest attraction since opening in May 2013. Four life-size replicas of ABBA members Frida, Agnetha, Björn and Benny in silicon, dressed in their legendary stage clothes from the late 70s. Work on the figures has been ongoing for just over a year, headed by talented make-up artist and artist Göran Lundström at Effektstudion in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm.
    The members of ABBA themselves have been intricately involved in the production of their replicas, with detailed measurements taken on all four, in order to come as close as possible to the way they looked back then.
    Behind these works of art is Swedish make-up artist and sculptor Göran Lundström from Effektstudion. In autumn 2013, Göran was commissioned to recreate ABBA in life-size replicas. The figures, which are unique globally, will be launched at the beginning of March 2015.

    Benny Andersson on the final results:
    "Wonderful mannequins, better looking than the originals."

    Agnetha Fältskog on the clothes:
    "I like the costume choice. Back then, the tricots were one of my favourites. They were good for dancing in and moving about freely, it was nice to feel free on stage."

    Frida Lyngstad Reuss on the figures:
    "The entire process has been so creative and inspiring – being able to give our input on all the details. And the results are excellent thanks to the perceptiveness of Göran and his team! Exquisite craftsmanship!"

    Björn Ulvaeus on the process:
    "I brought my test head home and laid it on my pillow, stuffing some other pillows under the cover. Then I called my wife into the bedroom. What an impact! There was the man who lay beside her 35 years ago. The man she fell in love with!"

    The figures arrived by helicopter and landed on the roof of the museum to the sound of Arrival.
    ABBA figures at the museum - © Micke Bayart ABBA figures arriving at the museum - © Micke Bayart
        Photos: © Micke Bayart

February 27, 2015
  • Carl Magnus Palm will try to make the updated ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions a reality with a second crowdfunding campaign. Please help him prepare for it by taking this survey.

February 25, 2015
  • German digital "Spiegel-Geschichte TV" will show the BBC documentary "ABBA - Agnetha and After" on Friday, February 27 at 20:15. The programme will be repeated on 28.2. at 12:45, 8.3. at 19:15, 10.3. at 1:05 and 10:15, 11.3. at 4:40 and 8:00.
    Thanks to Peter Kauczor!

February 12, 2015
  • Benny, Ludvig, Levan Akin and several actors from "Cirkeln" went to its premiere at the Berlinale on February 10th. Benny was immediately surrounded by the press and fans plus autograph hunters on the red carpet. Unfortunately he was mainly asked about ABBA instead about the film! The cast and Levan Akin went on stage after the screening to answer questions from the audience. We will have a full report with some exclusive photos in our next ABBA Issue.

    Benny at the Berlinale

  • Here is a short interview with Benny and Ludvig from February 10.

  • Frida & Dan Daniell talk about their foundation "Kinder in Not" here.

February 8, 2015
  • As announced on this website and in our newsletter to all our fan club members, Carl Magnus Palm’s crowdfunding campaign to publish an updated version of the definitive book on ABBA's recording history is now launched!
    Visit the Kickstarter page to pre-order your copy of this essential book.

  • Here is the page for the world premiere screening of Cirkeln at the Berlinale film festival on Tuesday, February 10 at 5:00 PM.

January 30, 2015
  • Benny, Ludvig, director Levan Akin and author Sara Bergmark Elfgren have recorded a video message for SF Bio announcing that ticket sales for Cirkeln are about to begin. Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

January 23, 2015
  • Swedish news agency TT Spektra reports that Benny Andersson will attend the Berlin film festival together with the director and five actors from "Cirkeln". Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

January 22, 2015
  • Benny and Ludvig at the Swedish Film Institute's presentation The Swedish fantasy film "Cirkeln" will have its world premiere at the German film festival Berlinale in February!
    "Cirkeln" was produced by Benny and Ludvig's company RMV Film. It is planned to be screened on February 10, 5:00 PM local time at the HKW cinema. The updated movie schedule is available from January 27.

  • Gustaf Sjökvist's Chamber Choir has recently been looking for some new singers. In that connection they mentioned that the choir has been involved in recording of the music for Cirkeln.

  • On Monday January 19, the Swedish Film Institute arranged a presentation event of Swedish films that will premiere during winter. Benny and Ludvig attended. A video is here.

    Photo: Svenska Filminstitutet

    Special thanks to Pentti Koponen!

January 15, 2015
  • To all ABBA Fan Club Members! We have 2 tickets for the Mamma Mia! Premiere in Oberhausen (Germany) to be won - we will send you a mail with further information in the next days.

  • Frida's skisuit News about Frida's plans to design ski outfits!

    J.Lindeberg is excited to announce a unique collaboration with Frida from ABBA! An avid skier, mountain lover and inspired by the stunning alpine region surrounding her hometown Zermatt, Switzerland Frida has since long time nurtured a dream of creating her take on the ultimate ski overall with the vision to infuse a personal sense of femininity and beauty in today’s often technically orientated skiwear.

    Frida:"It’s a perfect match, J.Lindeberg has the know-how and the production set up, and the team has been enthusiastic and easy to work with. My clear vision has materialised in an overall that combines exclusive femininity with sophisticated functionality. As ABBA is celebrating 40 years as a group this year, I feel like I am bridging the past with the future in this unique garment, I am very excited."

    The overall features a shell fabric in virgin wool from esteemed Italian supplier Loro Piana, a prominent zip front detail - and to top it off dyed to match fur in hood and sleeves from one of the world’s best and prestigious fur suppliers: Kopenhagen Fur. The overall will be produced only in an exclusive limited amount for global distribution.

    Available at J. Lindeberg in Biblioteksgatan, Åre, Kitzbühel and other selected stores.

  • You can listen to a snippet of Frida's & Dan Daniell's song "1865" here!

  • This is a press release from ABBA The Museum:

    Friend's Day on March 13 at ABBA The Museum

    We are very excited to be organizing a special day for our friends and fans!
    The museum will be open only for you during this afternoon, March 13.
    Tickets will be released for pre–purchase during January. The day will include:

    • We will reveal our biggest attraction since opening!
    • A never before exhibited costume from 1973.
    • Preview and pre-purchase of fine art photos never exhibited before, by Torbjörn Calvero.
    • A unique walk through inside the Polar Studio, with guide.
    • Competition; one happy person will also get to sing in the original studio and microphone!
    • Get your own ABBA The Museum backstage pass/Friends Card. The card will give you special offers and discounts.
    • Premiere of our curator’s audio guide. An ABBA The Museum tour in depth.
    • Mingle and drinks

    The day at the museum will start around 3 PM but all visitors are welcome earlier as well. We will be able to offer good pricing on hotels nearby, such as Hasselbacken Scandic and Melody Hotel. Keep posted for updates. A warm welcome and we hope to see you here!

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