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Björn greetings 2014


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 www.mammamiatheparty.com


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!



December 22, 2014
  • At this festive time of year, we would like to thank all of our members for their support in 2014! The ABBA Fan Club wouldn't be what it is today without your wonderful help, ideas, and suggestions. In 2014, we celebrated ABBA's 40th anniversary; in 2015, it is time for our own 25th anniversary! We are looking forward to celebrating it with you all!

    A very Merry Christmas with peace and harmony, and all our best wishes for a very happy and healthy 2015 to you and your loved ones!

    Best wishes for 2015!



  • 1994 edition of the Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus PalmThe groundbreaking book ABBA–The Complete Recording Sessions will be issued in a completely revised, updated and expanded edition which will feature more details on exactly how ABBA wrote and recorded their classic hits as well as the other great music they created during their decade together.

    ABBA–The Complete Recording Sessions, by acclaimed ABBA researcher and historian Carl Magnus Palm, was first published in 1994 and has long been out of print. Based on original research and interviews with all four ABBA members, as well as the key people who worked with them in the recording studio, the book was the first attempt at taking a serious look at the group’s music. In the 20 years that have passed since then, more information has emerged that will be incorporated into the new edition.

    In a particularly exciting new development, Björn and Benny have authorised the author to listen to much more unreleased music than was available back in the early 1990s. Back then everything was analogue, which made it complicated to listen to tapes. Today, all the tapes have been transferred to a digital format, allowing for much easier access to unreleased recordings and alternate mixes of ABBA’s classic hits.

    The complex and time-consuming task of revising the book will be financed through a month-long crowdfunding campaign scheduled to start on 28 January 2015. More information as well as regular updates are available on the author’s website, Facebook page and on Twitter.

    Right: Cover of the 1994 edition of “ABBA–The Complete Recording Sessions”


  • ABBA–The Museum has just published a “Save the Date” for all fans for the 13th of March 2015. We will bring you more information as soon as it is available.

    ABBA The Museum Save the Date

 

  • Journalist and ABBA fan Georgi Toshev has released a book on ABBA in his native Bulgarian. The book is based on 10 years of meetings and interviews with the ABBA members. Ordering information (in Bulgarian) is available here, while the author will be releasing additional ordering info shortly. We will keep you informed.

    New Bulgarian ABBA book    Benny and Georgi Toshev

    Right: Georgi with Benny at Mono Music earlier this year © Georgi Toshev

 

  • Björn has acquired the property that houses ABBA The Museum and Swedish Music Hall of Fame on Djurgården in Stockholm. Kopparnäset AB, Qarlbo AB and 2try AB have acquired the property Konsthallen 2 at Djurgårdsvägen 68 in Stockholm from Rotaria AB, and will assume ownership on January 29, 2015.

    “The building has been on the market for some time,” said Björn. “To ensure a stable, long-term property owner that understands the operations of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and ABBA the Museum, I decided to go in as part-owner together with Conni Jonsson and Pelle Lindberg who will contribute invaluable hotel and restaurant knowhow along with financial strength and creativity. Our goal is to further develop the vision of a House of Music in Stockholm.” The address also houses the popular Melody Hotel, with 49 rooms and a restaurant and event operations.

    “Naturally, we welcome the fact that world-renowned songwriter Björn Ulvaeus is going to be our landlord. This considerably strengthens the potential of developing the address into Scandinavia’s leading destination and attraction for pop music, now finally accepted as a bona fide form of culture,” said Monica Ekmark, Chair of the Musikskattens Hus foundation and the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, one of the tenants.



December 19, 2014

  • To mark Matterhorn's anniversary, Frida will be teaming up with Zermatt singer Dan Daniell and Zermatt youngsters to record the Matterhorn anthem "1865" on CD. It will be available in stores from February 13, 2015.

    In 2015, Zermatt will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. To mark this occasion, Zermatt singer Dan Daniell registered a song with Frida from ABBA, who lives in Zermatt. The anthem for the 2015 anniversary was written by the Zermatt native Urs Biner. The owner of the premium restaurant "Chez Heini" is a top chef, author and first and foremost a singer – he has been releasing albums for more than two decades under the name of Dan Daniell.

    Biner was able to count on the help of a good friend to sing the official song for the Matterhorn anniversary: It is none other than the ABBA legend Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad. They will be singing the song "1865" as a duet. The song brings the dramatic race to the summit of the Matterhorn to life with the power of a chorale and its impressive lyricism. It is the perfect soundtrack for an anniversary that will surely attract attention from all over the world. Dan and Frida were supported in the chorus and backing by the Zermatt group "Wintershome". The anthem was recorded in Zermatt.
    The proceeds from the sale of the single will go to the foundation "Frida and Dan Daniell for children", which Frida set up together with Dan Daniell. The Foundation supports small projects in Switzerland, but also in Europe and around the world.

    The world star and creative top chef, the anniversary and the myth, the song and the good cause: Great ingredients for an exceptional project that will not only get a resounding welcome from the global ABBA community.

    The CD "1865 – The Anthem" will be available online for pre-order from 1.1.2015 at iTunes and from 13.02.2015 from retailers.

    Frida & Dan Daniell - © Marc Kronig (zermatt.ch)
        Photo © Marc Kronig (zermatt.ch)


  • Waterloo anniversary 2015 From Belgian newspaper "Het laatste nieuws":

    "ABBA refuses hit Waterloo to commemorate battle"
    The Swedish band ABBA, who had their breakthrough with their Eurovision hit Waterloo in 1974, refuses to participate in the commemoration of the eponymous historical battle of 1815. For the celebrations next year, the organization asked ABBA for permission to exhibit the first vinyl record of their hit single. Benny, Anni-Frid, Agnetha and Björn refused unanimously. "It's a pop song, not about the battle, but about someone who encounters his own defeat. A wrong signal." ABBA's conductor at the Eurovision Song Contest was dressed as... Napoleon himself.


    Thanks to Lutgart Smedts!




December 8, 2014
  • Next week German digital TV ZDF Kultur will repeat the programme "Show & Co. mit Carlo" from February 1985 with Björn Ulvaeus, Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson presenting "I know him so well" from CHESS. It will run on December 10 from 17:15 - 18:45, on December 11 from 12:35 - 14:05 and on December 12 from 8:00 - 9:30 local time.
    Thanks to Günther Wilken!


December 4, 2014
  • Play Monopoly with ABBA!
    December 8, 2014, sees the release of ABBA Monopoly Special Edition. The cover of the game has changed as you can see below.
    Instead of streets, you're buying single records and instead of real estate you're buying recording studios.
    This unique version of Monopoly also features six tokens with an ABBA connection: the Napoleon hat (from the ABBA hit "Waterloo"), a platform boot, a vinyl record, a money bag (a nod to ABBA's classic "Money, Money, Money"), a telephone (relating to the early ABBA single "Ring Ring") and Björn's star-shaped guitar (which he used in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest). All copies of ABBA Monopoly feature text in both Swedish and English.
    You can order your edition here.

    ABBA Monopoly Game
    ABBA Monopoly pieces


  • The Jury for the Eskilstuna Music Prize 2014 has decided to choose Anni-Frid Lyngstad as this year's Music Prize winner.
    Attention will be paid to the prize winner this evening, 4 December, in Eskilstuna City Hall in conjunction with the town's annual ceremonial medal celebration. Anni-Frid Lyngstad will receive the prize on a visit to Eskilstuna during 2015, the time to be announced later.
    It is stated in the guidelines for the prize that "The Eskilstuna Music Prize will be awarded to a person, group, organisation, institution or company that has made a significant contribution to the music life of the town, with particular focus on broad popular music." The prize is worth 10,000 SEK and an artistic gift from a local artist.
    The jury's reasoning: "Anni-Frid Lyngstad's pioneering career in the world of music for almost sixty years has made her an icon and an example for generations. Through her success, both with ABBA and as a solo artist, she has become an idol to millions of fans all over the world and has left an indelible imprint in musical history."


November 27, 2014
  • Björn will have a guest appearance in the American-Swedish TV co-production "Welcome to Sweden". The series starts in Germany on NDR TV on January 15, 2015 every Thursday at 23:30 local time. Unfortunately we still don't know when the episode with Björn will be shown. You will find more infos here. Thanks to Norbert Klammt!


  • Upcoming ABBA TV programmes in Germany: January 1, 2015 at 16:15 local time on VOX: "ABBA - 40 Jahre Waterloo" and January 3 at 22:15 on ARTE: "ABBA - Dancing Queen".
    Thanks to Manuela Reimann!


  • A documentary film about singer Laleh (who made the new version of Chiquitita), titled "I am not ready to die yet" opened recently in her hometown Gothenburg. Swedish TV2 will broadcast the film on January 2, 2015. The documentary includes a sequence with Benny. In the press Laleh said that she and Benny have been pals for two years and he especially likes her "Vårens första dag" (The first day of spring).
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Benny and Laleh


  • Gustaf Sjökvist's Chamber Choir had their 20th anniversary concert at Eric Ericssonhallen (former church of Skeppsholmen) on Saturday afternoon. Benny was one of the guests. The choir has recorded an album with Benny's music at Riksmixningsverket studio, but the release date has not yet been announced.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    © Gustaf Sjökvist's Chamber Choir


November 24, 2014
  • Mamma Mia! celebrated its 50th performance at Svenska Teatern in Helsinki last Saturday. It got extra festivity as Finland's prime minister Alexander Stubb came to to see the show. He also posed afterwards with the six main actors. Stubb is known for his activity in social media and on Twitter he wrote "Probably the best musical I have ever seen."
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


November 20, 2014
  • Blixten & Co have announced the premiere date for Kristina från Duvemåla at the Cirkus in Stockholm: Saturday September 12, 2015. On November 27 at 9:00 Swedish time they start selling tickets to the first 77 performances between September 12, 2015 and January 3, 2016. There will be four performances per week from Wednesday to Sunday. After the Saturday premiere the next performance will be on Wednesday.
    Special thanks to Pentti Koponen!


November 17, 2014
  • A press release from ABBA The Museum:

    UNICEF Sweden and ABBA The Museum have initiated a new long-term collaboration over the song "Chiquitita" in support of young girls worldwide. ABBA members Frida Lyngstad Reuss, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus are all behind the collaboration and are donating their royalties from "Chiquitita", as artists and rightholders, to the cause. The collaboration involves a number of activities both at the museum and online, including the launch of the pressplaytogive, an initiative that makes donating easy by simply playing the song. In order to reach even more listeners, ABBA The Museum will be inviting several well-known artists to record their interpretation of "Chiquitita". First up is Laleh. November 20 marks the 25th jubilee of the UN Convention on the rights of the child (UNCRC), on which date Laleh will perform her version of the beautiful ABBA-song at the UN General Assembly in New York to a global audience.
    On November 17, 2014, a new collaboration will begin between ABBA The Museum and UNICEF Sweden, with "Chiquitita" as a starting point. The collaboration will continue until 2019, the year the song celebrates its 40th jubilee. ABBA is behind the collaboration, with all members of the group, as artists and rightholders, donating their royalties from "Chiquitita" to UNICEF. Universal Music Publishing and Polar Music also donates its proceeds from the song Chiquitita. November 17, 2014 will also mark the launch of pressplaytogive, an initiative that makes it easy to donate – simply by playing "Chiquitita" on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube etc.


    Here are two photos of Björn at the press conference today. More about it in our next ABBA Fan Club Issue No. 75.
    © Micke Bayart © Micke Bayart
        Photos © Micke Bayart


November 14, 2014
  • Chess Deluxe Edition This is a press release from Universal about the Chess Deluxe Edition:

    To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the musical "Chess" will be released as a Deluxe Edition with 2 CDs (incl. 3 bonus tracks) and 1 DVD on November 21, 2014. The bonus tracks are "Press Conference", "Intro Mountain Duet 'Der kleine Franz'" and "Anthem" (Instrumental Version). Benny said: "When the idea to release the new remastered "Chess" albums became serious, I couldn't resist to add the track 'Der kleine Franz'. It was intended to create a certain mood for the first meeting of our three main characters on Merano Mountain. We took everyone we could find in the Polar Studios (engineer, receptionist, pinball players) and asked them to sing this Alps-inspired track with German lyrics written by Björn. It was fun! I have always liked the track very much." The DVD includes the five original videos and a documentary about the making of Chess. The Deluxe Edition also includes a 32-page illustrated booklet with a summary of Chess, the lyrics and a timeline of the history of Chess - from the first idea to its current success.




  • Dan Daniell has confirmed that Frida and he just recorded a new song. He will give more news about it soon.
    Special thanks to Dan Daniell!

    Frida and Dan - © Dan Daniell
        Photo © Dan Daniell


  • An acoustic Fender guitar autographed by Björn Ulvaeus will be auctioned in Sweden.
    A charity auction with 30 exclusive objects will take place at Berns in Stockholm on November 14 in the evening. The money goes to the children diabetes research fond. Bukowski's auction catalogue is here and bids can be made online beforehand.

    Björn with the guitar
       Björn signing the guitar in August 2014


  • Frida's Jewellery Set at W.A. Bolin's jewellery auction!
    As reported in ABBA Issue No. 74, Frida's jewellery set is at W.A. Bolin's jewellery auction on November 16, 2014. It is a set of pearls and diamonds, made by W.A. Bolin in collaboration with Frida in 1995. Estimated SEK 462.000. Images of the auction can be seen here.


October 26, 2014
  • ABBA No. 74 has now been published and is being mailed to all of our members! We have another A4 sized, 36 page, full colour issue packed with all the latest news, exclusive reports and interviews, unique special features and rare photos for you.

    In celebration of the new "ABBA–Live at Wembley Arena" CD, this issue features a focus on the 1979 North American and European Tour with two wonderful related reports and a tour-themed poster. Frida, Björn and Benny have all been busy over the last few months as well, and we have all the details for you. In this issue, you will find:

      • News Extra including all the latest news, CD, DVD and other releases, and excerpts from Frida's in-depth interview in Eskilstuna Kuriren
      • Björn at the Way Out Music Conference in Gothenburg – with exclusive photos
      • Report and exclusive photos: “Live at Wembley Arena” playback with Benny and Ludvig
      • A creative nomad: Frida on Skavlan – reports and beautiful photos
      • A3 poster with an outtake from ABBA's 1979 tour rehearsals
      • Review and exclusive photos: Mamma Mia! premieres in Finland
      • A fantastic interview with Elisabeth Hofstedt, ABBA’s hairdresser on the 1979 tour and beyond, including very rare photos and tour artifacts from her personal collection
      • Fan memories: ABBA at Frankfurt City Hall, 2 November 1979, including rare photos of ABBA on stage
      • Our ABBA competition: Win live CDs, ABBA 2015 calendars, and exclusive booklets with backstage photos of ABBA in Saarbrücken in 1982


    Issue 74 pages 8-9  Issue 74 pages 10-11  

    Issue 74 page 13  Issue 74 pages 14-15  

    Issue 74 pages 20-21  Issue 74 page 35

    Issue 74 pages 24-25  Issue 74 pages 32-33

    We're excited to present this latest issue to you and hope you enjoy it! As always, we look forward to your comments and feedback.


  • Kristina från Duvemåla premiered last night in Gothenburg and was another resounding success. The first reviews have been excellent. Here is a short report, with thanks to Pentti Koponen:

    Kristina premiere in Gothenburg

    Benny arrived at GöteborgsOperan via chauffeured car and stepped out at the stage door. I was waiting there with one other fan, and Benny totally surprised us. He got out of the car smilingly and instead of heading towards the stairs and door, he came over to us to say "hej!" and shake hands.

    In front of the main entrance of the Opera House, young singers dressed in 1880s style sang Kristina songs. Björn and his wife Lena came via taxi. Björn was also in a great mood and very patiently signed autographs and chatted with the fans. Then Benny and his wife Mona suddenly appeared at the stairs, and Benny signed some autographs as well. He then had to hurry inside as showtime was approaching. Inside the theatre, he and Mona posed for photographers in front of a backdrop with the Kristina logo.

    Among the guests were Ludvig Andersson, Nanne and Peter Grönwall, Birthe Wingren's husband Ville Virtanen, Svenska Teatern's chief Johan Storgårds, and Kristina Lugn.

    Earlier in the week, advertisements for the musical could be seen all around the city.

    Kristina adverts around Gothenburg



  • Ahead of the Kristina premiere in Gothenburg, Björn gave an exclusive video interview to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter which was published on Thursday, October 23. He was interviewed in his home and spoke about a variety of topics, including immigration. You can watch it here (includes English subtitles).

 

October 23, 2014

  • Claudia Jung has recorded the German version of "Slipping Through My Fingers" titled Durch meine Finger rinnt die Zeit as a single. The track will also be included on her album "Seitensprung" to be released in January. Thanks to Willibald Glaser!


September 29, 2014
  • Mamma Mia! had a highly successful premiere in Helsinki this past Saturday, attended by Björn and his wife Lena. The press premiere on Friday was attended by many celebrities from the politics, sports and entertainment worlds, and the musical received excellent reviews. Ilta-Sanomat, Finland's second biggest newspaper, gave it full 5 points and called the cast a “dream team”; Swedish-language newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet was also very keen on Mamma Mia! 

    During the public premiere on Saturday, many famous personalities again were seen among the audience. Björn and Lena arrived by car and Björn signed lots of autographs for the fans, while Görel Hanser, Maria Sid and the English MM! production team arrived by foot from their hotel. The performance went brilliantly and received loud applause from the audience. At the end, Björn once again came on stage and said a few words. He mentioned that Helsinki has become a dear place for him over the last few years and that it feels like coming home when he visits the city.

    More photos and reports in our next issue. Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Mamma Mia! premieres in Helsinki

  • French TV channel W9 will broadcast Mamma Mia! The Movie on Tuesday, September 30th r at 20h50, followed by the documentary "Le phénomène ABBA" at 22h45. Thanks to Patrice!


 

September 26, 2014

  • Preview tickets for Mamma Mia! in Berlin for exclusive prices!

    The preview of Mamma Mia! in Berlin will be on October 25, 2014 at Theater des Westens. We have exclusive ticket prices for you:

    PK Premium = 85,00 € (instead of 101,79 €)
    PK 1 = 78,00 € (instead of 96,04 €)
    PK 2 = 71,00 € (instead of 85,69 €)
    PK 3 = 62,00 € (instead of 74,19 €)

    Prices are per person, including all dues plus a welcome drink! The musical starts at 19.30, entry starts at 18.30.

    This offer is valid until September 29, 2014 only
    and as long as stock lasts. Please send your ticket orders to regina@abba-.de and you will receive payment info through email.

 

September 25, 2014

  • Mamma Mia! is seeing heavy outdoor promotion at the moment in Helsinki. The long distance train track area has two huge billboards on display, the Kamppi shopping centre is featuring a large rolling advert on its wall, and posters and electric rolling adverts have been positioned around town. As with Kristina, adverts can also been seen on trams.

    76.000 tickets have already been sold for the autumn 2014/spring 2015 season. Svenska Teatern will begin ticket sales for the autumn 2015 next month.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Mamma Mia! promotion in Helsinki

 

 

September 24, 2014

  • Frida was interviewed on the popular Scandinavian TV talk show "Skavlan" today, taped in Stockholm, by host Fredrik Skavlan who has now interviewed all four ABBA members individually. The other guests were Desmond Tutu and his daughter, musician Elvis Costello, and Swedish band In Flames.

    Frida talked about her life today and said she feels at ease living in Switzerland and enjoying the nature there. She talked about her youth in Sweden and how she was influenced by her grandmother. Frida still enjoys singing and said "you never should say never" when asked about recording new songs, but added that at the moment she felt at ease with the way things were, having reached a certain age.

    However, she did tell the audience that in order to honour the first ever climbing of the Swiss mountain Matterhorn 150 years ago, she is participating in a musical tribute together with other singers and musicians. The project is called "1865" and will most likely be released in December of this year. She talked about her writing, too, and how important it is and was when she went through tough times in her life.

    Elvis Costello told the audience that he had written two songs for Frida for her first English solo album, "Something’s Going On", which were not selected for the album. The show will air on SVT Friday, September 26, 2014. Many more photos and a full report in our next issue. Special thanks to Micke Bayart!

    Frida on Skavlan, September 2014  Frida on Skavlan, September 2014

 

  • German magazine Stern will publish an article featuring Ludvig Andersson discussing the upcoming "ABBA Live At Wembley Arena" release tomorrow, September 25, 2014 in their issue No. 40/2014.
  • German TV einsfestival will air "ABBA - Thank You For The Music" on October 10, 2014 at 17.45 and again on October 19, 2014 at 15.25 and on October 21, 2014 at 3 a.m. Special thanks to Manuela Reimann for this info!
  • "Gracias Por La Música" will be released as a Deluxe Edition on November, 10 2014. The album with the original 10 songs will be published with five bonus tracks plus a DVD with ABBA TV appearances in Spain in 1979 and 1980 and videos of "Concoiendome, Conociendote" & "Gracias Por La Música". The package will include a 20-page illustrated book featuring a personal greeting from Frida as well as an essay on the making of the album by Carl Magnus Palm. The text will be available in both Spanish and English.
  • CHESS, now marking its 30th anniversary, will also be released as a Deluxe Edition in November. It will contain three bonus tracks plus a DVD with promotional videos from 1984/1985 and a Swedish TV documentary about Chess from 1984.
  • Rune Söderqvist, the inventor of the ABBA logo and designer of many ABBA albums, has passed away in the end of August at the age of 79 after a brief period of illness.

 

August 31, 2014

  • Heel Verlag, publishers of the German edition of ABBA Backstage, have published a new ABBA calendar for 2015. It is a high quality product with lots of great photos. You can order it online here.

    ABBA Calendar 2015   ABBA Calendar 2015   

    ABBA Calendar 2015   ABBA Calendar 2015



  • The first pop and rock auction in Sweden, featuring vinyl, posters, autographs and many other kinds of memorabilia, is now on view at Stockholms Auktionsverk in Stockholm. Included are a number of ABBA items, including the 12" "Hovas Vittne" and "Sång till Görel" records, tour jackets owned by Michael B. Tretow, and more. You can view the items and bid online here.

 

August 24, 2014

  • Swedish TV programme Västnytt aired a video report from the Kristina från Duvemåla rehearsals at Gothenburg Opera last week. It featured clips of the chorus singing the wedding scene and Björn, Maria Ylipää, Anders Eljas and Maria Sid. In the report, Benny said was fantastic to be back at GöteborgsOperan, adding that both the ensemble and orchestra are half of the size of the 90s run, initially because they had to fit the musical to work in the smaller Svenska Teatern in Helsinki. As they got Kristina up and running, it suited them well to continue with that format in Sweden. Benny was asked if he was nervous on the eve of the new premiere, as the original production was such a huge success; Benny said he did not think that way and that they would do their best, just like the previous time, so that the production is as good as possible. Thaniks to Pentti Koponen!


  • GöteborgsOperan also published a video of Lars Rodolfsson, Björn and Benny talking about their inspiration and process behind the musical on Friday.


  • Benny also appeared in a promo video by Swedish political party Feminist Initiative (Feministiskt initiativ) which was published on Friday. He previously supported the party by donating money to its election fund.

 

 

August 18, 2014

  • The Gothenburg Opera ensemble of Kristina från Duvemåla will perform during the summer concert series held by the orchestra of the Liseberg amusement park (Lisebergsorkestern) in Gothenburg. They will perform this Saturday, August 23, at 2:00 p.m. Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


  • The presentation of Svenska Teatern's stagings for the autumn 2014/spring 2015 season took place in Helsinki this past Thursday, August 14. Naturally, the Mamma Mia! ensemble was present, performing for the first time at a public event. Performing in regular attire, they sang Mamma Mia, while Mia Hafrén (Donna) and Lineah Svärd (Sofie) did "Kan Man Ha Ett Solkatt I En Bur" (Slipping Through My Fingers). Both songs were performed without orchestra, accompanied only on piano. As a reminder, the musical will premiere in Finland on September 27. Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Mamma Mia in Finland

    Mamma Mia in Finland



  • Björn is an investor in Auddly, a new cloud-based service launched in Sweden through which songwriters can collaborate with each other and manage their business dealings online. As music is often made globally with people from different countries making contributions these days, Auddly enables music writers, producers and publishers to document who is doing what during the creative process. If the song becomes a hit, it is easy to manage royalties through the same service. Björn says he is proud to be a part of helping to shape the future of the music industry. Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

 

August 12, 2014

  • The Way Out West Music Conference, a new music and media conference for the Scandinavian music industry, invited several Swedish composers to discuss the factors that have made the work of Swedish songwriters a global success. Speakers attending the Gothenburg event this past Friday, August 8 were Björn, Carl Falk (who has worked with acts such as One Direction and Nicki Minaj), Niclas Molinder (who has worked with Lady Gaga) and Noonie Boa (who has worked with Avicii). The moderator was Sharon Vaughn (who has worked with Willie Nelson, Agnes and Kate Ryan).

    Among other things, Björn spoke about his collaboration with Benny, on writing pop and musicals, as well as how he felt while working on ‘The Winner Takes It All’, which he called "very special". More details and photos in our next issue. Thanks to Micke Bayart!

    Björn at the Way Out West Music Conference, August 2014

    Björn at the Way Out West Music Conference, August 2014  Björn at the Way Out West Music Conference, August 2014



July 24, 2014

  • It has been reported that the live album "ABBA Live At Wembley Arena" will be released on September 26, 2014 as a 2 CD set in a digipack (catalogue nr. 006025 3771606 7) and 3 LP set 180 g (catalogue nr. 006025 3771607 4). Universal has just announced that it will be the complete concert from November 10, 1979 (see the song list in our news from June 14). Ludvig Andersson has produced the album. Here is the cover:
    ABBA Live At Wembley Arena


  • Here is a photo from "30 Years of Chess in Concert" which took place on July 4/5 in Dalhalla, Dalarna. Neither Benny nor Björn attended the concerts, but the singers gave their absolutely very best and the audience was enthusiastic and gave standing ovations!
    From left to right: Anders Ekborg (the American), Johan Schinkler (Molokov), Gunilla Backman (Florence), Anders Eljas (conductor), Philip Jalmelid (the Russian) and Sarah Dawn Finer (Svetlana). Thanks to Heiko Siekmann!
    30 Years of Chess in Concert - © Heiko Siekmann
    Photo © Heiko Siekmann


July 18, 2014
  • On Friday, August 1 German RBB TV will show "Happy Birthday ABBA!" from 20:15 - 21:45 and "The Best of ABBA" from 0:00 - 0:45 local time.


July 17, 2014
  • German digital TV "Eins Festival" will rebroadcast "Am laufenden Band" on Sunday, August 17 from 15:45 - 17:15 local time. This episode of the game show hosted by Rudi Carrell is from February 18, 1978 featuring ABBA!

    Thanks to Sabine Biber!


July 12, 2014July 9, 2014
  • July 8 was the final shooting day of the fantasy film "Cirkeln". This film is produced by Benny and Ludvig Andersson's RMV Film and the production budget is huge: 40 million Swedish Crowns. All the main actors except one are debuting on the big screen. RMV does not yet want the actors to be interviewed, this will happen before the premiere on February 18 next year. The book "Cirkeln" has sold 180,000 copies in Sweden and has been translated into 25 languages, so the expectations for the film are high. If the film does well, the two other books of the Cirkeln trilogy may also become films and a script is already being written. Swedish TV4 has visited the set and interviewed Ludvig.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


July 1, 2014
  • ABBA No. 73 has been published and mailed to all of our members! Our A4 size, 36 page, full colour issue is once again packed with all the latest news, exclusive reports and interviews, unique special features and rare photos.

    No. 73 pp12-13  No. 73 pp14-15

    No. 73 pp24-25  No. 73 pp32-33

    No. 73 p27  No. 73 Poster  No. 73 p11

    Read all the details on ABBA's 40th anniversary celebration in this edition! This issue also includes a nice poster. Each mailing includes a flyer for the second premiere of Mamma Mia! in Berlin, Germany and a flyer for the new German book "Dancing Queen – Alle Wege führen nach Waterloo". In this latest issue, you'll find:

    • News Extra including the latest CD and book releases, latest photos and excerpts of a nice interview with Benny from Stern magazine
    • Special reports on ABBA's 40th anniversary celebration: full account of the Official 40th Anniversary Party at the Tate Modern in London with Frida and Björn (including some amazing exclusive photos of the VIP party), and member reports and special interviews and photos from the celebration in Stockholm with Benny
    • Follow-up report on the release of ABBA–The Official Photo Book
    • Special discography feature: "Waterloo" singles from around the world
    • Reader's Stories from our lovely members with some exclusive and rare photos
    • Our competition with nice prizes to be won
    • Special A3 size ABBA poster with a nice picture of ABBA at Gröna Lund, Sweden, 1975

    We hope you enjoy our new issue and look forward to your feedback on No. 73!


June 14, 2014
  • Universal has announced the track list of the album "ABBA Live At Wembley Arena" to be published on CD and LP in the end of September:

    1. Gammal fäbodpsalm
    2. Voulez-Vous
    3. If It Wasn’t For The Nights
    4. As Good As New
    5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
    6. Rock Me
    7. Chiquitita
    8. Money, Money, Money
    9. I Have A Dream
    10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
    11. S.O.S.
    12. Fernando
    13. The Name Of The Game
    14. Eagle
    15. Thank You For The Music
    16. Why Did It Have To Be Me
    17. Intermezzo No. 1
    18. I’m Still Alive
    19. Summer Night City
    20. Take A Chance On Me
    21. Does Your Mother Know
    22. Hole In Your Soul
    23. The Way Old Friends Do
    24. Dancing Queen
    25. Waterloo


  • German digital TV "ZDF Kultur" will rebroadcast old episodes of "Show-Express":

    Episode from 9.9.1982 with Frida on Sunday, June 22 from 17:15 - 18:45 local time,
    Monday June 23 from 12:45 - 14:15 and Tuesday June 24 from 8:15 - 9:40

    Episode from 11.11.1982 with ABBA on Sunday June 29 from 17:15 - 18:40,
    Monday June 30 from 12:40 - 14:10 Uhr and Monday July 1 from 8:10 - 9:35

    Many thanks to Thomas!


May 31, 2014
  • German RTL TV will show Ultimative Chart Show, special feature ABBA today as planned at 20:15 local time. Oliver Geissen's guests in the studio will be Jens Riewa, Rebecca Mir and Jorge Gonzalez. The former Bravo photographer Bubi Heilemann will take a seat on the couch as well. Regina of ABBA will also make a short appearance. Showacts will be Suzi Quatro, Luxuslärm, Right Said Fred, Elif Batman and Christopher (from the German "Idol" casting show DSDS). Have fun!

    Regina with host Oliver Geissen
    Regina with host Oliver Geissen


  • Mamma Mia! will return to Berlin. The premiere takes place on October 26, 2014 at the Stage Theater des Westens.


May 21, 2014
  • Sagan om ABBA Book Björn is the author of a new Swedish book "The Story of ABBA" to be published in September 2014.

    Björn Ulvaeus
    Sagan om ABBA

    Sweden: Fri Tanke, 2014
    ISBN: 9789187513169
    64 pages, hardcover


    Thanks to Dmitry Shipov!


May 14, 2014
  • The box set "ABBA The Singles" with 40 vinyl singles, released in the beginning of May, includes a different mix of the song "Andante Andante" with a different background than the original version we know so far!


  • A new vinyl issue of the album "ABBA Gold" will be released in the end of June.


  • Björn appears in a video by the LGBTI family asking people to participate in the European Parliament elections on May 25, 2014.


May 12, 2014
  • German Radio Harmony will celebrate ABBA on Friday, May 16 all day long! You can already vote for your favourite song. They will play the greatest hits, tell stories and you have the chance to win something. An interview with Regina (ABBA-) is scheduled for 7:05 and 9:05 local time. You can listen online as well.


May 4, 2014
  • A few Eurovision related programmes on BBC Radio 2:

    May 8: 19:00 - 20:00 Eurovision Sounds of the 70s
    May 8: 23:00 - 00:00 From ABBA to Azerbaijan
    May 9: 15:30 - 17:00 ABBA
    May 11: 20:00 - 21:30 ABBA (same as Friday)

    You can listen online via the BBC website, the iPlayer Radio app or the Radioplayer. Thanks to Ronnie!


April 25, 2014
  • German RTL TV will broadcast the "Ultimative Chart Show - Die erfolgreichsten ABBA-Hits aller Zeiten" (the most successful ABBA hits of all times) on May 31, 2014 at 20:15 local time. Guests of the show hosted by Oliver Geissen will be Jens Riewa, Jorge Gonzalez and Rebecca Mir. Show acts are the "Mamma Mia!" Musical Cast, Right Said Fred, Luxuslärm, Suzi Quatro and Andy Scott (The Sweet). All ABBA members will have the chance to win tickets for the recording of the show on May 26, 2014. You will receive an e-mail in the next days.

    An ABBA programme with Thomas Gottschalk announced by RTL will not be produced.


  • The TV programme "Hallo Niedersachsen" from April 5 including a clip about ABBA Fan Club leader Regina is still available online.


April 14, 2014April 11, 2014
  • Here is a first clip from the ABBA documentary "ABBA - 40 Jahre Waterloo" to be aired by German VOX TV on April 12 from 20:15 - 0:20 local time.


April 8, 2014
  • Frida and Björn attended the ABBA 40th Anniversary Party/Official Photo Book Launch at the Tate Modern in London last night. The two members signed autographs and gave interviews to the press on the red carpet before entering the Tate.

    The spacious museum was converted especially for the event, which was attended by over 1,000 people including many Swedish celebrities. Included were an exhibition of photos from the Official Photo Book (which was on sale along with other merchandise), an ABBA members cutout display flown in from ABBA The Museum, and snacks including "Stikkan Anderson sausages" inspired by the legendary manager's famous parties!

    At the end of the event, attendees received a goody bag containing postcards and a special promo CD single of "Waterloo".

    Frida and Björn gave short speeches in a VIP area as well as in the main stage later in the evening, where Frida was presented with copy #1 of the Official Photo Book. Earlier in the day, they gave interviews to the BBC and Björn did a segment for ITV's Daybreak. Here is ZDF's coverage of the event (begins at around 9:00); a report from Reuters is here.

    Much more, including exclusive behind-the-scenes reports and many exclusive photos, in the next issue of ABBA !

    Frida and Björn at the Tate Modern, April 7, 2014

    Photo courtesy instagram.com/abbaofficial

 

April 6, 2014

  • Here are some more pictures from today's choir performance at ABBA The Museum and Benny's appearance. Thanks to Micke Bayart!

    ABBA the Museum choir, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir, April 6, 2014



  • The special performance by ABBA–The Choir in the courtyard of ABBA The Museum ended shortly before 16.00 local time today. After a small technical difficulty, Benny joined the choir for the performance of "Thank You For The Music". The choir's last song was "Dancing Queen".

    ABBA the Museum choir performance, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir performance, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir performance, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir performance, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir performance, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir performance, April 6, 2014

    ABBA the Museum choir performance, April 6, 2014


  • German Osradio 104,8 will broadcast "40 Jahre ABBA - Das Jubiläum" today from 16:00 - 18:00 local time. A live stream is available on www.osradio.de .


  • The first clips from the ABBA documentary "ABBA - 40 Jahre Waterloo" (on April 12 at 20:15 on German VOX TV) will be shown today on "Prominent" from 23:15 - 23:55 local time on VOX, with Björn talking at the end of the clip.


  • Here are two ABBA reports from German magazine Stern: Visiting Benny and Nils Landgren.
    Thanks to Tobias Schmitz!


April 3, 2014
  • German WDR 4 radio will celebrate ABBA's 40th anniversary on April 6, 2014. All day long from 8:00 - 17:00 local time you will hear ABBA songs, stories, original interviews with the ABBA members and many celebrities and from 16:00 on the WDR 4 listener's ABBA Top 10.
    An interview with Regina of the ABBA Fan Club will be aired at about 12:20.
    You can still vote for the ABBA Top 10 here and listen world-wide on www.wdr.de.
    Many thanks to Engelbert Flügel!


  • Stern Special ABBA Issue German magazine Stern will publish a special ABBA-only edition this coming Saturday, April 5, 2014. It will be 114 pages, printed on high quality paper, with interesting facts about ABBA including a brand-new, exclusive interview with Benny and many wonderful photos. ABBA 's Regina handled the proofreading. The special edition costs € 7,80 and you can get it at German, Swiss and Austrian newsstands. You can also order it online here.


  • Additionally, Stern will have 2 pages with "40 Facts on ABBA" in their new issue, published today, April 3, 2014. The magazine will be available for a week and can be bought in all fine shops in German-speaking countries. It is also available for online ordering here.

    Stern April 3 Issue    Stern 40 Facts Article


April 2, 2014
  • Björn Ulvaeus, Lars Rudolfsson, Maria Ylipää and Robert Noack went on stage on March 31 at GöteborgsOperan's season 2014/2015 presentation. Maria and Robert sang, but the press did not mention which song. Göteborgs Posten's Caroline Karlsson wrote that even if the dialect was Finland Swedish instead of the Småland one, it sounded very good. After the presentation there were interview sessions in the bar of the Opera house.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Göteborgs Posten's online report from the presentation Swedish TV interviews Björn and Lars - Photo © GöteborgsOperan


March 30, 2014
  • Björn in Kalmar - Photos © Mats Holmertz Björn was in Kalmar to attend an "inspiration day" arranged by authorities and companies of the area. Björn spoke about his hotel project in Västervik and why he chose to invest a lot of money right in the Kalmar area of Sweden. It is a kind of appreciation towards Björn's idyllic youth in Västervik and his love for the town that made him decide to invest there. He wants to give something back to the town where he grew up.

    Photos: Mats Holmertz


  • The musical "Hjälp Sökes" will be staged at Østre Gasværk Teater in Copenhagen next year, from April 12 to June 7. Pop singer Anne Linnet is translating Björn's song lyrics and author Pia Taftdrup the dialogue into Danish.
    Jesper Asholt and Jesper Lohmann will play the leading male roles but it has not been announced who will play the role of Hillevi, which Sofia Pekkari did in Stockholm. Danish-born Suzanne Berdino will take care of the animals and play Hillevi's mother as she did in Sweden. The goat "Kalleman" from Stockholm will also be seen on stage in Denmark.


  • Björn has donated a boat lift for the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. Björn had a new boat lift at his summer house in Stavnäs, for which there was no longer space when Björn recently bought a bigger boat. So he donated the lift to the sea rescue society, as he thinks it is wonderful that this kind of voluntary service is available during these times when everything is run by cities/state or commercially. In an interview about this, Björn was asked for his best memory from life on a boat: "A magical dead calm June evening at Åland sea between Finland and Sweden a few years ago."


  • Last Friday was the first shooting day for the film "Cirkeln", produced by Benny's company RMV. RMV Film and distributor Buena Vista International published a photo of the six main actresses, but did not announce their names. Premiere date for Cirkeln is February 18, 2015.


  • GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg will present their 2014/2015 season, of which Kristina från Duvemåla is a part, on March 31. In the afternoon there will be a press conference, followed by a free event for everyone where music from the season's upcoming productions will be performed. The performance schedule for Kristina is here.


    Thanks to Pentti Koponen for all of this news!


March 28, 2014
  • Germany is celebrating 40 years of ABBA!
    The website www.dankeabba.de is now online. It consists of the fan mosaic event including the fan videos and the fan-made "thank you ABBA" photos. More stuff will follow later.
    We are happy to see some ABBA Fan Club members in the videos - you did a great job!

    We now encourage you to participate in the "thank you ABBA" photo event! It's very easy. You can upload your photo until May 30.

    Regina, leader of the ABBA Fan Club, has written down 40 facts about ABBA for Universal Music, presented by German ABBA fan and comedian Thomas Hermanns. You can watch the episodes during the next weeks.
    The first one is already online and you can watch it here. Have fun!


  • On April 13, Benny and Björn will go on stage together with the Mamma Mia! cast at the Royal Opera House in London to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia! at the Olivier Awards ceremony.


March 23, 2014
  • The English language tour version of Mamma Mia! will return to Switzerland, playing at the Musical Theatre Basel from May 13 to June 8, 2014.


March 16, 2014
  • Svenska Teatern in Helsinki held a press conference on Friday, where they announced the cast of their Mamma Mia! production. The actors come from different Scandinavian countries and Rita is played by two different ladies.

    The cast members (from Finland unless otherwise noted):
    Donna: Mia Hafrén (known from various TV productions)
    Rita (Rosie): Anna Hultin and Maria Sid (both regular Svenska Teatern's own actors). Sid starts to alternate with Hultin in 2015
    Tanja: Veera Railo
    Harry: Riko Eklundh
    Sam: Vallu Luokka (could not attend the press conference)
    Bill: Kristofer Möller (Svenska Teatern's actor)
    Tim (Sky): Anton Höggblom (from Finland, but lives in Stockholm)
    Sofie (Sophie): Lineah Svärd (Sweden)
    Ali: Katariina Lantto
    Lisa: Tara Toya (Denmark)
    Eddie: Johnny Johansson (Sweden, has appeared in Danish MM! production in Århus)
    Chili (Pepper): Markku Haussila (could not attend the press conference)

    Paul Garrington will direct the show. Svenska Teatern's chief Johan Storgård and Bengt Bauler from Swedish production company Per C have made a new translation of the dialogue.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!

    Mamma Mia! Finland cast Mamma Mia! Finland cast


March 15, 2014
  • The German radio station "Die neue Welle" made an interview with Regina about ABBA and the ABBA Fan Club. It was recorded as part of their "Die besten Bands aller Zeiten" (The greatest bands of all times) weekend and also includes interviews with fan club leaders from other bands. You can listen to the interview (in German) here.


March 12, 2014
  • German ZDF TV will rebroadcast ZDF-Kultnacht ABBA the night from April 5-6, 2014 probably at 0:30 local time.

    The digital channel ZDF Kultur will repeat the following episodes of Disco featuring ABBA from 19:25 - 20:15 local time:
    20.03.2014: Disco from 03.08.1974 (Waterloo (Video))
    22.03.2014: Disco from 28.09.1974 (Honey, Honey)
    26.03.2014: Disco from 01.02.1975 (So Long)
    30.03.2014: Disco from 24.05.1975 (I Do, I Do....)


  • The "Waterloo" 40th anniversary celebrations continue.
    Now the Palladium Theatre in Stuttgart asked us to inform you about a special event in Germany.
    They want to record a Fan Video for Björn and Benny to congratulate them for "40 years of ABBA's ESC victory".
    All participants can win a musical weekend in Stuttgart (2 persons, one stay at the hotel, show tickets).
    The theatre has summarized all further information on the MAMMA MIA! Facebook page.


  • 7" vinyl single box set "ABBA The Singles": Unfortunately we made a mistake in the track listing. ABBA did not sing "Honey Honey" in German. The annotation meant that the German cover will be reproduced for "Honey Honey / Ring Ring".


March 9, 2014
  • A new version of the successful ABBA documentary "ABBA - 40 Jahre Waterloo" (ABBA - 40 Years Of Waterloo) will be aired on the German VOX Channel on April 12, 2014, 20:15 local time. More than 2 million viewers watched the original on June 2, 2012. The production team have now re-edited this documentary, adding lots of new things including a brand new interview with Björn conducted in Stockholm at ABBA The Museum at the end of February.

    ABBA helped the production team find 2 members of the former GDR who talked about their fandom back then. We are proud that our members agreed to be part of the documentary and look forward to watching them! We also helped them with a lot more memorabilia from Regina's collection that weren't shown in the original documentary.


  • Benny has written a new melody for literature TV programme Babel, which airs on SVT2. Ten famous Swedish authors have been invited to write the lyrics for the song, which will be performed by Helen Sjöholm and BAO during the show's season finale.

    Benny said it will be interesting to hear what authors, who are not used to writing song lyrics, will come up with. Babel will have a feature on the project during their season premiere on March 16, and will follow the work during the spring; the winning lyric will be unveiled during the final Babel of the season on June 1. Here a related article by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


March 7, 2014
  • The beautiful ABBA photo with Stig and Sven-Olof Waldoff from our ABBA Cover No. 72 was taken by photographer Bubi Heilemann. You can find the photo in one of the best photobooks on ABBA: "ABBA - Fotografien 1974-1980". You can order the book (as well as more wonderful photos) from Bubi's website www.rockfoto.de. Unfortunately we forgot to mention this in our issue. A big Thank You to Bubi Heilemann!


February 28, 2014
  • German digital TV "ZDF Kultur" will rebroadcast "Starparade" from 1978 on next Sunday, March 2 at 17:10 local time. ABBA are performing "Take A Chance On Me" and "Eagle" on the show.
    Thanks to Günther Wilken!


  • Agnetha has been nominated for a German Echo Award in the category "International Female Pop Artist" with her album "A". According to our sources, Agnetha will not attend the broadcast.
    Thanks to Peter Kauczor!


  • ABBA The Singles Universal will release an exclusive limited edition box set "ABBA The Singles" in May to celebrate 40 years of "Waterloo". It will contain 40 singles with reproduction covers. Catalogue number: UPC 00602537649594, about 200 Euros.

    The singles included:
    1. People Need Love / Merry-Go-Round
    2. He Is Your Brother / Santa Rosa
    3. Ring Ring (Swedish Version) / Åh, vilka tider
    4. Ring Ring (English Version) / She’s My Kind of Girl
    5. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) / I Am Just A Girl
    6. Ring Ring / Wer Im Wartesaal der Liebe steht (German cover)
    7. Waterloo (Swedish Version) / Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
    8. Waterloo (English Version) / Watch Out
    9. Waterloo (German Version) / Watch Out
    10. Waterloo (French Version) / Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
    11. Honey, Honey / King Kong Song
    12. Honey, Honey (German Version) / Ring Ring (remix)
    13. So Long / I’ve Been Waiting For You
    14. I Do, I Do, I Do / Rock me
    15. S.O.S. / Man In The Middle
    16. Mamma Mia / Intermezzo No.1
    17. Fernando / Hey, Hey Helen
    18. Dancing Queen / That’s Me
    19. Money, Money, Money / Crazy World
    20. Knowing Me, Knowing You / Happy Hawaii
    21. The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)
    22. Take A Chance On Me / I’m A Marionette
    23. Eagle / Thank You For The Music
    24. Summer Night City / Medley: Pick A Bale of Cotton...
    25. Chiquitita / Lovelight
    26. Chiquitita (Spanish Version) / Lovelight
    27. Does Your Mother Know / Kisses of Fire
    28. Voulez-Vous / Angeleyes
    29. Estoy Sonando / Does Your Mother Know
    30. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) / The King Has Lost His Crown
    31. I Have A Dream / Take A Chance On Me (live)
    32. The Winner Takes It All / Elaine
    33. Super Trouper / The Piper
    34. Happy New Year / Andante, Andante
    35. Lay All Your Love On Me / On And On And On
    36. One Of Us / Should I Laugh Or Cry
    37. Head Over Heels / The Visitors
    38. When All Is Said And Done / Soldiers
    39. The Day Before You Came / Cassandra
    40. Under Attack / You Owe Me One



  • Jon Lord Photo Book An exclusive photo book about Jon Lord called "All Those Years Ago" will soon be published by Rufus Stone Limited. Naturally Frida will be featured in the book. More details, including a promotional video, are here.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


February 26, 2014
  • 99 performances of Kristina från Duvemåla will take place at the Opera in Gothenburg from October 25, 2014 until May 16, 2015. Tickets will be released on March 31. The main roles are played by Maria Ylipää (Kristina), Robert Noack (Karl Oskar), Birthe Wingren (Ulrika) and Oskar Nilsson (Robert).
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


February 19, 2014
  • The latest issue of ABBA , No. 72, has been published and mailed to all of our members! Our A4 size, 36-page, full colour issue is once again jam-packed with all the latest news, exclusive interviews, unique special features and rare photos. With this issue we celebrate the 40th anniversary of ABBA's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with a special "Waterloo"-themed cover, poster competition and feature. Each issue includes a nice flyer for the German book release of "ABBA Backstage".

    No. 72 pp10-11  No. 72 pp12-13
    No. 72 pp16-17  No. 72 pp24-25
    No. 72 pp30-31  No. 72 pp32-33
    No. 72 pp18-19 No. 72 pp21 No. 72 pp27

    Included in ABBA No. 72:

    - News Extra including the latest CD and book releases and new interviews given by all four ABBA members
    - Special feature on Regina's experience at "Wetten, dass…"
    - Exclusive interview with ABBA's "sixth" member, sound engineer Micke B. Tretow
    - Exclusive interview with Gered Mankowitz, the photographer who took the photos for Agnetha's "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" album
    - Exclusive interview with Annette Van Trigt who did one of the very last interviews with ABBA in 1982
    - Special discography feature: Waterloo albums from around the world
    - Our competition with many exclusive prizes to be won, including a special ticket for ABBA The Museum signed by all four ABBA members, ABBA card signed by all four ABBA members, individually signed Frida, Björn, Benny and Agnetha cards, Waterloo Deluxe CDs/DVDs, "ABBA Backstage" books, "Kultbands: ABBA" books and "ABBA Special" Stern Edition magazines
    - Special A3 size ABBA poster with a picture taken at Melodifestivalen on February 9, 1974

    We hope you enjoy our new issue and look forward to your feedback on No. 72!


    ABBA Gold 3CD 40th Anniversary Edition
  • A new, 40th anniversary edition of ABBA Gold will be released on April 4 as a 3CD digipak (00602537740130). The track listing:

    Disc 1: ABBA GOLD
    1. Dancing Queen 2. Knowing Me, Knowing You 3. Take A Chance On Me 4. Mamma Mia 5. Lay All Your Love On Me 6. Super Trouper 7. I Have A Dream 8. The Winner Takes It All 9. Money, Money, Money 10. SOS 11. Chiquitita 12. Fernando 13. Voulez-Vous 14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) 15. Does Your Mother Know 16. One of Us 17. The Name of The Game 18. Thank You For The Music 19. Waterloo

    Disc 2: MORE ABBA GOLD
    1. Summer Night City 2. Angeleyes 3. The Day Before You Came 4. Eagle 5. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do 6. So Long 7. Honey, Honey 8. The Visitors 9. Our Last Summer 10. On And On And On 11. Ring Ring 12. I Wonder (Departure) 13. Lovelight 14. Head Over Heels 15. When I Kissed The Teacher 16. I Am The City 17. Cassandra 18. Under Attack 19. When All Is Said And Done 20. The Way Old Friends Do

    Disc 3: ABBA GOLDEN B-SIDES
    1. She’s My Kind Of Girl 2. I Am Just A Girl 3. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong 4. King Kong Song 5. I’ve Been Waiting For You 6. Rock Me 7. Man In The Middle 8. Intermezzo No.1 9. That’s Me 10. Crazy World 11. Happy Hawaii 12. I’m A Marionette 13. Medley: Pick A Bale of cotton/.. 14. Kisses of Fire 15. The King Has Lost His Crown 16. Elaine 17. The Piper 18. Andante, Andante 19. Should I Laugh Or Cry 20. Soldiers


  • The German VOX TV channel has re-worked its successful ABBA documentary that aired twice in 2012. The new edition takes a closer look at ABBA's ESC victory, several of our ABBA members have been interviewed, and there are some more additions to the original documentary. The documentary is now called "ABBA - 40 Jahre Waterloo" ("ABBA - 40 Years Of Waterloo") and will be aired on April 12, 2014 at 20.15 German time.

    ABBA–Les Coulisses du Succès

  • Jean-Marie Potiez, author of "ABBA–The Scrapbook" as well as other books on ABBA, has written a new French-language book on the group which will be released on March 29. Titled "ABBA–Les Coulisses du Succès", the book will be 500 pages, 15 x 23 cm in size and consist of text with a photo booklet in the middle. Jean-Marie provides details on ABBA’s career in France and Belgium, giving his opinion on their albums, work, career and personalities, while Rune Söderqvist and famous French/Belgian TV and radio host Andre Torrent have provided forewords.

 

  • ABBA The Museum has announced a series of activities in celebration of the 40th anniversary of ABBA’s international breakthrough at the Eurovision Song Contest. The museum will unveil several new exhibits and new articles on display; additionally, Björn has written a "pop saga" aimed at children and illustrated by Ola Skogäng, which have been filmed with Björn himself playing the role of the narrator and will premier at the museum on April 6. The premier of the museum's choir will also take place on April 6 with a special concert; the ABBA songs performed will be presented with newly-composed choral arrangements by Göran Arnberg, who has worked for many years as Benny Andersson’s musical notator and arranger and is a BAO member.

    “Since we are not going to reunite for the 40th anniversary, I thought a choir singing ABBA would be exciting,” said Björn. “A really good choir singing songs that Benny and I have written is a dream for us as authors.” More info on the new exhibits and activities can be found here.


February 9, 2014

  • Benny and his son Ludvig attended the 2014 Bunte/BMW Festival Night held in Berlin, Germany on Friday night as part of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).



February 7, 2014Waterloo 7" Picture Disc

  • The "Waterloo" single is being released as a limited picture disc as part of Universal's 40th Anniversary celebrations (060253771608) on April 4. The A side has the Swedish version and the English version is on the back.

  • ABBA received a special lifetime achievement Music Export Prize from the Swedish government in a ceremony that took place on Tuesday at the government offices in Stockholm; Benny accepted the award on behalf of the group. "ABBA unfortunately couldn't make it, so they sent me instead", he joked. Listen to an audio interview with Benny after the ceremony for Radio Sweden here. Benny also makes reference to a new live album of the 1979 Wembley arena concerts which is scheduled to be released later this year.


  • ABBA was also one of the first 12 artists to be inducted into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame yesterday. Benny attended the ceremony. “Through the years, there were so many very influential good songwriters and artists and I think it’s a good thing to make a collection of all of them”, he said, adding: “We would probably be the only band that you know about. Maybe Roxette…otherwise, it’s sort of a Swedish thing. After all this time, I’m very grateful, proud and surprised.” The first 12 artists, including jazz singer Monica Zetterlund (1937-2005) and Dutch-born singer-songwriter Cornelis Vreeswijk (1937-1987), were chosen by a jury of four music experts.

  • 75% of the tickets for the autumn 2014 season of Mamma Mia! at Svenska Teatern in Finland have already been sold; that means 35.000 of the available 47.000 tickets have been purchased. Sales for spring 2015 (92 performances) will begin on Monday, February 10, at 10:00 am. local time. Thanks to Pentti Koponen!




February 2, 2014Waterloo Deluxe Edition CD/DVD

  • Stern VIVA!, the bi-monthly German magazine for women and men over 40, is publishing an extensive feature with 16 pages on ABBA in its next issue (February/March 2014). It will be available on newsstands in Germany and Austria starting February 5.

    Enter to win a copy of this magazine in our special online competition! Just answer this question:

    When did ABBA win the Swedish heat of the Eurovision Song Contest at Melodifestivalen?

    Send the exact date and your address to competition@abba-intermezzo.de by February 10, 2014. Good luck!


  • Benny and Tommy Körberg made a brief apperance at this year's Guldbagge Awards ceremony where they played a short traditional folk song. You can see the clip here. The Guldbagge Awards are Sweden’s leading film awards and have been presented since 1964 for outstanding contributions to Swedish film over the past year; Benny won the 2012 Best Music in a Film Award for his work on the film Palme.


  • Björn will appear on an episode of Scandimania, a new British series about the Scandinavian countries and their appeal. It will be broadcast tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 in the UK.

 

 

 

January 11, 2014

  • Waterloo Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Universal has announced the release of the Waterloo Deluxe Edition, celebrating the 40th anniversary of ABBA's Eurovision victory, on April 7. This new Deluxe Edition is the 8th in the series that started in 2006 with Arrival and supercedes 2004's 30th Anniversary Edition. Waterloo Deluxe Edition includes the same bonus tracks as the 30th Anniversary version with the addition of 3 others (all previously released).

    The DVD includes 13 selections, some previously unreleased. There are two performances from the 30th Anniversary version that are not included: "Honey, Honey" from ZDF's Starparade and "Hasta Manana" from RTVE's Señoras y Señores.

    The track listing:

    Disc 01, CD
    01. Waterloo
    02. Sitting In The Palmtree
    03. King Kong Song
    04. Hasta Mañana
    05. My Mama Said
    06. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
    07. Honey, Honey
    08. Watch Out
    09. What About Livingstone
    10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
    11. Suzy-Hang-Around

    Bonus tracks
    12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)
    13. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
    14. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
    15. Waterloo (German Version)
    16. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version)
    17. Waterloo (French Version)
    18. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version)
    19. Waterloo (Alternate mix)

    Disc 02, DVD
    01. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest performance I, BBC)
    02. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance I, SVT)
    03. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance II, SVT)
    04. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest preview performance, SVT)
    05. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest, performance II, BBC)
    06. Interview with Frida and Stig after the Eurovision victory (Rapport, SVT)
    07. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance I, BBC)
    08. Honey, Honey (Disco, ZDF)
    09. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance II, BBC)
    10. Honey, Honey (Spotlight, ORF)
    11. Waterloo (German version) (Musik aus Studio B, NDR)
    12. Honey, Honey (Ein Kessel Buntes, Fernsehen der DDR)
    13. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance III, BBC)
    14. International Sleeve Gallery

  • SVT aired a special broadcast of Benny and Björn's latest successful musical endeavour, "Hjälp Sökes", this past Thursday as part of its "World Class Culture" series. The performance was recorded at the Orion Theatre.


  • BBC Four aired a new ABBA documentary called "The Joy of ABBA" on December 27. The programme chronicled how ABBA conquered both Sweden and Britain in the face of constant criticism, particularly from left-wing groups popular at the time. The documentary was followed by "ABBA at the BBC", a collection of clips and performances aired by the BBC during ABBA's active time.


  • Agnetha gave an interview to Swedish journalist Ulf Elfving on December 22 which aired on P4 Radio. You can listen to or download the interview (in Swedish) here.


  • Here is the entire documentary that aired on December 21 on SVT 2 about 80s pop group Ratata that included recollections from Frida on their hit 1987 single (it will be online for 9 more days).


  • SVT Sörmland aired a short report on December 20 that included a conversation with Gunnar Sandevärn (who worked with Frida in the 60s) in Torshälla, where Frida lived as a young girl with her grandmother. Gunnar showed the reporter Frida's and her grandmother's old flat building as well as where she went to school. He mentioned he had spoken to Frida a week earlier as she had been asking him for exact dates of events for a book project that is underway.


  • ABBA have an official profile on Instagram, the online photo and video sharing service owned by Facebook, managed by Universal Music Sweden. You can see photos and updates at instagram.com/abbaofficial.


  • We have deleted some older messages. If you found this page by a search engine, don't miss the whole site!

    You will find the old messages from the last years in our News Archive 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.


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