ABBA News Archive 2005

Here are the old messages from our ABBA- News page from the year 2005. Books have been moved to the Book List and obsolete announcements for TV shows and concerts have been deleted.

  • Second edition of Bubi Heilemann's book Photo from the book Wolfgang Heilemann's famous book ABBA Photographs 1974 - 1980 is now available in the second edition with an English cover. It is still a bilingual edition in English and German.
    The book includes about 500 unique ABBA photos.

    Use this link for more information and the price in Euro.

  • Cover band ABBA A LIFE Here is the link to the cover band ABBA A LIFE. The singers were our guests at the 1997 fan club meeting.

  • The German Mamma Mia! staging in Stuttgart has now celebrated the one millionth spectator. The lady on the picture was surprised with a Ford Street Ka on December 11.
    Mamma Mia's millionth visitor in Stuttgart
    After 500 performances on October 15, the musical continues its success in Stuttgart and has been seen by 23 million people world-wide, over 18,000 every day.

  • Gemini performed at the Maria Magdalena Church in Stockholm on December 1, 2005 for 75 minutes. They sang Christmas songs, Beatles songs, their own songs plus parts of ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" in Chinese. The concert was wonderful!
    Gemini concert in Stockholm - © Steffen Stolze
    Gemini concert in Stockholm - © Steffen Stolze

    Many thanks to Steffen Stolze for the news and the nice pictures.

  • Unfortunately Universal Germany told us that the Frida DVD is not available in Germany. The box set can be ordered at the record stores. If you need just the DVD, try an online shop.

  • The Abba Mania Show by German RTL TV on December 3 had 3.18 million or 13.7 % viewers. Ralph Hans Steiner told us that Kabel 1 had the best November TV ratings in 5 years with 5.6 % total viewers thanks to the ABBA evening and "ABBA The Movie" with 9.0 % of the "advertising relevant" viewers.

  • Universal has informed us that the Frida Box Set will be released in Germany one day later, on December 6. The DVD and CD track listing is on the ABBASite.

  • Benny has now composed a special mobile phone ringtone which will be sent to everyone making a donation to the Red Cross in Sweden. This is part of a Christmas campaign starting in November.

  • A new DVD by Stefanie Hertel, Eberhard Hertel and Stefan Mross includes two German ABBA cover versions: "Fernando" and "Danke für die Lieder" (Thank You For The Music). Thanks to Adriaan A. T. Hout for the info!

  • Many thanks again for all your mail arriving after the broadcast of "ABBA - Die Show". We got a lot of mail because "The Day Before You Came" was mentioned. In the show it was correctly said that this was ABBA's last recording together. It was not said it was the last single release.
    Of course I would have liked to talk more about ABBA in the show, but unfortunately the time schedule was too limited. As it was planned as an entertainment programme, Sonya Kraus and Wigald Boning were invited. I can assure you that both of them - like Ingolf Lück - were very interested in ABBA, even if some of you got a different impression. Cindy & Bert were also very interested and we talked a lot during the commercial breaks.
    I made a little mistake myself which I didn't notice until the broadcast. Björn & Benny's German single is of course titled "Hey Musikant" and not "Hey alter Mann" (which is the direct translation of "Hej gamle man")!

    My ABBA socks did not suffer any damage by the way!!!

  • There is now also a Belgian Mamma Mia! website. Mamma Mia! runs from March 4th until April 30th in Antwerp and tickets can be ordered now.
    Many thanks to our Belgian correspondent Stany!

  • Thanks again for all your e-mails, which will be answered as soon as possible. Unfortunately we are not able to arrange meetings with ABBA members etc. Thank you for your understanding!

  • A big Thank You for your nice guestbook remarks and all the lovely e-mails I (Regina) received after my appearance in "ABBA - Die Show"! I was very happy when I got them. After the show, we had so many visitors on our website like never before.

    A big welcome to all our new members as well! Because we have to work on all those mails and membership forms, it may take a little while. Please be patient if you have to wait for a reply.

  • ABBA - Die Show on November 2 had 1.9 million or 5.9 % viewers, "Best of Formel Eins" 1.33 million or 5.5 % and the German audio version of ABBA The Movie 0.79 million or 6.7 % viewers.

  • Universal has confirmed that the DVDs in the box set ABBA: The Complete Studio Recordings will always be in NTSC format. This means that if you live in a country with PAL or another TV system, you will only be able to view it if your DVD player supports NTSC format and if your TV set is connected via RGB or digital inputs and is able to display 60 Hz vertical frequency (should be listed in the manuals).
    ABBA The Movie and the Frida DVD will be available in PAL.

    The Frida DVD/box set is a world wide release but they still couldn't tell us which countries will release it or when. Thanks to Universal Music Sweden!

  • ABBA - Die Show with Regina of ABBA-
    ABBA Die Show on Kabel 1 Regina's ABBA collection on Kabel 1
    "ABBA - Die Show" was recorded on October 1 and will be shown on November 2, 2005 at 8:15 PM local time by German TV Kabel 1. Next comes "Best of Formel Eins: ABBA" (10:18 PM) and "ABBA - The Movie" (10:50 PM, German audio version).

    ABBA's way to success until today is shown in the programme. The cover band ABBA Mania sings "Dancing Queen" and "Thank You For The Music", Arrival sings "Money Money Money", Andy Bell of Erasure presents "S.O.S." plus his new single "Crazy" and Marianne Rosenberg sings "Nur Sieger stehn im Licht", the German version of "The Winner Takes It All". Ingolf Lück is the host of the show, talking to Cindy & Bert, Wigald Boning and Sonya Kraus about ABBA. Regina of the ABBA- fan club joins the talk a bit later. She has supported the TV station with many items from her ABBA collection and speaks about it with Ingolf Lück. On the photos you can see the ABBA collection with Regina and all the participants of the show. The recording was very exciting of course, but since the host and the interview guests were very nice and interested, Regina enjoyed the show very much :-)
    Now we are all looking forward to the result!

  • ABBA have won the Eurovision Song Contest 50th Anniversary Show "Congratulations" in Copenhagen!!!
    "Waterloo" has been voted the all-time favourite Eurovision hit.

  • The new Frida DVD and Box Set will be delayed until December 5.

  • Gemini - Det bästa med Karin och Anders Glenmark The long awaited compilation album "Gemini - Det bästa med Karin och Anders Glenmark" (The Best Of Karin and Anders Glenmark) with hits written by Benny and Björn, including the famous "Just Like That" in the Gemini version, will be released in Sweden on November 2.

    Among the new tracks is an unpublished song plus "Copy Love", which was never released on CD.
    Catalogue number: Mono Music/Universal Music 987 447-0

    All songs have been remastered by Anders Glenmark and Benny Andersson. The song "Äntligen", which was listed on Universal's ABBASite, is not included on the album.

    Gemini will go on tour in Sweden in November. Tickets are available from Ticnet. Thanks to our UK correspondent Lisa!

    1 T.L.C.
    2 Mio min Mio
    3 Sniffin' Out The Snakes
    4 When I Close My Eyes (previously unpublished, written by Benny and Björn)
    5 Den som sa det var det (new Swedish version of 'Too Much Love Is Wasted')
    6 Live On The Love
    7 Just Like That
    8 Copy Love (Remix version of the B-side of the 'Another You, Another Me' 12")
    9 Slowly
    10 Beat The Heat
    11 Another You, Another Me
    12 Too Much Love Is Wasted
    13 Falling
    14 I Am The Universe
    15 There's No Way To Fool A Heart
    16 I'm A Bitch When I See Red
    17 Have Mercy

    18 Kall som is (1984, by Karin und Anders for the Eurovision heats)
    19 Flyga fri (B-side of the single 'Kall som is')

  • The video for the ABBA box set is now available on the start page of the ABBASite.

  • Here is a Report on ABBA Mania as recorded for German RTL TV, by our ABBA- member Svenja GlaŖ. Many thanks, Svenja!

    "Finally it all started: Barbara Schöneberger's and Dirk Bach's performance, both (especially Dirk) totally dressed in ABBA style.
    The show has a chart concept, counting down from 20. It began with a short summary about ABBA. Then each song which you could vote for on the Internet before, was presented using material from the Definitive Collection DVD etc. More or less known singers, duets or groups performed almost every song, among them ABBA Mania, Max Raabe und das Palastorchester, Michelle Hunziker, Right Said Fred, Mariella Ahrens, Us 5, Banaroo, Ex-No Angel Lucy, and... Dirk Bach and Barbara Schöneberger themselves!!! I can only say that number 2 is the highlight of the show, I was the first one to jump on my feet Ė at least for the first take, because of a lighting failure we had the pleasure to cheer for this song twice...

    I don't want to reveal too much about the songs, but it was clear that just the well-known ones would make it, well, So Long was among them... anyway, the songs were quite well performed with great respect to the original - and it was great!!!

    It was an absolute ABBA feeling and even though the applause and repeated presentations were quite stressing, we had a lot of fun!"

  • ABBA The Movie has entered the German Music DVD sales charts at number 1!
    It is also number 48 on the album sales charts from October 10.

  • It is now confirmed that Madonna's next single "Hung Up" will include a sample from ABBA's Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! used with permission by Benny & Björn.

  • The DVD ABBA The Movie hit the store shelves in Moscow, Russia on October 6. Both editions (single DVD and Limited Special Edition 2 DVD) are available there.
    Many thanks to Dmitry Shipov of the Russian ABBA Fanclub in Moscow!

  • Frida attended the special performance "Mamma Mia för Mentor" on September 22 in Stockholm!
    Frida on stage at Mamma Mia för Mentor - © Tobias Schulze
    Photo © Tobias Schulze

    Frida and Görel Hanser were guests of the performance "Mamma Mia för Mentor" at the Stockholm Cirkus Theatre on Thursday, September 22. The proceeds went to the Swedish Mentor Foundation.
    The Swedish royal couple was also present. A 20 minute information programme around Mentor Sverige took place before the performance and Frida came on stage to talk about her engagement for Mentor.
    Frida is supporting the worldwide organisation against youth drug abuse for many years.

    Many thanks to Tobias Schulze for his report and the photo!

  • The Frida Box Set We have already reported about the Frida box set. Frida celebrates her 60th birthday this year with this new CD + DVD box. The release date will be December 5, 2005 and it will include the remastered versions of her albums "Frida Ensam", "Something's Going On", "Shine" and "Djupa andetag" plus a 20 page booklet and one DVD, which contains over three hours of material, from her first Swedish TV appearance in "Hylands hörna" to her music video clips and new footage from the Swiss alps.

    Catalogue number for the box: 602498735039 (PAL version), 602498735046 (NTSC version)

    Catalogue number for the DVD: 602498735008 (PAL version), 602498735015 (NTSC version)

  • A "35th Anniversary Edition ABBA Gold" (UICY-9645) including a DVD will be released in Japan on November 23. We don't know if it will be the same as the "Sound + Vision Deluxe" package with the CDs ABBA Gold and More ABBA Gold plus the ABBA Gold DVD.

  • Spanish Mamma Mia! Album The Spanish Mamma Mia! Cast Recording can now be ordered from Sound of Music.

  • A Frida box set will be released in the next months!!! The box set will contain the remastered CDs and maybe also "Djupa andetag", plus one DVD with old footage and a new Frida interview. We don't have further details because they are still working on the box set.

  • Universal Germany has an ABBA competition giving away some rare promo items like ABBA The Movie posters and bags until the end of November. The competition (in German) is here.

  • The new box set - © Universal Music This is the first content picture of the new box set ABBA: The Complete Studio Recordings, published by Universal on the ABBASite.

    The release is planned for November 7, 2005.

  • Universal Sweden have confirmed plans to re-release Björn & Benny's first album "Lycka" from 1970 as a remastered version in 2006.

  • Album by Carolin Fortenbacher Carolin Fortenbacher, who plays Donna in the Hamburg staging of Mamma Mia!, has recorded her first solo album in German language.

    It will be available from Sound Of Music from September 23.
    The track list is included on the online order page.

    Pre-orders are welcome and will get 2 Euro discount.

    Please use the search window on the page to find older recordings by Carolin.

  • ABBA 18 Hits The compilation ABBA: 18 Hits, already published in Sweden on May 30, will be released in Germany on September 5. It is the international version with the last four tracks changed.

    Catalogue number: Polydor 06024 98314524

    1 The Winner Takes It All
    2 Super Trouper
    3 Waterloo
    4 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
    5 The Name Of The Game
    6 Ring Ring
    7 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
    8 S.O.S.
    9 Fernando
    10 Hasta Mañana
    11 Mamma Mia
    12 Lay All Your Love On Me
    13 Thank You For The Music
    14 Happy New Year
    15 Honey, Honey (Swedish)
    16 Waterloo (French)
    17 Ring Ring (German)
    18 Dame! Dame! Dame! (Spanish version of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!)

  • Stockholm Photo Set - © by Klaus Will has been supported with beautiful photos taken at various Mamma Mia! premieres. You can buy some of these photos.
    Please click here.

  • The Spanish Mamma Mia! Cast Recording with the full original cast from the Lope de Vega Theatre in Madrid will be released in Spain on September 5, 2005.

  • The new box set - © Universal Music Universal has now published a photo of the new box set ABBA: The Complete Studio Recordings.

    The catalogue number is Universal 0602498723272 and some online stores already accept pre-orders for the box to be released before Christmas, but the prices seem to change now and then.

    Included in the box are ABBA's 8 studio albums with bonus tracks, a ninth CD with rarities, some of them from the "Thank You For The Music" box set. One DVD features all of ABBA's music video clips like the "Definitive Collection" DVD (plus "The Last Video", "I Have A Dream", "Lay All Your Love On Me", minus "When I Kissed The Teacher") and the second DVD includes the documentary "ABBA The History" from the ABBA GOLD DVD plus five songs from the TV show "Dick Cavett meets ABBA".

    A booklet with all the lyrics and another one with many photos are also in the box set.


    1 Ring Ring
    2 Another Town, Another Train
    3 Disillusion
    4 People Need Love
    5 I Saw It In The Mirror
    6 Nina, Pretty Ballerina
    7 Love Isnít Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
    8 Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother
    9 He Is Your Brother
    10 She's My Kind Of Girl
    11 I Am Just A Girl
    12 Rock'n Roll Band

    13 Ring ring (Swedish Version)
    14 Åh, vilka tider
    15 Merry-Go-Round
    16 Santa Rosa
    17 Ring Ring (Spanish Version)
    18 Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe steht
    19 Ring Ring (German Version)


    1 Waterloo
    2 Sitting In The Palmtree
    3 King Kong Song
    4 Hasta Mañana
    5 My Mama Said
    6 Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
    7 Honey, Honey
    8 Watch Out
    9 What About Livingstone
    10 Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
    11 Suzy-Hang-Around

    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 Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version)
    18 Waterloo (French Version)

    CD3: ABBA

    1 Mamma Mia
    2 Hey, Hey Helen
    3 Tropical Loveland
    4 S.O.S.
    5 Man In The Middle
    6 Bang-A-Boomerang
    7 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
    8 Rock Me
    9 Intermezzo No.1
    10 Iíve Been Waiting For You
    11 So Long

    12 Crazy World
    13 Pick A Bale Of Cotton, On Top Of Old Smokey, Midnight Special (1978 Mix)
    14 Mamma Mia (Spanish Version)


    1 When I Kissed The Teacher
    2 Dancing Queen
    3 My Love, My Life
    4 Dum Dum Diddle
    5 Knowing Me, Knowing You
    6 Money, Money, Money
    7 That's Me
    8 Why Did It Have To Be Me
    9 Tiger
    10 Arrival

    11 Fernando
    12 Happy Hawaii
    13 La Reina Del Baile
    14 Conociéndome, Conociéndote
    15 Fernando (Spanish Version)


    1 Eagle
    2 Take A Chance On Me
    3 One Man, One Woman
    4 The Name Of The Game
    5 Move On
    6 Hole In Your Soul
    7 Thank You For The Music
    8 I Wonder (Departure)
    9 Iím A Marionette

    10 Al Andar
    11 Gracias Por La Musica


    1 As Good As New
    2 Voulez-Vous
    3 I Have A Dream
    4 Angeleyes
    5 The King Has Lost His Crown
    6 Does Your Mother Know
    7 If It Wasn't For The Nights
    8 Chiquitita
    9 Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
    10 Kisses Of Fire

    11 Summer Night City
    12 Lovelight
    13 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
    14 Estoy Soñando
    15 Chiquitita (Spanish Version)
    16 Dame! Dame! Dame!


    1 Super Trouper
    2 The Winner Takes It All
    3 On And On And On
    4 Andante, Andante
    5 Me And I
    6 Happy New Year
    7 Our Last Summer
    8 The Piper
    9 Lay All Your Love On Me
    10 The Way Old Friends Do

    11 Elaine
    12 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
    13 Felicidad


    1 The Visitors
    2 Head Over Heels
    3 When All Is Said And Done
    4 Soldiers
    5 I Let The Music Speak
    6 One Of Us
    7 Two For The Price Of One
    8 Slipping Through My Fingers
    9 Like An Angel Passing Through My Room

    10 Should I Laugh Or Cry (Intro Version)
    11 No hay a quien culpar
    12 Se me estŗ escapando
    13 The Day Before You Came
    14 Cassandra
    15 Under Attack
    16 You Owe Me One


    1 Waterloo (Alternate Mix, briefly available as a single A-side in Sweden)
    2 Pick A Bale Of Cotton, On Top Of Old Smokey, Midnight Special (German album mix, 1975)
    3 Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
    4 Summer Night City (Full Length Version)
    5 Lovelight (Alternate Mix, first released in 1993)
    6 Dream World
    7 Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo)
    8 On And On And On (Full Length Version, 1980 video soundtrack)
    9 Put On Your White Sombrero
    10 I Am The City
    11 ABBA Undeleted: Scaramouche / Summer Night City / Take A Chance On Me / Baby / Just A Notion / Rikky Rock íní Roller / Burning My Bridges / Fernando / Here Comes Rubie Jamie / Hamlet III Parts 1&2 / Free As A Bumble Bee / Rubber Ball Man / Crying Over You / Just Like That / Givin' A Little Bit More


    1 Waterloo
    2 Ring Ring
    3 Mamma Mia
    4 S.O.S.
    5 Bang-A-Boomerang
    6 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
    7 Fernando
    8 Dancing Queen
    9 Money, Money, Money
    10 Knowing Me, Knowing You
    11 That's Me
    12 The Name Of The Game
    13 Take A Chance On Me
    14 Eagle
    15 One Man, One Woman
    16 Thank You For The Music
    17 Summer Night City
    18 Chiquitita
    19 Does Your Mother Know
    20 Voulez-Vous
    21 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
    22 I Have A Dream
    23 On And On And On
    24 The Winner Takes It All
    25 Super Trouper
    26 Happy New Year
    27 Lay All Your Love On Me
    28 When All Is Said And Done
    29 One Of Us
    30 Head Over Heels
    31 The Day Before You Came
    32 Under Attack

    33 Estoy Soñando
    34 Felicidad
    35 No Hay A Quien Culpar
    36 Dancing Queen (1992 Version)
    37 The Last Video


    1 The History: Documentary (originally appeared on ABBA GOLD DVD)

    LIVE IN APRIL 1981
    2 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
    3 Super Trouper
    4 Two For The Price Of One
    5 Slipping Through My Fingers
    6 On And On And On

  • Universal has informed us that German big band leader James Last has now released a DVD including an ABBA medley.

  • The Movie DVD Covers These are the covers for the ABBA The Movie DVDs. The only difference will be the text "Limited Special Edition" below the well-known logo.

  • Mamma Mia! has scored well in German ZDF TV's chart show "Die größten Musical-Hits" on July 28:
    7. Mamma Mia
    14. The Winner Takes It All
    15. Dancing Queen
    The complete results can be downloaded in PDF format. All three proposals from Mamma Mia! have made it into the top 20!

  • The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung has now printed an Interview with Björn, which was made at the Mamma Mia! premiere in Brussels.

  • Björn performed with the Hootenanny Singers at the finale of the Visfestivalen in Västervik! He was having a lot of fun, laughing and singing and reading the lyrics from a sheet of paper. They performed the song "Marianne" twice with all the artists of Saturday evening as a backing group.
    Thanks to our Belgian correspondent Stany van Wijmeersch for informing us!

  • Agnetha's solo albums 1981 - 1985 Agnetha's solo albums by Polar Music will be digitally remastered and re-released this summer.
    Nu tändas tusen juleljus, the Christmas album by Agnetha & Linda from 1981, will have the new catalogue number Polar 986 876-5 (without bonus tracks).

    Wrap Your Arms Around Me from 1983 (catalogue number Polar 986 876-9) will have five bonus tracks, among them "P&B" from a Swedish crime comedy film:
    13. Never Again (Duet with Tomas Ledin)
    14. Itís So Nice To Be Rich
    15. P&B
    16. The Heat Is On (Super Dance Music Mix)
    17. Ya Nunca Más (Spanish version of "Never Again")

    Eyes Of A Woman from 1985 (catalogue number Polar 986 878-4) features these bonus tracks:
    12. Youíre There
    13. Turn The World Around
    14. I Wonít Let You Go (Extended Version)
    15. The Way You Are (Duet with Ola Håkansson)
    16. Fly Like The Eagle (Duet with Ola Håkansson)

    The planned release date is August 14, 2005.

  • Stage Holding has released the first issue of their own magazine featuring an exclusive interview with Björn and a report on Carolin Fortenbacher (Donna in Hamburg). You can order it from Sound Of Music, who also have the Swedish Mamma Mia! album and the promo CD single "Midnattsdans" from the album "BAO!" by Benny Anderssons Orkester!

  • Universal Music will be releasing ABBA - The Movie on DVD globally on September 26, 2005.
    There will be a limited edition digipack with two DVDs and a regular single disc version.

    Single disc version contents:
    The fully restored widescreen film, sound in DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo

    Digipack contents:
    • Disc 1: as above
    • Disc 2: Bonus features:
      • An interview about the film with director Lasse Hallström, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, filmed in New York this year
      • The original ABBA - The Movie trailers
      • ABBA - The Album television commercial
      • Memorabilia picture gallery
      • A gallery of the original tour programme

    Catalogue numbers
    Regular single disc:
    987 170-0 PAL version, 987 170-3 NTSC version

    Limited Special Edition: 987 169-9 PAL version, 987 170-2 NTSC version

  • We are happy to have a Belgian correspondent now - Stany van Wijmeersch.
    Welcome to the team!

  • Sabine Thomas, co-author of Bubi Heilemann's book "ABBA - Fotografien 1974 - 1980", has now written a short detective story located at the Mamma Mia! musical staging in Stuttgart. Our ABBA- magazine is mentioned in this ABBA short story!
    It will be published in the paperback "Tatort Stuttgart" (various authors, Vertigo Verlag Munich), probably released in August 2005.

  • © Stage Holding Spain The 250.000th visitor went to see Mamma Mia! in Madrid last Monday.
    We got this photo from Stage Holding Spain. On stage with the actresses is David Bustamante, a pop singer with a number one chart hit in Spain. He has a part in the TV programme "Triumph Operation", in which Nina (Donna in Mamma Mia!) played a school director.

    Special thanks to Klaus Will and Daniel Mejas!

  • Japanese Box Set The Japanese box set "30th Anniversary Original Album Box" can now be ordered from Universal Music in Germany.

    The CDs are the 2001 releases of Ring Ring, Waterloo, ABBA, Arrival, The Album, Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper and The Visitors, all with the covers and booklets from 2001 plus a Bonus CD.

  • Benny and Helen Sjöholm got a surprise award at the annual celebration of SKAP, the Swedish pop music composer's organization. They were both awarded with the Thore Ehrling Scolarship and then Benny's sons Peter Grönvall and Ludvig Andersson performed the Hep Stars song "Wedding" on stage together with Benny's grandchildren Felix and Charlie.
    Frida was in the audience as well!

  • Björn attended the Mamma Mia! premiere in Brussels and went on stage for a moment.
    Many thanks to Stany van Wijmeersch for these photos!
    Björn in Brussels - © Stany van Wijmeersch Björn in Brussels - © Stany van Wijmeersch
    Photos © Stany van Wijmeersch

  • ABBA 18 Hits A new compilation ABBA: 18 Hits will be released in Sweden only on May 30.

    Catalogue number: Universal 987 165-9
    1 The Winner Takes It All
    2 Super Trouper
    3 Waterloo
    4 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
    5 The Name Of The Game
    6 Ring Ring
    7 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
    8 S.O.S.
    9 Fernando
    10 Hasta Mañana
    11 Mamma Mia
    12 Lay All Your Love On Me
    13 Thank You For The Music
    14 Happy New Year
    15 Waterloo (Swedish)
    16 Honey, Honey (Swedish)
    17 Ring Ring (Swedish)
    18 Åh, vilka tider

  • ABBA: Ihre ganze Geschichte The new ABBA book "Ihre Ganze Geschichte" is out now.

    It includes a complete reference list of all the interviews per quote.

    Frédéric Tonnon and Marisa Garau
    ABBA: Ihre ganze Geschichte
    Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag 2005
    ISBN 3-89602-640-2
    about 400 pages

    Here are some pages from the book!
    ABBA: Ihre ganze Geschichte ABBA: Ihre ganze Geschichte ABBA: Ihre ganze Geschichte

  • The Swedish Mamma Mia! Album All three Frida album re-issues will be released in Germany as well on May 3.

  • The Swedish version of Mamma Mia! will be released on June 8.

    It is a Mono Music AB production under exclusive license to Universal Music AB.

    Catalogue number: Universal 987 202-5

    1 Overture
    2 Jag har en dröm (I Have A Dream)
    3 Honey, Honey
    4 Money, Money, Money
    5 Tack för alla sånger (Thank You For The Music)
    6 Mamma Mia
    7 Chiquitita
    8 Dancing Queen
    9 I tryggt förvar hos mig (Lay All Your Love On Me)
    10 Super Trouper
    11 Säg OK eller nej (The Name Of The Game)
    12 Voulez-Vous
    13 Entracte / Under Attack
    14 En av oss (One Of Us)
    15 S.O.S.
    16 Väntar inte mamma på dig (Does Your Mother Know)
    17 Jag är jag, du är du (Knowing Me, Knowing You)
    18 Sista sommarn (Our Last Summer)
    19 Kan man ha en solkatt i en bur (Slipping Through My Fingers)
    20 Vinnaren tar allt (The Winner Takes It All)
    21 Tänk, det känns som vi (Take A Chance On Me)
    22 Jag vill, jag vill, jag vill (I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do)
    23 Jag har en dröm (I Have A Dream)
    24 Waterloo

  • Mamma Mia! in London has been played more than 2500 times.
    The final show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto will be on May 22 after 2044 performances.
    The international tour is in Portugal right now and will return to Edinburgh in Scotland for another eight weeks on March 29, 2006.

  • A new cover version of "One Night In Bangkok" by "Vinylshakerz" is out now. The video clip is already playing on German VIVA TV. Many thanks to Erik Menkens!

  • Shana Vanguarde has recorded another ABBA techno cover version: Mamma Mia. We don't know the German release date. Thanks to Erik Menkens!

  • The Toronto production of Mamma Mia! is closing around the time of the show's fifth anniversary of production in the city. It opened in May 2000, and according to the Royal Alexandra Theatre it is the longest running show in the theatre's 96-year history.
    Special thanks to Michael Flint!

  • Mamma Mia! in Australia will play at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne from March 9. The international tour is in South Africa right now and will visit Estonia, Portugal, Belgium, France, Lebanon, Austria and Germany.

  • 'The Best of ABBA' from Korea A new compilation album The Best Of ABBA is now available in Korea.

    Catalogue number: Universal Korea 982 815-1
    1 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
    2 Andante, Andante
    3 Move On
    4 I Have A Dream
    5 S.O.S.
    6 Take A Chance On Me
    7 Dancing Queen
    8 Waterloo
    9 I Am Just A Girl
    10 My Love, My Life
    11 Super Trouper
    12 The Winner Takes It All
    13 Mamma Mia
    14 I Wonder (Departure)
    15 Another Town, Another Train
    16 One Man, One Woman
    17 Honey, Honey
    18 Head Over Heels
    19 Angeleyes
    20 People Need Love

  • Universal will release re-issues of Frida's solo albums this year, probably in May.
    The new albums will be:
    • Frida ensam (in Swedish) from 1975, with bonus tracks "Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan" and "Ska man skratta eller gråta"
    • Something's Going On from 1982, with bonus tracks "I Know Thereís Something Going On (Single Edit)" and "Here We'll Stay (Solo Version)"
    • Shine from 1984, with bonus tracks "That's Tough" and "Shine (Extended Mix)"

    Agnetha's solo albums are also planned to be re-released with bonus tracks later in 2005!

  • Special thanks to Mayumi Taheri from Japan, who took this beautiful photo of Frida in the theatre at the Mamma Mia! premiere on February 12, 2005.
    Frida in the theatre - © Mayumi Taheri
    Photo © Mayumi Taheri

  • Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha were sitting in the audience when Mamma Mia! had its Swedish premiere on February 12. Here are some photos taken at the Cirkus theatre.
    A big Thank You goes to Klaus Will for his great support!
    Frida arriving at the Cirkus - © Klaus Will Frida giving autographs - © Klaus Will Björn on the red carpet - © Klaus Will Björn signing an 'ABBA Greatest Hits' - © Klaus Will Agnetha arriving - © Klaus Will On stage after the performance - © Klaus Will On stage after the performance - © Klaus Will
    Photos © Klaus Will

  • The programme listed on the Swedish website of the Visfestivalen in Västervik has now been updated, but there are no hints on the planned performance by the Hootenanny Singers with Björn Ulvaeus. Some time ago Hansi Schwarz told a newspaper that he wouldn't reveal the dates of a few surprise appearances.

  • Dan Daniell with Father Nicolay Dan Daniell sent us this photo. From the proceedings of the CD single "Lieber Gott", recorded together with Frida, he was able to give Father Nicolay Stremsky and his children in Russia a cheque for 400.000 Roubles. In the meantime, Father Nicolay has 59 children in the orphanage benefitting from the money. You will find more information in our next ABBA- issue.
    Special Thanks to Dan Daniell.

  • Agnetha's website now has a few news updates, including December 15th as the Swedish radio release date of the "Sometimes When I'm Dreaming" single.

  • We have deleted some old messages. If you miss some of the older photos, please visit the Photos section. And if you found this page by a search engine, don't miss the whole site!

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