40th Anniversary Of ABBA – The Album

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40th Anniversary Of ABBA – The Album Celebrated With Superb Reissues

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First released in Scandinavia in December 1977, ABBA – The Album took the world by storm, hitting number one in countries such as Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands. It also entered the Top 15 in the US, becoming their highest-charting album in that country.

Naturally, this being ABBA, the album also featured a number of major hit singles: ‘The Name Of The Game’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ and ‘Eagle’. Both these hits and the album itself showed how ABBA tried to develop and challenge themselves, taking significant steps forward in terms of musical complexity, yet remaining catchy and compelling.

In celebration of the album’s original release four decades ago, Polar Music (via Universal Music Group) are releasing several tantalising anniversary reissues. They are as follows:

• A limited edition 7” box set featuring the three singles from the album on coloured vinyl, featuring the UK number one ‘The Name Of The Game’/ ‘I Wonder (Departure)’, the international Top Three smash ‘Take A Chance On Me’/ I’m A Marionette’ and the European Top Ten hit ‘Eagle’/’Thank You For The Music’

• The three 7” singles released separately as limited-edition picture discs.

• A half-speed mastered, 45rpm cut double-LP version of the original album. This rare and specialised technique transforms difficult to cut high-end frequencies into relatively easy to cut mid-range frequencies. The result is a cut with excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, half-speed mastering produced a master of the highest quality that enables the pressing plant to produce a superlative record.

This reissue of ABBA – The Album will also feature new liner notes by noted ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm, detailing the story behind the album.

All products will be released November 3, 2017.

Pre-order: www.abbathemuseum.com/shop

DIGITAL ABBA

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(Stockholm and Los Angeles 26.10.2016) Nearly 35 years after their last public performance together, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans around the world what millions of them have long dreamed of but considered impossible: A new entertainment experience.

World-renowned entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller, the members of ABBA, and Universal Music Group are partnering together in a groundbreaking venture that will utilize the very latest in digital and virtual reality technology. The aim is to create an original entertainment experience with the Swedish Pop Superstars, which will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.

Simon Fuller has been at the cutting edge of social and technological change for three decades, using his insights to transform popular culture. His business has been quietly investing in virtual reality technologies, developing hyper-realistic digital humans in the field of entertainment, for several years. The collaboration with the four members of ABBA, who first formed in Stockholm in 1972 and who remain among the most iconic and enduring talents in the world, marks a key moment to fully realize the possibilities of virtual reality ahead of the curve – and in the process transform the face of popular entertainment.

The members of ABBA will be involved throughout the creative process maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the bands original vision within this exciting new realm of entertainment possibilities.

Benny Andersson: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.”

Frida Lyngstad: “Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites me!”

Simon Fuller, Founder and CEO of XIX Entertainment: “The creativity and ideas flowing from the members of ABBA over the past few months have filled me with great excitement. We are exploring a new technological world, with Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn’t have previously imagined.”

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group: “Having the privilege of working closely with the band for over two decades, I can comfortably say there are few recording artists who like ABBA bring together their mastery of craft, a high level of professionalism and enormous commercial success. I’m thrilled to be involved in this innovative new project that will introduce the band who are responsible for some of the greatest songs and melodies in pop music to a new generation of fans.”

Further details of this pioneering collaboration to be announced in 2017.

Solo Albums Reissue!

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Six ABBA Solo Albums 180g Vinyl Reissue, In Black And Limited-Edition Coloured Run 

ABBA: four letters; four unique talents. Collectively, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are known for creating some of the most vital pop music in the world; individually, however, they were just as creative.

Their solo albums may sometimes remain best-kept secrets for ABBA’s long-term fans, but, taken together, they see the four individual members explore a range of styles, from the understated folk-rock leanings of Björn and Benny’s 1970 outing, Lycka, to the contemporary pop-rock of Anni-Frid’s 1982 album Something’s Going On, which was produced by none other than Phil Collins and went on to become the first English-language solo album by an ABBA member – and the best-selling ABBA solo album to date.

In 1985, Agnetha Fältskog enjoyed similar success with the globe-trotting Eyes Of A Woman (it featured contributions from seasoned British musicians, among them The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward, and was produced by 10cc’s Eric Stewart), which comfortably became a hit around the world, entering the Top 40 in the UK, the Top 20 in Norway, and peaking at No.2 in her Swedish homeland.

Which, for ABBA, of course, is where it all began. The low-key, Swedish-language Lycka might be credited to Björn and Benny, but Agnetha and Anni-Frid lent their vocal talents to the hit single ‘Hej, gamle man!’ (‘Hey, Old Man!’). Topped the Swedish Svensktoppen chart for 15 weeks in 1970, the song holds a special place in history, as it marks the first time that all four ABBA members sang together on record.

With original artwork, 180g vinyl and a download card, these reissues are essential for all fans of ABBA’s music. A limited run of coloured versions will also be made, more details of which are below.

Björn Ulvaeus And Benny Andersson: Lycka (1970; blue-and-yellow vinyl)

Side One: Lycka, Nånting är på väg, Kära gamla sol, Det där med kärlek, Välkommen in i gänget, Lilla du, lilla vän

Side Two: Hej, gamle man!, Liselott, Kalles visa, Ge oss en chans, Livet går sin gång

 

Frida: Ensam (1975; white vinyl)

Side One: Fernando, Jag är mej själv nu, Som en sparv, Vill du låna en man, Liv på Mars?, Syrtaki

Side Two: Aldrig mej, Guld och gröna ängar, Ett liv i solen, Skulle de’ va’ skönt, Var är min clown

 

Frida: Something’s Going On (1982; violet vinyl)

Side One: Tell Me It’s Over, I See Red, I Got Something, Strangers, To Turn The Stone

Side Two: I Know There’s Something Going On, Threnody, Baby Don’t You Cry No More, The Way You Do, You Know What I Mean, Here We’ll Stay

 

Frida: Shine (1984; light green vinyl)

Side One: Shine, One Little Lie, The Face, Twist In The Dark, Slowly

Side Two: Heart Of The Country, Come To Me (I Am Woman), Chemistry Tonight, Don’t Do It, Comfort Me

 

Agnetha Fältskog: Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983; pink vinyl)

Side One: The Heat Is On, Can’t Shake Loose, Shame, Stay, Once Burned, Twice Shy, Mr. Persuasion

Side Two: Wrap Your Arms Around Me, To Love, I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever, Man, Take Good Care Of Your Children, Stand By My Side

 

Agnetha Fältskog: Eyes Of A Woman (1985; red vinyl)

Side One: One Way Love, Eyes Of A Woman, Just One Heart, I Won’t Let You Go, The Angels Cry, Click Track

Side Two: We Should Be Together, I Won’t Be Leaving You, Save Me (Why Don’t Ya), I Keep Turning Off Lights, We Move As One

Deluxe Edition Of The ABBA Album Released In November!

Hot on the heels of the well-received Deluxe Edition of The Visitors, November 2012 will see another release in the ABBA Deluxe Edition series. This time the 1975 album simply entitled ABBA, featuring classic hits such as ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘SOS’ and ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’, will receive the Deluxe treatment.

The first disc in this 2-disc package is a CD, which features the original album plus three bonus tracks, all of which have been remastered especially for this release.  The second disc is a DVD, featuring 60 minutes of previously unreleased television performances, including the complete 1976 television special ABBA In Australia – the export version of the famous The Best Of ABBA special, which had higher viewer ratings than the moon landing in Australia. 6 of the 12 songs in the special are performances of tracks from the ABBA album. In addition, there are three songs from the 1975 television special Made In Sweden – For Export, along with two fab performances from the BBC archives: ‘SOS’ on Seaside Special, first broadcast in 1975, and ‘Mamma Mia’ on Top Of The Pops (1976). To round off the DVD there are two vintage television commercials, one for the Australian hits album The Best Of ABBA (along with the other albums released by ABBA in Australia up to that point) and the other for ABBA’s Greatest Hits album.

The package also includes a 24-page booklet featuring an extensive essay on the making of the album, for which ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have contributed fresh insights and stories.

Don’t miss out on this Deluxe Edition of ABBA – featuring the hits that made Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida household names all over the world!

ABBA – DELUXE EDITION

DISC 01: CD

1.  Mamma Mia

2.  Hey, Hey Helen

3.  Tropical Loveland

4.  SOS

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.  I’ve Been Waiting For You

11.  So Long

Bonus Tracks:

12.  Crazy World

13.  Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton – On Top Of Old Smokey – Midnight Special

14.  Mamma Mia (Spanish Version)

DISC 02: DVD:

1. ABBA In Australia (Television Special)

Mamma Mia

Hasta Mañana

Ring Ring

Tropical Loveland

Waterloo

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

Rock me

Dancing Queen

Honey, Honey

Fernando

So Long

SOS

2. Made In Sweden – For Export (SVT)

Mamma Mia

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

So Long

3. SOS (Seaside Special, BBC)

4. Mamma Mia (Top Of The Pops, BBC)

5. The Best Of ABBA, TV Commercial

6. Greatest Hits, TV Commercial

7. International Sleeve Gallery

The Visitors Deluxe Edition

The announcement that this Deluxe Edition would include the previously unreleased recording ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)’ – the first release of unheard ABBA music since 1994 – caused quite a sensation in the media, with this exciting piece of news being reported in all corners of the world.

‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel’ traces the evolution of ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’, the closing track on The Visitors. Back in 1981, this particular song was one of the more challenging tunes during original recording sessions for the album. With the first demos and backing tracks being laid down in May 1981, it wasn’t until several different versions later, in November 1981 – only three weeks before the album reached record shops! – that ABBA finally landed on the version heard on the album.

As the Deluxe Edition of The Visitors was put together, ABBA’s Benny Andersson had the idea that it would be interesting to revisit the various recordings of the song and put together a medley. And this he did in October and November of 2011. The nine-minute medley takes us from the very first demo, with vocals by Björn, to a run-through with Benny on electric piano and Frida on lead vocals, similar to the final version. In between are a demo recording by Frida and Benny (on grand piano) with alternate lyrics entitled ‘Another Morning Without You’; a completely different “disco” attempt, played by a full band and with the final lyrics in place; and a ballad interpretation, also with a full band backing, featuring Frida on lead vocals. “It was fun to put this thing together, just to show what the process can be like,” says Benny Andersson. “It’s an interesting observation on how you labour over things before you reach the final result.”

Elsewhere on The Visitors Deluxe Edition, the original album has been expanded with bonus tracks to include ‘Should I Laugh Or Cry’, recorded during sessions for The Visitors but only used as the B-side of the ‘One Of Us’ single. The Deluxe Edition features a version with a brief count-in, which was originally released on the ‘One Of Us’ single in Great Britain and South Africa. The remaining bonus tracks cover ABBA’s final singles and recording sessions in 1982.

The DVD of this Deluxe Edition opens with two performances from the television special Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, where ABBA previewed two tracks from their forthcoming album: ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’. Another selection from the original broadcast of the TV special is the video for ‘When All Is Said And Done’, which featured an edit that differs slightly from the version heard on the album – this video is included here with its rare original soundtrack in stereo.

Also featured are two lengthy television appearances, which ABBA made as they were promoting their 1982 singles ‘The Day Before You Came’ and ‘Under Attack’, along with the compilation album The Singles – The First Ten Years. The first comes from Great Britain and the second from Sweden, wherein the group also performed ‘Under Attack’. Rounding off the DVD are four vintage commercials for The Visitors and The Singles – The First Ten Years, and a gallery of selected sleeves from the 1981–1982 era.

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The Visitors Deluxe Edition – More Details About The Track Listing!

As previously reported at ABBA – The Official Site, April 23, 2012 will see the release of The Visitors Deluxe Edition: the original album with bonus tracks plus a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material. The announcement that this Deluxe Edition would include the previously unreleased recording ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)’ – the first release of unheard ABBA music since 1994 – caused quite a sensation in the media, with this exciting piece of news being reported in all corners of the world.

We are now happy to reveal a few more details about this Extra Bonus Track. ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel’ traces the evolution of ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’, the closing track on The Visitors. Back in 1981, this particular song was one of the more challenging tunes during original recording sessions for the album. With the first demos and backing tracks being laid down in May 1981, it wasn’t until several different versions later, in November 1981 – only three weeks before the album reached record shops! – that ABBA finally landed on the version heard on the album.

As the Deluxe Edition of The Visitors was put together, ABBA’s Benny Andersson had the idea that it would be interesting to revisit the various recordings of the song and put together a medley. And this he did in October and November of 2011. The nine-minute medley takes us from the very first demo, with vocals by Björn, to a run-through with Benny on electric piano and Frida on lead vocals, similar to the final version. In between are a demo recording by Frida and Benny (on grand piano) with alternate lyrics entitled ‘Another Morning Without You’; a completely different “disco” attempt, played by a full band and with the final lyrics in place; and a ballad interpretation, also with a full band backing, featuring Frida on lead vocals. “It was fun to put this thing together, just to show what the process can be like,” says Benny Andersson. “It’s an interesting observation on how you labour over things before you reach the final result.”

Elsewhere on The Visitors Deluxe Edition, the original album has been expanded with bonus tracks to include ‘Should I Laugh Or Cry’, recorded during sessions for The Visitors but only used as the B-side of the ‘One Of Us’ single. The Deluxe Edition features a version with a brief count-in, which was originally released on the ‘One Of Us’ single in Great Britain and South Africa. The remaining bonus tracks cover ABBA’s final singles and recording sessions in 1982.

The DVD of this Deluxe Edition opens with two performances from the television special Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, where ABBA previewed two tracks from their forthcoming album: ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’. Another selection from the original broadcast of the TV special is the video for ‘When All Is Said And Done’, which featured an edit that differs slightly from the version heard on the album – this video is included here with its rare original soundtrack in stereo.

Also featured are two lengthy television appearances, which ABBA made as they were promoting their 1982 singles ‘The Day Before You Came’ and ‘Under Attack’, along with the compilation album The Singles – The First Ten Years. The first comes from Great Britain and the second from Sweden, wherein the group also performed ‘Under Attack’. Rounding off the DVD are four vintage commercials for The Visitors and The Singles – The First Ten Years, and a gallery of selected sleeves from the 1981–1982 era.

 

ABBA to release a limited edition 12-inch single for Record Store Day

ABBA will release a limited edition 12-inch vinyl single for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. Side A features Voulez-Vous (Extended Dance Remix), originally released as a promo-only single in the United States and France. This marks the first commercial vinyl release of this remix. On side B is the equally danceable If It Wasn’t For The Nights, originally released on the Voulez-Vous album.

This special Record Store Day release is pressed on blue glitter vinyl and packaged in a cardboard sleeve. The 12-inch single, which is limited to 5,000 numbered copies (catalogue number 00602527957302), is for sale exclusively in participating stores. For more information, please visit recordstoreday.com .

The Visitors Deluxe Edition Released In April!

April 23 sees the release of The Visitors Deluxe Edition. As with previous releases in the Deluxe Edition series, this version of ABBA’s final album offers a DVD of archive material along with CD bonus tracks – including the demo medley ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel’, the first previously unreleased ABBA recordings since 1994!

The Deluxe Edition of The Visitors, ABBA’s eighth and final studio album, will be released on April 23, 2012. Originally released in 1981, the album features single hits such as ‘One Of Us’, ‘Head Over Heels’ and ‘When All Is Said And Done’, along with ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’, which is highlighted in one of the more poignant moments in the Mamma Mia! musical.

Like the previous Deluxe Editions of ABBA’s albums, The Visitors will feature several bonus selections along with a DVD of rare and previously unreleased material from the archives.

For ABBA fans, the most sensational inclusion in the package will be the previously unreleased track, ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)’. This is the first time since the Thank You For The Music box set in 1994 that ABBA have opened the doors to the tape vaults to release previously unheard music from the group’s heyday.

Watch this space for more information about the track list and the previously unreleased recording.

THE VISITORS – DELUXE EDITION

DISC 01: CD
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

Bonus Tracks:
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. I Am The City
12. You Owe Me One
13. Cassandra
14. Under Attack
15. The Day Before You Came

Extra Bonus Track:
16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)

DISC 02: DVD:
1.    Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
2.    Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
3.    When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip)
4.    ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC)
5.    ABBA In Stockholm, November 1982 (Nöjesmaskinen, SVT)
6.    The Visitors TV commercial I (UK)
7.    The Visitors TV commercial II (Australia)
8.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial I (UK)
9.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial II (Australia)
10.    International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA releases new music game: ”ABBA Lyrics Challenge”

On Wednesday 21 December, Singbox will release a new ABBA game “ ABBA Lyrics Challenge” that will allow players to enjoy their favourite songs and videos while (trying to) fill in the blank space for the missing words in the lyrics on the smartphone display.

ABBA Lyrics Challenge will be bundled into the ABBA Singbox app. Those who already have ABBA Singbox get the new Lyrics Challenge for free, simply by updating the application. For those who haven’t got ABBA Singbox yet the application can be bought for USD 0,99 in App Store including both games and 4 songs.

About ABBA Singbox and ABBA Lyrics Challenge
ABBA Singbox is a music driven gaming concept around ABBA, giving the user a closer connection to the group and a new way of experiencing their vast catalogue.

Sing 
At the core the Singbox focuses on gaming around singing performance. The user’s singing is measured on pitch and timing ten times per second and compared to the original vocals of ABBA, all while watching the original videos. All pitch and timing data is accumulated into a score, which the user can share with friends and challenge them, post to Facebook, and enter competitions.

The app comes bundled with four songs [Dancing Queen, Eagle, Knowing Me, Knowing You and Take a Chance On Me] and a number of additional songs are available for purchase.
Lyrics Challenge
The ABBA Singbox Lyrics Challenge is a new game included in the ABBA Singbox application. The game tests your lyrics skills as well as your reflexes and eye to hand coordination. This game is played without singing, expanding the game to be used in places where you maybe don’t want to sing – the subway, the bank, in cafes or in the street.

The game is as simple as addictive – fill in the blanks – we have extracted random words from the text and as they are sung you shall press a button corresponding to the missing word. You score is based on timing. As with the singing game the score can be used for challenges, high scores and competitions with friends globally or over Facebook.
How to play 
On the start screen of ABBA Singbox choose game mode “Sing” or “Lyrics Challenge”. Then you select your song or browse the available purchases.
Then select long or short version of the song as well as the level of difficulty, where HARD has a tighter timing window where scoring is possible and more blanked words.
Playing the game the lyrics are shown in a incoming stream and blanked words are replaced by graphical blocks. When the blank word block comes up you press the button with the word you know/believe is about to be sung given you a maximum score of 500 points.
At the end of the song you are presented to your final result and grade. From this view you can share your score on Facebook, with friends and post it to the global scoreboard.

Download the app here: http://singbox.com/apps/?app=abbasingbox

Ludvig and Benny Andersson on Swedish TV

Ludvig and Benny visited the TV-show ”Skavlan” Friday September 16th . The Swedish Norwegian show was broadcasted on SVT1 at 21.00 and on NRK1 at 21.25. Ludvig Andersson also performed with his band Atlas.

Atlas is a duo consisting of fellow musicians and long time friends  Ludvig Andersson and Mats Lundgren.
Their debut album was released September 14th by Mono Music’s new label RMV Grammofon and distributed by Universal Music.

See the performance here »

Listen and Download the single Cam Me on iTunes »

Follow Atlas on Facebook »

Ludvig and Benny Andersson to visit Swedish TV-show

Ludvig and Benny will visit the TV-show ”Skavlan” Friday September 16th . The Swedish Norwegian show is broadcasted on SVT1 at 21.00 and on NRK1 at 21.25. Ludvig Andersson will also perform with his band Atlas.

Atlas is a duo consisting of fellow musicians and long time friends  Ludvig Andersson and Mats Lundgren.
Their debut album will be released September 14th by Mono Music’s new label RMV Grammofon and will be distributed by Universal Music.

Listen and Download the single Cam Me on iTunes »

Follow Atlas on Facebook »

ABBA You Can Dance Video Game

September 1, 2011– Today, Ubisoft® announced the development of a new video game based on the music and performances of Swedish supergroup ABBA. The name of the game? ABBA You Can Dance. Developed exclusively for the WiiTM system from Nintendo by Ubisoft Paris, the studio that created and defined the genre with the Just Dance® series, as well as Ubisoft Montpellier and Ubisoft Bucharest, ABBA You Can Dance will be released worldwide in November.

ABBA created music that spanned generations and has inspired millions to sing and dance. ABBA You Can Dance features 25 ABBA songs, including all of the group’s biggest hits, such as “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Waterloo.” The game’s professionally choreographed routines and unique environments were inspired by the group’s music videos and live performances.

“In the video game market, Ubisoft is the dancing king,” said Tony Key, U.S. senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft / Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA chief marketing and sales officer at Ubisoft. “With ABBA You Can Dance, players can dance, they can jive, and they can have the time of their lives, all thanks to ABBA’s music and Ubisoft’s latest entertaining dance video game.”

With ABBA You Can Dance, Ubisoft is making it possible for more people to join in on the fun of a dancing game. Two players can sing along to lyrics that appear on-screen, while up to four players can simultaneously perform the dance moves. A mini-musical mode lets players act out the key roles in a love story based on some of the group’s classic songs. ABBA You Can Dance also includes original video clips and displays anecdotes about the group that even die-hard fans will find entertaining and informative.

See the trailer here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfvQS7NzlE4

Springtime For ABBAWORLD In Prauge!

The glamour and glitz tour of ABBAWORLD, the spectacular multimedia exhibition show, continues. After London, Melbourne, Sydney and Györ in Hungary, the next stop on the calendar is Prague. The members of ABBA are happy to see ABBAWORLD arrive in the blooming capital of the Czech Republic in springtime.

 

“ABBAWORLD is going places where we never had a chance to play when we were still active as a group and that’s great!” says Bjorn. “We wish all visitors a happy experience.”

The exhibition, which will premiere on 6 May 2011 at Slovansky Dum in the centre of the Czech capital, is presented by Sony Music Prague, in cooperation with Viva Art Music.

“We are looking forward to this exhibition with great excitement,” says Zbynek Knobloch, managing director of Sony Music Entertainment Czech Republic. “This is an exhibition that allows the visitors to engage and interact in ways that we never thought possible a few years ago.”

Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions, the production company of ABBAWORLD, has followed the tour over the world.

“It has been a very succesful tour and our visit in Hungary showed us that there is a pent-up demand for ABBA in a lot of the countries that never saw them tour there. Now you don’t have to regret that you never got to see ABBA live – the exhibition even adds another dimension to the experience, you can take part on stage too.”

Tickets will be available 24th of March 2011, by TicketPro.

ABOUT ABBAWORLD
ABBAWORLD is a multi-media exhibition and an emotional journey spanning the successful career of the Swedish supergroup ABBA. The exhibition in Prague spans a total of 1,000 square meters bursting with music, exclusive footage, images and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the personal collections of the world’s most cherished pop icons; Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn and Agnetha. Following the successful runs of ABBAWORLD in London, Melbourne, Hungary and in parallell to an extended run in Sydney, Australia, ABBAWORLD will open on the 6th of May 2011 at Slovansky Dum in Prague, Czech Republic.

For more information, please visit: www.abbaworld.com

Winners Of ABBA The Vinyl Collection

And the winners are…

Roxanne Dickson and Rick Vasen!

Your pictures will be added in THE BOOK included in the new ABBA THE VINYL COLLECTION boxset, release date December 6th. You will both get a box signed by all the members of ABBA!

Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone that uploaded your pictures!

To see the images, please visit the gallery here »

 

ABBA THE VINYL COLLECTION is still available for pre-order.

Order it now »

Limited Edition ABBA Necklace

In conjunction with the release of Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition, ABBA – The Official Site will offer a limited edition silver necklace. Featuring the ABBA logo, it’s similar to a necklace worn by Agnetha and Frida during the ABBA years.

The necklace has been manufactured in a strictly limited edition of only 350. The silver necklace measures 45 + 5 cm and will only be available for purchase through ABBA – The Official Site on a first come, first served basis.

This Necklace is now sold out!

ABBA – Voulez-Vous Trailer Sneak Preview

Watch a sneak preview of the DVD included with Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition, released May 31, 2010

ABBA’s classic Voulez-Vous album will soon be issued in a Deluxe Edition, featuring the original album extended with several bonus tracks. The package also includes a DVD of Voulez-Vous-era television performances and interviews. We are delighted to share a sneak preview of some of the items included on the DVD. Enjoy!

The International ABBA Day

Every year, The International ABBA Day attracts many hundreds of fans from all over the world, and in recent years it has grown into a whole weekend.

The International ABBA Day takes place in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, and is hosted by The Official International ABBA Fan Club. It starts on Friday, April 9, with a pub gathering, a chance to meet up with old friends and to make new ones, all to the music of ABBA.

Saturday is the main day with all the usual offerings – a big ABBA record and memorabila fair, a quiz with great prizes (including rare and autographed items), videos on the big screen and, of course, the Fan Club Shop is present. This year, we are proud to be the first to offer a new ABBA book – a Stockholm guide following in the footsteps of ABBA – and the author, Sara Russel, will be there to sign copies. Premium Publishing will show pictures from their huge and unique ABBA photo collection, both in an exhibition and a photo presentation on the stage. The ABBA Day starts at 11 am, and the party goes on all day, ending with the traditional disco that is open until 11 pm.

On Sunday, we are offering a trip to see the Dutch version of the musical Mamma Mia! in a nearby city. Tickets, including a meeting with the cast, can be booked at a greatly reduced price through the Fan Club.

All ABBA fans, whether they are a Fan Club member or not, are welcome to enjoy a day – or rather a weekend – filled with ABBA-fun.

For more info, please go to www.abbafanclub.nl/abbaday.

Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition Track listing and Release Date Revealed!

As previously announced here on ABBA – The Official Site, a Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s 1979 Voulez-Vous album will be released in 2010. And now we are happy to announce the track listing and release date.

 

The Voulez-Vous album was first released in April 1979. And now, a Deluxe Edition featuring the original album remastered and expanded with bonus tracks, plus a companion DVD with television performances from 1978 and 1979, is released.

The international release date for Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition is May 31, 2010. The exact release date may vary from territory to territory.

Here is the track listing:

CD

01 As Good As New
02 Voulez-Vous
03 I Have A Dream
04 Angeleyes
05 The King Has Lost His Crown
06 Does Your Mother Know
07 If It Wasn’t For The Nights
08 Chiquitita
09 Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10 Kisses Of Fire

Bonus Tracks
11 Summer Night City (Full Length Version)
12 Lovelight
13 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
14 Dream World
15 Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo)

DVD

01 ABBA In Switzerland (television special, BBC)
02 Chiquitita (Music for UNICEF)
03 I Have A Dream (extended promo)
04 If It Wasn’t For The Nights (Mike Yarwood Christmas Show, BBC)
05 Chiquitita (ABBA Snowtime, BBC)
06 Björn & Benny Interview (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, BBC)
07 Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial I
08 Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial II
09 International Sleeve Gallery

ABBAWORLD Goes Down Under!

AUSTRALIAS CHANCE TO RELIVE THE MEMORIES AND MAGIC OF ABBA WITH A THRILLING AND INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE… ABBAWORLD OPENS AT MELBOURNES FEDERATION SQUARE JUNE 2010!

Dainty Consolidated Entertainment in conjunction with Touring Exhibitions is delighted to announce that they will be bringing ABBAWORLD to Melbourne in June 2010.

Melbournes Federation Square will be transformed into a world of sequins, platforms, singing and dancing!

ABBAWORLD is an extraordinary multimedia exhibition that will enable visitors to experience the music and magic of ABBA in a completely new and distinctive way.

Tickets will go on sale in March, for information on tickets go to www.abbaworld.com

Fully approved and supported by ABBA, ABBAWORLD made its stunning, star-studded, world debut in London on 26 January 2010 to rave reviews from fans and media alike.

Infused with state-of-the-art technology, the highly interactive experience will take visitors on a mind-blowing journey through ABBAWORLDS 25 rooms, bursting with exclusive footage, stage costumes, images and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the personal collections of the worlds most cherished pop icons; Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Frida.

An engaging introductory movie produced by critically acclaimed film director, Jonas Åkerlund, will start the experience and an audio guide will move visitors through the magical space at their own pace.

From Waterloo to Mamma Mia!, the ABBA phenomenon will be brought to life at ABBAWORLD with interactive highlights including Perform with ABBA – which allows fans to perform on stage with their idols, as part of a stunning 3D holographic illusion. Tretow MIX Challenge- a chance to mix things up and re-create the ABBA sound, as well as the ABBA Quiz – which tests fans knowledge of all things ABBA. There is also the opportunity to Sing-A-Long and dance with ABBA, plus a chance for fans to see themselves as part of an ABBA video!

Better still, all of these interactive experiences will be recorded on visitors “smart tickets” and available to be viewed and downloaded later from www.abbaworld.com, allowing their experiences to live on and on and on, just like ABBAs music! On entry to ABBAWORLD, guests will also have their photograph taken – this will become an animated image that will follow them through their interactive experiences. It is a stunning new multimedia experience for new and old ABBA fans – great family entertainment.

The Swedish super group, comprising of Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog created a legendary sound in the 1970s which made the whole world take to the dance floor. For over 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today. This has ensured they remain one of the top three selling artists in the world having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still currently sell over 3 million records a year!

Australia has had a long love affair with ABBA.  In 1977 their fame in Australia reached fever pitch when hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their idols as they embarked on a sold out concert tour.  During the tour, the band attended a civic reception at Melbourne Town Hall where they were given the keys to the city and the then Prime Minister Malcom Fraser and his family, flew from Canberra to Melbourne to meet ABBA.

Agnetha Faltskog spoke of the tumultuous February/March 1977 concert tour as “the most incredible of all the things that I experienced with Abba,” she expressed the sentiment of her bandmates. “We have probably never received such a rapturous reception anywhere.  It seemed the ovation would never end.”

ABBA is once again creating history through this interactive, audiovisual experience. To recreate the magic of ABBA, ABBAWORLD is using state of the art multimedia technology and the excitement and presence in time and space of ABBA is recreated in a way no one thought possible. ABBAWORLD will take you on a mind-blowing journey through the music, memories, and magic of ABBA!

ABBAWORLD COMING TO MELBOURNE JUNE 2010!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
www.abbaworld.com

Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition On The Way!

ABBA’s 1979 album, Voulez-Vous, featuring smash hits such as ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Does Your Mother Know’ and ‘I Have A Dream’, will be released as a Deluxe Edition this spring.

In line with previous Deluxe Edition releases such as Arrival and ABBA – The Album, the Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition expands the original album with Voulez-Vous era bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring television performances and interviews related to Voulez-Vous.

More details about this exciting new release, including the release date, will follow. Watch this space!

ABBA Receives A Special Award To Mark The Group’s 375 Million Worldwide Record Sales

Abba’s Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus receive a special award from Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, to mark the group’s 375 million worldwide record sales to date.

He made the presentation on Jan. 27 at London’s Earl’s Court venue during the world premiere of AbbaWorld, the interactive exhibition featuring 25 rooms of music, footage, images and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the personal collection of Abba.  The event, produced by Touring Exhibitions and promoted by Live Nation, has the support and approval of the band.  It is expected to travel to other cities internationally in 2010.  (Photo:  Hayley Madden.)

And The Winner Of The Signed ABBA DVD Is..

Thank you all ABBAsite members who attended the ABBA IN JAPAN competition!

We received many, many fun and great Christmas rhymes and it was very hard to choose, but in the end Audrey Hulme from Scotland wrote the winning one. Congratulations!

Her Christmas rhyme was dedicated to her husband:

“To my dear husband…

Christmas time is here again
I’m wondering what to buy
I’ve shopped around for a DVD
But nothing caught my eye

Then I spotted something special
To treasure and to play
Signed all the way from Sweden
For you this Christmas day”

ABBA In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced that ABBA was included in the 2010 artist inductees.

 

The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by over 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after their first recording is released.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Through approaches as creative and diverse as the music itself, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
tells the story of rock music with its exhibits, education programs and Library and Archives, which will open to the public in downtown Cleveland in late 2010.

For more information please visit rockhall.com

ABBAWORLD

The Music… The Memories… The Magic… ABBAWORLD IS COMING TO LONDON.

ABBAWORLD IS COMING TO LONDON. Standby for news of this mult-media experience on monday. For more information about ABBAWORLD and the exhibition please logon to www.abbaworld.com

ABBA Nominated For Hall Of Fame

Abba together with 12 rock legends were named as nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Acts become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record and among the other nominees are LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Jimmy Cliff, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, Chantels, Stooges, Genesis and Hollies.

Five of the nominees will be chosen by a panel of over 500 music experts and the winners will be announced during a ceremony on 15 March in New York.

ABBA In Japan – A Legendary TV Special Comes To DVD

The upcoming ABBA In Japan DVD celebrates ABBA’s adventures in Japan in 1978 and 1980. The centrepiece of the release is “ABBA Special”, a television extravaganza filmed when the group visited Japan in November 1978.

This legendary television special is now released on DVD for the first time. Moreover, it has been reassembled from the unedited material, which means that you will get more ABBA for your money! ‘Fernando’, which featured a couple of verses and a chorus in the original broadcast, is now seen in complete form for the first time. And the performance of ‘Summer Night City’, originally presented in a split-screen format with ABBA only taking up a quarter of the screen, is now focused entirely on ABBA. Finally, ‘The Name Of The Game’, which was edited out of the original broadcast, has been reinserted in its rightful place.
Every song in the television special has been synchronised with the latest stereo remasters, except for the three live numbers: ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘SOS’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’.
The DVD comes with two bonus selections. The first is the fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary ABBA In Japan Nov. 1978, which covers the group’s visit at the time of the television special. The disc also features the performance of ‘If It Wasn’t For The Nights’ from the special, but with the original, slightly different sound mix as featured in the broadcast – at the time, the song hadn’t been released on record yet and it was subject to further mixes by ABBA before finally being issued on the Voulez-Vous album.
ABBA In Japan is also released in a 2-disc Limited Special Edition. The contents of the first disc are identical to the single-disc version. The second disc in the Limited Special Edition features a very rare behind-the-scenes documentary from ABBA’s concert tour of Japan in March 1980. The disc also features two galleries: one containing photos from the visit in 1978, and one offering a generous selection of Japanese single and album sleeves. Further goodies come in the shape of three ABBA photo cards and the original tour sticker from ABBA’s concert tour of Japan.
Both versions of ABBA In Japan feature a fully illustrated booklet with an essay by Carl Magnus Palm detailing ABBA’s adventures in Japan and the making of the television special.
The international release date for ABBA In Japan is October 26, 2009, although the date may of course vary a little from territory to territory.

ABBA The Museum Becomes ABBAWORLD

The exhibition that will take the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA’s story on a world tour is changing its name from ABBA the Museum to ABBAWORLD.

 

Magnus Danielsson, president of Touring Exhibitions, the company behind the project, is confident that the new name and the new imagery will be welcomed.  “ABBA is a global phenomenon and that is now reflected in both the content of the exhibition and the new name, ABBAWORLD,” he said. “ABBAWORLD will make it possible for fans of all generations and from all over the world to experience the music, memories and magic of ABBA through the innovative use of technology in sound, visuals and communications.”

The website, www.abbaworld.com, will be launched this summer and it will provide visitors with an appetiser for the exhibition.

“The site will make it possible for the audience to plan their visit, to record and play back selected interactive features such as dancing, singing and performing with ABBA, and to share their visit at ABBAWORLD with friends and family in a truly unique way,” said Danielsson. “We are working with some of the most talented people in the business to create a new platform for international, touring exhibitions which integrates seamlessly with the Internet.”

Görel Hanser, spokesperson and business manager of ABBA, commented:“The exhibition ABBAWORLD will ensure that the legacy of ABBA will live on, for old and new generations to experience far into the future.”

The ABBAWORLD exhibition will have its world premiere in Europe later this year.

 www.abbaworld.com

May 31, Kristina Concert Event At Carnegie Hall

Helen Sjöholm and Russel Watson to star in Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus Kristina in a concert event at Carnegie hall, featuring a symphony orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani.

 

Helen Sjöholm, who originated the title role in the Swedish production of KRISTINA, and internationally renowned tenor Russell Watson, will headline the concert version of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ musical at Carnegie Hall featuring a 50 piece symphony orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani. Directed by Lars Rudolfsson, the complete 32 member company will be announced shortly.

Tickets for KRISTINA go on sale this Sunday, May 31 at 12:00p at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue), via phone at             212-247-7800       or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

One of Sweden’s national treasures, musical theater star Helen Sjöholm made her breakthrough performance in the original Swedish production of KRISTINA. She is currently starring in My Fair Lady at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm, and is a lead vocalist in The Benny Andersson Band, whose hit song “You Are My Man” has stayed at the top of the Swedish charts for the past five years.

Platinum selling recording artist Russell Watson, known as “The People’s Tenor” in his native Britain, is one of the biggest classical crossover stars in the world. Watson was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year.

KRISTINA, with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, will be performed in a concert presentation for two performances only at Carnegie Hall on September 23 and 24, 2009.  This will be the first presentation in English with lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer.

Originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, the musical premiered at the Malmo Music Theatre in Sweden in 1995 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.

In 1996, a concert version of KRISTINA was performed (in Swedish) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a part of the country where many of the events in the Moberg novels took place.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the concert “engaging, emotionally charged and haunting.”

Based on The Emigrants series of novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home), KRISTINA tells the epic story of an extended family’s migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th Century.

Universal Music is proud to promote the concert alongside Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. A cast recording will follow, released through Universal Music’s Decca Records.

Best known as the song-writing partners of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are also the composers of the stage musicals Chess and Mamma Mia!

BIOGRAPHIES

HELEN SJÖHOLM, one of Sweden’s most beloved performers, began singing at a young age in a chorus in her hometown of Sundsvall and made her professional debut in 1988 touring with the entertainment troupe “Just for Fun.” For many Swedes, she will always be known for her major breakthrough performance as “Kristina” in Kristina från Duvemåla. The hit musical by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus was seen by over one million Swedes. Helen also played “Hodel” in Fiddler on the Roof and “Fantine” in Les Miserables. She starred in the Swedish production of Chess, as “Polly Peachum” in The Threepenny Opera and is currently playing “Eliza” in My Fair Lady at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm. Helen has performed solo concerts on radio, television and on stages around the country. She is a lead vocalist in the Benny Andersson Band, whose song “You Are My Man” has topped the Swedish charts for five years.

RUSSELL WATSON. Adored by the UK public and widely known as “The Peoples Tenor,” Russell Watson offers a rare glimpse at a remarkable Tenor who has a unique ability of delivering both Classical and Pop Music. 2001: Watson was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as being the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year. Having released 9 albums to date and sold over 6 million records worldwide, he has won four classical BRIT Awards and is recognized as the UK’s biggest selling classical artist of the 21st century. 2001: Sang the opening theme of star trek, enterprise, “where My Heart Will Take Me”, 2006: Watson played Parson Nathaniel in the stage adaptation of Jeff Wayne’s musical Version of The War of the Worlds. He has performed for the President of the United States, the UK Prime minister, the Emperor of Japan and the Pope. He has collaborated with varying artists such as Cliff Richards, Lulu, Lionel Ritchie, Mel C (of Spice Girls fame) and Meatloaf.

www.KristinaTheMusical.com

May 2009 – New Album From The Benny Andersson Band

Polydor Records is proud to present ‘Story of A Heart’, an album which returns to the musical roots of ABBA legend Benny Andersson. ’Story Of A Heart’ will be released on July 6th.

 

The history of the world’s greatest pop band has hardly takena pause in the past 35 years, from the 380 million albums sold to the record-breaking musical and blockbuster film which is Mamma Mia!

But behind the scenes there’s another musical side to Benny Andersson. For the past 20 years he has been leading The Benny Andersson Band, a group of 16 exceptional musicians and singers who share his passion for the Swedish folk tradition, not to mention Big Band, Bach, polka, waltzes, Celtic folk, Fifties standards – and straight-ahead pop music.
The latter is showcased on the title track, the first new pop composition written by Benny with his ABBA song writing partner Björn Ulvaeus in 15 years.  Vocal duties on this, and three of the four other tracks translated into English for the first time, are taken by the Swedish star Helen Sjöholm. Two of the tracks feature another Swedish vocal star, Tommy Körberg, who played the role of Anatoly in Chess in London for nearly three years. All the lyrics on the album are written by Björn.

The 14-track album captures highlights from the three albums released in Sweden by The Benny Andersson Band – or Benny Anderssons Orkester as they are known there – along with some brand new tracks. “I wanted to make music based on the Swedish folk tradition, but with new songs written by me,” says Benny Andersson, who also plays accordion on the record – something he has done since he was a six-year-old boy playing with his father and grandfather in Stockholm.

The Benny Andersson Band are a huge live draw in Sweden, touring the country each Summer with their own stage and dance floor. The band provide the music, the crowds supply the vigorous dancing and the bonhomie of a Scottish ceilidh. On July 4th The Benny Andersson Band play their first English gig on Hampstead Heath as part of Sweden On Stage festival celebrating the start of Sweden’s EU Presidency.

April 2009 – International ABBA Day

Every year, The International ABBA Day attracts many hundreds of fans from all over the world. This year, it is in fact not a day but a whole weekend.

The International ABBA Day is hosted in Roosendaal, Netherlands by The Official International ABBA Fan Club and starts on Friday, April 17, with a pub night that includes Swedish fingerfood, a quiz with great prizes and, of course, a chance to meet up with old friends and/or to make new ones, all to the music of ABBA.

Saturday is still the main day; the doors to the big record and memorabilia fair open at 11 am, and during the day Ing-Marie Halling will tell us all about her job as ABBA’s make-up artist, hair dresser and stylist. She has promised to share her memories of the ABBA tours as well as talk about her work with the upcoming ABBA Museum. There will be competitions with fantastic prizes such as a unique ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the ABBA Museum preparations (including a night in a Stockholm hotel), autographed items and more. If you do not get lucky already in the quizzes, there will also be an auction for a book autographed by all four ABBA members as well as a rare signed copy of Agnetha’s autobiography. Those who feel brave may want to try ABBA Singstar, or you can just enjoy the rare videos on big screens, look at the exhibitions, including some dressing room memorabilia brought over by Ing-Marie Halling, get books and CDs signed by Jean-Marie Potiez and Philippe Elan and much more. The traditional disco in the evening goes on till 11 pm.

At 11 am Sunday, the local cinema is Showing Mamma Mia! The Movie to an enthusiastic crowd, and you are expected to sing-along and dance in the isles. This marks the end of the official part of the ABBA Day/Weekend, but many will stay in town to spend some quality time with their newly found friends or old ABBA-buddies. All ABBA fans, fan club members as well as non-members, are most welcome.

For more info, please go to www.abbafanclub.nl/abbaday

March 2009 ABBA The Official Site

Welcome to the new version of ABBA – The Official Site!

 

The official ABBA site was first launched in 1999. After a couple of revamps since then, on its 10th Anniversary we are proud to present a brand new look for the site.

Over the years, an astonishing amount of information about the four Swedes has been added to ABBA – The Official Site. This is every ABBA fan’s starting-point for finding out about the group’s discography – studio albums, major compilation releases, as well as the original singles – and also the biographies of the group, its individual members and many of their invaluable collaborators.

The News section on ABBA – The Official Site is where the details about all ABBA releases on CD and DVD are first revealed to the group’s fans. Moreover, there are more than three dozen in-depth articles about various aspects of ABBA’s rich history: a certain song, one of the group’s albums, or something else worth a closer look – and the archive of articles is growing continually.

There are also plenty of pictures of ABBA to take you on a journey back to the group’s glory days, along with classic ABBA songs and video clips to enjoy. Site visitors no longer have to sign up to take part of these features. However, you may still sign up to receive a newsletter featuring special offers, exclusive information – and more.

We hope you will enjoy your time at this brand new version of ABBA – The Official Site!

March 2008 – New Merchandise!

A new collection with ABBA merchandise is soon coming to a store near you…

 

Here is the new merchandise collection. The design is based on the classical ABBA logo as well as their pictures. Two of them are made in a skinny model for ladies and the other two are t-shirts.

The merchandise will be released in stores in the end of March 2009.

You can preorder them here in the official ABBA store.

   
Skinny Logo

Black skinny in ladies size. The skinny is available in sizes S, M and L. It has frontprint in foil and no backprint.

T/S Logo

Black T/S in mens size. The T/S is available in sizes S, M, L and XL. It has frontprint in foil.

   
T/S Faces

Brown T/S in mens sizes. The T/S is available in sizes S, M, L and XL.

Skinny Faces

Blue skinny in ladies sizes. The skinny is available in sizes S, M and L.

December 2008 – ABBA The Museum Set For World Tour

The global love affair with ABBA seems to grow more ardent with every passing day. Now the world has an opportunity to experience ABBA more intimately than ever before.

ABBA THE MUSEUM SET FOR WORLD TOUR STOCKHOLM; DECEMBER 15, 2008

As the Mamma Mia! movie, DVD and soundtrack album are enjoyed by millions worldwide, there are preparations to take ABBA the Museum – the living story of Swedens most celebrated, iconic musicians – on the road in 2009.

A unique touring exhibition filled with music, original costumes, history, images, instruments and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the groups recording and performing heyday, ABBA the Museum is an interactive experience featuring the latest technology in sound, visuals, multimedia and communications.

It is the only exhibition of its kind, approved by ABBA, with more than 750 pieces of memorabilia. Most of these have been supplied exclusively by the quartet: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Agnetha Faltskog.

ABBA the Museum is produced by Touring Exhibitions (TX) of Stockholm, backed by Parks & Resorts Scandinavia, the largest amusement park company in Sweden; Polar Music, the company behind ABBAs original success, part of Universal Music Group, the worlds leading music company; Live Nation, the world’s largest live music company; Synergera Rättighetsförvaltning and Eventum Exhibitions.

Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions, said: “ABBA the Museum puts the visitor right into the middle of the ABBA experience, from past to present! It’s perfect for the whole family, with so much to see, hear, feel, touch and experience, thanks to state-of-the-art technology. The museum will even enable you virtually to sing and perform ABBA’s hits in front of a ‘live’ sell-out crowd at stadiums where ABBA performed back in the day.”

Before joining Touring Exhibitions as President, Magnus Danielsson was responsible for the European division of Feld Motor Sports, formerly Live Nation Motor Sports. ABBA the Museum was originally to have opened in Stockholm in 2009, but this has been deferred as a result of project complications and a delay in the renovation of the location, Stockholm’s 100-year-old building, Stora Tullhuset.

In the meantime, ABBA the Museum will embark on its world tour starting next year. The producers are currently drawing up plans with prospective business partners, and choosing countries and cities to visit.

The itinerary will take into account the renewed worldwide ardour for ABBA, stimulated by the smash Universal Pictures film of the stage musical based on their songs. Mamma Mia! is now the most successful movie musical of all time, and its November release on video has also broken records around the world: in the UK, for example, it became the fastest-selling DVD ever .

Moreover, the Universal Music soundtrack of Mamma Mia! is one of the blockbuster albums of 2008: global sales exceed 4 million copies so far. In total, ABBA’s recordings are estimated to have sold more than 370 million units worldwide. Their 1992 album, “Gold,” is one of the most popular albums of all time, with sales of 26 million copies.

October 2008 – ABBA The Albums

The fabulous box set of ABBA’s eight studio albums is on its way out to record shops.

 

As previously announced here on ABBA – The Site, Polar Music International is releasing a box set entitled ABBA – The Albums. The box set, which comprises ABBA’s eight studio albums plus a bonus disc of single sides and Swedish-language album tracks, was released in Sweden yesterday, October 22. Beginning the week starting October 27, it will start appearing in other territories as well.

ABBA The Vinyl Collection

ABBA: The Vinyl Collection is a limited edition box set containing ABBA’s eight studio albums, originally released 1973–1981: Ring Ring, Waterloo, ABBA, Arrival, ABBA: The Album, Voulez Vous, Super Trouper and The Visitors. The box set also contains a bonus album, entitled ABBA Tracks, the A-side of which contains the five single A-sides not included on the original studio albums. The B-side of ABBA Tracks features a further five non-album songs, personally selected by ABBA’s Benny Andersson.

Going back to the analogue master tapes for each individual album, as originally prepared by ABBA and their associates, the albums in the ABBA: The Vinyl Collection box set have been remastered for vinyl especially for this release. The track listings of the albums mirror the original Swedish releases, as originally planned and conceived by ABBA. Similarly, the eight studio albums are presented in replica covers featuring the original art work and inner sleeves – exactly as they looked when they first hit record shops back in the ’70s and early ’80s.

Get ABBA – The Vinyl Collection here »

A Brand New Version Of ABBA Gold

ABBA’s greatest hits album ABBA Gold, which to date has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, will be re-released in a brand new ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition on December 6, 2010. The CD features the latest remastered version of the album, while the DVD features newly remastered versions of all the video clips featured on the original DVD.

The DVD will also include bonus selections in the shape of “before-and-after” split-screen comparisons of five original film clips and the remastered versions of those clips. The new ABBA Gold DVD also features a recently discovered archive find: a cartoon version of ‘Money, Money, Money’, made circa 1977. This very rare clip of ‘Money, Money, Money’ was made by the Australian production company Reg Grundy’s , but was only ever screened briefly during ABBA’s heyday and has never been seen in complete form since.

The remastering of the ABBA Gold video clips has been made by Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden, taking full advantage of the progress in digital technology since the clips were last remastered in 2002. You have never seen them like this before!

ABBA Gold Special Edition also features a brand new essay on the album by Elisabeth Vincentelli, author of the books ABBA Gold and ABBA Treasures.

The ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition will be released in a so-called flip-tray with a slip case. The worldwide release date is December 6, 2010, although dates may vary from territory to territory.

Cat. No: 060252752259
Track listing:

CD
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

DVD
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

BONUS TRACKS
20. Money, Money, Money (cartoon version)
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (split screen)
22. Mamma Mia (split screen)
23. Dancing Queen (split screen)
24. The Winner Takes It All (split screen)
25. Money, Money, Money (split screen)

September 2008 – Singstar ABBA

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, ABBA and Universal Music Announce Collaboration on SingStar™ SingStar™ ABBA Available For This Christmas, Exclusively on PlayStation®

ABBA Singstar
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced a collaboration with ABBA to bring the band’s best loved tracks to SingStar for both PlayStation®2 and PLAYSTATION®3. Owners of either system will now be able to sing along with some of the most iconic pop tracks of all time including ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’, ‘Waterloo’ and ‘Dancing Queen’.

SingStar ABBA is being developed in full collaboration with ABBA and Universal Music Group in Sweden, which manages the rights to the ABBA brand. The terms of the agreement include a window of exclusivity for disc-based PlayStation titles until December 2009.

ABBA’s recordings have sold an estimated 370 million units worldwide. Their 1992 album, “Gold,” is one of the most popular albums of all time, with sales of 26 million copies.

The SingStar agreement comes as the music of ABBA enjoys a renewed surge of popularity worldwide, sparked by the huge success of the film, “Mamma Mia!” Global sales of the soundtrack album, released by Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, are now approaching 3 million.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with ABBA to bring their tracks to SingStar this Christmas,” said David Reeves, President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “The popularity of this iconic band continues year after year, and we know SingStar fans will be delighted to add this selection of classics tracks to their SingStar collection.”

Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group International, commented: “ABBA have joined that elite club of musicians and artists whose popularity only grows with time, as new generations enjoy some of the most memorable music ever made. SingStar ABBA will have the world singing along again.”

SingStar ABBA is the perfect soundtrack to any party, guaranteed to get pop lovers of all ages on their feet when it is released this winter.

About SingStar
Since its launch in 2004, SingStar™ has become one of the world’s most popular games titles and a phenomenal success for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), proving that everyone wants a chance to sing along to their favourite tune. In four years and across both PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 platforms, SingStar has sold more than 13 million discs in SCEE territories and has seen more than two million tracks downloaded from online service, SingStore™. And things are about to get even bigger…

o The original SingStar® was launched in May/June 2004 exclusively on PlayStation®2 to public and critical acclaim, entering the charts at number one in most of Europe’s biggest countries.

o SingStar® Party, the follow-up, was launched pre-Christmas 2004, and included not only another great line-up of international artists, but also further ‘party’ and multi-player features, such as duets.

o SingStar® Pop followed in the Spring of 2005 introducing yet more original features and options including rap scoring and medleys, plus 30 of the biggest and best hits of the last three years.

o SingStar® ‘80s launched at Christmas 2005 and featured a tracklist 100% dedicated to the best music of the ‘80s, with licensed tracks and videos from artists such as Duran Duran, Culture Club, Wham, Blondie, The Cure, offering a real treat for all SingStar fans, and serving as an essential Christmas party accessory!

o SingStar® Rocks! launched in April/May 2006 and is packed with attitude, capturing the ultimate balance of exciting new rock acts e.g; The Killers, Razorlight, and Kasabian plus a few alternative rock gems and a good sprinkling of ‘dad rock’.

o SingStar® Legends released in November 2006 and features an impressive line-up of past and present music icons, including John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, U2, Madonna and the Jackson 5.

o SingStar® Pop Hits launched in April 2007 with a tracklist dedicated to the biggest names in pop. With thirty huge pop tracks from award winning artists including Jennifer Lopez, Scissor Sisters, Nelly Furtado and Fall Out Boy, Pop Hits is an essential buy for any pop music lover.

o SingStar® R&B launched in October 2007 with a sassy line-up of the best of R&B music introducing a mixture of modern day superstars and much revered Soul and Motown icons from the past. Featuring Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Salt-N-Pepa.

o SingStar® Volume One (PS3) saw SingStar make its long awaited debut in the Next-Gen world in December 2007 and was an instant Christmas hit. Featuring 30 brand new tracks by artists such as The Killers, Pussycat Dolls, Gwen Stefani and Gorillaz, SingStar Volume One also heralded the arrival of SingStore and MySingStar. SingStore allowed players to download additional tracks from an ever increasing library of both classic and modern songs. Online music community My SingStar Online allowed players to upload their videos and audio performances for comments from other players and allowed listening and commenting on other’s performances.

o SingStar® Summer Party launched in May 2007 with a tracklist celebrating the best of summer smash hits. SingStar Summer Party feel good tracklist had classic hits from pop icons such as Elton John, Blur, and Blondie. Mixed in with current pop acts such as Rihanna, Amy Winehouse and Mika. Finished off with a good helping of cheesy pop from Lou Bega, Chesney Hawkes and Yazz.

o SingStar® Volume Two arrived on PS3 in the Summer of 2008. As well as another 30 exclusive tracks, the second Blu-ray SingStar disc offers an all new Harmony mode, allowing players to sing different parts of the same song at the same time. It also offers all-new customization options for MySingStar and improves the look of the famous SingStar carousel.

o The SingStar® franchise has been a huge hit internationally selling over 13 million units across the PAL region – SingStar is now a house-hold name in over 67 different countries. With the top rock, pop and party tracks from the world’s biggest artists, SingStar offers fans a diverse and eclectic mix of dance floor classics for any occasion with over 30 great titles to chose from.

o Critical to this commercial success has been the strong commitment to localisation ensuring that our consumers can enjoy SingStar® in their own language and sing the songs that are heard on radio stations across the world. To date, SingStar® has been localised in the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Croatian and Russian.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PLAYSTATION®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 in November 2006, over 14.4 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 131.3 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 41.3 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 10 million people have registered to the PLAYSTATION Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and 200 million items have been downloaded.

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About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.