In Focus

Ring Ring – ABBA’s journey towards Eurovision

The year 2014 marks ABBA’s 40th Anniversary. But their journey towards an international breakthrough was long and tangled. The first part of that journey was described in a previous piece about People Need Love (available in the In Focus archive). … Continue reading

In Focus: Happy New Year


Happy New Year – and Merry Christmas! The song Happy New Year was probably the closest ABBA as a group ever came to a Christmas record. But over the years the individual members have made quite a few forays into … Continue reading

The Winner Takes It All – The Story Of A Masterpiece


Often lauded as one of ABBA’s most accomplished recordings, The Winner Takes It All was painstakingly worked out in the studio – and featured personal lyrics that would affect people for decades to come. Stiff and metrical When ABBA’s Benny … Continue reading

Mamma Mia! – The DVD


The movie version of the Mamma Mia! musical was one of the biggest box office hits of 2008. Join us for this in-depth look at the DVD version of the movie, which offers a wealth of bonus material – and … Continue reading

ABBA in the United States


The highly successful Mamma Mia! movie has helped spark a global ABBA fever, not least in the United States. So join us as we chart ABBA’s history in the land of Uncle Sam, where the group is now bigger than … Continue reading

Mamma Mia – The Song That Saved ABBA


Today, when we hear the title Mamma Mia, we think of the musical and the hit movie that was one of the box office smashes of 2008. But the song that gave the show its name was also the single … Continue reading

Mamma Mia! – The Movie


In July 2008 the star-studded film version of the Mamma Mia! musical opened in cinemas all over the world. In this feature we trace the background story of the movie, with exclusive comments from ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, … Continue reading

The Folk Medley – ABBA’s rare cover versions


ABBA only ever recorded and released one set of cover versions: the so-called ‘Folk Medley’ that graced the B-side of their ‘Summer Night City’ single. Here’s the story of one of ABBA’s most unfamiliar recordings. In the public domain Unlike … Continue reading

Take A Chance On Me – ABBA’s farewell to innocence


Few would dispute that ‘Take A Chance On Me’ is one of ABBA’s most enduring hit recordings. January 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of its release as a single, and in this feature we trace the story of the last … Continue reading

The Girl With The Golden Hair – ABBA’s mini-musical


Long before Mamma Mia!, the song writing pair of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus created the musicals Chess and Kristina från Duvemåla. But even before them, there was something called The Girl With The Golden Hair. In this feature we … Continue reading