In Focus

ABBA – The Album – pushing boundaries

December 2007 marked the 30th Anniversary of the release of ABBA – The Album. ABBA’s fifth long-player found the group on an exploratory journey, with music and lyrics that were both more personal and more ambitious. To celebrate the release … Continue reading

ABBA in Great Britain

In their home country of Sweden ABBA had a strong following among record-buyers from the word go, and Australia is famous for its 18 months of unrivalled ABBA frenzy. But outside of those unique markets, few countries have been more … Continue reading

Hasta Mañana – The song that didn’t enter Eurovision

ABBA’s win with Waterloo in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest is perhaps the most famous part of their story. But things could have turned out differently. In this feature we examine the song that ABBA almost chose over Waterloo as … Continue reading

Stig Anderson – master of words

May 7, 2007, saw the release of Text: Stikkan Anderson (“Lyrics: Stig Anderson”), a double-CD celebrating the famous ABBA manager’s career as one of Sweden’s most prolific and successful lyricists. This gives us reason to take a closer look at … Continue reading

ABBA For The Last Time

When ABBA released their double album The Singles – The First Ten Years in November 1982, the title suggested that there would be further “years” of ABBA music. As it turned out, the group’s temporary break was a permanent one. … Continue reading

Knowing Me, Knowing You – three decades of heartache

February 18, 2007, marked the 30th anniversary of the single release of “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. In this feature we trace the journey of one of the Arrival album’s standout tracks, from its embryonic state to its success as a … Continue reading

Summer Night City

Instead of being a triumphant showcase for ABBA’s brand new Polar Music Studios, ’Summer Night City’ turned into one of the group’s most complicated and frustrating recordings. In this feature, we explore the story behind the single ABBA wanted to … Continue reading

Dancing Queen

’Dancing Queen’ is not only ABBA’s biggest and most well-known hit, but a timeless pop music classic. We need no other reasons to take a look at the story behind this masterpiece. A boogaloo beginning In early August 1975, ABBA … Continue reading

When All Is Said And Done – The Lost Hit Single

During ABBA’s final years together, they excelled in songs about romantic relationships gone wrong. Among the most poignant lyrics were those for When All Is Said And Done – the song that could have been a worldwide hit… Triggered by … Continue reading

Lycka – the only Björn & Benny album

The Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson album Lycka, released in 1970, contained the very first song to feature all four ABBA members: Hej gamle man! (“Hey Old Man!”). As the original album is reissued on CD with 14 bonus tracks, … Continue reading