In Focus

ABBA In Sweden

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In conjunction with the Swedish premiere of the Mamma Mia! musical on February 12, 2005, we explored ABBA’s relationship with their home country. Swede beginnings When the story of a massively popular group such as ABBA is told, it is … Continue reading

ABBA On Stage

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During ABBA’s years as an active group, most top-level artists were expected to conduct regular, extensive worldwide tours. Although ABBA didn’t quite play the game according to the rules, they did meet their audience from time to time. To tour … Continue reading

How The ABBA Videos Were Made

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In the 1970s, few other artists could match ABBA’s prolific output of videos – or ”promo clips” as they were called back then. These groundbreaking films have all been collected on DVD, which gives us ample reason to take a … Continue reading

Our Last Video Ever

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The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final on May 12, 2004, saw the world première of a new ABBA video, Our Last Video Ever. In this exclusive interview for ABBA – The Site, director Calle Åstrand shared the secrets of the video … Continue reading

Waterloo – 40 years since ABBA’s breakthrough

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On April 6, 2014 it’s 40 years since ABBA’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo. The circumstances leading up to this international breakthrough were described in previous pieces about People Need Love and Ring Ring (both available in … Continue reading

Ring Ring – ABBA’s journey towards Eurovision

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The year 2004 marked ABBA’s 30th Anniversary. But their journey towards an international breakthrough was long and tangled. The first part of that journey is described in an article about People Need Love (available in the Articles archive). In this … Continue reading

Happy New Year – and Merry Christmas!

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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 the Christmas market. In this feature, we … Continue reading

The Making Of The ABBA Album

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ABBA’s third album was the bridge that carried the group from Eurovision one-hit-wonders to a vital force in pop. In this feature we explore the journey that ended with worldwide smash hits such as ‘SOS’ and ‘Mamma Mia’. Together or … Continue reading

ABBA in Germany

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A decade after its world première, the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! continues to be a global success. The show opened in Hamburg, Germany in November 2002, which gave us reason to take a look at ABBA’s career in Germany over … Continue reading

People Need Love – The First ABBA Song

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Waterloo was ABBA’s first single, right? Yes – and no. Join us as we explore the story behind People Need Love, the very first single released by the group that later reached worldwide fame under the name ABBA. Party People … Continue reading