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ABBA Recluse Returns After 17 Yearsimdb.comReclusive former ABBA star Agnetha Faltskog has fueled rumors the 70s supergroup are on the verge of reforming after signing up to record her first album in 17 years. The Swedish singer has signed a worldwide deal with Warner Music Scandinavia and has returned to the studio to record an album of cover songs. Tracks on the album include Cilla Black's "If I Thought You'd Change Your Mind" and songs recorded by Barbra Streisand and Dusty Springfield. The album, My Coloring Book , will be released later this year, but the new activity has prompted Abba fans to hope that she'll consider teaming up with her ex-bandmates and former husband Bjorn Ulvaeus for a string of concerts to mark the 30th anniversary of the pop group's Eurovision Song Contest success in 1976.

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Mamma mia! ABBA museum plans unveiled

Interactive hall will feature original outfits, handwritten song lyrics, more

Associated Press

Updated: 11:17 a.m. CT Nov 28, 2006


STOCKHOLM, Sweden - An ABBA museum dedicated to the music, clothing and history of the legendary Swedish pop group and its four members will open in Stockholm in 2008, organizers said Tuesday.


The interactive museum will feature original outfits and instruments used by the group, handwritten song lyrics, a display of different awards, and "all other things we can think of and find," said Ulf Westman, an event consultant who is spearheading the project with his wife Ewa Wigenheim-Westman.


The museum will also feature a studio where visitors can record their own ABBA songs, and an interactive experience that "will recreate the feeling of being at Wembley stadium and seeing ABBA live with 50,000 others," Westman said.


Organizers are still searching for a suitable location for the museum, but said it will open somewhere in central Stockholm during 2008.


Wigenheim-Westman said the idea was inspired by the Beatles museum in London, but that it took nearly two years to convince the former ABBA members — Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — that it was a good idea.


"It is nice that someone feels compelled to take on our musical history," the four members said in a joint statement. "We think this will be a fun and swinging museum to visit."


The band members will donate the material for the exhibits, but will otherwise not be involved in the project, which will be funded by company sponsors, Westman said.


Stockholm's mayor Kristina Axen Olin said the museum — which is expected to draw 500,000 visitors a year — will make the Swedish capital a more popular tourist attraction for the millions of ABBA fans around the world.


"As a Stockholmer, this is what you have been missing," Axen Ohlin said at a news conference to unveil the plan. "We are convinced that this is important both for Stockholm citizens and for marketing the city."


ABBA is one of the most successful bands in history, having sold more than 370 million albums. While the group has not performed together since 1982, it continues to sell nearly 3 million records a year and the musical "Mamma Mia!" — written by Andersson and Ulvaeus and based on the group's hits — has been seen by more than 27 million people around the world.

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MADRID - Legendary Swedish disco group ABBA may be one of the world's most successful bands but one of the quartet's members, Benny Andersson, says he has never danced to its bouncy tunes.


"Everytime we had a new song we used to take it and run down to one of the discos in Stockholm and play it at night to see if the mix was good or if we should go back and work on it," he said in an interview broadcast today on Spanish radio Cadena Ser.


"So we heard our music a lot in discos but that's about it, I never dance, I'm sorry," he added when asked how he reacted when he hears the group's hits such as Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia.


Andersson, 61, co-wrote the lyrics to Dancing Queen along with fellow ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus.


The song, which features a lead vocal performance by the band's two female members, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, was released as a single in 1976 and went on to become ABBA's biggest hit.


Despite having broken up a quarter of a century ago, ABBA still sells between two and three million albums a year. To date they have sold over 360 million albums, with only Elvis and the Beatles selling more.


Andersson is currently co-producing a film version of the Mamma Mia! musical, featuring many of their hits, which has been seen by 27 million people around the world since its premiere in London in 1999.





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Anni-Frid Lyngstad's regrets over ABBA mania


Anni-Frid Lyngstad once harbored regrets about singing in ABBA - because she was so overwhelmed by the band's worldwide popularity.


The Swedish singers shot to the top of the charts with their catchy tracks in the 1970s, and have continued to sell millions of records across the globe even after their heyday.


And Lyngstad admits she has previously felt desperate to swap her legacy with the "Dancing Queen" hitmakers for a normal life.


She says, "I think it was the right moment for us to split, actually, because we'd been two couples who had been together for 12 or 13 years and everyone wanted to do something else. And I had my moments (of regretting ABBA), I must honestly say.


"But it's better to have a positive attitude because there's no way you can escape ABBA. There's no point in regretting anything because that was the time when we were excited about dancing and dressing like that!"


And her bandmate Bjorn Ulvaeus is also surprised they still have fans, adding: "I thought we'd be forgotten in a couple of years after we split up!"



source: http://www.sfgate.com

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they had a great run in the 1970s and were huge all over the world, but still America just did nt

seem aware of them and did nt catch on to them when they were really hot.

The film Mama Mia seems to have changed all that and Abba are very big in America

but of course they will never perform there now.... or anywhere else really !


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Agnetha  was a  talented  pianist... singer...  songwriter

all  this  by the  time of her  teenage  years....  but  she  gave  all this

up  to  join  Abba  and  basically  front the  group and give them a lot of  glamour


She  gave up  her songwriting... her  piano  playing  ...  her  brilliant  solo  career

 in  which she could have  developed  over the  years   ... she  gave it all up

 to  go  and  parrot   other  peoples  songs and earn a lot of  money 


 In  other words she  sold  out  for  cash

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