ABBA News Archive 2007

Here are the old messages from our ABBA- News page from the year 2007. Books have been moved to the Book List and obsolete announcements for TV shows and concerts have been deleted.


December 15, 2007
  • Mamma Mia! Movie trailer The first Mamma Mia! The Movie trailer is now online.


    If you have the Quicktime video player software installed, try this video link with different resolutions instead.




December 13, 2007
  • Our Belgian correspondent Stany has informed us that a Norwegian version of Mamma Mia! will open in Oslo in March 2009.


December 5, 2007
  • The ABBA Museum in Stockholm originally planned to open in 2009.

    Here is a description of the attractions:
    ABBA's Polar recording studio will be recreated in the museum as well as the Eurovision stage from the Brighton victory and the "Arrival" helicopter. The exhibition with a total of 6500 square meters presents instruments, awards, costumes, photos and videos and the visitors can dance and sing, record videos and music and experience the live atmosphere in the interactive parts.
    There is also a large event area, space for temporary exhibitions, a café and a huge ABBA shop.
    Read more on the ABBA Museum website and take a look at the ground plan with the attractions.


December 1, 2007
  • Benny in Barcelona Benny has attended the Mamma Mia! premiere in Barcelona. Here is a Spanish newspaper report.
    Special thanks to our Spanish correspondent José Luis!













November 21, 2007
  • Babies go ABBA Steffen Stolze has informed us about this cover version album "Babies go ABBA" on Amazon UK. Many thanks!


November 11, 2007
  • ABBA Number Ones is planned to be released as a "Sound & Vision" CD/DVD package in the end of November.


  • Since we received many e-mails with various questions, we want to inform you about the most important ones here before our new magazine is published:
    • Frida has confirmed to us in Berlin that she is indeed planning a new album together with Jon Lord. They are thinking about this for two years, but nothing has been decided yet.
    • Right now there are no further plans for "Kristina" in the USA and the plans for a "Kristina" premiere have been put on ice for the time being.

    You will find an exclusive report about Frida and Björn in Berlin from October 20/21, 2007 with exclusive interviews and photos in our ABBA- Magazine No. 50. Here are some more photos from this weekend.
    Regina, Björn and Frida in Berlin, October 20, 2007 - © Roberto Monden
    Regina, Björn and Frida in Berlin, October 20, 2007

    Frida and Björn in Berlin during a sightseeing tour, October 20, 2007 - © Thomas Birkenbach
    Frida and Björn in Berlin during a sightseeing tour, October 20, 2007

    Frida and Björn giving one of many interviews, October 21, 2007 - © Regina Grafunder
    Frida and Björn giving one of many interviews, October 21, 2007

    Frida and Björn arriving at the blue carpet - © Gunnar König
    Frida and Björn arriving at the blue carpet


  • Ulrike Stehr, a Mamma Mia! fan from Hamburg, had a wonderful idea. When Stage Entertainment announced the end for Mamma Mia! in Hamburg in the beginning of this year, she spontaneously decided to give away her 21 years old acoustic guitar. She made up her mind to let it sign by all Mamma Mia! performers from Hamburg and auction it off in favour of the children's hospice Sternenbrücke. In the meantime all Hamburg cast members (including the artistic and musical directors) have signed the guitar. The value of this guitar was further increased by the autographs of Frida and Björn, who were enthusiastic about the idea and signed the guitar on October 21 in Berlin. You will find more details in our next issue. We will inform you as soon as Ulrike knows when and where the guitar will be auctioned.
    Guitar signed by Hamburg cast, Frida and Björn - © Ulrike Stehr Guitar signed by Hamburg cast, Frida and Björn - © Ulrike Stehr
    Photos © Ulrike Stehr


November 7, 2007
  • The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reports that Mamma Mia! in Barcelona has already sold 30,000 tickets. Donna will be played by Nina again and the other members of the cast are Muntsa Rius, Roser Batalla, Albert Muntanyola, Xavier Mestres, Carles Sanchez, Mariona Castillo, Juan Vázquez, Georgina Llauradó, Monica Vives, Carles Carrasco and Gerard Rifa. The Barcelona Teatre Musical is being renovated for the premiere on November 29.
    Special thanks to our Spanish correspondent José Luis!


  • Sound Of Music will release a Musical Playback CD on November 12. It includes an English version of "Du måste finnas" from "Kristina från Duvemåla" plus an instrumental version.


  • The new album BAO 3 by Benny Anderssons Orkester has entered the Swedish charts at position 3!
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


October 30, 2007
  • Special thanks to Maik Dünkel, who sent us these photos from the BAO concert on Friday, October 26! You will find more about it in our next ABBA- Fan Club magazine.
    BAO have played four ABBA songs: Hasta Mañana, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, Ring Ring and during the encore Why Did It Have To Be Me.
    There were lots of BAO hits, evergreens and of course dance music and Swedish folk. The concert was finished after three and a half hours.
    BAO at the Stockholm Globe - © Maik Dünkel BAO on stage - © Maik Dünkel Helen Sjöholm and Benny - © Maik Dünkel © Maik Dünkel Benny - © Maik Dünkel
    Photos © Maik Dünkel


October 24, 2007
  • Special thanks go to Klaus Will for sending us his photos from the Berlin Mamma Mia! Premiere!
    Björn in Berlin - © Klaus Will Frida at the premiere - © Klaus Will After the show - © Klaus Will On stage - © Klaus Will
    Photos © Klaus Will


  • Many thanks also go to Roy Gilbert for his photos from Berlin!
    Björn in Berlin - © Roy Gilbert Frida on stage - © Roy Gilbert On stage - © Roy Gilbert © Roy Gilbert
    Photos © Roy Gilbert


  • This is the track list of the new album BAO 3 by Benny Anderssons Orkester, published in Sweden on October 24. "Crush On You" is the song which was begun during the ABBA times, but was never finished until now.
    1 Marsch Pannkaka
    2 För Dig
    3 Du Frälste Mig I Sista Stund
    4 Fait Accomplit
    5 Crush On You
    6 Calle J:s Vals
    7 Helens Brudvals
    8 Upp Till Dig
    9 Bonde Söker Fru
    10 Nu Mår Jag Mycket Bättre
    11 Wienerbrot
    12 Godnattvisa


October 11, 2007
  • ABBA- Issue No. 49!

    We are happy to inform our members that for the first time in the history of ABBA- we are able to publish our new issue No. 49 all in colour! Please tell us what you think about the magazine. The new issue will be sent to our members in the next days.
    Here are a few pages.
    Article on coloured vinyl records Interview with Björn


  • To our ABBA Fan Club members:

    We have sent you a Mamma Mia! ticket offer from Stage Entertainment via e-mail, for the Berlin Media Premiere on October 20, 2007. To avoid confusion we want to tell you that Frida and Björn will not attend this Preview!


  • You can now see the summer greetings from Agnetha on our ABBA Greetings page.


October 8, 2007
  • Mamma Mia! in Berlin The Mamma Mia! Premiere in Berlin will take place on October 21, 2007.
    Stage Entertainment has told us that Björn and Frida are expected to attend the premiere!

    Rehearsals are going on for some time at the theatre and the musical is being promoted in Berlin right now.

    Many thanks go to Reinmar Lindner for sending us the photo of the theatre.








October 3, 2007
  • Two Charity Calendars with photos of German musical stars are now available online from Sound of Music.
    The proceeds of the first calendar showing performers from the Colosseum Theatre in Essen will go to the Hilfsaktion Noma, supporting children suffering from the bacterial tissue disease Noma. A second calendar includes photos from Stuttgart.


September 23, 2007
  • The upcoming CD 'BAO 3' The upcoming album by Benny Anderssons Orkester with Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg will be published in Sweden on October 24, two days before their big concert at Globen.
    Here is the CD cover of BAO 3.

    Catalogue number: UNI-MMCD023
    EAN Order number: 7393896710232

    It will include 12 newly written songs, five of them with lyrics by Björn and one with lyrics by Kristina Lugn. We will inform you as soon as we get the track list.

    "Du är min man" from their 2004 album "BAO!" is still in the Svensktoppen charts for a record-breaking 168 weeks period!




September 19, 2007
  • Here are the very first photos of the Berlin Mamma Mia! cast!

    The main roles are Jasna Ivir (Donna), Betty Vermeulen (Tanja), Iris Schumacher (Rosie), Ulrich Wiggers (Sam), Andreas Lichtenberger (Bill), Detlef Leistenschneider (Harry), Melanie Ortner (Sophie) and Patrick Stamme (Sky). Many of them have played in Mamma Mia! before.
    Tickets for the Theater am Potsdamer Platz are available online.
    The Berlin Mamma Mia! cast Betty Vermeulen (Tanja), Jasna Ivir (Donna), Iris Schumacher (Rosie)


  • The upcoming issue No. 49 This is the new cover of our Fan Club Magazine ABBA- No. 49, which will probably be released in the beginning of October 2007. We will inform you as soon as we have sent out the issues.





  • The Mamma Mia! in Berlin competition with tickets for the premiere on October 21 to be won is now finished. The answer is "Cats". All winners will be informed.

    Congratulations!








  • Universal has published pictures of the ABBA The Album - Deluxe Edition.
    ABBA The Album - Deluxe Edition ABBA The Album Deluxe inside


September 1, 2007
  • Coverband ABBA Mania Semmel Concerts has informed us that ABBA Mania is planning another tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ABBA- members will get 10 % discount on all tickets!

    You will get the terms and conditions with our newsletter in the next days.
    Here are the tour dates!

    to the ABBA Mania homepage




  • ABBA The Show featuring cover band Waterloo Semmel Concerts will take another show to Germany: ABBA - The Show. It will premiere at the London Royal Albert Hall on September 26, 2007 and will come to Germany in January 2008.
    The production features the Swedish ABBA cover band "Waterloo" together with some original musicians who have been on tour 1974 - 1980 and in the studio with ABBA (Roger Palm, Rutger Gunnarsson, Ola Brunkert, Finn Sjöberg, Ulf Andersson, Lasse Wellander and Mats Ronander) plus the "National Symphony Orchestra of London".
    ABBA- members will also get 10 % discount on all tickets.
    You will get the terms and conditions with our newsletter in the next days as well.
    Here are the tour dates:

    to the ABBA The Show Homepage



    Exclusively for our ABBA- members we have 3 x 2 tickets each for ABBA Mania and ABBA - The Show to give away. You will get further information in our next fan club magazine No. 49.


August 26, 2007
  • The release date for ABBA The Album - Deluxe Edition is October 15, 2007 (some countries may have different dates) and the catalogue number is Universal 06025 173176-3.


August 20, 2007
  • Some release dates for the Mamma Mia! Movie have been published on the IMDB website. Please note that they are subject to change, as the filming is still in progress.


  • The cast of the three German Mamma Mia! productions will collect donations for the charity organization Welthungerhilfe. German ZDF TV will broadcast the "ZDF-Stargala" on October 18 where the cheque is presented and the proceeds will be used for the "Millennium Village" in Burkina Faso, Africa.


August 3, 2007
  • Benny Anderssons Orkester will perform two songs at this summer's final Allsång på Skansen live on Swedish TV next Tuesday, August 7.
    Both songs are completely new with lyrics written by Björn, they will be sung by Tommy Körberg and included on the upcoming BAO album. Their hit single "Du är min man" sung by Helen Sjöholm is still in the Svensktoppen charts for 160 weeks in a row!
    Nanne Grönvall will also perform in the show.


July 19, 2007
  • When the very first CDs were released 25 years ago, ABBA's album "The Visitors" was the first pop CD. Today more than 900,000 tons of polycarbonate are used for optical disc production every year.
    Many thanks to Christian Brendel!


July 5, 2007
  • A 30th anniversary Deluxe Edition of "ABBA The Album" is planned to be released in October 2007.
    Like last year's "Arrival" Deluxe Edition it will contain one CD with the original album plus 6 bonus tracks and one DVD with TV performances.
    Universal has now announced the bonus tracks and the material on the DVD on the ABBASite.

    CD:
    1 Eagle
    2 Take A Chance On Me
    3 One Man, One Woman
    4 The Name Of The Game
    5 Move On
    6 Hole In Your Soul
    7 Thank You For The Music
    8 I Wonder (Departure)
    9 I'm A Marionette

    Bonus tracks:
    10 Eagle (Single Edit)
    11 Take A Chance On Me (Live version, Alternate Mix)
    12 Thank You For The Music (Doris Day version)
    13 Al Andar (Spanish version of Move On)
    14 I Wonder (Departure) (Live version)
    15 Gracias Por La Musica (Spanish version of Thank You For The Music)

    DVD:
    1 Eagle / Thank You For The Music    (ZDF-Starparade)
    2 Take A Chance On Me    (Am laufenden Band, Radio Bremen)
    3 The Name Of The Game    (ABBA Special, TBS)
    4 Thank You For The Music    (Mike Yarwood's Christmas Show, BBC)
    5 Take A Chance On Me    (ZDF-Starparade)
    6 ABBA on tour in 1977    (Rapport News, Swedish TV)
    7 Recording ABBA - The Album    (Gomorron Sverige, Swedish TV)
    8 ABBA in London, February 1978    (Blue Peter, BBC)
    9 ABBA in America, May 1978    (Rapport News, Swedish TV)
    10 ABBA - The Album TV Commercial 1    (UK)
    11 ABBA - The Album TV Commercial 2    (Australia)
    12 International Sleeve Gallery


June 27, 2007
  • Universal Music England have announced the release of a Deluxe Version of ABBA The Album in autumn.
    More details will follow soon.


  • On May 1, Belgian Radio1 aired the Fab 50 of the most beautiful women's voices, voted for by the listeners. Agnetha and Frida shared spot Number 17, Edith Piaf was voted Number 1. You can see the complete list here and listen to the programme as well. A special ABBA medley was aired. Interesting to note is that Radio1 is the public information radio station, as opposed to the more popular Radio2.
    Thanks to our Belgian correspondent Stany!


June 12, 2007
  • ABBA corner at the Bravo exhibition An exhibition celebrating German teen magazine Bravo's 50th anniversary takes place in Berlin until August 26, 2007.
    It includes a small ABBA corner with a showcase.

    You will find opening times and further infos on the exhibition's website.

    Special thanks to Martina Rehmer!










June 9, 2007
  • Frida and Heinz This new photo of Frida was taken on June 5 at the opening of the restaurant "Rüsterei" in Zürich, Switzerland. She came together with Heinz Julen, who designed the interior decoration.
    Many thanks to Claudia Menzi!


  • Mamma Mia! in Berlin will be played from October 21, 2007 to April 30, 2008.


June 5, 2007
  • Mamma Mia! will come to Berlin!
    The premiere will be on October 21 at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz.
    Special thanks to Thomas Birkenbach!


June 1, 2007
  • The premiere of Mamma Mia! in Barcelona will be on November 29th. Castings will be on June 11th and 12th at the Barcelona Teatre Musical. Only Nina from the Madrid cast will continue playing in Barcelona.
    Thanks to our correspondent José Luis.


May 23, 2007
  • A building has now been found for the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, which was originally planned to open in 2009. It is located on the quay of Södermalm, opposite to Skeppsholmen and Gröna Lund. This is from the press release:
    "A hundred-year-old customs warehouse, on the south quay of central Stockholm, will become an ABBA museum. At the turn of the year the renovation of the building will start and in the spring of 2009 Stockholm's new attraction will open its doors, easily accessible by foot, bus or ferry from central Stockholm. ABBA the Museum will also house an event hall, a café and the world's biggest ABBA shop."
    Read more on the ABBA Museum website.


  • After a very successful run in Madrid (last performance on June 3), the Spanish version of Mamma Mia! will have a new premiere in Barcelona in November. More news soon.
    Special thanks to our correspondents José Luis and Stany.


May 14, 2007
  • Here are two more photos from the Mamma Mia! Premiere in Gothenburg on May 9.

    Many thanks to Mike Wellner!
    Benny interviewed by Swedish TV - © Mike Wellner Benny on stage in Gothenburg - © Mike Wellner
    Photos © Mike Wellner


  • Benny came on stage to surprise the audience at the ABBA Orchestra concert in the Stockholm Globe on April 29.
    He joined the band playing "Dancing Queen", "Hole In Your Soul" and "So Long" on the keyboards.
    Special thanks to Maik Dünkel for the photos!

    Maik also sent us a photo of a large ABBA wall in a Stockholm record store.
    Benny at the Globen - © Maik Dünkel Benny at the Globen - © Maik Dünkel Record store in Stockholm - © Maik Dünkel
    Photos © Maik Dünkel


  • Here are a few pages from our new ABBA- No. 48.
    News Extra Songbooks/Song Sheets article


May 13, 2007
  • The new ABBA- No. 48 has been sent to all our members this week!


  • The Mamma Mia! Premiere in Gothenburg took place on May 9. Benny went on stage after the performance, but didn't say anything. Before the show he let the photographers take their pictures and gave interviews!
    He said in a interview with the paper Göteborgstidningen: "I'm surprised myself, I never get tired of this music. It's nice that Mamma Mia! reached Göteborg as well, and didn't stop in Stockholm."

    Special thanks to Klaus Will!
    Benny at the Scandinavium - © Jerker Larsson Benny on stage in Gothenburg - © Jerker Larsson Benny with some fans - © Jerker Larsson
    Photos © Jerker Larsson


May 8, 2007
  • The Mamma Mia! Premiere in Essen was a huge success. The enthusiasm and the applause were even greater than in Hamburg and Stuttgart, one of the reasons might have been that there were no real German celebrity stars present, who usually tend to behave more reserved at such premieres.
    After giving some interviews for TV and press, Björn happily arrived at the Colosseum Theatre at about 4:40 PM. He gave autographs and posed for the photographers on the blue carpet. Deckchairs, bars etc. were set up in front of the theatre. 40 tons of white sand provided a Mediterranean summer atmosphere. Björn sat down in one of the deckchairs for the photographers.

    The first standing ovations already took place when Björn took his seat in the theatre next to his daughter Emma. The show was enthusiastically celebrated by the audience at the end - when Björn finally came on stage, he got even more applause than the cast. Björn thanked the cast for the performance and said: "I was here in the Grugahalle with ABBA 30 years ago - and now I'm here again. With the same hits!"

    You will find further information and interviews with Björn plus exclusive photos in No. 49!

    Björn in Essen - © Klaus Will
    Björn waits for the photographers on the blue carpet
    Björn before the premiere - © Klaus Will
    There were 40 tons of sand in front of the theatre and deckchairs were placed there.
    Björn sat down for the photographers.
    After the show - © Klaus Will
    After the show
    On stage - © Klaus Will
    Photos © Klaus Will


May 5, 2007
  • The Colosseum Theatre has now officially confirmed that Björn will come to the Mamma Mia! premiere in Essen on May 6.


  • The last performance of Mamma Mia! in Hamburg will be on Sunday, September 16.


April 27, 2007
  • Our Spanish correspondent José has just informed us that Mamma Mia! in Madrid has been extended again, until June 3, 2007.


  • Swedish cover band Arrival The Swedish ABBA cover band Arrival will go on tour this year, with two of ABBA's original musicians (Finn Sjöberg and Roger Palm) and a symphony orchestra. They will tour the USA in June and July, Norway and Denmark in September and all over Europe in October and November. Please see the Arrival Website for tour dates.


April 18, 2007
  • Tickets for the last Mamma Mia! performance in Stuttgart on Sunday, September 9 at 6:30 PM local time are available from April 19, at the box office or sales agencies. From November 15 on the musical "Wicked – The Witches of Oz" will be played at the Palladium Theatre.


April 9, 2007
  • The upcoming issue Nr. 48 This is the cover page of our new ABBA- Fan Club Magazine, which will be released soon.


  • Since our report about the Mamma Mia! Preview in Essen on May 1, 2007 we are receiving questions every day if an ABBA member will attend the show. Unfortunately there are no plans for an ABBA member at the preview.
    It is also still unknown if an ABBA member (and who) will attend the premiere on May 6, 2007. As soon as we get any news on this, we will immediately put them onto this page.


April 1, 2007
  • Lasse Wellander, who is currently on tour with the Original ABBA Orchestra confirmed to that "When All Is Said And Done" will feature in Mamma Mia! The Movie. The former ABBA studio musicians and Benny re-recorded 19 ABBA-tracks. Unfortunately "Knowing Me, Knowing You" will not feature in the movie version of the musical.
    Special thanks to our Belgian correspondent Stany!


  • A new ABBA "W Pack Series" of three double CDs is now available in Japan.
    Japanese double CD packs

    Each of them includes two of ABBA's digitally remastered studio albums:
    ABBA / Arrival   UICY-9035 0/1
    The Album / Voulez-Vous   UICY-9035 2/3
    Super Trouper / The Visitors   UICY-9035 4/5


March 29, 2007
  • The German Mamma Mia! Fan Preview in Essen will take place on May 1, 2007 at 6:30 PM local time at the Colosseum Theatre. You can book your tickets now for 39.90 Euro each (plus advance booking fees) and they also give you free admission to the After Show Party with free drinks and snacks.

    There are two special hotel arrangements for the show, ask for the Mamma Mia! Fan Preview at the Holiday Inn City Centre for 65 Euro per room (phone +49 201-2407-0) or at the Express by Holiday Inn for 59 Euro per room (phone +49 201-1026-0). Breakfast is included and it's the same price for single or double rooms. These offers are valid as long as rooms are available.


March 26, 2007
  • The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that the next album by Benny Anderssons Orkester will include an unreleased song written for ABBA!

    Benny told the reporter that he began writing the song "Crush On You" with Björn in 1979 but it was never finished and never recorded. The new BAO album will be released in autumn, including at least 7 songs sung by Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg. "Crush On You" will be one of two tracks sung in English.
    BAO are in the recording studio right now. They will not go on a summer tour this year, but there are plans for big October concerts at the Globen in Stockholm and the Scandinavium in Gothenburg. Benny said it would be great fun to turn the Globe arena into a folk park - a small fun fair with shooting gallery, wheel of fortune and a dancefloor.
    BAO have already recorded their hits "Du är min man" (142 weeks on the Swedish charts!!) and "Det är vi ändå" in English for a planned international release "Greatest Hits" album, but this may take a while.
    We will keep you informed!


March 23, 2007
  • Here is the first photo of the Essen Mamma Mia! Cast.
    The Essen Mamma Mia! Cast

    Concert tour poster The main roles are: Lone van Roosendaal (Donna), Kerstin Marie Mäkelburg (Tanja), Stephanie Tschöppe (Rosie), Andreas Lichtenberger (Sam), Jörg Zuch (Bill), Tom Zahner (Harry), Romina Langenhan (Sophie) and Daniel Berini (Sky).




  • A show featuring many of ABBA's former studio musicians will go on tour in Sweden. You will find the dates and ticket prices on the Ticnet website.



  • The Stockholm ABBA Museum's website has been updated and the opening is now planned for 2009.



March 9, 2007
  • Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan will play the role of Sam in the movie version of Mamma Mia!
    The filming will begin on June 25 in London and Greece, with Meryl Streep playing Donna.


  • A double album with lyrics written by former ABBA manager Stig Anderson will be released on May 7 in Sweden only. "Text: Stikkan Anderson" includes four ABBA songs, solo recordings by Agnetha, Frida and Björn and many Swedish versions of international hits by various artists. All the lyrics on the album were written by Stig and he also performs his first song "Tivedshambo". The track list is on the ABBASite.


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 81 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


March 5, 2007
  • Donna, Rosie and Tanja of Mamma Mia! in Essen The upcoming German Mamma Mia! staging in Essen presents Donna and the Dynamos.

    Donna (left) is Lone van Roosendaal, who has already played this role in Holland and Belgium. Tanja (right) is Kerstin Marie Mäkelburg, known from the German premiere 2002 in Hamburg and Rosie is played by Stephanie Tschöppe from the current Mamma Mia! ensemble in Hamburg.

    The rehearsals in Essen will begin next Monday, on March 12.















March 3, 2007
  • The single including the winner video Universal's German campaign "Deutschland sucht den größten ABBA-Fan" is now finished and the winner is the duo Sisterfuse with their video of "Thank You For The Music". The Maxi single will be published in Germany on March 9, including the self-written song "Move It" and the winning video clip "Thank You For The Music".

    Catalogue number: Brunswick / Universal 06025 1726139

    • 1  Thank You For The Music (ABBA)
    • 2  Waterloo (ABBA)
    • 3  Move It
    • 4  Baby Love (Mother's Finest)
    • 5  Winning video clip: Thank You For The Music


  • The album TODO ABBA has jumped from 10 back to position 5 in its 32th week on the Spanish sales charts.
    Thanks to our Spanish correspondent José!


  • Mamma Mia! in Madrid has been extended to May 6, 2007. The international Mamma Mia! tour coming to China will not only play at the Grand Theatre in Shanghai from July 6 - August 2, but also at the Poly Theatre in Beijing from August 7 - 19.


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 70 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


February 28, 2007
  • Rajaton album with ABBA covers This ABBA cover album by the Finnish vocal group Rajaton will be published in Germany on March 23.
    Order number: PLACD043 by Plastinka Records
    EAN 6420610520639


  • The German Mamma Mia! premiere in Essen will be on May 6, 2007. The cast members will be announced in the next days.


February 23, 2007
  • Dirk Zöllner's management has informed us that he will go to the auditions for "Chess" in Dresden in May. The Chess World Championships will take place in Dresden in 2008 and there are plans to stage this musical in German language at the Dresdner Staatsoperette. A date for this has not been set.


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 63 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


February 18, 2007
  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 57. This also means that ABBA is the 1000th week on the German album charts!
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


  • A big thank you goes to Mayumi Taheri from Japan, who sent us her photos of the final Mamma Mia! performance in Osaka. Here is a link to her report.
    Mamma Mia! in Osaka finale Mamma Mia! in Osaka finale


February 11, 2007
  • The Mamma Mia! filming taking place in London and Greece will begin in summer with Meryl Streep playing Donna. Like the London premiere, the film version is produced by Judy Craymer, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Catherine Johnson. Benny, Björn, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are the executive producers.

    The international Mamma Mia! tour will play in China for the first time, at The Grand Theatre in Shanghai from July 6 - August 2, 2007.

    The upcoming German Mamma Mia! production in Essen is having the final auditions just now and the cast will be presented next month.

    More news can be found on the official Mamma Mia! website.


  • The album TODO ABBA has jumped to number 4 on the Spanish sales charts!
    April 8th will be the last performance of Mamma Mia! in Spain.
    Thanks to our Spanish correspondent José!


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 54 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


February 7, 2007
  • The Finnish vocal group Rajaton has recorded an album with ABBA cover versions.
    Thanks to Holger Wiechmann!


  • Sunday, September 9, 2007 will be the final performance of Mamma Mia! in Stuttgart. Stage Entertainment in Germany told us that the next production at the Palladium theatre will probably be announced in a few weeks.


  • The album TODO ABBA has re-entered the charts. It is the 28th week in the official Spanish sales charts and peaks at number 17, last week it was number 18. It sold more than 40,000 copies so far.
    Thanks to our Spanish correspondent José!


February 2, 2007
  • The musical "Ich war noch niemals in New York" based on songs by the German singer Udo Jürgens will replace Mamma Mia! at the Operettenhaus theatre in Hamburg. It will be played from December 2 on.


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 45 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


January 31, 2007
  • These photos of the cover band ABBAUK were taken at a concert in Krakow, Poland.
    Cover band ABBAUK in Poland Cover band ABBAUK in Poland
    The group will perform at the Coventry Cathedral on April 21. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.


  • After Mono Music told us two weeks ago that Benny Anderssons Orkester would go on a little summer tour again, we just got the information that unfortunately it is not possible because the singer Helen Sjöholm will have a baby.


January 29, 2007
  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 36 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


January 21, 2007
  • The premiere date for the upcoming German Mamma Mia! staging in Essen is still unknown.


  • Many have asked us about Agnetha's appearance at the After Show Party for the final Mamma Mia! show in Stockholm and we have asked Mono Music. Agnetha was there and she has really sung "True Love" together with Tommy Körberg. But since this was just for fun at the party, there are no plans for making a record. There are also no plans for a further solo record by Agnetha.


  • On the official Mamma Mia! website's news page, January 2008 was announced as the opening date for the Stockholm ABBA Museum. But the opening date has not yet been set.


  • Benny Anderssons Orkester will go into the studio in May 2007 to record a new album.


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 44 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


January 14, 2007
  • Many thanks to Klaus Will, who sent us these photos taken at the arrival terminal 5 of the Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
    Stockholm Hall of Fame at Arlanda Airport - © Klaus Will Stockholm Hall of Fame at Arlanda Airport - © Klaus Will
    The "Stockholm Hall of Fame" next to the luggage conveyor belts shows many pictures of famous Swedes.
    A large ABBA picture greets the travellers: "Welcome to our hometown - ABBA, living legends".


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 34 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


January 11, 2007
  • Special thanks to Mike Wellner, who sent us two more photos taken at the last Mamma Mia! performance in Stockholm. One shows Benny playing keyboards during "Waterloo"!
    More photos of this event will be published in our next ABBA- issue.
    Benny playing keyboards during 'Waterloo' - © Mike Wellner Björn at the last Mamma Mia! show - © Mike Wellner
    Photos © Mike Wellner


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 34 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


January 9, 2007
  • Swedish newspaper Expressen has published a photo of Agnetha at the last Mamma Mia! performance in Stockholm.


  • Special thanks to Klaus Will, who sent us these beautiful photos of the last Mamma Mia! performance in Stockholm from January 7, 2007. Björn and Benny came into the theatre just before the show began. Shortly after the intro, Agnetha arrived as a surprise guest, which happened almost unexpectedly and was hardly noticed by anyone!
    Agnetha left the hall before the break and also at the end of act 2, when Björn and Benny went on stage. Agnetha looked great, laughing and having a good time.
    After the last Mamma Mia! show - © Klaus Will After the last Mamma Mia! show - © Klaus Will After the last Mamma Mia! show - © Klaus Will
    Photos © Klaus Will


  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 24 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


January 4, 2007
  • ABBA Number Ones is now at position 32 on the German charts.
    Thanks to Lutz Hartmann!


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