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May 15, 2018
  • Lasse Wellander has commented the ABBA recording session in 2017 in the Swedish press.
    Lasse can't remember if it was Björn or Benny who phoned him last year and invited him into the studio. He was not told what they would do. It was only after entering the studio he realized what it was all about. Lasse of course finds it great that ABBA has returned into the studio, but admits being a bit surprised.
    The new songs are of course really good. But Lasse can't remember them completely as the recordings were almost a year ago. The nature of his work as musician is that he goes to a studio, does his part of the backing track and overdubs and then continues to his next engagement. But it is not techno or house, it will sound like ABBA.
    About the ABBA Avatar Tour Lasse, 65, tells that he has been asked to join the band but he does not know if he would like to travel around the world with it. Maybe he could come along if there are some shows in Sweden.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    ABBA's studio musician Lasse Wellander


May 7, 2018
  • Björn's greetings from April 8, 2018


  • Tomorrow, a new permanent exhibition at ABBA The Museum will be opening telling the story of the group's members from 1982 until the present day. Here are some photos from today's press viewing and the inauguration where Björn Ulvaeus was joined by Görel Hanser, Ingmarie Halling, Mia Segolsson (Universal Sweden), Caroline Fagerlind (ABBA The Museum) and Peter Jöback.
    More about this in the next issue.
    New exhibition at ABBA The Museum
    Photos: Micke Bayart


  • Svenska Teatern in Helsinki held a press conference today for their CHESS på svenska, with premiere on September 8. It was confirmed that CHESS will run two seasons.
    The ensemble had rehearsed in smaller groups before and today was the first time when all the artists got together on the same stage and sang through the score. The media people were allowed to come and listen to some of the last songs of Act 2, like "Endgame".
    As in Svenska Teatern's previous B&B musicals, Kristina and Mamma Mia!, the actors come from various Nordic countries. Previously it was announced that Finnish Maria Ylipää will do Florence and the three other main roles are played by Swedes: Alexandre Lycke (Anatolij), Glenn Edell (Freddie) and Johanna Ström (Svetlana). Today we got to know that Svenska Teatern's actor Kristofer Möller portrays Molokov, he was Bill in Mamma Mia!. The Arbiter will be female, played by Silva Lillrank. The ensemble includes Lineah Svärd from Sweden, who was Sofie in Svenska Teatern's Mamma Mia!. The understudy for the role of Freddie comes also from Sweden, Johan Hwatz has previously played Arvid when Kristina was staged in Gothenburg and Stockholm.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    CHESS in Helsinki
    Photo by Valtteri Kantanen / Svenska Teatern


May 1, 2018
  • Björn said in a CNN Interview at 3:10 that the second new song recorded by the ABBA members is titled "Don't Shut Me Down".

    Thanks to Maurits!


April 27, 2018
  • Two new ABBA songs in December!!!

    ABBA's management told us there is no further information about this at the moment. We will inform you as soon as we get any news.


April 26, 2018
  • In a new interview with ABBA , Björn Ulvaeus confirmed that the premiere of "Mamma Mia! 2 - Here We Go Again!" will take place at Hammersmith Apollo, London, on Monday 16 July.

    Björn and Regina in Brussels


April 25, 2018
  • Best Wishes to Björn's Birthday


April 24, 2018
  • ABBAcédaire A new French book 'ABBAcédaire' by French ABBA expert Jean-Marie Potiez was published today. You can order it here.

    328 pages
    Size: 15 x 23 cm
    No illustrations inside
    Cover painting by artist Olivier Coulon



  • Arturo Sandoval's CD 'Ultimate Duets' will finally be published on May 18th. It will include the duet with Frida 'Andante Andante'.

    Arturo Sandoval: Ultimate Duets


  • ABBA recently met Björn Ulvaeus for an exclusive interview, which will be published in our next magazine.

    Björn Ulvaeus met Regina for an exclusive interview with ABBA following his guest appearance at the EBU Media Summit in Brussels yesterday (which was broadcast live).

    Björn and Regina in Brussels Björn and Regina in Brussels


April 17, 2018
  • ABBA No. 83 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. Look forward to 36 colour pages in A4 size with exclusive photos. Like always, this issue includes news, special reports, more exclusive photos and a great poster with an exclusive shot of ABBA during the studio recordings for "The Album" 1977.

    Inhalt:
    • News Extra with all new releases, ABBA news, Benny, Björn, ABBA related artists
    • Competition with great exclusive prizes
    • Super Troupers - The Exhibition
    • BRAVO Legenden - ABBA DVD
    • Special report about The Movie / The Album - The Game of The Name
    • 50 Years of Agnetha & Frida - Songbook with more singles
    • Anna Bromee: En Frid(a) För Själen
    • Special report about 30 years of Klinga Mina Klockor
    • Reader's Story
    • Special report on CHESS
    • CHESS in Copenhagen
    • CHESS in Washington D.C.
    • A3 size Poster with a great, previously unpublished ABBA photo from 1977 taken at the studio recordings of "The Album"

       

       

       

       


April 5, 2018
  • Best Wishes to Agnetha's Birthday


March 28, 2018
  • A special tribute show to Frida's music from singer Anna Bromee will open in Frida's hometown of Torshälla on March 28. The show is called 'En Frid(a) För Själen' which in Swedish means 'A Peace For The Soul' and if you add the (a) it also means 'A Frida For The Soul'. The show opens at Sagasalongen where Frida used to watch films as a kid including the Elvis movie "Jailhouse Rock" that inspired her to pursue a career in music.
    After that it will go on tour in Sweden, starting April 3 - 7 in Gothenburg at Göteborgs Stadsteater.

    Anna is an actress, scriptwriter and singer and she spent her childhood and teens in the same county where Frida grew up before her – Sörmland. ABBA spoke to this wonderful, multi-talented woman. You can read the interview in our magazine No. 83.

    Frida tribute show by Anna Bromee


March 14, 2018
  • The 18 years old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich has published two photos with Benny at Mono Music. On one of the photos he seems to have his violin with him. Maybe he has been recording at Riksmixningsverket. Lozakovich is one of the artists of the record company Deutsche Grammophon.

    Daniel Lozakovich with Benny at Mono Music


  • Anders Hanser's Swedish documentary "Benny Andersson & Orsa spelmän 30 år" (30 years of Benny Andersson & Orsa Spelmän) will premiere at the Röda Kvarn cinema in Orsa next Sunday.
    In an interview with the newspaper Dala Demokraten Anders Hanser tells how Orsa Spelmän and Benny met at his 40th birthday party in Orsa. As we know this led to a collaboration that continues until today. The musicians met and rehearsed many times at Hanser's summer flat and he filmed them and some of the first concerts as well. Material from these first steps is included in the film. During the last year Anders Hanser has interviewed the Orsa Spelmän members for the documentary and he asked Benny about his relation to accordion and folk music. Anders Hanser got the idea for the documentary film three years ago when he went through the tape archive of his company and realised what kind of gold mine of unpublished material was there.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


March 9, 2018
  • To celebrate the huge 30th Anniversary of BJÖRN AGAIN, Australian Director and Musician Rod Stephen will be taking the internationally acclaimed show on tour throughout the UK and Ireland in November/December 2018. Tickets went on general sale Friday 23rd February and are available from Gigs and Tours or Ticketmaster.

    Björn Again Tour 2018


  • A 7” coloured vinyl single of 'Summer Night City' will be released for Record Store Day 2018 on April 21.

    Summer Night City


  • Here is a list of the upcoming premieres of the movie 'Mamma Mia! 2 - Here We Go Again'.


February 12, 2018
  • The musical CHESS will be performed at the Eisenhower Theater, John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC from February 14 - February 18.
    Björn and Benny will be attending one of the shows.


  • Dan Daniell talks about his life and Frida's contribution to his songs here.


  • On February 8, Görel Hanser was awarded a special Swedish music award, Grammis, for her outstanding work with ABBA throughout the last decades until today.

    Congratulations!
    Görel wins a Grammis - Photo: SR
    Photo: SR


January 20, 2018
  • ABBA's car on auction: "Pop stars at the height of global stardom, travelling in private jets and staying in the finest hotels, crave escape and anonymity. ABBA was no different. A discrete sports coupé was needed, so Polar Music, the band's record company, ordered a silver BMW 633. Fast and reliable, the car followed the band on European tours to be on standby for use by Björn Ulvaeus or Benny Andersson.
    When ordered in 1977, the band was at the height of its fame. Their latest album had so many pre-orders that pressing plants could not meet demand, and their shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall received 3.5 million ticket requests. ABBA's car was ordered in Polaris Silver (060) over black leather with a four-speed manual gearbox.
    After a period abroad, the car returned to Sweden in 2008 where it was registered for sparing road use. The bodywork and interior are unmarked, and the car even retains its rare TRX alloy wheels. Accompanied with the car are the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.
    Whether a brand enthusiast or collector of ABBA heritage, the CSi offered here represents a unique opportunity to acquire a special piece of automotive heritage."


    Special thanks to Ralph Hans Steiner!

    ABBA and their BMW


January 4, 2018
  • ABBA No. 82 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. Look forward to 36 colour pages in A4 size with exclusive photos. Like always, this issue includes news, special reports, more exclusive photos and a great poster showing an image from a 1978 photo session with a big thank you to photographer Bubi Heilemann. We also have a little present for you - a special postcard with printed autographs.

    Contents:
    • News Extra with all new releases, ABBA news, Benny, Björn, ABBA related artists
    • Competition with great exclusive prizes
    • Special report about The Movie / The Album - The Game of The Name
    • Special report about ABBA's signatures - The Autographs
    • Exclusive interview with Ola Håkansson plus special report about The Way You Are
    • Reader's Story
    • Special report about the book 'We All Love ABBA' with the group Luv'
    • 50 Years of Agnetha & Frida - Songbook with more singles
    • A3 size Poster with a great ABBA photo from 1978 with printed autographs

       

       

       




  • Just before Christmas the touring musical production "Äventyret Aladdin" premiered at Stockholm Waterfront. The title role is played by Charlie Grönvall, son to Nanne and Peter Grönvall. Benny was one of the guests and posed with Mary and Selma Strandberg.

    Benny with Mary and Selma Strandberg
    Felix, Nanne and Peter

    Here is a video from the premiere.


  • The final album chart of 2017 has been published in Sweden. Benny's "Piano" is number 4. On the physical album chart "Piano" is on position 3. The vinyl chart shows only the 10 best selling records and "Piano" was out after three weeks. "Piano" got a gold disc award on October 18, 2017.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


December 22, 2017
  • Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018!


December 21, 2017
  • Deutsche Grammophon has new videos with Benny: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


  • Here is the first movie poster for "Mamma Mia! Here we go again".

    Mamma Mia! 2 poster


December 19, 2017
  • Canadian radio CBC did an interview with Benny about his album "Piano".


December 16, 2017
  • Benny's birthday


  • 'ABBA: Super Troupers - The Exhibition' opened at London's Southbank Centre on 14th December. Björn Ulvaeus was in London to talk with the press on Wednesday. Watch a video here.
    Exhibition in London


November 28, 2017
  • German ZDF TV will show "Ein Herz für Kinder" on Saturday, December 9 at 20:15 local time featuring Benny.


November 26, 2017
  • German/French TV ARTE will show a documentary from 2016 called "ABBA, Bee Gees, Carpenters" in December.
    Part 1: Friday December 1, from 21:45 - 22:40 local time, part 2: Friday December 8 from 21:50 - 22:45.


November 15, 2017
  • Frida's birthday


October 25, 2017
  • You can now download Radio Sweden's music documentary "Historien om ABBA" (the history of ABBA) from 2010 in MP3 format. The 90 MB file runs 98 minutes in Swedish and English. Just klick onto "Ladda ner" on their website.


October 18, 2017
  • The release of the three 7" vinyl singles from "The Album" has been postponed to November 3, 2017.


October 6, 2017
  • ABBA No. 81 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. Look forward to 36 colour pages in A4 size with exclusive photos. This time we have an exclusive interview with Benny and a detailed report about Frida's visit in Torshälla. Like always, this issue includes news, special reports, more exclusive photos and a great poster with an image from 1977.

    Contents:
    • News Extra with all new releases, ABBA news, Benny, Björn, ABBA related artists
    • Competition with great exclusive prizes
    • Special report about Frida's visit in Torshälla
    • Special report about Benny's new record 'Piano'
    • Exclusive interview with Benny with exclusive photos
    • Special report '40 Years of Arrival', final part
    • Special report about Agnetha in London from February 1988 with exclusive photos
    • 50 Years of Agnetha & Frida - Songbook with their first singles
    • A3 size Poster with a great ABBA photo from 1977

       

       

       



    We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback.


  • In the end of September, Benny went to England and Germany again to promote his new album. On ITV he gave interviews and presented his new album. In Germany he gave interviews at the hotel before his TV performance. On 'Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel' he talked about the album, played parts of a few songs and then he played 'Thank you for the music' on the piano while Norwegian singer Wencke Myhre sang along.

    Benny next to Wencke Myhre Regina and Benny Benny on ITV


September 16, 2017
  • In celebration of original release of "The Album" four decades ago, Polar Music (via Universal Music Group) are releasing several tantalising anniversary reissues. They are as follows:
    • A limited edition 7" box set featuring the three singles from the album on coloured vinyl, featuring the UK number one 'The Name Of The Game'/'I Wonder (Departure)', the international Top Three smash 'Take A Chance On Me'/'I'm A Marionette' and the European Top Ten hit 'Eagle'/'Thank You For The Music'
    • The three 7" singles released separately as limited-edition picture discs
    • A half-speed mastered, 45rpm cut double-LP version of the original album. This rare and specialised technique transforms difficult to cut high-end frequencies into relatively easy to cut mid-range frequencies. The result is a cut with excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, half-speed mastering produced a master of the highest quality that enables the pressing plant to produce a superlative record.

    This reissue of ABBA – The Album will also feature new liner notes by noted ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm, detailing the story behind the album.
    All products will be released October 27, 2017.

    ABBA vinyl reissues
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    ABBA vinyl reissues
    ABBA vinyl reissues


  • Regina at Pop-Giganten German RTL 2 TV will show the ABBA-themed "Pop-Giganten" on October 3, 2017 at 22:15 local time. Regina will be interviewed among others.


  • Benny's album 'Piano' is released on September 29 on CD and on November 10, 2017 on vinyl.


  • Benny confirmed that ABBA's virtual reality tour is being planned for 2019.


  • Benny will be guest of Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 on September 27 promoting his "Piano" album and performing some tracks. You can listen online here.


September 10, 2017
  • You can already buy the song "Chess" from Benny's album "Piano" on Spotify, Amazon etc.
    A new trailer is here.


  • Benny was in Berlin on September 5 and 6 to promote his album "Piano".
    Here are some   videos.


  • On September 7, Benny was in Hamburg to perform "Thank you for the Music" from the album at the Deutscher Radiopreis 2017. You can watch the whole show here. Benny performs at the end of the show.

    The ABBA Fan Club made an interview with Benny before. You can read the interview in the next ABBA magazine No. 81. Here is a photo, more photos will follow in ABBA 81.

    Benny and Regina


September 4, 2017
  • Benny will perform at the Carmen Nebel Show on Saturday, September 30 on German ZDF TV.

    The Deutscher Radiopreis gala on Thursday September 7, also with Benny, will be shown live on German NDR3 TV from 22:00 local time!

    Thanks to Günther.


September 1, 2017
  • Benny will present his new album "Piano" on September 7, 2017 at the Deutscher Radiopreis gala (German radio award) in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
    Unfortunately there are no tickets for sale, but a live stream will be on the web.

    Thanks to Egbert from Hamburg!


August 24, 2017
  • Universal Pictures have announced that principal photography has begun on MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN. Ten years after MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.


August 19, 2017
  • Today, Frida was being interviewed live on stage in her former hometown Torshälla, Sweden. Frida was joined by Gunnar Sandevärn, whom she worked with in the 1960s, and they shared memories from these years as young artists and musicians. Frida also talked about her solo records after ABBA and about the new virtual ABBA concert concept.
    After the interview, Frida collected her music award she was already given in 2014 but couldn't attend the ceremony back then.
    More photos and full report in the upcoming issue of ABBA .

    Frida in Torshälla - © Micke Bayart
      Photos © by Micke Bayart
    Frida in Torshälla - © Micke Bayart

    Special thanks to Micke Bayart!


August 18, 2017
  • Deutsche Grammophon has confirmed to us that pre-orders have begun for Benny Andersson's forthcoming album 'Piano'.
    The album will be released on 29 September 2017 on CD and vinyl.
    Pre-order the album and listen to excerpts here.

    A preview video, featuring Benny at his piano, can be watched here.

    'Thank you for the music' from Benny's new album is already available. You can also see the full track list from the album here.

    Benny's Piano album
    Benny and his piano - © Knut Koivisto


  • The amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen will have its 175th anniversary in 2018. Celebrations include the first professional Danish language stage production of CHESS on January 19 - February 10. After that the production goes on tour in Denmark: Musikhuset Aarhus (February 20 - March 3), Odeon (March 6-10), Velje Musikhus (March 13-17) and Musikteatret Holstebro (March 21-24). 2/3 of the tickets are already sold. More infos are here.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


August 13, 2017
  • Björn says in a new interview for Besöksliv that the next new thing for ABBA The Museum is something they call Post ABBA. Everyone asks what happened after ABBA stopped in 1982. Now they will tell how B&B created musicals and Frida and Agnetha did their solo albums - the story from 1982 until today. Björn will be deeply involved in this project.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


August 8, 2017
  • Filming of Mamma Mia The Movie 2 is going on on the Croatian island Vis and should be finished by the end of October 2017. The premiere of the second part will take place in summer 2018.


  • More casting news for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!: Jeremy Irvine plays young Sam and Alexa Davies will be seen in the role of young Rosie. It has not yet been confirmed if Susan Walters reprises her role in the new film. Previously it has been announced that we will see Lily James in the role of young Donna.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


August 2, 2017
  • Swedish newspaper Corren has published an interview with Björn. In June Björn has been sailing around Sardinia and Korsika for two weeks. July he has mainly spent in the Stockholm archipelago. Björn repeats his desire to write a new musical, he thinks it's more fun than writing separate songs. The problem is that he has no time as he has so many other things going on. Running 45 minutes is Björn's daily routine and he listens to audio books or watches films on the treadmill. He also listens to classical music on Swedish radio P2, radio station Vinyl and news on P1. When it comes to books, Björn reads non-fictional stuff, like Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. Paddling with kayak is something that Björn loves, doing that alone for 2-3 hours in the Stockholm archipelago is wonderful. Björn says that he often meets his children and grandchildren. They (16 persons) make a trip together every year, this December they will travel to Sri Lanka.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


July 27, 2017
  • The new ABBA Calendar 2018 by Heel Verlag has been released and can be ordered here.
    Like every year, it contains 12 large-sized, brilliant photos in great quality.

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July 26, 2017
  • Show in Berlin The show "Simply The Best - Von ABBA bis Tina Turner" will take place at the Stadttheater Cöpenick in Berlin on August 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM.
    You will find more infos at www.kunstfabrikkoepenick.de and www.stadttheatercoepenick.de




  • Benny is planning a new album with piano music. German record company "Deutsche Grammophon" will relase a CD or double CD "Benny Andersson - Piano" with 22 tracks in autumn, including ABBA hits like "Thank You For The Music" and tracks from his solo albums and musicals.
    Here are newspaper reports from Upsala Nya Tidning and Expressen.



June 12, 2017
  • The final season of the Swedish TV show "Moraeus med mera" will be recorded soon.
    Kalle Moraeus will have Benny Andersson and Orsa Spelmän as guests on June 18.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


June 8, 2017
  • ABBA No. 80 has now been printed and is being mailed to all fan club members worldwide. Look forward to 36 colour pages in A4 size with exclusive photos. This time we have a special report for you about the Swedish photographer Michael Brannäs, who has provided some previously unpublished photos. As always the issue includes more interviews, news, special reports, further exclusive photos and a great poster. We will also invite you to a little mini fan club meeting on September 2, 2017 in Essen.

    Contents:
    • News Extra with all the news about releases, ABBA, Agnetha, Benny, Björn, Frida, ABBA-related artists
    • Systerpolskan - Concert with Benny
    • Report about WorldofDinner - ABBA Deluxe Tribute Dinner Show
    • Our ABBA competition with lots of exclusive prizes
    • Exclusive interview with Swedish photographer Michael Brannäs
    • Special report on the 30th anniversary of "I Stand Alone"
    • Exclusive interview with Bruce Gaitsch
    • Special report "40 Years of Arrival" Part 2
    • Report about ABBA's concert in Perth 1977 with memories from one of our members
    • Special report "Björn & Benny - Thank You For The 50 Years of Music" Part 2
    • Open letter to Björn & Benny from one of our members
    • A3 Poster with one of the most beautiful photos taken by the late photographer Torbjörn Calvero.

       

       

       

    We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback.


May 17, 2017
  • Today May 17th, a unique and historical photo exhibition opens at ABBA The Museum: Gröna Lund Backstage.
    Gröna Lund is not only an amusement park but also a popular venue for concerts where Swedish and international artists have been performing during the last decades on an open-air stage, e.g. The Beatles, Europe, Tina Turner, Carola, Björn Skifs and ABBA to name but a few. This new exhibition shows the backstage experience with unique photos, films and sound clips.
    Björn Ulvaeus inaugurated the museum's latest attraction together with Swedish artist Ola Salo (former member of 'The Ark') and iconic Swedish singer Lill-Babs, amongst others.

    Thanks to Micke Bayart!

    Gröna Lund Backstage exhibition


  • A discussion with Frida and Gunnar Sandevärn, hosted by Alar Kuutmann will take place in Torshälla on August 19 at 4 PM. The one hour long event with free admission will be an open air stage event in the park Krusgårdsparken. After the discussion Frida will accept the Eskilstuna city's music prize that she already got in 2014, but was unable to collect back then.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


April 25, 2017
  • Happy Birthday Björn!


April 2, 2017
  • In 1992, the album "The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra plays ABBA Classic" was published, a very well produced album in brilliant quality. We are happy to tell you that it is now available again for download. In ABBA No. 9 & 10 we had a full report about the album and an interview with its producer.
    Please listen to parts of the songs and buy the album here: Giacomo Records
    Giacomo Records


  • The label Cupol will re-release Agnetha Fältskog's "Som jag är" on vinyl in conjunction with the Record Store Day the 21st of April.

    Som jag är


March 13, 2017
  • Southbank Centre’s annual flagship festival WOW – Women of the World, supported by Bloomberg, came to a close on Sunday 12 March. And ABBA superstar Björn Ulvaeus made a surprise appearance to sing his famous hit 'Waterloo' alongside Sandi Toksvig, comedian Holly Walsh, West End star Anna-Jane Casey, singer Jumoké Fashola and opera star Anne Sofie von Otter in Mirth Control, the festival’s annual night of music and comedy.
    The event had a Nordic theme and was a fitting finale to this year's festival which – among a myriad of other topics – explored the social learnings of the Nordic countries that consistently top the gender equality indexes, as part of Southbank Centre's year of Nordic programming Nordic Matters. Björn and Sandi Toksvig in London
    Björn and Sandi Toksvig in London
    Thanks to Peter Dyke!


February 20, 2017
  • Planned vinyl releases Universal confirmed that they will re-release albums like 'Lycka', 'Frida Ensam', 'Shine', 'Wrap your arms around me', 'Eyes of a woman' etc. on vinyl later this year. They will give more details on their site soon.


  • Björn Ulvaeus attended a presentation about how Stockholm will market itself internationally in the coming years on February 14. Both 'ABBA - The Museum' and 'Mamma Mia! The Party' attract tourists from around the world and make the Swedish capital, amongst many other attractions, a place worth visiting.

    Björn


February 12, 2017
  • The new composition by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, entitled 'Vi äger drömmarna' ('We Own The Dreams'), as performed at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm recently, can be heard here.


February 8, 2017
  • Swedish TV has produced a documentary about Gustaf Sjökvist and it will be screened on TV2, on Saturday February 11 at 7:05 PM and again the next day at 12:40 PM. Benny appears in the documentary.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


February 2, 2017
  • Marie-Louise Ekman's new production "Försökskaninerna" featuring music by Benny will premiere at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm on March 30.
    The play is about a woman (played by Marie Göranzon) moving into a dementia home and what happens in the real world and inside her head.

    Benny


January 29, 2017
  • Svenska Dagbladet reports that a new composition by Björn & Benny was performed in Stockholm last Thursday. It is called "Vi äger drömmarna om hopp i en orostid" ("we dream of hope in a time of unrest") and the lyrics were written by Björn.


  • The new campus of The Royal College of Music in Stockholm was officially opened on Thursday in attendance of the King and Queen of Sweden. The concert of the evening included the first official public performance of a new composition by Benny Andersson. Benny and Mona attended the event.

    Benny and Mona
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


January 17, 2017
  • A minor update to Frida's visit to Torshälla: The organiser of the event, Alar Kuutmann, has told the media that Frida's old friend and co-musician Gunnar Sandevärn will contact Frida in January to discuss the date. Then the organisers are considering the place where the public discussion will be held. Interest is expected to be big. But of course, it will be done in a format that Frida feels comfortable with.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen.


January 14, 2017
  • ABBA - The Movie at the Göteborg International Film Festival Friday February 3rd the Göteborg International Film Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala screening of ABBA The Movie celebrating its 40th anniversary 2017 as well. The red carpet screening at Grand Theatre (Stora Teatern) in Gothenburg will be followed by an ABBA party at the Kulturarena.
    Tickets and information

    Thanks to Niklas Albinsson-Collander!




  • Björn told Swedish 'Dagens Nyheter' that he has plans to bring Mamma Mia! The Party to London in 2018. He still looks for a suitable location for the experience.




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