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December 7, 2021
  • The German magazine Bravo has a new special edition "Bravo Helden" about ABBA. You can buy it in many stores or order it from Amazon.

    Bravo Helden: ABBA


December 2, 2021
  • Join the ABBA Advent calendar and celebrate Christmas with Agnetha, Björn, Benny & Anni-Frid!
    You will find daily competitions with unique prizes, riddles and many more surprises!




November 28, 2021
  • ABBA Fan Club members Sandra and Peter Steinbrecher were interviewed by German SWR TV. You can watch it here:




November 24, 2021
  • Björn attended the 11th awarding ceremony of the Honorary Members of the University Cloister of the Arts, Alcala de Henares, Spain, today. In this picture he acknowledges where the titles of the Honorary Members of the University Cloister of the Arts are given.

    Photo © Shutterstock
    Björn © Shutterstock


  • ABBA has earned its very first ever Grammy Awards nomination (the US National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for "Record of the Year" for "I Still Have Faith In You"!!
    The Grammys are the most prestigious music awards in the country. Congratulations to Benny, Björn, Bernard Löhr & Björn Engelmann for this incredible honor!
    The ceremony will be held on January 31, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
    Thanks to Michael Polito!

    ABBA nominated for US Grammy Awards


November 23, 2021
  • Magazine Special 'Pop Classics - ABBA Das Sonderheft' is still available here and from Amazon.
    We will have magazines to give away for ABBA Fan Club Members soon. More infos to follow.
    ABBA - Das Sonderheft - POP CLASSICS # 2


November 19, 2021
  • Congratulations to ABBA! The success story for ABBA Voyage continues!

    • ABBA Voyage sold more than one million albums worldwide in the first week of its release! The streaming is more than 190 millions!
    • ABBA Voyage is at # 1 once again this week in Germany! There are 3 ABBA albums in the German top 25 at the same time!
    • ABBA Voyage was the the most successful start of an album for more than 2,5 years in Germany and the biggest album release of an international act for the past six years.
    • ABBA Voyage will be at # 1 of the charts of the year 2021 (to be published in the beginning of December)
    • ABBA Voyage is at # 1 in the UK, being the tenth #1 in the album charts in the UK. It has the biggest first-week-sales of the past 4 years and it already is the fastest selling album of the year! Additional, no other vinyl was sold faster in this century than ABBA Voyage!
    • ABBA Voyage is at #1 in the album charts in the USA - the biggest chart success ever for ABBA in the USA! No other band than ABBA has sold more records within one week only!
    • ABBA Voyage is the biggest album debut of the year 2021 in Australia!
    • ABBA Voyage got Platinum in Germany and is also Gold and Platinum in other countries!
    • ABBA Voyage is already the 'biggest international album of the year' in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Japan and Australia!

    Many thanks to Universal, Germany!
    © Baillie Walsh
    Photo © Baillie Walsh


November 17, 2021
  • Here are the official US charts, showing Voyage at #2 on the Top 200 chart and #1 on the Album chart.
    Thanks to Michael Polito!

    US Top Album Sales    Billboard 200


  • On 3 December the Christmas song 'Little Things' will be released as a single.
    ABBA: Little Things


  • A Thank You note from Frida:
    Frida: Thank You


  • On Thursday, November 18 German Radio Dreyeckland will broadcast an ABBA "Voyage" Special by Gaymusic at 19:30 local time, where ABBA editor Regina will appear in a short interview.
    The show will be repeated on Friday, November 19 at 13:30.


  • Voyage is #1 in many countries!
    Voyage is #1 in these charts


November 15, 2021
  • Voyage has debuted at #2 on the US charts - the highest position for any studio album in the group's entire career and their very first top ten album!!!!

    Voyage also has the distinction of being:
    The biggest selling album of the week
    The largest sales week for an album by a group in the United States for the entire year of 2021

    Special thanks to our US correspondent Michael Polito!


  • Frida's Birthday


November 13, 2021November 4, 2021
  • Helen Sjöholm has been interviewed by Nöjeslivet. To the question "are there any future plans for Benny Anderssons Orkester" Helen says:
    "No, not anything that I know about. Now it is 'ABBAtars' and this whole release that has created so much which is fantastically fun. That's what will last for a while now. Sure, it would be fun to do something, but I do not know. It's a bit of a national folkpark institution."

    Will Helen see the ABBA show in London?
    "It would be great fun, but not for a while now. I have hard to imagine it, if you can get away it would be fun but I do not know."


  • Aftonbladet has published a short preview of a longer interview with Benny. The full version follows later this week. Benny praises Björn's lyrics and says that Björn's ability to tell a story in 3.5 minutes is fascinating. He mentions KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU and THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL as such songs. Benny tells that on the new album lyrics handle for example shared custody and a woman who has had an alcohol problem.
    The writer of the article thinks that NO DOUBT ABOUT IT sounds like like a big ensemble number in a musical. When asked about a potential third MAMMA MIA! film Benny tells, with a big laughter, that after hearing VOYAGE Judy Craymer has said that it is a new album of which they can make a new film. Benny had replied that "I don't think so". But adds that one must never say never.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


November 3, 2021
  • ABBA are on the cover of this month's German Rolling Stone magazine.
    A store in Berlin is opening Thursday at 23:59 for the ABBA Voyage album release.
    Berlin trams with ABBA Voyage livery

    Many thanks to Gareth!

    Rolling Stone Magazine    Store in Berlin

    Tram in Berlin    Tram in Berlin


November 1, 2021
  • Here is a great interview with Benny in English.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


  • 'I Still Have Faith In You' is the title song of the German RTL TV charity donation marathon 2021. Here is a little interview with Björn.


  • On Monday, November 1, the German TV NDR will report in 'Mein Nachmittag' about ABBA's comeback and 'Voyage'.
    ABBA 's Fan Club leader Regina Grafunder will be connected live from Melle, talking about the comeback!
    Broadcast is from 16:10 - 17:00 local time.


  • This week's Sunday New York Times features a fantastic Voyage article (also available online) called "ABBA Takes a Chance With Its Legacy", including an in-person interview with Benny & Björn, as well conversations with their collaborators/management, and interesting facts and insights about ABBA's history and career, particularly in the States. It is written by Elisabeth Vincentelli, who besides being a respected performing arts critic and features writer, is the acclaimed author of two ABBA books and will be featured in an upcoming exclusive interview by our US correspondent, Michael Polito.

    New York Times article


  • Benny is again collaborating with director Marie-Louise Ekman and actress Marie Göranzon. Ekman will direct August Strindberg's classic play 'Fröken Julie' (Miss Julie) starring Göranzon with premiere at Dramaten theatre in Stockholm on February 24, 2022.
    Dramaten's press release states "Music by Benny Andersson" while press articles write about "new music by Benny Andersson". The two ladies and Benny have worked together for example on "Försökskaninerna" at Dramaten in 2017.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


  • Helen Sjöholm, who is going on tour, has given a long interview for Expressen. ABBA's comeback was also discussed:
    Benny Andersson said in connection with the ABBA comeback that just a few minutes before going to the studio, it struck him that he had not asked the "girls" if they can sing...
    "Yes, and they obviously could. There is timbre, things that fill a voice with age, even if you do not reach the same clarity. It was my thing that I sing clearly and cleanly. I can no longer do that in the same way. You have to forget the keys. You have to. It is not possible to have the ideal of sounding like an unspoiled 25 years old, nor is it interesting to continue like that."

    Many reviewers have actually praised the voices of Agnetha and Anni-Frid now, precisely because you hear the time in them.
    "Yes, and it would have been uninteresting if it had been mixed away. But now it goes right into the heart, at least for us a little older who grew up with their unison, and get to hear the voices to come to us now."

    Speaking of the ABBA comeback: Were you as gladly surprised as the rest of us or did you have some "inside information"?
    "I had some 'inside information'. I had heard one of the songs a long time ago, and even sang a little on it. Benny has material that is constantly evolving. So parts of one of the songs I myself have done a demo. But I had not heard the fully mixed result, so it was the same nice premiere shake for me."

    You have to watch out for the question of a "Kristina från Duvemåla" with avatars. So that it can live forever...
    "Hahaha! Oh my God. It's a fun happening that they do. But for Kristina, I believe living one as the form. But that sensor suit? Give it to me!"

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    Helen Sjöholm


October 29, 2021
  • German radio station SWR1 did a Top 1058 Hitparade during this whole week. Here are ABBA's results:

    9      Don't Shut Me Down
    16     I Still Have Faith In You
    65     Dancing Queen
    75    Thank You For The Music
    135   The Winner Takes It All
    202   Mamma Mia
    290   Chiquitita
    382   I Have A Dream
    399   Fernando
    404   Our Last Summer
    412   Waterloo
    465   Eagle
    534   Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
    658   One Of Us
    680   The Day Before You Came
    749   Slipping Through My Fingers
    1051   Move On

    ABBA are the highest newcomers. The complete list in PDF format (398 KB) can be downloaded here.


October 28, 2021
  • On Saturday November 6, Björn and Benny will appear in the German TV live show 'Wetten dass...' (ZDF at 20:15 local time) to promote the new album 'ABBA Voyage'.
    In December 2013 the ABBA editor Regina Grafunder and her husband were contestants of the show. This time there will be no pure ABBA competition, but one will include 'a bit ABBA'.


  • The Finnish magazine Suomen Kuvalehti has interviewed ABBA THE MUSEUM curator Ingmarie Halling in the eve of ABBA Voyage release.
    Ingmarie tells how Mick Jagger visited the museum and was shocked when he studied ABBA's tour maps. ABBA toured only five months during their career and Jagger couldn't understand how someone can sell so many records without being constantly on the road.
    ABBA's regular guitarist Lasse Wellander was Ingmarie's boyfriend and she got to know ABBA via him in 1975. She listened to Deep Purple, Santana and Frank Zappa. ABBA was not something for Ingmarie, but she of course realized right away that their songs were extremely good.
    In the middle of 70's Ingmarie worked at Riksteatern theatre. When ABBA was about to tour in Australia in March 1977, Frida phoned Ingmarie and asked if she liked to join them. Of course Ingmarie did, she was young and carefree and being on tour was the best thing that she knew.
    Apart from fixing hair and make-up Ingmarie did many other things. For example tour costumes and maintaining them was her responsibility. Costumes were tight and tore easily, Ingmarie washed and repaired them. Her sewing machine is in the tour dressing room of ABBA THE MUSEUM. Many concerts were done at sports arenas, the smell of sportsmen's sweat was rather strong and Ingmarie's job included to make the rooms cozy and fresh. After Australia Ingmarie followed ABBA on all of their tours.
    Ingmarie was working as producer at Viasat Sport when she was chosen as chief of ABBA THE MUSEUM. Today she concentrates on being curator instead of running daily leading. She is still in constant contact with the ABBA members, especially Frida is her good friend, they see each other quite often. Ladies have played a crossword game that reminds Scrabble with their mobiles. Frida always wins which Ingmarie finds annoying.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    Ingmarie Halling


October 22, 2021
  • German TV will broadcast many ABBA shows when the new album Voyage is released in two weeks:

    • November 4: PRO7 at 23:55 local time - ABBA - Songs für die Ewigkeit
    • November 4: PRO7 at 1:00 - ABBA in Concert  (Wembley Arena 1979)
    • November 6: ZDF at 20:15 - Wetten dass...  (live with Björn and Benny)
    • November 6: SWR at 22:20 - Die größten Kulthits von ABBA
    • November 6: RTL at 23:25 - Die ultimative Chart Show - Der erfolgreichste ABBA-Song aller Zeiten
    • November 7: ARTE at 16:15 - ABBA Forever: The Winner Takes It All
    • November 9: VOX at 20:15 - Prominent! Spezial  (exclusive new interview with Björn)
    • November 9: VOX at 20:30 - Thank You for the Music - ABBA Forever  (documentation over 4 hours, including Ingmarie Halling, Owe Sandström!)

    Thanks to Peter Kauczor!


October 19, 2021
  • ABBA's fan favourite 'Just A Notion' is out Friday, Oct 22. The song was first recorded back in 1978 but never released - until now.
    Listen to a snippet of the song here.

    The CD Single can be ordered in your local record shop or here.
    Just A Notion - Single


  • Our new ABBA Fan Club Magazine Nr. 94 is out now.
    We celebrate ABBA's journey together with you after 39 years in this special edition - ABBA Voyage. Read all the news about ABBA Voyage on 36 A4-pages! All members have the chance to win an ABBA Voyage Package. Because it happens for the first time in 31 years of the ABBA Fan Club that we announce a brand new ABBA album, we have a very special present for you: An extra big poster, 42 x 60 cm! The poster shows the brand new ABBA photo, on the back side older individual photos with signatures by the ABBA members!

    Content:
    • News Extra with all the news and exclusive photos
    • Competition - win the new ABBA CD singles and an ABBA Voyage Package
    • Special report: On a journey with ABBA
    • Björn and Benny interview with Zoe Ball
    • Songbook 2021 - I Still Have Faith In You, Don't Shut Me Down, Just A Notion
    • Reader's Stories: Fan Reactions from the historical ABBA event on September 2, 2021
    • Exclusive interviews with Agnetha (by Carolina Norén), Bernhard Löhr and Janne Schaffer
    • Special report: ABBA Voyage - The Catalogue
    • ABBA Voyage Show - A Revolutionary Concert

    Have lots of fun with the magazine and like always we are looking forward to your feedback!

       

       

       

       

       


October 18, 2021
  • Björn and his daughter Anna presented on Friday the renovated bath and spa house Varmbadhus in Västervik which is located close to the Slottsholmen hotel.

    Björn also commented the approaching Voyage release:
    "I am very much looking forward to November 5, our pre-orders are completely outstanding, even physical products. This is going to be really fun."

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    Björn with his daughter Anna


October 14, 2021
  • 's editor Regina attended last Friday Mamma Mia! The Party's Gothenburg premiere. Apart from talking to Björn, who was joined by his family, she enjoyed the show as well. The audience loved the show! Björn held a short speech after which the cast performed 'Don't Shut Me Down'.

    Björn with Regina and his wife Lena


  • During his stay in Gothenburg last week Björn visited the studio of Per Svenner, one of the drummers of THE PARTY. Svenner also works with Björn on PIPPI PÅ CIRKUS which opens next summer. Beautiful photos of this visit have been published on Per Svenner's Instagram account @persvenner where he writes: 'Sometimes it happens that you have to pinch your arm. Today was one such day. Björn Ulvaeus was at my home in my studio, playing and singing. Together with great friends and musicians we created for the future.'

    Special thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    Björn with Per Svenner


October 2, 2021
  • Today, it's been a month since ABBA announced their wonderful news about their new collaboration. We heard the first two songs from their forthcoming album 'Voyage' and the first details about the new show in London.

    We are extremely happy and proud to announce our next ABBA magazine, number 94, which is in production at the moment. It will be a special edition containing all the new information we have collected since the announcements, and as you can imagine, we have been extremely busy preparing this very special issue for you!

    We really want to celebrate this miracle and hope that you will all join in! Watch this space, as we will provide you with further information as soon as the magazines have arrived from the printer and are ready for despatch.

    We wish you all a great weekend!
    The upcoming issue Nr. 94


October 1, 2021
  • Swedish marketing and communications magazine Resumé published in September a large article about marketing and launching of ABBA Voyage.
    Görel Hanser is one of the persons they interviewed.
    Görel described her role in the Voyage project this way:
    "I am some kind of liaison center, you could say, between the record company Universal, the production company Aniara which produces the show, the (ABBA) members and handle all requests. There are many emails because so many things must be approved. All members are very involved in the work. Everything should be launched with the same language and tonality."
    Apart from Aniara and Universal two British companies are assigned to take care of the packaging and support the strategy of Voyage. These are the full service creative agency TMW Unlimited and PR-agency Dawbell. Swedish company Isotop is responsible for the homepage. When asked how it feels to work with the ABBA project after 40 years, Görel says:
    "It is great fun to be involved in such a modern process. 1982 was a completely different world. Now basically everything happens via social media. I learn a lot from working with all young people from their enthusiasm and knowledge. Last time it was fax and phone calls. Today everything happens so much faster. There was a pressure even then, but it looks completely different today."
    Media has speculated that there's a huge PR machine behind the launch of Voyage. Görel says that the reality looks different:
    "There are only a few persons who hold on the threads and try to make sure that this is as good as possible. If we take the press release, for example, it's the ABBA members who write it themselves. It is them who know best what to include and what not."
    Görel's comments on the launch on September 2:
    "Can you say anything else than that it was a success. It was not very obvious. One can have one's hopes and hope that this will be well received, those they believe in the very best. That was the attitude we had."

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    Görel Hanser


September 20, 2021
  • Agnetha gave the Swedish radio an interview for 'Svensktoppen' talking about ABBA's comeback.


  • ABBA are number 1 of the Swedish charts 'Svensktoppen' with 'Don't Shut Me Down'.


September 8, 2021
  • On Sunday September 12, German TV RTL2 will show Mamma Mia! at 20:15 and 3:25 local time.


September 2, 2021September 1, 2021
  • Congratulations to all ABBA Members who have won our ticket raffle for the historical ABBA event on September 2, 2021 in Berlin!
    The historical moment will start at 6:45 PM (European time) live online. Here is the link to the live stream:
    https://linktr.ee/abbavoyage

    We all look forward to ABBA's upcoming journey!


  • Today's issue of the German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt has a report about ABBA, where Regina is mentioned with a picture.


August 26, 2021
  • Today was officially announced that 'the wait (for the new ABBA songs) is nearly over'. There is an official website about the new songs, where you can register yourself for a newsletter: www.abbavoyage.com


  • 'ABBA VOYAGE' - ABBA invites you to a historical event on September 2, 2021!
    A historical evening awaits all fans as the group invites to a unique event after four decades! It will be celebrated around the globe with the title "ABBA Voyage" - from London to Tokyo, Sydney and Berlin!
    Exclusively for our members we will raffle off tickets for the historical ABBA event in Berlin. You can read more infos on our Facebook page. All our members will get a newsmail about it.
    ABBA Voyage


August 15, 2021
  • German TV will repeat the documentary "Songs für die Ewigkeit" and the 1979 concert:

    • Saturday August 21: SAT1 Gold at 20:15 and 0:25 - ABBA - Songs für die Ewigkeit
    • Saturday August 21: SAT1 Gold at 21:10 and 1:20 - ABBA in Concert
    • Friday August 27: RBB at 22:30 - Die 100 schönsten Hits der 70er (Part 1)

    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


July 23, 2021
  • On Friday July 30 German RBB TV will show Die 30 schönsten Hits von ABBA at 22:30 local time.
    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


  • Roland Johansson and Göran Brandels are organising an exhibition about the Hep Stars and Tages in Örebro on September 4, 2021.
    Special thanks to Birte Ehlers.
    Exhibition Hep Stars & Tages


July 9, 2021
  • Our new ABBA Fan Club Magazine Nr. 93 is out now.
    The magazine includes 36 A4-pages with very exclusive, unpublished photos in unique quality. Like always, the summer issue Nr. 93 contains news, special reports, exclusive unpublished photos, very interesting interviews plus one more great poster in the middle of the magazine with a fantastic summer photo from ABBA in Stockholm 1975.

    Content:
    • News Extra with all the news and photos
    • Competition with great prizes
    • The song of our life
    • Songbook - Single Tracks by Agnetha, Björn & Benny from 1971
    • Special report about the new ABBA songs: ABBA - New music in sight... And the sky seems the limit
    • Special report about ABBA gold & platinum records - read more about the manufacturing of gold & platinum records in an exclusive interview with Anders Hedström, the son of the company Hedström's founder
    • Reader's Story - Gäst Hos Hagge with Frida. A wonderful report from our member Terese Wedelin, who met Frida during the show and backstage and gave us great unpublished photos
    • Special report about Agnetha's 'A' with an exclusive interview by Fredrik Thomander, who worked on the production of the album

    Have lots of fun with the magazine and like always we are looking forward to your feedback.

       

       

       




  • Look forward to ABBA Nr. 93 - tickets & overnight stay to be won!
    Furthermore there will be an exclusive discount for all ABBA members!
    At last the German Tribute Abba Dinner Show will start again after a long break caused by Corona. The premiere will be on August 7, 2021 in Lübeck-Travemünde at the beautiful ATLANTIC Grand Hotel. You can enjoy the fantastic open air show with a great dinner (in case of bad weather the show will take place in the beautiful ballroom).
    In our new issue ABBA Nr. 93, which is released next week, you can win 2 tickets AND one night at the ATLANTIC Grand Hotel! Ticket prices will also be reduced for all ABBA members. More about this in our next magazine. We are looking forward to see you there!
    www.WORLDofDINNER.de
    www.ATLANTIC-hotels.de/grand-hotel-travemuende
    Tribute Abba Dinner Show    ATLANTIC Grand Hotel Travemünde


July 7, 2021
  • ABBA Gold has amassed 1,000 weeks on the UK chart - the first album to do so.

    ABBA Gold


July 3, 2021
  • On Sunday July 11 German TV RTL will show Mamma Mia! Here we go again at 20:15 and 0:25 local time.
    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


June 20, 2021
  • On Saturday June 26 German TV ZDF Neo will show Mamma Mia! at 20:15 local time.
    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


June 10, 2021
  • New beautiful French book by the brilliant ABBA author Jean-Marie Potiez called 'ABBA Agnetha Björn Benny Anni-Frid'. Jean-Marie tells the history and genesis of each of ABBA's albums and their solo members, recorded between 1964 and 2017. The luxurious book contains photos of ABBA, record sleeves, articles etc. We already had the pleasure of looking through this fantastic book and highly recommend it. The book's size is 30 x 30 cm (!) and contains 208 pages. More about the book in ABBA No. 93.
    You can order it here.

    Jean-Marie Potiez: ABBA


  • German Heel Verlag has published another high quality ABBA calendar for 2022. When we made them aware of the reversed image on the cover and two images inside, the calendar had already been printed. They are completely sorry for that as they didn't know it. In the future Regina will have a say and make sure that this won't happen again.
    You can win a copy of this beautiful calendar in the next issue of ABBA No. 93.
    You can also order a copy here.

                   


May 23, 2021
  • The ZAP Group sent us a link to a video with Björn, where he talks about music streaming services and the music industry.


May 10, 2021
  • Björn has announced in newspaper interviews that the new ABBA songs will be released this autumn.
    Here is the New York Times article.


May 6, 2021
  • On Saturday May 15, German TV will show:
    • WDR at 20:15 - Die schönsten ESC-Momente - Von ABBA bis Lena
    • WDR at 21:45 - Ab in die 70er - Von ABBA bis Frank Zander
    • SWR/SR at 21:50 - Die schönsten ESC-Momente - Von ABBA bis Lena
    • SWR/SR at 23:20 - Die 30 schönsten Hits von ABBA

    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


April 25, 2021
  • Best Wishes to Björn


April 20, 2021
  • Special thanks to Birte Ehlers who made us aware of this open letter to Putin that was, among others, signed by Björn!
    A fantastic sign from the stars, many thanks!


  • Björn was interviewed by the BBC via Zoom and discussed a number of topics, including ABBA's plans and his thoughts about an ABBA biopic.
    The full interview can be watched here.


  • The new edition of Kult! contains an article about Björn and a giant poster of him.
    Kult #24


April 18, 2021
  • German TV will repeat the documentary "Songs für die Ewigkeit" and the 1979 concert:

    • Sunday April 25: SAT1 at 23:45 - ABBA - Songs für die Ewigkeit
    • Sunday April 25: SAT1 at 0:40 - ABBA in Concert

    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


April 5, 2021
  • Best Wishes to Agnetha


April 2, 2021
  • We just heard that German 'Radio 70' is running an ABBA Special from today on. It will be repeated until Easter Monday.
    More infos are here: https://www.facebook.com/radio70.de


March 28, 2021
  • On Easter weekend, German TV has two hit shows with ABBA and the documentary "Songs für die Ewigkeit" (like in February):

    • Saturday April 3: WDR at 21:45 local time - Die Partyhits Countdown Show von ABBA bis Whitney Houston
    • Sunday April 4: SWR at 23:20 - Ab in die 70er von ABBA bis Frank Zander
    • Monday April 5: PRO7 at 14:50 - ABBA - Songs für die Ewigkeit
    • Wednesday April 7: PRO7 at 3:25 - ABBA - Songs für die Ewigkeit

    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


March 3, 2021
  • Our new ABBA Fan Club Magazine Nr. 92 is out now.
    The magazine includes 36 A4-pages with very exclusive, unpublished photos in unique quality. Like always, the spring issue Nr. 92 contains news, special reports, unpublished photos plus one more great poster in the middle of the magazine with an exclusive ABBA photo from their last German press conference in 1982. We also have a little exclusive interview with Björn for you.

    Content:
    • News Extra with all the news and photos
    • Competition with great prizes
    • Exclusive interview with Björn, with his handwritten answers
    • Special report about 30 Years of ABBA , final part
    • Special report: ABBA's performance on Show Express, final part - have fun with many more exclusive and unpublished photos
    • Special report about ABBA's Fernando with discography
    • Reader's Story with ABBA discography from Canada
    • Songbook - Single Tracks by Anni-Frid Lyngstad from 1971

    Have lots of fun with the magazine and like always we are looking forward to your feedback.

       

       

       

       

       


March 2, 2021
  • Remember the possibility to get hold of some very special ABBA items at the end of last year? Well, Stockholm based auction house Crafoord plans for yet another auction.
    They have already new, interesting objects from someone closely connected to the group- and would like to add additional stuff. Therefore, Crafoord auctions reaches out to you to contribute with more ABBA memorabilia for yet another special auction, which is planned for the end of April.
    Interested? Then you are welcome to directly contact the auction house for more info and valuation on stockholm@crafoordauktioner.se


  • Here are two new photos of Björn enjoying the winter in Stockholm
    Source : ZAPgroup Instagram
    Björn    Björn


February 15, 2021
  • More ABBA on German TV:

    • Friday February 19: RBB at 23:15 local time - ABBA - Der Film
    • Saturday February 20: ARD at 20:15 - Klein gegen Groß Quiz show with a question about ABBA songs
    • Saturday February 20: NDR at 23:15 - ABBA - Der Film

    Thanks to Sandra Doß and Stephan Andreas!


January 22, 2021
  • These ABBA shows will run on German TV in February:

    • Tuesday February 9: PRO7 at 20:15 local time - ABBA - Songs für die Ewigkeit
    • Tuesday February 9: PRO7 at 21:20 - ABBA in Concert
    • Friday February 12: RBB at 20:15 and 1:15 - Die 30 schönsten Hits von ABBA



December 29, 2020
  • Some days just before Christmas Ingmarie from ABBA-The Museum and the Choir decided to do a music video on Happy New Year for all their friends out there. Ingmarie asked Benny if he could do the piano-background and he did.
    With the video Happy New Year - a new togetherness (3.50 min), ABBA The Museum The Choir celebrates hope and a new togetherness, wishing each other - and the world - a Happy New 2021.
    Happy New Year - a new togetherness is a new take on the classic ABBA song Happy New Year from 1980. The music is arranged for choir by Göran Arnberg, and recorded with ABBA The Museum The Choir and the composer himself Benny Andersson at the piano in his studio RMV.
    The video was shot on location at ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, and produced by Myrén Film.
    Enjoy!


December 28, 2020
  • On Friday January 1, 2021 German ZDF TV will show "Mamma Mia!" at 23:20 and 3:30 local time.
    At the same time, German RBB TV shows ABBA - Der Film at 0:00 .
    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


December 22, 2020
  • "No matter how hard the past,
    you can always begin again"
    (Jack Kornfield)

    The year is almost over.......

    Maybe it's a good thing that we don't know what the future holds. Back in January, no one could have predicted what an extraordinary year would lie ahead of us. There were moments of reflection, hope, and mutual support for each other.

    We don't yet know what the New Year will bring, but may there be a ray of light for all of us to hold on to. A glow that gives us hope.

    Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021!


December 18, 2020
  • The Swedish Academy (Svenska Akademien) has decided to give the Royal Prize (Kungliga priset) 2020 to Benny Andersson.The prize (at present 100.000 Crowns) was founded in 1835 by King Karl XIV Johan.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


December 16, 2020
  • Benny's Birthday - Photo © Jan Kraft


  • On Sunday December 20, German RTL TV will show "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" at 20:15 and 23:30 local time,
    followed by the documentary "Mamma Mia! Darum lieben alle ABBA" at 22:30 and 1:35 .

    On Friday January 1, 2021 German ZDF TV will show the first part "Mamma Mia!" at 23:20 and 3:30 .


  • On Thursday December 17, 2020 the German radio 'Gaymusic' will start the third part of the ABBA Special. Regina from the ABBA fan club takes part again:




December 13, 2020
  • Björn gave the German TV programme 'Brisant' an interview at his home. You can watch it here.


December 5, 2020
  • Michael B. Tretow is selling some items (like a test pressing record with three versions of Dancing Queen) from his personal ABBA collection at Crafoord Auktioner.
    Here is a press release in Swedish and the list of the items, which are available for 7 days.

    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


December 4, 2020
  • Happy birthday to Pippi Longstocking. German Oetinger Verlag has published the book 'Pippi Langstrumpf - Heldin, Ikone, Freundin' to Pippi's 75th birthday. The book takes an exciting look back into the creation of Pippi Longstocking.
    Björn is among the personalities who have written an homage on Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking alike. Björn writes about the day when he met Astrid Lindgren for the very first time. There is also a nice photo of the two in the book.
    The book can be ordered in your local book store or in online shops.

    Astrid Lindgren and others
    Germany: Oetinger, 2020
    ISBN: 9783789113451
    240 pages

    Pippi Langstrumpf - Heldin, Ikone, Freundin


December 1, 2020
  • ABBA - The Museum has asked us for your support.

    ABBA - The Museum have been talking about making an exhibition where they could show everyone the huge impact ABBA has had on the lives of their most dedicated fans. They are now wanting to reach out to the fans to see if there is anything you have in your collection that you are willing to show the museum and they will see if they could have it in the exhibition.

    What ABBA - The Museum is looking for is the following:
    • Photos of you with ABBA - taken in the 70s
    • Photos of you at ABBA concerts or queueing to get in. Maybe you have made a banner, you are singing or wearing an ABBA shirt?
    • Items made by you in the 70s of ABBA, artwork, clothing or other self-made things
    • Would you be willing to make a video greeting or a testimonial as to how ABBA has had an impact on your life and how you feel about ABBA today.
    • The above also applies to the pre-ABBA projects as well

    If you are interested in sending some photos of what you have or a video message, please send them to: info@abbathemuseum.com

    Thank you so much for any contribution you may have.


November 16, 2020
  • Our anniversary goes on!

    Our new ABBA Fan Club Magazine Nr. 91 is out now and again we have a great present for you - a hearty ABBA sticker!
    Please note that this bonus is only available for ABBA Fan Club members!

    Our magazine includes 36 A4-pages with very exclusive, unpublished photos in unique quality. Like always, issue Nr. 91 contains news, special reports, unpublished photos plus one more great poster in the middle of the magazine with an exclusive ABBA photo from Musikladen 1976, Bremen - Germany.

    Content:
    • News Extra with all the news and photos
    • Competition with great prizes
    • Special report about 30 Years of ABBA , part 3
    • Reader's Story - ABBA & Me, a love story (Canada)
    • Salute Birgitta Wollgård: Exclusive interview with exclusive, previously unpublished photos
    • The last Show Express with ABBA's last German live performance with many unpublished photos, part 2
    • Long Long Live Love! Frida's Fernando (including songbook)

    Have lots of fun with the magazine and the exclusive poster and like always we are looking forward to your feedback.

       

       

       

       




November 15, 2020
  • Frida's Birthday


October 22, 2020
  • Today came the second part of a German radio ABBA Special on various channels. This special also includes an interview with ABBA editor Regina.


    The mediathek recording of the special is available for one week via the first link.


  • Anna Bromee will play the Frida Tribute Show 'En frid(a) för själen' on November 14, 2020, at ABBA The Museum in Stockholm. She will play it twice at 3 PM and 8 PM. It will be a little birthday tribute for Frida.
    Anna Bromee - Photo: Marie Linderholm
    Photo: Marie Linderholm


October 14, 2020
  • Out on 4th December 2020, this numbered limited edition 7" clear blue vinyl single will be released to celebrate New Year 2021. Featuring "Happy New Year" and "Felicidad".
    Happy New Year 2021


  • The Swedish King and Queen visited branches in the Stockholm region, which have been affected by Covid-19, such as the health, tourism and cultural sector. Amongst others, they recently met Björn commenting on the situation.
    Björn talking to Swedish Queen and King
    Photo: Instagram account of the Swedish Royal Family, Kungahuset.


  • New French book by author Jean-Marie Potiez:

    Il Était Une Fois - ABBA
    Jean-Marie Potiez
    France: Hugo Image, 2020
    ISBN: 9782755684520
    212 pages

    This fantastic book is illustrated with wonderful photos, many of them previously unpublished. Read more about it in our next ABBA Issue No. 91. You can order it here.
    Il Était Une Fois - ABBA


October 7, 2020
  • The German magazine "ABBA - Das große Sonderheft - POP CLASSICS # 2" will be released on Friday, October 9. It is a new edition of a magazine that came out a few years ago. It contains 100 pages with great photos and has been updated. You can order it via this link, price: 9.90 Euros.

    We will offer it as a competition prize in our next ABBA No. 91. There will also be a competition on our Facebook page.

    ABBA - Das Sonderheft - POP CLASSICS # 2 ABBA - Das Sonderheft - POP CLASSICS # 2
    ABBA - Das Sonderheft - POP CLASSICS # 2 ABBA - Das Sonderheft - POP CLASSICS # 2
    ABBA - Das Sonderheft - POP CLASSICS # 2


October 6, 2020
  • After the second premiere of Mamma Mia! The Musical, which was planned in Hamburg on October 11, 2020, was cancelled because of the Corona situation, Stage Entertainment has announced today that the musical will probably return to Hamburg in May 2022. We will keep you informed.


September 2, 2020
  • To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Super Trouper, Universal has announced some new limited edition releases on October 30:

    • Super Trouper 2LP Half Speed Master
      UPC: 00602508777707
      These black vinyl 180g records run with 45 rpm for better sound, so the 10 songs fit on two LPs mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

    • Super Trouper Single Box
      UPC: 00602508777974
      A box set with three coloured vinyl 7" singles:

      The Winner Takes It All / Elaine
      Super Trouper / The Piper
      Lay All Your Love On Me / On And On And On

    • Picture Disc 7" Singles

      • The Winner Takes It All / Elaine
        UPC: 00602508778629

      • Super Trouper / The Piper
        UPC: 00602508778599

      • Lay All Your Love On Me / On And On And On
        UPC: 00602508778643

    Super Trouper 2LP Half Speed Master Super Trouper Single Box


July 27, 2020
  • Sweden's newspaper Aftonbladet spoke with Görel about the new ABBA songs since there were rumours that ABBA recorded 5 new songs. She said that she can confirm that there are 2 new songs to be published but that there is no date set. The two songs are related to the avatar project which has been delayed due to corona.


July 12, 2020
  • German NDR TV will repeat the quiz show "Hätten Sie's gewusst" with host Jörg Pilawa tonight at 22:45. In the quiz Regina will play against the TV host and comedian Thomas Hermanns, who is a big ABBA fan himself.


July 5, 2020
  • Our anniversary goes on!

    Our new ABBA Fan Club Magazine Nr. 90 is out now and again we have a fantastic present for you - a big poster, 60 x 40 cm, with 2 previously unpublished ABBA photos from 1981 and 1982! Please note that this bonus is only available for ABBA Fan Club members!

    Our magazine includes 36 A4-pages with very exclusive, unpublished photos in unique quality. Like always, issue Nr. 90 contains news, special reports, unpublished photos plus one more great poster in the middle of the magazine with an exclusive, unpublished ABBA photo from Show Express, Germany in November 1982.

    Content:
    • News Extra with all the news
    • Special report about 30 Years of ABBA , Part 2
    • The last Show Express with ABBA's last German TV apperance together with a live audience with many unpublished photos
    • The Winner Takes It All - The Take That Won It All
    • Report about Benny's car BMW AKE 833
    • Agnetha at the Montreux Golden Rose Rock Festival 1985 with many exclusive, unpublished photos
    • Competition
    • 50 Years - Special Songbook: Festfolk/Fästfolk 1970 Single Tracks

    Have lots of fun with the magazine and the exclusive poster and like always we are looking forward to your feedback.

       

       

       

       




July 3, 2020
  • Special thanks to Ingmarie Halling (Curator) and Caroline Fagerlind (Director) from ABBA The Museum who sent us this wonderful photo!
    Ingmarie and Caroline are holding ABBA No. 89 and a reproduction of ABBA No. 1, which was sent to all our members in celebration of ABBA 's 30th anniversary.

    ABBA The Museum: Ingmarie Halling and Caroline Fagerlind


June 20, 2020
  • The release date of the new ABBA Box has been postponed to July 24th.


  • Stiftelsen Taubes Värld (the fund which Benny, Björn, Sven-Bertil Taube and Håkan Hellström formed to keep the legacy of legendary songwriter Evert Taube alive) has published a half an hour video on YouTube. It includes material from a press conference in January, Benny playing Taube's "Som stjärnor små" and "Calle Schewens vals" with piano and Björn reading the lyrics "Morgon efter regn".
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


June 8, 2020
  • #MonAmour Today we want to tell you about Dan Daniell's new single! A beautiful, positive song full of love - a perfect contrast to this time, where everything is about Corona. Thanks to Dan Daniell we have the great songs with Frida, 'Lieber Gott', 'I Have A Dream' and '1865' (in German and English)! Listen to this song Mon Amour of happiness! You can download it from Spotify and Applemusic.


  • On Wednesday, June 10 the German TV Bayerisches Fernsehen will show "ABBA - Der Film" at 22:45.
    Thanks to Sandra Doß!


  • CISAC, the global confederation of performing rights societies, announced in the end of May that Björn has been elected as the next president, replacing electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. Björn brings a deep understanding of the creative industries and the systems that help authors obtain fair payment for their works.


  • The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter has printed a long interview with Björn (in English).


  • German publisher Heel will release a 2021 ABBA Calendar with wonderful pictures - we recommend it. You can win a calendar in the next ABBA No. 90.

    ABBA Calendar 2021 ABBA Calendar 2021 ABBA Calendar 2021


May 14, 2020
  • BBC has a short interview with Björn commenting on what the Covid-19 situation could imply for London's West End theatre world.


  • On July 24th we are celebrating ABBA's entire studio discography with an 8LP box set that features each of their groundbreaking records for the first time on coloured vinyl. ABBA: The Studio Albums will be released on 24 July.
    ABBA: The Studio Albums


  • Universal will release something at the 40th anniversary of Super Trouper. More infos will follow as soon as they are confirmed.


April 25, 2020
  • Best Wishes to Björn


April 22, 2020
  • Our member Sandra Doß was on German TV yesterday: "Wir in Bayern" (We in Bavaria). You can watch the programme here until April 21, 2021.


  • The magazine Kult #22 with ABBA story and poster (part 1 - Agnetha) will be available next Friday. You can get it now directly from the publisher.
    Kult #22 with ABBA part 1


  • Cirkus announced that Pippi på Cirkus will open on 2nd July 2021. The premiere was planned for June 26 this year but due to the Corona situation it is now scheduled for summer 2021.
    Special thanks to Maik Dünkel.


  • The official ABBA Instagram account posted this Thank you message from Agnetha thanking everyone for remembering her 70th birthday.
    Thank you from Agnetha


April 5, 2020
  • Best Wishes to Agnetha


March 20, 2020
  • On Saturday, March 21 at 22:45 on German NDR TV the ABBA Fan Club leader Regina Grafunder will appear in the quiz show "Hätten Sie's gewusst" with host Jörg Pilawa. The theme is ABBA of course. In the quiz Regina will play against the TV host and comedian Thomas Hermanns, who is a big ABBA fan himself.
    Regina with Jörg Pilawa - © Regina Grafunder
    © NDR Uwe Ernst
    Thomas Hermanns and Regina - © NDR Uwe Ernst


March 17, 2020
  • The church S:t Tomas Kyrka in Vällingby was built 60 years ago. To celebrate this, Benny Andersson will appear in two concerts on April 5 at 4 PM and 6 PM. He will perform with S:t Tomas Chamber Choir, Vox Feminae, Vivid Voices, Göran Arnberg (keyboard), Crescenzo Grifone (organ), Francesco Acquista (choir leader) and Gerd Nielsen (choir leader). This event has not yet been cancelled because of the Corona virus.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!
    Benny at St Tomas Kyrka


March 3, 2020
  • A new ABBA book by Ian Cole will be released on March 6.
    You will find more information about "Song By Song" on the publisher's web site.

    UK: Fonthill Media, 2020
    ISBN: 9781781557853
    176 pages, paperback
    ABBA - Song By Song


February 19, 2020
  • We celebrate our 30th Anniversary!

    Our new ABBA Fan Club Magazine Nr. 89 is out now and exclusively for our members we have an anniversary celebration reprint of ABBA No. 1!
    Please note that this bonus is only available for ABBA Fan Club members!

    With this exclusive "Two for the price of one" magazine you will get 2 x 28 A4 pages with exclusive photos in unique quality. Like always, issue Nr. 89 contains news, special reports, exclusive unpublished photos plus a great poster with an exclusive, unpublished ABBA photo taken after their performance at Show Express, Germany in November 1980. Have fun with No. 1 with news from back then, special reports, exclusive photos and reports.

    Content Nr. 89:
    • News Extra with all the news
    • Special report about 30 Years of ABBA-
    • Special report about Coloured Vinyls, Part 3
    • Pippi at Cirkus, Stockholm
    • ABBA Super Troupers Exhibition in London
    • More about the ABBA Concert in Landskrona 1979
    • My! My! My fate was to be with you - a special report about a young policeman who was lucky to meet ABBA in Brighton in 1974
    • GDR Update
    • 50 Years - Special Songbook with Songs by Anni-Frid Lyngstad
    • Competition
    and many more!

    Content No. 1:
    • Presentation of the ABBA Intermezzo Founders Regina and Adriaan
    • New Danish ABBA Cassettes
    • Benny's "November 1989"
    • Discography Argentina
    • ABBA Fan Meeting with Björn
    • ABBA Songbook "I am an A"
    • ABBA News
    • Reader Charts
    • Competition
    • ABBA Trackfinder
    • New Frida Photos 1989
    • Collector's Corner
    • Member's Ads

    We wish you lots of fun with both magazines and like always we are looking forward to your feedback in our guestbook, on Facebook and via mail.

       

       

       

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February 5, 2020
  • En kväll för Josefin - a book release and tribute concert for Josefin Nilsson will be arranged at Rival Hotel in Stockholm on March 2. Marie Nilsson has written the book "Josas bok – min berättelse" (Josa's book - my story) about her sister. Marie will talk about it with Hanna Hellquist. Many artists will perform on stage, among others Benny and Ainbusk's Annelie and Bittis. The ticket price includes a copy of the book.
    Thanks to Pentti Koponen!


  • ABBA the Museum just posted this lovely photo of Frida visiting the museum on February 2nd.

    Frida at ABBA The Museum


February 3, 2020
  • In an interview with Swedish media, Benny has said that ABBA are aiming to release new music in September 2020.
    "One shouldn't promise anything but if I were to decide myself, it would be September", he said.
    Watch a clip from Benny's interview (with English-language subtitles) here.


  • Björn Ulvaeus is one of 27 Europeans who have written Brexit related 'letters' featured in this post from The Guardian.


  • The crowdfunding campaign for the wonderful CD/DVD Set "Herinnering" by Bonnie & José, originally released on vinyl in 1985, has started a couple of days ago. The CD contains 12 wonderful ABBA cover songs sung in Dutch, the DVD contains the TV special including an interview with Björn.
    In just 24 hours they reached 80% of their target amount. You can choose between several donations to get 'just' the CD/DVD Set or a signed Set etc. Please find more infos here.


January 28, 2020
  • The cast of CHESS på svenska at Helsingborg Arena next summer has been announced.
    • Florence: Shirley Clamp
    • Anatolij: Kalle Leander
    • Molokov: Loa Falkman
    • Freddie: Alexander Lycke
    • Svetlana: Alma Bengtsson
    • The Arbiter: Gert Fylking
    Quite surprising is that Alexander Lycke who played Anatolij in Helsinki will be seen as Freddie. Shirley Clamp has a long singer career but Florence will be her debut role in musicals.


  • The new foundation Taubes värld (World of Taube) has been formed to preserve and promote the culture heritage of singer/songwriter Evert Taube and his wife Astri Bergman Taube. Taube's son Sven-Bertil Taube, Benny, Björn and Håkan Hellström have contributed to secure the economy of the foundation. Taubes värld will be launched in Gothenburg on January 31. Benny will personally attend the lauch event in Gothenburg.
    In the press release is mentioned that for Benny Evert Taube means everything. When inspiration runs out, it is still Taube's music where Benny returns. Also for Björn Taube's meaning is enormous. At the same time he is worried that this important culture heritage will be forgotten and he will do everything he can that this will not happen.
    Special thanks to Pentti Koponen!


January 25, 2020
  • The complete ABBA concert from November 10th 1979 at Wembley Arena will be released as a half-speed mastered 3 LP set on March 13th 2020.
    ABBA live at Wembley Arena


January 19, 2020
  • German First Class Entertainment WORLD of DINNER will present the dinner show "GENTLEMEN of VOICES" for the first time in Dortmund, Spielbank Hohensyburg on January 24.
    In this fantastic dinner show with an exclusive four course menu world wide hits will be performed, like "I Know Him So Well" from CHESS. The Gentlemen of Voices are the musical actors Nico Müller, Maximilian Mann, Udo Eickelmann and Karim Khawatmi. Karim is known for his brilliant role as Sam in MAMMA MIA! The Musical, which he recently played in Berlin. More performances: Sunday, May 3 2020 at the Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg and Saturday, December 5 2020 at the BAD HOTEL ÜBERLINGEN Kursaal.
    A short sample and more infos, dates etc. (including booking) is here: Gentlemen of Voices - Die Dinnershow
    Gentlemen of Voices - Die Dinnershow


January 2, 2020
  • German RBB TV will show "Pop nonstop: Die 70er - Mamma Mia" with ABBA on January 10 at 20:15 local time.
    Thanks to Claudia Hermann!


  • French/German TV ARTE will show the documentary ABBA forever on January 10 at 22:05 local time.
    Thanks to Martin Schneider!


  • We feel very honoured and are very grateful for the fantastic greetings by Agnetha, Frida, Björn and Benny to our 30th anniversary.

               

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