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ABBA
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Background information
Also known as Agnetha
Benny
Björn
Anni-Frid
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop rock, Euro disco, Europop, synthpop
Years active 1972 – 1982; 2018 - present
Labels Polar, Polydor, Atlantic, Universal, Epic, Vogue, RCA, PolyGram, Sunshine
Associated acts Hep Stars, Hootenanny Singers, Benny Anderssons Orkester
Members Agnetha "Anna" Fältskog
Björn Ulvaeus
Benny Andersson
Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad
Logo ABBA
This well-known logo for ABBA was designed by Rune Söderqvist in 1976

ABBA is a Swedish pop music group, who had many hits in the 1970s in Stockholm and early 1980s. ABBA was the most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s. The name "ABBA" is made from the first letter of each member's first name:

ABBA became very popular after they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. They had many hits. These included "Dancing Queen", "SOS", "Mamma Mia", and "Waterloo". Most of their songs were written by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

They originally broke up in 1982 but their music was still popular. Their music also appeared in movies (including the Australian movies The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel's Wedding) and the musical Mamma Mia!.

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song "Dancing Queen" was inducted into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame.

In 2018 it was announced that the band had reunited and recorded two new songs after 35 years of being inactive. Voyage, their first studio album in 40 years, will be released in November 2021.

History of ABBA

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ABBA on Dutch TV in April 1974: Clockwise from top left Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad

All 4 ABBA members had local music careers before ABBA even formed. Frida and Agnetha were both solo singers. Benny and Bjorn both had their own individual bands. In 1966, Benny and Bjorn both met and decided to write songs together.

In 1969, Bjorn met Agnetha and Benny met Frida. All four friends met together and decided to work together to record songs. By 1970, they were known as "Bjorn & Benny (With Svenska Flicka)". Later they were called Bjorn & Benny, Agnetha & Frida.

Their first hit was a song called "Hej, gamle man". By 1971, Bjorn and Agnetha were married and Benny and Frida were engaged. "Ring Ring" in 1973 was when the group achieved success throughout much of Europe and Africa.

It wasn't until 1973 that the group became officially known as ABBA. The name was suggested by their manager, Stig Anderson.

In 1974, ABBA was given a chance to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest. With "Waterloo", they won and soon got global success. In 1976, ABBA released Dancing Queen, which is often known as ABBA's "signature song" and "one of the greatest pop songs ever written". During 1977, their huge popularity became known as "Abbamania". In Australia, ABBA played in huge concerts that usually always sold out. "ABBA: The Movie" was also released in 1977 during the height of the group's popularity.

Throughout the mid and late 1970's ABBA performed in Europe, The United States, Japan and Australia.

In early 1979, Agnetha and Bjorn divorced. In early 1981, Frida and Benny also got divorced. This led to many sadder and more mature songs over the next few years.

By 1981, ABBA's popularity was declining. Their last album "The Visitors" was not a big success like previous albums. The Day Before You Came was the last song ABBA ever recorded together, while Under Attack was the last song ever released, both in 1982. ABBA broke up shortly before 1983 and all members continued on their independent music careers, just like before they had met.

In 2005, all four members of ABBA appeared at the Stockholm premiere of the musical Mamma Mia!

On 4 July 2008, all four ABBA members were reunited at the Swedish premiere of the film Mamma Mia!. It was only the second time all of them had appeared together in public since 1986.

A sequel to the 2008 movie "Mamma Mia!", titled "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again", was announced on 20 May 2017 and is expected to be released on 20 July 2018.

On 27 April 2018, ABBA announced that they had recorded two new songs.

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The Virtual reality holograms (ABBAtars) that will feature in their Voyage Tour

On 26 August 2021 a new website was launched, with the title ABBA Voyage.

On September 2nd Voyage, their first new album in 40 years, was announced to be released on 5 November 2021, along with the Voyage Tour, a show in London featuring the "ABBAtars", Virtual reality holograms of the four band members. The announcement of the new album was accompanied by the release of two new singles: "I Still Have Faith in You" and "Don't Shut Me Down".

Albums

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Super Trouper, seventh studio album released by the group in 1980

ABBA recorded eight albums between 1973 and 2021, as well as some compilation albums.

  • Ring Ring (1973)
  • Waterloo (1974)
  • ABBA (1975)
  • Arrival (1977)
  • ABBA: The Album (1977)
  • Voulez-Vous (1979)
  • Super Trouper (1980)
  • The Visitors (1981)
  • Voyage (2021)

Tours

  • 1973: Swedish Folkpark Tour
  • 1974–1975: European Tour
  • 1977: European & Australian Tour
  • 1979–1980: ABBA: The Tour
  • 2022: Voyage

Famous songs

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ABBA at Edmonton, Canada, 1979
  • Waterloo (1974)
  • Mamma Mia (1975)
  • Fernando (1976)
  • Dancing Queen (1976)
  • Money Money Money (1976)
  • Chiquitita (1978)
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme (1979)
  • Super Trouper (1980)

Other songs

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ABBA (known as Björn & Benny Agnetha & Anni-Frid/Frida) at Popzien, 1973
  • People Need Love (1972)
  • Another Town, Another Train (1973)
  • Honey Honey (1974)
  • So Long (1974)
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (1974)
  • SOS (1975)
  • Hey, Hey, Helen (1975)
  • That's Me (1976)
  • Dum Dum Diddle (1976)
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
  • The Name of the Game (1977)
  • Take a Chance on Me (1977)
  • Eagle (1977)
  • Hole in Your Soul (1977)
  • Summer Night City (1978)
  • Does Your Mother Know (1979)
  • Kisses of Fire (1979)
  • I Have A Dream (1979)
  • Happy New Year (1980)
  • Me And I (1980)
  • Lay All Your Love On Me (1980)
  • One Of Us (1981)
  • When All Is Said And Done (1981)
  • Cassandra (1982)
  • Under Attack (1982)
  • The Day Before You Came (1982)

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