BUY THE LATEST CD’S FROM JAPAN

28 01 2009

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Buy all the latest Japanese ABBA releases – direct and at great prices.

All the new SHMCD’sabshmcd5

 including the new

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abbldsr09Carl Magnus Palm’s book “Bright Lights, Dark Shadows” (Yarkiy svet, Chernie teni:
Podlinnaya istoriya gruppi ABBA)
has now been published in a new Russian edition.
Thanks to Ulrika for the info and Pix

New ABBA site coming soon      Monday, January 26, 2009
News from ABBAsite.com is that a new site is on the way:
“New website coming! One big change for 2009 will be a fantastic new ABBA website … watch this space for more news about that coming soon.”
As they say watch this space……





AGNETHA RADIO INTERVIEW

25 01 2009

Read the full translation of Agnetha’s radio interview From Friday 24.1.2009

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MAMMA MIA JAPAN!





UK PRESS ON AGNETHA & FRIDA @ ROCKBJORN

25 01 2009

Daily Express & Daily Mail

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ABBA women dismiss rumors of fights

23 01 2009

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(AP) STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The two women members of 1970s hit group ABBA have rejected long-standing rumors that they are bitter enemies.

In a rare joint interview published Friday, Agnetha Faltskog, 58, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 63, took a chance to set the record straight.

“A lot has been written about how Agnetha and I fought and quarreled with each other. There is absolutely no truth in that,” Lyngstad was quoted as saying by tabloid Aftonbladet. “Of course we competed, but to good effect.”

Lyngstad and Faltskog formed ABBA together with male members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.

The band has sold more than 370 million records and is famous for hits like “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen” and “Money, Money, Money.”

After ABBA split in 1982, rumors of fights between Lyngstad and Faltskog swirled in articles and books about the band.

“No, we didn’t fight. But we have to live (through) a whole lot of such misinterpretations,” Faltskog said.

The two women came together Thursday to accept Aftonbladet’s lifetime achievement award.

The four former ABBA members are rarely seen together in public, but were reunited in 2008 for the Swedish premiere of “Mamma Mia!” a film based on their hits.
 

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)





Agnetha and Frida “We didn’t Fight”

23 01 2009

AF091Read the full interviews in English HERE!

All the latest photos HERE





AGNETHA & FRIDA Accept Swedish Life-time Achievement Award

23 01 2009

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Together again!

Agnetha and Frida were in Stockholm last night, to jointly accept Aftonbladet’s newly created “Rockbjörnen Lifetime Achievement Award” this year’s award was given to ABBA.  The award is voted for by the readers of Sweden’s biggest newspaper, Aftonbladet. Agnetha and Frida both won prizes for their solo albums in the early 80s. The girls hugged and danced together on stage, showing how happy they were to receive the award.

You can watch a video of the award here

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 Check out the website for more photos





New(?)Benny & Bjorn Song for Barbara Dickson Tour

21 01 2009

3103191Barbara Dickson is going on tour in January and will be performing an unreleased Bjorn & Benny song. During an interview  in Sunday’s Daily Express Magazine  she said she’ll be performing – The Silence of the Dawn. Music by Benny English text by Bjorn.
This track is the english version of “Innan Gryningen”  By Emma Härdelin and written by Benny and Ylva Eggehorn.
The silence of the dawn’ has been performed before, By Ludvig Andersson In Glasgow a few years ago (2001). Benny and BAO performed at the International Music festival in Glasgow, and at that concert Helen performed the English version of Hemma from Kristina titled “Home ” And Ludvig performed “The Silence Of the Dawn”

“The Silence Of the Dawn”

Lyrics as performed By Ludvig Andersson Glasgow 23/10/2001

You’re here at last
To me you were a stranger
A famous story people like to tell
They tried to paint your picture through the ages
Reality is different, here you are

We thought you were for sale, so highly useful
We wrote your name on banners for the war
We raised cathedrals almost into heaven
But you were always moving further down

You are a child abandoned in a shelter
You’ll freeze to death unless we get involved
You touch our aching bodies, fight for justice
And say to others taste my flowing wine.

You’re coming out of every empty graveyard
You are a wind announcing spring will come
A refugee returning through the mountains
Rebuilding what was broken in the war

You are a song we almost had forgotten
A story of a true life we betrayed
I hid the mirror, now I look into it
And find the scares, your fire in my face

Come closer, stand by me, it’s getting closer
And maybe light will grow again once more
Your light will see me through – I hear a blackbird
He’s singing in the silence of the dawn.

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MAMMA MIA! Stellan says I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do!

20 01 2009

stellanSwedish newspapers today are reporting the marriage of Stellan and Megan Everett. The civil ceremony took place on Monday, January 12th, in Nacka, Sweden. Soon after, Stellan flew directly to LA where the final work on his film Angels & Demons was waiting. He was previously married in 1976 to My Gunther and together they had six children. In recent years Stellan and My have remained separated.  Stellan’s new love is from Ireland and is rumored to work in the film industry. There’s a good chance they met during the filming of Waz in Ireland back in the spring of 2006. The couple was first noticed during the filming of Mamma Mia! in Greece during the fall of 2007. They were later seen at the Swedish premiere of Arn in December, followed by two April 2008 appearances in NYC – the screening of The Life Before Her Eyes at the IFC Center and Lincoln Center’s Gala Tribute to Meryl Streep. They were then photographed at the UK premiere of Mamma Mia! in June and lastly at the True Blood premiere in Hollywood in September. According to today’s edition of Aftonbladet, they already have a child together. Back in October the Swedish tabloids reported that they were expecting.
Stellan’s new movie with Halle Berry – “FRANKIE AND ALICE” began shooting October through December 2008.





Mamma Mia! No surprise for Meryl

19 01 2009

 MERYL STREEP always knew her film MAMMA MIA! would be a huge success – because it was a film that “neglected” female moviegoers could finally relate to.

The ABBA-themed musical was a box office smash around the globe in 2008, with estimated takings of £385 million worldwide.

But the movie’s success came as no surprise to Oscar winning actress Streep – as it was aimed at a section of the cinema audience that had been largely forgotten about.

She says, “I know the studio is gobsmacked by its success and a lot of the critics have been surprised, but I wasn’t. It was a no brainer.

“I knew it would do well because it was aimed at an audience that has been neglected in recent years in film offerings: women. They are the last group anybody ever cares about.”





18 01 2009

mmwmdvd1 Walmart (U.S.) has released its own exclusive 2-DVD version of Mamma Mia!-The Movie including a bonus disc with different features than the regular 2-Disc Special Edition.

Included on Walmart’s bonus DVD are:

A feature on the trio of creative forces behind the musical and movie
How Christine Baranski and dancers put together the steps for  “Does Your Mother Know”
Breakdown of the choreography in “Voulez-Vous”
More on how “Gimme Gimme Gimme” developed, cast rehearsals and on the set
Behind the scenes with Meryl Streep as she sings “Mamma Mia”
10 excellent things about Mamma Mia! – countdown with the cast and crew

The DVD is available in the U.S. Only at this stage  Order here.