Benny is scheduled to appear on Jonathan Ross this Friday and possibly the “One” show on BBC
Björn : There’s probably no God. “Freedom from indoctrination ought to be a basic human right for all children,” argues Björn Ulvaeus in a passionate plea for Sweden to rethink its policy on faith-based schools.
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ABBA is back – kind of: 35 years after the band first rocked the world with Eurovision smash Waterloo, Abba mania is set to sweep Melbourne.
Songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the sexagenarian duo behind Abba’s hits, have surprised fans with their first joint composition in 15 years.
Industry experts have hailed the return of the Swedish group’s trademark sound, with some predicting the pair’s album to move quickly up the charts.
It is the first international single for the band, which Andersson has fronted for 20 years. Known as Benny Andersson’s Orkester in their native Sweden, the single is one of 13 tracks on the album, also called Story of a Heart.
Ulvaeus has written lyrics for the album, which features several older Orkester songs translated into English, as well as material only previously released in Sweden.
“I wanted to make music based on the Swedish folk tradition, but with new songs written by me,” Andersson told Abba’s official website.
Melbourne music stalwart Molly Meldrum predicted the single would be a smash.
“It’s very good. It’s very Abba but why not?” he said.
“There’s a whole new audience who are so internet-savvy, people will discover it – it’ll
get immediate international attention no mater what,” he said.
The Benny Andersson Band will perform in London in July, but there are no plans for further touring. Continued Melbourne Herald Sun
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia June 24, 2009
WHOLE NEW STORY…….
Molly Meldrum June 24, 2009
IT’S very good. It’s very Abba but why not? Abba’s music has always been there – Kylie’s covered them, Madonna sampled them.
Mamma Mia the musical and the film were massive all over the world. Young kids are singing Abba.
Just the title, Story of a Heart, it’s like Benny and Bjorn are becoming the new Andrew Lloyd Webber.
When you listen to the lyrics it’s like another musical with the story being told.
A wonderful 3 page feature in today’s SUNDAY TIMES has an interview with Benny by Dan Cairns.
STOCKHOLM – Agnetha & daughter Linda attending the gala at Stadshuset (Stockholm City Hall) where Crown Princess Victoria handed out this year’s prizes from the Marianne and Sigvard Bernadotte Artist Fund. The gala is even more special this year as Marianne Bernadotte, who is Victoria’s great aunt, is celebrating her 85th birthday.
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