23 02 2010

John Barrowman has recorded THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL for his new album. It’s the second time he has recorded a B&B song. The first was his amazing version of I KNOW HIM SO WELL from his album MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC.  The album is released on March 1st on Cd and via iTunes.

Listen to tracks from the album including THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL

Pre order Kristina at Carnegie Hall Double CD Now!

Ring, ring if you have Agnetha’s ABBA suit!

22 02 2010

$10,000 reward is being offered for an Abba jumpsuit stolen in Melbourne.

The white one-piece, worn by Agnetha Faltskog during the Swedish group’s 1977 Australian tour, is believed to have been swiped from a Healesville shed last year – and sold in a garage sale.

But now Abba fans want it back.

While revealing plans to bring the AbbaWorld exhibition to Federation Square in June, promoter Paul Dainty said the missing jumpsuit would prove a big bonus to an already extensive collection of memorabilia.

“I’m very optimistic we’ll be able to find it, because I’ve got to think that someone in Australia has got this jumpsuit,” he said.

“It’s a real collector’s item because the ’77 tour was such a monumental tour.

“People still talk about it.”

Legend has it that Agnetha, also known as Anna, gave her jumpsuit, which features a purple “A” on the back, to an Ansett hostess during the tour.

Mr Dainty said he would be prepared to buy – or even borrow – the jumpsuit for the exhibition, which had its worldwide opening in London last month.

“I’ve got to think that someone’s got it hidden away and is prepared to get it out for such a good reason,” he said.

AbbaWorld is an interactive exhibition that allows fans to “appear” in Abba film clips and on their album covers.

“It’s a very high-tech, theme park-type of attraction,” Mr Dainty said.


Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition On The Way!

22 02 2010

ABBA’s 1979 album, Voulez-Vous, featuring smash hits such as ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Does Your Mother Know’ and ‘I Have A Dream’, will be released as a Deluxe Edition this spring.

in line with previous Deluxe Edition releases such as Arrival and ABBA – The Album, the Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition expands the original album with Voulez-Vous era bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring television performances and interviews related to Voulez-Vous.

More details about this exciting new release, including the release date, will follow.



21 02 2010


JUNE 2010!

Dainty Consolidated Entertainment in conjunction with Touring Exhibitions is delighted to announce that they will be bringing ABBAWORLD to Melbourne in June 2010.

Melbournes Federation Square will be transformed into a world of sequins, platforms, singing and dancing!

ABBAWORLD is an extraordinary multimedia exhibition that will enable visitors to experience the music and magic of ABBA in a completely new and distinctive way.

Tickets will go on sale in March, for information on tickets go to

Fully approved and supported by ABBA, ABBAWORLD made its stunning, star-studded, world debut in London on 26 January 2010 to rave reviews from fans and media alike.

Infused with state-of-the-art technology, the highly interactive experience will take visitors on a mind-blowing journey through ABBAWORLDS 25 rooms, bursting with exclusive footage, stage costumes, images and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the personal collections of the worlds most cherished pop icons; Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Frida.

An engaging introductory movie produced by critically acclaimed film director, Jonas Åkerlund, will start the experience and an audio guide will move visitors through the magical space at their own pace.

From Waterloo to Mamma Mia!, the ABBA phenomenon will be brought to life at ABBAWORLD with interactive highlights including Perform with ABBA – which allows fans to perform on stage with their idols, as part of a stunning 3D holographic illusion. Tretow MIX Challenge- a chance to mix things up and re-create the ABBA sound, as well as the ABBA Quiz – which tests fans knowledge of all things ABBA. There is also the opportunity to Sing-A-Long and dance with ABBA, plus a chance for fans to see themselves as part of an ABBA video!

Better still, all of these interactive experiences will be recorded on visitors “smart tickets” and available to be viewed and downloaded later from, allowing their experiences to live on and on and on, just like ABBAs music! On entry to ABBAWORLD, guests will also have their photograph taken – this will become an animated image that will follow them through their interactive experiences. It is a stunning new multimedia experience for new and old ABBA fans – great family entertainment.

The Swedish super group, comprising of Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog created a legendary sound in the 1970s which made the whole world take to the dance floor. For over 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today. This has ensured they remain one of the top three selling artists in the world having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still currently sell over 3 million records a year!

Australia has had a long love affair with ABBA.  In 1977 their fame in Australia reached fever pitch when hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their idols as they embarked on a sold out concert tour.  During the tour, the band attended a civic reception at Melbourne Town Hall where they were given the keys to the city and the then Prime Minister Malcom Fraser and his family, flew from Canberra to Melbourne to meet ABBA.

Agnetha Faltskog spoke of the tumultuous February/March 1977 concert tour as “the most incredible of all the things that I experienced with Abba,” she expressed the sentiment of her bandmates. “We have probably never received such a rapturous reception anywhere.  It seemed the ovation would never end.”

ABBA is once again creating history through this interactive, audiovisual experience. To recreate the magic of ABBA, ABBAWORLD is using state of the art multimedia technology and the excitement and presence in time and space of ABBA is recreated in a way no one thought possible. ABBAWORLD will take you on a mind-blowing journey through the music, memories, and magic of ABBA!



A current “ABBAWORLD” affair

20 02 2010

Make a date to catch  “A Current Affair” on Channel 9 on Monday,  22/2/10.  They will be showing a feature filmed at ABBA WORLD and will be  announcing about ABBAWORLD opening in Australia (Melbourne?) later this year. A current affair is shown weeknights at 6:30 pm on channel 9 -Australia.


15 02 2010

The final artwork is now done on the new book “ABBA IN AMERICA”.

The original cover had to be changed as they did not realise they had used a pic of ABBA on stage in Japan during the 19080 tour!

Frida and Benny Heading for New York!

14 02 2010

Frida and Benny to Go to New York

Frida and Benny will fly to New York to attend the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

induction ceremony next month.

Mamma Mia



MAMMA MIA! – the world’s No.1 musical returns to Melbourne for a strictly limited 15-week

season only.

Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s

enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago…

A mother, a daughter, three possible fathers, and a trip down the isle you’ll never forget!

MAMMA MIA! is currently in its 10th Anniversary year since the production opened in London’s

West End on 6th April 1999 and five new foreign language productions are opening this year

as well as the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour.

Seen by over 40 million people worldwide MAMMA MIA! has premiered in more cities worldwide

faster than any other musical in history, opening in more than 200 major cities since the first

production in London opened ten years ago.



Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street

Season: Feb 13 2010 – May 30 2010

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8.00pm

Matinees: Wednesday at 1.00pm, Saturday at 2.00pm Sunday at 5.00pm

Tickets: $29.90 – $119.90

Bookings: Ticketek: 1300 795 012 |

The ABBA Guide to….

13 02 2010

Due for release in April is the long awaited book by ABBA Fan Sara Russell -“The ABBA GUIDE TO STOCKHOLM”. The book will be released in both English and German. Other languages may follow. You can order it from Premium publishing (€26)  or from the Dutch Fan club shop (€32.50!)

“Definitive ABBA” New DVD Box set.

8 02 2010

This 4DVD set features some superb live performances from the band including – Dancing Queen, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Knowing Me, Knowing You and Money Money Money.

Due for release on 01/03/2010


2 02 2010

This weeks issue of Hello! magazine (UK No.1109 8Feb 2010)  Has a half page full colour article about ABBAWORLD.