Björn Ulvaeus, one of the co-founders of legendary Swedish pop group ABBA, criticised the Danish People’s Party (DF) today for their use of the band’s ‘Mamma Mia’ song at their national congress this past weekend.
Ulvaeus found out about the song’s use through an email which left-wing activist group, Modkraft, sent to his manager, Görel Hanser, asking if Ulvaeus was a backer of the right-wing Danish People’s Party.
Leader of Swedish group made it clear band’s music may not be used politcally
Publishing company Universal Music sent an email response from Ulvaeus back to Modkraft stating that ABBA ‘does not allow their music to be used in any political context’. Hanser said that he was looking into the matter further to determine if any additional action would be taken.
DF’s youth group played the song at the congress in honour of the party’s leader, Pia Kjærsgaard.
Update: ABBA lets political party off hook
Publishing company says band members willing to overlook improper use of song
The Danish People’s Party’s use of the song ‘Mamma Mia’ at their national congress this past weekend will not have any legal repercussions, according to a representative for Universal Music, which holds the publishing rights for the song.
British newspaper Daily Telegraph ran an article in its Friday issue alleging that Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the male duo in the Swedish pop group who wrote the song, had filed a lawsuit against the political party.
But Universal Music’s Olle Rönnbäck told DR that that information was not correct and that no action would be taken.
‘The Danish People’s Party has agreed to stop using the song and that means the matter is concluded as far as we’re concerned,’ said Rönnbäck.
ABBA stated that they do not allow their music to be used in any political connection, and no permission for the use of the song had been obtained by the party’s official youth arm, DFU, which came up with the idea.