My my! Abba’s Agnetha Fältskog scales new heights of UK chart success with new album ‘A’
Abba singer Agnetha Fältskog’s new album A has reached number six in the UK album charts, making it her highest-charting solo record in Britain.
The 63-year-old blonde member of Abba withdrew from public life after the hit Swedish band split, but has been tempted out of retirement by lyricist Joergen Elofsson, who has previously written songs for Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Westlife.
The album also features a duet with Gary Barlow, whose vocals were recorded separately, which has been described by critics as “annoyingly good”.
A is Fältskog’s fifth solo album and her first in almost ten years after she recorded My Colouring Book in 2004, which reached number 12 in the UK album charts. Her previous 1988 record I Stand Alone came in at number 72.
Speaking about her decision to re-emerge on the music scene she said: “It is nearly 10 years since my last album, and almost 25 years ago since I recorded my original material. I thought at the time that maybe that would be the last one. And after that, I really didn’t think that much about it.
“My life contains so many other things, I have my children, my grandchildren, my two dogs and a big place in the country. I have my own life.”
Fältskog was one quarter of Abba along with her former husband Björn Ulvaeus and her friends Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson. Together they sold 370 million albums and singles worldwide.
Her distinctive vocals can be heard on “Waterloo”, “The Name of the Game”, “Chiquitita” and “The Way Old Friends Do” among others.
Fältskog and Ulvaeus divorced in 1980 but they continued to perform as Abba until late 1982.
“We wanted to make this as if Agnetha hadn’t entered Abba,” said lyricist Elofsson about A. “We were interested in what she would have sounded like if she hadn’t been in the group. And yet it’s important that she comes across as we remember her to be.”
ABBA Now have Claim to The Second Biggest Selling Album In UK -EVER!
Abba’s greatest hits collection, Gold, edged past the The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this weekend to become the second highest selling album in UK history. The band have now sold over 5.1million copies of their greatest hits album, with the Official Charts Company indicating over the weekend that the album has surpassed Sgt. Pepper’s by 15,000 sales.
The album now only sits behind another best of collection, Queen’s Greatest Hits, which has so far sold 5.9million copies. The rest of the top five consists of Adele’s 21, which is 4th having sold 4.6million copies, with Oasis’ 1995 sophomore release (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?completing the top five, selling slightly less than Adele. Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, ABBA founder and songwriter Björn Ulvaeus spoke of his shock at the achievement, saying, ‘It’s feels unreal – outselling the greatest record of all time!
‘The new album knocks Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heartclub Band from the number two spot and is less than a million sales away from knocking Queen from the top spot.
Gold‘s chart success couldn’t have come at a more fitting time either, with the Eurovision Song Contest; the competition that launched ABBA to international stardom, returning to the group’s native Sweden this weekend. The weekend also marked a return to the U.K. charts form former ABBA singer Agnetha Faltskog, whose comeback album A reached number six in the charts following Sunday’s (May 19) update.
The new album knocks Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heartclub Band from the number two spot and is less than a million sales away from knocking Queen from the top spot.