29 03 2014


ABBA stars Benny and Bjorn to perform at Olivier Awards 2014

28 03 2014


ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will be reuniting on stage next month.

The duo will perform at this year’s Olivier Awards alongside the current London Mamma Mia! company. Their appearance will help close the ceremony, which will take place on April 13.

The event, hosted by Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan, will not only pay tribute to 15 years of the hit musical, but also coincide with the 40th anniversary of ABBA’s win at Eurovision with the single ‘Waterloo’.

Other performances lined up for the evening include Les Misérables, Matilda the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

This year’s list of Olivier nominees includes Hayley Atwell, Anna Chancellor, Judi Dench, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Juan Diego Florez, Henry Goodman, Rory Kinnear, Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Lesley Manville.

ITV will broadcast a highlights special on April 13 at 10.15pm.

By Caitlin Layton
Friday, Mar 28 2014, 17:37 GMT

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27 03 2014


ABBA release rare photos for 40th anniversary of Eurovision win

22 03 2014


THEY were the four biggest pop stars in the world when the members of ABBA agreed to pose in their swimmers in front of sea lions during their epic 1977 Australian tour.

Here was Bjorn and Benny in their boardies, Agnetha and Frida in their bikinis standing in the water off a Swan River beach and the sea lions hamming it up for the cameras.473496-5f6032ce-af2d-11e3-bf6a-6ec13e402258


“Is it dangerous here? one of the them asked the captain of the boat taking them for a pleasure cruise in Perth.

“Don’t worry. Sharks won’t attack if there are sea lions around. Sea lions are fast. They’ll ram a shark from the side if it gets too close.”

ABBA: Outfits were a tax write-off says Bjorn

ABBA: Life begins at 40 again as anniversary plans revealed

he rare and unseen images of the Swedish sensations are revealed in ABBA: The Official Photo Book released in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary since they the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo.


It is surreal to think these outrageously famous musicians posed so willingly in such bizarre circumstances for personal photos as they were mobbed at every city on their tour.

Perhaps the Swedish Fab Four would have Instagrammed those moments were they to become musical celebrities in 2014.

But surely it would be a viral video scandal were photographers to gain access to their hotel rooms and snap them in bed.

Yet the married couples invited media into the Grand Hotel rooms in Brighton after the victory parade to celebrate their unexpected Eurovision contest victory.

“Looking back, it’s weird that we went along with it, but we were so tight with the media, almost cuddly,” Bjorn remembers in the book.

“Everybody knew everybody else. No paparazzi as far as you could see.”

The 400 page photo essay also features those outrageous costumes which they now claim were a tax write off.

But another shot which may have you shaking your head in disbelief is the four of them wearing tin foil and little else.

German photographer Bubi Heilemann took the photo in a Stockholm studio in late 1975 and it caused a storm as it made its way by cable around the world.

Frida has a frame copy of it on a bookshelf in her home.

“I think it’s fun. Did we wear panties underneath? Of course. Bras too, if I remember rightly. We just pulled down the straps so they wouldn’t be visible,” she recalls in the book.

Some of the most compelling images are of the couples enjoying down time at home before divorce ended the happier days of their success and ultimately the band.

Agnetha and Bjorn playing with their daughter Linda, Benny and Frida at home and the four cycling around the neighbourhood where they lived near each other and would visit for coffee and to write songs.

The book also gives insight into their creative process, rehearsing and composing as well as Agnetha and Frida practising their dance routines.

ABBA: The Official Photo Book published by Hardie Grant Books RRP $75 is available in stores nationally on April 1


Radio interview with Ingmarie Halling

17 03 2014


Ingmarie Halling was interviewed about the ABBA – The Backstage Stories book on the radio show P4 Extra today


Agnetha in April Issue of Marie Claire.

14 03 2014



Life begins again for ABBA at 40 as the Swedish supergroup reveal more anniversary plans

11 03 2014
ABBA is back ... (from left) Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Annifrid Lyngstad and Benny Anderson. Source: News Limited

ABBA is back … (from left) Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Annifrid Lyngstad and Benny Anderson. Source: News Limited

THE enduring love affair with Swedish pop supergroup ABBA should add considerably to their superannuation funds with a raft of releases to mark the 40th anniversary of their first hit Waterloo.

Their label is hoping to considerably add to the 375 million records sold over the past four decades and unveiled the tracklisting to yet another revamped three-disc Gold: Greatest Hits collection last week.

It will drop on April 4 as the band also prepares to celebrate an official photo book to mark the four-decade anniversary.

Now the band’s original Swedish label Polar Music has revealed their ABBA The Singles boxed set, with a special Australian release making the cut for the 40 vinyl singles.

When All Is Said And Done was released in Australia in late 1981 with the B-side Soldiers. Both songs were drawn from their final album The Visitors.

While The Winner Takes It All was written in the wake of the split between Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog, When All Is Said And Done detailed the divorce of Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson.

The singles boxed set will feature their single releases from 1972 to 1982 and include the Eurovision Prize-winning WaterlooMamma MiaDancing QueenTake A Chance On Me,Honey, Honey and Fernando.

Most of the songs were the releases conceived by Polar for Scandinavian territories while nine others were issued by local labels in Europe and Australia.

It will be released on May 9.

ABBA The Singles

1. People Need Love Merry-Go-Round

2. He Is Your Brother Santa Rosa

3. Ring Ring (Swedish Version) / Åh, vilka tider

4. Ring Ring (English Version) / She’s My Kind of Girl

5. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) / I Am Just A Girl

6. Ring Ring (German Version) / Wer I’m Wartesaal der Liebe steht

7. Waterloo (Swedish Version) / Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)

8. Waterloo (English Version) / Watch Out

9. Waterloo (German Version) / Watch Out

10. Waterloo (French Version) / Gonna Sing You My Lovesong

11. Honey, Honey King Kong Song

12. Honey, Honey Ring Ring (remix)

13. So Long / I’ve Been Waiting For You

14. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do / Rock me

15. SOS / Man In The Middle

16. Mamma Mia Intermezzo No. 1

17. Fernando / Hey, Hey Helen

18. Dancing Queen That’s Me

19. Money, Money, Money Crazy World

20. Knowing Me, Knowing You Happy Hawaii

21. The Name Of The Game I Wonder (Departure)

22. Take A Chance On Me / I’m A Marionette

23. Eagle / Thank You For The Music

24. Summer Night City / Medley: Pick A Bale of Cotton — On Top Of Old Smokey —Midnight Special 

25. Chiquitita / Lovelight

26. Chiquitita (Spanish Version) / Lovelight

27. Does Your Mother Know / Kisses of Fire

28. Voulez-Vous / Angeleyes

29. Estoy Soñando (Spanish version of I Have A Dream)/ Does Your Mother Know

30. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) / The King Has Lost His Crown

31. I Have A Dream / Take A Chance On Me (live)

32. The Winner Takes It All / Elaine

33. Super Trouper / The Piper

34. Happy New Year / Andante, Andante

35. Lay All Your Love On Me / On And On And On

36. One Of Us / Should I Laugh Or Cry

37. Head Over Heels / The Visitors

38. When All Is Said And Done / Soldiers

39. The Day Before You Came / Cassandra

40. Under Attack / You Owe Me One