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  • Dan Wootton does 'The Sun's Showbiz - Bizarre Page every Saturday. He takes up a Double Page,

    when Saturday arrives. Dan has not even mentioned his 'ABBA News', in today's Double Page spread.

    Nor has he got the Weekly 'Bizarre' Editor - Simon Boyle - to mention it in his Monday to Friday 'Bizarre' Column.

    Dan mentioned the 'ABBA News' on his Twitter Page on Tuesday March 5th - but he has not mentioned it since.

    I don't know Dan, but I don't like a lot of the things that he writes. He can come across as very arrogant and unkind. He is not liked.

    Just look at the Digital Spy Forums Thread devoted just to Dan...Almost all of it negative

    Now Gorel Hanser - ABBA's long time friend - has been asked to comment on Dan's ABBA claims' She has told
    the ABBA Intermezzo Site this:

    Thursday March 7, 2019

    "Special thanks to Görel Hanser, ABBA's management, who told us that they have no comments about Björn mentioning to Dan Wootton that he and Benny are writing new songs for ABBA. Görel told us that the release
    info will be posted on ABBA's
    social media in due course".

    Which neither agrees with Dan's claims, nor dismisses them. So we are no wiser, as to what ABBA are planning...



    • I watched his interview on Lorraine and frankly, he made it sound like Benny asked him to breakfast for reasons other than to do an interview.

      It wasn’t an interview and my guess is Benny thought (rightly) he was speaking off the record. Even if he is writing new songs, they aren’t ABBA songs until the girls record them.


      • On Wednesday, (13th March), Bjorn was interviewed at the South by Southwest, (SXSW),
        Conference in Texas. He discusses the 2 New Songs in the first half of the Interview. He
        is only asked about those 2, which is probably why he gives no indication of any more than
        that. He also discusses The ABBAtars. It looks like The ABBAtars will be entirely CGI in any
        Videos that ABBA use to promote the New Songs. However, they will not be entirely CGI
        on Stage. There will be 4 'Real Humans' on Stage - 'Body Doubles' of ABBA. Over their
        faces/heads will be CGI, to make them look exactly like ABBA in 1979. So, The ABBAtars
        on Stage will only be CGI/Holograms from the neck upwards. A Live Band will be with them
        on Stage...



        • Sound a bit crap don’t they?


          • If I've understood things correctly, it looks as though The ABBAtars, on Stage, will only
            be partly CGI - their heads. However, any Promo Videos, for the New ABBA Songs, will be
            100% CGI - there will be no 'Real' ABBA in them - or any other Human Beings.

            A few Days ago, Bjorn gave an Interview to a Danish News Paper. He said that the delays,
            over releasing the New ABBA Songs, had gone on for 'too long'. That a Video, for one of them
            is currently being made, but the CGI is taking ages to get right.

            He added that we should get at least 1 of the New ABBA Songs, 'in September or October'.

            We will see...



            • Well let’s hope there’s a secret album to go with it


              • Bjorn has given a big Interview to Dan Wootton, in today's 'The Sun'. (Saturday 6th April).

                In it he confirms that there will not be an ABBA Biopic Film. Not while he's alive, anyhow.

                He also seems to confirm that we are to get an entire New ABBA Album - not just a few New Songs...

                I'm still unclear, if The ABBAtars are to only be CGI, (ABBA as in 1979), from the neck up, and 'Body Doubles'
                from the neck down, or if they are to be entirely CGI...


                I always find 'The Sun' Site to be rather slow...


                Last edited by zeus555; Sat April 6th, 2019, 13:54.


                • ^call me crazy but I feel they're still working it out (the CGI thing I mean)

                  as for the full new album I couldn't be happier


                  • Sounds like the ABBAtars will be full holograms, as he said they were creating everything including a body. How they’ll then interact with the audience I’ve no idea, but it sounds interesting.

                    Something like this I do think will be the future of concert going - I really do think holograms are going to end up re-staging iconic tours from people no longer able.


                    • It looks like the 'Deluxe' Voulez-vous' Album will have 7 Twelve Inch Singles released with it.
                      The Singles will come in a Box - or you can buy them individually.

                      They are:

                      1)... Summer Night City / Medley

                      2)... Chiquitita / Lovelight

                      3)... Does Your Mother Know / Kisses Of Fire

                      4)... Voulez-Vous / Angel Eyes

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

                      6)... I Have A Dream / Take A Chance On Me (Live)

                      7)... Voulez-Vous (Extended Dance Remix) / If It Wasn't For The Nights



                      • Today The OCC published 2 Articles about ABBA's Best Selling UK Singles and Albums.

                        Here is their Article about ABBA's Best Selling UK Singles:


                        (Only 'ABBA Gold' is mentioned, regarding ABBA Compilation Albums. However, we must
                        not forget that 'Greatest Hits', (1976), has outsold all of ABBA's UK Studio Albums, with
                        over 2,600,000 Sales. Beaten only by 'ABBA Gold').

                        The OCC give 5,580,000 Sales to 'ABBA Gold' - the most that they have ever given it.

                        Here is The OCC Article about ABBA's UK Albums:


                        If anyone wants to listen to today's UK - BBC Radio 2 - ABBA Special, it is here:


                        I'm not sure if 'Over-Seas' people can listen to it, but UK listeners can. You have to just Register a BBC Account.
                        It is fast and easy to do.

                        'Dancing Queen' is on 1,550,000 UK Sales. Two other ABBA Hits are not far off a UK Million. 'Super Trouper'
                        has 978,000 and 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' has 973,000.



                        • I've just noticed that The OCC's ABBA Album's Article calls Benny - 'Jenny'!!!

                          'Agnetha, Björn, Jenny, and Frida'.



                          • You can see the various 'Voulez Vous' Singles releases here:

                            You can buy them all - with the Half-Speed Album - for 220 Euro's...


                            I've long since stopped buying such ABBA releases. I'm interested in New ABBA Music and nothing else...



                            • Thank you Zeus555 that Frida pic on the link is hilarious, love it


                              • IN TODAY's 'THE SUN' NEWSPAPER...

                                Buried, (small article), halfway down Page 11 was this:

                                Here we go again

                                A THIRD Mamma Mia! Film could be on the way, says ABBA legend Bjorn Ulvaeus.
                                He also revealed the band have finished new songs but he won't say when they
                                will be out.
                                Bjorn told Magic Radio's Richard Allinson: "If someone comes up with an idea for
                                Mamma Mia! 3 you know I'll have a look at it".
                                He added: "There will be a couple of new songs released eventually".

                                Interview is on Magic Radio on Sunday 9th June after 7pm - 105.4 FM.


                                AN ABBA ALBUM - I think that most ABBA Fans would far rather have a New Album from
                                ABBA than a 3rd 'Mamma Mia! Film! Bjorn seems to be far more proud of the Films than
                                he is in what ABBA could achieve or create...(I mean most of the people in the Films can't
                                even Sing. Yet, Benny & Bjorn seem proud to let them loose on ABBA Songs. It is as if they
                                are making fun of the very Music that they created for ABBA. It seems so wrong)...

                                So, we are now back to us 'only' getting 2 New Songs. ABBA could have recorded an entire
                                Album for us, in the 14 Months since they announced the 2 New Songs. (April 2018).



                                • Well - Here we go again. Exciting claims about an ABBA Album and we don't know whether to get excited,
                                  or to dismiss it as 'Nonsense'. I really hate not knowing what is the truth...



                                  According to the UK News Paper 'The Express' - ABBA have already recorded 5 Tracks for a New Album!

                                  At present - No other Media outlet has this 'Story'. The 'Paper is calling it an 'Exclusive'...

                                  We are told that Benny & Bjorn have already written 8 Songs for that alleged Album.

                                  The News Paper says that 'A Source' tells them that the recorded Songs sound fantastic - just
                                  like the 'old' ABBA days...

                                  Can this really be true? Is this the real reason for the delays in releasing the '2 New Songs'?

                                  We are 'fed' so many different versions and claims about ABBA's 'Plans', that we end up praying
                                  that we are being told the truth and that we are not being mislead, or even lied to by the Media.
                                  The Press etc. do like to exaggerate a lot.

                                  Apparently, the Video for one of the Songs has cost a great deal of money, due to the CGI in it. Of
                                  course ABBA, will also want Videos making for some of the other Songs too - to Promote them around
                                  the World.

                                  We are told, (in the Article), that Benny and Bjorn are being very careful with the New Songs, as they
                                  don't want to 'tarnish' ABBA's Legacy. They should just have confidence in what they can do with ABBA.
                                  After all, if ABBA's Legacy can survive 2 quite awful 'Mamma Mia!' Films, I doubt if New ABBA Songs
                                  can do any harm at all!



                                  • Benny has given an Interview, to Alex Hartelius, from the Swedish News Paper 'Aftonbladet'.

                                    In it he totally denies 'The Express' claims. He says that we will get 2 New ABBA Songs only.

                                    However, part of the reasons for the 'New Album' rumours, are Benny & Bjorn themselves. I've
                                    seen them say that we will get 3 New ABBA Songs. I've also seen Bjorn say that it could be
                                    4 - or more. With the delays also, it is no wonder that rumours appear about ABBA 'secretly'
                                    recording an entire New Album.

                                    Here is a Translation of Benny's 'Aftonbladet' Interview. I've used Google Translate on it, which
                                    is why it reads rather oddly, in English, but you can see that he is saying that 'The Express'
                                    claims are nonsense...

                                    BENNY'S 'AFTONBLADET' INTERVIEW:

                                    Benny Andersson denies the new ABBA rumors

                                    "It's completely wrong"

                                    It has previously been reported that ABBA will release two new songs.

                                    But according to the site Express, it should in fact be about an entire album.

                                    Something that Benny Andersson denies.

                                    - It is completely wrong, you can write it, he says to Nöjesbladet.

                                    Last year, the news came that the ABBA members were reunited to record two new songs,
                                    "Don't shut me down" and "I still have faith in you".

                                    The plan was to release them from the beginning in 2018, but since then the launch has been postponed twice.

                                    - The songs will definitely not be released before the summer, possibly after, said ABBA's manager
                                    Görel Hanser to the Daily Star in January.

                                    Source: Brand new album

                                    But according to the site Express, it should not just be two new songs, but a completely new album.

                                    - Benny has written eight new songs, so far. Five of them are pre-recorded, say a source to the site and continue:

                                    - The two B's (Benny and Björn red's note) have been careful with their official statements so
                                    far. But this and more is what happens behind the scene. Benny is a bit paranoid and does not
                                    want to destroy the group's musical heritage. But he has nothing to be afraid of, it's absolutely
                                    amazing songs.

                                    Benny Andersson denies

                                    But that there would be a brand new album with ABBA songs is something that is denied by
                                    Benny Andersson.

                                    - It is completely wrong, you can write it, he says to Nöjesbladet.

                                    So that's not true?

                                    - No, it does not. Hello Hello.




                                    • Yes, the New ABBA Songs, (however many there are), are now delayed until November. We have to be
                                      patient, as we have no power or control over these matters. Getting angry or upset helps no-one. We
                                      have to be positive...

                                      However, it really is Benny & Bjorn's fault, that there is so much confusion, as to how many New Songs
                                      we are getting. In Interviews, I've seen them saying that we are to definitely get a 3rd New ABBA Song.
                                      In another Interview, Bjorn said that it could be '4 or more'. It is no wonder that we've ended up with
                                      speculation that we are to get an entire Album, and that just 2 New Songs somehow seems not enough,
                                      after all the 'teasing' and the forever changing release Months...

                                      Here is a 'Metro' Article confirming the 'new' delay:


                                      In the meantime 'Radio Times' has done a 'Feature' where they look for 'evidence' and 'clues' that there
                                      may be a 3rd 'Mamma Mia!' Film. For some reason 'Mamma Mia!' now seems to over-shadow everything
                                      to do with ABBA. It is as if ABBA Songs were only 'lent' to ABBA, and they really 'belong' to the 'Mamma Mia!'
                                      Films - and the several Actors who cannot even sing! (I'm not saying that none of the Actors, in the Films can
                                      Sing, but a good many of them can't). The 1st Film made over $600 Million and Film 2 made just under $400
                                      Million. We will see how much Film 3 makes. If it is ever made...

                                      (Bjorn says that there will not be a 3rd Film).




                                      • I'm so confused at this's like I've been hearing about new music for more than a year now. They should just get over it and release what they have or forget about it altogether.
                                        "Is Stalin on your shoulder..."
                                        " he was with his composers?"


                                        • Hejira -- You have been hearing about New ABBA Music 'for more than a year now'. ABBA told us about
                                          the 2 New Songs in April 2018. That's 14 Months ago. They recorded the 2 New Songs 2 Years ago - in
                                          June 2017. We have yet to hear the New Songs, but they must seem rather stale to ABBA, as they've
                                          heard the recordings for 2 Years.

                                          There is nothing to get 'confused' about. Bjorn says that we now can't have the New Songs until November.
                                          by which time it will be almost 2.5 Years since ABBA recorded them. Which is a quarter of a Decade! The only
                                          matter that is 'confusing' is how many New Songs we will finally get. Even Benny & Bjorn seem to have no
                                          idea. We never get to hear what Agnetha and Frida think about it all...



                                          • Although 'Voulez-Vous' is not in the new UK Top 100, it is in the Sales only Chart - No.54,
                                            and in the Physical Chart - No.52.

                                            It is not in the Vinyl Album Chart, but 'Gold' is a Re-Entry at No.18.

                                            The 'Voulez-Vous' Singles - 6 of them! - are in the UK Vinyl Singles Chart.



                                            'Voulez-Vous' is at No.1.

                                            'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)' is at No.4.

                                            'I Have a Dream' is at No.5.

                                            'Summer Night City' is at No.6.

                                            'Chiquitita' is at No.7.

                                            'Does Your Mother Know' is at No.8.

                                            The Official Charts Company have used the Sleeve of the UK 'Angel Eyes'/Voulez Vous', for the
                                            No.1 Single, in the Vinyl Chart. There is no sign of the Extended 'Voulez Vous', with 'If It Wasn't
                                            For The Nights' on the 'B' Side. I'd have thought that it would have outsold the other 6 Singles.

                                            I'm wondering if it has confused The OCC and they have just combined the Sales of the 2 'Voulez Vous' Singles?



                                            • In Germany, the 7 Inch Singles 'Voulez-Vous' Box Set is a New Entry at No.63. In at No.65 is
                                              the 'Voulez-Vous' Album.

                                              'ABBA Gold' is down to No.95.



                                              • The Soundtrack to the 2nd 'Mamma Mia!' Film has sold 463,000 UK copies - so far. Of which
                                                around 88,500 have been in 2019. It has sold around 1,400,000 to 1,500,000 Worldwide.

                                                These Sales are no-where near what the Soundtrack to 'Mamma Mia! 1 sold. That is on over
                                                1,500,000 UK Sales and well over 5,000,000 Worldwide Sales.

                                                However, the DVD of 'Mamma Mia!' 1 has sold over 5 Million in the UK alone, and about 12 Million
                                                to 15 Million Globally. The DVD to Film 2 is on just over a Million UK Sales and about 3 to 4 Million Globally...

                                                'ABBA Gold' has now 'Officially' sold over 5,600,000 UK copies, and over 30 Million Worldwide. Its 2019
                                                UK Sales - so far - are just over 70,000...

                                                Last edited by zeus555; Sun July 21st, 2019, 06:15.


                                                • Until today I was unaware that Tim Rice had asked Benny and Bjorn to help him write
                                                  the Songs for the 1994 Disney Cartoon Film of 'The Lion King'. However, they were
                                                  working on the 'Kristina' Musical, and had to turn him down.

                                                  So he worked with Elton John instead and the Film and the Songs were Globally huge.

                                                  I think that 'Kristina' is far stronger than 'Chess', but its story is too narrow to ever have
                                                  caught the imagination of the World outside Scandinavia, (and Finland). Which is why it
                                                  never ended up on the West End in London, or on Broadway in New York. (By 'too narrow',
                                                  I mean that it is really a long 'Epic', about 19th Century Scandinavian Settlers in the USA.
                                                  It is focused on those Settlers, without really having a great deal in the story to attract
                                                  people from the rest of the World. 'The Lion King' has something in it for everyone).

                                                  Most people have never heard of 'Kristina' at all, and certainly not the Songs from it.

                                                  So, Benny & Bjorn gave up the chance to write Songs for a Global smash - 'The Lion King'
                                                  - to work on a Musical that is no-where near as big or well known. I regard that as a pretty
                                                  big mistake...

                                                  In the meantime, the 2019 Film of 'The Lion King' is huge all over the World and getting its
                                                  Songs known all over again...





                                                  • In the New UK Album Chart -- W/E 8th August 2019 -- 'ABBA Gold' becomes the first Album to
                                                    reach 900 Weeks in the Top 100.

                                                    ALBUMS WITH THE MOST WEEKS IN THE UK TOP 100

                                                    01)... ABBA Gold -- ABBA -- (1992) -- (No.1 Album - 8 Weeks) -- 900 Weeks

                                                    02)... Legend -- Bob Marley & The Wailers -- (1984) -- (No.1 Album - 12 Weeks) -- 888 Weeks

                                                    03)... Greatest Hits (One) -- Queen -- (1981) -- (No.1 Album - 4 Weeks) -- 867 Weeks

                                                    04)... Rumours -- Fleetwood Mac -- (1977) -- (No.1 Album - 1 Week) -- 795 Weeks

                                                    05)... The Dark Side of The Moon -- Pink Floyd -- (1973) -- (No.2 Album) -- 534 Weeks

                                                    06)... Bat Out Of Hell -- Meat Loaf -- (1977) -- (No.9 Album) -- 522 Weeks

                                                    07)... Number Ones -- Michael Jackson -- (2003) -- (No.1 Album - 2 Weeks) -- 406 Weeks

                                                    08)... (What's The Story) Morning Glory? -- Oasis -- (1995) -- (No.1 Album - 10 Weeks) -- 395 Weeks

                                                    09)... + -- Ed Sheeran -- (2011) -- (No.1 Album - 3 Weeks) -- 380 Weeks

                                                    10)... The Sound Of Music (OST) -- Various Artists -- (1965) -- (No.1 Album - 70 Weeks) -- 374 Weeks

                                                    11)... Curtain Call - The Hits -- Eminem -- (2005) -- (No.1 Album - 5 Weeks) -- 368 Weeks

                                                    12)... The Very Best Of -- Fleetwood Mac -- (2002) -- (No.6 Album) -- 360 Weeks

                                                    13)... Back To Black -- Amy Winehouse -- (2006) -- (No.1 Album - 6 Weeks) -- 343 Weeks -- @@@

                                                    14)... The Immaculate Collection -- Madonna -- (1990) -- (No.1 Album - 9 Weeks) -- 341 Weeks

                                                    15)... Greatest Hits -- Simon & Garfunkel -- (1972) -- (No.2 Album) -- 332 Weeks

                                                    16)... Nevermind -- Nirvana -- (1991) -- (No.5 Album) -- 331 Weeks

                                                    17)... Bridge Over Troubled Water -- Simon & Garfunkel -- (1970) -- (No.1 Album - 33 Weeks) -- 329 Weeks

                                                    @@@ = Excluding the 1 No.1 Week and 55 Top 100 Weeks of the 2007 'Deluxe' Edition.

                                                    Last edited by zeus555; Sat August 3rd, 2019, 23:52.