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Postby zeus555 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:39 am

'ABBA Gold' sold about 2,270 copies to rise from No.76 to No.40
in the latest UK Album Chart - W/E 14th September 2017.

'ABBA Gold' rose, due to the 1st 'Mamma Mia!' Film, being shown on ITV1
& ITV1+1 last Saturday - 2nd September.


1)... Bridge Over Troubled Water -- Simon & Garfunkel -- (1970) -- 279 Weeks
2)... Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf -- (1977) -- 249 Weeks
3)... ABBA Gold -- ABBA -- (1992) -- 226 Weeks
4)... Greatest Hits -- Simon & Garfunkel -- (1972) -- 221 Weeks
5)... The Dark Side Of The Moon -- Pink Floyd -- (1973) -- 216 Weeks

Two Film Soundtracks have had more Top 40 Weeks than any of the Artist Albums:

A... The Sound Of Music -- (1965) -- 351 Weeks
B... South Pacific -- (1958) -- 315 Weeks

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Postby thebigham » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:35 pm

9/23/17 Billboard's Top Album Sales
Total = Chain, Independent, Mass Merchants, Non Traditional

128. ABBA|BEST OF ABBA-MILLENNIUM C 1,743 = 144 1 1514 83

154. ABBA|GOLD-GREATEST HITS 1,577 = 102 108 662 703
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Postby zeus555 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:37 am


Later in 2017 'ABBA The Album' will be released as 'Half-Speed' 40th Anniversary Edition.

(I'd have included the Image, but I don't know how to insert them!!!) ... y-releases

It only had 9 Tracks, as an original release, so they will be spread over 4 Vinyl Sides.

'The Album' was originally released in December 1977, in most of the World. The UK did not
get it until January 1978, due to its huge Advance Orders - 500,000. (ABBA beat that with
1980's 'Super Trouper' Album, which had 1,000,000 UK Advance Orders - the 1st Album
to have so many, in the UK. It was beaten by Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Welcome To
The Pleasuredome, in 1984, which had over 1,100,000 Advance Orders). ).

As with the 'Half Speed' 'Arrival', in 2016, the Singles that were released off 'The Album', will
also be released in a separate Box Set.

Many Countries had 3 Singles off it, but the UK, Ireland, USA & Canada only had 2 - no 'Eagle'.

The 3 Singles off it were:

The Name Of The Game//I Wonder (Departure)
Take A Chance On Me//I'm A Marionette
Eagle//Thank You For The Music

For some reason Epic Records chose not to release 'Eagle' in the UK, which is why ABBA
are forever stuck on 19 UK Top 10 Hits & not 20.

'Eagle' is ABBA's longest ever Track - 5.51. However, it was edited down to 4.25 for the
Single's release. Australia & France had an even bigger Single's edit - 3.33.

Some people say that 'Eagle' sounds like Pink Floyd could have recorded it.

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Postby Benny » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:28 am


Rank - Estimated 2017 Sales - TITLE - Artist ( Estimated Total SoundScan Era Sales (m) )
51 - 57,000 - THE BEST OF-20TH CENTURY MASTERS… - Abba (1.63 )
89 - 44,000 - GOLD: GREATEST HITS - Abba (5.66)

Many thanks to oldbloke for that.
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Postby zeus555 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:55 pm


Benny has confirmed that ABBA will return as a Virtual Reality Act in 2019.

There will be a Band on Stage - playing the instrumentation & there will be Digital Creations of
ABBA actually singing their Songs.

From 'The Local' - Tuesday 12th September 2017: ... union-tour

From BBC News:

From 'Music Week' - The UK's Music Industry Magazine: ... our/069768

From the 'N.M.E.' ('New Musical Express') Site: ... 19-2139797

We long gave up hope for a full Abba reunion concert, but plans for a virtual reality tour featuring all four members are still in the works, Sweden's music legend Benny Andersson has confirmed.

The Swedish quartet did perform on stage together last summer at a party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of Andersson and his songwriting partner Björn Ulvaeus. But it was a private party so any Abba fan knows it does not count, no matter what the headlines say.

But a virtual reality reunion tour (plans for which have been reported in the past) is still in the pipeline, Andersson told Expressen in an interview ahead of the release of his new album 'Piano'.

“We see each other every now and then, we've done a few different things, and now we've got a project ahead of us,” said the Swede.

The idea, as it currently stands, is that Abba's songs will be performed by a live band and digital avatars of Andersson, Ulveaus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog will also be on stage.

Not a reunion in the flesh, but apparently as good as it gets.

The tour is planned to kick off in 2019, if it is good enough, according to Andersson.

“It will take a bit of time, it takes time to digitalize a face,” he told Expressen.

“It's fun that it's so technologically advanced. It will be interesting.”

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Postby Benny » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:44 pm

UK Albums Chart

32 (40) ABBA Gold (Week 802)
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Postby zeus555 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:52 am

'ABBA Gold' sold around 2,300 UK copies to rise from No.40 to No.32.

It is doing even better in the Scottish Album Chart - No.19, the
Sales Album Chart - No.24, & the Physical Album Chart - No.24.

It is doing not so well in the Download Album Chart - No.55 & the
Streaming Album Chart - not in the Top 100.

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Postby zeus555 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:18 pm

Here are more details about the ABBA 'Virtual Reality Tour'. So, the 'Tour' may well be a true one,
rather than the 'Holograms' performing at the same venue. If you think about it - they could make
several 'Virtual Reality' ABBA's, & they could 'Tour' several Countries at the same time! In fact, if
they made 6 'Virtual ABBA' they could be 'Touring' the 6 main Continents at once - Europe, Asia,
Africa, North America, South America & Australia. I guess, they need not bother with Antarctica,
as there are only a few thousand Scientists etc. there - about 4,000 in Summer & 1,000 in Winter.

From: 'The Irish Times' -- Saturday 16th September 2017:

ABBA-tars: Super Troupers return, and somewhere in the crowd there’s you

Björn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid are back – as you haven’t seen them since 1977

by Brian Boyd

Since splitting up in 1982, ABBA – one of the most successful and loved music groups of all time – has had almost daily offers to reform. Some 15 years ago the four members of the band sat in a room together and seriously discussed reforming for a series of live shows after they received a $1 billion offer.
“We were going to do the shows and build a hospital with the money,” Björn Ulvaeus told this reporter.
But that offer – like thousands of others – ultimately came to nothing. Hence the surprise this week when ABBA officially confirmed they were getting back together to tour in 2019. But only in virtual reality.
All four members of the best-selling band: Björn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid are being digitised using techniques that capture them as they were in their spandex prime.
Using audio from previous live ABBA concerts, a digital ABBA will be shining like the sun, smiling, having fun on stages once again. The band are all now in their late 60s or early 70s and have little appetite to schlep around the live circuit in person. But this virtual reality tour is no cheap gimmick. The giant Universal record label and Simon Fuller (the impresario behind the Spice Girls and The X Factor) are looking to
re-imagine the live entertainment economy with this virtual ABBA tour.

As Fuller said this week: “The creativity and ideas flowing from the members of ABBA over the past few months have filled me with great excitement. We are exploring a new technological world, with virtual reality and artificial intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn’t have previously imagined.”

Digital avatars

It’s now all too common, when a major-league live act announces a visit, the expensively priced tickets sell out in minutes, leaving many fans disappointed. The live tour economy is buoyant, and demand far outstrips supply.
Given that a major act can only get to certain places at certain times, the entertainment industry has been investing heavily for some time in the concept of the virtual reality substitute tour.
If the original ABBA fans find the idea of going to see digital avatars of a group preposterous, the next generation of gig-going age has grown up with hyper-realistic video games and see the world differently.
The music industry has already tried out the idea. In 2012 the rapper Tupac Shakur (who died in 1996) appeared as a hologram at that year’s Coachella music festival. In 2014 a moonwalking Michael Jackson hologram appeared at the Billboard music awards, five years after his death.
The Universal Music Group, Simon Fuller and ABBA are not going to get involved in a poorly thought out and cheaply executed technological publicity stunt.

"ABBA has a far bigger commercial reach, and could be a more effective test case for this new “live music” concept"

A lot of attention will be focused on a world tour by the heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio which kicks off this November. Dio died in 2010 but the Dio Returns tour features a hologram of the singer being backed by the musicians who used to play with him. Dio’s live vocals each night will be taken from previous performances in his career.
Dio Returns will play in venues across Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and the US. Live music promoters are not known for being generous with their money, so the fact that so many venues have already booked the Dio Returns show suggests there is a market for hologram/virtual reality tours.

New live entertainment format

ABBA, however, are a different proposition. They have a far bigger commercial reach, and could be a more effective test case for this new “live music” concept.
Such is the still massive appetite for ABBA’s pop music that the stage musical Mamma Mia (based on their songs) has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide since opening in 1999. The 2008 film adaptation of Mamma Mia became the highest-grossing musical film of all time. The band’s greatest hits collection, Gold – originally released in 1992 – is still selling healthily.
ABBA guard their legacy jealously (they wouldn’t let their name be used in the Mamma Mia musical), and they hardly need the money that a virtual tour might make them. A motivating force, however, may be to pioneer a new live entertainment format in which they’re (albeit digitally) front and centre.
The details of the technology being used to bring ABBA to digital life are a closely guarded secret. It’s unclear, too, what type of venues virtual ABBA will play in or how the overall product will be controlled and distributed.
What is known is that, following ABBA’s announcement, industry talk has already begun about virtual reality “de-ageing” tours, including the possibility of Fleetwood Mac performing their Rumours album looking and sounding as they did when it was released in 1977.
ABBA aren’t the only ones who don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.


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Postby Benny » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:38 pm

Thank you Colin/ zeus555 for keeping us up-to-date with the virtual reality tour and all the other ABBA-related news!
I'm a bit sceptical about the virtual tour but let's see how it will go.
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Postby zeus555 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:52 pm

Australia's Channel 7 showed a new ABBA Documentary at 8 pm tonight.

It has caused the 2014 3 CD 'ABBA Gold' to re-enter the Australian iTunes Chart,
at No.4. The 1992 'ABBA Gold' has re-entered at No.5. 'Arrival' is in at No.32.

Here is the Documentary - in 5 Parts.

Link: ... -revealed/

The UK's 'Daily Mail' has done an Article about the Virtual Reality ABBA Tour, as regards Australia.

Link: ... l#comments

There are several Comments beneath it. Mine is under Colin333.

I think that people are going to have to face a new 'Reality'. Eventually, such Tours will be normal & many old
Acts will be seen Touring, that way. Not just ABBA, but The Beatles - all 4 of them again, the Rolling Stones, (as
they looked in 1965 etc.), Queen - complete with Freddie Mercury, Fleetwood Mac, as they were in 1977, and
many more.

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Postby Benny » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:12 pm

US Top 200 Albums
Region: Total U.S. Week Ending: 09/14/17

Total Chain Indep MassM Non T
(141) ABBA|BEST OF ABBA-MILLENNIUM C1499 87 28 1319 65 60249843229
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