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Friday, 9 December 2016

ABBA Album Reaches Number In Australia - 1975 !



Today in 1975, the ABBA album reaches number one in Australia, staying there for 11 weeks.


This was ABBA's third album release - second international release - and has the wonderful songs that shot them to the top in Australia - and finally around the world.

Hits include:

I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do - No. 1 in Australia
SOS - No. 1 in Australia
Mamma Mia - No. 1 in Australia

But it also contains other greats like I've Been Waiting For You, So Long, Bang A Boomerang & Rock Me - plus the amazing Intermezzo No.1.

This album went to Number 1 in Australia and was in the charts here for 65 weeks ! The only ABBA album to stay in longer was, of course, The Best Of ABBA.

Check out the Making Of The ABBA Album here:

http://www.abbasite.com/the-making-of-the-abba-album/


Following the Eurovision success of "Waterloo", ABBA saw the band gaining worldwide recognition. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" topped the charts in Australia, as did "Mamma Mia" shortly after. "SOS" and "Mamma Mia" became hits in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and two of its most famous songs. The album saw ABBA dabble into reggae with "Tropical Loveland" and includes a grand pseudo-classical keyboard instrumental in the traditions of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman with "Intermezzo No. 1" (early working title: "Mama").

Pictures for the 'ABBA' LP sleeve were taken in the lobby at the Castle Hotel in Stockholm. One of the photos from this session features on the back of the album cover.
Today the hotel's name is "Riddargatan".

According to photographer Ola Lager, the photograph on the front of the glamorous sleeve was taken a couple of roads away from Polar Music offices at Baldersgatan.



Thursday, 1 December 2016

Frida In Las Vegas With Olivia ! November 2016

ABBA Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad attends Olivia Newton-John “Summer Nights” at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Spotted Tuesday night at Olivia Newton-John’s show, “Summer Nights,” at Flamingo Las Vegas, was singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA. Following the show, Anni-Frid visited with Olivia backstage for a photo opp (Photo courtesy of Kodak for Caesars Entertainment)

How fabulous that Frida attended Olivia's show. They do go back a long way :)

 

 

 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016

ABBA Virtual Project - Dinner With Simon Fuller In London !


ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus join Simon Fuller for dinner in London after it's announced they're working on a 'groundbreaking venture'

They recently sparked excitement among their fans by announcing they were reuniting for a special virtual project.

And ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus, 71, and Benny Andersson, 69, joined music mogul Simon Fuller, 56, to discuss business over dinner at Ristorante Frescobaldi in Mayfair, London, on Friday night.

The famous musicians put on dapper displays, with Bjorn wearing a grey overcoat covering a turquoise shirt as well as dark trousers, black shoes and a grey scarf.



Benny dressed in a black suit jacket, a grey sweater and white shirt. He teamed the items with black jeans and shiny black shoes.
The musician slicked back his mid-length locks and also wore specs and rocked a silver beard.



Simon looked in fine spirits smiling as he accompanied Bjorn to the eatery. He dressed all in black, combining a leather jacket with a shirt, smart trousers and Chelsea boots.



A full scale comeback might not be on the cards, but the pop quartet are set to give loyal fans the next best thing by reuniting for a ‘virtual digital entertainment experience’ in the new year.
The Swedish band have joined forces with Simon for the project, described as a ‘a groundbreaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual-reality technology … which will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.’
In a statement released on Wednesday, Fuller explained: ‘We are exploring a new technological world that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn't have previously imagined,’ 



News of their latest venture comes 34-years after the band stopped recording as a group and four months after they reformed for a one-off concert at a private gala event in their native Stockholm. 

The group, comprised of married couples Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, became one of the most commercially successful pop acts of all time after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
But after topping charts across mainland Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand South Africa, Ireland and the United Kingdom - where they scored eight consecutive number one albums - the band performed for the last time in 1982.
While never announcing a formal split, the group's retreat from the spotlight was believed to be prompted by the collapse of their marriages; both couples divorced in 1980.

Reflecting on their new project, Andersson said:  'We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here.
'A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.' 

Lyngstad added: 'Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new creation will excite them as much as it excites me!' 

Despite disbanding almost four decades ago, the group have maintained an enduring appeal thanks to their extensive back catalogue of hits, among them Waterloo, The Winner Takes It All, SOS and Dancing Queen. 
The enormously popular musical Mama Mia, which draws inspiration from the band's music, has also helped preserve their legacy while grossing for the £2 billion in revenue since its launch in 1999.
A film of the same name starring Colin Firth, Meryl Street and Pierce Brosnan was released in 2008.  
To celebrate the news, Google Play Music has released the most streamed ABBA songs globally. The top ten include favourites such as Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Friday, 28 October 2016

ABBA Custom Items & Designs - Cushions, Bags And More !



I have been very excited lately about all the fabulous new ABBA Arrival items and the great news about a Virtual ABBA - and when I get excited, I cannot help myself from creating my own ABBA items.

Here are a few of the latest items.

These are all available for purchase along with other designs and plenty more items :)

Check them all out here:

ABBA Custom Products

Cushion Covers - various sizes



Tote Bags - various sizes






Scanlens Poster - 59cm x 84cm - available in other sizes


Scarves - Various designs - 140cm x 140cm


T-shirts - Various designs



I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I do !



Xmas Has Arrived At ABBA The Museum !



XMAS HAS ARRIVED AT
ABBA THE MUSEUM/WEBSHOP


ABBA CHRISTMAS BAUBLE
The annual ABBA Christmas bauble is here, this time all in white and gold.
$6.25USD each
ABBA THE CALENDAR
ABBA The Movie is having a 40 year anniversary so let’s celebrate every month of 2017 with a lovely picture from " ABBA The Movie ". Of course we also pin-pointed a few important days you should not miss..
$22.55USD



LIMITED EDITION ARRIVAL SINGLES VINYL BOX SET
Available in only 2000ex , for all ABBA fans & collectors.
$35.00USD
THE BANDANA
Our practical multiway bandana will keep you warm this season. Use it as a scarf, beanie, bandana or round your wrist, instructions on the wrapping. Available in black & pink.
$8.95USD

DISCO BALL KEYRING
Disco time-
The ABBA The Museum dico-ball keyring is a must!!
Available in pink & silver & gold
$5.35USD


Thursday, 27 October 2016

ABBA Returns - In Digital ! Press Release 26 October 2016



OMG !
This sounds amazing !!
Virtual ABBA !
I really wish they would recreate the 1977 Tour - how amazing it would be to see the whole concert !
But I will be happy with anything they do - why wouldn't I ?
Some people are already grumbling and being negative about this - I don't understand that.
This is exciting - and fun - and we are blessed to still have these moments after all these years !
Roxy




PRESS RELEASE - DIGITAL ABBA

(Stockholm and Los Angeles 26.10.2016) Nearly 35 years after their last public performance together, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans around the world what millions of them have long dreamed of but considered impossible: A new entertainment experience.

World-renowned entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller, the members of ABBA, and Universal Music Group are partnering together in a groundbreaking venture that will utilize the very latest in digital and virtual reality technology. The aim is to create an original entertainment experience with the Swedish Pop Superstars, which will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.

Simon Fuller has been at the cutting edge of social and technological change for three decades, using his insights to transform popular culture. His business has been quietly investing in virtual reality technologies, developing hyper-realistic digital humans in the field of entertainment, for several years. The collaboration with the four members of ABBA, who first formed in Stockholm in 1972 and who remain among the most iconic and enduring talents in the world, marks a key moment to fully realize the possibilities of virtual reality ahead of the curve – and in the process transform the face of popular entertainment.

The members of ABBA will be involved throughout the creative process maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the bands original vision within this exciting new realm of entertainment possibilities.
Benny Andersson: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.”



Frida Lyngstad: “Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites me!”

Simon Fuller, Founder and CEO of XIX Entertainment: “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.”

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group: “Having the privilege of working closely with the band for over two decades, I can comfortably say there are few recording artists who like ABBA bring together their mastery of craft, a high level of professionalism and enormous commercial success. I’m thrilled to be involved in this innovative new project that will introduce the band who are responsible for some of the greatest songs and melodies in pop music to a new generation of fans.”

Further details of this pioneering collaboration to be announced in 2017.



From icethesite:

ABBA and Simon Fuller create cutting-edge digital experience!

All four members of ABBA, entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller, and Universal Music are partnering together in a groundbreaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual reality technology.
Fuller came to prominence through managing pop group the Spice Girls.

He went on to create the Idol franchise and has managed the careers of some of entertainment and sports biggest stars, including Victoria and David Beckham, Annie Lennox and Lewis Hamilton.
In 2008, he was certified as the most successful British music manager of all time by Billboard magazine and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The aim of the link up between Fuller and the ABBA members is to create an original entertainment experience, which will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.

Simon Fuller has been quietly invested in virtual reality technologies, developing hyper-realistic digital humans in the field of entertainment, for several years.




On the subject of the project, Frida said: “Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites me!”

The collaboration with ABBA will fully realise the possibilities of virtual reality ‘ahead of the curve’ – and in the process hopes to transform the face of popular entertainment.

The members of ABBA will be involved throughout the creative process maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the band’s original vision within this exciting new realm of possibilities.




Simon Fuller: “Having seen over the past few months the creativity and ideas flowing from the members of ABBA, it fills me with great excitement.

“This new technological world we are exploring, with Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence at the forefront, allows us to create entertainment and new content in ways that could never previously have been imagined.”

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in this innovative new project that will introduce the band who are responsible for some of the greatest songs and melodies in pop music to a new generation of fans.

A press release to herald the new project states: Nearly 35 years after their last public performance together, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans around the world what millions of them have long dreamed of but considered impossible: A new entertainment experience.




Benny said: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here.”

icethesite hopes to be able to share a few more details of this exciting and pioneering collaboration, with the full backing of Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Björn, soon – but the full details of the project and where and when you can see it will be announced in 2017.

 


Sunday, 9 October 2016

ABBA Arrival The Album - Thoughts From An Artist - Mark B Timmins


'Watching Over' by Mark B Timmins

ABBA Arrival - The Album

Thoughts From An Artist

A young girl who is so dangerously infatuated with her teacher that she kisses him in the middle of a class.

An older woman looking on with joy and nostalgia as she watches a young seventeen year old girl enjoy her euphoric dancing oblivion. She is perhaps remembering when she was that girl?

A young woman who's heart is breaking as she knows that this day will be the last day that she will ever spend with the love of her life.

A young woman who is in love with a violinist and is so sexually frustrated with him not noticing her that she imagines what it would be like to be his instrument.

A woman who is expressing her sadness and regret over the ending of an irrevocable relationship and how it was inevitable.


A woman who is financially in dire straits who dreams of what it would be like to be financially wealthy and what she might have to do to get it by either marrying money or gambling to get it.


A young woman who is looking for a seemingly impossible kind of love and will not trade her independence for anything less than that love.


A young man who is tortured by the fact that he feels like a pawn in his relationship with his girlfriend. She thinks he is better off without her.


The lure, attraction and dangers of the city encapsulated in a prowling, devouring and violent beast.
The sound of Nordic angels departing the earth (and your stereo) after 35 minutes of aural heaven. A piece of music that evokes happiness and sadness in equal measure.


ABBA's Arrival was played and adored by all those young fans at the time (me included) during the mid to late 70s and just the sounds and the melodies were enough to hook you.

But as adults the themes on this album are ever more poignant as you grow older. This is the beauty of this album.

It is not a happy album, it just SOUNDS happy. One look at the serious cover artwork would tell you that this is serious stuff. This is the genius of ABBA.

This is when pop music actually means something. It is not throwaway. It is a series of melancholy stories dressed up in the most beautiful soundscape. The songs of reality clothed in the music of escapism. Arrival is a milestone album in pop music.

Mark Barry Timmins



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