About My Blog

I created this blog to help share ABBA information with other fans and to show off my new collection items :)


Please note: Collection item photos are from my own personal collection. These are not stock photos. If you wish to use any of my photos elsewhere, please have the courtesy to ask first - Thank you :)

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

ABBA Voulez Vous 40th Anniversary Releases ! Pre-order Now !!



ABBA Voulez Vous 40th Anniversary Releases

Today the new releases for the Anniversary became available to pre-order !

Already online stores are selling out of specific items.
If you haven't ordered yet, better be quick !

I can't wait to receive these - lovely set to commemorate this awesome album ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

Items on offer include:

1. Voulez-Vous Half Speed Master Album - 2LP

2.  The Singles Coloured Vinyl Boxset - 7 singles

3.  Chiquitita 7" Picture Disc


4.  Does Your Mother Know 7" Picture Disc


5.  I Have A Dream 7" Picture Disc


6.  Voulez-Vous 7" Picture Disc


7.  Summer Night City 7" Picture Disc


8.  Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) 7" Picture Disc


9.  Voulez-Vous Extended Dance Mix 7" Picture Disc


Available for pre-order from the following sites:

uDiscover Music - Universal

ABBA The Museum Webshop

The Official International ABBA Fan Club

Watch out for them to show on Amazon sites and other online music retailers.






Tuesday, 5 March 2019

My Little ABBA Interview Plus Collection Pics - 4 March 2019



Mamma Mia Here I Go Again !

Yesterday, 4 March 2019, I did a little TV interview for The Morning Show on Channel 7 here in Australia. It was a segment called 'Superfan'. Such a big build up to doing the interview, and then it's over so quickly ! I enjoyed being able to show off some of my collection though ๐Ÿ˜„

I decided that since it was only one day out from the 42nd Anniversary of ABBA's first Australian concert (the one I went to) that I should appear on the show in a 1977 Tour costume.
I chose Frida's Dancing Queen dress.
I had this custom made for me by a very talented young lady named Miriam Braithwaite from Miriam's Dress Designs based on the Gold Coast and I think she did a brilliant job, especially when she was only working from photos - and instructions from me.
Miriam even hand weaved the frog closures ! So clever ๐Ÿ˜€
I did contribute to the costume a little by making the embellishment/applique on the front bottom of the dress - which I think turned out ok with the materials available to me ๐Ÿ˜Š
My fabulous hat was organised for me by my beautiful Aunty, Narelle Cameron and crocheted by Karen Fenton from the Central Coast of NSW.

It felt good to be in such a lovely costume and I am very grateful to those who helped with this.

Thanks Channel 7, The Morning Show, and the 2 fabulous hosts Kylie Gillies and Ryan Phelan - love their intro ๐Ÿ˜

Links for the interview video:

The Morning Show on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=249041049310518

The Morning Show on Twitter - no account needed to watch here:
https://twitter.com/morningshowon7 

A little clip showing us watching my interview afterwards - and our reaction to one segment - couldn't help but laugh ! My husband is such a great sport about all of this ๐Ÿ˜‚



Some pics of my costume:




Couldn't resist !






Mamma Mia costume as seen on the show ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Some pics of my collection that were shown in the segment plus some extras ๐Ÿ˜























It is quite impossible to get photos of my entire collection - not enough space to display it all - but I think these pics are a nice selection ๐Ÿ˜ƒ




Saturday, 17 November 2018

Simon Cowell Signs ABBA Stars For X Factor Appearance !



Simon Cowell ‘signs ABBA stars Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus for X Factor’

SIMON Cowell has secured ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus to perform on The X Factor.

The music mogul, 59, has nabbed the Dancing Queen hitmakers for the Mamma Mia inspired week on the ITV talent competition.

The BBC were tipped to secure the Swedish duo for an upcoming project, which has since been dropped.

But with the BBC shelving the Swedish power group, Simon took the opportunity to sign Bjorn, 73, and Benny, 71, for his own programme, according to the Daily Star.

A source said: "Abba are one of the world’s greatest bands and it will certainly give the show a big lift having Benny and Bjorn on board."

The pair are tipped to give The X Factor contestants a masterclass.

The hopefuls will get the chance to perform one of ABBA's greatest hits on the show.
Bjorn will also be hitting the stage and performing on the live shows in forthcoming weeks.

However, it has yet to be confirmed when exactly the duo - who made up ABBA with Agnetha Fรคltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - will make their appearance.

The Sun - UK




 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

ABBA Happy New Year Limited Edition 7" White Vinyl 2018 !



ABBA

Happy New Year


Limited Edition 7" White Vinyl

Released 7th December 2018

Happy New Year / Felicidad

Limited to 3000

Some sites have it available for pre-order now - don't miss out !! 
Links below.


From Universal:


"ABBA’s legions of devoted fans will be delighted at the announcement of a collector’s edition, 7-inch vinyl single of their 1980 track from the Super Trouper album, ‘Happy New Year.’ The single will be limited to 3000 copies worldwide.
Released on 7 December by Polar/USM to mark the build-up to New Year 2019, the single will be pressed on white vinyl with unique artwork, and backed by the Spanish language version of the song, ‘Felicidad.’ To make it even more of an attractive item for ABBA collectors, a limited edition of the single is to be pressed to mark each new year on different coloured vinyl.
‘Happy New Year’ was written by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjรถrn Ulvaeus during  a working holiday in Barbados. According to some fan sites, it had the working title ‘Daddy Don’t Get Drunk On Christmas Day.’ The track first appeared when the Super Trouper album was released as the group’s seventh studio album in November 1980.

With lead vocals by Agnetha Fรคltskog, the track was released as a single in a few countries at the time, notably Holland, Brazil and Portugal, but went on to greater chart activity in later years. The song became a top five hit in the group’s native Sweden in 2008 and again the following year, when it also reached the top five in Norway.
2010 saw ‘Happy New Year’ in the Swedish top ten once again, and in the era of streaming, like many other festive and holiday-themed standards, it reappears regularly on many charts around the world. In 1999, it attracted a cover by the Stockholm-based ABBA tribute quartet A*Teens, which also peaked at No. 4 in Sweden and reached No. 12 in Denmark.
Benny Andersson revisited the melody for his September 2018 album Piano, performing the track as a slow piano solo. The album topped the Swedish chart for four weeks, and reached the top 20 in the UK, Norway and Australia."



Check out these links before they sell out !!

IMUSIC

CDON

BOL

Recordshopx

Banquet Records

ABBA Fan Club







Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Bjorn Ulvaeus To Open Mamma Mia! Restaurant At The O2 In London !




ABBA’s Bjรถrn Ulvaeus has said “here we go again” to plans for a Mamma Mia! themed restaurant in London, after he ditched a failed bid to open it in Waterloo.

The Swedish songwriter and singer today revealed he intends to launch an immersive attraction — called Mamma Mia! The Party — at the O2 complex in Greenwich.

When it opens in “late spring” next year, up to 500 guests a night will dine on Mediterranean food in a mock Greek taverna while singers blast out ABBA songs around them and perform a “spin-off” story from the hit musical and movie Mamma Mia! At the end of the evening, tables will be cleared away to make way for a vast Seventies-style disco dance floor.

The announcement comes less than four months after the 73-year-old was forced to abandon his original plans to create the venue in Coin Street, close to the station that shares a name with one of ABBA’s biggest hits.

Residents had launched a spirited “No Thank You For The Music” campaign in opposition, claiming their lives would be blighted by rowdy ABBA fans emerging from the restaurant in the early hours.

Ulvaeus said today: “We have long admired the O2 and the huge entertainment success it has become under the ownership and management of AEG.

“We believe bringing Mamma Mia! The Party to the O2 will add to this already vibrant cultural destination and provide the perfect location for our exciting new show.”

John Langford, vice president and general manager of the O2, said: “To be hosting Mamma Mia! The Party at the O2 is a real honour. It perfectly complements the outstanding live performances, events and entertainment all available under our world-famous roof.”

The plan marks the latest commercial venture involving the music of ABBA, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. A sequel to the movie Mamma Mia! — Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — opened last month and has taken roughly $350 million (£270 million) at the box office.

Opening in Spring 2019 - tickets go on sale in Autumn 2018.

Follow updates and buy tickets on the Official site here:

https://www.mammamiatheparty.com/gb/en/



Check out the O2 venue here:

https://www.theo2.co.uk/ 











Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Thank You For The Music - An All Star Tribute - ABBA TV Special !!




Thank You For The Music 

An All-Star Tribute

ABBA TV Special


Airdate:  18 December 2018 !!


It's going to be amazing !


Not only do we get to see the ABBAtars for the very first time - before they tour them in 2019 - but we also hear ABBA's 2 brand new songs !!

Wow, how exciting is this ???

The international ABBA tribute TV broadcast will be produced/directed by Swedish director Johan Renck, creative music video director for Madonna, Beyonce and Kylie Minogue among others. 

Executive producer is Simon Fuller, creator of the TV concept ‘Idol’ and manager to the Spice Girls. 

Es Devlin is onboard as set designer, known for his works with Adele, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Olympic Games ceremonies.


The TV Show of the Millenium. "This is going to be Worldwide" !!   ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Premiere London 2018 - Videos


A collection of videos from the Premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in London UK 16 July 2018 !





MAMMA MIA! 2 Here We Go Again WORLD PREMIERE Interviews - Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth



Cher Hilariously Admits She's Wearing The Wrong Bodysuit At The 'Mamma Mia 2' Premiere


Cher discusses her future plans after Mamma Mia 2


Stars hit the blue carpet at Mamma Mia premiere in London


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again London Premiere Soundbites


 

Josh Dylan hopes he won't get punched in the face after Mamma Mia 2!

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again World Premiere London 2018 - The Articles




Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again World Premiere London 2018 - The Articles

Below you will find links for various articles relating to the World Premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in London 2018 

Meryl Streep is bold in blue as she makes surprise appearance at celeb-packed Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premiere in London

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5960081/Meryl-Streep-celebrates-Mamma-Mia-premiere.html 

'Mamma Mia!' sing-along returns with star-studded sequel premiere

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-film-mamma-mia/mamma-mia-sing-along-returns-with-star-studded-sequel-premiere-idUSKBN1K62VK

Cher was in an ABBA music video and more fun reveals from the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cast

http://ew.com/movies/2018/07/16/mamma-mia-2-facebook-live/



'Mamma Mia is fun - at a time we need fun,' says Cher

https://news.sky.com/video/cher-on-being-in-mamma-mia-2-11439123

'Mamma Mia 2' Cast Hails New Arrival Cher at World Premiere in London

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mamma-mia-2-london-premiere-cast-hails-new-arrival-cher-1127478

If You Thought Thandie Newton Was Gorgeous, Wait Until You See Her Daughters

https://www.popsugar.com.au/celebrity/Thandie-Newton-Family-Mamma-Mia-Premiere-July-2018-45054407

Thandie Newton Supports Hubby Ol Parker with Daughters at 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' World Premiere!

http://www.justjared.com/2018/07/16/thandie-newton-supports-hubby-ol-parker-with-daughters-at-mamma-mia-here-we-go-again-world-premiere/

Cher reminisces about giggling with Meryl Streep over Mamma Mia 2 role

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/cher-reminisces-about-giggling-with-meryl-streep-over-mamma-mia-2-role-37125767.html


Lily James, Amanda Seyfried and Cher stun as they attend premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in London

https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/lily-james-amanda-seyfried-and-cher-stun-as-they-attend-premiere-of-mamma-mia-here-we-go-again-in-a3888646.html

Pierce Brosnan, 65, arrives hand-in-hand with wife Keely Shaye Smith, 54, at the star-studded Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premiere in London

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5960069/Pierce-Brosnan-leads-wife-Keely-Shaye-Smith-Mamma-Mia-premiere-London.html

Meryl Streep confirms appearance in Mamma Mia 2 as she stuns fans at star studded premiere

https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/meryl-streep-confirms-appearance-mamma-12931714

Fans react to ‘absolutely gorgeous’ Cher as star wows at Mamma Mia 2 premiere

http://home.bt.com/news/showbiz-news/fans-react-to-absolutely-gorgeous-cher-as-star-wows-at-mamma-mia-2-premiere-11364284096044

Colin Firth says Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was 'like a family reunion'

http://www.rheaheraldnews.com/lifestyles/article_11f53e0d-0b61-5574-b9ee-2f10f6c91d5d.html


Review of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: 

https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/mamma-mia-here-we-go-again-review/5130954.article

Pierce Brosnan: Mamma Mia remake 'an antidote to the times we live in'

https://news.sky.com/story/pierce-brosnan-mamma-mia-remake-an-antidote-to-the-times-we-live-in-11439182

 

How the Cast of ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Geeked Out Around Cher

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/mamma-mia-here-we-go-again-cher-meryl-streep-1202874414/

 

Having the Time of Their Lives! Meryl Streep & Cher Share a Kiss at Mamma Mia Premiere in London

https://people.com/movies/meryl-streep-cher-share-kiss-mamma-mia-premiere-london/


Cher, 72, wows in plunging sheer bralet as she joins stunning co-stars at Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premiere in London

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5959931/Cher-wows-plunging-sheer-bralet-Mamma-Mia-premiere.html


 

 

 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again World Premiere London 2018 - More Photos !



Some fabulous photos shared by Martin Hudson in London !