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


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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 Fältskog 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 Björn 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 Fältskog, 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 Björn 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" !!   😀😍


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 !


























Monday, 16 July 2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - World Premiere London 16 July 2018




Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

World Premiere

London 16 July 2018





The stars were out in force for the glittering premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
First to arrive on the blue carpet at London's Hammersmith Apollo was leading actress Lily James.
29-year-old Lily posed up a storm in her stunning fairy tale floorlength gown, that featured a quirky split to reveal her satin tie shoes.


The Downton Abbey star, who plays a young Meryl Streep in the sequel, embraced her natural beauty with subtle make-up while allowing her long tousled locks to flow loose around her shoulders.

Lily appeared delighted to run into co-star Amanda Seyfried, as they held hands in front of the photograpers.

 
Amanda was looking super chic in a black suit adorned with floral detailing.


32-year-old Amanda, who is reprising her role as Sophie in the sequel, gave a revealing glimpse of her black lingerie as she opted to go shirtless under her buttoned-up jacket.

While Meryl Streep also made a welcome appearance at the London bash on Monday night.
There had been rumours the Oscar-winning actress wouldn't appear in the sequel as she was absent from the trailer.
But arrived at the Apollo to support the movie, defiantly crashing with the blue carpet in a floaty navy midi dress.


Music icon Cher, 72, got one of the biggest cheers of the night as she wowed on the red carpet wearing a striking all black ensemble.

 
The singing legend appeared to be getting on famously with Lily and Amanda as the trio cracked jokes while they posed for pics.

Christine Baranski, who plays Tanya in the film, was one of the next to arrive in a simple but elegant black sequined dress.


Leading men Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgård soon followed looking suited and booted as they posed for their camera with their wives.
The actors return for the all singing- all dancing musical where they play Meryl Streep character Donna's former love interests.



 
Thandie Newton was also in attendance with husband Ol Parker who directed the movie.
The actress, who wearing a quirky white midi dress, and partner Ol - were joined by their two daughters Ripley, 18, and Nico, 14, who looked just like their famous mum.

 
The sequel to the hugely successful first movie, released in 2008, will be both a prequel and sequel - with the story set five years after the last film's finale and including flashbacks to 1979.
Audiences will see how Meryl Streep's character Donna came to be on the island of Kalokairi and trying to determine who fathered her daughter Sophie.

While in the present, Donna's best pals Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters) will help Sophie find out more about her mum's past including how she fronted The Dynamos and came to meet the men in her life.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/mamma-mia-here-go-again-12930899






































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Just a few more 😀 If I have doubled up on any photos, sorry - hard to keep track with so many images !