37 Facts About ABBA


ABBA is a Swedish supergroup formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

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In 1974, ABBA were Sweden's first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Waterloo", which in 2005 was chosen as the best song in the competition's history as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the contest.

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ABBA are among the best-selling music artists of all time, with record sales estimated to be between 150 million to 385 million sold worldwide and the group were ranked 3rd best-selling singles artists in the United Kingdom with a total of 11.

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ABBA were the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Republic of Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

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ABBA were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.

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ABBA saw potential in the collaboration, and encouraged them to write more.

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ABBA's had a second number-one single with "Man Vill Ju Leva Lite Dessemellan" in late 1972.

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ABBA's had met Ulvaeus briefly in 1963 during a talent contest, and Faltskog during a TV show in early 1968.

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The earliest known example of "ABBA" written on paper is on a recording session sheet from the Metronome Studio in Stockholm dated 16 October 1973.

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ABBA won their nation's hearts on Swedish television on 9 February 1974, and with this third attempt were far more experienced and better prepared for the Eurovision Song Contest.

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ABBA's follow-up single, "Honey, Honey", peaked at number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100, reached the top twenty in several other countries, and was a number-two hit in West Germany although it only reached the top 30 in Australia and the US.

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In November 1974, ABBA embarked on their first European tour, playing dates in Denmark, West Germany and Austria.

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Live performances continued in the middle of 1975 when ABBA embarked on a fourteen open-air date tour of Sweden and Finland.

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The eponymous ABBA album generated three American hits, but it only peaked at number 165 on the Cashbox album chart and number 174 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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ABBA donated the copyright of this worldwide hit to the UNICEF; see Music for UNICEF Concert.

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ABBA assured the press and their fan base they were continuing their work as a group and that the divorce would not affect them.

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In March 1980, ABBA travelled to Japan where upon their arrival at Narita International Airport, they were besieged by thousands of fans.

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In July 1980, ABBA released the single "The Winner Takes It All", the group's eighth UK chart topper .

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Also in 1980, ABBA recorded a compilation of Spanish-language versions of their hits called Gracias Por La Musica.

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On 19 November 1982, ABBA appeared for the last time in Sweden on the TV programme Nojesmaskinen, and on 11 December 1982, they made their last performance ever, transmitted to the UK on Noel Edmonds' The Late, Late Breakfast Show, through a live link from a TV studio in Stockholm.

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Also in 1986, ABBA Live was released, featuring selections of live performances from the group's 1977 and 1979 tours.

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ABBA played the piano during new recordings of the ABBA songs "Like an Angel Passing Through My Room" with opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter, and "When All Is Said and Done" with Swede Viktoria Tolstoy.

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ABBA's admitted that she has not yet brought the idea up to the other three members.

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The group's first album, The ABBA Generation, consisting solely of ABBA covers reimagined as 1990s pop songs, was a worldwide success and so were subsequent albums.

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In 2000 ABBA were reported to have turned down an offer of approximately one billion US dollars to do a reunion tour consisting of 100 concerts.

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Semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, staged in Istanbul 30 years after ABBA had won the contest in Brighton, all four members made cameo appearances in a special comedy video made for the interval act, titled Our Last Video Ever.

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On 27 April 2018, all four original members of ABBA made a joint announcement that they had recorded two new songs, titled "I Still Have Faith in You" and "Don't Shut Me Down", to feature in a TV special set to air later that year.

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In September 2018, Ulvaeus stated that the two new songs, as well as the TV special, now called ABBA: Thank You for the Music, An All-Star Tribute, would not be released until 2019.

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On 22 September 2020, all four ABBA members reunited at Ealing Studios in London to continue working on the avatar project and filming for the tour.

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ABBA were perfectionists in the studio, working on tracks until they got them right rather than leaving them to come back to later on.

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ABBA was widely noted for the colourful and trend-setting costumes its members wore.

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ABBA made videos because their songs were hits in many different countries and personal appearances were not always possible.

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In 1976, ABBA participated in an advertising campaign to promote the Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.

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Five commercial spots, each of approximately one minute, were produced, each presenting the "National Song" performed by ABBA using the melody and instrumental arrangements of "Fernando" and revised lyrics.

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Ten ABBA albums have made their way into the top half of the Billboard 200 album chart, with eight reaching the Top 50, five reaching the Top 20 and one reaching the Top 10.

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On 15 March 2010, ABBA were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Bee Gees members Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb.

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In November 2021, ABBA received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

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