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Thursday, 24 March 2011

ABBAWORLD Heading To Prague !

The glamour and glitz tour of ABBAWORLD, the spectacular multimedia exhibition show, continues. After London, Melbourne, Sydney and Györ in Hungary, the next stop on the calendar is Prague. The members of ABBA are happy to see ABBAWORLD arrive in the blooming capital of the Czech Republic in springtime.
”ABBAWORLD is going places where we never had a chance to play when we were still active as a group and that’s great!” says Bjorn. “We wish all visitors a happy experience.”

The exhibition, which will premiere on 6 May 2011 at Slovansky Dum in the centre of the Czech capital, is presented by Sony Music Prague, in cooperation with Viva Art Music.

”We are looking forward to this exhibition with great excitement,” says Zbynek Knobloch, managing director of Sony Music Entertainment Czech Republic. ”This is an exhibition that allows the visitors to engage and interact in ways that we never thought possible a few years ago.”

Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions, the production company of ABBAWORLD, has followed the tour over the world.

”It has been a very succesful tour and our visit in Hungary showed us that there is a pent-up demand for ABBA in a lot of the countries that never saw them tour there. Now you don’t have to regret that you never got to see ABBA live – the exhibition even adds another dimension to the experience, you can take part on stage too.”

Tickets will be available 24th of March 2011, by TicketPro.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson from ABBA leaving The Prince Of Wales Theatre in London.

Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson from ABBA, pictured leaving The Prince Of Wales Theatre after watching Mamma Mia The Musical on it's 10th anniversary and attending the after-party at Cafe De Paris in London.


ABBAWORLD extended to 26 June Media Release

ABBAWORLD, the exhibition about the 70s global pop sensation ABBA whose music almost four decades on continues to attract a new generation of fans, has now been extended at the Powerhouse Museum until 26 June 2011.

Powerhouse Museum Associate Director, Mark Goggin, said: “Tens of thousands of Sydney fans have really enjoyed this exhibition for the pure fun it offers visitors as they relive the era of ABBA that captured audiences worldwide through their engaging music, glitzy costumes and invigorating performances.

“We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to extend ABBAWORLD’s season in Sydney before the exhibition returns to Sweden.”

ABBAWORLD captures the music, memories and magic that made the Swedish group a worldwide phenomenon. It explores where the four members of the group came from, the formation and success of ABBA and the post ABBA years. It features ABBA’s first major international live performance and Sweden’s first win at the Eurovision Song contest in 1974, their highly acclaimed concert tours including the Australian tour in 1977, and the impact of their music that has inspired several hit movies and a stage show - Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mamma Mia.

On display are more than 20 original costumes, the epitome of 70’s glam, live concert footage, promotional and behind-the-scenes photographs, album artworks and other ABBA memorabilia, as well as exclusive interviews with members Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

The ABBA concert dressing room, the writing studio on Viggsö - an island in the Stockholm archipelago where many of ABBA’s songs were written, and ABBA’s recording studio Polar Studio in Stockholm where the group recorded its last two albums, are also recreated in the exhibition.

Visitors can relive ABBA’s music and sing and dance their way through the exhibition using a series of interactives including perform on a stage with ABBA, dance in an ABBA video, record a sing-a-long with ABBA, or be photographed on an ABBA album cover.

For more than 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with their songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today. ABBA is one of the top three selling artists in the world, having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still sell over 3 million records a year.

Band member Björn Ulvaeus said: “It always seemed to me that people in the music press and also in the music industry sort of took it for granted that ABBA would be a one hit wonder. Why would we be different from any other Eurovision winner?

“We really had an up-hill struggle after Waterloo and our follow-up singles didn’t do well. Then the Australians came to our rescue. They released SOS and Mamma Mia and both songs made the charts in a big way down under. Suddenly everyone else around the world realized there was life in the band that was supposed to be dead. I’m forever grateful to the Australians for that!”

Jonathan Parsons, Sydney Curator, ABBAWORLD said: “ABBA’s appeal was first and foremost because they were consummate pop artists producing some of the most well-crafted, memorable and enduring pop songs in pop history. They were pioneers in the pop form breaking new ground in recording, concert production and promotional music videos. For Australia this culminated in the extraordinary scenes of adoration for the group that traveled across the globe to perform in Australia in 1977. Their music spoke to the heart, through joy and pain, and left a musical legacy that is still vibrant today.”

Sunday, 13 March 2011

ABBAWORLD Sydney

There is a new announcement that ABBAWORLD at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney will now be extended until 26 June .. Good news for all those who haven't had a chance to get and see it yet ..

Saturday, 5 March 2011

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton will seal their love by boogying to Abba songs at their reception.

Tracks by the smash-hit Swedish group are being lined up especially for fan Kate.
A Royal source said: "It'll be a wedding disco like those enjoyed by millions of other happy families and friends up and down the country."
The DJ is being given a list of special requests by club entrepreneur Guy Pelly, best man Prince Harry's closest friend.
There will be a 1980s theme for the knees-up with hits by Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Culture Club blaring out for Wills - as well as the Abba classics for Kate.
The decision would have thrilled Wills' late mum Princess Diana, who was a huge fan of the '80s sounds.

ROYAL ABBA TOP 10

1 - Ma'amma Mia
2 - Dancing Queen
3 - Knowing One, Knowing You
4 - The Windsors Take It All
5 - (I Don't Carry) Money, Money, Money
6 - Take A Chance On Bea
7 - Super Trooping (The Colour)
8 - Thank You For The Monarch
9 - One Does, One Does, One Does, One Does, One Does
10 - Chiq-Kate-ita
Abba fab ... Prince William, Kate Middleton, Chelsy Davy and Prince Harry as they might look in Abba gear
 
 
 

Friday, 4 March 2011

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition Coming Soon !

A Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s seventh studio album, Super Trouper, will be released on May 9, 2011.
Originally released in 1980, Super Trouper features classic hits such as the title track, ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, along with the original version of one of the more poignant songs in the Mamma Mia! musical, ‘Our Last Summer’.
Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is a 2-disc release, featuring a CD with a remastered version of the original album along with relevant bonus tracks, plus a DVD of rare television performances and interviews from the archives, including previously unseen footage.

Disc 01: CD
01 Super Trouper
02 The Winner Takes It All
03 On And On And On
04 Andante, Andante
05 Me And I
06 Happy New Year
07 Our Last Summer
08 The Piper
09 Lay All Your Love On Me
10 The Way Old Friends Do
Bonus Tracks
11 Elaine
12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)
13 Put On Your White Sombrero
14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)

Disc 02: DVD
01 ABBA On German TV (SHOW EXPRESS, ZDF) – Songs performed: The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, On And On And On
02 Happy New Year (SVT)
03 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY)
04 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA
05 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip)
06 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip)
07 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK)
08 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK)
09 International Sleeve Gallery