ABBA Biography

ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members' first names (Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid) and is sometimes stylized as the registered trademark ????. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982. They are also known for winning in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974, giving Sweden its first victory in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.

ABBA have sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide, which makes them one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and the second best selling music group of all time. ABBA was the first group to come from a non-English-speaking country that enjoyed consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band's active years, Faltskog and Ulvaeus were very much in love, and married, as were Lyngstad and Andersson, although both couples later divorced. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus-Faltskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson-Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with later compositions including more introspective, brooding, dark lyrics.

After ABBA broke up in late 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage while Lyngstad and Faltskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA's music declined in popularity until several films, notably Muriel's Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, revived interest in the group, spawning several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA's music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010.

ABBA were honored at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit "Waterloo" was chosen as the best song in the competition's history.

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Abba's Frida Lyngstad: "Eminem is one of my favourites"

Abba's Frida Lyngstad: "Eminem is one of my favourites"

The 70s pop veterans admit, however, to having "never quite understood" punk

  • Apr 11, 2014

Tax breaks revealed to be the reason behind ABBA's flamboyant stage wear

The band could only get tax deductions on clothes that were "in no way suitable for everyday wear."

  • Feb 17, 2014

Agnetha Faltskog hints at ABBA reunion to mark 40th anniversary of 'Waterloo'

Singer says band could mark 40th anniversary of 'Waterloo' with a concert

  • Nov 11, 2013

ABBA's 'Gold' overtakes' 'Sgt. Pepper's' to become UK's second biggest selling album of all time

Eurovision group's greatest hits collection has sold more than 5.1million copies

  • May 19, 2013

Abba didn't 'sound very good' live, says singer Agnetha

Singer Agnetha Faltskog also regrets the band's lack of choreography during live shows

  • May 9, 2013

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