ABBA

Formed September 1972. Disbanded 1982.
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ABBA's Agnetha and Frida are inducted into the Singers Hall of Fame

Mary Freeman nominates ABBA's Agnetha and Frida into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

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Biography

ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members' first names (Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid) and is sometimes stylized as the registered trademark ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of ABBA: Deluxe Edition

    ABBA: Deluxe Edition 2012

    Reviewed by Jude Rogers
    An interesting, experimental juncture in the quartet's career.
  2. Review of Voulez-Vous – Deluxe Edition

    Voulez-Vous – Deluxe Edition 2010

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    They donned their dancing shoes to join the dominant disco craze.
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