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The single became a No. It reached the U. Top 10 and went on to sell nearly six million copies. At the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest init was chosen as the best song in the competition's history. The original title of the song was "Honey Pie". Recording of the song commenced on 17 Decemberwith instrumental backing from Janne Schaffer who came up with the main guitar and bass partsRutger Gunnarsson and Ola Brunkert. The song's lyrics are metaphorical and are about a woman who "surrenders" to a man and promises to love him, likening it to Napoleon 's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in The song won, and therefore advanced to Eurovision.
The song differed from the standard "dramatic ballad" tradition of the Eurovision Song Contest by its flavour and rhythm, as well as by its performance. ABBA gave the audience something that had rarely been seen before in Eurovision: flashy costumes including silver platform bootsplus a catchy uptempo song and even simple choreography.
The group also broke from convention by being the first winning entry in a language other than that of their home country; prior toall Eurovision singers had been required to sing in their country's native tongue, a restriction that was lifted briefly for the contests between and thus allowing "Waterloo" to be sung in Englishthen reinstated before ultimately being removed again in The song shot to No. The song was immensely popular in Sweden, but did not reach No. The song also spent 11 weeks on Svensktoppen 24 March — 2 Juneincluding 7 weeks at No.
The Waterloo album performed similarly well in Europe, although in the US it failed to match the success of the single. ABBA had originally cited the song " See My Baby Jive ", by English glam rock band Wizzardas a major influence; in the wake of their Eurovision victory, they were quoted as saying that it would not surprise them if artists such as Wizzard would consider entering the Eurovision in the future. On 22 Octoberat the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest"Waterloo" was chosen as the best song in the competition's history.
Harry Witchel, physiologist and music expert at the University of Bristolnamed "Waterloo" the quintessential Eurovision song. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A-side label of the Swedish vinyl release of the English-language recording. Europop  . Polar Epic Polydor Atlantic. Stikkan Anderson. Sven-Olof Walldoff. Archived from the original on 21 May Retrieved 10 October Popular World Music.
ISBN BBC News. Retrieved 20 July Brussels Times. Retrieved 17 May Retrieved 1 April Retrieved 27 September Manchester Evening News. The song shot to No. The song was immensely popular in Sweden, but did not reach No. The song also spent 11 weeks on Svensktoppen 24 March — 2 Juneincluding 7 weeks at No. The Waterloo album performed similarly well in Europe, although in the US it failed to match the success of the single. ABBA had originally cited the song " See My Baby Jive ", by English glam rock band Wizzardas a major influence; in the wake of their Eurovision victory, they were quoted as saying that it would not surprise them if artists such as Wizzard would consider entering the Eurovision in the future.
On 22 Octoberat the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest"Waterloo" was chosen as the best song in the competition's history. Harry Witchel, physiologist and music expert at the University of Bristolnamed "Waterloo" the quintessential Eurovision song.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A-side label of the Swedish vinyl release of the English-language recording. Europop  . Polar Epic Polydor Atlantic. Stikkan Anderson. Sven-Olof Walldoff. Archived from the original on 21 May Retrieved 10 October Popular World Music. ISBN BBC News. Retrieved 20 July Brussels Times. Retrieved 17 May Retrieved 1 April Retrieved 27 September Manchester Evening News.
Retrieved 2 August Australian Charts Book — Retrieved 31 August Ultratop Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 13 March Retrieved 30 August Irish Singles Chart. Artisti In Classifica: I Singoli: Single Top Retrieved 15 June Ulvaeus, Andersson and Stig Anderson believed in the possibilities of using the Eurovision Song Contest as a way to make the music business aware of them as songwriters, as well as the band itself. In latethey were invited by Swedish television to contribute a song for the Melodifestivalen and from a number of new songs, the upbeat song " Waterloo " was chosen; the group was now inspired by the growing glam rock scene in England.
ABBA won their nation's hearts on Swedish television on 9 Februaryand with this third attempt were far more experienced and better prepared for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Winning the Eurovision Song Contest on 6 April and singing "Waterloo" in English instead of their native tongue gave ABBA the chance to tour Europe and perform on major television shows; thus the band saw the "Waterloo" single chart in many European countries. It also made the top ten in several other countries, including rising to number three in Spain, number four in Australia and France, and number seven in Canada.
In the United States, the song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot chart, paving the way for their first album and their first trip as a group there.
Albeit a short promotional visit, it included their first performance on American television, The Mike Douglas Show. The album Waterloo only peaked at number on the Billboard chart, but received unanimous high praise from the US critics: Los Angeles Times called it "a compelling and fascinating debut album that captures the spirit of mainstream pop quite effectively Both records debuted on the UK chart within one week of each other.
It was not as successful as the band had hoped, since most of the venues did not sell out. Due to a lack of demand, they were even forced to cancel a few shows, including a sole concert scheduled in Switzerland.
The second leg of the tour, which took them through Scandinavia in Januarywas very different. They played to full houses everywhere and finally got the reception they had aimed for. Live performances continued in the middle of when ABBA embarked on a fourteen open-air date tour of Sweden and Finland.
In late"So Long" was released as a single in the United Kingdom but it received no airplay from Radio 1 and failed to chart in the UK; the only countries in which it was successful were Austria, Sweden and Germany, reaching the top ten in the first two and number 21 in the latter. Later that year, the release of their self-titled third studio album ABBA and single " SOS " brought back their chart presence in the UK, where the single hit number six and the album peaked at number Success was further solidified with " Mamma Mia " reaching number-one in the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia and the top two in a few other western and northern European countries.
In Canada, the three songs rose to number 12, nine and 18, respectively. The success of the group in the United States had until that time been limited to single releases. By earlythe group already had four Top 30 singles on the US charts, but the album market proved to be tough to crack.
The eponymous ABBA album generated three American hits, but it only peaked at number on the Cashbox album chart and number on the Billboard chart. Nevertheless, the group enjoyed warm reviews from the American press. Cashbox went as far as saying that "there is a recurrent thread of taste and artistry inherent in Abba's marketing, creativity and presentation that makes it almost embarrassing to critique their efforts", while Creem wrote: "SOS is surrounded on this LP by so many good tunes that the mind boggles.
The three songs were also successful in nearby New Zealand with the first two topping that chart and the third reaching number two. In Marchthe band released the compilation album Greatest Hits. It became their first UK number-one album, and also took ABBA into the Top 50 on the US album charts for the first time, eventually selling more than a million copies there.
Also included on Greatest Hits was a new single, " Fernando ", which went to number-one in at least thirteen countries all over the world, including the UK, Germany, France, Australia, South Africa and Mexico, and the top five in most other significant markets, including, at number four, becoming their biggest hit to date in Canada; the single went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.
Also inthe group received its first international prize, with "Fernando" being chosen as the "Best Studio Recording of ". At the same time, a compilation named The Very Best of ABBA was released in Germany, becoming a number-one album there whereas the Greatest Hits compilation which followed a few months later ascended to number two in Germany, despite all similarities with The Very Best album.
The group's fourth studio album, Arrivala number-one best-seller in parts of Europe, the UK and Australia, and a number-three hit in Canada and Japan, represented a new level of accomplishment in both songwriting and studio work, prompting rave reviews from more rock-oriented UK music weeklies such as Melody Maker and New Musical Expressand mostly appreciative notices from US critics.
Hit after hit flowed from Arrival : " Money, Money, Money ", another number-one in Germany, France, Australia and other countries of western and northern Europe, plus number two in the UK; and, " Knowing Me, Knowing You ", ABBA's sixth consecutive German number-one, as well as another UK number-one, plus a top five hit in many other countries, although it was only a number nine hit in Australia and France.
The real sensation was the first single, " Dancing Queen ", not only topping the charts in loyal markets like the UK, Germany, Sweden, several other western and northern European countries, and Australia, but also reaching number-one in the United States, Canada, the Soviet Union and Japan, and the top ten in France, Spain and Italy.
All three songs were number-one hits in Mexico. The group's status had changed dramatically and they were clearly regarded as superstars. They opened their much anticipated tour in OsloNorway, on 28 January, and mounted a lavishly produced spectacle that included a few scenes from their self-written Thank You - Ireen Sheer - Thank You (Vinyl) The Girl with the Golden Hair.
The concert attracted immense media attention from across Europe and Australia. Tickets for these two shows were available only by mail application and it was later revealed that the box-office received 3.
One of the Royal Albert Hall concerts was filmed as a reference for the filming of the Australian tour for what became ABBA: The Moviethough it is not exactly known how much of the concert was filmed. The opening concert in Sydney at the Sydney Showground on 3 March to an audience of 20, was marred by torrential rain with Lyngstad slipping on the wet stage during the concert. However, all four members would later recall this concert as the most memorable of their career.
Upon their arrival in Melbournea civic reception was held at the Melbourne Town Hall and ABBA appeared on the balcony to greet an Thank You - Ireen Sheer - Thank You (Vinyl) crowd of 6, At the first Melbourne concert, an additional 16, people gathered outside the fenced-off area to listen to the concert. In Adelaidethe group performed one concert at Football Park in front of 20, people, with another 10, listening outside. During the first of five concerts in Perth, there was a bomb scare with everyone having to evacuate the Entertainment Centre.
During the Australian tour, she performed in a skin-tight white jumpsuit, causing one Australian newspaper to use the headline "Agnetha's bottom tops dull show". When asked about this at a news conference, she replied: "Don't they have bottoms in Australia?
Although the album was less well received by UK reviewers, it did spawn more worldwide hits: " The Name of the Game " and " Take a Chance on Me ", which both topped the UK charts and racked up impressive sales in most countries, although "The Name of the Game" was generally the more successful in the Nordic countries and Down Under, while "Take a Chance on Me" was more successful in North America and the German-speaking countries.
Both songs were Top 10 hits in countries as far afield as Rhodesia and South Africa, as well as in France. Sources also indicate that sales in Poland exceeded 1 million copies and that sales demand in Russia could not be met by the supply available. ByABBA were one of the biggest bands in the world. They converted a vacant cinema into the Polar Music Studio, a state-of-the-art studio in Stockholm. Recording sessions for the single " Summer Night City " were an uphill struggle, [ citation needed ] but upon release the song became another hit for the group.
The track would set the stage for ABBA's foray into disco with their next album. The news caused interest from the media and led to speculation about the band's future. ABBA assured the press and their fan base they were continuing their work as a group and that the divorce would not affect them.
To escape the media swirl and concentrate on their writing, Andersson and Ulvaeus secretly travelled to Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamaswhere for two weeks they prepared their next album's songs.
The group's sixth studio album, Thank You - Ireen Sheer - Thank You (Vinyl)was released in Aprilwith its title track recorded at the famous Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, with the assistance of recording engineer Tom Dowd amongst others. While none of the singles from the album reached number one on the UK chart, the lead single, " Chiquitita ", and the fourth single, " I Have a Dream ", both ascended to number two, and the other two, " Does Your Mother Know " and " Angeleyes " with " Voulez-Vous ", released as a double A-side both made the top 5.
All four singles reached number one in Belgium, although the last three did not chart in Sweden or Norway. Also inthe group released their second compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol.
Greatest Hits Vol. In Russia during the late s, the group was paid in oil commodities because of an embargo on the ruble. Technically perfect, melodically correct and always in perfect pitch The soft lower voice of Anni-Frid and the high, edgy vocals of Agnetha were stunning", raved Edmonton Journal. During the next four weeks they played a total of 17 sold-out dates, 13 in the United States and four in Canada.
They appeared at the Boston Music Hall for the performance 90 minutes late. The tour ended with a show in Toronto, Canada at Maple Leaf Gardens before a capacity crowd of 18, Anyone who's been waiting five years to see Abba will be well satisfied", wrote Record World.
On 19 Octoberthe tour resumed in Western Europe where the band played 23 sold-out gigs, including six sold-out nights at London's Wembley Arena. The group performed eleven concerts to full houses, including six shows at Tokyo's Budokan.
This tour was the last "on the road" adventure of their career. November the same year saw the release of ABBA's seventh album Super Trouperwhich reflected a certain change in ABBA's style with more prominent use of synthesizers and increasingly personal lyrics. It set a record for the most pre-orders ever received for a UK album after one million copies were ordered before release.
The second single from the album, " Super Trouper ", also hit number-one in the UK, becoming the group's ninth and final UK chart-topper. Another track from the album, " Lay All Your Love on Me ", released in as a Twelve-inch single only in selected territories, managed to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and peaked at number-seven on the UK singles chart becoming, at the time, the highest ever charting inch release in UK chart history.
This was released in Spanish-speaking countries as well as in Japan and Australia. The album became a major success, and along with the Spanish Thank You - Ireen Sheer - Thank You (Vinyl) of "Chiquitita", this signalled the group's breakthrough in Latin America. For this occasion, ABBA recorded the track "Hovas Vittne" a pun on the Swedish name for Jehovah's Witness and Anderson's birthplace, Hova as a tribute to him, and released it only on red vinyl copies, to be distributed to the guests attending the party.
This single has become a sought-after collectable. In mid-FebruaryAndersson and Lyngstad announced they were filing for divorce. Andersson and Ulvaeus had songwriting sessions in earlyand recording sessions began in mid-March. The VisitorsABBA's eighth studio album, showed a songwriting maturity and depth of feeling distinctly lacking from their earlier recordings but still placing the band squarely in the pop genre, with catchy tunes and harmonies.
Although not revealed at the time of its release, the album's title track, according to Ulvaeus, refers to the secret meetings held against the approval of totalitarian governments in Soviet-dominated states, while other tracks address topics like failed relationships, the threat of war, ageing, and loss of innocence. The album's only major single release, " One of Us ", proved to be the last of ABBA's nine number-one singles in Germany, this being in December ; and the swansong of their sixteen Top 5 singles on the South African chart.
Although it topped the album charts across most of Europe, including the UK and Germany, The Visitors was not as commercially successful as its predecessors, showing a commercial decline in previously loyal markets such as France, Australia and Japan. The song's lyrics, as with " The Winner Takes It All " and "One of Us", dealt with the painful experience of separating from a long-term partner, though it looked at the trauma more optimistically.
With the now publicised story of Andersson and Lyngstad's divorce, speculation increased of tension within the band. In the spring ofsongwriting sessions had started and the group came together for more recordings. Plans were not completely clear, but a new album was discussed and the prospect of a small tour suggested. Andersson and Ulvaeus were not satisfied with the outcome, so the tapes were shelved and the group took a break for the summer.
Back in the studio again in early August, the group had changed plans for the rest of the year: they settled for a Christmas release of a double album compilation of all their past single releases to be named The Singles: The First Ten Years.
A reworked version of the verses ended up in the musical Chess. Despite a number of requests from fans, Ulvaeus and Andersson are still refusing to release ABBA's version of "Just Like That" in its entirety, even though the complete version has surfaced on bootlegs. While Andersson and Ulvaeus were working on the musical, a further co-operation among the three of them came with the musical Abbacadabra that was produced in France for television.
It was a children's musical using 14 ABBA songs. Lyngstad, who had recently moved to Paris, participated in the French version, and recorded a single, "Belle", a duet with French singer Daniel Balavoine. As the single "Belle" sold well in France, Cameron Mackintosh wanted to stage an English-language version of the show in London, with the French lyrics translated by David Wood and Don Black ; Andersson and Ulvaeus got involved in the project, and contributed with one new song, "I Am the Seeker".
Lyngstad was also involved in this production, recording "Belle" in English as "Time", a duet with actor and singer B. Robertson : the single sold well, and was produced and recorded by Mike Batt. All four members made their at the time, final public appearance as four friends more than as ABBA in Januarywhen they recorded a video of themselves performing an acoustic version of "Tivedshambo" which was the first song written by their manager Stig Andersonfor a Swedish TV show honouring Anderson on his 55th birthday.
The four had not seen each other for more than two years. That same year they also performed privately at another friend's 40th birthday: their old tour manager, Claes af Geijerstam. They sang a self-written song titled "Der Kleine Franz" that was later to resurface in Chess.
Also inABBA Live was released, featuring selections of live performances from the group's and tours. Hanser was a long-time friend of all four, and also former secretary of Stig Anderson. Andersson has on several occasions performed ABBA songs. InAndersson and Ulvaeus both performed an a cappella rendition of the first verse of "Fernando" as they accepted their Ivor Novello award in London. ABBA never officially announced the end of the group or an indefinite break, but it was long considered dissolved after their final public performance together in While reminiscing on " The Day Before You Came ", Ulvaeus said: "we might have continued for a while longer if that had been a number one".
Ulvaeus and Andersson, meanwhile, started songwriting sessions for the musical Chess. Initials of Brigitte Bardot? Internal strife between the group and their manager escalated and the band members sold their shares in Polar Music during Except for a TV appearance inthe foursome did not come together publicly again until they were reunited at the Swedish premiere of the Mamma Mia! The individual members' endeavours shortly before and after their final public performance coupled with the collapse of both marriages and the lack of significant activity in the following few years after that widely suggested that the group had broken up.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph following the premiere, Ulvaeus and Andersson said that there was nothing that could entice them back on stage again. Ulvaeus said: "We will never appear on stage again. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition. I remember Robert Plant saying Led Zeppelin were a cover band now because they cover all their own stuff. I think that hit the nail on the head.
She admitted that she has not yet brought the idea up to the other three members. In Aprilshe reiterated her hopes for reunion during an interview with Die Zeitstating: "If they ask me, I'll say yes. Too many years have gone by since we stopped, and there's really no meaning in putting us together again".
After receiving little attention during the mid-to-lates, ABBA's music experienced a resurgence in the early s due to the UK synth-pop duo Erasurewho released Abba-esquea four track extended play release featuring cover versions of ABBA songs which topped several European charts in The single " Dancing Queen " received radio airplay in the UK in the middle of to promote the album.
The song returned to the Top 20 of the UK singles chart in August that year, this time peaking at number With sales of 30 million,  Gold is the best-selling ABBA album, as well as one of the best-selling albums worldwide. With sales of 5. The same year, Thank You for the Musica four-disc box set comprising all the group's hits and stand-out album tracks, was released with the involvement of all four members.
Swedish metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen covered " Gimme! A Man After Midnight " with slightly altered lyrics. Two different compilation albums of ABBA songs have been released. ABBA: A Tribute coincided with the 25th anniversary celebration and featured 17 songs, some of which were recorded especially for this release. The group disbanded in due to a gruelling schedule and intentions to go solo. The concert was a success, and was ultimately released on CD.
It later toured Scandinavia and even went to Beijing in the People's Republic of China for two concerts. InABBA was reported to have turned down an offer of approximately one billion US dollars to do a reunion tour consisting of concerts. For the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Conteststaged in Istanbul 30 years after ABBA had won the contest in Brighton, all four members Thank You - Ireen Sheer - Thank You (Vinyl) cameo appearances in a special comedy video made for the interval act, titled Our Last Video Ever.
The video was made using puppet models of the members of the band. The video has surpassed 13 million views on YouTube as of November It was only the second time all of them had appeared together in public since Ulvaeus stated that he wanted the band to be remembered as they were during the peak years of their success.
Gold returned to number-one in the UK album charts for the fifth time on 3 August During the band's heyday the highest album chart position they had ever achieved in America was number In Novemberall eight studio albums, together with a ninth of rare tracks, were released as The Albums.
In an interview, the two women expressed their gratitude for the honorary award and thanked their fans. On 17 May"Gimme! The book reveals that part of the reason for the band's outrageous costumes was that Swedish tax laws at the time allowed the cost of garish outfits that were not suitable for daily wear to be tax deductible.
A sequel to the movie Mamma Mia! In Junea blue plaque outside Brighton Dome was set to commemorate their Eurovision win. The Party in Stockholm. On 6 Junethe quartet appeared together at a private party at Berns Salonger in Stockholm, which was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Andersson and Ulvaeus's first meeting.
British manager Simon Fuller announced in a statement in October that the group would be reuniting to work on a new 'digital entertainment experience'. In Januaryit was revealed that neither song would be released before the summer.
Andersson hinted at the possibility of a third song. In September, he stated in an interview that there were now five new ABBA songs  to be released in In earlyAndersson confirmed that he was aiming for the songs to be released in September In AprilUlvaeus gave an interview saying that in the wake of the COVID pandemicthe avatar project had been delayed by six months. Simultaneously with the launch of the webpage, new ABBA Voyage social media accounts were launched,    and billboards around London started to appear,   all showing the date " In OctoberUlvaeus and Andersson together with lyricist Tim Rice released the musical concept double-album Chess.
In Maythe musical premiered in London's West End, and ran for almost three years. Chess also opened on Broadway in Aprilbut closed within two months due to bad reviews.
Inthe musical was again revived for a successful staging at London's Royal Albert Hall which was subsequently released on DVD, and then in two successful separate touring productions in the United States and United Kingdom, in
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