Sweden awards ABBA export prize, says “Thank you for the music”

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A man walks past the illuminated logo of the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA at the new “ABBA – The Museum” in Stockholm, Sweden, May 6, 2013. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann // Archive photo

March 23, 2022

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – ABBA on Wednesday won the Swedish Music Export Award for their contribution to Swedish music in 2021, during which they reformed and released their first new material in 40 years to the surprise and delight of fans.

The group – Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – reached the top of the charts around the world last year with their new album.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of more than 400 million records sold since ABBA was formed,” the government said in a statement.

“What Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid started in 1972 was the first big step in the history of the global success of Swedish music. Thanks for the music! “

The government noted that ABBA’s latest album, “Voyage”, topped the charts in 18 countries, was the best-selling of the year in Germany and reached the band’s highest position in the United States.

“Voyage” was the best-selling album in Britain since the turn of the century.

Abba achieved international fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with the song “Waterloo”. With hits like “Money, Money, Money” and “Dancing Queen” they were a worldwide musical phenomenon before they separated in the early 80’s when the marriages of the two couples that made up the band broke up.

Despite persistent rumors, the band spent four decades reforming with the new album born of a project to release a new ABBA concert – also called “Voyage” – featuring digital representations of the four members of the band created by motion-capture. technology.

The Music Export Award was created in 1997 and is awarded to internationally successful artists who have helped Swedish music exports and contributed to a positive image of Sweden over the previous year, according to the government.

(Reporting by Simon Johnson; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

Sweden awards ABBA export prize, says “Thank you for the music”

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