12/13/2011

ABBA reunion threat over Slussen project

Benny Andersson half jokingly suggested over the weekend that he might ask ABBA to reunite for a concert to help fight against a urban renewal project in Stockholm.
The project is in a area called Slussen (the Locks) a  central area of Stockholm named after the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea that dates from 1935. Benny lived in Stockholm as a youngster  (the only former ABBA member to hail from Stockholm), and recently has been campaigning against the Slussen redo. 

”If I knew with 100 percent certainty that it would help, I would call the others and ask if we could do a gig. I'd try at least,” said a half-serious Benny to daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Saturday.

”Slussen is that important. But there is not much time, we'd need at least one day's rehearsing,” Benny Andersson told SvD on Saturday. Sourced  and edited from the Local- a English language Swedish news source.

It seems highly  unlikely that an ABBA reunion would happen, and this issue seems like a rather obscure and inappropriate reason to get together, but the simple "  half-serious" suggestion that ABBA might reunite was probably sufficiently newsworthy to get attention to this cause. In the past Bjorn and Benny, have said quite firmly that ABBA would never reunite. Frida has sometimes suggested that she is OK with a reunion, Agnetha is known to be resistant to the publicity and attention that a reunion would entail. The photo below shows one of the proposed plans, The Katerina Elevator is on the the Left.






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12/05/2011

New Björn Ulvaeus song! Susan Boyle

BAO member Tommy Körberg, 63 and Swedish pop singer Danny Saucedo, 25,  will record a single together. I CAN SEE MYSELF IN YOU is composed by Tobias Gustavsson with  lyrics written by Björn Ulvaeus. Gustavsson already had written the melody and dragged it out to put together the song.   It is rare for Bjorn to write lyrics for  a melody not written by Benny or himself.  It's not clear when the recording will be finished and released . It will be released as Swedish market single download in October 2012.  

I forgot to mention the following release...

Susan Boyle-Someone To Watch Over Me, Sony,  Internationally released CD November 2011


This is the new Studio album by the Scottish spinster singer, it features her version of "You Have To Be there" from Bjorn, Benny and Herb's Kristina.  Susan's recording is  likely to be the biggest selling version of the song, though she does not she sing it particularly well. The album went to Number 1 in the UK and Number 4 in the USA. She performed "You Have To Be There" on American TV.  "You Have To Be There" is notable for sharing the same English translator, Herbert Kretzmer,  as "I Dreamed A Dream" (Susan's breakthrough tune). This album has not been successful as Susan's first two records, but has done OK.


Tracklisting:

1. You Have To Be There
2. Unchained Melody
3. Enjoy The Silence
4. Both Sides Now
5. Lilac Wine
6. Mad World
7. Autumn Leaves
8. This Will Be The Year
9. Return
10. Someone To Watch Over Me