Agnetha's new album "My Colouring Book" will be released in March or April. The album is a tribute to all the artists who have inspired Agnetha during her years as an artist. The first single that is going to be released:, "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind," was originally recorded by Cilla Black in the 1969. Agnetha also recorded a song called "Somewhere, Someplace, Sometime", originally performed by Denise van Houten and originally from the musical "Tell Me On A sunday".
2004-03-04 Broadway’s 'Mamma Mia' plays its 1000th performance at the Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre.
2004-03-08 Swedish national radio station Rix FM premieres Agnetha's brand new comeback single "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind" on Monday morning at 07.30 CET / 01.30 ET exclusively on Rix FM.
Agnetha Fältskog "My Colouring Book" www.agnetha.se
2. When You Walk In The Room
3. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind
4. Sealed With A Kiss
5. Love me with all your heart
6. Fly Me To The Moon
7. Past, Present And Future
8. A Fool Am I
9. I Can't Reach Your Heart
10. Sometimes When I'm Dreaming
11. The End Of The World
12. Remember Me
13 What Now My Love
2004-03late Benny and his orchestra pay a visit to the good old Polar Studios. May 1,the legendary Polar Studios are closing down because the company can't pay the rent of more than 2 million SEK per year anymore.
Benny and his orchestra in the Polar Studios
On April 6, Björn, Benny and Frida attend the 5th anniversary of the Mamma Mia musical at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.
On April 7, Agnetha allows a Swedish tv host on her farm to interview her about her new album.
2 stills from 'If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind'.
On May 12, ABBA make a small scale comeback as puppets in the Eurovision Song Contest.
All four former ABBA members make an appearance in the video.
May 31, a short version of Agnetha's tv-special premieres on Geman tv-channel Sat 1. Agnetha is interviewed by Lotta Bromé. She speaks openly about her private live, her fear of flying and her years in ABBA. The special also features several video clips of the "My Colouring Book" album.
June 10, Frida, Björn, HRH Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles attend the Royal Charity Gala Performance for the musical "Mamma Mia" at the Prince Of Wales Theatre. The performance raises £100,000 for the 'Princes Trust'. The Prince Of Wales officially opens the newly refurbished venue.
June 23, Benny Anderssons Orkester new album BAO! is released. Björn submits lyrics to two songs. Benny and his orchestra will do a summertour in Sweden in August.
July 18, Björn and Frida attend the Mamma Mia premiere at the Palladium Theater in Stuttgart, Germany.
Mid August, sources report that ex-Deep Purple/Whitesnake keyboardist and composer Jon Lord has recorded a song with Frida in July 2004. Frida and Jon are friends since 1999. The song "The Sun Will Shine Again" will be released on Jon's album with the Gemini Orchestra "Beyond The Notes" in September 2004. This album is a mixture between classiscal compositions and crossover elements. Both Frida and Jon will perform the song at the gala "Sunday Night Classics" on September 6, in Munich, Germany.The gala will be broadcasted by the ZDF on September 19.
After leaving Deep Purple in 2002 Jon turned his attention to classical music and joined Norwegian chamber orchestra "The Trondheim Soloists". Jon already composed his first cassical piece "Concerto For Group And Orchestra" in 1969.
September 9, Frida and Björn attend the Mamma Mia premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
September 14, the Swedish media reports that Benny and Björn have finished the English translation for 'Kristina Från Duvemala' and are ready to emigrate the musical to America.
September 22, Frida and Jon Lord perform "The Sun Will Shine Again"on the Goldene Henne Gala in Berlin.
Björn and Frida are in Madrid, Spain on November 11 to attend the Mamma Mia premiere at the Lope De Vega Theatre.
On November 22, Jon Lord and Frida perform "The Sun Will Shine Again" on the German Adventsshow (ZDF).
In December, Agnetha is being interviewed for Swedish television (TV4)
After 36 years, Agnetha's early work is finally released on CD. A boxset includes her five Swedish albums and a bonus CD: Agnetha Fältskog (1968), Agnetha Fältskog Vol. 2 (1969), Som jag är (1970), När en vacker tanke blir en sång (1971), Elva kvinnor i ett hus (1975). The sixth CD is entitled 'Singlar och andra sidor' (Singles and B-sides). There are 15 tracks on this bonus CD: När du tar mig i din famn, Tio mil kvar till Korpilombolo, Vart ska min kärlek föra, En sång om sorg och glädje, Någonting händer med mig (Duett med Jörgen Edman), Litet solskensbarn, Så glad som dina ögon, Nu ska du bli stilla, Sjung denna sång (Duett med Jörgen Edman), Vi har hunnit fram till refrängen, Here For Your Love, Golliwog, The Queen Of Hearts, Det var så här det började (Intervjuer och radioinslag, from My Love, My Life), Borsta tandtrollen bort.
Frida and Jon Lord perform during the final dress rehearsal prior to the Jose Carreras Gala 2004 at the Messehalle on December 16, 2004 in Leipzig, Germany.
On 24 December, Frida and Jon Lord perform on "Alle Jahre Wieder" with 'The Sun Will Shine Again' and a Christmas medley, "The Christmas Experiment' written by Jon Lord and sung by Frida.
2005-01-10 In presence of the King Carl Gustav of Sweden, Benny Andersson performs with his orchestra at a somber ceremony, at the Stockholm City Hall on 10 January, in memory of the Asia tsunami victims of the December 26 tragedy that killed more than 156,000 people. Almost 2,000 Swedes are still missing after the Asian tsunamis.
2005-02-12 The performances for the Swedish version of Mamma Mia begin at Cirkus Stockholm.
2005-01-30 Benny and Björn are interviewed by TV4 at Circus Theatre about the Swedish 'Mamma Mia'.
2005-02-02 'Mamma Mia' press conference.
2005-02-12 Björn, Benny, Frida AND Agnetha attend the premiere of the Swedish 'Mamma Mia' at Cirkus Theatre, Stockholm.
2005-02-13 Tonight's "Sixties" show on Swedish national Television ends with Benny about John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) - with Gary playing on a screen behind him: "It's incredible that these guys are still around, working, and enjoying themselves ... you'd like to get together with them, talk about their songs, play - form a band!" (smiles) "You can't have too many piano players in a band, though.".
2005-04-10 Benny and Björn attend the premiere of comedy-drama 'THE PILLOWMAN', at the Booth Theatre, New York.
2005-05-02 Frida's solo albums 'Ensam' (1975) including bonus tracks: Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan, Ska man skratta eller gråta), 'Something's Going On' (1982) including bonus tracks : I know there's something going on (single edit), Here we'll stay (solo version) and 'Shine' including the bonus tracks: That's tough, Shine (extended mix)(1984) are re-released.
2005-05-17 Mamma Mia International Tour comes to Brussels (Belgium) at Vorst Nationaal theatre from 17 May - 26 May 2005. Björn is present at tonight's performance.
2005-05-30? Benny and Helen Sjöholm win the 'Thore Ehrling Bursary' prize at the annual Spring Meeting of SKAPs (Swedish Conposers of Popular Music).Benny's two sons Peter Grönvall and Ludvig Andersson, accompanied by grandchildren Felix, 13, and Charlie, 15, perfom the Hepstars-classic "Weddings". Frida is also present.
2005-07early Björn and Benny are filmed in Stockholm for a "thank you" message after the closing performance of "Mamma Mia" in Melbourne on 9 June. Bjorn standing and Benny sitting at the piano sing the chorus to Vera Lynn's war hit "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when; but I know we'll meet again, some sunny day". Benny rounds it off with the closing riff of "Thank You For The Music".
2005-07-16 Björn performs 'Marianne' with the Hootenany Singers at the at the end of Visfestivalen in Västervik.
2005-07-22 Frida is interviewed at Chez Vrony skihütte in Zermatt, Switzerland for her CD/DVD boxset.
2005-08-14 Release of remastered Agnetha's solo albums:
'Nu tändas tusen juleljus' (1981),
'Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983) with the following bonus tracks: 'Never Again', 'It’s So Nice To Be Rich', 'P&B', 'The Heat Is On (Super Dance Music Mix)' and 'Ya Nunca Más'
'Eyes Of A Woman' (1985) with the following bonus tracks: 'You’re There', 'Turn The World Around', 'I Won’t Let You Go' (Extended Version) 'The Way You Are' and 'Fly Like The Eagle'.
2005-09 Madonna's new single 'Hung Up' samples ABBA's 'Gimme Gimme Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)'.
2005-09-22 DVD release of 'ABBA - The Movie'.
2005-09-22 Frida attends a charity gala performance of 'Mamma Mia' at Circus Stockholm
2005-10-17 Madonna's new single 'Hung Up' with ABBA's 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme' sample premieres on radio stations worldwide.
Madonna reveals that she had to write a grovelling letter to the ABBA songwriters asking if she could use their music on her new single. `I had to send my emissary to Stockholm with a letter and the record begging them and imploring them and telling them how much I worship their music, telling them it was an homage to them, which is all true.`
`And they had to think about it, Benny and Björn. They didn`t say yes straight away. They never let anyone sample their music. They could have said no. Thank God they didn`t.`
Benny said: `We get so many requests from people wanting to use our tracks but we normally say no. This is only the second time we have given permission.`
`We said yes this time because we admire Madonna so much and always have done. She has got guts and has been around for 21 years. That is not bad going. If it wasn`t any good we wouldn`t have said yes. It is a wonderful track, 100% solid pop music.`
The Fugees used a sample from ABBA`s The Name Of The Game on their 1996 track 'Rumble In The Jungle'.
2005-10-22 In Copenhagen (Denmark), the classic ABBA hit 'Waterloo' is voted the best song in the 50-year history of the Eurovision Songcontest.
2005-10-25 In a private ceremony Björn and Benny receive the prize. It is presented to them by Mårten Aglander, Managing Director of Universal Music Sweden, who attended the live broadcast in Copenhagen and received the prize on behalf of ABBA.
2005-11-07 Release of the box set containing ABBA's complete studio-recorded output, plus two DVDs, one of which features a previously unavailable live concert
2005-11-18 Benny records a mobile ringtone for Red Cross: 'Red Christmas'
2005-12-08 Agnetha visits Club Plaza in Stockholm with Bertil Nordström (61), a friend.
2005-12-05 Frida's 60th birthday is celebrated with a CD and DVD box set containing her four solo albums 'Ensam', 'Something's Going On', 'Shine' and 'Djupa Andetag'. The DVD contains over three hours of clips from Swedish television appearances as well as videos spanning Frida’s career, and her work with Phil Collins and other international stars. Follow Frida from her 1967 debut and breakthrough in Hylands hörna to her favorite club in Zermatt in the summer of 2005.
2006-02-03 Agnetha (with Thomas Ledin) is spotted in Stockholm's nightlife.
2006-03-18 Benny Andersson's orchestra BAO (with Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Korberg) performs at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota (USA) at a dinner party hosted by the American Swedish Institute:
2006-03-19 Benny's BAO performs at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.
2006-03-30 Björn and Benny are in Antwerp (Belgium) to attend a Mamma Mia performance.
2006-03-30 An interview with B & B for Dutch Tros 'TV Show' is recorded today.
2006-04-19 Hollywood newspaper 'Daily Variety' says that actor and producer Tom Hanks is to produce a film of 'Mamma Mia' next year along with the ABBA songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.
Björn, representing his company Stagepool, hands scholarships to two future musical stars in Hamburg (Germany)
2006-04-21 French authors Jean-Marie Potiez (ABBA - The Book) and Philippe Elan (co-writer of Potiez' newest release " A Tribute To Frida" http://atributetofrida.online.fr/ meet Frida in Stockholm.
2006-04-22 Frida attends the Amaranter Orden Ball in Stockholm. Frida is elected "Stormästarinna" of the year. Official website: http://www.amarantherorden.com/index.asp
2006-04-28 Frida is interviewed for the German ZDF tv-special "Majestät" about the Swedish Royal Family.
2006-04-29 Frida is guest at a private dinner celebration party of Sweden's Carl Gustaf's 60th birthday, wearing a dress by Italian fashion-designer Emilio Pucci.
2006-05-04 Agnetha seen at Club Plaza again with the same man she dated in December 2005
2006-05-19 Re-release of Björn and Benny's album "Lycka" with 14 bonus tracks in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK.
2006-05-22 Björn and Benny (absent) win the Cubus Oeuvre Award 2006 (€ 12,500) at the Dutch Musical Awards Gala.
2006-05-22 Frida attends the Polar Music Prize 2006 event in Stockholm.
2006-05-23 Frida attends the "Protecting Our Children" gala dinner and auction at the Natural History Museum in London held by the Mentor Foundation. The Mentor Foundation (Mentor) is a non-profit, non-government organization with a mission to prevent drug abuse and promote the health and well-being of children and young people. Princess Anni-Frid Reuss (Frida) is member of the Mentor Foundation Gala Steering Committee
2006-09-14 Frida attends the Sunflower Jam charity event in London on 14 September http://www.thesunflowerjam.com/
2006-09-25 Björn visits the Russan cast of Mamma Mia in Moscow.
2006-10 Release of Arrival Deluxe Edition CD and DVD with previously unreleased tv-footage.
More information: http://www.abbasite.com/news/index.php?ret=/news/index.php&id=1546&flash=yes
2006-10-14 The Russian version of Mamma Mia premieres in Moscow today. Björn and Frida are present.
2006-10-18 Björn attends the 5th anniversary performance of Mamma Mia on Broadway, New York.
2006-10-30 Broadway actress Alice Ripley performs a US Kristina song in concert: 'You Have To Be There' (Du Måste Finnas). Listen to a sample
2006-11-04 Björn is special guest star on UK X Factor show. The X Factor finalists are singing ABBA songs with help from Björn. Watch this video with Björn on You Tube
Video of Eton Road: "Does Your Mother Know", with Björn's comments
2007-01-07 Benny, Björn and Agnetha attend the Swedish 'Mamma Mia' closing performance at Cirkus in Stockholm.
2007-01-30 Benny Anderssons Orkester (BAO!) wins the Swedish Grammy award 2007 'Best Dance Band': http://www.grammis.se/?page=46
2007-03-06 Benny and Björn at the opening session of a court case over a copyright dispute on the manuscript of the musical "Kristina from Duvemala"
2007-03-06 Pierce Brosnan signs up for Mamma Mia! The Movie. He will play Sam, one of the three fathers.
2007-03-26 Benny Anderssons Orkester (BAO) will include a 28 year old ABBA song called "Crush On You" on their forthcoming album. Björn and Benny worked on the song in 1979 but ABBA never recorded it. Source: http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/noje/story/0,2789,1031070,00.html
2007-05-08 Björn opens Mamma Mia! at the Colosseum theatre in Essen Germany.
2007-05-09 Benny attends the Mamma Mia! premiere in Gothenburg, Sweden.
2007-05-28 Agnetha and Per Gessle (Roxette are given an honorary membership of the Union Musikerförbundet.
2007-06-08 Frida attends the opening of restaurant Rüsterei at the Sihlcity shopping centre in Zürich with her friend, architect Heinz Julen. He designed the interior of the restaurant.
2007-06 Frida enjoying herself with Heinz Jülen at the re-opening of restaurant Heimberg in Zermatt.
2007-06late First shooting for 'Mamma Mia! The Movie' begins in London and Greece.
Meryl Streep will play mother Donna,
Pierce Brosnan father Sam.
Colin Firth has been confirmed to play 'Harry',
Christine Baranski will play 'Tanya',
Stellan Skarsgard as 'Bill' in the MAMMA MIA! movie with:
Julie Walters as 'Rosie',
Amanda Seyfried in the role of 'Sophie'.
Dominic Cooper will play 'Sky'.
2007-07late Björn is being interviewed by Expressen:
2007-07 Frida with King Karl XI in Snapphaneland.
2007-08-03 Frida attends the 60th birthday party of Swedish millionaire Noppe Lewenhaupt. The Swedish King is also among the invited guests.
2007-08-26 Frida is spotted in her Bentley in Torekov, Sweden.
2007-08-29 From 29 to 31 August, the harbour of Skiathos is a location for a few scenes with Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.
2007-09-12 'Mamma Mia -The Movie' star actress Meryl Streep meets Benny in Stockholm.
2007-09-20 Benny partying with the Mamma Mia The Movie cast.
2007-09-20 Frida attends the annual 'Sunflower Jam' charity event in London.
2007-10-07 Björn appears on Swedish TV show 'Wolodarski' to talk about his views about religion and politics. Only a few words on ABBA towards the end of the interview.
2007-10-16 Frida attends the Mentor Gala with Queen Silvia in Stockholm at the Grand Hotel.
2007-10-15 Release of ABBA - The Album - Deluxe Edition CD/ DVD
Disc 01:CD Bonus tracks:
10. Eagle (Single Edit)
11. Take A Chance On Me (Live Version; Alternate Mix)
12. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
13. Al Andar (Spanish Version of Move On)
14. I Wonder (Departure) (Live Version)
15. Gracias Por La Música (Spanish Version of Thank You For The Music)
1. Eagle/Thank You For The Music (Star Parade, ZDF)
2. Take A Chance On Me (Am Laufenden Band, Radio Bremen)
3. The Name Of The Game (ABBA Special, TBS)
4. Thank You For The Music (Mike Yarwood’s Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Take A Chance On Me (Star Parade, ZDF)
6. ABBA on tour in 1977 (Rapport, SVT)
7. Recording ABBA – The Album (Gomorron Sverige, SVT)
8. ABBA in London, February 1978 (Blue Peter, BBC)
9. ABBA in America, May 1978 (Rapport, SVT)
10. ABBA – The Album Television Commercial I (UK)
11. ABBA – The Album Television Commercial II (AUSTRALIA)
12. International Sleeve Gallery
007-10-20 Frida and Björn arrive in Berlin to attend the premiere of Mamma Mia at the Potzdamer Platz theatre. The two former ABBA members stay at the Hyatt-Hotel.
2007-10-24 Release of BAO3 (Benny Anderssons Orkester), with never recorded ABBA song "Crush on You".
2007-11-23 Agnetha attends TV3 / TV6's 20th celebration party in Stockholm. ABBA coverband Björn Again performs at the party. Agnetha does not pose in front of the press, but there is a picture of her with the Björn Again bandmembers.
2007-11-29 Benny attends the Mamma Mia premiere in Barcelona, Spain
2007-12-16 British paper The Mail on Sunday report an extramarital affair between British Security Minister Sir Alan West and Frida Lyngstad. Frida denies this and speaks of a friendship. The two met at a charity function in London in the spring of 2006.
2008-01-09 Benny attends the premiere of 'Charlie Wilson's War', at the Empire Cinema at Leicester Square in London.
2008-02-16 Agnetha is seen in night club "Village" with her friend Max Lagerbäck of TV3
2008-02-18 Björn attends the 'Mamma Mia' reception at the Hilton Hotel, Athens, Greece
2008-03-03 Benny appears on SVT's program Korbra. Benny's plays a snippet of Meryl Streep's 'The Winner Takes It Al'l and 'Super Trouper' on the computer.
2008-03-23 Frida appears on French television show "Vivement Dimanche" interviewed by Michel Drucker.
2008-04-10 Frida and Jon Lord (Deep Purple) meet in Zermatt at the Zermatt Unplugged festival.
2008-04-12 Björn talks about the Bee Gees and the Beatles in the 3-part SVT tv documentary 'Sixties'
2008-04-24 Frida visits 'Mamma Mia!' on Broadway at the Wintergarden Theater New York City.
2008-04-28 Björn is in Oslo, Norway, to meet the press and to attend the Mamma Mia! auditions on April 29.
2008-06-19 Agnetha is at a summer party arranged by Carl Adam "Noppe" Lewenhaupt at restaurant Berns in Stockholm. Agnetha arrived with Bertil Nordstrom, close friend to Noppe and King Carl Gustaf.
2008-06-28 Björn and Benny and cast members of 'Mamma Mia! The Movie', Meryl Streep, Colin Firth ,Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan , Stellan Skarsgard pose for photographers in Lagonisi resort, outside Athens, Greece.
2008-06-30 Björn, Benny and Frida join the cast members at the Mamma Mia! The Movie world premiere at the Odeon Cinema at Leicester Square in London.
2008-07-02 Mamma Mia! The Movie premiere in Amsterdam.
2008-07-03 'ABBA: The Mamma Mia! Story' airs on ITV at 9.00 pm with exclusive interviews with the stars of the feature film including: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters alongside clips from the film and behind the scenes footage.
2008-07-03 The cast members and Björn and Benny attend a private party on Skeppsholmen the evening before the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia! The Movie
2008-07-04 Mamma Mia! The Movie premiere in Stockholm. Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha attend this event.
2008-07-16 Mamma Mia! The Movie premiere in New York in attendance of Björn and Benny.
Meryl Streep as Donna Sheridan, Sophie's mother.
Christine Baranski as Tanya, Donna's friend.
Julie Walters as Rosie, Donna's friend.
Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Sheridan, Donna's daughter and Sky's fiancée.
Dominic Cooper as Sky, Sophie's fiancée.
Pierce Brosnan as Sam Carmichael, Sophie's possible dad 1
Colin Firth as Harry Bright, Sophie's possible dad 2.
Stellan Skarsgård as Bill Anderson, Sophie's possible dad 3.
I Have A Dream - Sophie
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) [instrumental]
Honey, Honey - Sophie
Money, Money, Money - Donna
Mamma Mia - Donna
Dancing Queen - Donna, Tanya, Rosie
Our Last Summer - Sophie, Sam, Harry, Bill
Lay All Your Love On Me - Sophie, Sky Super Trouper - Donna, Tanya, Rosie
Super Trouper – Donna, Tanya, and Rosie
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - cast
The Name Of The Game - Sophie, Bill
Voulez-Vous - cast
SOS - Sam,
Does Your Mother Know - Tanya, Pepper
Slipping Through My Fingers - Donna, Sophie
The Winner Takes It All - Donna
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - cast
When All Is Said And Done - Sam, cast
Take A Chance On Me - Rosie, Bill
Mamma Mia - cast
I Have A Dream - Sophie
Dancing Queen - cast
Waterloo - cast
Thank You For The Music - Sophie
2008-08-28 Frida attends Polar Music Prize 2008 in Stockholm.
2008-09-05 Björn, Benny, Catherine Johnson, Judy Cramer and Phyllida Lloyd attend the opening ceremony of the 34th US Film Festival in Deauville, Franc
2008-09-06 Björn has a photocall after the screening of their film 'Mamma Mia', for the opening of the 34th International Film Festival of Deauville.
2008-09-08 Björn attends the National Movie Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall in Central London.
2009-09-13 Björn and Benny attend the My Fair Lady Premiere in Stockholm.
2009-09-26 Benny is appointed honorary doctor during an academic ceremony in the City Hall of Stockholm.
2008-11-03 Björn and Benny attend the Music Industry Trusts' Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
2008-12-12 Björn and Benny receive a quintuplet platinum disc for the record sale, 500 000 ex, of the film musical Mamma Mia! on DVD in Sweden and Norway