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The Real Reason Abba is Still Making Money

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October 13th, 2009. I thought it was just my kid on the weird Swedish pop band-wagon until soccer practice a few weeks ago, when my friend’s daughter burst out in a tune from Mamma Mia. OK, the girls have weekly playdates - it could be her influence rubbing off.

Then this: SF Gate’s Amy Graff reported on a Mamma Mia sing-along for families. "Your daughter," she warns, "might want to be Sophie . . . after seeing this movie."

Is there a secret Abba fan club strictly for people under four-feet tall? Because I "can resist ya," but the kids apparently take one look and forget everything.

The Mamma Mia musical and accompanying film version don’t hurt - they’re uniquely clean with zero sex or violence. At its worst, there’s the use of the word "slut." That’s it. Shrek is worse than that. Throw in singing and dancing, and a storyline that’s all about mishaps not far off a cartoon’s, and it’s obvious someone was thinking about kids when they were making this flick.

Raised on Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals by my parents because we were TV-free and they were deemed the cleanest options for both my brother and I, I can dig it. Even in my Abba apathy.

But I confess I’m surprised by the fervor a so-so flick has generated among the four-year-olds in my neighborhood. Is Mamma Mia one your kids will "never let" go?

Calendar 2010

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ABBA (Unofficial) 2010 announced.
UK: Infocado.
ISBN-10: 184838517X
ISBN-13: 978-1848385177
12 pages. 42.5 x 29 x 1 cm.

Thanks Peter.

Abba The Show

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Fancy seeing Abba? Course you do, but unless Agnetha comes out of hiding it’s not going to happen any time soon is it? But hang on. Having seen it last year, we can say that Abba The Show is as near as dammit going to an Abba gig. The two frontwomen have crystal voices and dress a good Abba, the fellas have the requisite facial hair but more than this, the Abba backing band features Abba’s original drummer, saxophonist and guitarist. The original four have given their blessing to the tour and the glittering cast which also features a full orchestra and back-up singers lands back in the UK for an 11-date run around the country from December 6th. As the official Abba fan club says: "Absolutely the best Abba since Abba," and recommendations don?t come bigger than that do they?

Abba nominated for Hall of Fame

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Abba, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiss have been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the US.

Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith told US music magazine Billboard that it is a "real honour to be nominated". Acts must have released a single or album 25 years prior to their nomination to be eligible. The chosen artists from the list of 12 will be inducted during a ceremony on 15 March in New York. Ballots will be sent to more than 500 music experts who will decide on the nominees.

Darlene Love, Jimmy Cliff, Donna Summer Laura Nyro, The Chantels, The Stooges, Genesis and The Hollies complete the list.

Smith added: "Obviously the Hall of Fame has excellent musical taste. It's a real honour to be nominated in our first year of eligibility."

In April Metallica and 1980s rap act Run DMC were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They were joined by British guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials.


SOS issued for Original ABBA Jumpsuit

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VICTORIA Police have issued an SOS to help find a white jumpsuit originally worn by ABBA songstress Agnetha Faltskog.

The jumpsuit, which Agnetha is pictured wearing on the cover of the Swedish pop group’s fourth album, Arrival, is believed to have been taken from a Melbourne house and sold at a garage sale.

The jumpsuit’s owner had leased out the Healesville home with the 1970s jumpsuit still stored in the shed.

Police believe the figure-hugging suit may have been sold by the tenants in a garage sale.

The tenants will be interviewed by police, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have attended a garage sale at the Don Road property in May this year.

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