Also known as: Agnetha,Björn,Benny,Anni-Frid Origin: Stockholm, Sweden Genres: Pop rock, disco, europop, synthpop Years active: 1972–1982 Labels: Polar (Sweden) Polydor (Germany/The Netherlands) Atlantic (United States/Canada),Universal (USA) Epic (UK/Italy),Vogue (France) Discomate RCA (Australia/South America/Mexico) PolyGram,Carnaby,Sunshine (Rhodesia-Zimbabwe) Ariston/Dig It (Italy) Associated acts: Hep Stars, Hootenanny Singers, Benny Anderssons Orkester Website: abbasite.com *ABBA was a Swedish Pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 which consisted of Anni-Frion and Agnetha Fältskog. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982. ABBA sold over 375 million records worldwide, which made them the fourth best-selling popular music artists in the history of recorded music. They still sell between two to three million albums a year. ABBA was the first pop group to come from a non-English-speaking country that enjoyed consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, the U.S., Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Apart from reaching the top of the charts in different countries like Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru among others, ABBA also released a compilation of their hit songs in Spanish. During the band`s existence, Fältskog and Ulvaeus were a married couple, as were Lyngstad and Andersson–although both couples later divorced. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which led ultimately to the collapse of the Ulvaeus-Fältskog marriage (in 1979) and the Andersson-Lyngstad marriage (in 1981). In the late 1970s and early 1980s these relationship changes began appearing in the group`s music, as they produced more introspective lyrics with different compositions. After ABBA broke up early 1983, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued individual solo careers with varying success. ABBA`s music remained steadily popular until several films, notably Muriel`s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, revived interest in the group, spawning several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA`s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name released in 2008 became the highest grossing film in the UK that year. The group was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010.
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