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Agnetha  to release two new singles in November from her hit album A, The one who loves you now and I should have followed you home a duet with Gary Barlow Check out all the details at www.agnetha.com

The musical Kristina från Duvemåla [Eng: Kristina from Duvemåla] is opening at the Göteborg Opera in autumn 2014 – just in time for the 20th anniversary of the opera house. The production is being done in collaboration with Blixten & Co who are taking the musical on to Stockholm in autumn 2015.


Kristina från Duvemåla is a musical constructed by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Lars Rudolfsson around author Vilhelm Moberg's epic emigrant story. The action is centred around Kristina, Karl Oskar, their family and friends from the region of Småland who, like a million other Swedes, emigrated to North America from the mid-19th century onwards.

It was first performed in Malmö in 1995. After that, the musical played at the Göteborg Opera and at Cirkus in Stockholm during the period 1995-99 and was seen by more than 1 million people.


Tickets for the Gothenburg production are expected to go on sale in March 2014 with the Stockhom Production announced laster in 2014

For more information on Kristina fran Duvemala musical then visit our Kristina Pages


Local students welcome ABBA to Madame Tussauds Blackpool


Students from Phil Winston's Theatreworks  Dance and Musical College   were chosen to welcome the arrival of iconic group, ABBA, to Madame Tussauds Blackpool and launch ABBA Month at the attraction.


The group of young people, all based in Blackpool, kicked off the ABBA-oke competition which will run throughout October school holidays  in celebration of the group's back catalogue of famous hits.


Visitors to the attraction this month can look forward to taking part in the singing competition which will feature only songs by the Swedish four piece, who have sold more than 370 million albums and singles worldwide.


Matthew Titherington, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool said “We're delighted to have ABBA at the attraction and could think of no better way to welcome the Swedish stars than with a performance from our home-grown talented young people.”


“ABBA-oke has been created as a fun way for all our visitors to help us celebrate the music of the incredibly popular group. Singing their songs really brings the figures to life and is something the whole family can get involved in!” Matthew concluded.


The figures are captured in replica styling of their 1975 video for 'SOS'. Group members Agnetha and Anni-Frid are wearing yellow and blue mini-dresses teamed with white knee-high leather boots. Benny and Björn are styled in white outfits encrusted with diamantes and sequins finished off with platform boots.


The group cost £600,000 to create and took a dedicated team of sculptors and hair and colour artists four months to create.


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ABBA The Backstage stories find out more about the future release at

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PLEDGEMUSIC CHOSEN BY MAX STRÖM PUBLISHING TO LAUNCH COLLECTOR’S EDITION OF ‘ABBA - THE OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK’

DIRECT-TO-FAN PRE-SALE CAMPAIGN

PledgeMusic will be working with one of Europe’s leading photographic publishing houses - Max Ström Publishing - on the international launch of the ‘Super Trouper’ collector’s edition of ABBA - The Official Photo Book, the first authorised photographic biography of one of the best-selling music acts of all time.

In choosing PledgeMusic’s direct-to-fan platform, Max Ström Publishing is giving ABBA fans the opportunity to pre-order the special ‘Super Trouper’ collector’s edition of ABBA – The Official Photo Book: for delivery in March ahead of the publication of the main consumer version which will be available in more than 20 countries in 2014, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of ABBA's Eurovision win and resulting international breakthrough.

The ‘Super Trouper’ collector’s edition of ABBA – The Official Photo Book has a limited print-run of 5,000 copies, each individually numbered and signed by the authors: award-winning picture editor, Bengt Wanselius, and leading Swedish writer, Petter Karlsson. The collector’s edition’s 460 pages feature more than 600 pictures (100 of which are previously unseen), 40 bonus pages of images (not available in the main consumer version), and is delivered in a presentation box. This will also contain a section with all the names of the dedicated fans who made the limited edition possible by ordering the book before 15th December 2013. Fans who pre-order the book will also gain access to private ‘Pledgers only’ updates from the making of the book.

The collector’s edition also features a DVD with a specially produced documentary on ABBA in pictures, and is included with a numbered print which is a rare alternative shot from the cover session for the Super Trouper album (1980) printed on high-quality photographic paper.

Frida: “I am thrilled with all of these pictures, some of which I am seeing now for the very first time. The book provides a real trip down memory lane.”

PledgeMusic Managing Director Malcolm Dunbar comments, “We are honoured that Max Ström has chosen PledgeMusic’s technology and platform to deliver this unique tribute to one of the world’s most iconic bands. ABBA - The Official Photo Book has the endorsement of all four members and this way of delivering it will give fans an unparalleled insight into the career of the one of the world’s most respected and successful bands.”

Jeppe Wikström, publisher at Stockholm and London-based Max Ström comments, “ABBA - The Official Photo Book will provide the definitive photographic documentation of the story of one of the world’s most popular bands. We are delighted to be working with PledgeMusic to market the limited edition Super Trouper edition for the band’s super fans.”

ABBA – The Official Photo Book - Background

ABBA - The Official Photo Book has the full co-operation of Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha, who have contributed a foreword (as well as personal commentaries on many of the images featured) and charts the four members careers before the formation of the band as well as the band’s career from their winning performance at 1974‘s Eurovision Song Contest to the present day. The book contains more than 600 pictures, more than 100 of which have never previously been published. These images include private photographs, behind-the-scenes tour shots, unpublished photos by eminent photographers and photos of all four members taken in recent months.

Max Ström Publishing has worked with award-winning picture editor, Bengt Wanselius, and Petter Karlsson, one of Sweden’s most talented writers, to create this unique book, more than 400 pages-thick, and in the format of a classic LP. It is printed on high quality photo-book paper and is designed by Patric Leo who also designed Benny Andersson’s latest records.

PledgeMusic - Background

PledgeMusic is the leading international direct-to-fan platform offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making process whilst interacting with PledgeMusic’s global audience of music consumers. Since it’s inception in 2009 PledgeMusic has worked with labels and artists to deliver high impact campaigns focusing on quality messaging, content and presentation, resulting in ten top 40 albums to date with top 5 chart placings in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. Successful campaigns have included Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Ginger Wildheart, Ben Folds Five, Killing Joke, Emmy The Great and Rachel Yamagata amongst others.

Thursday night 14th November 2013 was an iconic night for ABBA Fans around the globe, Agnetha performed for the first time in 25 years in front of a live audience at the Hammersmith Apollo for the Gala event CIN ROCKS: Children in need.


The evening was a fantastic event hosted and organised by Gary Barlow.


Other artists who participated in the gala were among others The Wanted ,Tom Jones, Barry Manilow , Robbie Williams,  Little Mix, Kings of Leon and Jeff Lynne . Although it was Agnetha that stole the show totally.



The picture, from left : Hadidja Mahamoud ( Universal Int. ), Peter Nordahl , Ian Cord Grass ( Universal Int ) , Agnetha Fältskog , Andrew Kronfeld ( Universal Int ) and Jorgen Elofsson